Woo hoo, wheeeee…. Lia to the rescue! Lia hurtled around the corner, peddling towards her big sister at breakneck speed. Libby lay sprawled on the floor crying, with a bike on top of her. In her usual manner, she had heard her dad telling her to look where she was going and completely ignored him. As she turned around to look behind her, she landed in the ditch. The weekend we’ve been waiting for A few weeks ago when the schools went back, I was ready to put my feet up. I’d fitted work around the children for six weeks…

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I am a constant source of disappointment to my surprisingly sociable husband. Don’t worry, I’m not oversharing about a serious issue in our marriage. We simply have rather different ideas about friendship. A reason, a season or a lifetime There is a quote about people coming into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I think on face value this is a bit callous. There doesn’t need to be a reason to be around someone, enjoying their company is enough. And yet, there is some logic in it, when you take it to it’s simplest form. The…

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Welcome to the latest Family Travel Tips. With Autumn in the air, attention has switched to wrapping up warm for Halloween themed days out. The Summer sadly seems like a lifetime ago since we’ve had such awful weather the past few weeks. I look forward to seeing what everyone has been up to lately and finding out what you’re planning this Autumn. Featured posts I really enjoyed reading last week’s posts and one in particular really spoke to me. This one from the TraveLynn Family about why Sri Lanka is fantastic for young kids was fascinating. It’s the sort of…

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Two seasoned mountain bikers stopped beside the trail for a drink. Covered in mud and exhausted from pushing themselves, they watched as a tiny tot pedalled past. The beauty of the Forest of Dean cycle tracks is that they really do cater for everyone. Here’s what you need to know before you pump up the tyres and head for the hills. 1. Where to start There are various locations in the Forest of Dean to pick up the cycle trails. Head to the tourist information website for links to the different routes. Alternatively, you can pick up a cycling guide…

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This is a collaborative post. I must admit, I’m a bit tight with money. Actually, I very rarely open my wallet to buy material things – I’m much more likely to spend my money on travelling. So when I really do need to buy something, it has to be a good price and excellent quality. Purchasing decisions for parents As a parent, I feel that deciding what to buy is an even bigger decision. Because if I get it wrong, I could put my children’s happiness – or worse still their safety – at risk. That’s why consumer champion Which?…

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It’s late afternoon on Christmas eve and the magic is building. Children run around the house, struggling to contain their excitement. Suddenly, one of them notices something. A wooden box, tucked under the Christmas tree among beautifully decorated gifts. Prolonging the magic with a Christmas eve box I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found Christmas to be a little bit of an anticlimax. The run-up to it is so exciting. Christmas days out, visits to friends and family and presents gathering under the tree. And then the day itself arrives and there’s a frenzy of wrapping paper, too…

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Isn’t it amazing how quickly new routines form? Having spent the last couple of weeks of Summer longing for some extra time to get work done, it’s finally here. And I must admit, I’m rather enjoying it. Quality not quantity I thought I’d miss the girls when they went back to school and pre-school, and I really do. But the problem with school holidays is that life does go on regardless. I found myself trying to cram my work into a couple of very stressful hours a day. And as a result, I’d be trying to pick up little bits…

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