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I was recently invited by Princess Cruises for a special day onboard their beautiful Royal Princess. It was just ahead of her fifth birthday. Her godmother is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and almost 5 years to the date I stepped on her in Southampton Docks The Royal Princess christened her. It was a gorgeous sunny day the day I was due to spend the day with fellow bloggers on board and as I drove into the port, seeing the ship for the first time was actually breathtaking. She is beautiful. Royal Princess Piazza (Atrium): When we boarded the ship we arrived at the ships main atrium and was stunning. With her sweeping staircases and floating lights that looked like floating butterflies, I was excited to explore the rest of the Royal Princess. Accommodation: The Royal Princess has 1780 cabins in total and can accommodate up to 3560…

We recently had a family day out to LEGOLAND Windsor and we had such a great day. It’s the second time we’ve been and I still can’t believe we haven’t seen it all yet! Still, it’s a good excuse to return again at some point, isn’t it? We live about an hour and a half away, so not too bad considering. We went on a Sunday on what had to be one of the hottest days weather wise. I’m actually a bit of a wimp when it comes to theme park rides but I have to say there are quite a few rides at LEGOLAND that I actually don’t mind going on. For that reason as a family, we actually get to go on things all together – rather than Steve and the kids queuing for rides whilst I sit and people watch (which I actually really love doing too…

Stationary – who else gets excited over getting new stationary? I see it on social media all the time, people getting excited over new diaries, new notebooks, and new pens. Being a blogger obviously your main use of equipment is a laptop, computer or phone, but behind the scenes, I rely a lot on stationary. I still prefer to jot down my to-do lists or take notes at events and conferences on a notepad. I use personal organisers to keep myself organised as well as use my phone diary. It’s almost like a little bit of a back up in case my phone goes missing or technology lets you down and decides to wipe clean your data (this happened to me recently!) Being a blogger I have to make sure my invoices and accounts are in order for my accountant, so I find having some sort of filing equipment essential.…

It’s felt like we’ve had such a long winter and I’m sure it’s not just me dreaming of family holidays, looking online and wanting some warmth on my face? I need some sun and I need some time out with the family to enjoy time together without the rat race of the day to day life. It feels like a lifetime ago since we went to Disneyland Paris last year, and although it was a lovely little few days away it was in February and in the minus figures weather wise. For our next holiday I definitely want some sun! I have been finding myself browsing the internet during the evenings looking at holiday companies, seeing what they have on offer and looking at where we might like to go. I think this year we won’t go too far, just a week perhaps somewhere within a few hours flight time.…

Being a parent of a teenager I am quite often fearful for her future. The world is a challenging place at times with big competition ahead. When I heard of the National Citizen Service (NCS) I couldn’t help think what an amazing opportunity this could be. Providing life skills and team building for those demanding years ahead. What is the National Citizen Service all about? National Citizen Service (NCS) is available for 16 and 17-year-olds in England and Northern Ireland. The NCS is a government-backed service which was established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens. NCS is a two or four-week programme, which takes place during the school holidays includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn life skills, a…

We recently visited London for the weekend and we chose to stay at the Premier Inn, Heathrow Airport, Bath Road. We have stayed here before and were very happy with our stay so we re-booked to stay there again. I booked our reservation online on the main Premier Inn website. Booking our room was nice and easy and their website was easy to navigate. Check in on arrival was very quick and simple. We were welcomed by a very friendly staff member and we were asked how we made our reservation and because we had booked online we could use the self-service check-in machines. The self-check in was very quick and easy to use and it issued us two room key cards. We were using the Premier Inn car-park for the duration of our stay and for this particular hotel they require a fee per 24hrs. We went over to…

It was a whole year ago today we found out what primary school Caiden would be attending. On Monday this year parents up and down the Country were feeling the same as we did last year. Waiting for the news and that email to arrive felt like forever. It was lovely seeing my social media of happy parents who had secured their preferred choice, I remember feeling the same myself, but I have also seen that’s not possible for everyone and I hope they manage to find a solution they are happy with. So a year in … how are we finding school? I can’t believe that this time last year we were finding out and fast forward to today and he’s been in school for 7 months!!!! How can he only have 2 more half terms before he finishes Reception??  Well, he’s thriving. He really is doing so well. There…

With Summer finally approaching it’s made me think about how best I can ensure my car is safe during the summer months after the long winter we seem to have had. The heat of the summer sun can see lots of cars on the road, meaning you will be doing lots of stop/starting in heavy traffic, the summer dust and the heat itself can take its toll on your car. You can reduce any possible failures by ensuring your car well prepared. Here are 5 tips to follow to get your car summer ready. Tires: Check the condition of your tires. Inspect them for thread life, and uneven wearing, cuts and nicks. Your tire pressure should be checked once a month and if your car tends to pull to one side you must get the alignment checked. Brakes: Check your breaks. No doubt you will be doing lots of breaking…

Mothers Day… or Mothering Sunday was celebrated yesterday here in England. I’m sure mums up and down the Country were treated yesterday in one way or another and for those who didn’t … it’s just another day really isn’t it? Another celebration in the diary where shops and business can hike up prices for flowers and cards and make a fortune (yes I’m a bit cynical, I don’t believe you should be told to have a day to tell your Mum/loved ones you love them, do it every day!). Anyway, I was treated to some lovely flowers and lots of my favourite chocolates. What more could I ask for? However this year something touched me, I had a little extra special gift and that gift meant so much in lots of different ways. On Friday Caiden and the rest of his school had to take along £1 in change. Then…

Today Lauren & Caiden are back to school after half term. The last week has flown by and although I spent the first part of the week feeling ill we still made the most of the week. I see all the time on social media and I hear in person people saying how they can’t wait for the school holidays to be over and for the kids to be back at school. I am definitely not one of those people. I love having them home from school. It’s Monday morning and the house seems too quiet and empty and I always take a few days to adjust back to not having them around for the day. I would much rather them be home. On Monday last week, we met with friends and took the children to Bounce World. A bouncy castle company hired a local gym sports hall and they bought…