School's out | my tips for a stress-free summer holiday

Friday, 22 July 2016


I love having the kids at home with me over summer. No school run. No after-school club rush. No uniform and kit on constant rotation in the washing machine. And it's nice to have their company every day. Even if it's accompanied by the odd sibling battle over the remote and having to lock myself in the garage for a nano-second alone with my own thoughts!

Having said all that, there are a few things I like to stick to over the school holidays which just help to make things a little less... stressful.

What are your school holiday tips? Please share them below, I'd love to know :)


Separation anxiety

Thursday, 7 July 2016


So apparently I'm suffering from separation anxiety. Yep, me. Not my three year old little man who will be starting pre-school in September. Nope. Me.

I'm not sure if it's because he's my littlest. Or that I've loved having him with me every day so much. Probably a combination of both. 

And it marks the start of him growing up... and this is where I fall apart. He's my baby. I still think of him as a toddler. Even though he's way past that. My tiny little baby boy. My shadow.

He seems to be pretty comfortable with the idea of going to pre-school. He's pretty adamant that I can come too though. I think it helps that his big brother and sister are already there and, because of them, there will be lots of familiar faces and friends for him to play with.

But me... how am I going to cope with this!? I suspect the teachers will have to scrape a sobbing, clingy mess off the classroom window on his first day. I'm already preparing myself for the worst.

He'll only be there part time - a few mornings a week - so I need to remind myself that. Also, on the positive side, those few mornings a week will give me time to work, uninterrupted, so when he is at home I can give him my full attention.

Yeah, I need to keep telling myself that.

...I wonder if they need any more classroom assistants....

We're camping | a camping vlog

Monday, 4 July 2016




So we survived our first family camping trip. Eight adults, ten kids, minimal rain and plenty of s'mores made for a weekend of memories we'll always treasure.

It helped that the campsite, Three Cliffs Bay, was so utterly beautiful. I can't believe we live so close to such a stunning beach and haven't visited before. Seeing the kids run around with their friends and spend most of the day outdoors was lovely. It really felt like quality, family time with no interruptions.

We've been back a week and, although I was very happy to be reunited with my mattress and duvet, I'm already excited to go again. Camping enthusiast? Me!? Apparently so. Now where's my spork?

Get them outdoors | Capture the Flag

Friday, 1 July 2016



When the kids are running around outdoors, we're all happy. They might moan when they're tucked up inside clutching their iPads, but the second we set foot out the door they run off with a smile on their face. Even better if they have friends to run around and have adventures with.

We spent last weekend camping at Three Cliffs Bay in the Gower. I don't have the words to explain how utterly beautiful it is, so I'll just leave it to this:



With eight adults and 10 kids, we had the perfect crew for some team games. After multiple cricket, football, swing ball and glow stick light saber battles, we took to the beach for a game of Capture the Flag.

To get to the perfect spot we had to walk stoney paths, cross stepping stones and wade (shallow) rivers. It was so worth the journey. The view was just stunning.



The kids had never played Capture the Flag before, but loved the idea of being able to put grown-ups in prison. They ran around until their legs were exhausted, then skimmed stones and splashed in the river until it was time to walk back to camp for hot dogs and s'mores on the BBQ.

Have you played Capture the Flag before? Here's how our game went down (spoiler: it got pretty competitive, pretty quick 😬)

Ohana means family | our Florida adventure

Tuesday, 28 June 2016



Walt Disney World in Florida is my happy place. There's no doubt about it. I have such wonderful memories of holidays there as a child and taking my own family there is just a dream come true.



It didn't disappoint. We spent two weeks exploring all the Disney parks, with a couple of days at Universal Studios.



It's hard to say what my highlights were. Magic Kingdom has my heart; as soon as I step onto Main Street, nothing is going to wipe the smile from my face. The music, the buildings, the characters... I just love the whole thing. I'll never forget the kids' faces spotting all the Star Wars characters at Hollywood Studios, plus the fireworks there were just incredible. 



We spent a lot of time exploring some of the other Walt Disney resort hotels. Some of them are out of this world. We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside, a moderate Disney resort, which was very pretty and has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere; but the luxury resorts are out of this world. One of my favourite evenings was sat on the beach at the Polynesian Resort, eating pizza, watching the kids play on the sand with new friends and the Magic Kingdom fireworks across the water. 



It really was a magical holiday; only problem is, I'd go every year given half a chance (and a lottery win!). So until I come across that winning ticket, I'll relive our amazing holiday through the videos and photographs I took. I'll be the one weeping nostalgically in the corner, wearing Minnie Mouse ears and clutching a Mickey waffle.










On our bookshelf

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


I may not get to read all that much myself, but I love picking out books for the kids to enjoy. Snuggling up at the end of the day to enjoy a story, or listening to my eldest two read to their baby brother, you can't beat it.

I'm always on the lookout for new books to add to our collection, so I thought I'd share our current faves on my youtube channel and I'd love to hear your family favourites too; so please comment on the video to let me know. 

If you haven't already subscribed to my channel, I'd love to have you :) I upload twice a week, on everything from parenting and family, to food, fashion and all the things we love. Hope to see you there!

Disney World wardrobe sorted

Thursday, 10 March 2016

If ever there was a range of kid's clothes that was perfect for a trip to Disney World, the new Mini Rodini Fantasia collection is it.

Bold, bright and full of personality, I'm absolutely in love with every item. And, as luck would have it, we happen to have a trip to Florida coming up in the not too distant future. Fate...?



The unicorn print is my favourite from the collection. Obvs. I can imagine Meryn and Ayden wearing different items in this print. I particularly like the sweatshirt and the little shorts for Ayden. Meryn would love the skirt and the dress in green.


I can see Meryn in this amazing rainbow swimsuit now. I love the shape, colours, print, everything! It's perfection. And I'm tempted by the rainbow tank tops too... and the jacket. Oh god. Stop Mini Rodini, STOP!
This tivoli toy print is too cute to resist. It reminds me of Looney Toons. I'd put this t-shirt with a pair of simple grey, jersey shorts for Ayden.
There's even a Mickey-esque, monochrome print on leggings and the most adorable tank top. Ayden would look amazing in both. This is probably the only print that Dylan would be happy to wear. At nearly nine and a half (that half is very important apparently), he's getting more conscious of what he wears. A couple of years ago, I would definitely have put him in the cartoon animal print, but he'd be having none of that now!

Mini Rodini isn't the cheapest brand of kid's clothes, but the quality is excellent and the designs are so unique. I'm really struggling to pick my favourites, as you may have noticed! What are your top picks from the collection?