We were delighted when Bassetts Vitamins got in touch and asked us to take part in their #nodulldays campaign. This was to help celebrate the launch of the Bassetts Vitamins 3-6 Multivitamins +Vitamin D & Calcium. We were extremely excited to take part for 2 reasons – 1) for a while I have been thinking about trying Youngest on some vitamins and 2) we were excited about planning the ULTIMATE #nodulldays family adventure.
Vitamin D And Calcium!
I love Jersey in the summer and spring; in the winter and autumn, not so much. The whole island can be swathed in fog for days on end and we can feel like we are cut off from the rest of the world when the storms roll in. It really does feel like the island goes into hibernation, and the sun becomes a distant memory. I know that Vitamin D and Calcium are very important to a child’s development. I remember when Youngest was born in winter, and we were living in Yorkshire, that all newborns were being prescribed a Vitamin D supplement to help support healthy muscle function, promote healthy teeth and healthy bones. The Health Visitor told us that this was because of the lack of sunlight in the winter months. What I didn’t know was that the Public Health England now advises that everyone needs an average daily intake of 10 micrograms of vitamin D (10µg), and that the Department of Health experts now recommend that during autumn and winter everyone should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of Vitamin D.
This makes complete sense as during winter and autumn the days become shorter and as a result we hardly see the sun some days. This is where Bassetts Vitamins 3-6 Multivitamins +Vitamin D & Calcium can help by ensuring that children meet this level. I was really excited for Youngest to try this because she is a lover of beige food. I do try and feed her a healthy and balanced diet but it can feel like a never ending slog. Her motto seems to be “why have broccoli when you can have chips!” She is getting better and a lot of that is down to sheer perseverance on our part. We have a lot of pasta sauces with the vegetables hidden in it. However, I do still worry that she isn’t getting enough vitamins. Especially as she has now started primary school and has been battling a cold for what feels like forever. I was excited to get her on the Bassetts Vitamins. The Bassetts Vitamins 3-6 Multivitamins +Vitamin D & Calcium has all of the benefits of a standard multivitamin but with added Vitamin D and Calcium and it comes in a Peach and Apricot flavour which has been made with natural flavours and has no added sugar.
I was nervous about how Youngest would find the Bassetts Vitamins because she is the fussiest of children when it comes to anything healthy. She seems to think that anything healthy is disgusting! No, it is not my cooking! However, she did like the Bassetts Vitamin and she ate it without any fuss. She even asked for another one later in the day! She was very disappointed when I explained that you only take one a day. I am really happy that she likes them as the vitamins will give me peace of mind that she is getting a little bit of additional help.
After Youngest had her vitamin and breakfast we jumped straight into our #nodulldays adventure. You can watch the short film below which takes you on our day with us.
Our No #Dulldays Family Adventure With Bassetts Vitamins
This is such a brilliant campaign from Bassetts Vitamins because I am the first to complain that living on Jersey during winter and autumn is hard because everything is shut and there is nothing to do. This campaign has made me realise that there is so much to do, we just need to get out there, wrap-up warm and find our fun. Ever since we moved to Jersey I have been wanting to go on the Seafaris RIB boat out to Les Ecrehous. This has been the first time that Youngest has been old enough to do it. It has a minimum age requirement of 4 years-old. I managed to find an end of season discount and booked the trip for me and the girls. I decided not to tell them that we were doing this and to surprise them with it. All they knew was that we were going to be having a picnic somewhere special.
Climbing Mountains Of Seaweed!
The previous day we had panic bought hats, scarves and gloves as I was convinced that it was going to be freezing. However, we woke up to a glorious day. The sun was shining and there was no rain! Our first stop was Gorey where we played on the beach. We were rather dismayed to discover that the whole beach was covered in mountains and mountains of seaweed.
Even worse, was that there were lots of flies hovering around the seaweed. For the record, those flies bite! We didn’t hang around for long and chose to go to the park next to the beach. The children then found a tree to climb. Youngest gave me a fright when she said that she was stuck but I managed to coax her down.
Next we drove round the coast to Archirondel where there is a beautiful pebbly beach. This is the perfect place for skimming stones. The girls had lots of fun finding the perfect stone for skimming.
Dolphins And Seals!
I then had to drag the girls away as we needed to go and get our boat. We drove further round the coast to St Catherine’s Bay. Here the surprise was revealed. I have never seen the girls so excited! We met the lovely guys from Jersey Seafaris and put on our lifejackets. They told us how lucky we were with the weather and they also said that we may spot some dolphins!
As we pulled away from Jersey we kept our eyes peeled. The sea was so calm and still. I have a very real fear of the sea but for the first time ever I appreciated her beauty. It really was one of those pinch yourself moments; we were all a bit awestruck by the vast ocean. There were lots of birds sitting on the sea so spotting dolphins was proving rather tricky. However, the eagle eyes of the skippers meant that we had soon spotted some dolphins playing in the sea. They were so close to us that we could actually hear them. The girls who love watching nature documentaries were almost stunned into silence by them, that’s clearly the secret to getting some peace and quiet, dolphin spotting ;-). We then left the dolphins to carry on playing in the sun and carried on with our journey.
Next we spotted some seals basking on some rocks. We were all handed some binoculars so that we could get a closer look. Youngest declared seals to look like “a really fat sausage dog”, to which Oldest reliably informed us that they aren’t as cute as sausage dogs, as seals are actually very vicious. Oldest then decided to show-off by telling the whole boat how male seals like to woo a lady seal. Not sure the other passengers appreciated this story, slightly awkward.
Finally, we arrived at Les Ecrehous and that meant it was time for our picnic. It’s a very stony island with a smattering of houses that are people’s summer houses. Before you get envious and start planning on buying one you may want to be aware that these summer houses have no electricity or running water. However, one still sold a couple of years ago for over £300,000! Les Ecrehous has no long term residents. In the 1960s and 1970s Alphonse Le Gastelois found refuge on Les Ecrehous. The Jersey population believed that he was committing terrible crimes that were taking place on the island at the time. They believed that he was the “Beast of Jersey” and so they set fire to his house, forcing him off Jersey. But when Alphonse Le Gastelois was on the Les Ecrehous the crimes continued on Jersey, and the people of Jersey realised that they had made a terrible mistake and invited Alphonse back. Alphonse refused to come back and chose to carry on living on Les Ecrehous until his death in the 1970s. I can imagine it is a very bleak place to live during the winter and autumn months.
We had our yummy picnic before we went exploring the island. The children were so excited and I was a bit concerned that they were becoming a little too at one with nature. Oldest had found a shell that looked like a tooth or should that be conch? She then declared herself to be the leader of the group. It was all starting to go a little Lord of the Flies and I was worried that they were going to turn on me. However, I was saved by a rock pool and normality was quickly restored as they looked for sea creatures. It was soon time to leave and we were sad to leave the island behind.
On the way back we sat at the front of the boat. The girls loved it, me less so. I was petrified! Especially when the boat started pulling some stunts. At one point I thought I was going to vomit. Youngest and Oldest on the other hand were shouting for the boat to go faster. We made it back to Jersey in one piece and I just about refrained myself from kissing the ground in sheer relief.
We had an amazing day and it was all thanks to Bassetts Vitamins for inspiring us with their #nodulldays campaign. The multivitamins RRP is £5.50 for a pack of 30 pastilles. We picked ours up for £5.00. Youngest will now be continuing to take these vitamins and I’m hoping that they really help her. The sun might not be shining as much but that doesn’t mean that we have to have a dull day. Get out there and get exploring. On the way home Youngest fell asleep in the car, someone clearly had a little bit too much excitement 😉
Our friends at Bassetts Vitamins have also created a fab code that you can use to get £2 off one pack of NEW Bassetts 3-6 Yrs Multivitamins Peach & Apricot + Calcium 30s at Boots.com! All you need to do is sign in as normal, apply the code BASSMVS2 at the checkout and embrace #NoDullDays! You can only use the code once per transaction, and the code can only be redeemed on the first 5,000 valid claims until 23:59 on 12th November.*
*Subject to Boots T&Cs.
Disclaimer – Please be aware that this was a collaborative post with Bassetts Vitamins. However, all words are my own