Camping with kids

With another bank holiday on the horizon, people will be looking to spend a few nights under canvas. We used to love camping when the kids were little, but for the past 3 years the tent has stayed in the loft. I fear that camping may not be the same when the teenager realises that a tent does not come with a PS4 and superfast broadband.

We started camping when the kids were 3 and 6, and we have many happy camping memories. Our camping experiences were definitely a learning curve, and with each trip I learnt something new. The most important one, ALWAYS pack a corkscrew for your wine, yes a HUGE error on my part. … Continue reading

I am so glad it’s Friday as it means the year 6 SATS are over. Katie has been doing tests for the past 4 days, but today it’s own clothes and toy day.  She has handled this week brilliantly, keeping herself calm and doing her absolute best.  I gave her this card on Sunday night, as it pretty much summed up our feelings towards the tests.

SATS card

I am so proud of her, and tonight we are going to the Trafford Centre to treat her and go for a meal. Plus it’s a double celebration as it’s our 16th wedding anniversary today.… Continue reading

For our wedding anniversary last year, I decided to get my husband a love lock. For those of you who have never heard of a love lock, it’s a padlock which you can then lock to a fence, bridge or gate to symbolize your love. As we were celebrating 15 years of marriage, our love lock was inscribed with ’15 Years Married’ and on the other side ‘Tracey and Hywel, 12th May 2001’ which is the date we got married.

Love Lock - Wedding Anniversary

I am pretty sure my husband did the usual male response of thinking ‘why the hell has she got me a padlock’, and the lock has sat gathering dust in his wardrobe for nearly a year.… Continue reading

Oh May, you are definitely my favourite month of the year.  A month which will see us banish our coats until Autumn (hopefully), and wave goodbye to our winter boots. A month that graces us with not one, but TWO bank holidays. And hopefully the month where the sun decides to shine that little bit more.

Hello May

May is a month of celebration for us. On the 15th of May, it is 18 years since I met my husband (18 YEARS), and on the 12th May we will celebrate 16 years of marriage. We don’t have any firm plans yet, but I am hoping for a little weekend getaway.… Continue reading

Holidays are great fun, but there’s no doubt they bring with them some level of stress. Missed flights, lost luggage, and family arguments are just some of the potential disruptions to your otherwise relaxing break. To make sure you can truly relax on your holiday, here are some top tips for having a stress-free holiday.

Pina Colada at Ikos Olivia

  • Get everyone involved in the planning

Unless you’re travelling solo, don’t make all the decisions about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing yourself. Partners or family members can feel pushed out if they don’t get a say in the upcoming holiday. Give them a chance to express what they want to be doing, and how they’d like to relax.… Continue reading

Another fortnight has passed since I last wrote my Little Loves, and what a funny 2 weeks it has been. The kids went back to school, and for Katie this is her final term at her Primary (all of the sobs from me). And just when we were settling into our normal routine, husband did his back in. For the best part of a week he was lying on the sofa in agony, but thankfully he is on the mend now. We had lunch out on Wednesday, and yesterday he went back to work.

White Lion Pub in Cheshire

Tuna and cheese baguette

Read

I love buying books from charity shops, and I picked this up yesterday for £1.49.… Continue reading

My 11 year old is a huge book worm, and she can often be found with her nose in a book instead of the iPad. So when it comes to travelling, it has become a tradition that she gets a few new books to take away. And on our recent holiday to Greece, her ‘book  list for holidays’ was written well ahead of her suitcase being packed. Except I wasn’t my normal organised self.

I had failed to order the books she wanted online, and at 4.30am I found myself in the WH Smith at Manchester Airport. Half asleep and having spent a fortune, Katie had her books but I wished I had been more organised.… Continue reading

I am a creature of habit when it comes to holidays. Yes I know there is a huge world out there to explore, but if you give me the perfect holiday then I am going to find it very hard not to return. And this is how I felt when we got back from our first visit to Ikos Olivia in April 2016.

Olive tree at Ikos Olivia

We pretty much experienced the perfect holiday last year, no mean feat when you are travelling with a teen and tween. Add to this that Ikos Olivia won the best all inclusive hotel in Europe (AND second in the world), and I knew that I would be hard pushed to find another hotel that would match the Ikos service.… Continue reading

I have had a complete break from blogging over the past fortnight, and whilst it has been nice to switch off, I am now itching to get back. If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed we have been in Greece. We returned to Ikos Olivia which is in Halkidiki, the most amazing 5* resort. We were treated like family when we arrived at the hotel, and we spent the week relaxing, eating and sampling the huge cocktail menu they have. The lovely Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos is there at the moment, and I am gutted our holidays did not cross over.… Continue reading

I can’t quite believe that the kids break up today, and it really does feel that this half term has been the quickest one yet. But with the holidays fast approaching it can only mean one thing….. We have 2 and a half sleeps till GREECE.

Deluxe Pool at Ikos Olivia

Ikos Olivia reception

Yes I am counting Sunday night as half a sleep due to the lovely 2.30am alarm call. It will be worth it when I am sipping cocktails around the pool on Monday afternoon. So apart from running around like a headless chicken getting ready for our holiday, what else have we been up to.… Continue reading