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Castle climbing with fruit shoot hydro

Last week we were invited to join in with a castle climbing session in collaboration with Fruit shoot’s new campaign #itsmything.

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It’s My Thing is a campaign that celebrates real kids doing what they’re passionate about and champions their self-expression and individuality. We are quite lucky that children are offered all sorts of activities through school and parents often sign up to extra curricular activities outside of school because we realise the importance of physical activity. Kieron has taken part in many sports, including football, basketball and boxing and was excited to add climbing to the list.

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Upon arrival at Castle climbers, which is an old water pumping station situated in North London, we had a brief look around inside and then ventured into the vast garden space to enjoy the sunshine before getting down to business.

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While the kids worked up a sweat taking part in a 90 minute wall climbing session the parents got some top tips from nutritionist Jo Travers. Did you know the signs to look out for when your children may be dehydrated?

  • Mood swings
  • lack of concentration
  • constipation
  • headache
  • low energy
  • ability to use fine motor skills and gross motor skills
  • Hunger – Kids can often mistake being hungry for needing fluid

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I have always been aware that the recommended water intake is 6-8 glasses a day but it was an insight to learn about what is contained within different drinks and the effect this can have on the health of both children and adults.

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I  am quite lucky that I don’t have to remind Kieron to drink water, he always seems to have a bottle with him. His favourite is flavoured still water but I do worry about the effect this has on his teeth so I look out for sugar free varieties. If you are worried about your children (or even yourself) not drinking enough water then here are some tips to keep hydrated…

  • Carry a bottle around, especially on the go. After buying a bottle I just refill it with tap water when it runs out because I prefer the taste and it saves money!
  • Be persistent – remind yourself and your children to get a drink as it is easy to forget, especially if they are busy being active!
  • Be creative and add your own flavours, you don’t always have to drink water as it can get boring, try making smoothies using milk or ice mixed with fruit or even just add fruit slices to your water to give it some zing.
  • Remember that food also contains water. Eating ice lollies and yoghurt are great ways to keep hydrated on warm days and even food that is cooked in water such as pasta has a high water content.
  • Don’t worry about frequent toilet trips. This puts me off drinking a lot of water, particularly if I know I am going to be out of the house. Apparently the less diluted your urine is the more you will need to pee as the body is trying to get rid of the waste which is highly concentrated if you haven’t been drinking fluid! Who knew?

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When we went in search of the children we were all surprised at how well they were getting on with climbing and just how high they managed to get. Kieron definitely wore himself out but thoroughly enjoyed himself, it’s a shame that the castle isn’t closer as I think it would be a great sport to get into.

Understandably the kids were eager to refuel and rehydrate so they finished the session with some food and a bottle (or two) of fruit shoot hydro before being given a goody bag to keep them busy and active.

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Kieron has since been seen out with his fruit shoot hydro and the apple and raspberry is his new favourite flavour. I must admit I am not usually a fan of flavoured water as the taste doesn’t seem genuine and over sweet but this one is quite pleasant and the benefits include it being naturally flavoured with zero sugar and no artificial colours or flavourings. It also has a re-sealable cap so handy for busy kids.

With summer around the corner do you have any tips to keep yourself and the kids hydrated?

 

 

*written in collaboration with Robinsons fruit shoot, all opinions my own!

 

 

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Paris – exploring La Defense

I imagine Paris is a city similar to London in the sense that it has well known sights and attractions, particularly in the centre, but also has lesser known areas that are also filled with interesting things to see.

As soon as we stepped off the metro at La Defense our first thought was that it must be the Canary wharf of Paris. After a bit of research we found out that it was in fact the biggest business district in the whole of Europe with 3.5 million square metres of office space!

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Situated west of the city, La Defense is part of the Paris metropolitan area and has so much more to see than just skyscrapers.

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The district is named after the statue La Defense de Paris which commemorates the Parisian resistance during the Franco-Prussian war. It stands pride of place in the middle of the area and it is not the only artistic structure you will see. Dotted around are a total of 60 modern art structures and monuments.

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I really liked the contrast of the colourful, fun looking artistic structures with the backdrop of the rigid office blocks. One of the newest buildings in the area is the Grande arch which was a project that was supported by the French president Mitterrand who wanted a twentieth century version of the Arch de Triomphe. The nice thing about it is if you face directly opposite the Grande arch you can see the Arch de Triomphe directly in front of you, albeit quite far in the distance.

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Either side of the Grande arch are two large shopping malls which house every shop you could think of which probably helps to bring a lot of Parisians as well as tourists to the area.

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I was quite surprised that although it is a business district there is still lots of greenery around the area. As we were there at the weekend it was fairly empty but I can imagine it thriving with people during the working week.

If I had known it was the business district before travelling to La Defense I probably would have been put off staying in the area but there was so much to see that I’m glad I didn’t look it up before our trip.

I am not really familiar with the different districts of Paris but would love to visit and explore other areas. Have you visited Paris? Where did you stay?