Eliza’s Harry Potter Party with Mad4Animals

Having a January birthday can be a bit of a pain as the weather is up and down and many of the activities the kids enjoy don’t run in the winter. However, Eliza has been planning her birthday party ever since Sebastian had his Mad4Animals party back in June. Eliza decided on a Harry Potter theme for her birthday and requested that we used Mad4Animals to provide the entertainment as she had enjoyed Sebby’s party so much. Her main stipulation was that they brought animals from the film. As she shares a birthday with a classmate, we decided on a …

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The Inn in the Park

A Birthday Meal at The Inn in the Park

It is not often that my husband and I get out for a meal these days with Kian away at university, but now he is home for the summer we requested his babysitting services so we could get out for celebratory birthday meal. We were invited to review the Inn in the Park, a stunning traditional English pub located in Branksome Park, just a five minute walk from the beach. The pub was refurbished in 2017 and is filled with fascinating photo’s and paintings of the local area. Inside there is a formal dining area, a large bar and a …

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Sebby Dr Balloonman

Sebastian’s Star Wars inspired 5th Birthday Party with Dr Balloonman

I still cannot believe that the baby of the family, Sebastian, turned 5 last week. He had a fabulous day last Wednesday, despite having to go to school on his birthday, but his whole class sang Happy Birthday and then he chose to have McDonalds for his birthday dinner treat, but he had to wait until Saturday for his party. Last year’s dinosaur party was a roaring success, but this year he wanted something different. For the last three years we have enjoyed a Sail with Santa Cruise with City Cruises Poole in December and the host of the show …

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Learning to Swim with Individuality Swimming

I am a firm believer that all children should be taught to swim and my kids have all had swimming lessons since an early age.

With the older kids, we enjoyed lessons at local-authority run pools and whilst the teachers were great, the better the kids swimming got, the bigger the classes and I felt they were not progressing as well as they should.

When Isaac was 5, we started lessons with Ruth, who soon became his favourite swimming teacher ever. He loved lessons with her and when she told us she was moving swim schools, it made sense to follow her.

We moved Isaac and Eliza to Individuality Swimming four years ago and Sebby joined them in September after completing his Turtle Tots program.

Individuality Swimming has been brilliant with the kids, they have small class sizes with a maximum of 5 children in a class at any time, which has meant their swimming has progressed much faster. They even managed to coach Eliza through a case of the ‘water wobbles’ when she first started – you’d never know it now, would you?

Ruth has continued to teach both Isaac and Eliza since joining and her background as an ex-competitive swimmer has inspired them both to want to work towards club swimming.

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At the beginning of the year, Kristin Hughes, Managing Director of Individuality Swimming, created Dorset’s largest swimming school with the purchase of Swalings and she arranged a promotional photoshoot for her new marketing campaign with some of her students, and we were invited to be part of it.

Isaac - IndividualityVideoShoot

My kids are as happy under the water as they are on top of it and loved playing up to the camera and showing off their swimming techniques.

Isaac and Eliza IndividualityVideoShoot

Individuality provides Parent and Baby Classes, Small Group Swimming Lessons for up to five children, One to One & Two to One Lessons and Adult Swimming Lessons throughout Bournemouth and Poole. All these classes share a common focus, teaching the valuable life skill that is swimming to people of any age, from beginners to improvers.

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All the swimming instructors are STA and ASA trained and Individuality Swimming follows the ASA Awards schemes:

  • Ducklings
  • Water Skills
  • Distance Badges

At the age of 4, Sebastian has just completed his Duckling Level 4 certificate, Eliza has completed her 400m distance badge and level 5 water skills and Isaac achieved water skills level 6 and his 1500m badge before moving on to club swimming. See them in action below:

Swimming is currently one of the most popular leisure and fitness activities in the UK with over 2.5 million weekly participants aged over 16.

A passionate swimming instructor and business owner, Kristin learnt to swim at the age of 2½. She has since competed in swimming competitions across England and worked in a number of roles from Swimming Teacher to Lifeguard, Fitness Instructor and Studio Co-ordinator. She set up Individuality, to realise her ambitions and concentrate on small groups and one to one swimming lessons.

For more information about Individuality Swimming & Fitness, visit: www.individualityswimmingandfitness.co.uk or find them at https://www.facebook.com/IndividualitySwimming

To celebrate the completion of their recent promotional videos, they are offering a month’s worth of swimming lessons with Individuality Swimming & Fitness to one lucky winner AND a friend! All you have to do is visit this facebook post and follow the instructions. They will pick a winner at random on 5th April. Good luck…


An unexpected snow day in Dorset!

It is a running joke in our house that whenever the country gets snow, it never actually reaches us. The last time we had a proper dusting of snow was in December 2010, when I was heavily pregnant with Eliza and our sledges have been gathering dust in the shed ever since. Even the initial weather warnings boldy teased us by avoiding our area at every opportunity, so we resigned ourselves to just some colder than normal weather thanks to the ‘beast from the east’. By Wednesday the weather warnings had reached us and when we woke up on Thursday …

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