• Top 10 tips for UK beach days with kids

    We are off to Cornwall this week and because we have been blessed with glorious weather I want to ensure we spend as much time as we can on the beach. So far I have been massively unprepared and brought a UV tent and a fishing net. Slightly eclectic I know, so I headed to the fountain of knowledge from some other bloggers to complie a list of The best UK beach tips. A sheet, with elasticated corners, is ideal to make a area on the beach to keep sand free. If you pop picnic box/other items in the corner, it’ll make an edge that keeps the sheet clean! KatyKicker Wetsuits…

  • Dreaming of the sun

    It’s a given that January it’s going to be bleak, cold and miserable – which is fine, I can cope with that as I know its not going to vary much more than this. I can keep dreaming of the sun. This month has been different, we have had snow, rain, sleet, hail and then the past few days has been glorious – slightest hints of warmth through the first rays of sunshine and a sapphire blue sky. Just wonderful (even if the “Beast from the East” is a-comin) It’s days like this that make me want to hop on a jet plan and venture into warmer climates. I long…

  • BabyBjörn We Air mesh baby carrier review

    When I just had Freddie I used a baby carrier just because I could really. I can’t say I found it easier than a pushchair as it took me ages to fiddle with the straps and “plug myself in” as it were rather than just bung him in the pushchair and trot on with the dogs. Now I have a second bubba the juggling act has begun. I could do with a third, sometimes fourth hand. Whilst I love our pushchair sometimes it is necessary to have both my hands free and be able to be more hands on with Freddie whilst I have Dexter, such as the nursery drop…

  • France revisited as an adult

    When I was eleven, the whole of my year at school went on an art trip to Paris. It was a hellish, long coach journey in a less than desirable hotel chain. The sights we visited were under direction and decision of our teachers and mostly they did ok, apart from the food. It was dire. The memory of which marred the whole trip for me. Think clammy charcuterie, bland baguettes and flaccid frites! It’s not the memory I would like to have of such a country renowned for its food and drink, to me it would be just as important for us to learn about this too! I would…

  • ‘Tis the season to visit markets!

    Apart from the big day itself, you can’t beat the build up to Christmas and for me one of the fun festive days on my to do list is visiting a Christmas market! My nearest market is probably Birmingham. It’s been there for 12 years now and based in Victoria square. There are 180 beautiful stalls and so many twinkling lights. Have a mulled wine in an festive mug or a lovely hot dog whilst having a browse. There are gifts, jewellery, handmade items and food, open from 17th November until 29th December. I fancy traveling further afield this year and so I have had a look into Stagecoach who…

  • Our review of Bluestone – family friendly accommodation in Wales

    If you follow my Instagram page you will know that recently we were lucky enough to be invited to review Bluestone resort, Wales. Im so pleased to give you a low down on how great this free range break is! I have split my review into two posts -our overall stay and our visit to Kingdom of the Elves.   We arrived at Bluestone on a cold, dark November night. This just made it all the more exciting as I just couldn’t wait to get nestled up in our lodge! We had travelled from Shropshire and it took us about 3 and a half hours which I included regular threenager emergency…

  • Bourton on the water

    Today we had a bimble over to Bourton on the water, somewhere I have always wanted to go and so we made it our first family day out. Situated near Cheltenham, it’s not really to far from us in Shropshire so it was quite pleasant to travel. There are lots of places to park and only a very short walk to the small town itself. As soon as you step out of the car park you see how picturesque it is, it almost looks pretend. It’s nicknamed “the Venice of the Cotswolds” because of the beautiful, shallow water running through the middle, straddled with low bridges. You can see it…