Getting outdoors with Mamas and Papas

I rarely document our days out on here anymore; it’s all pregnancy updates and reviews which although I love doing, kind of takes away from why I started this little space on the internet.

I love making memories as a family; I adore seeing the boys learning, exploring and growing together and even though I do vlog our days out I’m determined to capture more of these memories in pictures on my blog.

We’ve had some lovely family days out lately, something that’s gotten more fun as the boys have grown older. Don’t get me wrong they’ve gotten harder too, but the boys are so interested in learning new skills and trying new activities that it’s just so wonderful to see them windswept, grass stained and covered in mud.

We’ll always choose to get outdoors, not only because it’s free to do but because it’s so much more stimulating for little ones to be out in nature than cooped up in soft play all day. The fresh air does them wonders, their imaginations can run wild and most importantly – a day of fresh air makes them sleep like little dreamers! Being pregnant it’s just what I need to get my bit of daily exercise and it’s good for mine and Petes minds and souls to just get outdoors and breathe.

Mamas and Papas have recently launched their interactive map full of iconic London parks; places to take your little ones for some great outdoors exploration; and I think that’s wonderful, not a list of indoor expensive places but good old spots of beauty. They’ve asked me to share some of my favourite local outdoor spots in Hampshire and without a doubt I knew my two favourites straight away.

One of our most treasured spots to go to is Victoria Country Park. If you live in Hampshire I’d highly recommend it as it’s such a beautiful setting and you can spend all day there without spending a penny. I’ve created a review for it here so I’ll just share some snaps of our recent trip there this weekend. DSC00258 DSC00255 DSC00247 DSC00245 DSC00244 DSC00236 DSC00234 DSC00222 DSC00219 DSC00209 DSC00208 DSC00207 DSC00205 DSC00204 DSC00189 DSC00185 DSC00184 DSC00181 DSC00179 DSC00174 DSC00171 DSC00170 DSC00165 DSC00163 DSC00162 DSC00156 DSC00154 DSC00153 DSC00149 DSC00147 DSC00146 DSC00141

We also love to go further down the river to Hamble village. This was our first home, Jaspers first home most importantly and it’s such a special place in our hearts.

We took Pete there for Fathers Day and spent the day crabbing (the boys new favourite pastime) and eating ice creams. DSC00056 DSC00070 DSC00059

Days like these are wonderful as the boys always want to venture far and wide but if you’re a parent you’ll know it’s getting back to the car that can be the nightmare. The boys are still so small and after a full day of burning energy they’re little legs get tired so we always take either the stroller, pushchair or a carrier and once bambini is here we’ll definitely be bringing a sling along.

 

Where are your favourite outdoor places to go as a family? Please do share them below, we’re always looking for new spots to go to explore!

 

Thanks for reading,

Jess x

10 Comments

  • Leona
    1st July 2016 at 11:41 am Reply

    This looks like lots of fun! I wouldn’t trust Luke not to jump in though haha xx

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    • Jessica
      6th July 2016 at 10:12 am Reply

      Haha I’m so surprised Jasper never tried, he’s a brave one like that!

  • Grace Findlay
    5th July 2016 at 6:29 am Reply

    You look so beautiful in these photos…pregnancy definitely suits you! We don’t have any favourite places to take our daughter yet, she’s only 7 months old, but I can’t wait until she’s old enough to run around on the beach or at a farm xxx

    • Jessica
      6th July 2016 at 10:10 am Reply

      It’s so lovely when you find favourite spots and it happens so naturally; one day we just realised we’d been going to the same places for so long and not tiring of them 🙂

  • Laura: Adventures with J
    5th July 2016 at 6:50 am Reply

    Lovely suggestions. I hope to take my lb to these two although it is a bit of a drive so may wait until next summer when he is a little older. I loved the photos, especially of the crabbing and the play park 🙂

    • Jessica
      6th July 2016 at 10:09 am Reply

      Thanks lovely! Oh you definitely should, if it’s a drive maybe tie it in with a trip to Peppa Pig world or something and make a weekend of it?

  • yvette morgan
    5th July 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

    lovely pics, you look so stunning, I always looked washed out when pregnant lol xx

    • Jessica
      5th July 2016 at 12:50 pm Reply

      Ahh I bet you didn’t! Thank you lovely 🙂

  • Emma Lofthouse-Burch
    5th July 2016 at 1:44 pm Reply

    You got some gorgeous photos, you look amazing x

    • Jessica
      6th July 2016 at 10:07 am Reply

      Aww thank you my love!!

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