Why I’ve Been Trying To Find My Dad

Something has been playing on my mind recently, and to be honest it’s not something I really talk about on here very much.  I think it was Christmas that made me think about it more than usual.  As a blogger I was reading lots of lovely posts about how Christmas is a lovely time for people to reminisce over their…

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Celebrating Britain’s Best Family Super Powers With nPower

I think that families rock, and that they have so many amazing talents that they are hiding in their homes that these need to be shared with the outside world.  Come on Mum’s and Dad’s lets not keep all that entertainment to ourselves, it’s time to shout about it and nPower, with the help of Peter Andre, do to!  It’s…

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My August Must Haves For The Family

Hasn’t it been a funny old summer.  The weather seems to have a complete mind of it’s own leaving us confused about what to wear and how to spend our free time.  The sunny days are even more precious than normal as you don’t know when the heavens are going to open again.  Despite the unpredictable weather, I really hope…

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A Letter To My Two Year Old

Well my Little Pudding,  I cannot believe that you have become a two year old today.  Where has the time gone?  It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago that you made that speedy and slightly scary arrival into our world and made our family complete.  But things have changed so much.  You’ve gone from that tiny squidgy bundle of a baby to quite…

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My Weekly Photo – Snakes & Scooters

Hello readers!  Please accept my apologies for not posting a weekly photo last week.  It was a busy weekend by all accounts and I just didn’t get the chance.  So this week, I’ve got a bumper issue for you.  I’m sharing two of my favourite photographs from the last two weeks featuring Princess and Little Pudding.  Share This:

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Geronimo Festival Harewood House Review

On bank holiday Monday we bundled the car full of kids and headed to Geronimo Festival at Harewood House near Leeds.  I had been asked to be an ambassador for the festival a few months back and was so excited about going and taking the family.  I’ve shared on my blog some of the exciting things that were going to…

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What’s on for Families at Larmer Tree Festival 2016

I have literally been looking forward to going back to Larmer Tree Festival since our first visit last year.  As a family it was our first experience of camping with children and going to a family friendly festival and it really was a lot of fun.  We were blown away by the quality of the festival camping and all the…

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Photographs From Highfields Park

Highfields Park in Nottingham is one of our very favourite places to go, and my daughter and I visited after going to the theatre on Sunday to see The Elves And The Shoemaker at Lakeside Arts.  Princess had the scooter and I had the camera and we enjoyed getting some fresh air together.  It was so nice to get out…

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My Weekly Photo – Family Christmas

This week I searched through my photos looking for something that was pretty and stylish.  I had a few of those kind of photos stashed in my albums, but none of them felt really Christmassy. Christmas morning in our house is pretty chaotic as family join us for breakfast and we battle to keep the kids away from the parcels…

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My Weekly Photo: Nottingham Christmas Market

This week I’m sharing with you a few photos from our family adventure Nottingham Christmas Market.  With only two weekends left until Christmas I felt like we needed to resurrect the tradition of going to the Winter Wonderland. I went into a slight panic on Friday night about facing the hoards of Christmas shoppers, and faking illness was a real…

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Drayton Manor: A Magical Christmas

Drayton Manor have helped us kick off the festive season with a new Christmas tradition.  We were invited to Drayton’s Magical Christmas to meet the big fella himself, Santa Claus and enjoy all of our favourite Thomas Land rides. Share This:

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Hotel Stella & Spa Review

We were just about to leave the house to start our trip to the Hotel Stella & Spa in Pineda De Mar when Daddy starts offering some last minute holiday assistance. Throwing in questions like, have you got the passports and did you pack the toothbrushes as we are leaving the house is bound to be met with a frosty…

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5 Reasons To Discover Picardy

Picardy is a relatively undiscovered region in northern France and somewhere that I’m really interested in visiting.  After our recent holiday to Spain I have very much caught the travel bug again. I have been looking into places to visit close to the UK.  I’ve discovered the beautiful and historic region of Picardy, known in French as Picardie.  I have been finding…

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What’s On in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth has plenty of things to do all year round with a great programme of events including theatre shows and racing.  This is such an important factor when deciding where to take the family on holiday.  If you’re anything like us, we like having lots of things to do, interesting places to visit and plenty to see when we…

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My Weekly Photo

Today we took an autumn walk by the lakes at Highfields park in Nottingham.  Now that Little Pudding has found her feet, I’ve noticed she is much easier to photograph.  It’s not that I don’t like seeing pictures of gorgeous baby’s in pushchairs, but they can get a bit samey. When we go out now she enjoys getting out of the…

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Our Seaside Adventure

That’s it, summer is well and truly over folks.  Once the last bank holiday has passed, autumn starts to creep in doesn’t it?  The mornings are crisp and fresh, the leaves start to turn brown and the nights are noticeably darker. Share This:

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Getting Families Active With Soreen

Over the summer, Princess and I were invited to a very special sports event hosted by Soreen.  We are huge fans of Soreen Malt Loaf, and we also know how important it is to encourage kids to be active so we jumped at the chance to head along to Loughborough University and find out what all the fun was about.…

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5 Free Things To Do In York

When I was planning our recent weekend away, to be honest I struggled to find free things to do in York.  It has a growing tourist economy and it really shows.  The city boasts 6 million tourist visitors every year, that spend in excess of over £600 million. The tourist industry in York attracts visitors from all over the world.…

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Larmer Tree Festival Family Fun

Larmer Tree Festival is something I’ve really looked forward to sharing with you all.  There are some posts that are just like that.  I have enjoyed going back through our photos of our time at Larmer Tree Festival, and choosing the ones that sum up what a great time we all had. I missed out on the festival scene in…

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Cheap Days Out For All The Family

Cheap Days Out All parents will know that feeling of needing to do something with the kids, but not wanting to break the budget. Family days out can really take their toll on your bank balance but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some cheap and cheerful days out for you and the kids this summer to…

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Brewer’s Fayre Chapel Brook VIP Party

In case you missed it, we went on a family weekend break to Liverpool recently.  We had the best time, far better than we expected to have to be honest.  One of the highlights was being asked to the Brewer’s Fayre VIP party at Chapel Brook.  We found out they had a new play area and were looking for kids…

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Family Update

It’s been all change here at Zena’s Suitcase these last couple of month’s, and things are on the up, mainly!  As there is so much going on I thought I’d give you a family update, and let you know how we are all getting along. Teen has just finished his A/S Levels, and fingers crossed it all went OK.  He…

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Dreaming of Antigua & Barbuda #LoveAntiguaBarbuda

I have dreamed of a holiday for so long, and the time has finally come to get planning something we are all going to remember.  What with babies and exams, holidays have been put on hold, until now.  It’s a big year for us, I’m 40 and teen is turning 18.  There’s been lots of changes too as I embark…

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Mum & Daughter Time At Brewers Fayre

My 3 year old and I got the unusual opportunity this week to spend some quality time together, just me and her.  Her baby sister was having a settling in session at nursery so we too our selves off for a special lunch date, followed by a spot of shopping, toy shopping that is! We’d heard that Brewers Fayre were…

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Arboria at Wheee! Festival Nottingham

You’ve probably gathered that we are not a family who likes to stay indoors and do nothing.  If there is something to see or do we are there.  This is why I love Nottingham so much as it has a great calendar of events through out the year, and there is always something to entertain us. The Wheee! Children Festival is…

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Zena’s Suitcase Is On YouTube!

OK, I’ve had a channel on YouTube for quite a while, but I couldn’t really call myself a vlogger.  Well folks, all that is about to change and as you already read my blog, I thought you might be interested in what’s going to be happening with Zena’s Suitcase over on YouTube. Firstly, there’s going to be some exciting video…

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Family Fun At Brewers Fayre

We were lucky enough to be invited along to the launch of Brewers Fayre’s new play area along with local families and bloggers at the Castlewood restaurant in near Mansfield the other week. We were given a friendly welcome at the door, and instantly the whole family were made to feel at home.  The restaurant had a cosy feel inside,…

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#MySundayPhoto

Half term for us means there is a teenager in the house frequenting his pyjamas more often than normal.  It also means the girls get more sofa time with their big brother.  I know it’s not the greatest pic in the world, but it did jump out at me and scream #MySundayPhoto! I have very few of them all together…

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Letting Go – A Mother’s Journey

Every so often, a realisation hits me a bit like a stinky wet fish to the face, that it’s time to let go a little more. These not so gentle jolts of reality are gearing up for one thing and one thing only.  The day when Teen flies the nest.  The harsh reality is that at 6 1/2 feet tall…

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