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It’s been a bit of a while since I last posted so I thought it was a pretty good time to have a bit of a catch-up. The last few weeks have been a bit busy with a change in my work schedule, settling back into school after the summer holidays, having half-term, Halloween and just general life! For the past (almost 3 years I’ve been working evenings, it allowed me to be at home during the day with Caiden whilst he was small and only at pre-school for a few hours a week and once Mr. S was home in the evening I would then go out and do a few hours a few nights a week. It was fine to start with but a few months ago they started to take its toll. I didn’t want to leave because I actually quite like my little job but the evenings…

When we were recently on holiday, we were very excited to be invited to PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park Salou for the day. PortAventura was only a 20-minute walk from the hotel we were staying at. The resort is pretty massive featuring six of their own hotels plus two theme parks and the water park. After getting our bags checked over by security we had the obituary photo taken in front of the water fountain (along with everyone else haha) and headed off to the main entrance to the water park. Inside the main entrance, there is a shop which sells pretty much everything. In the event, you forget anything I’m sure you would be able to find it here – swimwear, sunglasses, suncreams, waterproof camera/phone cases, clothes, souvenirs… The first thing we did was queue up to rent a locker for the day. The queue was pretty big and I advise you do…

We have recently arrived home from a lovely family holiday in sunny Salou, Spain. We stayed in the Dorada Palace hotel in Salou and I thought I would do a blog post on my thoughts on the hotel. I haven’t been asked to write this review and we paid for the holiday ourselves but I always like to read other people opinions on places before we book anywhere and I find it helpful. We booked for a weeks stay the first week of August so the summer holidays were in the full swing with England, Ireland, and Scotland all on their school summer holidays. We booked a one bedroom apartment. For us having the extra space is important. Being a family of 4 with a big age gap between Lauren and Caiden we wanted to book something with a bit more space and the separate bedroom and living area. We…

How are we here already? Today marks the last day for you in Foundation. I cannot actually believe this day has come round so fast. It really does only seem like a few short months since you started on your first day. You have changed and developed so much during your first year at school. You have settled in so well and you really enjoy it. You might still need me to leave you with your teacher each morning as you watch me walk off but I know you have the best time during the day, you just need to build up the confidence to go in alone, which is something we can work on in Year 1. You started the beginning of the year not being able to read and you only had basic writing, You could write but I had to write the words out for you to…

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…