Latitude Festival – The Verdict!

So we got back from our first full weekend family festival experience on Monday! We survived! (Yippee!) I’ll be writing a family festival survival guide post later this week but for now I thought I’d give you a quick review of the festival in the meantime.

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We chose Latitude Festival mainly because of it’s location (less than 2 hrs away and near where I grew up) and because we knew it was family friendly. The Kid’s Field isn’t quite at Glastonbury standard but the fact that it has one at all is a bonus! The variety of stuff available for kids is pretty impressive for such a (relatively) small festival – even my 22 month old was easily entertained! The baby chill out tent (manned by volunteers from a youth club who offered free refreshments and fruit to kids and parents) and Angel Gardens were our regular hang-outs.
Most of the activities were free – including a fab sticker tent where we made stuff out of sticker misprints. The tent had a gentle hum of kids and parents quietly beavering away, all absorbed in their projects.

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We made a guitar – I forgot to get a photo! 😦

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Getting around the site was pretty easy – especially with the wagon! But there was a pretty steep hill from family camping to the kid’s field so when it was muddy we took an easier route to the main arena. Overall we didn’t spend as much time in the main arena watching bands as we would’ve done pre-kids but if the kids had something nice to eat or somewhere to run about for a bit we could catch half an hour of a set here and there.

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This sometimes meant listening to stuff from outside of the tents! 🙂

We also tried going back to the main arena with the kids in their PJs in the evening in the hope that they’d go to sleep and we could see some music. Unfortunately this didn’t work for us as the kids just got super silly tired but not sleepy. We abandoned this plan and returned to camp to let the kids sleep. Fortunately we were able to hear the headliners from our camp – maybe that’s clever planning or just the luck of the wind?! Either way, it worked for us!
I’d definitely recommend Latitude to families – particularly if you’re looking for a balance between a regular festival experience and fun for the kids. We’re already planning to go next year!
I’d suggest they had a bar nearer to the kid’s field, but other than that it was pretty spot on! 🙂

Perfecting my Festival Look – Head!

With just over a week to go until my little family head off to the depths of Suffolk for our first family camping festival experience at Latitude Festival I’m getting super excited and starting to plan. Naturally, this planning extends beyond the practicalities and into the aesthetics – things (i.e. me) have to look pretty. As a mummy of 2 under 4s I don’t really get out much, so a weekend of letting my hair down means I want to look the part!
Now when I say ‘letting my hair down’ what I really mean is ‘cover my hair up’! I have a short, high maintenance bob – so 5 days without my straighteners isn’t ideal. But I’m not one to let a tiny detail like that get in the way!!!
I’ve explained in a previous post that I’m going for a vintage style – so a victory roll and a cool headscarf or 2 will hide a multitude of unruly hair sins! 🙂
I was struggling to find any bandanas or headscarves that would fit my head – so I asked some lovely #psbloggers for their advice. They didn’t let me down! Emily from Em’s Trends and Mel from Upon the Sea suggested I try Lush! I didn’t even know they sold scarfs – but they use them as sustainable gift wrap! Amazing! (And big enough for my giant head!)
I’ve bought two so far – and have another one on the way (found on eBay) so here’s an un styled first attempt:

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What do you think?! 🙂
Right. Now I’m off to zumba! 🙂

#JoyfulJune – A Massive Thank You!

I mentioned #Joyful June in an , where basically Debz at organised a ‘secret santa’ in June!

As I’m relatively new to blogging and to reading other blogs I jumped at the chance to get involved! (Plus, who doesn’t like to receive a parcel in the post, right?!)

I hope to be able to tell you some more about the gift I sent at some point, but for now it’s still anonymous – so you’ll have to make do with seeing what I received! It’s fresh out of the parcel – so here goes:

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I got some really sweet and thoughtful gifts, including something my secret gifter had made herself:
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As some of you will know, I’m a keen Crafty Carol and love handmade items – so receiving something handmade it awesome – especially something as cute as those teapot earrings! (And yes, I do think they’re good enough to sell!)

The M&S hand creams smell lush (and my hands feel super soft):
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My parcel also included some nommy nom noms (some of which are ‘guilt’ (or at least ‘sugar’) free!):
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I’m already a subscriber myself, so I’ll be using the voucher to get one of the kids boxes sent to my home address for my littlies to share. 🙂

I was also touched by one of the comments in my gifter’s letter:
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She wrote: “I know you’re excited to see your little surprises but, I wanted to take this opportunity to say that people like you help younger girls to embrace their body! Thanks!!!”

Thank you Secret Gifter for those very kind words (that’s exactly the reason why I started blogging – to help spread the words that it IS OK to feel good about yourself, regardless of your dress size. It’s taken me 32 years to start to believe it!) and for all of the lovely prezzies! I love them all!

I hope I get to find out who you are so I can thank you properly!
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