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#Christmas at Drusillas

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas | Posted on 17-12-2016

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With just over a week to the big day, and school finally out for a couple of weeks, you are all no doubt thinking of ways to keep the children entertained and distracted before Christmas. Last weekend we took a trip to Drusillas to check out their Winter Wonderland and we had a wonderful time.

If you head down there in the run up to Christmas you’ll get the chance to meet Santa’s reindeer, meet and hug some of his huskies, and then meet the big man himself. And if you go before January 2nd you’ll get to watch the Winter Wonderland Illuminations too.

Yes that is Thomas The Tank Engine wearing earmuffs and a scarf – the cutest most festive train I’ve ever seen.

Now a logical word of warning here: when you arrive and buy your tickets to get in and your tickets to see Santa which are an extra £11 per child, you’ll be advised to visit him early because he’s going to get busy. Do this. We walked around the zoo first and ended up with me queuing for over an hour whilst Daddy amused the children. By the time we’d reached the front of the queue, it was a little over double the length it had been when I joined it.

The reindeer are really cute, but the huskies are a definite highlight. Such beautiful friendly dogs who are well worth a visit. Handily they are right next door to Santa so they’re a good place to go with the kids whilst someone else joins the queue. I must admit to thinking £11 per child to meet Santa was a little steep, but he was probably the best Santa I’ve ever seen, and the grotto was lovely. He takes time to talk to the children and you don’t feel like you’re on a conveyor belt. The gifts are also perfect, but I won’t spoil the surprise there.

Sadly we couldn’t stay for the light show as it starts at 4.30 and the children were starting to droop. We left about 2pm and it was definitely getting busier, with a lot of people obviously coming specifically for that part of the day. But we did see the area where the show was going to be, and the illuminated wonderland creatures. I’m sure the display was amazing once it went dark.

We love Drusillas and we love having the opportunity to visit again and again. It’s truly a fantastic day out for the family all year round, but it certainly gave us a lovely start to the festive period.

Christmas 2013: Sheepskin Slippers

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide, Product Reviews | Posted on 11-12-2013

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As parents we spend all day on our feet, running around at home after our children or taking them here there and everywhere to keep them entertained. At the end of a long busy day there’s nothing I enjoy more than relaxing on the sofa and putting my feet up. My feet are more tired and achy at the end of each day at the moment as I’m pregnant so I often slip off my shoes and wish I had something comfy and cosy to pop my feet into. Thanks to the team at the Soak & Sleep I do now! When they contacted me and asked if I’d like to choose something to review from their website I was instantly drawn to their Sheepskin Slippers. My feet are without a doubt the coldest part of my body – just ask my husband who I poke with them in bed… – so keeping them cosy was really important. I was very excited when these gorgeous slippers landed behind my door.
Slippers Sussex MummyJust looking at them makes my feet feel cosy. They are sheepskin lined throughout, as well as the decorative band on the top. They are VERY cosy and my feet are nice and warm when I’m wearing them. I was a little worried at the fact they had no backs to them though. Other backless slippers and shoes I’ve tried tend to flap about and are something of a hazard on stairs. These fit snugly and comfortably and can be worn without worry all day if I’m at home. They have a sturdy sole which, whilst not suitable for continued outdoor use, can safely make trips to the bin or on down the path in the garden.
The slippers come in three sizes – small which is a size 3.5, medium which is a 5.5 and large which is a 7.5. I have size 5 feet but sometimes wear a 6 so the mediums were an ideal fit for me. At £30 they are not the cheapest slippers you’ll ever buy, but the snuggly New Zealand fleece will probably make these the last slippers you’ll ever buy. I’m sure there are plenty parents who’d enjoy finding these under the tree on Christmas morning. Best make sure you write your letters to Santa in time too!