Weekend away – Birmingham!

Hi guys! This blog post is about our recent stay at Hotel Du Vin in Birmingham. It was so amazing that some of the attractions on our agenda got put on the back burner as we just wanted to enjoy the room! There is also lots of info about some attractions we have visited in the area. I had lots of questions about various things during our stay, and I’ve tried to answer them all below!

We always go to Birmingham by car as it’s under a 2hr drive from London and really convenient for us. I love driving and the kids are always so happy and calm in the car, so it’s just the best option for us.


The first stop on this stay was to the World’s biggest Primark! We parked at the NCP car park – Birmingham high street – which is only a 3 minute walk from Primark, and only a couple of pounds for a couple of hours.

The Primark is absolutely huge and is spread across 5 floors. Other than really fab clothing ranges (so much more than in your local store) there are things such as a beauty store, barbers and three dining experiences. Of course our main reason for the visit was the DISNEY CAFÉ – The first in the world outside of a Disney park.


I was expecting it to be packed as it was the half-term but it wasn’t too bad. We waited less than 5 minutes to be seated in a fab booth with an interactive screen built into the table. Jai loved it and kept us all entertained whilst we waited for our food.

You have to go and order at the till for your food and drinks. The only Disney things that I saw on the menu were the Mickey pancakes and waffles – so we ordered both! The kids meals were a decent price at £5, and the kids had pasta.

I would say that there is a certain buzz missing from the restaurant. The food is decent and fairly priced, the themed decor is fab and the Disney music is great – but the service really was lacking. It felt like the service you’d receive in a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s or subway. Whereas in a Disney environment you’d expect a really fun, bubbly and animated experience which we did not receive at all.

There’s quite a decent Disney range in the store too. Jai and Mila both picked a teddy. Mickey and Minnie ones of course!

By the time we finished at Primark, we decided to go straight to the hotel as it was time to check in.


Just staying at this hotel, in the beautiful principal suite – named Penfolds Grange, was the highlight of our stay – and we couldn’t have wished for a better night sleep! This room is the kind of room that will make your jaw drop upon entering and will have you feeling like a real VIP. In the words of @Milaroseandme – I was like Mariah Carey in that suite! Haha!

Here’s the room tour:

The bed was just unreal. 8ft (so big enough for all four of us to sleep in and still feel like we had so much space!) The pillows were the comfiest I’ve felt and the Egyptian cotton sheets gave that extra added comfort too.

The main bedroom also has a lounge area with a large plasma screen. We enjoyed sitting in this part of the room, having late night room service whilst the kids slept.

The kids didn’t need to sleep in our bed, but they are so used to co-sleeping with us that they did. There is an adjourning twin room with a desk and TV, which was perfect for them. Even the single beds in there were unbelievably comfy, and they spent most of their evening in their watching telly and playing!

Another huge highlight for us about this suite was the bathroom. Twin roll top baths, a twin shower (which was so powerful!) and two basins too, meaning we didn’t have to fight over the mirror for once!

We could have a relaxing bath together (well not in the same bath, if far too large for that haha) but we were right next to each other, relaxing and sipping Prosecco. What a luxury!! And the kids were just next door, with our baby monitor helping us to keep a close eye as they slept. We had no worries and had the most relaxing hour.

The staff were all so lovely. Nothing was too much. Mila woke up unusually for a bottle at midnight, so I called reception for a bottle of milk. It was brought to our room in under a minute. I guess her screaming was heard loud and clear over the phone!

The room service we ordered was yummy. There was a £3.50 charge for the service which I thought was really reasonable. There is an extensive kids menu too with plenty of variety.

Breakfast at Hotel Du Vin

Our breakfast was gifted as part of our stay, and when you book a room at this hotel, there is an option to add breakfast. Definitely do! The decor within the bistro is stunning. It’s so traditional and in Jai’s words “posh” haha. You get to chose a cooked breakfast, and we both went for the avocado on toast. Samirs was with poached eggs, and when I told the waiter that I was basically vegan, he suggested adding the vegan sausages to my breakfast. They were delicious!

The cooked breakfast was really yummy but the highlight was definitely the country table that offers freshly squeezed juices in glass bottles, cereals, baked pastries, fresh fruit, natural yoghurts and crunchy granola. This is all included in the price of your cooked breakfast which is fab!

If you love the look of Hotel Du Vin as much as we enjoyed staying there, click here for more info.

Sea Life Birmingham

This was our second time visiting this sea life centre and we really love it there. The layout is really fun, and there is lots to see and do.

The first area is the penguins and this is always a huge hit for the kids. They spend about 20 minutes here watching them dive in and swim really close by.

There are lots of areas where you can go underneath tanks and get up close to the different sea creatures. They also make for some fab photo opportunities!

There is also a cinema, you can listen to talks and watch feeding times and our fave – the ocean tunnel – filled with sharks and huge turtles!


Located a couple of minutes walk away from sea life, these two attractions make for the perfect day out! We didn’t actually go on our last trip as didn’t have time – but we last went just 4 weeks ago. So here’s what we got up to!

This place is a must for any Lego fan. There are so many areas filled with thousands of Lego pieces and the kids can just let their imaginations run wild and build away!

There is a Lego duplo area too – fab for the littler ones like Mila! It includes a play house with slide, and large Lego blocks, amongst other things.

There’s also two really good rides. I had no idea there were any until we arrived and I really think they are so cool! The first one is a lazer themed ride, where you and your family ride around in a car and shoot with your lazer guns! It is similar to the buzz light year ride at Disneyland which is Jai’s absolute favourite, so he loved this ride!

We also thought MINILAND was really cool. There are lots of landmarks made from an impressive 1.5 million Lego bricks and there’s lots of interactive areas, such as boat racing!

There’s also a café right in the middle of the discovery centre, and they do a really cool Lego lunch box meal for kids. (You can take away the lunch box and reuse at home!)

There’s also a 4D cinema playing and a soft play area – so there’s plenty of things to keep them occupied. There is also a new under 5s club – and on certain days there is special storytelling and workshops for the little ones too!

You can save money by booking sea life and LDC together. You have 90 days from using the first ticket, to visit the other attraction, so doesn’t have to be the same day. (Although like I’ve said it’s super convenient to do so, as they are opposite each other)

You can click here to book!

October half term – what we got up to!

Hi guys! This blog post is all about what we have done this half term. Many of you will have children on half term this week so hopefully you will be able to gain some ideas and days out inspiration. I also will be able to look back on this next year for some ideas of my own as lots of the events will be on again next year. I love looking back at our memories of what we’ve done together!

Halloween on the London Eye

First up was a spooky storytelling session on the London eye! This was the first time we’ve ever been on the London eye, so that was special in itself. Then add on a storyteller, a giant pumpkin and some other props – along with four spooky tales, it was the perfect Halloween activity.

Included in our experience was a hotel chocolat goody bag, 30 minute rotation, fast track onto the London eye and of course the spooky storyteller.

This event is now SOLD OUT. Definitely one to book on early to next year!

Diwali event at Brent Cross

We popped into Brent Cross to see their Diwali celebrations before we went for dinner. I was only planning on staying for ten minutes but there was so much to do. This event is finished now as it was only on for that weekend, but just wanted to spread the word of the fabulous free events that Brent Cross always put on.

There was arts and crafts, henna, storytelling for the kids (which Jai did not want to leave!) and it was all decorated so beautifully. It really got us in the spirit of the beautiful festival of light!

Kids eat free – at YO! Sushi

We were kindly invited along for a family meal at one of our FAVE restaurants. I have to be honest though, it’s not somewhere I thought about taking the kids, especially as Jai is such a fussy eater. We obviously loved our food as always. Avocado Maki, pumpkin katsu curry, Tofu katsu curry…. the list goes on….. my favourite foods ever!

We were pleasantly surprised that Jai actually tucked into the cucumber maki, chicken katsu curry and the biggest hit of all was the Japanese fries which were so yummy!

Kids eat free this half term…and with the mini ninja meal, they get a starter, main and drink for free!! Add a dessert for just £1.50!

Click here for more info

Pumpkin festival at Willows activity farm

On Monday we headed to Willows activity farm, and again, we had never been there before – so a new one to us! We drove past recently and it looked fab – the big Peter rabbit sign got Jai really excited, so we knew we had to make a trip!

There is so much to do besides the Halloween activities, such as: feeding the farm animals, meeting Peter rabbit and friends, watching shows (there’s currently a seasonal one on) going on rides, riding on the runaway tractor and using the huge indoor soft play! All of this is included in the price, including the rides which you’d normally have to pay for elsewhere!

Then there’s a huge pumpkin patch where there are some great photo ops! Plus, all children get to take home a pumpkin for free! Or, if you’d prefer, head to the pumpkin carving tent where you can get the messiness out of the way and carve your scary pumpkin. There’s also lots of Halloween themed arts and crafts in there, which Jai really enjoyed!

The whole farm was decorated amazingly for Halloween! Such a lovely day out for the half term. We spent over 5 hours there, and could have easily spent longer.

Click here to book tickets

The Gruffalo trail

This is a free trail which you can find all year round at Horsenden Hill, near Perivale. If you watched our stories, you would have seen we got into a bit of a nightmare! We found the first two characters, but then took a wrong turn and got lost. We came across someone who looked like a stereotypical MURDERER and then a group of women who appeared to be doing some sort of WITCHCRAFT in the middle of the woods. Spooky stuff fit for Halloween 😂 It’s safe to say that after that we got out of there as fast as we could and didn’t see the Gruffalo!

Don’t let that put you off though! We are definitely going back as it’s so close to us and we have to finish what we started!

My tips are:

Don’t take a buggy

Take a photo of the map which is located at the start (we didn’t see this)

Go with another adult just in case 😂

The pumpkin trail at Northfields allotments

Now this event is only on for the one day, but I’m writing about it as this post will be shared again next year. We love this annual event in the community I grew up in. Northfields allotments are the oldest in London, and this event originally began a few years ago as they were at risk of being built upon.

The allotments have now been saved, but this fabulously free event lives on. The allotment is filled with pumpkins, skeletons, wizard huts, witches and much more! There are hot drinks, mulled wine and a BBQ – all of which are reasonably priced.

Last year, it was great weather and we went at about 6.30pm when it was dark. Everyone was using torches to find their way. This year the weather was rubbish – rainy and cold, so we opted to go earlier on (didn’t want to be slipping over whilst holding Mila!) I definitely think it was more fun in the dark, and next year I will go at a later time – depending on the weather!

Stick man at the Oxford Playhouse

Our final day out was a trip to the Oxford Playhouse to watch Stick man!

It’s another fabulous show by Freckle productions and includes all of the high energy, lovely songs and the interactivity we expect from one of their shows!

The Stick Man is a children’s story by Julia Donaldson, which focuses on the adventure of a stick who gets separated from his family. This adaption is original and funny – it got lots of giggles from Jai! There were also plenty of opportunities to get the audience involved which Jai always loves.

The show is 1 hour long with no interval. It’s showing at the Oxford Playhouse until the 30th October – and then continues touring various locations until the end of the year. 

It’s also on in London at the LSQ theatre until 5th January 2020!

Click here for London tickets

Click here for tour tickets

Paradise Wildlife Park – Jai’s 5th Birthday)

Hi guys! So it’s been a little while Since I’ve posted on the blog. But we are back with this post that is all about Jai’s fifth birthday day out to Paradise wildlife Park.

Every year on Jai’s birthday, as well as having a party, we like to go on a family day out. This year we decided on Paradise wildlife Park as not only does it have lots of animals which he loves, there are lots of other activities for the kids and most importantly the dinosaurs which Jai is still obsessed with and has been for as long as I can remember.

So the drive was good and only took us just under an hour, and there is plenty of free parking which is great.

We started off our day at the birds of paradise section which was really quiet as it was in the other side of the park to where people usually enter. We looked around all the different types of owls and Jai asked lots of questions about them which I was able to answer due to the information outside of each cage (I would’ve had no clue otherwise but Jai thinks I’m super intelligent)

We then came across one of the many play areas. To be honest, on all of our days out I’ve never seen any attractions with so many different play areas. The first one that we went to is right next to the birds of paradise section, had slides and swings and all of the other things you’d expect of a kids playground, but also had a cute gypsy caravan and fire truck which the kids could actually go inside, play in and even slide out of.

We then came across the crazy golf which looked really good but as I was alone with the kids and pushchairs we’re not allowed inside the golf course we were unable to do it this time. But if you have older children or babies In a sling for example, then you should definitely do it as it looked really good and it was a themed course. At this point there was also Disney music playing in the background and I just felt so happy. It was Aladins a whole new world, isn’t it weird how a song can just make you feel happy.

We then went to another play area and Jai loved the slide, which he went down about 10 times before I convinced him that we should go and get ice cream. So off we went and we got an ice cream from the little shop next to the play area. Also next to that was a little tent where you can buy your animal feed from. We bought one bag for 1 pounds and off we went into the animal area to feed some animals.

I was so impressed with the variety of different animals that you can find at Paradise wildlife Park. Not only are there lots of farm animals which you can feed, there is also a really Impressive range of zoo animals, from Lions and Tigers to Zebras and monkeys. We spent well over an hour looking at them all, and could have easily spent longer but lunch was calling.

Off we went to the Safari diner, which caters for all of the family. Mila had a fish finger kids meal and demolished the lot, Jai had the lunchbox option and I went for a yummy veggie burger meal. Plenty of seating and the air con was lovely on a very hot day!

After we finished lunch, we were just in time to watch one of the kids shows which is right outside of the Safari diner. Jai got really stuck in to the dancing and had lots of fun! He then said he wanted to go in the playground near by. This was Jai’s favourite okay area out of them all. The pirates cove is seriously impressive, and there are so many areas inside and behind the pirate ship that this picture below does not capture. I was also really lucky to snap this picture as the play area was packed, but all the kids had run to the back of the ship at this exact moment 😆

After a good thirty minute play in the pirate ship, and the other two play areas directl6 adjacent to the ship, it was time for the world of dinosaurs! As this was one of the main things which attracted us to PWP, we were very excited about this bit, and Jai had asked to see the dinosaurs from the minute we entered the gates!

We have been to A LOT of dinosaur attractions – but I have to say this was the best! From the Dino daycare (which featured lots of cute baby dinosaurs!) And the ENORMITY of some of the dinosaurs, to the realistic sounds and various photo opportunities, we absolutely loved it. There’s a little dinosaur themed gift shop at he end of the trail as well which I couldn’t get Jai out of!

As we were walking through the trail, we noticed the ‘the Rex express’ which looked really fun. It’s a train that ventures through the world of dinosaurs and also past the wolves. Mila enjoyed looking around and Jai of course loved talking about all the dinosaurs he could see. Mila refused to sit on my lap, and wanted to sit next to big brother.

We ended the day at the paradise lagoon splash pool, which is the perfect ending to a summer day out! It’s a paddling pool with a slide, and plenty of seating to sit and watch. There is also a handy little beach hut which sells swimming nappies, towels, sun cream etc (any essentials you may have forgotten.) I did actually forget a towel so I purchased a hooded one for £8 which is not too bad, considering we now use it every week for swimming!

There are others things to do that we didn’t get round to doing. Such as the national speedway museum, indoor soft play and the safari adventure golf.

Overall we had an amazing day and Jai thoroughly enjoyed his birthday at PWP. We will definitely be back and we are actually looking forward to attending the Halloween events there. Find below some of the upcoming events at PWP:

Our tickets were kindly gifted, but all opinions are our own.

Lee Valley Park Farms

Hi everyone! So yesterday we visited Lee Valley park farms which we were kindly gifted tickets to. We had never been there, or any of the other Lee Valley facilities. I had heard of them before and I always see the signs when I’m driving on the motorway so I was intrigued!


There are so many different options for a fab day out at Lee Valley regional park such as horse riding or water sports at the white water centre! We opted for the farm and the summer bounce, which is an incredible land based inflatable zone! (We are heading there next week so look out for the review for that one!)

So, back to the farm. It took us 40 minutes from west London and was a nice drive as we left at 10am, missing rush hour. There is plenty of free parking on site and the cutest little milk hut outside the farm where you can buy fresh milk from the cows there!


We headed inside, showed our pre-booked tickets and off we went. We were provided with the timings of all of the different shows, along with a map of the farm. We first went to feed the animals which Jai loves! The feed costs £1.75 a bag and is plenty for your visit. Jai is always nervous at first feeding the bigger animals, but within minutes he is eager to feed all of the animals and just loves it! There are a wide variety of animals and they all appeared well cared for. Next, Jai got to feed some donkeys their apples, and then groom them! This is something he’s never done before so was a fun new experience!

Then Jai saw the first of the play areas and he was adamant he wanted to go in there. Its called the Dino dig and splash and Its filled with sand and water, so I suggested we come back at the end of the day but he wasn’t having any of it. Luckily I bring spare clothes for him wherever we go so he can do messy play like this, so off he went. He spent about half an hour pumping water down a bridge, playing in the sand and looking for fossils! (there’s a fun little dinosaur section where there are large fossils under the sand for the kids to look for which was fun!) We then got cleaned up and walked around the other animal section, which will lead you to the next play area.

We took a leisurely stroll around the animals, again feeding them, stopping and taking photos, and talking about the animals. It took us about 15 minutes to reach the next play area and I really enjoyed that time with the kids. No one else walked that route (they all took the shortcut to the play area which is directly across) which made the route quiet and relaxing, and felt just like taking a stroll through the countryside.

We then made it to the next play area which is called Hilltop adventure, named after its picturesque views! There are plenty of hand washing facilities around by the way so he was able to wash his hands immediately before we walked into the play area. There’s a little ones area with ride on cars, play houses and large play bricks. I would say that area is ideal for ages 1-3 years but even at nearly 5 years old Jai still very much enjoys these areas, and played in there for a good 15 minutes before I dragged him away for lunch.

There are plenty of picnic tables around this play area so we sat down and enjoyed our packed lunch in the sun. Jai then ran off onto the large bouncy area and had a great time on there! The kids were all loving it! We then spotted to the right of us the Alpine adventure! It looked so fun and Jai hadn’t done anything like that before! It’s basically like a Toboggan run where you sit in a donut and get pushed down a hill! As it was just me and the kids, I couldn’t go down with Jai as I was watching Mila. You can chose to go down with your child or they can go alone. I didn’t think Jai would do it but I spurred him on (it didn’t take much to be honest) because I knew he would have fun!

I was so surprised when he hopped on and down he went! It was such a fun and different experience for him and he enjoyed it! He did say that next time mummy or daddy HAVE to go on it with him! I wish I could have gone on it, it looked so fun!!

Then we went and looked at more animals which included reindeers and llamas! The reindeers really excited Jai, and off he went singing Jingle bells and talking about Christmas!

It was then time for a well deserved coffee and ice cream (you can guess who wanted what!) and there was the perfect place for it. Another play area, this time a farm yard themed one, where there’s a little shop serving coffees, ice cream, snacks and more and plenty of benches where I could sit and watch Jai play. We stayed here for a good 45 minutes, enjoying the sunshine and having fun.

Before we knew it we had to get going as we had a booking for after. As we exited the playground, we saw the meerkats. There’s a lovely little viewing tower which looks over their enclosure and gives you gorgeous view a of the farm. Then as we went to leave, I noticed a lovely indoor soft play area but I hurried Jai along because if he would have seen it we definitely would have been late for our next booking.

The weather was great so we didn’t need the indoor area, but it’s definitely one to keep in mind for if the weather changes, you can still very much enjoy your time whilst you wait for the sun to come back out!

On our way out we went to the gift shop and Jai chose his toy. On every day out he gets to pick a  little something as a souvenir for the trip. He picked a small soft lamb, which was reasonably priced at £3.

Overall we had a fab day. The weather was great, we spent our whole time outdoors, it was relaxing, busy but not over crowded or loud and we got to see and do lots of different things. We didn’t get around to watching any shows, going on the tractor ride (which looks great) or going inside the indoor play area, but they will be ones for next time!

Below are the ticket prices which are so reasonable for a farm with so many things to do:

You can find out any other further info by clicking here, as well as booking your tickets.

You can choose from hundreds of great days out and things to do across Lee Valley Regional Park. Whether it’s bird watching at one of the many nature reserves, following in the tyre tracks of Olympic greats at Lee Valley VeloPark, jumping on horseback at Lee Valley Riding Centre or simply exploring the countryside with a guided walk. Find out more at www.visitleevalley.org.uk/myleevalley

* Our tickets were gifted but all opinions are our own*

Working Mama – www.childcare.co.uk

Ahhh these last 9 months really have been bliss! Other than being a bit broke, I really do love maternity leave life! I’m sure with Jai I was more eager to return to work. Maybe it’s because he was such hard work and I appreciated the sleep on the commute to and from work, along with some hot coffee throughout the day! But this time is different. I’m very much enjoying spending my days with Jai and Mila! We have so much fun and I’m not totally exhausted as MiMi is a very good baby girl!

My return to work was meant to be in July as I was only going to take 6 months mat leave. I’ve now extended that to October, and you never know, I may even take the whole year and extend until December, but we shall see.

I’ve been and viewed three nurseries so far for Mila and have hated all of them which is not a good start! I then remembered about http://www.childcare.co.uk which I actually used with Jai, four years ago! I’m able to find so many different childcare options in our area, not only for Mila, but also for Jai. He’s starting reception in September and we will require after school care but we are currently on a waiting list for his schools after school club. So I’m able to find alternative childcare options for him too!

I do love how easy the app is to use. Pop in what your looking for, your postcode and how many miles you’d like the location within, and voilà – numerous options are now at your fingertips.

I love that you can look at the childminders profile, where they are able to write a bio about themselves and upload their picture. You can also see their qualifications and previous experience, along with their availability and fees.

You can also filter your results for what you require such as Ofsted registered, has a car, or accepts 2 year funding etc.

I will now be using http://www.childcare.co.uk to find what’s right for us! If you are in the same boat and need childcare, whether it’s full time or for a one off date night, I would definitely recommend this app for all of your childcare needs!

This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own of my experiences with childcare.co.uk

Learning English with Lingokids

This is our review of English learning app, Lingokids which is designed for children ages 2-8 years. ~Ad~D86ADA3C-74C8-4255-9523-D45C83F7C425.jpegOver 10 million families are registered to this app worldwide and it’s the leading English language learning app.

Jai has been using it for over a week now, and we were immediately impressed. There are so many different activities (hundreds!) which keep him entertained for ages! The daily recommended time to use the app is 20 minutes which is perfect for Jai. It’s a much more beneficial way to spend screen time.

I love the selection of activities that are available, from songs and videos, to audiobooks and immersive games – there is so much choice. It’s great because all kids learn in different ways and have different learning styles. Jai loves the games and the songs.

There are no ads, and Lingokids is certified as kidSAFE which is so important. Oxford University Press has also collaborated with them on their content which is great.

This app is really helping Jai to prepare for school, which he is starting in September. He has no interest in picking up a pen and writing at the moment, yet he is having fun with the writing games on this app! This is fine for me – he’s getting practice in, and all of the bits he is learning about letters and writing them, he will be taking in and he can put into practice when he starts school.


My favourite part is the weekly monitoring, which allows you to check on your child’s learning progress! This is such a good idea and a really easy way to identify what you can be supporting your child with.

Lingokids also works offline so it’s perfect for out and about or on long journeys. We used it yesterday whilst in the car. Jai was about to have a danger nap but we quickly avoided it with a 5 minute play on the app!

The app works on a monthly subscription but you can get a one month FREE trial below: 


Let us know if you download it and what your thoughts are! 

Disneyland on a budget

Hey all! So this is a very highly requested blog post – A guide to an affordable trip to Disneyland! It is quite lengthy but I promise you it will be worth the read if you are planning a trip on a budget. Each section is titled so you can skip through if there are only certain bits that you are interested in.

Disneyland Paris – July 2018

Summer or winter visit?

We have visited Disneyland Paris twice. In November 2017 and July 2018. Both were amazing trips for different reasons.

In late November when we went, it was so magical! Disneyland is all Christmassy, with Christmas songs, decorations, the works. It was my first time ever at Disney too.. so as I walked through the park gates, I had tears in my eyes. My childhood dreams had finally come true.

Disneyland Paris – November 2017

The downside was that is was freezing bloody cold! We definitely had not prepared for it being so cold and on our next trip it will be all about layers!!! 

In July 2018, it was gorgeous because it was amazing weather for our whole stay. The park was a lot busier but because I was pregnant with Mila at the time, we had fast track which was a godsend. We didn’t queue for longer than 10 minutes on any of the applicable rides and character meets which was amazing! (Do I have time to get preggers before December ?!)

This is also available to people with disabilities.. just head straight to the town hall in the Disneyland park upon arrival with documents proving this and you will be granted fast track for your time at the parks. (I brought along my pregnancy notes)

Disneyland Paris – July 2018

The negative of visiting in summer was that it was so much busier. We went in very early July, so before schools had started the summer holidays but it was still manic, which made us appreciate the fast track even more! 

Travel to Paris

So there are various modes of transport to get you to Paris. The one that is right for you will depend on where abouts in the UK you are, your budget and your general preferences.

I personally love flying, but I will never fly to Paris now that I know how amazing the Eurostar is. We live in West London and catch the Eurostar from st Pancras, which is about 25 minutes in the cab (early in the morning when we travel! We would take the tube but we tend to catch the first Eurostar at 5.40am when the tubes aren’t yet running)

Ready to go at St Pancras

The first thing that I love about the Eurostar is that under 4s Travel free. Obviously on the plane only under twos travel free so this is a great save it for you if you have a child in this age bracket. It does mean that the child is meant to be sitting on your lap but on all occasions Jai got his own seat. You reserve your seats online for free and you can keep changing them up until the day before you depart. This is really handy because I could monitor when people are booking seats next to us and move our seats accordingly. On the day, even when people sat next to us, there was always empty seats around, and we always had a person who was happy to move so Jai could have his own seat (they always offered)

Eurostar with Jai’s favourite teddies and the iPad with downloaded programmes on netflix!

The other thing I love about the Eurostar is that there are no luggage restrictions meaning no messing about with liquid limits or weight of your suitcases, and you can bring as many bags as you want. Everything gets to stay with you so no waiting around for your luggage on the other side and everything is just so convenient. When you get off the train you can walk straight into Paris as all of your security is done before you even get on the train.

Finally, the pricing. We tend to book at least three months in advance. Three months is the minimum time you should leave it to book as prices increase every day of this point. You can get tickets for as low as 29 pounds each way and I have never paid more than this.

We get the earliest train at 5:40 which is best for us anyway because we get more time there and we always get the latest train back at around 9:30pm. Again, this gives us more time and is the cheapest option. I have checked for flights so many times and have never found cheaper than this.

The cheapest time to go it’s always during the week so if you can midweek trip would be best. Disneyland is obviously always quieter during these times but make sure you always look into holiday dates for other countries in Europe because different times of the year such as I think it is in September there’s a Spanish festival and Disneyland gets absolutely packed this week.

Obviously if there is no convenient Eurostar station near you and that all of the methods of transport such as plain, ferry or car. Have a look into which method would suit you best financially and the journey times.


My biggest advice if you’re on a budget is to stay at a hotel outside of Disneyland. On both occasions we stayed in hotels in central Paris which meant that we could also enjoy the sights and atmosphere of this beautiful city.

In the past when I’ve looked at Disneyland Hotel quotes, which I’ve done numerous times, they are just so expensive. And then when I look at other peoples photos and reviews of the hotels I really don’t see anything special about them other than that they are in close proximity to the parks and that you get the early magic hours (you get to enter the parks earlier than people not staying in Disney hotels which is pretty cool and gives you some extra time to get some rides done) 

We always book a hotel through booking.com. The main reason for this is firstly due to the wide range of hotels available, secondly due to the fact that I trust the website and feel safe with my booking and the customer service. Also, there are a wide range of hotels to suit all different budgets. But my favorite part is that with most bookings you don’t have to pay until arrival at the hotel. This gives me the opportunity to book very far in advance, and save up before we go. I like to have my hotel booked along with my travel and then I can really start organizing other stuff, such as Disneyland tickets.

When we went in November 2017 we stayed in a really horrible Part of Paris. I can’t even remember the name but There’s no point in me looking it up Because I really wouldn’t recommend it. The hotel was an ibis I believe and the hotel really wasn’t that bad other than rude reception staff. It was just that the area was very dirty everywhere and there was lots of homelessness, a lot less than I had seen any part of London. This really gave us a bad first impression of Paris but we realized this is just one area and there’s so many beautiful other parts to see.

in July 2018 we stayed in a small hotel near Gare de Nord called Altona. The location was perfect for us as we traveled via Eurostar, which takes you to Gare de Nord. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the station, so very convenient. It’s also very quick and easy to travel around Paris from this area. It’s about 20 minutes on the metro to the Eiffel Tower and under an hour to Disneyland. The hotel really is nothing special though, although I did love the traditional parisian buildings on that street. We were there during the World Cup semi finals so the Atmosphere was amazing in the street. (France won!)

Atlona hotel in Gare de nord

This year, we are going in December for Mila’s first birthday. I wanted a much nicer hotel this time so I’ve gone for the Explorers Hotel Marne-la-Vallée. It is costing 400 pounds for four of us for three nights. This includes breakfast and access to their inside waterpark. The rooms are also themed, and there is a 6D cinema on site! It overall just looks like a great place for kids.

The explorers hotel

This hotel is closer to DisneyLand (about 20 minutes in their free shuttle bus) which means we are further out from Central Paris, But we don’t mind as we’ve done all the sightseeing before. I would rather spend our time at Disneyland, the nearby shopping center (val d’Europe) which I’ve heard lots about and are yet to attend and just spending time at the pool. We probably will go into Paris for one day because we love the river cruises and there are always new things to see and do.

Park tickets

Have a look around for your Disneyland tickets before purchasing. The tickets arent cheap, but at least under threes are free! (We enjoyed not having to pay for Jai on the last two trips!) 

On both occasions so far we have booked through the Disneyland website although I have seen some other deals so I’m going to shop around before I purchase this year‘s tickets. We are doing a one-day visit to Disneyland this year which will be on Mila’s birthday which is a Friday. Friday is still busier than the mid week but not as busy as the weekend. Weekday tickets are also cheaper than weekend ones so bad this in mind. It depends what you want to do and your budget. We personally always find one day enough for us so don’t feel like you have to stay there for ages. It’s all about planning a visit and you can get lots out of her day when you do this. The two things that we haven’t actually done in the past he’s watching the parade and the fireworks. On the last two previous occasions I was really enjoying the rides and kept a great day we miss the parade and his attention span was also not as good as it is now and he wouldn’t of want wanted to sit and watch it. He was also way too exhausted, to be fair we always, by the time that the Firework display was on however this year we intend on doing both. I would have the opportunity to sleep whatever she wants, and Joe’s older now and he’s looking forward to doing by for this things. 

Food and drink at Disneyland

There are plenty of rides to do that for Mila as well which is one of the reasons were going on a birthday. One of my favorites is it a small world which is so lovely and such a special right. We also, well I say we but I mean Jai, love the buzz light year ride. He still talks about this ride all of the time and whenever we bring up dinner and Paris he tells us that he’s that’s the first thing he’s going on. Mila is also allowed on this ride on my lap which is really good. The one wide we really wanna go on in Disneyland that we haven’t been on before it’s a part of the Caribbean one with I’m not sure of meat is allowed on so I need to look this up. If not me and Jo will be going on anyway.

Jai’s favourite ride

Just like any other theme park or traction that you know the food is very expensive. Disneyland is probably more expensive to be fair. But it’s all about being smart. I just made his birthday, and on the other Disneyland day trips, we did budget Inn for one nice meal. Last year we went to planet Hollywood for lunch and spent €90 which is crazy for what we had. Without giant absolutely love this pastor and it was his only real put the mail in Paris as he didn’t enjoy any of the other food. He finished a huge bowl of it and was so much happier and energetic after this meal. This year we are definitely going to do it one of the character lunches but they are very expensive and again you should Booked two months in advance by out that reservation phone number but you can find on their website. I think we’ll go for a princess one because Mila love this and say will drive because he is quite into his princesses lately.

To keep expenses down have a large breakfast before heading out. As I’ve said breakfast is included in our hotel stay So we will fill up a map before we leave. We will also be bringing lots of snacks and drinks from the UK. I’ll bring Chris’s cereal bars popcorn and any other snacks I can think of that can go in a suitcase. Bode drinks as there is no liquid restriction on the roster so I can bring quite a few bottles as well as the little squash squeezy things that we can put an eyeball for the day. Hopefully there’s a fridge in a hotel room so they can go in there to make them nice and cold. 

I’ll also plan something that we can take with us to have as a light meal while waiting for the fireworks in the evening and if we want table just grab like a coffee and hot drinks it will mess up while we wait and keep in their expenses down.


Traveling around Paris is relatively affordable, it’s pretty much like London. You may spend about 10 euros a day on travel.

What annoys me about Paris is there a literally no supermarkets. I’ve never seen an equivalent of a Tesco, Sainsburys or a Lidl anywhere. All there are is corner shops or tiny grocery stores. The prices are really expensive and the food options are just rubbish especially for vegetarians. Even restaurant food is the same. The vegetarian options are awful and there range of food is poor (if you are looking for a cheap to mid range restaurant. I’m sure the expensive ones are very nice!)

I would recommend looking online and prebooking attractions, we luckily pre booked the Eiffel Tower on their official website and were so glad we did after seeing the queues on the day to purchase tickets. I have honestly never seen queues like it in my life. I would estimate way over an hour just to purchase tickets. Then there were other queues before you could get into the Eiffel Tower. It is something I would recommend doing though. The views are amazing and it’s such a special moment, being right at the top.

18 weeks pregnant

We also loved the river cruise that we booked through booking.com. When you book a hotel with them, they email you a little barcode that you can scan at attractions which saves you money, you can go straight to the front of the queue and they take the money out of your saved card. On the river cruise we got to walk up to the front of the prebooked queue, they scanned the barcode and on we got! It was around 11€ each for a one hour cruise but we got some lovely photos and enjoyed beautiful views of the most famous landmarks in Paris.

River cruise

There is a lot more to see and do which I will mention in another blog post “top 10 things to do in Paris with kids”

I hope you have a lovely time and if you do go to Disneyland, and please do let me know if you found any of my tips useful!

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