About 6 months ago the teen arrived home from school clutching a letter which was promptly handed to me. Now this in itself is extraordinary as school letters often remain crumpled and unloved at the bottom of his school bag. And judging by the hopefulness spreading across his face, it was something he desperately wanted to do.

School Trip to Iceland

The letter was from the Geography department about an October trip to Iceland. A beautiful country where he would experience Plate Tectonics and Glaciation, all supporting his learning towards his GCSE Geography exam next year. And yes my husband and myself were very jealous of this amazing opportunity.… Continue reading

 

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

When TripAdvisor announced it’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards, it came as no surprise to me that Ikos Olivia was voted the BEST All Inclusive hotel in Europe, AND came 2nd in the world.  Reading the TripAdvisor reviews, it quickly becomes apparent that the Ikos brand offers much more than All Inclusive. They call it ‘infinite lifestyle’ and last April we travelled to Halkidiki to immerse ourselves in the Ikos Olivia bubble, a luxurious bubble of course.

Ikos Olivia Grounds

When we returned I wrote about how we had found the perfect holiday at Ikos Olivia. A holiday so perfect that we get to do it all again in less than 2 weeks.… Continue reading

A few weeks ago, bloggers up and down the land were eagerly awaiting news on Mark Warner’s Family Ambassador programme. Since starting blogging back in 2013, I have heard only glowing reports from people who have been on Mark Warner holidays.  And last years Ambassadors showed us how to holiday, ski and sail…. Mark Warner style.

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Mark Warner has been around since 1974, which coincidentally is the same time as me. Though I am sure Mark Warner has fewer wrinkles and grey hairs. In those 43 years the holiday company has grown and evolved, and it got me thinking of how much our family holidays have changed with time too. … Continue reading

At the start of 2016, I was inspired to join in with the Take 12 Trips challenge after reading Karen from Mini Travellers post. The idea is simple, to take 12 Trips over the course of the year, which was thought up by blogger Clare from Need another holiday. I have taken a total of 14 trips during 2016 (1 night or over), of which 2 have been girlie weekends, 4 trips with my husband and 8 as a family.

January

15 days into the New year and we were off on our first trip of 2016. It was a double celebration at Centerparcs, with Katie and I celebrating our birthdays whilst we were there.… Continue reading

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I LOVE holidays to the point where I think I am bordering on becoming a holiday addict. I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to… though I am sure the credit card would not agree.

Its funny as when I met my husband we only went on 2 holidays before we had the children. One of them was to Benidorm for a week (I dont actually remember much about this holiday… All inclusive… lots of vodka… say no more) and the other was to Mexico for our Honeymoon.

We went on our first holiday when our first born was 9 months old.… Continue reading

CP 14

I LOVE Centerparcs !!!

We as a family have been incredibly lucky to have stayed at Whinfell Forest 8 times (10 times for me as I have been on 2 girlie holidays there too). And in January 2014 we are off there again to celebrate my daughters 8th birthday and my ahem 40th !!!

So when I started blogging and found that Centerparcs run a competition to find family bloggers – I was more than a little excited. Now I am not the best creative person to grace this planet. However I headed over to Movie Maker, armed with pictures of us all enjoying Centerparcs as a family over the past 7 years, and managed to make this

Centerparcs Movie 2013

Hope you enjoy it and best of luck to everyone entering this fantastic competition… Continue reading