Have you ever been stranded in the snow or stuck in a flood in your car? I have and it is a scary thing, which is why each year we get prepared for winter driving and I have produced a winter car checklist. We live in beautiful rural North Yorkshire which means that we have to be prepared when it comes to winter weather. More so MadDad who often travels over some treacherous roads in the winter. Since moving back to the North East we have become much more prepared for bad weather and both have emergency packs in our cars.
Holidaying with mardy tweens can be a challenge especially when you have a husband that would rather pull teeth that sit and watch them in the swimming pool all the time. It is a really difficult age when they become selfish and do not see why they should be taken to museums and such and want to have “fun” on holiday, well at least mine do. So we didn’t set off with too high expectations for our 3-night break at Cameron Lodges on Loch Lomond. I was just hoping for a change of scenery and the possibility that the boys might stop bickering for a little while.
It seems that the summer has happened it you haven’t been to a festival and now the boys are older (11 and 12) we are back to really enjoying festivals as a family. We used to regularly go to festivals BC (before children) and never missed a Reading Festival for 13 years! Rather than do a big festival with the kids we have been loving going to smaller and independent ones. This year we have been looking forward to visiting Nozstock The Hidden Valley.
We love festivals and used to regularly go to them BC (before children) and then started visiting them again last year with the kids. I love that my boys are a little older at 11 and 12 and can now stay up and really enjoy the whole festival vibe. However, it is a little (make that a lot) different to just going to a festival on your own and you certainly need to pack more! Make sure that you have a fab time at festivals with this comprehensive festival packing checklist
As the children get older finding a holiday that suits all the family can be hard. We discovered on our recent Family Friendly Villa Holiday that Mallorca was an amazing place for all the family. Our boys are 12 and nearly 11 and both love being active, but Mini loves history whereas Maxi not so much. MadDad is not a sun lover and would prefer to be active rather than sit by a pool. Me, well as long as I am not cooking I can deal with anything!
Before our trip to Mallorca with James Villas we had never been on a villa holiday. Now we are converts and I can safely say that it is something we will be repeating in the future. Our recent family friendly villa holiday was a real treat. It allowed us the comfort of a traditional Mallorcan home with its own pool and left me safe in the knowledge that my sometimes loud boys would not interrupt anyone.
I love going on holiday, but I hate getting ready for one now I have children. Before kids I was the type of person to pop a suitcase in on the bed in the spare room and my list net to it and over the week before the holiday add to it and then be all ready to go the day before. Now I find that just doesn’t work for me.
Ever since experiencing the Sunderland Airshow of the bridge of a DFDS Seaways ferry, Mini has always wanted to cross the channel on a Ferry. So on our recent trip to Domain de Mathevies, France, we decided to brush aside the fact that I suffer terribly with seasickness and make the trip from Dover to Calais on a ferry.