Hello and welcome to Zena’s Suitcase.  This parenting, travel and lifestyle blog was born out of several life changing events that collided all at once and left me asking myself what I wanted out of life.  Zena’s Suitcase is my journey of discovering what really makes me happy.  Having left behind a career in the ‘not for profit’ sector I set up this blog to embrace the joys of parenthood, make the most of our family time and learn about myself in this brave new world.

About Me

I am 40 years old, and live with my 3 gorgeous children and husband in Nottingham.  My teenager is now 17 years old and is currently taking his A Levels.  He is looking to be going to University next year, and I’m preparing myself for my first child flying the nest.
I also have 2 gorgeous daughters, Princess (born 2012), and Little Pudding (born 2014).  I’d like to take this opportunity to point out these aren’t their real names, but Princess does have some diva like tendencies.  Becoming a parent again after a 14 year gap has been quite a challenge.  It turns out I wasn’t quite the expert I though I was, and we are presented with challenges daily from these 2 little people.
I was married in 2011 to the lovely Darren, who is an incredibly talented software engineer but fails miserably in the DIY stakes.  You can’t win them all I guess!  It means I’m left in charge of all the household decorating and renovation decisions.  Us Mums have to be jacks of all trades, don’t we?

What To Expect From Zena’s Suitcase

I love sharing a range of new experiences with my family and encouraging them to explore what the world around them has to offer.  Zena’s Suitcase covers a wide variety of topics, and here’s a few of the things I enjoy writing about:

  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Parenting
  • Babies, Children and Teenagers
  • Product Reviews
  • Family Travel, Holidays and Weekend Breaks
  • Theatre and Live Shows
  • Restaurant Reviews
  • Self Development
  • Weight Loss

Statistics August 2015

  • Klout Score: 68
  • DA 34/PA 44
  • Teads Lifestyle: 7
  • Teads Parenting: 43
  • Teads General: 117
  • Tots 100: 57
  • Twitter Followers: 5.8K+
  • Instagram Followers: 1.4K+
  • Facebook Likes: 1.3K+
  • Pinterest Followers: 500+
  • Stumbleupon followers: 100+
  • G+ Followers: 500+ (66K+ views)

Brands Featured On Zena’s Suitcase

I have already worked with a number of brands relevant to a family friendly audience.  They include Morrisons, Goodyear UK, Wilko, Thomas & Friends UK, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Ella’s Kitchen, Devon Road Babies, National Sea Life Centre, Gaviscon, Tomy, Diggerland, Knowsley Safari Park, Travelodge Hotels and many more.

I have also partnered with Barclays and the Lifeskills website to be their parent for ‘Dairy Of A Parent’.  This feature is a series of videos where I explore who Lifeskills can prepare my teenager to be work ready.  You can find out more about this campaign here.

I am also proud to be a brand ambassador for Drayton Manor Theme Park and the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.

Hire Me

I enjoy working with brands suitable to my blog and I can provide you with a variety of  services suitable to your PR or campaign needs.  This include

  • Product or Service Reviews
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Competitions
  • Freelance Writing
  • Guest Posts
  • Attending Events
  • Social Media Account Management
  • Ambassadorship Roles
  • Advertising
  • Guest Speaking
  • Video Content Campaigns
  • TV and Radio Appearances

Some Interesting Facts About Zena’s Suitcase:

  • I’ve appeared in local press, TV and radio discussing issues relevant to parents
  • I’ve produced guest features for Trunki, Burble Baby and Ocean Finance
  • Recently shortlisted in the Q Hotels Family Ambassador Competition
  • Arranged blogging events
  • Featured on Tots 100, Britmums and Mumsnet
  • Appeared at business conferences discussing how brands and small business can work with bloggers
  • Will be supporting latest Soreen PR campaign (launch Sept 2015)

If you’d be interested in working with me, I would love to discuss your requirements.  Please feel free to contact me at goldman75@icloud.com.

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