Author: Jen

Last Minute Country Escapes

Spontaneous nights away are just about as exciting as it gets for me, I love nothing more than hastily packing up an overnight bag, grabbing the kids from school and heading off for the weekend. We are so fortunate to have some truly beautiful locations within an hour’s drive away and you can’t really beat the English countryside for a relaxing short break. We have been lucky enough to stay in some gorgeous places in Surrey, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall and have a long wishlist of destinations we would still like to visit. I have been browsing the Great Little Escapes website and am very taken with the Peak District, though it is that bit further and would be impossible to manage in a weekend, sadly. As well as being relaxing, short family breaks are oh so good at promoting strong family relationships, reconnecting with nature, and can be as educational as you want them to be. We have only recently returned from Devon but I am already looking to book in our next few …

Bring a Touch of Luxury to Your Home with These Simple Tips

Ever noticed how you might find it hard to relax if your house is messy or unclean? Many of us are very susceptible to the environment around us – meaning that the state of our home can actually directly affect our mood. This is why if you are in need of a little R&R, the first thing you do before you put on Spotify and crack open the wine is to create a relaxing and luxurious space around you. If the room you are in is perfectly geared towards indulgence and opulence, you will find it much easier to let your worries drift away and have some quality ‘me-time’. As most of us tend to escape to our bedrooms when we need a little bit of space, why not start there? Read on to find out how you can add some high-class to your bedroom to make it the perfect sanctuary. Lighting Many of us often underestimate the power of lighting in our homes. You can have the most beautifully decorated room in the world; …

Craft Wishlist for Kids

Arts and crafts with kids is a great way to spend time together; it is relaxing, creative, encourages expression of feelings, thoughts and opinions and can be fabulously sensory. Jasmine has always been very creative, she just loves to express herself through artistic materials. I remember very clearly at nursery, and in reception class at school, she came home every day with a junk model or several paintings/drawings. Her book bag is always stuffed with sheets of paper and she has no fear of being messy – in fact, she absolutely relishes any opportunity to get stuck in. Sonny was never as fussed when he was smaller but this year is getting much more into painting and drawing and sticking; for Easter, he painted hedgehog plant pots for his teachers as gifts and he really focussed during the process. For me, art, craft and messy play activities could not be less about any finished product, it is all about the processes used to achieve the eventual outcome, and the fun they have throughout. As such, …

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Rockfish Torquay

The Torquay branch of Rockfish combines sublime location with beautiful seafood to create a convivial atmosphere. Situated on the banks of Torquay Harbour, the views really are special; aim to book a table for around 6pm to enjoy a sunset stroll around the quay after dinner. I’ll admit it – I’m not a great fan of seafood but found a good range on offer at Rockfish with something to suit all appetites and tastes. I started with delicious salt and pepper prawns whilst James had the calamari. The children were given an activity bag on arrival, which was a nice touch. The pack included stickers, crayons, a workbook and even a wallet. These packs are included in the £6.95 cost of a kids meal consisting of a main, side and dessert. Jasmine chose the beef burger as she refuses to eat seafood and Sonny had the fish fingers. For our mains, we adults opted for the fish and chips – I had cod and James chose haddock. I also added mushy peas and curry sauce to …

How Technology Has Brought Us Closer

We all have been guilty of complaining that new technology has actually moved people away from each other, shutting us in our little virtual worlds. But is that always the case? There are technological innovations that have bought people closer by reviving communication and love for humanity. There are some important ways in which technology has made a part of a tight-knit sphere of community and acceptance. For instance, let us take a look at online gaming. Whether its is Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing games (MMORPGs) or simpler games that people tend to play with others, this has bought us together in a community- the ‘gaming community’. And being a part of a community not only gives a sense of meaning to a person’s online presence, but also makes them feel like they are needed and they are a part of something bigger than themselves- a need that we all have in social relationships. If you have ever gambled online, you know the effect the community can have on you. It is often speculated that …