National picnic week 

Hey readers,

Apparently I have been told that this week is national picnic week so let’s celebrate this appreciate for all things picnicy!

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Firstly, as a parent picnic’s are a blessing because it means less tiding up for you as you leave the crumbs and check the paper plates in the bin, result!

You can pretend to be all fancy with your paper plates and napkins, there is a sense of sophistication (even if it is paper).

It is a great way to get out of mummy prison and less time having to focus on what the hell you going to do to entertain your child.

Any excuse for some ice-cream – let’s make this a number one priority when having a picnic.

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Picnic food can be finger food, which is my kinda food. It is lovely a spread out where you can take as you please, there is a sense of family and togetherness. You can bond and talk about life *cue sick bucket*.

Nothing says summer like eating out Al fresco in the open.

When your young it feels like an adventure and it is free in the fact that when it is winter and miserable you end up in soft play hell and a hole in your wallet.

It is good to have a change of scenery and doing something different. Parenting can become tedious doing the same thing day in, day out so it gives us parents a change to keep hold of your sanity.

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Eating outside when the sun is shining is a quick way to top up on some Vitamin D, which has some health benefits with helping  your mind feel good.

Technically if the child/ren are outside they are running around during that energy off which means that they should sleep better, *fist pumps*.

Cheers for reading X


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Mama Mia #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge

Hey readers,

I was challenged by BritMums to visit my local Prezzo to try out their new La Famiglia sharing pasta bowl and tell you my thoughts of it.

There were four sharing bowls you could try and we opted for the spaghetti bolanse one as it is something that I knew everyone would enjoy.

What I liked about a sharing bowl is you get to experience the sharing and togetherness of the family. It was lovely quality time together with all the food in one place, in the middle of the table.

My hubby enjoyed the role of dishing out and the kids loved seeing daddy try to place the pasta neatly in the bowl.

I thought it was a brilliant idea to bring the family together as we could all discuss what we felt about the meal together.

I liked the fact that we kept it simple as it is normally a right pain going to a restaurant with two small boys. It took less time to decide and therefore more relaxing. Everyone knew what they were having and we didn’t have to worry about arguments about changing their mind because when they saw someone else’s food they would want that instead.

I would class hubby as the leader in our family with regards to making sure everyone gets the right amount and always share the food. Where as I am more the stress head, I don’t care if I get less as long as there is calm I am a happy person.

What I liked about Prezzo also is the fact that is was very family friendly, the food was just right. The plates were not to big as I find that to be a bit intimating for my children. The cutlery was moved away which is something trivial  some say but the amount of times it gets close to them and they tend to be adults. I find they start messing around with the cutlery, in this it was dealt with so no arguments. These are small gestures making eating at a restaurant much more enjoyable and relaxed affair.

I also liked the fact that a lot of the food offered was gluten free and also vegetarian options making it flexible for other people’s dietary needs. One final point to make is that  my experience as a family eating out is the ambience of the restaurant makes a difference, the staff were super friendly and the waiting around time was reasonable so the boys were not too bored, as we know it a big struggle for children.

Overall, it was a fabulous experience with the sharing meal and it felt like a experience for the whole family as we were eating it together, it gave us an opportunity to bond and talk. Definitely recommend it.

The meal cost £30 for two starts, two sides, one pasta sharing bowl, four puddings and four drinks. Which personally think is a cracking bargain for a whole family.

I have done a small vlog below as well.

Cheers for reading X

This Post is an entry for the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge, sponsored by Prezzo.

 

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