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? We had some family fun and went pumpkin picking in Staffordshire!
We’ve got a run of short, dark days ahead and I want to fill the days with as much joy as I can.
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.
Pumpkin Picking and Family Fun
We found a brilliant place; just a stone’s throw from my parents’ home in Staffordshire.
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 Vitamin D 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 pumpkin picking in Bednall. 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.
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 in Staffordshire — pop and have a look.