Premier Inn budget hotels: a good night guaranteed

Budget hotel luxury with Premier Inn

Premier Inn Harrogate is pink! Can we really afford a weekend away? Staying away from home is expensive, and when you factor in a couple of kids the price often makes the whole adventure financially too stressful to bother with. Especially if you need more than one night to make the trip worthwhile. We travel… 

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Growing up gently with Teen Parcel

Growing up gently with Teen Parcel

It may not have escaped your notice that we have a tween girl living with us. I say tween, as that seems to be the descriptor most used for a child who has not yet hit the teen years, but is most definitely moving on from childhood – if inconsistently! It’s a wonderful age. She is… 

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Blackpool Illuminasia - Terracotta Warriors in the Mysteries of China Zone

Blackpool Illuminasia light show

We visited Blackpool for a family weekend away whilst the Blackpool Illuminations were on. Every year, from the end of August, until early November, Blackpool’s seafront plays host to the most incredible light attraction you will see in the UK. I loved it as a teenager, and I loved it again when I took my… 

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Madame Tussauds Blackpool One Direction

Starstruck at Madame Tussauds Blackpool

The stars at Madame Tussauds Blackpool. On our recent trip to Blackpool we paid a visit to Madame Tussauds. We’d heard that someone rather famous, and very very important was going to be there, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet them… We’ve visited Tussauds in London previously, and whilst it is undoubtedly… 

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Family at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool for families at the Cliffs Hotel

 Blackpool is also for families! It was the biggest thrill of my life. I honestly thought I’d left my stomach at the top of the ride, and I sat, shellshocked, waiting to be let out of my harness. I couldn’t do it again. I was 14, scared senseless, and in love with rollercoasters. I rode… 

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Type 1 Diabetes - finding a cure on World Diabetes Day

Type 1: What my girl would like to say…

I wasn’t going to write about World Diabetes Day. This is a family blog. It’s a happy space, where I record the things in our lives that I want us to remember: the holidays, the letters to Father Christmas, the amusing anecdotes about funny toddlers that will make guests at their weddings laugh. It is… 

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A new bike for Christmas?

Wot so Funee? Getting used to a new bike.

You have these weird things sticking out of your back. Yes, they’re my bumpers… He’s skinny, my boy. The result more of running around using his young body for fun, or for football, more than a lack of interest in food. It means that the definition in his form is easy to see, from his… 

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Visiting L'Estartit during the Medes Islands Pirates and Corsairs festival

A weekend in L’Estartit Catalunya

When you think of a weekend break, it usually involves the car. If you do decide to venture further afield, maybe the Eurostar. You don’t generally think of getting on a flight to Spain. Especially with the kids. But you should. Oh, you really, really should. A few weeks ago I picked up the kids… 

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Hybrid BMW

BMW on driving a hybrid car

I’m all about saving money and staying healthy at the moment. The cost of our life has just gone up, and that’s not something we have the slack to accommodate. I take part in a feature on local radio about money-saving tips, and I can tell you, it has really made me think hard about… 

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10 minute dinner - Sausage and Lentil Casserole with OXO Herbs and More

10 minute dinners with OXO Herbs and More

Beans on toast? Microwaved curry? Tin of soup? Or would you rather have a hearty, healthy casserole that will feed the whole family and only takes 10 minutes to prepare? That’s the challenge OXO gave us when they sent us some of their Herbs and More flavour pots. In fact, they asked to to make… 

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Check out the incredible women making up the Tesco Mum of the Year 2015 Shortlist

Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2015 – the Shortlist.

It is a day filled with tears. Some are sad, as we listen to the stories of the mothers involved; some are happy, as we see those women receive the recognition and support they deserve for the remarkable efforts they have made to improve the lives of others. It can only be the Tesco Mum… 

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Catalan Food - Gazpacho

Simple but delicious: food on the Costa Brava

Mummy, I’m on fire! And he was – kind of. As part of our weekend break on the Costa Brava we took a drive out to the gorgeously secluded La Vinyeta for a spectacularly different kind of dinner. As we pulled into the privately-owned vineyard, the sun was setting over the vines, and the distinctive smell of… 

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