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Family Adventures in Devon – Our Must-See Itinerary

We’re at it again – planning our next family staycation, and this time we’re keen to travel to Devon. I’ve only ever been to southwest England a couple of times, but it’s an undeniably beautiful part of the country and I’m excited to visit with the girls in tow. I’ve been checking out the best family days out in Devon for our next mini  ...

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Planning Our Next Family Trip: A Staycation in Norfolk

Not so long ago we took the girls abroad for the first time. We went on a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and the scenery was stunning. It was also lovely to give Pixie the opportunity to broaden her horizons, having never previously left Blighty. However, now we’ve done it, I must confess that the extravagant cost was simply not worth the  ...

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What to Pack for a Family Holiday in the Tuscan Sunshine!

We’ve booked our first proper family holiday abroad – as a four! Well, actually as a five because we’re taking the nanny, I mean Nanny. Ah, let’s be honest – we are taking my mum so we have help with the children and can carve out a little grown up time, so both contexts are correct! Having never left sunny England with children  ...

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Reviews, Travel

Afternoon Tea and Cocktails at the Royal Hotel, Southend

I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive an invitation to the review afternoon tea and cocktails at the Royal Hotel, Southend in their new speakeasy bar. No matter how much we adore our babies (lots, obvs), there comes a time when we begin to miss a little autonomy. I’ve kept little Miss Elfin with me constantly for more than  ...

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Down Hall Hotel and Spa Review – A Wonderful Weekend Getaway!

Down Hall Hotel and Spa Review: I was treated to a complimentary stay in exchange for my honest opinion. With a new baby on the horizon, I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to review Down Hall Hotel and Spa recently. Hubby and I are well aware that come June we’ll once again be elbow-deep in nappies and surviving on snatched  ...

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