Why I Want My Daughter To Enjoy Travelling As Much As Me

Sponsored post in association with American Express® I believe that travel should be as much a part of our lives when we have a family as it was before we had children, and so I’m delighted to announce my latest partnership with American Express, who agree with me.  During this exciting collaboration, I will be looking at how you can share…

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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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What Did My Dream About Gary Barlow Mean? #DreamsExplained

We all dream don’t we?  Some of our dreams quickly become faded memories, but others seem to stay with us for longer for some reason.  I wonder if they leave this lasting impression as there is something they are trying to tell us.  I don’t mean in a psychic way, as I really don’t subscribe to fortune telling in that…

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Virry – A Kids Phone App That Does Some Good + Giveaway

As a family we love to travel, get out and about and enjoy what nature has to offer.  So to hear of the great many threats that wildlife face around the world is an upsetting reality, some estimates suggest that certain animals like the Rhino could be completely extinct by 2020.  That’s pretty scary, right?  Virry want to change that,…

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On Holiday With HUGGIES® Little Swimmers®

We have had such a great time as Get Set, Splash bloggers for HUGGIES® Little Swimmers®.  Water fun is something kids and parents can get so much from and it can be such an easy and simple thing to enjoy.  As children’s activities go it can be easy on the pocket too. Share This:

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5 Ways To Make Your Garden Fun For Kids

As we get closer to spring, I’m starting to think about how to make the garden fun for kids to play in.  I think this summer the garden will really come into it’s own as both our girls enjoy being outside.  I really want to make the garden a place they can enjoy playing together so I’m getting my plans ready.…

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Bleu At Nottingham Lakeside Theatre Review

I absolutely love that I am able to share so many trips to the theatre with my family.  I really appreciate being able to share with them different opportunities to enjoy entertainment in all it’s various guises. After we saw Going On A Bear Hunt, we had the opportunity to see a completely different kind of performance.  Bleu by East Midlands…

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Burble Baby Review, Giveaway & Discount Offer!

Burble Baby is a Mum and Baby Gift Boutique that I am particularly fond of.  Zena’s Suitcase readers will already know that the lovely Karen from Burble Baby was my Britmums Live sponsor early this year.  It was a complete pleasure to be associated with her and her brand.  Well Karen has been in touch again, and asked if I would review a…

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Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads & Tails Game

Orchard Toys recently got in touch with us to see if we would like to try out some of their range of games. We already have a few Orchard Toys games and puzzles, but I hadn’t realised that they are all made from 100% recycled materials and are manufactured in Britain. When I realised this I knew it was a…

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City Atlas: Travel The World

City Atlas is a wonderful way to help your child explore different cities all over the world. It’s a lovely book to start developing an appetite for travelling and understanding different cultures.  We were recently sent a copy of the City Atlas by Georgia Cherry & Martin Haake, published by Wide Eyed Editions and here’s what we thought of it. Share This:

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How To Make A Halloween Costume With Dylon

Halloween is fast approaching and I was just wondering how your preparations were going? Have you bought a pumpkin yet? Have you stocked up on sweets and are your decorations ready? One of the most fun parts of Halloween is dressing up and if you haven’t got the costumes sorted yet I have a great idea for helping you to design your…

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Witches Cauldron Paper Plate Craft Idea

Witches Cauldrons are so closely associated with Halloween I just had to feature a children’s craft for how to make one on Zena’s Suitcase.  Here’s last year’s easy toddler witches cauldron if you want to take a peek.  This year it’s all about the paper plates, as they are the perfect shape for adapting into this spooky halloween cooking pot.…

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Easy Halloween Pumpkin Lantern

Halloween is a great time to get crafty with children.  There are more opportunities to sit down and make things together, and Halloween certainly offers up lots of inspiration.  As promised in my last post about how to make easy Halloween ghost bunting I’ve got some more craft ideas for children suitable for this time of year. 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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Help TKMaxx Give Up Clothes For Good

When my teen went back to school a few weeks ago, we received the usual letters home asking for us to provide emergency contacts and details of information evenings that were planned.  The usual stuff that kids and parents have to sort at the beginning of school.  There was another letter though, that wasn’t the usual kind of letter the school send out.…

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Super Easy Halloween Ghost Bunting

I know that some people can either take or leave Halloween, but it’s a time of year that I really enjoy.  I’m lucky enough to live in a community that really embraces the idea of trick or treat and the rules are really quite simple.  If your house is decorated in ghosts and ghouls and pumpkins are lit, then it…

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Family Theatre In #Nottingham @LakesideArts

I hate to say it but I think summer is almost done.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting wetter and colder by the minute.   The reality for us parents though is that the kids still need entertaining and getting out of the house, before everyone goes up the wall.  As we go rushing into autumn…

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#Win Twilight LadyBug Night Light

My daughter has struggled with bedtime and going to sleep since she was around 1 year old.  From 12 weeks old going to sleep had not been a problem.  She found her thumb and was able to get herself off to sleep almost instantly.  I did have worries about her sucking her thumb, but the benefits far out weighed the…

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The Furchester Hotel Magazine

The Furchester Hotel Magazine has been keeping Princess out of trouble this summer.  She’s showing a real interest in reading and writing at the moment, so The Furchester Hotel magazine arrived on our doorstep at just the right time. My daughter is the kind of child that needs to be busy all of the time.  She does a lot of…

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Wicked Uncle Toy Review

My Little Pudding recently turned one, so when Wicked Uncle got in touch to see if we were interested in reviewing any toys, I was there like a shot.  Yes please!!  Now these guys make some pretty mighty claims, and I was pretty keen to find out if they were in fact The Worlds Best E-Toy Shop.  They weren’t someone…

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#Giveaway! #Win A Set Of Fruit Heroes Snack Bars For #Kids

If you caught up with my blog last week, you’ll know that Fruit Heroes have been a real hit with the toddler.  They have quickly become her first choice of snack and because they have been such a hit with us, I wanted to give some of you the opportunity to try them out too. The team at Fruit Heroes…

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Review: Fruit Heroes Healthy Child’s Snack Bar

Recently, the lovely people at Fruit Heroes sent Princess some of their healthy snack bars to try out.  We are always looking out for tasty, healthy snacks on the go to keep Princess fuelled when we are out and about.  She’s really active and needs things we can just grab when we’ve been to gymnastics or out to the park otherwise she gets…

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Project 365 #4

Hello readers and welcome to another week of #project365.  This is still a work in progress for me, and I’m already getting frustrated that I haven’t got a DSLR.  I can see a purchase being very imminent. I’ve got my eye on a Nikon that looks perfect for a beginner like me.  If you have any suggestions though, please feel…

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Are You #ShareAware?

This week the NSPCC launched it’s new campaign #ShareAware to help parents keep their children safe online.  As a parent, knowing and understanding what my children have access to when they use a tablet, smart phone, computer or games console is one of my biggest challenges. This is why I was one of 500 parents that researched over 48 social media platforms to…

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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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Giveaway: Octonauts And The Deep Sea Volcano Adventure Theatre Tickets

If you have been keeping up with the blog recently you’ll know we’ve been taking Princess and her baby sister along to the theatre quite a bit.  It’s quite clear that Princess really enjoys it and loves the extra dimension that theatre brings to her favourite characters and stories.  It goes down even better when there is oddles of audience…

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Emily Brown and the Thing at Lakeside Arts Theatre

This weekend we took a couple of trips to the theatre (because Mummy isn’t ever so good at checking her diary to see what’s already planned!).  If you managed to catch up with this post you’ll know we’re trying out some ‘indoor’ activities with the girls now that Autumn has finally caught up with us. The first was to see…

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The Jekyll and Hyde of Gentle Parenting

I know how this stuff works.  I’ve been in this parenting game for nearly 17 years now.  I should be well practised at it for crying out loud but I didn’t appreciate what a game changer having 2 under 3 years old would be.  It’s not that it’s easy with one, but when you have two or more, with very…

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The Breastfeeding Diaries

Firstly, I have to make a huge apology to my regulars for not hosting The Breastfeeding Diaries last week.  The two T’s had completely got the better of me, teething and tiredness!  I decided a week off was required and had a pretty slow blog week all round.  I will be popping round to comment on all your posts too now…

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