Friday, 20 April 2018

Five Things Your Kids Will Love In Costa Rica

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If you are looking for the perfect family vacation this summer, Costa Rica is the place you should check out. Only a short flight away, it offers ecotourism, great quality hotels, pristine beaches, and a chance to get close to nature. Whether you are looking for unforgettable adventures or would like to enjoy some beach time, you can find something for everyone in Costa Rica. Find a list of things you should consider when booking your next family vacation.

1 - Jungle Tours
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Teaching your kids about rainforests and ecosystems in the city is hard. If you visit Costa Rica, it is a good idea to join one of the jungle tours designed for younger audiences. Allow them to discover their favorite animals, get close to nature, and learn as much as they can about the vulnerable ecosystem of Central America while having fun.

2 - Zip Wires

Active kids will enjoy the canopy zip wire tours in Costa Rica, and the thrill that comes with it. You can get a new perspective of the rainforest and create memories for a lifetime. All the tours are insured and safety equipment are provided, as well as training, so you have nothing to worry about. Whether you would like to see one of the volcanoes from above, or meet endangered species living in the canopy, a zip wire tour is a great choice.

3 - Beaches

Costa Rica is also famous for its beaches. If you are looking for a family beach holiday, you can find plenty of hotels and resorts that will fit your budget and needs near one of the beaches. Tamarindo is one of the most popular Costa Rica beaches among surfers and watersport lovers. If you would like to be close to nature, you can also book a resort near Manuel Antonio National Park.

4 - Animal Sanctuaries

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From sloths to toucans, you can find plenty of interesting and breathtaking animals in Costa Rica. If you book a hotel in the capital, such as Courtyard San Jose Escazu,  you will find plenty of tours offered by your hotel to visit these places. Visit the Sloth Institute or the Jaguar Rescue Center in Playa Cocles. Talk to your tour operator before you decide, and book your day trips ahead, as the number of visitors allowed to these sanctuaries a day is limited.

5 - Water Rafting

For a fun-filled day out, you can also try white water rafting. There are different difficulty routes available, to suit everyone’s needs and abilities. Lined with stunning rivers, such as the Rio Toro, Corobici, and Reventazon, there is a new experience awaiting for you to catch a glimpse of colorful frogs, sloths, and monkeys when you stop.

Visiting Costa Rica with a family is a great choice. From pristine beaches to dozens of animal sanctuaries and great child-friendly tours, the country offers so much more than your standard beach vacation resorts. Fill your holiday with adventure and create memories for many years to come when you visit Costa Rica.


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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Any way to stay at home


Hello!  Its Tuesday and, dare I say, I'm breathing a little sigh of relief that both E and T are now back at school and nursery. Don't get me wrong, as half terms go, this one wasn't too bad - I just like my routines!  

The post I've chosen for this week's Tuesday Twinkler is all about how it feels to live in a rural area, the benefits and the downsides and comes from Any Way To Stay At Home.  I must say, I loved reading it and found myself nodding away. I moved from a large town in Wiltshire to a tiny rural not-quite-a-village in Norfolk. From being able to walk everywhere with public transport readily available, it was quite a change moving to somewhere that required me to get in the car to get anywhere. Now though? I live in a larger village, which is still in a rural area and I love it. What about you - do you live in a rural area or town and which would you prefer?  




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Monday, 16 April 2018

Half Term : We survived!


Its Monday, I have one child back at school and the youngest goes back to nursery tomorrow. I feel like I'm ready to breathe a big sigh of relief. Deflate, almost.  It goes without saying, of course, that, I love them dearly but gosh am I relieved when half term comes to an end. As sad as it is, I like - and need - routine.  On the whole, I like to know where I am and what I'm doing.  And we don't have a great track record with half terms, as I've written previously. Last Easter both the girls had chicken pox!  



That said, this half term has been pretty good:

T had two extra days off compared to E - I'll be glad when she's at school as at least I'll know exactly where I am time-wise.  

We melted down old crayons into new shapes and bagged them up to give to their friends. We even made a few fabric bags for them. T was impressed and declared my handiwork 'super cool'.  I'm taking that as it will likely be the only time she refers to something I do as super cool!

E has spent a large amount of time with her nose stuck into a wordsearch book that I brought her.  She is like a sponge at the moment, absorbing everything around her and wants to be learning. We've also been doing some maths books, which fills me with fear as I'm terrible at maths myself. T has been working on some 'starting to write' books too. Both have been doing brilliantly with them.

We had a play date with my friend L and her girls, E and A. The girls had the craft box out and made rainbows, amongst other things. 





We went to see Peter Rabbit at the cinema. We enjoyed the film but everyone had the same idea so it was absolutely packed and for the first time, we were unable to sit together.  

I've worked a couple of days whilst the girls spent time with Nanny and Grandad.

We've even had the playdoh out - if you know me, you'll know just how much I dislike playdoh! It gets everywhere and the smell really makes me heave.

I've even managed to catch up on some cleaning and decluttering. Including the garage, even if D did do the large majority of that.  

We've been pottering in the garden. I've finally set my seeds and popped them in the conservatory. Last year they started to sprout within a few days so I'm watching with an eager eye!

We had a play date with another friend, L, and her girls O and G at the park followed by coffee and cake at ours. 2 hours of running around in the fresh air meant that the girls were out for the count early that night!

And of course, we had an Easter egg hunt at Nanny and Grandads where the children were all spoilt! 

So, all in all, its not been bad.  Of course, it would have been nicer if the sun had showed its face a little more but we can't have it all!  How has your half term been?

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Silent Sunday





(Yesterday was just lovely, weather wise. The sun was shining, there was the lightest of a breeze and I managed to get out and potter about in the garden whilst the girls played. Whilst weeding, I came across a few bees. The girls are pretty anxious about them but I love to see them and keep reminding them of how precious they are and why I try to plant bee friendly flowers to attract them).


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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Mini-Human Resources


Hello! How's your half term going? I had so many plans and had hoped I would be able to squeeze in some blogging somewhere along the line but it just hasn't happened. As I usually say when we reach the half way mark, I'll be glad to get back to some sort of normality and routine! Instead, we've had a couple of play dates and I've been on somewhat of a much needed cleaning blitz. Anyone else just get that urge to get everything clean? Its a rare thing so I've been making the most of it and have even manage to de-clutter a few more things as I go. Win-win!

On to this Twinkly Tuesday! This week's Tuesday Twinkler is Mini-Human Resources with 12 things that being a parent has made me.  No matter what anyone tells you, you just have no idea about any of it until you actually become a parent. You think you know what it is to be tired after a busy week of work but its a whole new level when you're doing it after nights of broken sleep.  Then of course, there's the good old Mum - parent - guilt over any and everything.  Fun times.  Pop on over and don't forget to leave a comment!  

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