Our summer holiday {Benahavis 2017}

We first visited Benahavis in 2013, when the twins were just six months old. Prior to that we’d mostly been on long haul holidays, with the odd trip to Spain/Portugal every so often. To be honest, we weren’t massive fans on these places. Then we found Benahavis… Benahavis is in the Marbella region of the Costa Del Sol. A little village set in the mountains, about 15 minutes from the glam resort of Puerto Banus. Simon’s boss had recommended it and as we didn’t want to travel too far, with baby twins in tow, we thought we’d give it a…

Caribbean Disney Cruise {lots of pics & a …

Funny how it takes us getting organised for our next holiday to give me the kick up the bum to post about our last one! At the end of November, we went on a Caribbean Disney Cruise as part of my Mum’s 70th birthday celebrations. We have cruised with Disney before. We did a Mediterranean cruise on the Disney Magic when the twins were 18 months-old and we all loved it. We were excited about sailing on the Disney Fantasy, which is a bigger boat than the Magic. We flew from Manchester with Virgin. The flight was pretty good and…

A family day in London

At the weekend, we went down south to stay with our friends, Emil and Richard. They live in Hemel Hempstead and we regularly go and stay with them for the weekend. In fact, last time we went down I made a little video on our stay, which you can see here. The reason for this trip was to celebrate their little boys second birthday. They had planned a party on the Sunday, so we decided to make a weekend of it and go down on the Friday night and stay with them for two nights. Oscar has recently been covering…

Easy guide to buying boys swimwear

Excitement is starting to build in our house, as we are off on holiday for two weeks at Easter! We’re going on a caribbean cruise and we can’t wait. Now the shops are starting to stock their new collections, I’ve started to think about any bits we need to buy, particularly for the kids. On holiday we’ll no doubt be spending lots of time on the beach and swimming in the pools on the ship, so it’s important to choose the right swimwear for everyone – the boys are particularly in need of some new swimwear. Although boys are not much choosy when…

A day at the zoo {My Captured …

On Friday me, my Mum and my Sister-in-Law took all the children to the zoo for the day. We went to Twycross Zoo, which is about 30 mins from where we live. Since returning from our holiday a few weeks ago, I’ve been a bit grumpy with post-holiday blues. However, our day at the zoo certainly help cheer me up. The weather was lovely, the children were really well behaved and the zoo was perfect for keeping us all entertained. A really great day. Here are a few photo’s to capture the memory: J xx

Celebrating 11 years of marriage with a weekend …

At the weekend, Simon and I celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary. For the past few years we have taken advantage of the offer of childcare from our parents to allow us to go away, just the two of us. For this anniversary we decided to visit Manchester for two nights. We both like a good city break. We both like shopping, eating nice food and visiting nice bars, so we often opt for a City break if we get the chance. We travelled up to Manchester on Friday after Simon had finished work. The traffic was pretty awful, so we…

Birthday selfies {My Captured Moment}

Yesterday we returned home from an amazing two week holiday in our favourite Spanish village, Benahavis. Whilst we were there it was my birthday. We had a lovely day on our favourite beach, which is quite small and isn’t quite as touristy as many of the others in the area. We built sandcastles, played in the sea and enjoyed lunch at the lovely little restaurant on the beach (I may’ve also indulged in a Prosecco!). It was a lovely way to spend my birthday. I haven’t had chance to collate all the pics from our holiday yet, but I promise to share…

A fun family day in Bakewell

Although the weather hasn’t been particularly great of late, we’ve been making a real effort to get out and about at weekends. We find being in the house with all the kids can be a little testing at times! We don’t live very far from Derbyshire, so we’ve been trying to take advantage of the lovely countryside it has to offer. A couple of weeks ago, we decided to visit Bakewell for the day. If I’m completely honest, the biggest lure was the prospect of savouring a nice Bakewell tart – one of my fave cakes. I soon discovered that…

Our trip to Norfolk

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but I never seemed to be able to get round to it. However, although I’m posting well after our trip took place, it’s a trip that I want to capture as we had such a lovely time. During February half-term we went to Norfolk for a week long break. I’d wanted to visit Norfolk for quite a while, so I was looking forward to exploring the area. We’ve travelled quite a bit and as a result I’m really particular about where we stay whenever we go away. We had…

My Captured Moment

This week’s My Captured Moment is a shot taken on our recent holiday to Dubai, which you can read about here. We had an amazing time and I think this photo captures that. The boys had gone to the kids club for a couple of hours but Heidi wanted to stay with us, so her and Simon went for a little walk around the hotel, which is when he captured this. J x

Our stay at the Atlantis, Dubai

During the May half-term break we went on holiday to Dubai. Simon and I have been a couple of times in the past – 10 years ago, pre-kids and five years ago when Oscar was 11 months old. Both times we loved it. The hotels are luxurious, the shopping is amazing, the beaches are beautiful and at just over six hours, the flight isn’t too much of an ordeal. The only downside, and probably the reason we haven’t been in five years is that it can be quite expensive for flights and hotels. However, on this occasion Simon managed to…