Hello dear readers. I hope you’re all well and enjoying the last few weeks of Summer.

Arthur sat down this morning to read some of his books. Obviously, I thought I’d take the opportunity to film his cute little face talking about some of his favourite books to read.

These are all fabulous books for toddlers (2 years+). Hope you enjoy and please subscribe to my booktube channel if you fancy watching more book chat.

Thanks for watching xx

Is there honestly still four weeks left of the Summer holidays? Yes I’m afraid so.  We all love time with our children, we really do, but the constant “where are we going today?” demands can get a little expensive.

I’ve put together a little list of things to do near where we live (Powys/Shropshire Border) which won’t cost you an arm and a leg or even a little toe for that matter. You can check out some of these places on Can Kids Go? So head over there for many more ideas or feel free to add the places you’ve been to with little ones and let the world know whether they are family friendly.

So what’s there to do in and around Powys/Shropshire border?

1. Go to The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury  – This park is bloomin’ fantastic. Not only is is stunning with beautiful flower gardens, and an idyllic walk along the river, there’s a lot to offer for little ones: a newly renovated play park and splash area (all free), lawns for ball games and paths for bicycles or scooters. For more information see HERE.

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2. Go GeoCaching – if you have a smart phone, you can download the app for free and then the world is your treasure trail. There are thousands of capsules to find all over Wales, with an abundance of them in our area. Have a gander along the canal (see here Montgomeryshire canal), visit a local Church, Rodney’s pillar… they’re everywhere and give purpose to a walk. Get on it people. Here are just the ones you can find in and around the Welshpool/Shropshire border.
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Searching for a Geocache near Trewern…
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3. Go for Bike-Ride or a Picnic at Lake Vyrnwy – If you are able to go for a drive with kids in tow, then head up to the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy. This place is breathtaking and has a lot to offer for free. There are picnic areas, a sculpture park, walks and a lovely flat road which is ideal to cycle along.  There are often events on (which may involve a small fee), such as craft fairs (There is one in early September) and cycle activities – do go check out their website.
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Cuddles in the sculpture park.
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4. Go on a Stickman Trail – Houghmond Hill – If you’ve got Julia Donaldson bookworms then they’ll love this. You can buy an activity pack for £3 and parking costs £1. The walk is buggy/stroller friendly and is the perfect distance for 3 year olds +. There are some fun activities to do around the trail and our boys loved it. You can check out a full post on this HERE.
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5. Walk up Rodney’s Pillar – ok so perhaps this isn’t one for tiny ones – unless they’re in a backpack. We’ve taken our boys up there in a backpack a few times before, but now Arthur is 3, he’s a bit heavy and so will probably not be old enough to do the walk until he’s about 5. But if you have older children or babes in arms (or a super duper off roader buggy/stroller), then go for an adventure up to this monument. The views from Rodney’s Pillar are absolutely breathtaking. For more information, see HERE.

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Here’s the location on a MAP.
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In fact – go and get yourself an ordinance survey map, or download the app and purchase your local map to view on your phone. There are so many beautiful walks in and around Powys/Shropshire – don’t let the little ones stop you getting out and about…
I hope you have a great break this summer and have lots of fun and adventures with your children.
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Do let me know what you’ve been up to so far and if you’ve got any recommendations.
Travel Monkey

A few weeks ago we went on holiday to Pembrokeshire (Wales) to visit family; I grew up there and often get this relentless itch to go back, breath in some coastal air and appreciate the beautiful Welsh coastline. I’m so lucky to be able to stay with family and have seen first hand that Pembrokeshire, and particularly Dale, is a fantastic destination for a family holiday.

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Dale Pembrokeshire

Dale lies about 25 minutes from Haverfordwest and about 15 minutes from Milford Haven. Set on a peninsular, it has two beaches: a safe family beach and a more adventurous surf beach within walking distance.



With a waterfront Watersports Centre which offers tuition in sailing, kayaking, surfing and more, there is so much on offer for almost every age.


There are some fantastic walks around the coastal path, as well as geocaching dotted around the village. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to catch your supper – you can even go on fishing trips from here.


Whilst the beach isn’t sandy, it is relatively safe and there are rock-pools on one side and a pontoon which is perfect for crabbing, on the other.

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The beach is just as lovely in the Winter and almost completely deserted! I took Teddy and Arthur down here when Teddy was just a tiny one and there’s something so special about getting all wrapped up and going to the beach.


Also in Dale, there is a lovely crafts centre  which offers afternoon teas and a number of galleries/ art exhibitions.



There are a number of options here: a fantastic Seafood restaurant/Pub, The Griffin Inn, which is right on the waterfront where you can have either a bowl of chips overlooking the sea, or a special meal if you fancy fine dining in their contemporary extension.





There is also a great waterfront café and another restaurant and café in the Yacht Club (The Moorings) which has stunning sea views.



There are plenty of options, either within Dale itself, or in the surrounding area. I would recommend checking out Spinnaker Reach, or Allenbrook for Bed and Breakfast.

If you are looking for a holiday cottage to rent, have a look on Coastal Cottages website to see what suits you.  For campers – go check Point Farm.

So you if you are thinking of holidaying in the UK – do check out this hidden little secret near where I grew up. It the above doesn’t sell it to you, then maybe this will…

Dale also really knows how to throw a party. I was down here for the Queen’s Jubilee and it was just brilliant. There are often events for August bank holiday, Halloween and even New Years Eve.


*Please note that this is not a sponsored most and is 100% based on my own opinions. 

Packing my Suitcase

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

Some of you may have noticed that things have become rather stagnant on this blog as of late. I owe you all a little explanation as to why.

I’m sorry to say that I’m just not as passionate about all of the baby/parenting type stuff anymore. Whilst I’ll always primarily be a parent, my life is moving on and I don’t want to eat and breath all things Mummy related. I don’t want to join in with the sleeping, weaning, breastfeeding debates anymore. I AM SO OVER THEM. I don’t want to review anymore baby things… my house is so bloody full of baby crap… I mean gratefully received and wonderfully useful and beautiful baby items that I’ve happily received for review.
I’m not saying that I’m above all of this. I’m really not and I have loved being part of this mummy blogger community. But is that really what I want to write about forever?
Not really.
I honestly feel so lucky to have been able to spend the last three and a half years at home with the boys, and although at times it has been tough, especially with the husband working away, mostly it has been a lot of cuddle filled fun and I wouldn’t have had it any other way…
Until now.
Having children has undoubtedly been the best thing I have ever done,  but I have been in a sort of life limbo ever since becoming a Mum and deciding to stay at home. Am I no longer a professional? No longer a lawyer? Do I want a career; do I want to go back to THAT life?
Some of you may know that I am/ was a commercial solicitor and practiced for a number of years before making the decision to move away from the city. Other than decide to have children, say ‘I Do’ to the hairy one, my decision to move away from THAT life was probably the best one I have ever made.
But what do I want to do now?
I want to write and yet I have written. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a screenplay made into a short film by the BBC, had articles published by the likes of the Huffington and earned a few sporadically scattered pennies along the way. But in all honestly, I need something with more focus and more structure.
And so, as of September, I’ll be starting a full time course to re-train as an English/Law Secondary School Teacher. I’ve taught privately over the last few years and found it so fulfilling. It enables me to passionately harp on about literature, which is just utterly wonderful!  
I become ‘me’ when I teach. Not the under-confident yet trying to appear confident, exhausted, perfectionist, lawyer ‘me’. The real me.
But what about this blog? Do I just delete it? Leave it as it is? Write about something new?
I really don’t know.
Some of you may have seen the odd book post on here, but in all likelihood, that’s probably not why you started reading my blog in the first place. I’m therefore going to keep all book/reading relating stuff to my YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
I still don’t know where that leaves Our Wild Things. The only baby/child related posts that I still really enjoy writing about are those to do with traveling and exploring the UK and further afield with our wild two. I may, therefore,  re-focus this blog to be a Kiddy Travel one and aim to post 2-4 times a month?
How does that sound dear readers? If you’ve got this far I’m impressed as I do realise that this is rather a long ramble.
Thanks for staying with me. I’m not turning my back on you… I’m just moving on. 





You are not a failure… do you hear that? No? Then listen again.
You are not a failure.

You are most likely a great parent who is doing the best for your individual child, with your individual ways, which are most true to who you are and your own experiences.
Remember that!
The best parents are true to themselves and follow their instincts.
Recently, I’ve read a few posts written by mummies who for some reason or another feel like a failure. They are not, they really aren’t. And unsurprisingly these thoughts have come after they’ve been criticised for something someone else thinks about their parenting.
I know I’ve felt like a failure a few times; even earlier this year I was worried that my friends thought I should have potty trained my oldest already. Perhaps they did think that, but even so… who cares? As an adult has anyone ever suggested that you are a better, healthier or a more successful person because of when you were potty trained, or because your parents sleep trained you or didn’t sleep train you. NO of course not. The world of parenting is bat shit crazy!!
We’ve all been on the receiving end of unexpected and perhaps indirect criticism.
“Oh wow do you let your children eat/drink those?”
“Goodness me, are you not breastfeeding? Are you still breastfeeding?”
“Awww did Daddy dress you today?”
“I see he has the ipad again.”
“Does she really still have a dummy, a comforter, a bottle?”
“Ooooooh I could never do controlled crying and let a baby be that upset.”
“You do realise he’s winning…”
“Perhaps you don’t praise them enough.”
Honestly I could go on and on. We’ve all had comments said to us; perhaps we’ve even thought some of these comments ourselves. I confess that I’ve thought the first one.
But, I often think people just say these things (rather than just think them in their heads) because they don’t have anything else helpful or interesting to say. People are programmed to have an opinion on everything, but unfortunately for many, that programming doesn’t come with a satisfactory filtering process. People just don’t think about whether they are saying something offensive to someone who is sensitive or exhausted, or to someone who no matter what, wants to do the best thing for their children.
I think the time has come for us to take control of this situation. We need an easy way to deal with these comments which doesn’t require too much thought. So here’s my guide on how you can deal with comments that you perceive as parenting put downs.
There are a number of options for you to choose here depending on their comment. You just need to put them in your “tip of the tongue brain bank”.
1. Don’t say anything. Give them your best, “are you actually serious, you crazy, crazy person” look, whilst slightly shaking your head. And then carry on with what you were doing in a seemingly perfectly happy and calm state.
2. Take a deep breath and say with emotion, “I’m just doing my best”. No one wants someone to start crying on them.
3. Say serenely, “every baby is different, it would be a boring world if we all did everything the same”.
4. A genuine laugh followed by, “hah you’re funny you are” in a non-sarcastic tone.
5. Say with real empathy and concern, “is everything ok with you? You don’t seem your usual kind self today”.
For me, I find number 1 works well; it gives off the “don’t mess with me today” response without saying anything. It makes the person realise that what they’ve said isn’t kind or acceptable. And if they then comment negatively on your reaction, you can say, “I haven’t said anything” – putting emphasis on the “I”. 
How do you deal with criticism regarding your parenting. Do you ignore, rise above it or respond?