NSPCC – Speak Out, Stay Safe volunteers needed

NSPCC Speak Out. Stay Safe

Dear mummy, this year we vowed we would do more to help our local community so when we heard about the NSPCC’s Speak Out, Stay Safe programme we just had to help spread the word. The NSPCC needs your help! They are … Continue reading

Summer is in the air!

Hinton Ampner

Dear Mummy, we’ve been basking in the sun this week and nursing summer colds. With a change in the temperature our noses are running, eyes are itching and sore throats are back, but that hasn’t stopped us enjoying the warm … Continue reading

Mother & daughter dresses at Bryony & Co.

Bryony & Co dress

Dear mummy, we are BEST friends. I may only be 3 years old but I copy you all the time and try to emulate you. I pretend to put on my makeup and watch you silently in the mornings as you … Continue reading

Pudsey Bear is 30!

Every year my folks reach for the tissues and their wallets to watch the live show of Children in Need on the BBC. It’s a UK charity telethon helping to raise money for children and young people in the UK … Continue reading

Our Easter weekend in photos

Our Easter weekend in photos!

Dear mummy, phew! What another hectic weekend! We like being busy even in the mixed weather.

Eat Street at Festival Place

Multi Michelin Star award winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli

Over the Easter weekend we visited #EatStreet at Basingstoke’s Festival Place Shopping Centre. Here we picked up some last-minute chocolate from Hotel Chocolate, enjoyed free food tasting from Costa and Nado’s and watched the talented multi Michelin Star chef Jean-Christophe Novelli put on a live cooking demo. The weather was horrible and it was a lovely way of spending a rainy afternoon out of the house.

Exbury Gardens steam train

Exbury Gardens steam train

On Saturday we visited Exbury Gardens, in the New Forest. We were supposed to be visiting on Good Friday but chose the better day to visit.

Daffodils at Exbury Gardens

Daffodils at Exbury Gardens

However it was very windy and overcast, still it didn’t dampen our spirits as we ran through the daffodil fields and saw the beautiful flowers!

I chickened out of the steam train ride to see the Easter Bunny as I got scared of the bunny man (more like boogie man!) I get frightened really easily of large mascots and characters.

Highclere Castle

Easter Egg Hunt at Highclere Castle

On Easter Sunday, we braved the weather and went to Highclere Castle (where they film Downton Abbey) to join the Lady of the manor on an Easter Egg Hunt in aid of Naomi House and Jacksplace. We had a great time at the Easter Fair.

Easter at Grandparents

Easter at Grandparents

Bank Holiday Monday was a more quiet affair as we saw my Grandparents down in Hayling Island and spend the day by the seaside. We weren’t brave enough to go skinny dipping though!! We hope you had a great Easter weekend too.

Love Bella x

Chocolate Easter Egg baskets

Easter cake

 

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Living Arrows

#LockYourLove

#Lockyourlove this Valentines Day

“Love is in the air, everytime you look around”

Dear mummy, I think that’s how the song goes?!? This week at Festival Place Basingstoke they are holding a very special event called #lockyourlove just in time for Valentine’s Day.

#Lockyourlove Festival PlaceHave you ever been abroad and seen padlocks on railings from tourists leaving their initials marked onto them? This is the idea behind #lockyourlove to leave your mark on a place and someone…

Festival Place is a huge shopping centre in Hampshire and they are offering shoppers the chance to ‘lock their love’ on a special heart sculpture in Porchester Square this Valentine’s Day.

Robin Jones at The Digital South.

Copyright Robin Jones at The Digital South.

This creative idea launched last week and is running until Valentine’s Day on 14th February, shoppers will be given the opportunity to personalise a padlock with a tribute to their loved one and attach it to the Festival Place heart.

Giant heart at Festval PlaceBy taking a picture of their padlock and sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #lockyourlove hashtag shoppers will also have the chance to win super duper prizes from Festival Place retailers including Nando’s, Giraffe, Wagamama, Build-A-Bear, Thorntons and The Perfume Shop. Sounds good right? Festival Place are really sharing the love!

Shoppers are also encouraged to share the love by donating to Festival Place’s chosen local charity, the Ark Cancer Centre, when they receive their padlock in centre.

Robin Jones at The Digital South.

Copyright Robin Jones at The Digital South.

The heart sculpture is a living art installation which is growing and changing everyday, the more people add their padlocks to it the more it comes to life. It was created by local artists Helen Dyne and Louise Hight, who met recently through All Our Own Crafts, a pop-up shop in Festival Place promoting local crafters. We popped in there before Christmas and wrote a post about this fantastic shop. We love how Festival Place is encouraging arts in the community and supporting charities.

Want to find out more about #lockyourlove campaign at Festival Place? Then visit www.festivalplace.co.uk or find them on Facebook and Twitter. But be quick it’s only on until Saturday 14th.

Lots of #lockyourlove

Bella x