I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I’d forgotten about the dental appointment, or the eye test. I knew they were happening, even had a rough idea that they were this week. But they still came as a bit of a surprise. Scribbled notes to school and pre-school. Phone calls to explain lateness and last-minute arrangements to make sure someone would be there to pick them up if I didn’t make it. The passport conundrum Well, it was like this. My husband hasn’t really been able to travel for the past couple of years. We’ve got the dogs…

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Welcome to the latest Family Travel Tips linky. As the temperature drops, our thoughts this week are turning to Winter holidays. Whether it’s a week in the sun, a ski holiday or a city break to embrace the chilly weather, they’re a greatĀ  way to break up the daily grind of Winter. I look forward to reading about what everyone has been up to over the past couple of weeks. Featured posts When I’m commenting on posts from this linky, the thing I enjoy the most is the variety. Last time, posts varied from tips and tricks for travelling with…

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Within the daily struggle of parenthood, being me has become my biggest battle. Last week, I was looking at my children playing at my feet when I had a sudden moment of realisation. I spend an inordinate amount of time with my head down. Watching the girls, looking at my laptop or phone, preparing food. Always with my head bowed, hunched forward. A posture that, to an outsider, might suggest that I was sad, shy or lacking in confidence. The power of body language Years ago, a social psychologist called Amy Cuddy gave a TED talk on body language. It…

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Do you remember that childhood rush of excitement when you woke up on a December morning? The realisation that there was a tiny square of chocolate waiting downstairs. Tearing open the little door and eating the chocolate before breakfast! These days, advent calendars aren’t the preserve of children. But, a tiny square of cheap chocolate just doesn’t hold the appeal it used to. Let’s face it, when you earn your own cash you can eat chocolate for breakfast every day if you want to. So here are a few advent calendars that recapture the thrill of advent. Mad Beauty advent…

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There’s nothing better than a city break to combat the daily grind of Winter. The sights and smells of Christmas events. The crisp, frosty morning walks and the excitement of exploring a new place. But let’s face it, it can be pricey. So, if you want to get away with the family this year, here are a few tips to keep costs down. 1. Choose your destination wisely The most famous landmarks are not necessarily the most beautiful. If the romance of browsing Parisian boutiques for Christmas gifts appeals to you, consider heading to Nantes instead. It’s just two hours…

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