I haven’t really been blogging that much recently. I think I’d lost my way a little. When we were on holiday over the summer I had a bit of a lightbulb moment and decided to start a new blog, focusing on family travel. Travel has always been a passion of mine, both pre and post-kids and we love exploring the world. It seemed like a natural step to use the knowledge and experience I’ve gained blogging here, to help me create a successful travel blog.   The philosophy behind this blog is always about capturing our family moments, so that…

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On Saturday we attended our very first Splendour festival and it proved to be a great family day. Splendour festival has been running for 10 years and is held at Wollaton Park in Nottingham, which is where we live. The past few years we’ve always been on holiday when it’s been held, but as the kids have broken up slightly later this year, we were around, so arranged to go with some friends who also have children. I was a little apprehensive about what it would be like. I’ve never been to a festival before and didn’t really know what…

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I really love motivational quotes and prints. I particularly like having them on display in the kids bedrooms and play rooms. A motivational print often is a nice little reminder or pick me up when you’re having ‘one of those days’. I also think it’s good for kids to be surrounded by positive messages. One company who produce some amazing prints (and stationery) is the Old English Co. I particularly love these prints of theirs: They’ve also recently launched some really cute enamel pins, which make perfect gifts. Particularly for friends who might be going through a tough time or are…

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Recently we decided to give Hello Fresh a try. I’d heard about the fresh recipe boxes about 18 months ago, but had also been wary that they would be expensive. However, when my Niece had a discount code, which meant we got our first box for free, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. I love food, but I’m not so keen on cooking. I’ve often cooked recipes and been disappointed – my attempt never seems to look like the one in the picture! Because of this, we’d got stuck in a bit of a food…

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During my blogging break, it was Oscar’s and Henry and Heidi’s birthdays. To ensure they’re not missing from the blog I’ve including some pics below. Oscar’s 8th birthday: The twin’s 5th birthday: J xx

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Back in February I set myself a goal to blog at least once a week, since then I haven’t blogged once. I suppose I kinda kept thinking “what’s the point?!”. Recently I’ve been keen to get back to blogging and ensuring that I’m capturing our moments. My motivation for blogging seems to change on a weekly basis. One minute it’s about sharing my tips and reviews, the next it’s to get as many subscribers as possible in the bid to become a pro blogger. However, having some time away has allowed me to really reflect on the reason why I…

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It’s 2018 – Happy New Year everyone! I always get reflective at this time of year and like to kick-off the year with a few goals. I won’t call them resolutions, they’re more things I want to work towards and start doing more of. I always think that actually spending a bit of time getting them written downs helps to clarify things and makes me much more focused. So, here goes – these are my goals/aims for 2018. Blog at least once a week and be more open and honest When life gets busy (always!), my blog is one of…

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A few weeks ago we visited Lapland. We felt the kids are a perfect age to really experience the magic. We booked the Enchanting Day Trip to Lapland with Canterbury Travel. We’d spent a bit of time researching and the reviews from those who had done Lapland with Canterbury Travel were really good. We also really like the fact that you were transferred to the activity area by sleigh rather than coach. We didn’t tell the kids in advance as we wanted to them to have a good nights sleep the night before and we’re more worried that if they were…

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When Simply Be recently contacted me to review their festive party wear, I was quite intrigued. Simply Be is a brand that I’ve heard of, but I’ve never purchased anything from their range before. I always assumed they only did clothes for the curvier lady. However, many of their clothes actually start from a size 10. I love a bit of sparkle at Christmas, so I selected the Embellished Shoulder Top  which I absolutely love. It’s fantastic value at £25.00. It’s very versatile and looks great with jeans or leggings for a slightly more informal look, or as I have done below,…

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It’s fair to say I’m not really a winter person. I hate the dark mornings and nights, I hate the cold, grey days and I hate the way central heating gives me a sore throat and makes my skin dry. However, this year I’m taking matters into my own hands and taking some steps to try and avoid those horrid winter blues. Here’s some of the things I’m doing (or at least trying to) to avoid the winter blues: Switching up my exercise My exercise routine mainly consists of running. I try to run three times a week, but getting…

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I’ve been a bit rubbish at keeping the blog up-to-date recently. With the twins starting school, a few trips away, training for a half marathon, work and the usual business of life, something has to give. I’m concious that I want to ensure I capture what we’ve been up to and this roundup is a great way to ensure I do that. So, what have we been up to… July In July we went on a little trip to Liverpool to celebrate Simon’s Dad’s birthday. We left the kids with my parents and enjoyed a child-free weekend, which involved a…

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