My Sunday Photo ~ Calm

This was the lake at Center Parcs, last week.

We were there quite early, on our way to do the Mini Trekkers course.

The lake was so calm and peaceful.


Later that day, the lake was a hive of activity. We drove an electric boat. It was such a beautiful day.

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Aqua Sana Spa ~ Center Parcs

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this week. We made a deal that we would always spend the night away together for that one night a year, but because Lola is still not sleeping through the night, that really wasn’t an option this year. So we were so surprised when our lovely friends, Sarah and Colin, treated us to an anniversary spa day package at Aqua Sana in Center Parcs, Longleat.

As fans of Center Parcs for our family getaways, Aqua Sana was always somewhere I had wanted to visit but never had the opportunity. So you can imagine my sheer delight to be given this as a treat.

Aqua Sana was everything I had wanted it to be.

The drive down to the Pamper Break car park is well signposted and a lovely drive through the gorgeous woodland settings of Center Parcs. Driving by the stunning Tree Houses and feeling very envious of all the lucky people who were about to spend their holidays here, it was inevitable that a stay in one of these is now on my wishlist.

The spa day runs from 9am-6pm. We arrived at 9.45am and parking was extremely spacious; guests are given a pass by security to put into the dashboard.

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Edible Easter Nest Challenge

Tots100 and Center Parcs have challenged everyone to get crafty and make edible Easter Egg Nests. When Harley and I decided we would get creative, we first took a look at the Chief Creative Chef at Center Parcs, Lynn Dixon where she shares her ideas and fantastic alternatives to using chocolate. Click here to see if you can pick up any ideas for making these yummy treats. We were most inspired by Lynn’s first tip: ‘Mix some cereal, such as bran or broken up wheat…’ Having usually used Rice Krispies or Cornflakes, we thought we would try using Shredded Wheat to give more of a ‘nesty’ look.  Inevitably, Harley wanted to make one big nest , so here is our recipe:
Firstly, Harley broke up 4 original sized Shredded Wheat into a bowl.
He then broke up 2, 114g bars of Galaxy chocolate. We melted the chocolate in a bowl which we placed in a saucepan of hot water. This was much safer as Harley, of course, wanted to stir the chocolate and there wasn’t the danger of a hot hob or boiling water.
He then mixed together the melted chocolate with the wheat and added some shredded coconut. We lined a glass bowl with some clingfilm and poured the straw-like mixture into a bowl, carefully trying to raise the sides of the nest, to create a dip in the middle. Leave to chill in the fridge.
With a bit of help, Harley then removed the clingfilm from the side of the bowl and carefully pulled the nest out.
He then toiled with what to use for the bird’s eggs…mini eggs was a good option, he even thought of using green and red grapes.In the end he plumped for adding some Jellybeans, as he like the speckled look of some of the flavours.
As the Easter Bunny had left some cute little chicks in his Easter Trail, we decided to use these too.
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100, April challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest.
So get crafty with your little ones. Share any other ideas you may have.We are going to wrap up our finished edible nest in pretty cellophane and give it to Nana and Papa as an Easter present.