Summer and Autumn are by far my most favourite seasons. I’m not put off taking my little ones out by the changing weather, but I opt for ease wherever I can. This is where Aldi comes in. They sent me a lovely little hamper with snacks and a drink to take along with us on a day out, to show how delicious their range is for my little ones, how handy their items are and how thrifty we can be by purchasing them. But I’ll tell you a secret, I’ve been using the Aldi Mamia range for quite some time, including nappies and wipes and I’ve always said they’re brillilant. Extremely well priced, award winning and great quality products. Because our little ones deserve nothing less than great, but we enjoy saving the pennies where we can.
So today we took our Aldi products along with us for our day out and it was the first time my son said “you’re the best mum”. I think it was just a very fortunate coincidence that it coincided with our Mamia Day Out. But it did add the cherry on top of our very lovely and surprisingly perfect day out.
This morning we were in a slight rush, I had breakfast to make, lunch to prepare, kids to dress and we needed to leave by 9am ready for playgroup. I made our lunch in a matter of minutes thanks to Aldi Mamia. I think many mums like me have spent silly amounts of time preparing lunch to take out with us. Chopping veg, slicing fruit and making sure the kids have a fairly balanced lunch. Then there are all the pots to put everything in, a lid always goes missing, it’s just a little more hassle than we need sometimes.
Our lunch today consisted of a hummus sandwich, a banana, fruit puree pouches and a bag of rice cakes. A bottle of apple and blackcurrant spring water on the side. I’ve always been a huge fan of these pouches and I think even as our little ones grow out of the baby stage when everything needs to be pureed, they’re still a brilliant snack to take with us which is healthy and perfect for on-the-go. So once I’d made their sandwiches, all I needed to do was throw everything else in the bag. Perfect.
We headed to playgroup, which was a little daunting for me because it was the first time I’d been to this one, but the kids loved it and I met some lovely mums there. Once we left I felt as if a weight had been lifted, I’d gotten our first playgroup day out of the way and everything went well. It’s odd that things like this affect us mums so much, because really it’s not about us, but we’re the ones who like to make a good impression. Our kids at this tiny age really couldn’t care less could they!
After playgroup we whizzed home to pick something up and headed straight to Leeds Castle. My littlest fell asleep on the way and was a little grumpy when she woke up, so I popped a rice cake in her hand to calm her down.
We wandered through the leafy paths towards my favourite picnic spot in the castle grounds. One of the things I love about autumn is crunching the golden red leaves under our feet. It’s even more fun this year since both of my littles can fully enjoy doing it.
We passed the groups of geese, which seemed to charge at us thinking we had food, then arrived at a lovely little spot, surrounded by bright colourful flowers and tall willow trees. It’s my favourite place to eat lunch when we visit Leeds Castle and it was even better today because it was just us and the bright sunshine.
I laid out the picnic blanket with our picnic and sat myself down to watch my two favourite people run around freely with huge grins on their face. They came over occasionally to sip from their fruit pouches to have a rice cake or finish their sandwich. There was no pressure to eat everything or stop having fun because they needed to finish lunch because all of their food could be easily sealed and put away. Their main concern at that moment was fun, chasing the birds away and giggling uncontrollably.
When I joined in their chasing this is when my boy said I was the ‘best mum’, it melted my heart. We chased each other across the green grass for such a long time and it was so lovely to hear them laugh and see the happiness in their faces. We’ve had a tricky couple of days filled with strops and they’ve not been the nicest to each other either, so to see them playing so well made my day.
After I’d bundled our picnic back into the stroller we went for a little stroll around the castle grounds, kicking leaves and enjoying the last of the summer sun. I spotted a conker tree and we instantly went on a conker hunt. We found loads, my boy had every pocket filled with conkers and our stroller had a bunch in the hood. My littlest just enjoyed trying to fit them up her nose.
We searched through chunky brown leaves and around the base of giant conker trees for what felt like forever. It must have looked a little strange from an onlooker because I was just as keen to find conkers as my kiddies were.
When we started our long walk back to the car we kept our eyes peeled for more conker trees. To my son, every tree was a conker tree, it was a difficult one to explain the differences especially since the path was through an area of dense woodland. We stopped regularly to hunt for more conkers and to be honest, it was just nice to make the day last a little longer. I was stocked up with Aldi Mamia snacks, as you know, so there’d be no hunger strops.
We had such a pleasant day and I can’t explain how nice it was to have an entire day where everything went smoothly. They didn’t fall out,they didn’t play up, it was a calm, simple and easy day. It’s these days which I enjoy the most. I love taking them far and wide and experiencing new adventures, but most of all I love a simple day out. When it’s just us, Mr F too of course when he isn’t working. They get so much enjoyment from just kicking leaves and being outdoors that they’re usually a pair that are easily pleased. I love making the most of our days while they’re still so little, it takes nothing other than my time to make them happy.
Aldis #MamiaDayOut challenge is a great one for all of us to get involved with. Pack up a lunch for the kiddies from the Mamia range and head outdoors to make great memories. An easy lunch certainly encourages me to get outdoors with the kiddies more often and today I’m so pleased we did.
Just to show you how little you’d need to spend on lunch too I’ll let you know the cost of their food range:
- The fruit puree pouches are 59p each (unless you’re purchasing one of their dinner purees which are 65p)
The rice cakes are 65p each
The Spring Water is 85p per bottle
The fruit pots are 85p per pack. We didn’t use the fruit pots today but they’re perfect for outings and when we visit our parents, a convenient way to take along healthy food.
This post is an entry for BritMums #MamiaDaysOut Linky Challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia.