The family holiday
Sep17

The family holiday

We recently took a family holiday to Center Parcs, to celebrate my mum’s 70th birthday. It’s the first time we’d all been away together. There are 13 of us – aged between 3 and 73. There’s my mum and dad, myself, my brother and my sister, our other halves and five kids – my three and my sister’s two. I wondered how it would work out, as we’ve never spent that much time together before....

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Return to Center Parcs
Sep13

Return to Center Parcs

We love a holiday to Center Parcs (we always go to Longleat as it’s not too far away). I’m not sure how many times we’ve been, but it’s probably at least eight or nine, going right back to when my eldest was a toddler and I was pregnant with my younger son. But it’s been over three years since we last went. We made our return to Center Parcs recently with my whole family for my mum’s 70th birthday....

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How much do we spend on holiday?
Aug25

How much do we spend on holiday?

Holidaying self-catering in the UK, it’s easy to think we don’t spend much on holiday. Because we’re just living in a house, like we do at home, right? So this year, as an experiment, a bit of fun and a lesson for the kids on how much everything costs, my husband decided to try to live to a budget on our holiday to Padstow of £100 a day. He took the cash out of the bank, so he could see exactly how much he was...

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Things to do in Amsterdam with a tween
Aug10

Things to do in Amsterdam with a tween

Amsterdam isn’t all prostitutes, sex shows, stag parties and coffee shops that sell more than coffee. It’s a beautiful city and there’s lots to do with children. You just have to know where to look! On our recent trip to Amsterdam with my daughter, who is 9, this is what we did. Boat trip on the canal This is pretty much essential, whether you’ve got a tween, a toddler or you’re travelling alone. The...

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