A family tale of triumph over adversity

This is a collaborative post. I was asked by Premier Care in Bathing to think back about Untold Stories in my own family. The first thing that came to mind was my family’s own tale of triumph. Aren’t families amazing? I grew up with dad’s stories about his side of the family and even as a child, I was never bored by them. Because their tale was quite remarkable and it started in a little village called Oberharmersbach in Germany’s Black Forest. The meeting When my dad’s great grandfather, Anton, was a young adult, he was called to a meeting by the village…

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Thursday Photo #185

Routine. Even the word fills me with dread. Synonymous with drudgery and boredom. And yet, it seems we have fallen into some sort of a routine. And it’s not as bad as I anticipated. Actually, I rather like it. The weekends Weekends around here look like this. Saturday – fun. A day out, somewhere exciting. This week, it was the Magical Christmas event at Drayton Manor. On a good week, I go out for the day with my husband and the girls. But even the bad weeks are not too bad. When I’ve got loads of work to do, I…

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Family travel tips #7

I’m starting to look forward to our family travel tips linky each week. It’s so lovely to follow everyone’s adventures. I’ve also noticed that loads of people are commenting and sharing on the posts that link up. So huge thanks to you all for helping each other’s blogs to reach more new readers. Featured posts As always, there were some amazing posts linking up last week. But I was totally inspired by this one from Wandermust Family about why they travel with their baby. There are some brilliant advantages of travelling with a tiny person and I hope lots of people…

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10 family friendly ways to exercise

I’m guilty of over-indulging during the festive period. And now it’s finally January, I really do need to engage in a rather healthier lifestyle. I’ve entered a half-ironman for June and if I’m not ready, it’s going to finish me off. I’m going on a sugar detox but like most parents, I struggle to find the time to fit in exercise. At the moment my husband is away, so popping out for a run in the evening isn’t an option. So I’ve come up with 10 family friendly ways to exercise. 1. Go walking as a family The likelihood is the…

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5 Family Friendly Winter Holidays

I was chatting to a friend recently who told me that their winter holidays had gone on hold since having children. This struck me as a crying shame because so many companies do cater for children. So I’ve done a bit of research and here are my top five family friendly winter holidays. With everything from skiing, to visiting Santa in Lapland, to UK short breaks there’s something for everyone. 1. Mark Warner Ski Holidays Mark Warner are well known for their first-class provisions for children, and their family friendly winter holidays are no exception. Mark Warner provide childcare for children aged…

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Thursday Photo #119

My dad has always been fond of the phrase, “Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life.” As a child I didn’t understand it. Why tomorrow, was something big happening, what was going to change tomorrow? But now I understand that every day is a new beginning and if we want to change the course of our lives, we just have to get on and do it. And in this house, tomorrow is not only the first day of the rest of our lives, but it is also the start of a whole new chapter. And as…

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Those were the days

Those were the days with no technology to distract us. No televisions, iPads or mobile phones. No text messages or social media, no endless selfies. Absolutely nothing to take our focus from the present or stop us from noticing the beauty of our surroundings. Those were the days when our focus was on family. When we kept in touch with aunts, uncles and cousins. When the next generation grew up playing outdoors together. Running around, games of tag, pushing each other on a rope swing hanging from a tree. Laughing and joking, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the…

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