We are heading off to Bluestone in December for some family fun and cannot wait. We have had quite a few breaks away this year which included my successful trip up to Blackpool alone with the kids at Easter time and we also travelled to Anglesey in the summer. I absolutely love going on holiday, but living in Shropshire means that to get to the coast is a pretty hefty car journey to get anywhere. I refuse to let long journeys deter us though and here are my five top tips to make car journeys less stressful. Snacks – the…

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As we trudge our way through October, the dark nights and cold mornings are upon us and with Christmas still feeling that bit too far away to get excited, my mind always turns to a holiday and getting away from the doom and gloom England offers throughout the winter months. I absolutely love getting away; whether it be a night away in a hotel or planning a big family holiday abroad, I always like to have SOMETHING to focus on. I am definitely the sort of person that once we land, I will be googling our next trip. Winter sun…

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Disneyland Paris welcomes everyone but it is actually tailor-made for 5 to 8-year olds. Kids of this age group enjoy the park’s classic rides and are also old enough to experience thrill rides as well. As there are way too many rides and attractions in the park’s multiple themed lands all competing for you and your child’s attention, it will greatly help if you create a plan with general daily itinerary. By learning the basics and taking time for some research, you can avoid some Disney mistakes many parents experience. Buy tickets ahead of time. You can avoid the lines…

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It’s been a very different week to usual. As a stay at home parent, my days usually revolve around school runs so it has been nice this week to break out of my routine, albeit for just 24 hours! Not only that, but my husband is back from Norway after not seeing him for 11 days which is lovely to have him home. So let me share my rather exciting week with you all. On the train down to London, my Netflix just would not work with the rubbish train WiFi so I ended up reading a book I’d downloaded…

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I was a little preoccupied last week with adjusting to having three children at school, opposed to one. We had such a lovely summer that as it ended and I knew school edged ever closer, it felt somewhat bittersweet. The girls have spent over a week in reception class and it’s safe to say that despite an initial first day wobble, they’ve taken to it better than I ever could have coped for. I am also trying to get used to being home alone for six hours a day. After reading that The Highway Rat is going to be on…

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Last summer you probably spotted groups of kids and parents roaming the streets everywhere trying to find and catch Pokémon; this summer it’s gone back to basics and here in Shropshire there’s a new craze – Shropshire Rocks, in the literal sense. What is Shropshire Rocks? It started by a lady called Rachel in July and was inspired by the Whidbey Island Facebook Community, where you decorate a rock and hide it in various locations for someone to find. Someone will then find the rock and (hopefully) take and share a photo to the Facebook group. Afterwards, they re-hide it…

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Summer is upon us and Facebook tells me that the world and their wife are off on their jollies. Whether they’re jetting off to sunnier climes or off exploring in the mountains, summer is without a doubt the time to get away with the kids off school for six long weeks. I love going on holiday but one thing I don’t love is packing, especially with three kids. I don’t think you realise how much “stuff” kids really need. I remember us taking the girls away for a week when they were two months old and the amount of stuff…

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