Hello and welcome to Zena’s Suitcase.  This travel, parenting & lifestyle blog was born out of a desire to share extraordinary experiences with my family and inspire others to do the same.  Zena’s Suitcase is about all of my passions from enjoying travel with and without the family, supporting parents with the challenges of raising children and making the most of the time we have together, whether it’s at home or away.

About Me

I am 40ish years old, and live with 2 of my gorgeous children and husband in Nottingham.  My teenager is now 19 years old and is currently studying at Manchester University.

The girls, Indie (born 2012), and Brook (born 2014) are outgoing and adventurous.  It turns out I wasn’t quite the parenting expert I though I was, and we are presented with challenges daily from these 2 little people but we wouldn’t change it for the world.

I was married in 2011 to the lovely Darren, who is an incredibly talented software engineer but fails miserably in the DIY stakes.  You can’t win them all I guess!  It means I’m left in charge of all the household decorating and renovation decisions.  Us Mums have to be jacks of all trades, don’t we?

What To Expect From Zena’s Suitcase

I love sharing a range of new experiences with my family and encouraging them to explore what the world around them has to offer.  Zena’s Suitcase covers a wide variety of topics, and here’s a few of the things I enjoy writing about:

  • Family Travel, Holidays and Weekend Breaks
  • Days Out
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Parenting
  • Babies, Children and Teenagers
  • Product Reviews
  • Theatre and Live Shows
  • Restaurant Reviews
  • Self Development
  • Weight Loss

Brands Featured On Zena’s Suitcase

I have already worked with a number of brands relevant to a family friendly audience.  They include American Express, Norwegian Cruise LineHoliday InnPremier Inn, Bluestone Wales, AVISMorrisons, Goodyear UK, Wilko, Thomas & Friends UK, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Ella’s Kitchen, Devon Road Babies, National Sea Life Centre, Gaviscon, Tomy, Diggerland, Knowsley Safari Park, Travelodge Hotels and many more.

I have also partnered with Barclays and Lifeskills to feature in their parent for ‘Dairy Of A Parent’ campaign.  This feature is a series of videos where I explore who Lifeskills can prepare my teenager to be work ready.  You can find out more about this campaign here.

I am also proud to have been a brand ambassador for Drayton Manor Theme Park and the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.  I am currently a brand ambassador for Warwick Castle.

Hire Me

I enjoy working with brands suitable to my blog and I can provide you with a variety of  services suitable to your PR or campaign needs.  This include

  • Product or Service Reviews
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Press Trips
  • Competitions
  • Freelance Writing
  • Guest Posts
  • Attending Events
  • Social Media Account Management
  • Ambassadorship Roles
  • Advertising
  • Guest Speaking
  • Video Content Campaigns
  • TV and Radio Appearances

Some Interesting Facts About Zena’s Suitcase:

  • I’ve appeared in local press, TV and radio discussing issues relevant to parents
  • Featured on Thomas Cook Website
  • Features in Asda Good Living Magazine in monthly expect column
  • I’ve produced guest features for Trunki, Burble Baby and Ocean Finance
  • Recently shortlisted in the Q Hotels Family Ambassador Competition
  • Arranged blogging events
  • Featured on Tots 100, Britmums and Mumsnet
  • Appeared at business conferences discussing how brands and small business can work with bloggers
  • Supported Soreen PR campaign

If you’d be interested in working with me, I would love to discuss your requirements.  Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] for more details or to request a media pack.


  1. June 22, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Hi Zena,

    I’m Rachel from Little Ondine. We are a new innovative Nail Polish brand with an all-in-one formula, composing of natural, non-toxic ingredients. We here at Little Ondine love the content produced by you, and we believe that you may like our product.

    Each Little Ondine bottle promises a fast-drying, odourless and easy peel-off (no remover needed) experience. It consists of natural ingredients (based on water, resin and colourants), making it toxic free, child-safe, family and pregnancy friendly (now the entirely family can have fun together!) If you make a small error by mistake or change your mind and want to work with another colour, you can simply peel it off and start again. This is what sets us apart from other brands as users can go from one nail colour to another in just a few minutes, without the need to use a remover or inhaling the fumes from both the nail polish and remover.

    We would love to show how painting your nails can be effortless, safe and fuss free with a little help from Little Ondine. If you’re interested to try our product, we’d love to give you some samples to test them out! And if you like what you experience, we would love to be featured in your blog as we think your reader base would love to hear about it too. If you could provide me with your full address, I will get the samples out to you as soon as possible.

    Looking forward to working with you soon.

    Thanks very much!

  2. January 16, 2017 / 11:38 am

    Hi, lovely blog! Just thought I’d drop you a note as I’m currently drafting an email to you. I’d absolutely love to work with you! Hopefully speak soon, Amy x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.