DI(Y)-Wagon-Alley

Possibly the worst pun known to man, but it’s the best I can come up with on a Friday evening after a long week! 🙂
This is a little share of our DIY wagon pimping – nothing to do with Harry Potter, I’m afraid! 🙂
So we bought a wagon off Amazon – similar to this one although this is a different seller.  It arrived like this:

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And I managed to put it together fairly quickly and easily:

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A few of the reviews I read suggested treating the wood as it was a bit rough and wouldn’t be very water resistant so I decided to use a chalk board paint (suitable for outdoor use) so the wagon could double up as entertainment or a creative outlet if we needed it!

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We used it as a chalk board at the tent but not so much when we were in the arena – there was other things worthy of their attention then! 🙂
I also made a mattress and pillows so they could snuggle down for a nap if need be… we’d planned to be revelling into the early evening but, if you’ve read my previous post you’ll know that it didn’t exactly pan out like that! Maybe next year if there’s less whinging!
But here’s some photos of me making the snuggle accessories:

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If anyone wants more info about how I did it then I’m happy to elaborate! 😉

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You can kinda see the edges of the mattress folding up the sides of the wagon here… H isn’t actually asleep – just resting!

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Honestly, I did pull it too – I just couldn’t take a good picture of myself! 😉

Having a wagon was really handy, particularly for lugging our camping equipment (and World’s Heaviest Tent) in and out of the site. The kid’s loved it and loads of families had various versions (many were pimped too!) which was great to see. I’m not sure how long the canopy will last – it already has some minor damage. I’ll probably be making a new canopy (ideally transparent – E didn’t like being closed in!) for next year. And the bolt holding the handle on kept coming loose. But for a £40 wagon and a bit of a bling up I think it stood up to the challenge – and looked pretty stylish too!
I’d love to know what you think – or show me your own pimped wagons! 🙂

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! 🙂

Overcoming Glastonbury envy!

I’ve totally got ‘Glastonbury envy’ tonight! I’m watching the TV coverage and wishing we were there! 😦
Well… I’m kinda there in spirit – my mate Russ has been there for weeks painting bins and he painted my family this amazing bin:

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It’s got an amalgamation of all our names on it! To be fair, if I was there I’d be spending my waking hours on a bin hunt so I guess it’s a kind of blessing we’re not there this year.
My husband and I are pretty keen festival goers – I started going to festivals in 2002 and have made it to Glastonbury 4 times as well as lots of others. Even managed a day festival in 2010 at almost 8 months pregnant (I didn’t want to miss Stevie Wonder!)
This year we’re taking the kids to Latitude Festival this year for their first ever camping festival experience! With only a month to go, I’ve started to make a bit of a wish list of the stuff I need to buy to prepare (including my festival wardrobe!).
We’ve bought the kids this amazing wagon (from Amazon), which I’m in the process of pimping up:

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I’ve painted the wood with blackboard paint so the kids can draw on it while we’re waiting for bands. I’m also making a little mattress so they can have a snooze if need be. We can use it if they need to shelter from the elements (rain or shine!). We took it for a test drive at the 3 Foot People Festival in Chelmsford this week and it was fab! Looking forward to putting it through it’s paces for real!
I’ve also had to upgrade my wellies – so I’ve ordered these beauties from Simply Be:

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I’m hoping the wide fit and the gather on the calf will mean I can get away with a 6! But for £12 I thought it was worth the risk! 🙂
I’m also planning just to take a few of my beautiful dresses (including my Lady Vintage faves!) so in order to make a statement I want to get myself a full, frilly underskirt to wear underneath! (Suggestions welcome!)
And I’ll be rocking my inverted victory roll under a bandana (I’ve been practicing!):

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I can’t wait! 🙂

Still wish I was at Glastonbury though… anyone else?!