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A break from blogging

So  I’ve had a bit of a break from blogging the last few months. I’ve really missed it and feel there are so many things I have missed recording about my little monkey’s.

To re-cap I have two little boys Jack (2.5 yrs) and Michael (1.5 yrs) and write about all the trials and tribulations of being their mummy. Since I stopped blogging things have changed quite a lot, I am now expect a baby GIRL!

I will talk about my pregnancy more in upcoming posts but I’m still in shock it is a girl!

I just wanted to write a quick post about why I haven’t been blogging for a while, there has been no major reason other than life just getting in the way.

So now I have my 2yr old, 1 yr old, 20 weeks Pregnancy and my wedding in 8 weeks! Safe to say I have plenty to write about…..

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Chucklebutties Play & Party Centre

When visiting family in Codnor we were looking for a soft play area for Jack & Mikey to play in. Google and recommendations from family all said Chucklebutties. So we drove to Belper and arrived at a picturesque car park.

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The beautiful scenery was enough for even the kids to stare at in awe, next to it was the play area, from the outside it looked very small and not very modern, so impressions from the outside were maybe that this isn’t going to be the best soft play we’ve been to, well weren’t we taught to not judge a book by it’s cover, as you step inside the are is huge!

There’s first of all a huge seating area beside a floor to ceiling window with the beautiful river views outside and it had a touch that couldn’t have been more perfect for our little boys….a Peppa Pig car!

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The play area is massive, with an area for the smaller babies and plenty of slides, ball pools and a football area at the top for the bigger kids! Being a mum of two small kids I visit a lot of soft play areas and one thing I always take notice of is the cleanliness, usually the areas are used so much the look like they could do with a good scrub, but not Chuckle butties, I couldn’t fault it!

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We also had our lunch there, the food was amazing and the cup of tea was lovely! It was fresh tea that came with a strainer! I was very impressed with the staff’s dedication to their jobs, the girl who served us was extremely friendly and explained the boys couldn’t wear their shoes on the soft play but also couldn’t go barefoot, unfortunately the boys both had sandals and no socks on, but luckily they sold socks! £1.20 a pair, yep if we shopped around maybe we could have got them cheaper elsewhere, but it’s not extortionate especially for kids socks, I’m sure some people would complain, but I was pleased about their dedication to keeping the area clean and hygienic, since my kids are going to be rolling around all over the place and putting their hands in the mouths, I have no complaints!

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All in all it was a great few hours, we then walked five minutes to walk around Belper river gardens which was beautiful, extremely clean and kept well with a great park!

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So if your in Belper give Chucklebutties a visit! It really made our day!

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Twycross Zoo – Our Amazing Adventure

I got a free day with the boys when we were in Derby, so I looked for nearby things to do and found Twycross Zoo! It was about 45 minute drive away by car from Codnor, but it was an easy drive, it said on the website it had over 500 animals, so I assumed it would be mostly insects, wow was I wrong.

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It is huge! Literally, we’re talking massive, take flat shoes because you’re going to be doing a lot of walking!

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Plus pushing a double buggy around is extra tiring, good job there was an ice cream stall there!

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So the animals, I can’t name all of them but they have that many they are in categories: Primates, Other Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Invertebrates and Pets. We saw everything from Elephants, Monkeys (21 different species), Zebras, Meerkats, Penguins, Lemurs, Apes, Leapards, Giraffes to Goats, Sheep, Butterflies, Snakes, Ferrets and that is just naming a few!

I went on my own with the boys and loved it!

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There’s also a huge building with a food court with different types of food and you sit alongside a floor to ceiling window with Leopards on the other side of the window! Also there is a massive soft play area in the food court as well as a gift shop!

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Another great little touch that I noticed was the baby change area, it was big enough to fit the double buggy in and also has a sofa to Breast Feed comfortably! I breast fed whilst in the Zoo as well and plenty of members of staff walked past and noticed but there was no problem, just friendly smiles.

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Having been once I will definitely come back again bringing Paul with me and as there are plenty of picnic tables I will be bringing a picnic for when we are halfway through. I spent three hours alone just walking around the zoo and I rushed through some bits because of me being exhausted, I underestimated how big this place was. I will definitely eat in the food court again when we’ve finished, the staff couldn’t do enough for me, they carried my tray over to the table as I had the double buggy and fetched two high chairs (without me having to ask for help).

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I have been to a lot of Zoos and Farms with my little ones and they were all great, but I’ve never been to one as big as Twycross Zoo, it really was amazing and even though my home town is 140 miles away, I have no doubt I will be coming again!

Not only is it cheap enough to get in (£17.50 for me and the kids were free!) but you can save even more money by getting an annual pass!

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Twycross Zoo gets a 10/10 from Yummymummysblog! The perfect day out for families with kids of all ages, Mikey is 7 months and Jack is 18 months and they enjoyed it equally! Even as a couple or on your own this place is the perfect day out!

Here are the links, don’t miss out:

twycrosszoo.org

www.facebook.com/TwycrossZoo

twitter.com/TwycrossZoo