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  1. This weekend Charlie Moo turned 10. I have to keep repeating that … he turned 10. Where on earth did a decade go? I feel like I misplaced part of my life. Once they start school the time just goes so fast. As a special treat we spent the weekend in Weymouth and the weather got our memo, as the sun shone and we had a ball. As Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park Ambassadors we had already set our sites on a trip to the centre on Saturday and it just so happened we got a sneaky peak at the new Caribbean Cove.

     sealife caribbean cove

    Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park recently held a kids competition to find a Playground Manager for Caribbean Cove and had a great response with more than 330 entries! A Junior Board has been established Sebastian 10, Isaac 7 and Millie 10 and tasked with judging the entries. Last week they met Nick Varney, the CEO of Merlin Entertainments, who complimented the Junior Board on their work choosing a winner, thanked everyone who took part for the quality of applications and talked about showing children how much fun business can be and that it’s not all serious!

    sealife board

    Sealife The Junior Board 

    The Caribbean Cove is situated where the old rides used to be and this is a much better area. Over flowing with activities for the children, climbing, sliding, balancing and a sandpit although we didn't find any of the hidden turtle eggs not matter how far we dug maybe you can! It's really bright and colourful and has a cafe alongside for the parents (there's also toilets here too), which we took advantage of. It's a lovely space to sit, drink a coffee and eat a muffin whilst the children play. However there isn't much seating in peak times this might be a struggle. There is also a lack of shade so ensure you pack suncream.  The park also suits a variety of ages which is handy, meaning the little ones have plenty to do and th eolder ones don't get bored either. 

    We are all about the animals, the Caribbean Cove is a great resource but I did feel a little sad that the space wasn't used maybe to extend an area. My brain can't register how the play area is larger than than the seal enclosure. I personally think the biggest asset that Sealife has and maybe doesn't utilise as much is the staff. Everytime we go we learn something new about the animals. There's a clutch of penguin eggs being sat on at the moment how exciting is that. We watched the seals being fed and waved with Web who just loves to wave! Daddy Moo loves the otters and we caught them being fed fish and chicks too.

    The Caribbean Cove is open to the public from Saturday 1st April. 

  2. We have been doing up our kitchen for what seems like forever. *I think it has been forever* Part of that is down to lack of skills the other part is down to trying to do it on a budget. If like us you are looking to update your kitchen quickly and simply here are a few suggestions for making an impact. When we moved the cooker and fridge didn't survive the move when we replaced them we went for black and I really wanted to add a more industrial feel to the kitchen but still keeping our personality.

    A lick of paint :

    You don't even have to change the colour to make an impact. A fresh coat of paint will lift the room making it look cleaner and vibrant. Especially if you have a white or cream walls these can dull with frequent wiping. Use good quality paint that can take the wear and tear of being in a kitchen environment.

    cupboard doors painted

    I really disliked the colour of our kitchen cupboards so thanks to a tin of Rust-Oleum Gloss Finish Furniture Paint Liquorice (black) they look so much better. It was so easy to do too. I removed the doors, hinges and handles gave them a really good clean with sugar soap and then lightly sanded them down. Using a roller for smooth coverage I gave them about 4 coats leaving them to dry for a few hours per door. I must admit I did one complete door at a time due to space (if it had been dry warm weather I'd have done this outside) inside so it took a few days. I've sugar soaped the areas of white in-between the cupboards and the kick boards. I'm undecided yet whether to paint those black or to give them a fresh coat of white. 

    New lights :

    brooklyn litecraft

    We had an awful strip light. Not only was it long and the plastic tinged yellow (ewwww) it reminded me of a really bad 80's throwback. Strip lights also have this annoying click when they come on and give off a somewhat orange glow. Litecraft however provided us with a stunning Brooklyn 3 Light Industrial Ceiling Pendant Bar in the Satin Chrome finish (it's also available in rose gold and white). As Daddy Moo and I aren't electricians we did pay someone to come and take down the original light and put up the new one.

    litecraft brooklyn

    I adore the industrial feel of the pendant bar, I'm a big fan of the dome shaped shades they give of such lovely depth of light and gorgeous shadows. As the fitting comes from one central ceiling cap point instead of flush against most of the ceiling it gives the illusion that the ceiling is much higher. The Brooklyn Pendant Bar gives off a much warmer glow (lightbulbs not included) and the 3 shade design makes a such a difference to the ambience within the kitchen. A new light really changes the look and feel of your kitchen this pendant is around £100.

    Make the space work for you :

    When we moved in I was amazed how much cupboard space we had. However I soon realised that all this space means clutter. Before I knew it the cupboards were over flowing with quite frankly rubbish. We removed a whole cupboard under the counter and inserted a much needed dishwasher! I finally regained hours in my day not washing dishes. Winning! We also have a tall cupboard which I decided to take the shelves out of to house our mop and hoover. You wouldn't belive the difference this makes to my life. Not having these items lolling around the house. Now they have a place to live with a door! Goodbye clutter.

    hook abodent

    Adding a hook to the back of the kitchen door also makes this space more usable. I can hang my carrier bags there and the children's lunch boxes too. Saving space in the drawers and worktops. I went for a decorative hook, so it looks pretty when it's unused. The Florid Swivel Coat hook from Abodent.com has three swivelling upturned hooks and the Vintage decorative baroque style works really well with our industrial and electic kitchen.

    Do you have any top tips for doing your kitchen over?