We were kindly given two  x 72 hour I Amsterdam Cards for the purpose of this review.

If you have been following me over the summer, you will know that we travelled to Amsterdam for 3 days to celebrate our eldest turning 17. After our day trip to Amsterdam back in May, we couldn’t wait to return to the city for a longer period, giving us more time to explore. During our visit I worked with I Amsterdam, who kindly provided us with two cards which covered us for the duration of our trip.

I Amsterdam card

What is the I Amsterdam Card

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There’s no better way to spend a weekend than by taking a road trip with your loved ones. Even as summer comes to a close, there’s no reason to put off holidays until next year. You might not be able to get time off work or school, but a mini-break can be just as good. This Saturday, you could hop in the car as a family and hit the open road. Of course, you might want a plan of action before you do that. Otherwise, you might be disappointed if your trip feels incomplete. Here’s what to prepare before road Continue reading

I totally failed in writing my Little Loves post for the month of July, but one word sums up why I didn’t get around to it…. Pneumonia. I have been poorly for around two months now, and spent a full week in hospital during August. But I’m going to try really hard not to dwell on that, and instead focus on the positives that came out of the summer holidays.

Amsterdam Cafe

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I am still keeping up with my target of reading two books a month, though I actually thought I would double it in August with being in hospital. But … Continue reading

We were kindly invited to review the Escape Lounge at Terminal One Manchester Airport, when we flew to Amsterdam during the summer holidays. It was also a very special day as our eldest was turning 17, and we had kept our lounge booking a secret until we had got through security.

Escape Lounge T1 Manchester Airport

Where is the Escape Lounge at T1 Manchester

Once you get through security you need to follow the signs for the ‘lounges’ which can be found on the upper floor. We used the lift as I was using the airports wheelchair assistance, having just come out of hospital two Continue reading

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of staying at Carden Park in Chester. This was our 4th visit to the hotel, and it’s our go to place when we want to unwind. Carden Park is set in a huge country estate, and it has all the facilities you need for a relaxing break away.

Carden Park - Courtyard Suite

We were booked into a courtyard suite which is my favourite accommodation at Carden Park, and our suite certainly had the wow factor when we entered. Our room looked as if it had been recently refurbished, and I loved that we had a … Continue reading

London is a brilliant city to visit, and it’s full of things to do for the whole family. There’s an endless list of museums, parks and other tourist attractions to entertain the family, and you’ll never be lost for something to do. Amazingly, viewing numbers at London attractions are climbing, despite their being fewer overseas visitors. Everyone is welcome, and there’s so much to experience.

A day in London

With so much potential on offer, what should your family do with a day in London? Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction.

Covent Garden

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A week in hospital wasn’t quite the mini break that I had planned during the summer holidays, but I guess sometimes that you just have to expect the unexpected. Looking back over the past two months, it was hard to pinpoint a time when I had felt well. I had started off suffering with sciatica, which left me in pain for around 10 days. This eased off thankfully, and was nothing to do with my stay in hospital.

An unexpected week in hospital

With the sciatica gone, I started with a cough. It was nothing major (or so I thought), and was just a slight … Continue reading

Amsterdam is a gorgeous city – with a huge canal system, amazing architecture, and more museums and galleries than you can shake a stick at. Despite common misconceptions, it’s not only a place to visit with a group of friends when in your 20s. It’s a fantastic city to take the family to, and if it’s your first time there, here are a few tips to help make the most of it.

Amsterdam for the day

  1. See the museums

Anne Frank, Van Gogh, the list is endless. Amsterdam prides itself on its culture and has some of the best museums in Europe.

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Looking for things you can do with the kids during the summer holidays? With six whole weeks to try and keep them entertained, it can be difficult coming up with new and exciting ideas. One great idea you might want to consider, is heading off on a day trip.

Educational trip to Brighton

There are lots of great places you can go for the day with the kids. If you’re looking to enjoy a family-friendly, beach style getaway, Brighton is a great option. Not only does it offer a great seaside experience, but it can also be educational too. Here, we’ll look at just … Continue reading

“Everybody needs a hobby.” You’ve no doubt heard this phrase before, but did you know how true it can be? Research strongly suggests that doing something we enjoy regularly can reduce stress, in turn helping us to improve our mental wellbeing.

enjoy your hobbies

Additionally, focusing on an activity unrelated to work and the everyday often rejuvenates us, allowing us to return to our duties feeling refreshed. But cost can very often be a barrier. If you’re trying to keep to a budget, hobbies can  easily get crossed off the list as you probably don’t consider them an essential expense.

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