Win a family ticket for Nozstock The Hidden Valley Festival

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nozstock – the Hidden Valley festival. Based in Bromyard, Herefordshire, Nozstock is one of a select few festivals that have reached their 20th anniversary year. Every Summer, this working farm in Bromyard attracts a diverse audience of newcomers, seasoned festival goers and curious families. This year, it takes place from 20th to 22nd July and you could win a family ticket for two adults, two children over 12 and up to 4 children under 12. The lineup It may seem a bit ridiculous, but I really can’t tell you the lineup at Nozstock.…

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Thursday photo #212

Does anybody else hit the warmer months and find that life becomes more manic than ever? Thankfully though, it’s in a good way. We’re busy filling our weekends and school holidays with adventures. I’m snowed under with work, struggling to fit it all in and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Holidays For the past few days, I’ve been somewhat absent from the blog. I’ve posted very little on social media and taken a total break from work. We headed to the fabulous Pencarnan Farm campsite for the second time this month. For all the amazing facilities, the one…

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An indoor picnic with Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes

This is a collaborative post.  Lia has been desperate for a picnic all week, but the weather and work have conspired against us. So yesterday, I was determined to do something about it. Despite the rain, I made up an indoor picnic. Complete with picnic basket and picnic blanket. I also made a fabulous potato salad with Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes and natural yoghurt instead of mayonnaise. Potato salad recipe When I was younger, I disliked mayonnaise. These days, I quite like it on some things but still much prefer natural yoghurt in potato salad. It makes a healthy,…

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High back booster seat groups 1 to 3 from Tesco – review

This is a paid advertorial with Tesco.  Car seat shopping. It’s not exciting or glamorous. No child ever begged for a new high back booster seat. But it might be one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make. And when you find a seat that you trust, that the child finds comfortable, it’s a keeper. But time flies when you’re having fun, and they’re soon ready for the next size up. That’s where a universal car seat comes in. Choosing a high back booster seat Children tend to be ready to go into a booster seat at the age…

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Thursday photo #211

When I started freelancing, the intention was always that I’d have a bit more time to myself. After years of working long hours and commuting, I was ready to carve out free time. Of course, I was being naive. I spent every spare moment either working or with the girls. But now, I finally feel like things are changing. Putting life first I’ve always enjoyed sport, but for the past few years it has seemed like a chore. Something I had to fit in, that I knew I’d love once I started, but I really had to drag myself out…

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7 tips for family mountain bike adventures

This is a collaborative post.  We’ve had a bit of a breakthrough over the past fortnight. After eight months of riding a bike, Lia has finally mastered starting and stopping. Being unable to do so didn’t stop her cycling, but it stopped me. I tended to run alongside her bike to help her rather than cycling myself. But now, we’re ready for proper cycling. So, here are my top tips for family mountain bike adventures. 1. Get the right bikes A good bike makes all the difference for a child who is learning to cycle. I personally swear by light…

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The final move

This is a collaborative post.  Getting on the housing ladder these days is tough. Back in the early 2000s, it seemed easier. You could self-certify for a mortgage through a broker and that’s exactly what I did. As a first time buyer, I purchased a relatively large, detached house in a nice area. If Instagram had been around then, you’d have seen a strong young woman doing well for herself. But things are not always as they seem. Moving day I moved into my first home on my 23rd birthday. On the same day, I was accepted into a job…

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