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July 2014 – Beanstalk Keepsakes

Welcome to the Beanstalk Keepsakes blog. I won't just be posting about our products we promise. I wanted to give you a bit more so you will see posts on what to do in the local area, craft projects you can do with the kiddies, keepsakes you can make from home and you'll get to hear a bit more about me and my life as a work from home Mum. Hope you enjoy my posts. Feel free to comment on any post and leave your feedback.

Monthly Archives: July 2014

Our Week in Wales

We were very lucky that my parents booked a couple of cottages at the beginning of this month for a lovely, relaxed week away in Wales. We all went. My husband, little boy and I, my amazing parents, both my sisters and brothers in law, my 10 month old nephew and 5 week old niece. Hence why we needed 2 cottages!

We stayed on a working farm just outside Harlech on the North West coast of Wales. Argoed Holiday Cottages are just perfect for a self-catering holiday. My little boy, Jack enjoyed walking around the farm and seeing all of the animals and tractors.


We weren’t too sure what the weather was going to be like. The week before was glorious so we just thought it was typical that it would rain the week we were away. Plus it’s Wales – it always rains in Wales. How wrong could we be? We had the most fantastic week with only a little bit of rain on the Tuesday. We managed to get to the beach on a couple of the days, although that was an effort with three children under two and a half years in age! But once we got there it was lovely. The beaches here are truly breathtaking and when you have the weather you really can’t ask for anything else – ok maybe warmer seas, but we can’t be too picky can we?


After spending the morning on the beach we would return to the cottage for nap time for the little ones, while us the rest of us chilled out on the patio area which got the sun late into the afternoon.

While we were in Wales we went to see my Great-Grandmother or Naini as we say in Welsh. She is 95 years old and totally still with it. It was lovely to catch up with her and introduce her to the newest additions to the family – her great-great-grandchildren – the fifth generation. This is very rare and we are so lucky to still have her with us.

We also popped into the closest towns of Harlech and Barmouth on two of the days. Barmouth is your typical seaside town. Tat shops, arcades and ice cream shops galore, but you need this on a UK holiday don’t you? Harlech is a quieter little village with an impressive castle. We took Jack to the castle on the Friday morning as he was dying to go to “windy castle” all week to find the dragon. Those of you with toddlers will know where the “windy castle” reference comes from – our good old friend Peppa Pig. I am not too sure where hunting for dragons came from, maybe it is instilled into little boys. Anyway he was very pleased when he found the dragon in the shop on the way out 🙂


All in all a fantastic family holiday and I thoroughly recommend this area of Wales and the Argoed Holiday Cottages for families with small children.

Roll on our next week away at the end of August – this time Devon with the in laws – can’t wait 🙂

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Hi everyone, Just thought I would give you a little bit of an update on how things are going. It’s been a crazy few months with a redundancy and pregnancy news. I’m pleased to say I managed to get a 6 month contract to take me up to maternity leave and to support us while… Continue Reading