Huxley’s 1st birthday at Weymouth Sealife Centre

I had the good fortune of meeting the lovely Lucy from Weymouth SeaLife at a recent blogging event and when I mentioned that we were thinking of taking Huxley there for his first birthday she kindly offered us some complimentary tickets.

We were a little bit worried the day before as Huxley’s birthday fell on the day when we were going to be hit with the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo so we had no idea what the weather was going to be like. Unfortunately it was so windy that the rides were closed and we weren’t able to go on the SeaLife Tower but there was plenty of other things to keep us entertained. It actually turned out to be beautiful and sunny but if you’re thinking of visiting in the winter, don’t worry too much as the SeaLife Centre have an excellent ‘Rainy Day Guarantee‘ where you can visit again for free another day if it rains continuously for an hour during your visit (but it’s only applicable to tickets purchased in advance online or on the phone).

We pulled into the car park (which you have to pay for as it’s a public car park), unpacked all our kit and headed for the park, greeted by the familiar musical backdrop of all the Merlin parks. After getting our tickets we checked the feeding timetable and headed straight for the shark tank.

We walked past the amazing looking Splash Park on the walk there and declared that we’d have to come back during the summer to have a run around in it!

Weymouth Sealife Centre water parkHux3

Coat: Zara Kids | Jeans: Gap Kids | Shoes: Zara Kids

It was quite difficult to get pictures in the shark tank because it was pretty dark but I think we benefitted from going ‘off-season’ as it was pretty busy in there as it was and I can imagine that it gets rather full inside in the summer!

After that we headed to the penguins which Huxley really loved. He particularly enjoyed it when they started jumping into the pool and he kept pointing and squealing with the biggest smile on his little face.

Penguins at Weymouth SeaLife CentreHuxPenguin feeding time at Weymouth Sealife CentreHux2

After stopping for a spot of lunch (a bag of crisps from the cafe for us as they don’t sell a portion of chips on their own – my only complaint about the place) we headed over to the Rockpool Adventure so Nick could touch a starfish.

Touching a starfish at the Rockpool Adventure at Weymouth Sealife CentreStarfish at Weymouth Sealife Centre

From there we went to the Turtle Sanctuary where we found an actual teenage mutant ninja turtle and then into the Ocean Tunnel which was incredible. We saw enormous giant sea turtles, huge rays and sharks all gliding overhead.

Turtle at Weymouth Sealife CentreInside the Ocean Tunnel at Weymouth Sealife Centre

From there we went to the ‘Shipwreck’ building (we really snaked around the park and didn’t take a very structured route!) which was full of jellyfish and clown fish and some nautilus (which were a bit creepy).

Jellyfish at Weymouth Sealife CentreNautilus at Weymouth Sealife CentreWeymouth Sealife Centre Dorset

Then we made our way over to the ‘Bay of Rays’ which features a waist-height pool full of rays and other types of fish. I loved this bit because you felt so close to all of the fish.

Bay of Rays at Weymouth Sealife Centre

Once we’d finished looking round we went back to the car park and got Huxley’s new scooter out. It’s a 3in1 mini micro scooter and comes with a detachable seat so he can use it now, then when he gets older you can remove the seat so he can use it as a normal scooter and then when he gets even older (age 3-5) you remove the black handle and put the normal t-bar scooter handle on. We thought this was amazing value for money. It was £80 and will (hopefully) last him for 5 years! We also got him a helmet but it hadn’t arrived in time for his birthday.

3in1 mini micro scooter for 1 year oldOne year old on 3in1 mini micro scooter

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Then we drove back to Bournemouth and had some dinner at the Harvester on the beach at Durley Chine and let Huxley do some more scooting along the prom.  

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Today I’m Wearing: A Joules Monica floral wrap dress

I love this dress. I’ve found it quite hard since becoming a mum to find clothes that are convenient to wear with a child. It can’t be too low cut otherwise Hux will pull it down, it can’t be too short otherwise I’ll be bearing all whenever I bend over to pick him up, patterns are better at hiding stains than plain things etc and this dress ticks all those boxes!

The colours are deep and beautiful and the material is light and feels luxurious against your skin. It can be dressed up for nights out and dressed down with tights and flats for every day. This dress will definitely be a staple feature in my wardrobe for years to come.

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Dress: Joules | Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Blogger bedroom envy

In my opinion, bedrooms should be cosy and comfy. It’s all very well having a beautiful, stylish bedroom but if it doesn’t immediately make me want to spend a Sunday snuggled up reading a book with a cup of tea all day then I’m not interested. For me, style in the bedroom is optional (which is very clearly evident in the mismash mix of furniture and general blah-ness of our current bedroom). Bedrooms are private. It’s very rare that anyone, other than the people that sleep in that room, will go in (until you come to selling and then you realise how painfully embarrassing your bedroom is!)

Saying that, being an avid blog reader, I can think of several bloggers bedrooms that fill me with envy! Becky from Milk Bubble Tea has a beautiful, white & girly bedroom, Elsie from A Beautiful Mess has just redecorated her bedroom but I love her bright and bold style (old room here), Julia has got a very grown-up and glamorous bedroom and Lyzi has got an adorable vintage-style bedroom with lots of art and quirky charm.

Milk Bubble Tea bedroom

A Beautiful Mess bedroomGal Meets Glam bedroomBeing Little bedroom

Obviously the biggest feature in any bedroom is the bed itself and I think it really sets the tone for the rest of the room. A giant wooden sleighbed would look completely out of place in a pink and girly bedroom in the same way that an ornate white iron bedstead would look totally wrong in a rustic wooden cabin bedroom. When Carpetright contacted me to talk about their beds I was a bit surprised as I didn’t even realise they sold beds! They’ve actually got a really nice range of bed frames and a bunch of helpful bed-buying guides.

They also wanted me to let you guys know about their House Proud Survey which you can take to be entered into a draw to win £250 worth of Virgin Experience Days vouchers.

Which blogger bedrooms make you want to plan a makeover?

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