5 Best Child Friendly Places To Go On A Date In Hertfordshire

Steve and I have been together over eight years now and to be quite honest, date days or nights don’t happen all that often, especially now we have two kids. The most we generally get is a night on the sofa watching a film, haha! That being said we used to visit a lot of different places on dates in the early years. We are lucky to live in a gorgeous area and there is so much to see and do. There are such lovely places in Hertfordshire to take your date and here are my top five child friendly places to take your loved one.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

If Harry Potter is a big passion of yours and your date, why not head to the Harry Potter tour? Despite living just down the road from it, we still haven’t actually visited it but it is the perfect choice to go and spend a couple of hours with someone you enjoy spending time with.

Royston Cave

Royston Cave is a cave of unknown origin that was stumbled upon by accident. If you love the more spooky things, a day out here during the summer months would be a perfect date. You could spend time taking a look at the cave walls which depict scenes such as the crucifixion of Christ and other Christian symbology.

Hitchin Lavender

You will have seen all the blogger photos of their children in the lavender but it would also make for a perfect date with your loved one. It is a lovely place to take a stroll around no matter what age you are (if you are trying over 50s dating, this would be a great date idea to suggest!) and it is so peaceful. You can even head to the little shop and restaurant if you like.

Watford Colosseum

The theatre is a great date so maybe check out the shows that the Colosseum has to offer? Staging live music, comedy and even kids shows such as The Tiger Who Came  (perfect for others interested in single parent dating as you will have plenty to talk about).

Tring Natural History Museum

If you want something free (donations accepted though) to do in Hertfordshire that is something a little more unique than your usual date ideas, then why not head to Tring Natural History Museum? It is very interactive, has a cafe on site and is a great date idea if you want to try something a little different. Perfect for kids!

These are my top five unique date ideas for Hertfordshire – do you have any other places you would suggest?

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Finding It Tough

Time for a personal post today. I’ve been finding it tough recently, I am not going to lie. Work has been as hectic as ever yet I’m constantly chasing my tail; chasing invoices that are promised that aren’t delivered on time. Steve is currently off work sick so the work pressure is even greater; I’m needing to make sure I’ve got enough to cover his bills too if he can’t.

We’ve had a new sofa delivered and it has been stressful trying to declutter and get rid of stuff – trying to keep the sentimental stuff and get rid of all the crap. How do we end up with so much stuff? With everything Steve and sofa and declutter related going on, work has suffered so I’m constantly chasing my tail trying to catch up.

Olivia is feeding constantly at the moment – she seems to be going through a growth spurt! She’s generally a happy little miss but I’ve been feeling as if I have her constantly attached to me recently. I love breastfeeding and can do most things whilst she is feeding but it sure isn’t easy.

I’m finally starting to really come to terms with my Dad’s death from back in January. I haven’t shed many tears since the day he died except for his funeral; it still doesn’t seem real to me. I still try to call him to tell him about something Jack has achieved at school or something new that Olivia is doing. I still expect to see him sitting in the garden reading the newspaper when I go and visit my mum. I know he’s gone and it is finally starting to sink in a little more – I think before I was just in a post baby haze and with everything going on, I didn’t give my time to grieve properly. I keep finding myself getting teary and thinking about little things such as our last holiday together. I found a postcard and Jack’s last birthday card from both my mum and dad together at the weekend and it made me a little sad – all his postcards and birthday cards and Christmas cards from now on will only bear Nanny’s name.

I’m gutted that Olivia won’t get to meet her wonderful grandad. They only shared the same world for just over 24 hours before he passed away and he was so excited to meet her but ultimately never got the chance. It terrifies me that although Jack remembers things about my Dad now, he will forget them as he grows older. Steve’s mum passed away when he was 7 and his brother was 5 and he doesn’t remember too much – we are both worried that he won’t remember my Dad or Steve’s grandad very much, even though they were such big parts of our lives.

In comparison, my problems are superficial, they’re trivial, but I’m finding it tough right now. Tough to have motivation, tough to always be putting on a brave face, tough to keep this blog going sometimes. I don’t want to give it up – I’ve been blogging now for over six years and this was effectively my first ‘baby’. But sometimes recently it has been seeming like more of a chore than fun – and even though I know my blog forms part of my job and my income, I don’t want it to become like a chore, become tiresome.

I think I’m going to give myself some relaxation time – slip into the bath with a good book or curl up on the sofa and make my way through my extensive TBR pile. I think then I will start to feel some sense of normality again.

Has anyone else been feeling like this recently?

Mums, Hallmarks Hidden Heroes

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When it comes to events like Mother’s Day, what card brands come to mind for you? For me, it is always Hallmark and that is coming from someone who worked in a high street card shop with numerous brand names stocked for three years!

Hallmark recently got in contact with me and asked if I would like some Hallmark goodies to celebrate the upcoming Mother’s Day. I didn’t need asking twice. They kindly sent me three Mother’s Day cards – Steve and I have picked one each for our Mum’s respectively and Jack may just be giving me the Wonder Women one, haha! They also sent out some Itty Bitty’s – a wonderful Wonder Woman Itty Bitty and a limited edition Supergirl one too. How super cute are they?

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, Hallmark wanted to make sure that mum’s know that they are loved, cared of and are ultimately the real heroes in their little ones lives! I know how much Jack loves me, he tells me often enough but I wanted to talk about how much my Mum means to me.

I haven’t always been the best of friends with my Mum. In fact my teenage years were probably quite stressful for both me and her – but I would go so far as to say she is one of my best friends now. Sure, we butt heads occasionally (okay, a lot more often than I care to admit) but that is because we are so alike.

Since my Dad passed away in early January, she has been a tower of strength to me as I’ve coped with being a new mum whilst grieving. She’s been grieving herself and I’ve been trying to look after her but she’s been so good to me these past few months – she’s about one of the only people I can talk to about the loss of my Dad and she listens and understands what I am trying to say.

She’s a great Nan to my children too and I hope any grandchildren I have love me as much as my children love my Mum. It is cliche to say but my mum is the best – we’ve finally got to the point in our lives where we truly understand each other and that’s great. She’s definitely my Wonder Woman, my hidden hero.

Back On The Weight Loss Train

I’ve had a few people ask me why I am starting so early – I only had Olivia two weeks ago. But I weighed in last week and went and weighed in tonight as I want to get back to following the Slimming World plan 100%. I’m not in too much of a rush to lose the baby weight but I want to get back to eating healthier, tastier meals – and with Steve going back on his diet from Thursday, it is so much easier if we are on the journey together.

Last week when I weighed in I lost 11lb – this is, of course, because of Olivia, my waters and placenta. I wasn’t expecting such a loss so I was super happy and it straight away put me back down under my original starting weight again – yay! I was so gutted when I went past that in pregnancy as I felt like all my hard work had been undone but I am now 7lb (1/2 stone) from my original starting weight in November 2015 which has seen me through two pregnancies (1 non successful, 1 resulting in a birth) and lots of eating rubbish.

I haven’t been the best I could have been in the past week but I’ve had a lot going on in my life with Olivia being born, her struggles with feeding (whole new post to come soon), my father passing away (something I hadn’t yet mentioned on the blog or social media) and so much more – life has just been super tough and I’ve just been eating what I can lay my hands on. I still somehow managed to lose 2lb this week which I think is probably a combination of both breastfeeding and the stress we have been under recently.

As of Thursday, I am back on the weight loss train completely. I want to get to my goal and be able to run around after my children without worrying about being breathless. I want to be able to look in the mirror and like what I see. With Steve joining me for the journey, I am looking forward to getting those healthy meals back in and my walking back into my routine as I struggled towards the end of my pregnancy. I may start writing my weight loss diaries again – is this something you would like to see?

Olivia

Excuse my absence for the past few days – I had got guest posts lined up which I planned to schedule this past weekend in case a certain person made their appearance – I didn’t even get the chance to schedule any of them (so they will be going up over the next few weeks) as look who made her appearance in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Meet Olivia, born on the 8th of January at 6.52am, weighing 6lb 1 oz. She’s absolutely adorable and Jack adores her. Bare with me whilst I get myself back into my routine around her and I hope you look forward to reading all about her on the blog in the months to come..