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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…

I’ve done quite a few previous posts all about Caiden on my blog from his last day at pre-school to his first day at school, school trips and milestones he’s reached etc, so this post is going to be all about Lauren. I think with her almost being 16 she’s less likely to want me to blog about her all the time anyway! Lauren’s had quite a big year this past year. Back in June, she had her two weeks work experience – a chance to see what a day in the workplace was all about, in an area she might possibly be keen to venture into in years to come. In September she entered her final year in school and joined Year 11. It’s a complete clique but I honestly don’t know where the years have gone. I still remember like it was yesterday stood in the hallway taking…

The New Forest National Park is well known for its heathland, forest trails, and native ponies. All of the New Forest Ponies, deer, cattle, and donkeys roam free. The sun was shining on Sunday so we decided on a trip to the New Forest for a walk with the dog. We live so close and there are so many different places to go. We chose a little area called Burley on Sunday which is only about a 15-minute drive from where we live. We so lucky to be a 15-minute drive in one direction to the gorgeous beaches we have here on the South coast or 15 minutes in the other direction and we’re in the depths of the forest. Caiden absolutely loved running around, climbing on fallen tree trunks, crunching in the snow that hadn’t by this point melted and getting up close to wild horses and ponies. We heard…

Thank you to Laura Summers for tagging me in “My Top Seven Of 2018′ Tag. We’re not quite at the end of the first month of the New Year yet so here are my top seven … Top 7 Posts: Here are 7 blog posts I enjoyed writing or really like to look back on from last year. They either bring back memories of family days out or milestones we have reached in the year. Disneyland Paris and my top tips for visiting in the winter. Caiden’s very first school trip. Our trip to Legoland Windsor. Spending the day on board the Royal Princess with Princess Cruises. Caiden finishing his first year in primary school. Spending the day at PortAventura whilst we were on our family holiday last summer. Our trip to London between Christmas & New Year. 7 things you have most loved about 2018. Disney on Ice…