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  • Pickle in a camping field having fun

    Why Go Camping with a Toddler?

    This is a sponsored post.

    As someone who spent weeks every summer in a tent or caravan, I’m a huge believer in camping being one of the best family holidays you can go on. Especially as our lives become more technological and digital, it’s so good to get away from it all for a bit and reconnect with nature (and hopefully, each other!). Whenever I tell people we’re going away in the tent, I’m met with one of two reactions: 1) ‘Oh, that sounds amazing! What a wonderful weekend you’ll have.‘ or 2) ‘Really? Camping? Wouldn’t you rather, you know, just be at home?‘. read more

    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / June 10, 2018
  • Standing in front of the Dovecote at Le Manoir Hotel

    My 2018 Travel Bucket List

    This is a collaborative post with Destination2

    As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but look back over the last twelve months. It’s been our first full year as parents, and I can’t quite believe how quick it’s gone! I find myself wondering¬†what have we done?¬†And the answer is: quite a lot of little things, actually. In the preceding years to this one, we’ve done a lot of ‘big things’: we got engaged, we got married, we honeymooned, we got pregnant, we had a baby – all undeniably major events. But 2017 was a year of the ordinary moments. It’s the year we first ventured to Bluestone, went on our first family camping trip, Pickle’s first birthday, he learned to walk, and since then the weeks have rolled by filled with baby swimming classes, Rhythm Time and Talking Tots. read more

    Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / December 21, 2017
  • LPD and Pickle on New Quay beach

    Our Family Camps – New Quay in Scrapbook Style

    After building up to it for so long, our week’s camping in Wales has been and gone in a flash, and I can’t believe it’s been over a month since we went. Whilst I could probably write for pages and pages about everything that we did, the lessons we learned and the things we’d do differently next time, this is more a post for me just to write about the things I particularly want to remember and to share some of my favourite holiday snaps. I’m calling this a ‘Scrapbook Style’ post… it’s mainly going to be a collection of photos with a spattering of memories and captions. Let me know what you think!

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    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / September 12, 2017
  • Sleeping Pickle in our Personalised Blanket Camping

    Our Family Camps with our Personalised Blanket

    Before we went on our first family camping trip, I was approached by All Personalised Blankets to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their blankets. Straight away, I liked the idea of having something made that could be our family camping blanket – one that we could take on all our camping adventures. I had visions of us all snuggling underneath it around a campfire, drinking hot chocolate, toasting marshmallows and watching the stars… and whilst that didn’t happen in Wales, I’m still hopeful it’ll happen in the future!

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    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / August 22, 2017
  • Melamine Plates from Aldi

    Our Family Camps with a Camping Checklist Download

    It’s only a few days away from our camping adventure now and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. Well, I say excited… it’s now that all the nerves start to kick in too. There’s so much to pack and have we got everything we need? What if we forget something really important? And the big question: will it all fit in the car? I’m terrible at doing things in advance, and after the last few family holidays we’ve had, I want to do as much in advance as possible. I do not, I repeat: I DO NOT, want to be packing last minute, literally shoving things in the car minutes before we’re due to set off, getting myself stressed and worried and leaving the house looking like it’s been ripped apart by a hurricane. This time, we’re going to be organised with a camping checklist.

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    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / August 2, 2017
  • Cei Bach Country Club

    Our Family Camps at Cei Bach, Wales

    Seeing as my ‘Our Family Camps’ series is counting down to our first big family camping holiday, it only makes sense to write a little about where we’re going… because, we know it pretty well! It’s definitely not new to us. In fact, I often refer to it as my second home. I’ve been going camping there since I was a baby myself, and I think there’s only a few years where I’ve missed out. The Cei Bach Country Club, near New Quay in Wales has given me a hoard of childhood memories, and I hope that it gives Pickle his own precious memories to treasure too. To tell the truth, he’s already been there once before too!

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    Camping, Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / July 5, 2017