Ahoy mateys (sorry!)!
If you were following our stories over the weekend, you may have noticed that we were invited to spend a day onboard of the newly refurbished #indepedenceoftheseas 🚢 it was our first experience on a cruise and my oh my were we impressed!
My 6 year old couldn't get enough of all the Perfect Storm waterslides and splashpool, made so many friends in just one day (invaluable If you have an only child like us) and made the most of the ice cream that's is served on tap 😍
We didn't quite managed the virtual reality bungee or the FlowRider but pop over to my friend Nells feed for a preview of all the fun @nellheshram 🙌
For now, we'll keep dreaming of sunny days spent on board of such a beautiful ship while we start planning a future little cruise ☀️ Have you ever been on a cruise? I'd love to hear your experience
LOVING this competition from Oliver's Travels. It's puntastic and really good fun to enter :) I've got all my fingers crossed as really do fancy myself a beach holiday in Corfu! If you enter, let me know your results in the comments!
Mark Warner Holidays have an amazing ski sale on at the moment - from a pretty incredible £579pp!!
If you followed our own Mark Warner ski trip last year, you'll know how much we loved it!
LOVE that Brighton SEA LIFE Centre is having a quiet day on Saturday 30th June for children who suffer from Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) so they can explore the aquarium without the worry of busy crowds, bright lights, or loud noises.
What a great way to start the week :D I've received some great news today, that I've been named on of the Top Family Travel blogs in the UK!
As we started planning our Summer holiday in Lisbon, I really wanted it to feel like a city summer holiday, which means we NEED A POOL.
So I asked friends from Lisbon for recommendations, and here are my picks of the top 5 hotels in Lisbon with a pool.. which would you choose?
I desperately need a bit of this in my life 🌅
There are only 6 weeks until our holiday in Lisbon - its been such a long time since I've last step foot in my dear city...bring on lazy days by the pool & the beach with our family ☀️
What are your summer holiday plans?
(📸 somewhere along the Oregon coast...)
Did you know in June Lisbon celebrates its patron saint with neighbourhood parties all over the city? It's one of my favourite things to do in Lisbon - have you ever experienced it?
Tip: it does get massively busy in some neighbourhoods with live music playing into the early hours, so it's worth keeping that in mind when booking your accommodation!
Lazy days... ☀️ It's been.another epic weekend for us here in #Brighton, which always calls for some beach time! Between swimming, beach naps and bubblegum ice-creams it's been an all round winner 😆 we have another day off school tomorrow, then it's back to normal! What have you been up to this weekend?
Have you ever tasted a Francesinha? This Porto tradition is a dish and a half - If you don't get the sweats when you're eating it then you're not human! 🤪
The first time you jump on a boat and see your city from the sea 😍
Charlie and his buddies were lucky enough to be taken out by our amazing friends who have this boat on a brilliant (and bumpy!) ride the other day - it was incredible and made us feel so lucky to live in Brighton... once again!
Be still my beating heart. 4 years ago 💛
Are you planning on going on a babymoon? We did, and it was the best thing we could've done to make the most of our time before baby arrived!
I was quite anxious during pregnancy, so made sure I thoroughly researched everything before putting my 7 month pregnant bump on the caribbean! To help you plan your own babymoon here is a thing or two you need to think about before booking.
When we visited @efteling last week we stayed at the beautiful Bosrijk village, nestled in a beautiful forest, with its own lake, mini castle and a plethora of woodland creatures including some red squirrels! The setting couldn't have been more peaceful, and with several wooden playgrounds, a fabulous restaurant and a shop on site it was the perfect location for our fun holiday 😍
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If Malawi isn't on you family's travel plans, I bet it will be by the end of this video by Mini Travellers - Family Travel 😍😍😍
Love this post by my friend Carrie on some great things to do in Orlando! Have you done any of them? #visitorlando
Are you wondering what our son thought of our Mark Warner Holidays skiing trip? Well, you're in luck as he's just written his first blog post <3 #markwarnerholidays
Welcome to Efteling Theme Park Resort 🧚♂️ quite possibly the most magical place we've ever been to... and a bit of a secret gem too 🎈
If you've been following my stories you might've seen just how beautiful it is here - the park is set by a National Park, surrounded by lush forest with enchanting fairy tale characters everywhere you look, both child friendly and white knuckle rides and seriously well thought out restaurant options.
I think it's fair to say that we've fallen in love with it and are already planning our next visit!
Both my kid and @flyingwithbaby 's daughters keep saying it's just the best day EVER 💛 #hosted
We're so excited to be heading to Efteling Theme Park Resort tomorrow with the lovely Carrie from @flyingwithababy and our kids 🙌
I've been wanting to go to Efteling (1hr from Amsterdam) since seeing pictures of Tigerlilly Quinn 's trip there a few years ago, and after having had to cancel a trip there last year I'm beyond the moon to be finally visiting.
Between the enchanting forests and fairy tales, the white knuckle rides and the jaw-dropping shows, it looks just perfect for families.
So keep your eyes peeled for updates here and on Instagram as I'm sure I'll be getting very snap happy 😜📸 http://www.instagram/onetinyleap
How do you relax..? I've written about some techniques I use to relax, as well as how people from around the world choose to relax and get a bit of inspiration for yourself :) I'd love to hear your tips too!
My Brighton boy!
And what a day! Today was the #brightonmarathon2018 which is always such fun as the whole city really gets into it!
After some hot yoga in the morning @thehotyogahub, C and I watched the marathon for a bit, did some wave-chasing and then spent the afternoon with friends at the movies watching the brilliant Isle of Dogs 🐶 Have you seen it yet?!
Hope you've had a fantastic weekend!!
I can't believe it's already been three years since our round the world trip 😫
Our first port of call was Florida where we spent a month discovering that there's a whole more to the sunshine state than Orlando, including the utterly beautiful (and empty!) St Joseph's peninsula (pictured) and Manatee Springs 😍
Have you been to Florida's less known spots? Which was your favourite?
I can't believe Spring still isn't fully here, especially when I think back to our fabulous weekend in Tuscany with Bookings For You. Pop over to the blog to see what I thought of Country Relais & Spa Le Capanne
We stayed at the Hotel Lev, Ljubljana back in October and couldn't have been more impressed! Now they've just remodelled their rooms it's even more stunning - can't wait to go back to one of my favourite places in Europe #sLOVEnia
Being the 'big cousin'. My little guy is the youngest in his class, but once in a while he gets to hang out with all his 4 cousins who are slightly younger than him...and he absolutely loves it and takes his responsibilities very seriously - it's wonderful to see such a bond ❤ I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend - where did you go?
We did this when Charlie had just turned four and it was hailing!! So much fun though 🤙
I can't believe it's already been a week since we had the most incredible gelato making workshop at Perche No - Florence's oldest (and best) gelateria with LivItaly Tours. Now, I need to get myself an ice machine and that secret pistachio gelato ice cream 😍
The Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency has said that long stays in Japan are “utterly boring” for Western tourists. We have a thing or two to say about that...
Think Orlando is all about Disney? There is just so much more! My friend Carrie over at Flying With A Baby - Family Travel shares what she did in Orlando when she visited with her family. Visit Orlando #visitOrlando
🌿 Fancy joining me on a little tour of our 'little' Tuscan villa?
Reality has well and truly sunk in now I'm back in a rather freezing Brighton, so I'm hanging on tight to the memories of the most amazing weekend we've just had thanks to the fabulous Bookings For You and our super hosts Country Relais & Spa Le Capanne
I can't stop thinking of the rolling hills to the front of the property, and the incredible mountain at the back (where you can find several waterfalls along the hiking trails). The food our hosts so generously cooked for us has spoilt me for life - breakfast will never be the same again. And the company of the best family travel bloggers around was the cherry on top of the cake 💛 .
It's the last day of our wonderful Tuscan weekend staying at the beautiful Country Relais & Spa Le Capanne, one of Bookings For You properties in Tuscany. They've been spoiling us rotten with insanely good local food (all locally sourced, farm to table) and just the friendliest hospitality.
In just over three days we've managed to pack in a morning in nearby Volterra, an afternoon in Siena and a lovely day (albeit rainy) in Florence yesterday... Can't wait to see my boy, but am finding it really hard to say goodbye!
No better way to start a Sunday...just a few touches from our villa Bookings For You
The view over the Tuscan hills from my bed is breathtaking, as is the breakfast we've been given by our hosts Vera and Dario - with pastries straight from the family's pastry shop in Volterra! Anyone up for a dip in the hot tub?
Buongiorno from beautiful Volterra, where I'm staying at truly stunning 100 year old farmhouse with 11 of my blogging friends.
The owners welcomed us with a bit of bubbly and beautiful local dry meats, cheese and pastries (from their pastry shop in Volterra!) - and that was before a fantastic cooking demo and a 4 course dinner! They're just the nicest people, and I love how much emphasis is put on tradition in the house, food and their hospitality.
Today we'll be spending the day in Siena - make sure you head to my Instagram stories for live updates :)
A big thank you to Bookings For You for organising this trip and Country Relais & Spa Le Capanne for the magnificent welcome!
When we were skiing with @mwholidays we were really lucky and took part in their resort video for Val d'Isere - it was such a fun experience for us all, and now you can try and spot us too (and check out Charlie's laughter at the end 😂)
Fancy finding out what we thought of Mark Warner Holidays Hotel Val d'Isere? Head over to the blog to the very first post about our first family ski holiday! And that you see Charlie on is a wall of snow! :D
Great news LEGO 👏
I've just spent a freezing but relaxing weekend with Copehangen with a friend...the lake was nearly frozen, making for the most serene views of the city 😍 it was my 3rd time in the city, so we skipped the normal sights and headed to public baths for a saunagus, found a great little ramen spot (of course!) and went vintage shopping. Feeling a little chilly and a tad I'll now, especially with the snow that welcomed me back in Brighton ❄
I spend so much time on Instagram that I thought I'd start sharing some on the accounts that really stop me in my tracks. There's going to be a mix of genres, but I hope you find them inspiring.
To kick-start the series we have @weliveherenow_ - an account where pictures of houses are posted and accompanied by a made-up story about the people who may live there. I hope you love these little stories as much as I do. And please do share your favourite accounts in the comments 💓
i hear its #loveyourpetday so to honour it here's something you don't see very often over here - a selfie AND my girl Maisie who's very kindly hidding my tired face 😻 #catpeople
#petsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #loveyourcat #tabbiesrule
This is quite something!!!
What an epic day to Go Ape with @goape_crawley 👐🌿
The sun was shining bright and the skies were blue when we went to Tilgate Park in Crawley this morning to take on the Go Ape junior course, which my son absolutely loved!! Not only did he loved the challenging treetops adventures, but the little monkey has asked to come here every day 😆
Apparently his birthday party also now *has* to be here (which thankfully they do!)... such a fun morning against the beautiful Tilgate Park. Did you know they have a nature reserve too? I had no idea, so we will definitely have to go back (soon!).
Have you ever done a Go Ape adventure?
We are so ready for summer! We're staying home this half term as I have to work, but we could really do with some sunshine 😣 All of you heading out to sunny shores - have a fantastic time and please send us some rays, even if virtual ones 🌞
To be in Paris right now 😍⛷
When we were on our round the world trip, UNO was our best friend. It kept our (then 3-year old) son entertained, and us sane with a game that we can all enjoy. Now he's six, we've moved on a little bit, and so we've decided to share our absolute favourite travel games.
What games are on your travel bag?
Hands up who's booked their Easter holiday yet? We're hoping to go to Lisbon over the Easter holidays - if you're thinking of Lisbon too but don't know where to stay we have a post all about it! Happy hotel hunting!
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