Travel: Family holidays are an investment, not a luxury

Do you go on holiday with your children? Is it an annual ‘thing’ that you do as a family, with the excitement building through the year until departure day? Research has shown that if you don’t ringfence downtime to spend holiday time together, you could be missing out big time. Here’s why holidays should be an essential part of your family life. A break from normal family routines While it’s important to give structure to your everyday living, it’s also nice to take a break from the routine every now and again. Whether you choose to go to Margate or Marbella, a holiday is the perfect opportunity to treat everyone in the family to a special time away from the daily grind. Did you know that about 60% of parent-child…

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Travel: A weekend in the Lake District with Sally’s Cottages

I really needed last weekend after a stressful few weeks; comfortable surroundings to relax in, stunning scenery to enjoy and a group of lovely people to spend time with. Also, no kids! I spent the weekend with eight lovely ladies, many who I knew well and a couple of people I’d not met before – but by the end of the weekend, a few gins and some revealing ‘never have I ever’ games I think we’re firm friends now! I actually arrived in Cumbria on the Wednesday before as I stayed with family for a couple of days quite close by to catch up for a couple of days. On Friday afternoon I arrived at Croft House which is one of the holiday homes rented out via Sally’s Cottages. It…

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Travel: Iconic Destinations for your Bucket List

Are you one of those people that has a bucket list? When you’re younger often a holiday with your best friends was what you desired, the location didn’t matter as long as you were all together, the weather was good and you were having fun. Perhaps as you got a little older you may have started to plan trips, may have gone on city breaks as a couple, long haul flights and seen a little bit more of the world. As you get older, settle down and start a family time becomes more important, and how fast it goes. You worry about soaking up every moment, spending time with the family, and also giving them the experience of seeing the world. This is when you start to think about a bucket…

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The Big Feastival 2018

The Big Feastival is a family-friendly, food orientated festival that is held each year on Alex James’ farm. He used to be the bassist in Blur so knows his music but is now apparently an enthusiastic cheese maker and farmer, and has created and cultivated an amazing weekend! The Big Feastival is held on the August bank holiday in the Cotswolds, and this year we were invited along for the weekend, and I’m so glad we were because despite the rain and stormy skies we had an absolute blast! For ease I’m going to divide my review up into sections, so you can skip to the parts you’re most interested in – though there really is something for everyone! You can also see the weekend in a video too, click…

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Chilled in a Field Festival 2018

We spent last weekend being very chilled out in a field, and in the woods! We’d been invited to Chilled in a Field festival, and it was both the kids’ and Sam’s first ever weekend festival experience, and the perfect introduction. Chilled in a Field is a small family friendly festival that takes place in the grounds of Bentley Wildfowl and Motor museum, in East Sussex. The location was perfect, the weather was hot (if a bit too hot – thank goodness for shady woods!) and there was so much to do that we definitely didn’t do it all! I’ve made a video of everything though and you can see that at the bottom of this post! We arrived on Friday lunch time, worked up a sweat pitching our tent and…

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Travel: My 3 days in The Hague & Vlog

Rather ridiculously I’ve left writing about my trip to The Hague at the start of July a bit late, as I’ve been away twice since then so although I’ve not forgotten anything I did I have rather lost the oomph to write about it! I did make a short vlog of some snippets from my trip though, and have a few favourite photos to share too. So here’s a few things I did in my three days in this gorgeous city… I stayed with friends right in the city centre, and it was so nice to have someone to point me in the right direction, or tell me what not to bother with, though I did spend a day exploring on my own with the help of google maps! The…

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Three unusual things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is on my list of European cities to visit, and fairly high up too! I’m always drawn to cities with a beach, and Barcelona is definitely not short of a beach, with 4.2km of sandy beaches, divided into four main areas. But even without the beaches there are so many amazing things to see and do in the city, museums, art galleries and amazing architecture too. But I always try and find a few more unusual things to do when I visit a city for the first time, so here are three more unique things to do in Barcelona: Bunkers Del Carmel These bunkers were originally built as anti-aircraft defences during the WW11, this viewpoint over the city is open 24/7 and is free to visit! There used to…

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