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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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Family and Parenting, Reviews, Travel

The Father Christmas Experience at Marsh Farm: The Good, The Bad, and The Cheeky

We were recently invited to visit The Father Christmas Experience at Marsh Farm on the press launch day. Despite warning them that I’m mega busy with blog work and couldn’t commit to anything more than some social shares (ie. writing this piece), they were keen for us to attend nonetheless, which I think shows their pride in what they’ve put  ...

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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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Reviews, Travel

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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Family and Parenting, Travel

Our First Family Holiday Abroad?

I mentioned in a Thankful Thursday post a few weeks ago that we’d found our dream house – our forever home – so I thought I’d give you an update… We are suckers for a cottage – the more period features the better. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate a lovely bright and airy new-build – but it’s beams and original  ...

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Family and Parenting, Travel

My Family Holiday Bucket List

I know it’s still only mid November, but in a blogger’s world it’s necessary to always be thinking two months ahead. So by that logic it’s more than acceptable for me to be talking about the ‘C’ word, right? Well, either way, with the Pixie Devil being the perfect age to embrace the festivities this year – and we really have  ...

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Reviews, Travel

Review of Marygreen Manor Tudors Restaurant – It Was Sublime

Marygreen Manor Tudors Restaurant – I was offered a fabulous dinner in exchange for my honest review. I’ve said before that one of my favourite things about blogging is that I’m able to help support some very worthy campaigns; and while that is true, I can’t deny that there’s also a less noble aspect that I also  ...

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