Mama to Emilia ‘Little E’ our two year old energetic, whirlwind, wife to Mr C and baby 2 due to arrive in June. I started a blog when Little E was a baby but I couldn’t keep it up, I much prefer instagram with immediate responses from followers if I’m struggling. It’s such a supportive community. It’s filled with photos of our life, favourite bits and recommendations.
Favourite places to eat: We quickly learnt after one too many fails that eating out with a toddler wasn’t for us! We now save visiting nice restaurants to our time and with Little E we explore soft play areas in family pubs, Frankie & Bennys (noise levels are good) & Trentham Gardens (Stoke-on-Trent) where the Cafe sits in a children’s area filled with toys and books although sometimes she’s plays with things from the garden centre and we pop them back on the shelf before we leave!
Favourite places to go: We absolutely loved Think Tank. Little E had such a fab time there and loved exploring the little make believe village where they can dress up and pretend to serve food in the cafe or be a doctor in the surgery. It was fab to see her so excited! Dudley Zoo is also a great day out with a free return ticket. Alton Towers Splash Landings for swimming it’s cheap in the week and lots to do for all ages, baby to big ones. All of these places you can take your own food.
Favourite places to shop for your little guides: I’m an insta queen so I mostly try to shop small. Some of my current favourites include Leshy Lamb, Little Liddicoats, Lottie & Lysh. I’m also after a Moses basket from Tilly & Cub for our new baby as they’re beautiful and ethically made. Bibs and Booties are always a firm favourite too so I’ll be getting our new baby some sets once it arrives.
Favorite classes or groups: We adored Baby Sensory with Becky in Stafford. Happy Feet with Amy in Stone every Thursday is now Little E’s weekly class. They dance, sing & play. The Mums / Parents / Grandparents all sit round (on chairs! #winner) and watch. Half way through there’s drinks, biscuits and homemade cake!
Any other local tips?: The Wolsey Centre (Stafford) is not to be missed. It’s great for children. Pop them in their wellies and splash suit and they can run through the water and visit the ducks. They do nature trails and hunts for older children and bear hunt parties for younger ones. All owned and maintained by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
Cannock Chase – free parking (apart from the Gruffalo trail) sling up or use a carrier for back up. You don’t need to walk far to feel free and start breathing in the fresh air. Perfect safe place for children to explorer and run wild.