Welcome back to Family Travel Tips. This is the time when Carrie and I get together to wonder where on earth the last fortnight has gone. I hope you’ve had lots of fun trips and days out. But if you haven’t and you would still like to join in then don’t worry, you’re welcome to link up an old post. Featured posts I really enjoyed reading all the posts that linked up last time so choosing a favourite was a bit of a nightmare. But I had to go with this one about Road Tripping through Sicily from Smudged Postcard. If…

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The benefits of exercise for children are indisputable. It enhances their physical and mental health and prevents obesity. It even helps their learning and concentration. And yet, a recent study conducted by the British Journal of Sports medicine found that children’s exercise levels were declining from the age of seven. How much exercise should children be doing? The NHS guidelines suggest that children under 5 years old shouldn’t be inactive for long periods. The only exception is when they’re asleep. This really surprised me. Especially because children start school at four years old, and from then on they spend a…

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Some people seem to genuinely love baking with children. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. But with two small people who love to be in the kitchen, I’ve had to find ways of coping. So here are my five top tips for stress free baking with children. 1. Say yes For me, it’s all about saying yes. They want to bake? Just doing it is much easier than arguing about it for the next month. Because they’ll never change their mind. They want to crack the eggs themselves? That’s fine. What can possibly go wrong? If they crack an egg into…

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Nearly six years ago, we were heading for New Zealand on our honeymoon. With a couple of hours to kill at the airport, I realised I hadn’t brought a book. After a quick glance around the airport bookshop, I grabbed a copy of Christopher Mcdougall’s Born to Run. To this day it is by some distance the best book I’ve ever read. It was also my introduction to barefoot running. Since then, I’ve been reading about the concept of barefoot running and even dabbling in it myself. So here are 6 things you need to know about barefoot running and why…

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We’re not sure of Pluto’s age, but we know his background is a sorry tale of woe. We think he’s probably around 15 years old now and he’s doddery and frail. With old age came a glum disposition. He retired himself from running and started to go home as soon as he was allowed off the lead. He decided playing ball was below him and instead spent most of his time asleep. The perfect bed Since he spends so much time in his bed, we decided we needed to get one that made him happy. We’ve tried a few, buying several expensive…

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