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Having never stayed in a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express before we didn’t know what to expect. But we were very happy with our stay at the Holiday Inn Express St Albans and I would most definitely stay in another Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express hotel in the future. We were very impressed. Our Accommodation. Our bedroom was lovely. It was modern and fresh with really nice decor. We had two beds, one double and one double sofa pull our bed (this was for 2 adults and 2 children) and they were really comfy. Even the sofa pull out. We all had a comfortable night and a great sleep. The decor was really clean and modern and we had plenty of amenities. We had tea and coffee making facilities, (although we only had 2 cups in the room and there were four of us staying so an extra two cups…

Wahhhhhhhh – I cannot believe we are going to Walt Disney World in Florida soon, for two weeks of magic, fun and (hopefully) sun! I first visited WDW in 1990! I was 9 years old and we went over Christmas & New Year. It was then I fell in love with all things Disney! 29 years on (omg!!) and I can still remember back to that holiday. When we go next month it will have been a whole 8 years since we were last there! Living in a different country and coming ‘home’ for visits and then eventually moving back put any big holidays on the back burner for a while. Lauren was 8 when we went and Caiden wasn’t even born so this will be his first visit. We are all so so SO excited. This past (almost) year since we booked it has actualy gone by really quickly.…

4th September 2007 was your very first day at school and Wednesday 26th June 2019 marks your last day at school. 12 years! How have the last 12 years gone by so very quickly? I remember so clearly the morning of your first day at school. You were 4 years and 4 months old. We had just moved Country 3 days prior to your first day and you were going to a school you had never even stepped foot inside. Looking back now the enormity of it seems huge. Everyone else starting on the same day had already been in to have a look around their new school, meet their new teacher, meet each other, and generally get a feel for it all. Due to us moving so close to you starting there wasn’t time for you to have the same. But this didn’t phase you in the slightest. You…

4 years ago today we moved back home. Well technically it was yesterday we left Ireland but today marks the 4th Anniversary we got the keys and moved into to our home. I wrote this post for our 1 year anniversary and here I am now 3 more years on. Time flies huh? They say home is where the heart is and that is most definitely true. Spending 8 years away it has made us (still) appreciate just where we live and we’re so grateful to be back. It certainly wasn’t an easy decision to make to move home, simply because it meant leaving my parents behind with no real idea if they could do the same. However we were delighted they were able to, and in just under 2 years after we moved back, they did too. These past few years have literally flown by. Lauren was only 12 when we…

Forno Pizza is a fairly new sourdough pizza restaurant in Winton, Bournemouth owned by a couple, James & Gina. During February Half-term and the Easter holidays, they’ve been holding pizza classes for kids before the restaurant opens for trade. It’s so nice having something different planned to do in the school holidays, so as soon as I saw their advert last week I signed Caiden up. During the session, they were taught how to make the dough, what ingredients go into making it and which countries the ingredients come from. They had the opportunity to whisk, touch, taste ingredients & blend tomatoes to formulate the pizza sauce. Fun fact – The tomatoes they use for the pizza sauce are sourced from Italy and grown near the volcanoes. Due to the warmer soil, it makes the tomatoes sweeter! How cool is that? I really liked the fact that James & Gina made sure…

Cruising on MSC Bellissima has plenty to offer for families. From the spacious cabins to the entertainment onboard. I recently spent the weekend on board this beautiful ship and being a parent of two, who has a big age gap, I was really impressed with the amount there was to do onboard for children that suit all ages. Family Accommodation. MSC Bellissima offers 175 cabins suitable for families. I stayed in a cabin that can suitably sleep up to four. It had a double bed and a sofa that converted into a bunk bed for the  3rd and 4th beds. It was very spacious and there was plenty of room. Due to the position of my cabin and it being on the corner I had an ample sized balcony as well. I stayed on Deck 10, Seaside Evo and I had cabin 10178 if anyone was doing any research into cabins for…

Last weekend I was invited to Southampton for the naming ceremony the newest MSC ship – MSC Bellissima. I was invited onboard for two nights with the naming ceremony being on Saturday 2nd March. This is part one of my MSC Bellissima blog series – stay tuned for lots more to follow. MSC Bellissima is the largest ship to have launched in the port of Southampton in England and to date the largest ship for the MSC fleet. I had received my ‘message’ in a bottle a few weeks ago so I could have my very own Sophia Loren moment to retrieve my invite. It was such a good idea and sparked much excitement from everyone. The naming ceremony was held in a marquee on the quay alongside the Bellissima. The evening was hosted by the simply stunning Holly Willoughby and we were treated to a performance by Italian singer,…

It’s now under a week away until the party of the year! The MSC Naming ceremony for their new ship – Bellissima. A few months ago I was delighted to have received an Invitation to the weekend of celebrations in Southampton and be a part of MSC’s special occasion. I will be spending 2 nights onboard, along with other specially selected guests, where we will be fine dined and have a chance to explore what looks like to be a beautiful and grandiose ship (and it doesn’t surprise me after visiting MSC Meriveglia last year for the day). We will be amongst celebrities including Holly Willoughby, Nile Rogers, Craig David … I simply cannot wait. I feel so honoured to have been invited along and although I’ve known about the weekend for a few months now, a package arrived for me this week with the ingenious idea of a ‘message…

Have you ever had a day out planned and had an expectation of how it’s going to be, but the reality is so very different? Don’t get me wrong we did have a nice day but it definitely wasn’t like the expectations we had! It’s been a fairly nice, quiet half term so far. Caiden has a day with his Nanny on Monday, Tuesday we had a quiet day at home, yesterday my Sister and two Nephews come round for a playdate and the boys had an absolute blast! They played and played for hours and just really enjoyed each others company. Today my sister and I booked the boys on an arts and crafts session locally. It was Pirate themed and they had a choice of creations to make. Great, we’ll have loads of fun. Expectation: Sitting with the boys creating beautiful Pinterest perfect Pirate ships, stress-free and fun.…

Bateaux Cruises & Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea cruising the Thames with Bateaux Cruises has to be one of my favourite things I have done in London so far. I booked our afternoon tea on the Thames with Bateaux Cruises. After a little research I liked the look of their website, their video showed how lovely the boat was and I liked the look of their menu as well. Booking was simple and easy to do all via their website. On the day of our trip, we made our way to Embankment Pier to check in and to board our boat – the Harmony. A Scandinavian designed boat with big windows for the perfect view and an outdoor rooftop observation terrace. We boarded the boat and were shown to our table. I had paid extra to guarantee we would have a window seat. We were shown to our table Menu Our menu…