AWJ in June: Sunshine, Friends, Peppa Pig, Father’s Day and Football

J playing on the beach in his England t-shirt and shorts after watching the England vs Panama game in June

Although May was always going to be a tough month to beat after our holiday in Florida, June has been a great month too because the weather has delivered us a lovely sunny summer so far and we have had lots of exciting adventures. Actually, we have been lucky enough to have so many adventures that I am not sure how we fit it all in!


A Weekend in Wales

At the very start of the month, we drove across the Severn Bridge to visit friends in Wales. We had a lovely time catching up and playing. It was hot and sunny so we enjoyed play in the paddling pool, a walk to feed a horse, a BBQ, a picnic and some swimming.

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#InstaLinky Week 3

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Welcome to #InstaLinky Week 3

Here at #InstaLinky our goal is to get your beautiful Instagram feeds seen and some of the attention they really deserve!

We run from Sunday to Sunday and all bloggers are welcome to add up to FIVE INSTAGRAM POSTS throughout the week!

Join Katie (Mummy in a Tutu) and I in a community of snap happy bloggers!

Link up and share all your experiences, successes and failures, laughter and tears.

All posts welcome!

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Disney and Sensory Processing Disorder: Our Experience

J from behind with his hand on the aquarium glass as he looks at the marine life and coral inside.

Planning a holiday with children is definitely more complicated. With a child who has Sensory Processing Disorder and a food phobia we certainly have lots to consider in our preparations for any trip and our Disney holiday in particular could have been a complete disaster if we hadn’t been ready for it. J is both a sensory avoider (visual, touch, sound, taste) and a sensory seeker (movement). With the packed crowds, noisy parks and different foods, I must admit I did worry before we left that our Disney tickets were not going to be used more than once and that instead we would just have a relaxing holiday by the hotel pool and exploring the local area (I insisted that we hire a car for this very reason). After all, J finds birthday parties and local family fun days overwhelming so how would he cope at Disney World? Well, first things first, I armed myself with information and my Disney preparations began in haste. I set up a Disney Pinterest board so that I could understand what challenges each of the parks may present J and I made a list of which rides and attractions would be suitable and which we should avoid.

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Books for a 3 Year Old – What is J Reading in June?

A selection of J's favourite book for this month.
This month J turned 3 and a half. We are going through a stage where he is rather reluctant to read other than at bedtime so I have been looking for some new reading material to try to reignite his passion for reading. We have phases where we have to read endlessly and all of the books on the shelf are known word for word and then J decides he doesn’t want to read at all. I decided that some new books may be needed (even though we have an entire bookcase and another shelf worth of books for him) and have mixed these in with some classic favourites and we seem to have been able to do some post lunchtime reading on a few days.
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Holiday Preparations: 7 Top Tips

Sandy beach cove with green trees and shrubs behind it and azure blue shallow waters with coral seen and a boat. People stood on the beach and in the surf.

With the summer holidays getting ever closer, it is the time when many Brits pack a bag and head off to explore somewhere new – be it lazing in sunnier climes or hiking in the mountains; discovering a new city to get lost in or relaxing by a pool on a ship in the middle of the ocean; splashing in the pool with your children or finding fine cuisine. All of our holiday ideals are slightly different but your holiday preparations are often very similar. While chatting with some friends yesterday about our plans for the summer, my friend mentioned that the holiday preparations stress her out, so I thought I would compile a list of key holiday tips to help anyone who hates the holiday preparations as much as she does.

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