Visiting Pili Palas, Anglesey

Pili Palas is a farm/animal family attraction which is located in Anglesey. We were based in Bangor so this was a short 15-minute drive for us, simply crossing the Menai Strait and you're pretty much there. 

To describe it I'd call it a secret gem, we might have gone at a quiet time but it's really worth a visit and we loved it. We got there at 10 am so for the first 15 minutes we pretty much had the place to ourselves. 

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A Day Out at Welsh Mountain Zoo

On route to our weeks stay in North Wales we planned a stop off at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, this was midway between Stoke-on-Trent and our hotel. 

As the name suggests this is high up in the mountains that surround Colwyn Bay and to get there you do feel like you are driving into the clouds. Narrow roads take you to the entrance gate and before you park up you have to pay the entrance fee to the staff in the wooden huts. Parking is free and plenty of it. 

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A New Mattress from Sloane & Son's

The average person sleeps 6 - 8 hours per day and it they're granted a lie-in then...well they're just lucky. 

The bed is where we spend around a 1/4 of our day so it goes without saying that this space should be relaxing and comfortable. 

When you have children and they get ill or scared they go straight to mummy & daddy's bed and even as our girls get older this is still true. A sickness they come, a thunder they come and so on and so on. 

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Keeping the Children Active with Sun-Pat

Any parent will know that the trick to the Summer holidays is keeping the children entertained and to try for as long as possible keep the words 'we're bored' at bay. 

We've teamed up with Sun-Pat who have created an amazing Fuelling Family Guide which is full of brilliant ideas such as having a treasure hunt, playing cricket and so much more. In the guide, there are 42 different activities to enjoy. 

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Our Brunch Crumpets

On a weekend brunch is something we get to enjoy especially on a Sunday. Not a weekend goes by where we don't enjoy a brunch if we are having a day out with time it perfectly so we arrive for a little mid-morning delight. 

If at home we tend to alternate between, pancakes, waffles and crumpets and I wanted to share a new recipe we've recently stumbled upon to make crumpets more savoury than sweet. 

My wife has always been a butter and jam kinda person but I prefer something a little different. 

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Family Fruit Picking

Every year we try to make an effort and go fruit picking. It's a simple activity and one everyone seems to enjoy, a little picnic, the sampling of the fruit and getting some fresh air. 

We're not ones to fill our punnets up to the brim with fruit that we're never going to eat, instead, we still to what we like so that's strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. 

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New Tools from FFX

I'm not going to beat around the bush, DIY isn't my thing. I can do the odd bit here and there, I can wave a paintbrush about and built furniture but can't push it much further than that. 

An ongoing joke in the house is that I don't have a spanner, not a single spanner...why would I? What would I need one for? 

It appears that bike seats, stabilise and a whole host of other things need them. I wonder if FFX had been listening as they got in touch and asked if I fancied giving their website a go and picking some items.  

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My Father's Day Meal

Father's Day is approaching in a matter of weeks and the girls for once are getting prepared. Normally they buy a few small things such as chocolates or a voucher but this time I thought I would test them.

I asked them to cook me one of my favourite meals...lamb shanks. For me, this is one of those luxury meals that I never really get, as neither of the girls like meat on the bone. I tend to just get this meal either when out at a restaurant on special occasions.

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The Big Cat Sanctuary with Red Letter Days

As parents, it's not too often that we get to go off and do what we want. We do try to enjoy a night away in London once a year but we wanted something different, an adventure that we'd never usually get to do. 

A few week's ago Red Letter Days got in touch and asked us if we'd like to take part in their Bucket List campaign and was there anything we'd like to do. 

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