242 weeks | Pumpkin Picking and Family Fun #NoDullDays

The clocks went back this weekend. Did you enjoy an extra hour in bed? Or is the change in time wreaking havoc with your body clock?

One thing’s for sure. We’ve got a run of short, dark days ahead.

In the immortal words of Jon Snow;

‘Winter is coming.’

But dark days shouldn’t have to mean dull days.

There are so many fun things to do during the colder months.

Last week, during the half term holiday, the boys and I went up to my parent’s for a couple of days.

As we were hosting our annual Halloween party, on Saturday, I’d decided we should go pumpkin picking, to pick up some spooky supplies.

We found a brilliant place; just a stone’s throw from my parents’ home.

Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Bednall was the most fantastic setting for a morning of family fun.

For a start, it was free.

And secondly we got to spend a few hours out in the fresh air.

Top up your levels

I’ve found that getting outside is one of the best ways to keep my spirits up during winter. Lack of sunlight can equal low vitamin D intake — and I always feel a bit out-of-sorts when my body is lacking in something.

Public Health England actually advise that everyone needs an average daily intake of 10 micrograms of vitamin D (10µg), to protect their bone and muscle health. As much of this comes from sunlight, during the spring and summer, the Department of Health experts now recommend that during autumn and winter we should all consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of Vitamin D. 

With this in mind, I take a multivitamin every day. And I’ve also begun to give the boys a child-friendly version — each morning — with their breakfast. 

Bassetts have just launched Multivitamins plus Vitamin D and Calcium, especially for 3-6 years olds.

They have all the benefits of a standard multivitamin; but the added Vitamin D and Calcium support the twins’ growth and development and make sure their levels remain constant; throughout the winter months.

You’d think that a four year old would balk at taking a multivitamin every day but these little Bassetts Multivitamins plus Vitamin D and Calcium cleverly masquerade as a soft, chewy little peach and apricot flavoured pastille.

So they not only help to support healthy muscle function, healthy teeth and healthy bones but they taste delicious and the boys love them.

And, what’s more, they’re made with natural flavours and colours (with absolutely no added sugar).

It’s a brilliant way of ensuring that Bertie and Cosmo are getting everything they need, vitamin-wise, which means less sniffles and more energy.

More energy = more fun.

 

Free-Range Family Fun

It was so nice to get outside for a few hours.

Even though the weather was dull and grey, we filled our eyes with lots of colour, thanks to the pumpkins.

The boys had a ball, playing on the tractor and running over the hay-bales.

If you’re in the Stafford area, I’d highly recommend the Bednall Pumpkin Farm. There was such a lot for the boys to do.

Best thing (according to Cosmo) was the little train-ride. Totally genius — the ‘carriages’ were fashioned from barrels, pulled along by a mini tractor.

The best thing (according to Nana) was the fact it was a fantastic, cheap day out. Our 6 (quite sizeable)  pumpkins came to just £7. The little trainride was just £1 each for the boys.

Bargain.

And finally, my best thing was that we got to hang out with my mum for a few hours; doing something really fun (in the fresh air). And the twins were absolutely KNACKERED by the time we got home.

Winning all round, I’d say.

I’ve made a little film, to go with this post; talking about kids’ health — and the benefits of vitamins — as part of Bassetts #NoDullDays campaign. If you’d like to go and see — plus check out a little more of what we got up to when we were pumpkin picking — pop and have a look.

And finally, our friends at Bassetts Vitamins have also created a fab code that you can use to get £2 off one pack of NEW Bassetts 3-6 Yrs Multivitamins Peach & Apricot + Calcium 30s at Boots.com!

All you need to do is sign in as normal, apply the code BASSMVS2 at the checkout and embrace #NoDullDays! You can only use the code once per transaction, and the code can only be redeemed on the first 5,000 valid claims until 23:59 on 12th November.*

*Subject to Boots T&Cs. 

Although this is a collaborative post with Bassetts, all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.

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Big eyes & a happy heart. Festival goer, gin lover. Lives in a haphazard state of chaotic bliss with a lovely husband, twin toddler boys, three cats & four chickens.

16 thoughts on “242 weeks | Pumpkin Picking and Family Fun #NoDullDays

  1. I didn’t even know you could pick your own pumpkins. I’ve only been strawberry picking before. A bit late for this year but will perhaps go and pick my own pumpkin next year. Looks like it was a lovely family day out.

    1. Thanks so much Becky. It was SUCH a brilliant day out — and totally free. So nice to get out in the fresh air and the boys LOVED it. Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks!! Are you bringing the tiny boy along?? xxxx

  2. I’ve never actually been one for taking vitamins but I know many people who swear by them. I know we definitely have a lack of Vit D in this country, although getting outdoors like you have been is a real help. I do find going outside in general does wonders for the spirits. Great pics!

  3. Can I even call myself a blogger when I’ve never been pumpkin picking? Looks like you had a lovely day out. Getting outside with the kids is the best, isn’t it? You can tell it does your body some good xxx

    1. Haha!! It’s funny isn’t it? You can tell the season from a blogger’s pictures!! Rape flower fields, Bluebell woods, pumpkin patches!!! Such a cliché — but it was SUCH a fun day out. I can’t wait for next year!!! xx

  4. I buy these for Joe too they are fab, and totally agree about getting out we have been for a long walk today whilst Joe rode his bike and Jack played football. We watch him play and then nip off before the match and at half time with Toby for a walk I love it getting out and getting fresh air x

    1. They’re SO good aren’t they? I’m so glad the boys are old enough to take a vitamin now — I used to buy liquid vits when they were babies (they HATED the stuff!!). These are much better — I’ve tried them and they’re LUSH! No wonder they gobble them up!!

  5. Oh looks and sounds like you had such an amazing time at the pumpkin patch so glad they have really caught on the last few years here in the uk they are massive deal back home. Now just need more white pumpkins too. Lol #wrc

  6. Bednall is literally just up the road from where I live and it’s where we usually go for our pumpkins – it’s brilliant! We went somewhere else this year, which was lovely too. It looks like you had so much fun there – fab photos! My girls have been having Bassetts vitamins since they were 3 years old (they’re now 10, 9 and 7!) – I give them the ones with added Omega 3 in. I honestly don’t think I’d give them any other brand – they’re fab.

    1. It’s funny — my ex boyfriend (of 5 years!) lived in Bednall so it was quite weird going back and seeing his mum and dad’s house!! There’s a new pumpkin place opened up at the farm-shop by my parent’s too — it’s their first year :) It would be good to try somewhere else but Bednall was such a bit with the boys— plus it was FREEEEEEE!!!! :)

  7. Ah love this Caro! You’ve done a beautiful job with this post, the pictures are perfect for the season and as always the boys look like they’re having the best time. My girls take vitamins too, they’re especially important for Poppy who won’t eat ANY fruit.

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