Fun Summer Activities

The sun is shining more and more and we are making the most of being able to go outside. It makes such a difference being able to burn off some energy in our garden. Since we moved house last September, we have so much more outdoor space and aren’t far from lots of wooded walks so there’s lots more scope of opportunity.

It’s going to be the girls third birthday soon so we are looking at fun things we can get to be able to make the most of being outdoors. Here are a few ideas:


This is an almost certain. We were given one for Charlie when he was younger but after three house moves, it didn’t make it to this one. It is definitely worth the investment though as they all have so much fun playing in them. I love that there are so many different paints that you can choose from and I’ve created a Pinterest board of my favourite ideas. I think I prefer a wooden one but Tesco sell cheap plastic playhouses for under £50. (more…)

Syn Free Pork Medallions  

As you all know, I have been a Slimming World member since January and have lost almost THREE STONE, so I thought I’d start adding a few Slimming World recipes and am starting with syn free pork medallions with rice. This is one of my husbands super quick go to recipes when he’s away as it is easy, cheap and syn free on the EE plan.

syn free pork medallions
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Holiday Traditions

Growing up, as a whole there were no big set rules that we lived by. Day to day was just that – going with the flow and having fun. It’s funny the things from your childhood that you learned and have brought them into your adult life, and ultimately start sharing them with your own family and children.

As we are on countdown to our first holiday as Butlins ambassadors, I realised that our family holidays were quite a big thing as kids. We were so lucky that every year we would always take a big summer holiday. We never went away any other time of the year so the middle of August was our family time. When we were younger we always went to Cornwall to the same apartments and these holidays are filled with such joy and happy memories but we definitely had set things that were essential before we went off on our jollies (and that I do now!)

Clean the entire house

Literally scrub from top to bottom. Holidays and Christmas are the two times that I really go to town on the tidying and both are completely pointless! The house stays tidy whilst you are away but the second you are back its consumed by mountains and mountains of laundry and suitcases that will be lying around half empty for weeks.

New holiday clothes

Oh you simply cannot go away without buying new clothes to go away with. I don’t let the kids wear them until we get there and ever the optimist I get tshirts and shorts – come on sun!


This was my favourite part of holiday shopping as a kid – buying dinky little holiday toiletries. Nowadays with 5 of us to buy for, they aren’t so dinky but I still love stocking up. 

Map book

Yes we have moved on 20+ years since we went away as kids but I still find myself putting an old school A to Z in – just in case. You can’t always trust sat navs eh?!

Magazines and comics

Oh yes. I’ll be packing the kids a comic to read on the journey in the hope that it will keep them amused. My Mom always used to get us a dot to dot book too for on the beach – I literally LOVED them. But it was torture buying them and not being allowed to read them until we were officially enroute!

Only a week to go! What are your holiday routines?!

B xx

My Moles and Me

I have ginger hair and quite often with all things ginger comes freckles. Lots and lots of freckles. You see, I come …