Travel: Riverside Cottage in Hampshire

Down a leafy lane in Hampshire round a bend in the road a yurt will come into view, with lavender fields beyond. Behind you, there’s a thatched cottage, nestled in amongst a large and lovely garden. Over the lane is a private stretch of river, peaceful and serene.  Riverside Cottage is where I spent two days and nights last week, on a Bloggers’ Retreat, and it was just what I needed! No herding kids, no traffic, no mess, plus comfy beds, a relaxing atmosphere and a bunch of new found…

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Travel: Camping in Rye & Camber Sands

The weekend before last we packed our camping gear and drove off to Rye on Friday one Sam had finished work. The Monday before we’d decided we should make the most of Sam having a weekend off work, plus it was Fathers Day that Sunday! We roped in our friends to come with us and met them half way there to head off together. Sam had found a reasonably priced campsite (it was just under £100 for two pitches for two nights) on Pitchup, called the Hare and Hounds. We arrived…

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Travel: Bluestone Wales – Everything you need to Know

Family time is so important to us, we don’t get to spend as much time together as the average family due to shift work so when we get the chance to have uninterrupted family time we grab it with both hands! When it’s somewhere like Bluestone Wales that is completely geared towards families then even better! We just spent four days at Bluestone and as I write this on the way home in the car I already can’t wait to go back. As we packed up the car and left the…

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Wanderlust: Visiting Thailand

I fell in love with the descriptions of Thailand in the book ‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland, and then of course the film starring Leonardo diCaprio. The beautiful beaches, the calm sea, the mountains and the lush greenery. I’ve wanted to visit ever since. although I know finding a secret community far away from everyone else is probably a long shot! Flights are also not the cheapest either, so I’d really want to make the most of it and travel around the country whilst we’re there. In an ideal world…

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Exploring Literary London with Kids

I adore London, always have and probably always will do and have written a few posts about visiting London in the past (here on the London Eye, and here on a river cruise most recently) though I don’t think I’d ever want to live there if I’m honest! The hustle and bustle is great for a few days but then I get long to be back bedside the seaside at home! Last weekend I took the little people up to London for a weekend of fun filled literary activities… not that they appreciated the…

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Marwell Zoo

Visiting a Zoo was on our family Bucket list for this year, as Arlo had never been and Athena was only about 18 months when she went to London Zoo so doesn’t remember it. I absolutely love animals and could watch them all day every day so thought Marwell would be a great place to spend the day as they have such a variety of animals. We went on a Thursday just after they re opened for the year and spent a full day exploring. I’ve made a video of…

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Paultons Park – Peppa Pig World & The Lost Kingdom

For Arlo’s birthday we spent the day at Paultons Family Theme Park, home of Peppa Pig World and both kids had a blast! It was a Friday so it wasn’t too busy at all, though the busiest area of the park was Peppa Pig World for sure, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many toddlers in one place! I made a video of our vlog too, you can see that at the end of the post. We’d never been before so spent a bit of timing exploring the…

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Travel: Three Must See Places to Visit in the Midwest USA

I’ve got a BUMPER blog takeover post today, I’m away with family in the deepest depths of Norfolk and the internet here is next to useless, but I’m so glad I’ve got this post to share with you as it is one that I have LOVED reading because a USA road trip is on my bucket list and some of the places in the Midwest USA that Alisa has written about sound amazing. I’ve read all of Bill Brysons books and have fallen in love with some of the places…

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Travel: Best Destinations for Family Holidays

Many parents feel restricted when choosing a family holiday, but the truth is that families are spoiled for choice when deciding where to go. There are a so many options to choose from; short-term break to longer-term trips, from camping to all-inclusive. Here are just a few suggestions to get you thinking about your next family holiday! City Breaks Sometimes a short break is the best and city breaks are a wonderful, low-stress option for families needing to get away. European cities are chock-full of child-friendly restaurants, places to stay and many…

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Five things to remember when travelling with kids

It goes without saying that travelling with kids is a very different experience to travelling without them – whether that’s with a partner, a friend or a group of friends. Before the kids were born, I became a Mum and parenting seemed to dominate everything, I remember being able to make spontaneous decisions about booking a late holiday or getting up on a Friday morning and deciding to head off somewhere for a long weekend. All I needed then was a sense of adventure, a bag full of my stuff,…

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Travel: Our Roadtrip & Vlog

The week before last week we went on a UK road trip… I hate the term ‘staycation’ but I guess that’s what it was! Six nights away from home,  three individual nights in different hotels on the way up north and then 3 nights in a hotel in the village where my dad lives on the Cumbrian coast in the Lake District. I’ve put together a little holiday vlog, mostly for us to look back on but I thought I might as well share it too, that’s at the end of…

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Travel: Four free family days out in Oxfordshire

Whilst I’m away on holiday I asked a few fellow bloggers if they’d share some ‘local loves’ – things they love to do in their area, and this post is from Helen, you can find out more about her at the end of this post! I feel incredibly lucky to live in Oxfordshire. There is so much for families to see and do, with the historic city of Oxford, the River Thames and the Cotswolds right on our doorstep. However, days out can often end up being very expensive, so free days…

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