An Inspire2Adventure SUP lesson – when advertising backfires

Influencer. It’s a funny term isn’t it? I always feel a little strange when people refer to me as an influencer because realistically, I have very little influence over anyone. My children choose to ignore me, the dog appears to have her own agenda and my husband is, of course, selectively deaf. And yet, I review things and give my opinion on them. Usually with the rest of the family but on Saturday, I headed to Inspire2Adventure in Monmouth and embarked on a review all on my own. Inspire2Adventure Inspire2Adventure arrange outdoor activities in the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley,…

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Family day out at WWT Slimbridge

The problem with family days out is that it’s unusual to find somewhere that adults and children both love. WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is one of those rare places that we all enjoy for different reasons. In fact, I used to go there before having children and would still happily go without them. What is WWT Slimbridge? WWT stands for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. This conservation charity has various sites in the UK where they look after wetland areas in order to protect and preserve them. Alongside this, they aim to educate people to ensure that future generations will…

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Thursday photo #222

This week’s Thursday photo post is brought to you from beautiful Northumberland. It’s the third time we’ve been to this area in the past couple of years and it’s an ideal place to be in August. So much quieter than the coastal resorts further south and close to some idyllic parts of Scotland. And yet, this time, we’ve realised that being here is a mistake. Yorkshire Having booked a few days in Northumberland, we decided to extend our holiday with a couple of nights in North Yorkshire on the way. We booked a quiet campsite near to some stunning cycling…

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Last minute summer childcare with Super Camps

Summer holidays are tough. It’s amazing to be able to enjoy time as a family. Playing outdoors, hitting the beach, theme parks, climbing trees or just watching a favourite movie. But that’s not real life, is it? So, what happens when you have to work? When you take on an unexpected contract or, quite frankly, when you can’t stand another moment of trying to keep the children entertained? About Super Camps Super Camps provide OFSTED registered holiday camps for children aged from 4 to 14 during school holidays. Camps are held at 83 locations around the UK, and they are…

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Thursday photo #221

This week it has felt like the Summer holidays are well and truly underway. My husband has some time off work and we’ve been on some lovely days out. Libby is on a holiday camp for a few days and then we’ll be thinking about going away. And by the time we’re back, three weeks will have passed since they broke up. Half way to the end. Suddenly, it’s going far too quickly. Swimming Swimming is a big deal in our family. Building water confidence for the children, triathlons, water polo, open water swimming, we’re always doing something that involves…

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Pik-Nik cheese sticks and dealing with mum guilt

Parenting is an eternal battle between doing your best and the guilt of feeling that it’s not enough. That doesn’t stop in the summer holidays, if anything it just gets worse. This week’s dilemma was whether to send Libby to holiday club when I didn’t need childcare. In the end, I handed the decision to her and asked her if she wanted to go. The answer was a resounding “yes, and can I have a packed lunch?” Packed lunches with Pik-Nik cheese sticks Libby’s school is incredible in many ways, not least because the food they provide is so good.…

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Review of English Heritage Kenilworth Castle dog friendly family day out

We’ve been National Trust members for many years now and always enjoy our days out with them. This year though, we decided to take out an English Heritage membership as well. We’ve already explored Goodrich Castle and Witley Court, which are our two closest English Heritage properties. So this time, we headed a little further afield to dog-friendly Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, West Midlands. About Kenilworth Castle Originally built in the 1120s, Kenilworth Castle came into Royal hands in the 1170s when Henry II used it as a Garrison and subsequently bought it in 1180. After many years of Royal…

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