Planning our trip to Las Vegas and Los Angeles

Next May, my niece is getting married in Las Vegas. We’ve decided to take advantage of the opportunity and also visit Los Angeles, Anaheim and some of California’s well-known beaches, whilst we’re over there. We’ve started to plan our trip, so I thought I’d share our plans with you on here with you. The flights We’ve already booked our flights with Virgin Atlantic. We got a great deal by booking through American Express. They were just under £500 each. We fly from Heathrow to Las Vegas and the return flight is from LA to Heathrow. Virgin has recently changed their…

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Tips for dealing with fear of flying

Tips for dealing with fear of flying

It’s probably a little ironic that I’m writing about a fear of flying on a travel blog, but unfortunately I suffer from a horrible fear of flying that I’ve had to learn to manage over the years (particularly when the kids came along!) and I wanted to share some tips for dealing with a fear of flying to hopefully help others in the same position. I’ve had a massive fear of flying since I was quite young. I’m not sure exactly what caused it or even if there was a trigger at all, but I …
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Our summer holiday in Benahavis

Our summer holiday in Benahavis

Every year since we had the twins, we’ve been to Benahavis for our summer holiday. I think it’s fair to say that the place has stolen a piece of our heart and is somewhere we will always return to. Benahavis is a small village, set slightly inland, about 15 minutes drive away from Puerto Banus, Marbella. The residents are a mix of ex-pats and locals and although it’s uncommercialised and quite traditional, you don’t need to worry if you don’t speak Spanish. The village is often referred to as the gastro capital of Spain and it’…
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Splendour 2018 – a great family day

Splendour 2018 – a great family day

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 …
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Prints, pins and pretty little things

Prints, pins and pretty little things

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 …
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Hello Fresh {a review}

Hello Fresh {a review}

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 …
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Birthdays

Birthdays

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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December 2017 (better late than never!)

December 2017 (better late than never!)

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 …
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2018 goals

2018 goals

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 visit to see Santa in Lapland {including a video}

A visit to see Santa in Lapland {including a video}

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 …
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Festive party wear with Simply Be {Review}

Festive party wear with Simply Be {Review}

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 …
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