Milestone Moments In The Car With The Kids #Parenting

As parents I think we take getting in the car for granted.  When I mention to the children that we are getting in the car, there is always a flurry of excitement.  It doesn’t matter where we are going, it could be to the supermarket to cause havoc shop, to soft play or off on a road trip, they are…

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10 Ways To Make Travelling In Europe Easier #Travel #TTOT

Travelling in Europe is an exciting prospect for lots of people.  It offers a wide range of diverse cultures, stunning and historic architecture as well as some of the most amazing foods that the world has to offer.  Whether you are visiting a destination in Europe for a week, a month or a year you will want to make the most…

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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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How to Stay Food-Fit When Travelling (and Not Break the Bank)

Travelling to explore a new place is what many of us love experiencing at one point in our lives and is something I’m really passionate about. At the same time, there are a ton of reasons how travelling can set even the most health-conscious individual’ diets off the healthy path, and it’s something that seems to effect me a lot!…

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Talking To Your Child: The Powerhouse Of Parenting

If you have been following my blog and social media posts recently, you will know that we have had some trouble settling our 4 year old daughter into her new gymnastics class.  Last week she was so distraught at the prospect of going that we were not even able to get her to leave the house.  It’s been a real…

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Is a Tourist Pass a Good Idea When Travelling

When teen and I visited New York this year, lots of people asked me about our tourist pass.  I was surprised at how many people hadn’t heard of buying a tourist pass to go travelling with, and didn’t realise they could book a pass online before their trip.  Using our tourist pass was such a success in New York, I…

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How To Enjoy Your UK Holiday & Create Great Memories

More and more families and couples are choosing to take their next holiday in the UK.  Over the last few years, after spending many holidays abroad, I’ve really come to appreciate the benefits of taking a UK holiday.  We have an exceptionally beautiful country, that millions flock to every year as tourists, so lets join them and explore what the…

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#DoNotDisturb: Tips For Enjoying A Romantic Holiday

Whether you are going on a romantic holiday or not, there should alway be time for romance while you are away.  Going on holiday is such a special time for any couple.  Whether, like me you have children, or you haven’t reached that stage yet, it’s a time when you should be able to focus  on each other without the…

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Tips For Buying A New Car

When our car went into the garage for it’s MOT and service, it managed to get through pretty much OK.  When my husband picked the car up, his chat with the mechanic revealed that there are likely to be a few things come up next time round that are going to be quite costly.  We use a garage that we…

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Introducing #TeenTalk & How to Discuss Puberty

One of the most awkward challenges that parents face is when to discuss puberty with their son or daughter.  When to have this conversation is only the start of it.  How do you discuss puberty with your child and all the changes that the body is about to embark on without wanting to be swallowed up into a dark hole.…

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Things To Remember When Parenting Gets Tough

Personally, I believe that parenting is one of the toughest jobs you can ever do.  The responsibility of bringing a baby into the world and raising a child is huge.  Once you take on the task of looking after a child, that role is always with you in some form or other.  There’s no asking for a transfer or applying for…

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How to Have a Better Relationship with Your Partner

When we first meet our partner it’s all hearts and flowers isn’t it?  There’s lots of excitement and hormones flying around and we simply can’t get enough of this new relationship.  At some point, the honeymoon period wears off and life with your boyfriend or girlfriend starts to become a bit more day to day.  As a Mum and wife…

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10 Great Tips For Couples Expecting A Newborn

As soon as you get a positive line on your pregnancy test, you’ll no doubt be full of a mixture of excitement and nerves. Having a baby is a life changing experience, and both mums and dads will no doubt be overwhelmed by the amount of advice out there. However, it’s important to relax when you’re expecting a baby, and…

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10 Things You Need to Know About Travelling with Teens

Whether you choose to visit a theme park, take a traditional seaside holiday or visit a child friendly resort, family holidays can be great fun. However, as your children grow and develop into teenagers with their own ideas of what a holiday should be, you’ll be faced with a new set of challenges which require a whole new holiday strategy…

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The Meaning Of Dreams With Silentnight

Over the last few weeks I’ve been taking a more mindful approach to getting ready for bed and getting off to sleep.  Good restful sleep is so important to our well being, it really is worth approaching it in the right way. Share This:

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5 Tips For Flying With Children

Seeing as tomorrow we will be flying with children to Barcelona it seemed obvious to share with you my 5 top tips for flying with a toddler and a preschooler.  Going on holiday with kids can be an amazing experience, but it can also be quite stressful.  I have spoken to a lot of Mum’s over the years that have worried no…

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5 Ways To Reconnect With Your Partner

Having children can really change things in a relationship.  You can both find yourself asking how do we get that spark back into our marriage, how do we make things exciting again?  You can think that things aren’t going to change once you have kids, but for a lot of people they do and it can effect all aspects of…

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5 Reasons You’re A Great Parent

Today, I read a post by a blogger friend of mine that made me really sad.  I’ve met this lady in real life a few times and I know she is an amazing mother to her son.  To think she is writing about failing as a parent made my heart sink.  I know many of us do it, whether we write…

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When Life Gets In The Way Of Weight Loss

Firstly readers, I must apologise that my Thinking Thin post is late this week. I like to share my weight loss update on a Thursday, but my schedule has been completely out of the window buy this and my house turning into a TV studio for the majority of my working days this week.  This has meant that eating well has…

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The Essential Blogging Strategy For Beginners

I wanted to write a blog post that covered all the key elements to getting your blog off the ground in one handy place.  The thing with blogging is there is so much to it.  You are always learning and making tweaks to improve your blog, increase your reach and get your content writing out there to as wide an…

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The Sun Mousse Review

Picture this.  It’s a beautiful, sunny day somewhere in the English countryside.  Princess and I arrive at Hatton Adventure World to meet up with a group of bloggers and their families to enjoy an outdoor event with Toyz World.  We are there to try out their amazing Bebop bouncy castles and their is no way the fun can begin without the…

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Which Sports Are Suitable For Toddlers?

One thing that sporty parents are always keen to do is introduce their kids to sports from a young age. The idea is that if you get them hooked early, they’ll grow into athletic children and, later on, fit and healthy teens. But how early can you start teaching sport to your offspring? You might be surprised to know that…

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5 Tips For Buying A House

I’ve always thought buying a house is a pretty daunting challenge.  There are so many things to consider and it’s such a large amount of money to spend, especially when you consider all the interest you’ll pay too. Despite the sums of money involved we spend very little time looking at what we’re going to purchase in comparison to other…

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5 Tips To Get You Started With Vlogging

Vlogging was something that I’d wanted to get into for a while, but while I had my hands full with Little Pudding at home full time, with her boisterous sister joining her 2 days in the week it seemed like the impossible task.  Then something happened that forced my hand.  I was absolutely blown away to be selected to work…

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50 Tips To Help You Sleep

I ran a competition recently and asked everyone who entered to share with me their tips for getting of to sleep.  I hadn’t realised when I asked this question just how many people struggle to get to sleep and were finding the responses helpful. I also didn’t realise how many different techniques there were.  Of course everyone is different and…

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10 Top Tips For Flying With Babies

I haven’t met a Mum yet who isn’t a little bit nervous about flying with their baby for the first time.  It’s completely understandable, negotiating check-in, the airport lounge, take off and all whilst hoping your little one behaves and doesn’t disrupt the other passengers. I’m going to be honest though and say that flying with a baby is a…

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9 Things I Wish I’d Known About Blogging Before I Started

Before I started writing Zena’s Suitcase I literally had no idea about blogging and what it was all about.  Mine has been a very accidental journey but I’m so glad I started it, because as all bloggers know, blogging totally rocks.  It’s a pretty influential medium now, and it’s only going to get bigger.  PR’s will have to stop saying…

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Breastfeeding -Why Am I So Hungry!

Little Pudding is 5 1/2  months old now, and I’ve managed to feed those chunky little thighs of hers myself all this time, go me and my milk making superpower.  It’s come at a price though.  I desperately need to go to the hairdressers, but I haven’t been able to leave her long enough yet.  I haven’t got into the…

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Little Pudding’s 5 Month Old Baby Update

Wow, five month’s old already!  This is one of my favourite stages of the baby days. When they are all cute and squishy, full of smiles and giggles, but haven’t realised yet that Mummy could leave them, if only just to nip to the loo or something.  When that reality hits her and she starts to notice my (short) absences…

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