Top 10 holiday essentials

I don’t know about you, but I spend most of the year waiting for my holiday. When I’m not on holiday, I’m thinking about holidays. And this year, Mark Warner are looking for blogger ambassadors. They want to see a mood board of our top 10 travel must haves. And for me, travel is all about the holiday itself, not the material things you take with you. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials, as demonstrated by Lia.

 

1. Beaches

This one’s for the girls. For them, a holiday is all about building sandcastles, splashing in the waves and running around on the beach. The Mark Warner beach resorts tick all the boxes. Whether we go to Greece, Sardinia or Corsica the beautiful beaches will be perfect for our coast-loving children and their buckets and spades.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

2. Fabulous food

We are a family of foodies. Back in the day, my husband and I loved going to fancy restaurants for exciting meals. These days, the girls tag along too. Holidays are the perfect opportunity for trying new tastes. Mark Warner restaurants serve freshly sourced local food and international cuisine in fabulous settings. Perfect.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

3. Swimming pool

Every week, we go swimming as a family. It’s something we’ve been doing ever since the girls came along and it’s an hour a week to have fun together with no distractions. On holiday, there’s nothing better than relaxing in the pool. We play ball, chase each other around the pool and have a brilliant time. Mark Warner resorts have family pools that are also big enough to swim properly in. My husband and I could fit in some lengths in the morning and the girls could swim every day too.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

4. Evening fun

My husband and I rarely spend any time on our own. I work in the evenings at home and it’s rare for us to go out together. So the listening service for young children that Mark Warner offer would allow us to spend a rare evening together. We could put the children to bed and there would be someone to monitor them and let us know if there were any problems. This would allow us to have some much needed time as husband and wife rather than mum and dad. For older children, Mark Warner run music clubs, dinner and games nights depending on the children’s ages.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

5. Activities

We’re a really active family and lounging around on a beach for a week just wouldn’t be for us. But Mark Warner holidays have plenty going on, including a fitness programme and the opportunity to play tennis and go mountain biking. Just the sort of things we’d need to be doing if we were staying somewhere that served amazing food!

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

6. Childcare

Both of my girls are incredibly sociable. They love nothing more than making friends and playing with other children. They’re just the right age for the Mark Warner Mini Club, where they could go for six mornings or afternoons free of charge. They keep the children busy with indoor and outdoor activities from wave jumping to dance. The girls would love this and it would give us a chance to get stuck into some of the sports on offer for adults.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

7. Watersports

My husband and I love to be around water. For us, beaches aren’t for lying on, they’re the platform to get into the sea. So a holiday with watersports freely available would suit us down to the ground. Mark Warner offer a variety of watersports including sailing and winsurfing with tuition free of charge. You can also pay for more specific tuition in these sports, or to get involved with different watersports on offer at the resort.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

8. Time to relax

Whilst our holidays are all about being active, it’s great to have some time to relax as well. When we’re at home, I struggle to find time to read a book or just take some time out. The kids clubs and childcare would give me the opportunity to unwind, safe in the knowledge that the girls were having fun.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

9. Accommodation

Our house is a bit of a nightmare at the moment. We’re very slowly doing it up bit by bit. Currently we have an unfinished kitchen with no floor, no carpets anywhere and no bathroom floor either. It would be amazing to go on holiday and know that the accommodation was perfect. Mark Warner have family rooms meaning the girls can go to bed in a separate room and we don’t have to creep around trying not to wake them.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

10. Family

When it comes down to it, a holiday is all about family. Time for us to be together, enjoy each other’s company and not worry about anything else. Mark Warner are family friendly so everyone has a holiday to remember. In years to come, I want the girls to look back fondly on their childhood. Holidays are all about making memories and that’s why I’d like to be a #MarkWarnerMum.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

Our Mark Warner mood board

I thought it would be fun to create our mood board as we were going along making our video. So we got the felt tips, scissors and glue out and came up with this.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

But when I looked back at the photos, I knew they had to be what made up our mood board. So here it is, the finished article. We’d love to be Mark Warner blogger ambassadors and I hope you’ll agree that Lia has done a rather fabulous job of acting out our top 10 holiday essentials.

Mark Warner holidays are looking for ambassadors. They've asked us to produce a Mark Warner mood board with our top 10 travel must-haves. For us, it's all about the holiday itself rather than the material items you take on holiday. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials in a bid to be a #MarkWarnerMum

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26 Comments

  1. March 1, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    This is brilliant Nat! I love all Lia’s poses, she is a natural little actor. I love the photo of the two of you together, family is definitely the most important thing when on holiday. Loved the video too! 🙂 x
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    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you Jenny, perhaps it’s a new vocation for her! It would be lovely to have a family holiday.
      Nat.x

  2. March 1, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Ha ha ha the pictures are fab!!! The surfing one is my favourite and your little star has done a marvellous job. Love the dog in the sun hat Plutonium Sox to win!!
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    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Thank you, the surfing one was Lia’s own idea, I should have given her more editorial control!
      Nat.x

    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you Laura, she did do really well.
      Nat.x

    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you Carrie, the watersports one was Lia’s idea funnily enough, I can’t claim any credit for that one at all!
      Nat.x

    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Thanks Debbie, Lia was brilliant and it was great fun to make! We’d love to be ambassadors, they are such amazing holidays.
      Nat.x

    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you Sarah, I was really impressed with her!
      Nat.x

    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you Natalie, we had a lovely time doing it.
      Nat.x

  3. March 1, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    This is absolutely fantastic. Love how you have done this, you’re so creative.

    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you that’s really kind of you to say, we enjoyed making it.
      Nat.x

  4. March 1, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Great post, beautiful ladies 🙂 Feeling the winter blues this week, sandy beaches and sunshine very much needed! Did the best we could today, eating ‘vinegar bogeys’ (cockles) on a freezing pebble beach while giving the seagulls a stern ‘go catch your own seafood’ look.
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    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you Maz, it has gone so cold again hasn’t it? We’re totally ready for a holiday here too.
      Nat.x

  5. March 2, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Nat this is such a fantastic post. Lia must be the best ambassador ever! The video’s mega-cute and Mark Warner would be lucky to have you as an ambassador. I’m keeping everything crossed for you. Xxx

    • monsterid March 2, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Aww thank you Nell, we had a great time making the video and Lia was a star.xx

  6. March 3, 2017 / 6:42 am

    Lia is fab and I love the photo of you the two of you. Reading this makes me want the blue skies, beaches and go for a quick dip in the pool. Good luck you would make great ambassadors x
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  7. March 9, 2017 / 9:39 am

    I love this..your little one has done an amazing job modelling all your holiday must haves. I love that Mark Warner offer family rooms, the thought of having to sneak around always puts me off hotel holidays. Good luck with the #markwarnermum entry! Congrats..this post was linked up as someone’s #BlogCrush xx

  8. March 9, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Haha – love the photos! For us beach is a definite, the kids can literally play for hours!

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