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Getting Out and About this Easter

I don’t know about you but I am heartily sick of the seemingly endless winter we have endured this year; the weekend just gone it was snowing yet again and the children didn’t really want go anywhere or do anything.  It has been cold and wet and muddy for months and I am craving some good old-fashioned outdoor fun this Easter holidays.  With this is mind, I have put together a few suggestions on things to do over the holidays and every single one of them is an outdoor activity – fingers crossed we finally get the decent weather necessary to carry them out! Bike or scooter ride A great way to burn energy and something that all the family can be a part of, bike or scooter rides are fun and free.  Perhaps drive or take the train somewhere new to make it a bit more exciting.  Psst: if you’re on the lookout for a new scooter this season, Proline have some brilliant examples over on their website. Go Ape If you’ve a head for …

How to Best Present Your Home for a Quick Sale

There are dozens of sites online that promise invaluable insight into selling your home quickly (whilst still getting the best price), but few concentrate on the aesthetics of the interiors.  This is my speciality and I would rather leave the more technical business of chains and contracts to the experts.  So, here are some simple tips that you may wish to employ when selling your house: Declutter It sounds obvious, but this is one of the best things you can do, and probably the easiest.  Rid each room of excess stuff that has accumulated and either sell the items, give them away to charity or put them in storage.  However, don’t go overboard – prospective buyers will need to see how each room can best be utilised before they are able to envisage themselves living there, so removing everything could well leave them feeling cold. Redecorate Give the walls a new lease of life with a fresh coat of neutral paint, leaving your home feeling lighter and more spacious.  Pay attention to detail and remember to paint …

Camping with Kids – the Essentials

Camping with kids can initially sound like a crazy thing to even attempt; I mean, several days spent in the countryside with zero screen time, a bed filled only with air, reduced meal options and potentially questionable facilities – why would you? Well, it’s cheap and cheerful, for starters, and there are a thousand stunning places to explore in the UK alone.  Getting back to nature is proven to help children learn and focus, lots of fresh air means they are more than ready for bed at bedtime, and spending quality time as a family, without the distractions that are abundant at home, provides an excellent opportunity to bond as a unit. To make the whole camping process run as smoothly as possible, it is important to do like the Scouts and be very well prepared.  Here, I have collated a number of essential items as well as a few extras that can make a whole World of difference: SLEEPING A good night’s sleep, I’m sure we can all agree, is a must for any …

4 Exciting Summer Holiday Activities for Kids in London

The summer holidays are fast approaching and a trip to London is a great way to embrace warmer weather with your children. The capital has exciting activities in abundance — from outdoor paintball to bike tours — to establish a top-notch itinerary. The end of the school year is right around the corner so, as a parent, you’ll have the task of keeping your kids entertained for the next six weeks. So how about a trip to London? A trip to the UK’s capital will provide more than enough sights and attractions for the grown-ups and a wide range of exciting activities for your children. Here are five of the best that should be on your to-do list. Explore London’s Parks London boasts some of the most engaging historical landmarks and fantastic architecture in the world — and its parks aren’t too shabby either. No matter which area of London you are situated in, there is a nearby park to suit you needs. Scenery to die for, vast areas of grass to enjoy a picnic, …

Planning a Cruise: Norwegian Fjords

I feel I should tell you first of all that I am not a great sailor; for me, cruises generally represent a terrifying experience that should be avoided at all costs. The vast waters, the days at sea, the claustrophobic aspect of being trapped on-board.  Though I am getting better at travelling on water, I imagine it is far easier to distract oneself on the relatively short rides between Greek Islands than it is on a cruise. However. There is one destination for which I would be prepared to try to overcome my fear of cruises. Norway.  The Fjords.  Such dramatically beautiful landscapes coupled with fairytale stops along the way.  This is one journey I would love to make. A fascination of Norway, indeed Scandinavia in general, fuels this dream and a desire to travel as a family encourages me to make more imminent plans.  Added to that, Jasmine has requested that we see the Northern Lights, and Sonny has asked that we find somewhere to go where there will be snow.  A Norwegian Fjords cruise may just tick …