Yesterday we visited Eats from the Street food festival at Nugent Shopping Centre in Orpington.  I made sure not to have too much for breakfast so by the time we got there for lunch I was famished!

Despite the clouds the weather thankfully held out and was even sunny!

When we got out the car the first thing that struck me was the delicious smells coming from the festival. There were about 15 stalls of food and drink on offer ranging from:

Grill meats

Greek meze

Pulled meats

Caribbean BBQ

Fresh donuts

I headed to the pulled meat van and got myself pulled chicken and sweetcorn hummus in a brioche roll with rosemary salted chips.

Look!

The roll was good but wow, the chips were amazing! So amazing that my whole family chose to share with me!

Joe and the children got pizza.

Violet really loved the double decker bus which was converted to enable people to go inside and sit and eat at tables.

There were also crayons and paper for kids to do colouring. This pleased Violet immensely!

Ezra’s favourite thing at the festival was undoubtedly the 2 bubble machines. He LOVES bubbles!

Once we had eaten we went to get ice cream.

Although pricey at £2.50 for a small scoop Violet confirmed that it was delicious!

We left the festival with full tummies. We will definitely return again next year!

 

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If there’s one thing Joe and I really enjoy then it’s food! We love going to a restaurant for a date, or to the local pub for a roast. Now that we have small children, eating out as a family can be challenging. And couple time? Well, it’s few and far between! We are lucky to live near Bromley where there is a regular food market. Be it fresh fish, stinky cheeses or food from around the world, we love exploring the stalls. So to hear that there’s a food festival happening this weekend in Orpington is music to our ears!!

Eats from the Streets is a pop-up street food festival happening this weekend, 19th-20th August at Nugent Shopping Centre in Orpington from 11am to 6pm.

The festival will see artisan vendors serve up a multitude of different cuisines from around the world, such as homemade Italian pizza, Caribbean barbeque, Vietnamese noodles and traditional Greek dishes. I know Violet will be very excited to hear there will also be pudding with cupcake and donut stalls!

There is also going to be a converted double decker Routemaster bus which has been transformed into a dining area. I know this will delight Ezra as he loves buses!

The weather looks like it will be kind to the festival, but whatever the weather I’m sure there will be a wonderful atmosphere.

We will be there this weekend and I hope you decide to pop along too!!

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As I’ve said previously on the blog, I am quite particular when it comes to the children’s clothes. I like bright, colourful and practical clothes. Much to Violet’s dismay I’m not into frills and embellishments. And I really don’t like slogans! I like soft fabric which is comfy and durable. The Scandi style is my favourite. Effortlessly cool and beautiful.

So to have a school friend who recently launched her own children’s clothing label which fits all of my key criteria is just the bee’s knees!

Mary is the brains, blood, sweat and tears behind Bear & Babe. She’s mum to a 3 year old boy (Bear) and 1 year old girl (Babe) and lives in Sheffield. She started off making clothes for her daughter and then decided to set up her own business. The brand is quickly gathering momentum, orders are coming in thick and fast. I wonder how Mary finds the time between looking after her family and her job as a nanny!

At the Bear & Babe shop you’ll find leggings, harem pants, rompers, bibs and hoodies. Mary is always coming up with new designs so this isn’t an exhaustive list.

The cotton jersey is super soft, the seams are strong and the elastic is not too tight. Violet can be hard to please when it comes to clothes. She has sensory issues with sleeves, seams and elastic. So for her to put on her leggings and just run off and play is a testament to how comfortable they are!

They wash beautifully and the seams have all stayed intact. The colours have remained bright despite the wear of young children and regular washing. I absolutely love seeing my children in bright, fun clothing which is so comfortable.

So go and have a browse on etsy. You can’t go wrong with handmade leggings for £10 or a hoodie for £15! By supporting a small business you are helping make dreams a reality!

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We were sent these clothes in return of an honest review.

Violet and Ezra love bath time so when we were asked to review InfaCare Night-Time Baby Bath I knew it would be a good one for us.

The first thing I noticed when I ran the bath was how many bubbles it created!! I knew for my children this would be a huge selling point as they absolutely love playing with bubbles in the bath. We have been disappointed previously when fun packaging lured us to a product but then it did not deliver the bubbles. The bubbles from InfaCare were still there at the end of the bath so this definitely impressed all of us!

The children have a bath every other night and it is part of their bedtime routine.  I like using bath products which have a calming scent. This had a soft lavender scent which did feel very soothing. It left a delicious clean scent on their skin, not overpowering at all. InfaCare is gentle on skin and suitable for babies and children who are prone to dry and sensitive skin.

The bottle is absolutely massive and I only had to use a little in the bath so it’s going to last ages!

Overall I would give this bath wash 10/10 for bubbles, scent and value for money (around £3.50 a bottle). I would recommend InfaCare and will happily continue to use it with my children.

We were sent this product in return of an honest review.

Violet and Ezra love fancy dress. Violet is frequently seen in our little high street in her purple Rapunzel dress and Ezra enjoys galloping around the house in the zebra costume! So the opportunity to review a Halloween dress was really exciting.

Tickled Pink Fancy Dress stock a huge range of fancy dress costumes for children and adults. Their website is really well laid out and easy to use. Helpfully their costumes are organised into themes so finding something suitable is very simple. I headed over to the Halloween section and was on the look out for something glittery for Violet. After some deliberations I settled on the green Spider Witch dress:

Violet is 4 years old and very slim. I chose size age 5-6 so that there was some growing room.

Once the order was placed the dress arrived 2 days later. I was very happy with the delivery service and also the details sent in the order emails.

Violet opened the package and almost couldn’t contain her excitement to try it on.

My first impression was that the green was really pretty and the glitter wasn’t that awful kind that just scatters everywhere. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a lining under the skirt to give it some more shape. However, as soon as Violet put it on she started to complain about the elastic on the little sleeves. She said it was really tight and itchy. I was surprised that the elastic felt so tight as she is a very slim girl and her arms definitely shouldn’t feel uncomfortable in an age 5-6 dress.

The witches hat which comes with the dress was pretty basic with the green trim. I wonder whether some spider detail or glitter on it would have made it a little more exciting.

Violet is going to a Halloween party at her school before half-term and I really hoped she would wear this dress. But she’s made her mind up that the sleeves are too tight and doesn’t want to wear it. Such a shame! I think that perhaps if I got her a black long sleeved top to wear underneith then the elastic may not feel quite so itchy on her arms, so that might be a solution to the problem.
The outfit is available for £10.99 which seems fairly standard for a Halloween costume. There are various delivery charge options on the website depending how quickly you want to receive it.

Overall I would say this is a pretty Halloween costume however sizing does seem to be on the small side. I also feel as though the outfit was missing a bit of detail which I was expecting.