8/28/16

Kinder Surprise Egg Opening

Another Sunday, another Kinder Egg opening. You can tell she was really excited to open this one.

8/21/16

Kinder Egg Surprise Sunday

It's Sunday and that means it's time for another Kinder Egg Reveal. We're home from our London vacation, but I still have lots of Kinder Egg videos to show you guys.


8/14/16

Kinder Egg Surprise Reveal

Time for another Kinder Egg reveal. Do your kids love Kinder Eggs? Let me know what their favorite prize is that they've unwrapped.

8/7/16

Kinder Sunrise Egg Unwrapping

I mean, who doesn't love Kinder Eggs. Here's another video with a special surprise treat. Stop by every Sunday to see what we're unwrapping.

7/28/16

Summer Abroad with Kids :: Nevis Mountain Range

In the summer of 2016 our family set off to spend 8 weeks in London. We would explore the city and live like locals, renting a flat in Westminster. This was a far cry from our beach home in Florida and took a little adjusting to. We thrived in our new home away from home and had a jolly good time with many adventures along the way. This post is one installment in my series: Summer Abroad {with Kids}.

A Visit to Scotland and the Nevis Mountain Range

Last week we took a break from our travels in London, and headed up to the Scottish Highlands for a little getaway. We stayed in Fort Williams and decided to take a day and spend it at the Nevis Range Mountain Resort

We started off our day with a ride on the Mountain Gondola. I was skeptical on whether or not the kids would like it. Well let me tell you that they LOVED it. The ride itself was smooth and we loved looking out at the beautiful scenery.

The top of the mountain was my kids' favorite area to explore. There were trails with little streams and mountain bikers whizzing by. There was even a tube slide that was included in the price of your Gondola ticket.


But probably the highlight of our visit to the Nevis Range Mountain Resort was the High Wire Adventure ropes course. The two kids and my husband did the courses and everyone loved it. The highlight of my day was watching the kids complete the different challenges.

Squirrel Course
There were several different courses you could choose. My daughter was too short for any of them except the Squirrel, the lowest of the courses. But she loved doing it over and over again. My son and husband on the other hand completed the Squirrel, Barn Owl, and Wild Cat.

Barn Owl Course
Seeing my son (age 9) climbing in the trees and then zip lining down was amazing. He's a nervous kid so for him to gather the confidence to complete it was a huge deal. 

Wild Cat Course
I can't recommend a visit to the Nevis Range Mountain Resort enough. We had such a delightful day playing in the beautiful nature of Scotland.

Thank you to the Nevis Range Mountain Resort for providing a complimentary Gondola ride. All opinions are my own.

7/26/16

London Theatre with Kids :: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This post is part of my Summer Abroad with Kids series. You can read all about our summer travels in London with kids here.


One of the things top on our list of to do this summer in London was to take in as much local theatre and arts as possible. The accessibility of theatre for families in London is unlike anything we have in the states. The other night we took the kids to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was amazing. The special effects dazzled with all sorts of surprises throughout the show. That being said, for me this show didn't even come close to being as great as Matilda. I think both kids agreed with me that it was great, it just wasn't as great as Matilda.


So should you go and see it? I say yes! It was great and the kids will love it, but if you have to choose between Charlie and Matilda, I would go and see Matilda (sorry Charlie).

I used the site Theatre Monkey to read the reviews on all the different seat options at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This was the best way for me to find out the best of the cheapest seats. 

7/24/16

Kinder Surprise Chocolate Egg Reveal

These kids are going to be so sad when we head back to the US without Kinder Eggs. Did you know that they've been banned in the US since 1938? You can read a little more about the history of the Kinder Egg here. Enjoy this unwrapping!

7/21/16

Summer Abroad with Kids :: A Visit to the London Zoo

In the summer of 2016 our family set off to spend 8 weeks in London. We would explore the city and live like locals, renting a flat in Westminster. This was a far cry from our beach home in Florida and took a little adjusting to. We thrived in our new home away from home and had a jolly good time with many adventures along the way. This post is one installment in my series: Summer Abroad {with Kids}.

A Visit to the London Zoo
The weather in London has been stunning lately. I really think this city gets a bad rap when it comes to weather. Since it's been so nice the kids and I decided to take a day and spend it at the London Zoo. Now I should tell you that Jacksonville has an amazing zoo. No aquarium, but our zoo is out of this world. For this reason we typically don't even bother to visit zoos when we're on vacation. But they really wanted to so we decided to give it a go. I knew the London Zoo would have to be something special to really wow my kids, and it didn't disappoint. 
For starters, this zoo is massive. It even has an aquarium (take that Jacksonville). If you're an American, think Animal Kingdom or Busch Gardens, but without the rides. That's the quality, cleanliness and size of this particular zoo. My kids loved wandering around to see all of the animal exhibits.

My favorite part of the zoo was Gorilla Kingdom. I swear, it seemed like every enclosure had some type of baby animal in it. We sat for a long time just watching the mamas and their babies interacting. The kids thought it was amazing, especially since they'd never seen baby apes that close up (and neither had I for that matter).
While everyone loved Gorilla Kingdom, I must say that the kids' favorite part of the day was the Lemurs. When they say "In with the Lemurs" they aren't kidding. You are literally walking around inside the Lemur enclosure.
I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that we went into this area 6 times during our visit. If you go, I recommend attending one of the Lemur talks. They tell you all about them, but the also feed them at this time so they are very active.
Trying to get a good Lemur picture!
Overall our day at the London Zoo was nothing short of amazing. The beautiful weather helped in that aspect, but the zoo itself is well worth a visit if you're visiting London with kids.

Thank you to the London Zoo for giving us complimentary admission in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and we would have gladly paid to attend this wonderful zoo.

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7/19/16

London Theatre with Kids :: Wicked

This post is part of my Summer Abroad with Kids series. You can read all about our summer travels in London with kids here.


One of the things top on our list of to do this summer in London was to take in as much local theatre and arts as possible. The accessibility of theatre for families in London is unlike anything we have in the states. One of our most anticipated shows for this trip was Wicked.

My daughter has been begging for tickets to Wicked for years. As soon as we knew we were coming to London we went ahead and purchased our Wicked tickets.

My husband and I had seen Wicked 7 years ago when it came to town, but this was the first time for the kids. They are huge fans of the Wizard of Oz and have been looking forward to the show for a while.

Wicked was just as amazing as you would expect. My daughter called it a "dream come true" and my son loved some of the witty references to the original Wizard of Oz story. Overall, it was a great show the entire family enjoyed.


7/14/16

London Theatre with Kids :: Matilda

This post is part of my Summer Abroad with Kids series. You can read all about our summer travels in London with kids here.


One of the things top on our list of to do this summer in London was to take in as much local theatre and arts as possible. The accessibility of theatre for families in London is unlike anything we have in the states. Last week we decided to take the kids to see Matilda.

Holy cow, this performance knocked our socks off. I've been a fan of musical theatre since a young age and Matilda is one of the best shows I've seen a long time.


We bought the cheap seats for the show for a few reasons. First, there weren't a lot left since it was short notice. Second, I wanted to get tickets to a few other shows so we decided to go cheap in order to see more. 

View from the cheap seats.

I used the site Theatre Monkey to read the reviews on all the different seat options at the Cambridge Theatre. This was the best way for me to find out the best of the cheapest seats. 

Overall, Matilda gets 2 big thumbs up from all the members of our family. Both kids (ages 6 & 9) thought it was amazing. My son even commented that our seats were terrific.

7/12/16

London Theatre with Kids :: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This post is part of my Summer Abroad with Kids series. You can read all about our summer travels in London with kids here.


One of the things top on our list of to do this summer in London was to take in as much local theatre and arts as possible. The accessibility of theatre for families in London is unlike anything we have in the states. Our first arts experience in London was a visit to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


We decided to attend a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a performance geared towards kids and was attended by school groups. It was an excellent chance for our kids (ages 6 & 9) to enjoy a trip to the orchestra.


If you're visiting London I highly recommend a visit to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It was fun for the whole family. Royal Albert Hall is a stunning venue that even my 6 year old could appreciate.

7/10/16

Happy Sunday :: Time for Another Kinder Egg Reveal

Once again, I'm sharing one of our Kinder Egg reveals with you. We've been spending the summer in London so they kids have had a blast unwrapping chocolate eggs.

7/7/16

Summer Abroad with Kids :: London SeaLife Aquarium

In the summer of 2016 our family set off to spend 8 weeks in London. We would explore the city and live like locals, renting a flat in Westminster. This was a far cry from our beach home in Florida and took a little adjusting to. We thrived in our new home away from home and had a jolly good time with many adventures along the way. This post is one installment in my series: Summer Abroad {with Kids}.

London Sea Life Aquarium
My kids love aquariums, since we don't have one in Jacksonville we try to visit the aquarium in any city we go to, and London was no exception. It was a rainy afternoon last week when we stopped by the London Sea Life Aquarium for a visit. 

Inside the underwater tube.
The first thing you notice when you visit the London Sea Life Aquarium is how dark it is. It took a little while for my eyes to adjust, but once they did you realized that the darkness made it possible to appreciate the sea life so much more. The water seemed to glow in all the tanks as you moved throughout the aquarium. 


The exhibits at the aquarium were interesting and some of them were even interactive. The kids had a great time exploring and learning about all the different fish and habitats around London. 


I'd say you need a few hours to make your way through the entire aquarium. There are different tours and behind the scene activities you can pay extra for, but we choose not to. Everyone had a great afternoon exploring the aquarium and I'm glad we went.

Thank you London Sea Life Aquarium for giving us complimentary tickets in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
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