I watched my little girl sitting nervously on the poolside of her first swimming lesson. Her sister was by her side as always. They kicked their legs on the side of the pool and before I knew it, they were all getting in. She looked around for reassurance before following her sister into the water. And what could be more reassuring than Rebecca Adlington coming over to help her? Building water confidence We’ve been swimming regularly with our girls since they were just a few weeks old. But that doesn’t stop Lia from being a bit nervous. She loves to…

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Welcome to another Autumnal Family Travel Tips. It has been a manic few weeks for us with days out all over the place. I must admit though, I’m rather looking forward to half term when we can either get away for a few days or mix exciting days out with a bit of down time! What have you been up to the past couple of weeks? I look forward to reading about it. Featured posts The posts this week have been particularly fabulous. I’ve loved reading about elephants in Sri Lanka and I’ve been totally inspired to visit Slovenia. But…

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We whizzed around on the bumper cars, laughing at each other getting stuck. I couldn’t believe we were in a shopping centre. Not the sort of place I’d naturally go for a day out with young children. Let’s face it, shopping really is no fun for them. So, when I was asked to review the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch with the children, I was surprised. To adults, the inside of a shopping centre is bright, vibrant and full of opportunities. To children, I imagine it looks like this. Rather dull. The game changer – 360 Play Well, I can…

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Swimming in London, a conference in Manchester and a restaurant launch in Birmingham. All in the space of three days. It has been one of those weeks, and the chaos is set to continue. London On Saturday morning, we packed the girls’ swimming kit and headed to London. They were booked in for a swimming lesson, the first Lesson Lia has ever had. And the teacher was Rebecca Adlington. What a great way to start her swimming journey. The swimming lesson was around an hour long in the diving pit of the Olympic pool. I had put Lia’s swimming aid…

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Standby for creepy crawlies, ghosts and ghouls across the West Midlands this Halloween. This guide incorporates both half term and Halloween days out for families. There are events suitable for children of all ages, as well as a few that are more suited to the adults. Please do let me know if I’ve missed any! 1. Warwick Castle – Warwickshire With wondrous witches, Horrible Histories and the return of the spectacular Fire Joust, Warwick Castle is the place to be spooked this Halloween. From 21st – 31st October, The Haunted Castle promises fearless levels of fun for all ages during the…

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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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