Life skills your children need to learn …

Collaborative post. How well do you remember your teenage years? Many of us look back on those days with fondness. Not quite children and not yet adult, being a teenager was sometimes the best of both worlds, with a sense of freedom that was rarely afforded to us when we were very young, or that is presented to us as adults. There were those long summer holidays hanging out with our friends. There were times of adventure when we dared ourselves to do certain things, such as biking down the biggest hills and sneaking into movies that were rated higher…

Interior and exterior design ideas to consider …

Renovating a household is no easy task. You might have some ideas floating around in your head. Maybe you’ve been picturing how you’d redo your bathroom for years. But it’s hard to put all of those ideas together to form a coherent picture. You have to think about how to achieve your intended projects in the most time-effective and cost-effective manner. After all, you’re probably limited to a particular budget, and you’re probably only going to be able to make serious progress when you’re off work at the weekend. It’s time to put together a plan. If you need any…

Getting that hotel feeling in your very …

Collaborative post. We all yearn to get away from it all. We’re all excited by the prospect of travelling to new and far flung destinations, immersing ourselves in new cultures, meeting new people and experiencing exotic tastes, smells and sights. Yet, when our holidays are over we can feel as though we hit the ground with a thump. The quotidian familiarity of the home can look and feel positively bland when compared to the opulence of an overseas resort. If only there were some way to replicate that special feeling of luxury and indulgence that we get when staying in…

Five holidays to consider with kids

In today’s busy world it can be difficult getting quality time with your family. For us holidays are important as they allow us to switch off, take a break from our busy routine and spend quality time together. Holidays have also provided us with some of our best memories. With so many types of holidays to choose from, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, so we’ve shared five holidays to consider with kids. The first thing to remember is that variety is the spice of life. With this in mind, here are five ideas that are a little different…

The best cities in the UK for …

If you’re looking for a staycation this year then look no further. Here’s a list of the best cities in the UK to take a weekend break! Oxford Oxford is a fantastic city break if you want to go shopping. You could search for cool stuff in the Covered Market, or browse the best of the high street. Oxford has all the big-name shops but also has a vast array of independent boutiques and delicatessens. For one-of-a-kind, dresses don’t miss Fresh Oxford, while you’ll find chic everyday threads at Vanilla and Indigo. You could stay at the Oxford Spires Hotel…

Tips for affording a dream holiday

As a family of five, holidays can be expensive. Sometimes hotels won’t accomodate all five of us in one room, which can massively increase the costs. Add in five flights, car hire, food and spending money and before you know it a holiday can feel unobtainable. However, for us travel and holidays are always a priority and often come before other luxuries. Here our some of our tips for affording a dream holiday. By being inventive and thinking creatively, means you can finance your dream holiday without emptying your bank account. There are all kinds of options for people to…

Keeping kids entertained on a rainy day …

Not too long ago in history, a rainy day trapped inside the house with the kids would mean that a good deal of imagination would have to be summoned up in order to chase the blues away, and come up with some entertaining ways of getting the most out of the day without resorting to devices.  These days, with all the virtually limitless entertainment gadgets and devices around us 24/7, the need for imagination has more or less faded away. If you were so inclined, you could just set your kids down in front of the TV, or Xbox, on…

Design an easy to clean kitchen

If there is one room in any home that can often be a nightmare to clean and keep tidy, it has to be the kitchen. It is such a busy room that families will often be using, so there is no wonder that so much clutter builds up over time. Not only that, though, but as it will be a big area for food prep and cooking, you can be sure that there will also be crumbs and spillages that need to be dealt with! Thankfully, though, your kitchen doesn’t always have to be a struggle to keep clean. Here…

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel, …

Afternoon tea has to be one of my favourite things to do and when we recently had the opportunity to try the science themed afternoon tea, at the Ampersand Hotel in London, we jumped at the chance. I had recently stumbled across the science themed afternoon tea, when I came across an article on London’s quirkiest afternoon teas. I thought it would be a perfect way to experience an afternoon tea that would also entertain the kids at the same time and I certainly wasn’t wrong! We booked our table about a month in advance through Bookatable. It is very…

Things to do in Los Angeles with …

During May half term, we’re heading to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I’ve been to both places before, but that was pre-kids. Recently we’ve been doing some research on some of the best attractions and places to visit with kids. Here’s a roundup of things to do in Los Angeles with kids. Things to do in Los Angeles with kids Hollywood Walk of Fame I know that Hollywood can be a bit dodgy, but no trip to Los Angeles would be complete without a trip to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When we visited previously, we parked at the Chinese…

Our February

It’s that time again where I do a little round up of our month, so that I capture the key things we got up to. Here’s our February. Early in the month it was the twins’ birthday, so we celebrated them turning 6 with a paint a pot party for some of their school friends. They were so lucky to receive so many lovely gifts. In the evening we took them to a local Indian restaurant with my parents. If you’ve followed my blog before you’ll know that this is a bit of a tradition of ours. The staff at…