Author: Jen

Should I Claim Compensation if I Get Delayed at the Airport?

Airport delays seem to be pretty common these days and some people decide that they will claim compensation for the delay but other people do not bother Whether you try to get compensation may depend on a variety of factors and it is worth considering these when you are thinking about claiming. How long was the delay? If the delay was only a few hours or less, then you really do not have much of a case for compensation. Passing this amount of time is unlikely to be massively stressful to most people and not have a significant impact on their onward journey with regards to cost or inconvenience. However, if you feel that it has had a significant impact on you, even if was only a short delay then it could be worth considering. There are rules in place with regards to long delays and compensation and it is worth finding out about these. These can be quite complex, for example if your flight is leaving from the EU, UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or …

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London With Children – Ten Things to Do

We love our visits to London and are lucky to live about 90 minutes away by train so can easily go up for the day. Yes, it’s always busy and can be hectic if you have to navigate the underground at all, but every trip is worthwhile.  Here are ten of our favourite things to do in London with children. Ripleys Believe It Or Not Fun and funky, there’s something for everyone at Ripleys, with the new Alice in Wonderland segment, crazy art gallery, unusual history room, and lots of record breakers.  Tickets are on the expensive side and it’s not an activity that will fill a whole day, but it is definitely worth a visit. Paddington Station Worth a photograph if you’re passing through, particularly if your little ones are fans of the furry fella. Buckingham Palace Standing outside the Queen’s house is invariably a highlight of every London trip, so the time we actually went inside (well, into the courtyard, anyway) was a definite hit.  A short visit ideal for kids aged 5 and …

My Interior Styling

I would describe my ideal interior style as cosy minimalist; I say ideal because I have children and therefore any chance of things actually being uncluttered and clean are, frankly, non-existent right now.  I realise that “cosy minimalist” probably sounds like a contradiction, throwing up wildly different visions, so I’ll do my best to elaborate – I like clutter-free, I like empty space, I like clean lines and functional furniture; I like the objects I own and display to serve a purpose BUT that purpose may only be to look pretty.  Instead of the stark white of traditional minimalism, I prefer textures and colour.  I love throws and cushions, succulents and tea lights, picture frames and shelves, deep coloured woods and rich, dark fabrics. I like a place for everything and everything in its place but I also like to have beautiful things and plush home comforts (hello, luxury bed linen from Julian Charles!).  A smart, minimalist bedside table is an absolute must, but so is a crate of books waiting to be read (of course, …

Designer Clothes for Children

Clothing a child is expensive business, not least because they simply will not stop growing!  It is especially difficult as they get older and start taking an interest in fashion and what their peers are wearing.  Gone are the days, then, when a £2 George at Asda top will do (sadly).  Thoughts turn to the more exclusive, more expensive brands – Zara, Monsoon, Superdry, Jack Wills, Stone Island Kids. I don’t think I’ve ever owned any designer clothing in my life – my Mum resolutely ignored my teenage pleas for PunkyFish jeans and Quiksilver hoodies – and I’m honestly not bothered by labels myself these days.  I find the styles are never quite what I’m drawn to anyway, and if that wasn’t enough to put me off, the prices certainly would be!  However, when it comes to the kids, I’m afraid I do like to spoil them rather.  Don’t get me wrong, they certainly don’t get everything they ask for, but I try my best to give them the things they really want (after all, where’s the …

2018 Travel Wishlist: Californian Road Trip

We all have different travel wishlists that consist of various ideas and destinations we’re keen to visit. For me, I’ve put California right at the top of my wishlist. It’s known as The Golden State, and if there were Olympic medals given out for the best travel destinations, then it would certainly take home the gold! My dream is to go on a tour of California – mainly because there are so many things to do/see, and so many great cities to explore. So much so that deciding on one single place to go is impossible, so, a tour it is! If I were to go on this tour in summer, here are my top picks for where to visit: The iconic Hollywood Sign. Source Los Angeles Of course, you can’t go to California without taking a trip to LA. It’s the home of the Hollywood Hills and the epicenter of world entertainment. LA is a big city – it’s almost like a state within a state! There are so many great places to stay …