My Christmas Family Holiday Wishlist #travel #familytravel

For years, we went away for Christmas and to be honest I miss it.  We used to travel to Scotland to see family and it was really magical.  There is something about leaving the day to day chores behind you, and going to somewhere where you can just enjoy being.  It might be being outdoors, being with family or being…

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Review: Playing With Sands Alive Glow and Create Set

Recently, we’ve been lucky enough to try out the new Sands Alive Glow and Create set from John Adams.  We reviewed Sands Alive a while back, so we were keen to see what this latest toy from the range was all about.  How was the sand going to glow?  It seemed a little bit to good to be true. We…

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Tips For Getting Through Christmas For Busy People

Now it’s December, and time is ticking away, Christmas will be with us before we know it.  I think it can be one of the busiest times of year for lots of people, and if you already have a lot on with work and family life, Christmas can soon become very overwhelming.  In the run up to Christmas I’ve been…

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The Classic Doll is Back! Tiny Tears Doll Review

As you may have guessed already, my daughters love dolls.  It’s the toy that they most enjoy exploring real world play with and like to explore what caring for a baby maybe like.  Tiny Tears is one of the original doll brands, and you might well remember playing with her yourself as a child.  Well now you can relive your childhood memories…

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Creating Lasting Toy Memories With #ELC #ComeAndPlay @ELCUK

Toys play a huge part in our children’s lives helping them to learn and grow.  As parents, we want to get the toys we give our children right, giving them something to play with that will create lasting memories.  Think back to when you were a child.  What was your most memorable Christmas toy?  There might be a few on…

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Breakfast with Santa at Wyevale Garden Centres @WyevaleGC

Have you ever had breakfast with Santa?  It’s not something we had done until very recently, but I think it’s about to become one of our family Christmas traditions.  Wyevale Garden Centres invited us to join them and Santa for some festive fun at their Leicester branch one Saturday morning this December.  The girls were so excited at the thought…

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Getting In To The Christmas Spirit With Warninks #NowItsXmas

What things do you do get you into the Christmas spirit?  We are definitely starting to feel very festive here at Zena’s Suitcase as we have already started on some of the Christmas traditions.  There’s been a few old ones, and some new ones that have crept in that I think are here to stay. We started our winter celebrations…

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Great Kids Books & Craft Supplies For Christmas

Over the last month, we’ve had a some great kids books and craft supplies for preschool and early years children sent to us that I wanted to share with you.  With Christmas coming, I thought this could help you out with some Christmas gift ideas for kids who like to read and create. ChalkOla Pens The first is ChalkOla and…

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What Is Frozen Disney On Ice Like? Review

I don’t know how I did it, but I managed to keep it a secret from the girls that they were going to be seeing Frozen Disney On Ice at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.  Bless them, it didn’t even dawn on them what was happening when I said they could both wear a Frozen dress on a Sunday afternoon.…

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An Open Letter To First Year University Students #StudentLife

Dear Students, This letter has been going around in my head for a while and I’ve finally decided it’s time to put it out there.  Firstly, well done on making it to University.  It’s such an amazing achievement and one you should be immensely proud of.  You jumped so many hoops to get here, give yourself a huge pat on…

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24 Hours In Amsterdam #AccorHotels24hrs @AccorHotels

Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities.  It boasts a vibrant culture, many inspiring places to visit and some of the best architecture I’ve seen Europe.  It’s a city I’ve visited lots of times in the past, maybe 5 or 6 even, but I haven’t made it back for many years.  I am determined to change this as it’s so…

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#Win! Mum’s List Book #Giveaway To Celebrate Film Launch @MumsListFilm

One of the most memorable, beautiful and heart-warming stories of recent years; ‘Mum’s List’ tells the real life story of Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer. Over her last few months, she created her list: writing down her thoughts and memories to help…

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Tips For Creating A Calm Home + Amy Victoria #Giveaway

Our house is a very busy house, and maintaining a sense of calm in it is one of my constant challenges.  I’m determined to get on top of this in time for Christmas.  One thing that seems to add to our house stress levels is the clutter and ambience.  Daddy is a bit of a stress head anyway, and trying…

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Cool Christmas Jumpers From Matalan

Christmas jumpers aren’t just for children!  They should be a family affair.  They can cheer up even the grumpiest of Daddy’s and melt all that bah humbug away quicker than you can say Scrooge.  Winter can be cold, dark and quite depressing at times so I am all for embracing the Christmas cheer for as long as possible.  It cheers…

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Drayton Manor Park Magical Christmas Review @draytonmanor #DMP

We made the final stop of our family road trip at one of our very favourite family days out.  Drayton’s Magical  Christmas opened on 19th November and is welcoming guests all the way through to 31st December.  We visited Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas last year, and it’s very much becoming apart of our Christmas traditions. When the girls found out…

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Eating At Brewers Fayre Lewins Mead Bristol On Our Road Trip

Recently we went on a family road trip.  We were heading to Bluestone in Pembrokeshire, but experience has told me this is a long way to drive with two small children.  We planned an over night stay at Premier Inn Lewins Mead in Bristol and discovered there was a Brewers Fayre at the same site. When Brewers Fayre found out…

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How To Cope With 4 Year Old Tantrums #Parenting

My 4 year old is quite a spirited young lady.  Her two year old sister isn’t far behind her either, so the title of this post could easily read ‘how to cope with 2 year old tantrums’, but I think 4 year old tantrums are in s slightly different league.  My son was always quite a laid back child, so…

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#Win £50 Voucher For Christmas #Giveaway! Worldwide #Competition

I know it’s only November, but Christmas always seems to come round super quick doesn’t it?  And the one thing we do know is how expensive Christmas can be for families, so we’ve teamed up with Kaz from Ickle Pickle’s Life and Travels to bring you an awesome Christmas giveaway. We are giving away £50 to help you out with…

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Playmobil Advent Calendar Review @PLAYMOBILUK #PLAYMOBILPlayologist

Did you know there was a Playmobil Advent Calendar?  We certainly didn’t until we received the Dress Up Party Playmobil Advent Calendar to review as part of our role as a #PLAYMOBILPlayologist.  What we also didn’t know is there is a whole range of exciting non chocolate advent calendars in the range suitable for boys and girls, no matter what they love. There…

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Venice: Our Short Break With Pictures #Travel

Did I mention that I visited Venice recently for a short break.  Oh, you heard! Sorry about that.  I’m getting old, and repeat myself a lot these days.  If you caught my post about ‘How To Visit Venice On A Budget’, you’ll already know that money was a consideration when booking the trip.  I’ve also shared with you how we…

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#Win! My First Baby Annabell Brother #Giveaway

I’ve really enjoyed watching my daughters interact with their Baby Annabell dolls.  They love to care for them, wrapping them in blankets to keep them cosy warm.  They go through all the motions of changing their nappy, giving them something to eat in a bottle and even burping them.  If they become upset, they will nurse them, giving them lots…

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Which Restaurants We Went To In Venice #Travel

Venice has a lot of restaurants, some are good and some are not so good.  On our recent short break to Venice food was quite a big feature.  We were exploring the city a lot, so we welcomed the chance to sit down and enjoy a meal together.  I have very high expectations of food when I’m on holiday, as it’s…

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#Win! 3D Magic Maker Christmas #Giveaway

Every now and again, an email lands in my inbox and I think that’s a really super cool product and I’ve got to share it with my readers.  The 3D Magic Maker was on one of those emails, and it looked like a whole heap of creative fun for boys and girls.  The 3D Magic Maker would have been a…

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