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Despite being well versed at travelling with kids, would you believe I still make some rookie mistakes?  Well, it’s true and when American Tourister heard that my day trip skills were definitely lacking they decided to help me out.  I was delighted when they agreed to take the issue in hand for me. There have been lots of times I’ve taken the kids out for the day or on holiday and I have not taken a rucksack with me.  I will have my usual day bag, which will be enough

The girls have wanted their own Glimmies toys for a long time now so when we received an email asking us if we would like to review the Glimmies Rainbow Friends Toy, of course I said yes.  If the Glimmies toys haven’t hit your radar yet they are little magical fairy creatures that have been sent by the moon to look after the animals that live in Glimmieswood.  Take a quick peek at the Glimmies amazon page and check them out. There are 12 Glimmies Rainbow Friends toys to collect  and

With my 3 year old daughter having to spend two weeks at home after her recent operation, we have very much been in the market for some new toys to keep her busy.  When I received an email asking for us to take a look at the Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tot Dolls, I thought they looked perfect for her and her sister. We received 2 really cute Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tot Dolls and the Bedtime Accessory Playset to take a look at, and the girls fell in love with them from

If you are thinking of buying a safe online tablet for your children I don’t think you can go far wrong with the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition.  We are a very tech family, so I can say that with a great deal of confidence.  My daughter’s were recently sent the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for review, and I was excited to see what they thought of it. They are both very confident using tablets at age 3 and 5 so they were the perfect choice for

Have you seen the Shnooks toys advert on TV yet? My guess is that if you have young children it might have caught your eye.  I’m a sucker for things like this, so when I first saw the Zuru Shnooks even I thought they looked pretty cute. Shnooks toys are fluffy collectible characters that, when taken out of the bubble packet, grow 8* in size. When you have shook your shnook they fluff up and you can use their hair accessories to make fun individual  styles for your Shnook toy. When I

I personally love Wagamama, and I really want my kids to love it too.  The food is always fresh, healthy and super tasty and I think it’s a great place for kids to experience Japanese food.  Wagamama is a great restaurant for kids with it’s bench style eating experience and child friendly chop sticks, but what did my daughter make of it all on our recent visit to Wagamama in Bath. We were both very hungry when we arrived at Wagamama after our day exploring the city of Bath together,

When my daughter started school last year there were a few tips I had forgotten about buying school stationary and equipment.  Bearing in mind my oldest son was starting university in the same year, it had been some time since I’d started a child on their school journey and Smiggle wasn’t around back in those days. I dutifully bought her the standard school water bottle and school bags, forgetting about the problems we would come to face later in the year.  The problem is, everyone buys the school issue water

Our arrival in Bath was a little bit stressful to say the least. I was not at all prepared for the restrictive one way system and lack of parking in the city following our drive from Dartmoor.  Once we’d checked in at our hotel we booked an Uber and headed straight to Jamie’s Italian.  There was something comforting about heading to a familiar restaurant and both my daughter and I were very much looking forward to dinner and some time to relax together after a busy day travelling. We were

When it comes to great kids sandals I really think Teva have really got things sewn up.  We shared with you last year just how much the kids and I loved this brand, but this year we are even more impressed with the style, comfort and durability Teva sandals have to offer. Firstly, Teva make childrens’ sandals that look great. We’ve had the turquoise and silver Tirra style sandal this year, and the girls just love them. They are really easy for them to put on and fit securely to

The kids will be back to school in a few weeks, and we’ve been topping up with some essential items before we start back in September.  Debenhams is a great department store offering a great range and quality in it’s back to school range.  One investment I needed to make this year was to buy my 5 year old daughter a new school coat as well as some new dresses and other school uniform uniform items. I like to make sure we get a school coat my daughter will actually

You might wonder why I talk about our favourite toys on the blog, but when I get an email asking if we’d like to review Peppa’s Family Home playset, I simply can’t say no.  If I know the girls are going to love it, before they’ve even seen it I will always say yes.  I would always add a toy or two to our collection over the summer to help with keeping the kids entertained and rewarding good behaviour. Both my daughters are big Peppa Pig fans.  We’ve been to

I’ll be bringing you a few posts talking about the brands we are loving for those important back to school purchases this year.  School shoes are probably at the top of everyones list for being an important investment for the new school year.  Today I’m talking about the Princess Elza shoes from start-rite that my daughter and I have been testing out. I used to love going to buy my new school shoes when I was a kid, and it’s no different for my daughter now that she has started

It’s no secret that this summer has been a complete washout and our My Little Pony Muck Boots have literally been a god send.  As soon as the school holidays started so did the rain. It just puts a dampener on things doesn’t it?  For a family, things just become more hard work. Going on days out doesn’t have quite the shine it should and festivals can turn into a complete mud bath.  Fortunately our My Little Pony wellies came to the rescue on more than one occasion. I want

Did you know that Sunday 6th August is National Sister Day? It’s a special day when sister’s all over the world can celebrate the special bond they share with each other.  To mark the occasion in our house we have been playing with a new sister. The BABY born Interactive Sister Doll has been making a big impression in our house since she arrived, getting to know the two sisters that already live here. The BABY born sister doll is the perfect friend to add to your child’s doll collection.  She’s

Some trips lend themselves so well to accessorising.  When we found out we were going to Disneyland Paris, I really felt the need to have some fun with the clothes and the bags we were taking with us.  If you’ve read about our trip to the 25th Anniversary already, you’ll know that my daughters didn’t know they were going to be visiting Disneyland Paris until the morning that they went.  That was one hell of a secret to keep I can tell you! For every trip, the girls have their

When thinking about where to take the kids to eat, I am a huge fan of buffet style restaurants with good quality food and a wide selection of dishes.  We were recently invited to Cosmo Restaurant in Nottingham to try out their 5 star approach to the all you can eat buffet, and it definitely sounded right up our street. We headed into Nottingham on St George’s Day and caught the city in full swing of the celebrations.  We headed up to the restaurant and had a great window seat from

Ever since I was a kid one of the most exciting parts about getting ready to go on holiday was being able to choose some new clothes to wear.  If you are planning on going abroad soon, now is definitely the time to start thinking about the holiday wardrobe, especially for the kids.  We’ve been really impressed with the Nutmeg range in Morrisons so far this year, and they also have a great range of summer holiday clothes in store now. We will be visiting Menorca very soon, and shortly

Shimmer and Shine is the latest cartoon to have captured my daughters imagination.  It’s a rather charming animated series that followers the story of twin sisters, Shimmer and Shine, who happen to be of the genie persuasion.  Throw sparkle and magic together and you have the perfect combination for it’s young audience. The girls were lucky enough to be the sent the Shimmer and Shine Dress Up Trunk to try out very recently.  They were very excited as they are two young ladies who like to dress up as their favourite

Birthdays aren’t complete unless you are having fun with family and friends.  It also helps if they feature pizza and prosecco.  I think the two go very well together and one of the best places to enjoy all of the above is in the relaxed atmosphere of a Pizza Express restaurant with the exciting new Spring menu. April always give rise to some special celebrations at Zena’s Suitcase, as I get to celebrate being one year older and my sister also celebrates her birthday around the same time too.  This year

Every now and again I hand over my blog and social media channels to my daughters who love to share with you what toys they’ve been enjoying recently.  One collectable toy they really love is Num Noms.  You must of heard of them if you have young girls.  They are these cute little foodie collectable toys that you can put together in all sorts of fun combinations. We were recently sent the Num Noms Series 3 Lunch Box Deluxe Pack, Donut Starter Pack and a Num Noms Mystery Pack.  This

Have you seen the new series on Netflix yet?  If you haven’t watched ’13 Reasons Why’ already, I would strongly recommend adding it to your list of must watch TV.  It will draw you in as you follow the lives of students at Liberty High in the days before and after Hannah Baker takes her own life.  You’re right, this show definitely isn’t for the faint hearted, but the messages about bullying, mental health and the struggles young people face to day are real.  If you are a parent, the

Las Iguanas invited us to their restaurant in Nottingham this week to check out the new menus, including what’s on offer for kids.  Las Iguanas is a South American restaurant & bar that I used to visit before having the girls.  I hadn’t really thought about it being a family friendly restaurant to take kids to eat in until our visit on Sunday. The sun was shining and everyone was in a good mood so we took the girls into town.  We did a bit of shopping and played in the

When your planning a holiday with friends or family, sometimes staying at an airport hotel is a sure fire way to get your trip off on the right foot.  You might have heard that I went to Iceland recently, and we were flying from London Gatwick Airport.  Our flight was at 7am in the morning, so staying at the Sofitel London Gatwick was an ideal way to start our holiday. I was able to drive to London Gatwick Airport from Nottingham at a leisurely pace the day before our trip,

We have had such a lovely year being one of the #PLAYMOBILPlayologist’s and it ended on a real high in this house.  My daughter received the Playmobil Country Pony Farm Set just in time for her 5th birthday and it made for a perfect present for her.  She loved the advent calendar she received at Christmas and the hospital set was a huge hit so we were pretty sure this was going to go down just as well.  If anyone asks us for present ideas for a 5 year old, we know we can

I’m sure if you have school aged children you will have heard that it was British Science Week between 10th and 19th March.  There were plenty of activities going off at my daughters school but we wanted some cool ways to bring it to life at home as well.  Wherever there is science, you can be sure that Project Mc2 are never far away and they have a great range of experiments for children to use at home.  We were lucky enough to be sent the Project Mc2 H2O Nail Science Kit

I must admit I like jewellery, but I’m also quite fussy about what I wear.  Finding where to buy jewellery for a Mother’s Gift can be a daunting process, but it’s so worth it as when you get it right, your Mum will really appreciate the effort you made. I like stylish eye catching jewellery with simple designs.  Perhaps you’ve noticed your Mum wear jewellery like this too?  The this review is going to help you buy the perfect Mother’s Day gift.  When Pia Jewellery got in touch and asked me

A few weeks ago, the girls and I were invited to the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham to find out what the Beanbag Music Club was all about.  It’s been on my list of local activities to try for a while now so this was just the push I needed to take the girls along. The Beanbag music club is a whole heap of musical fun for under 6’s and their families.  Each Beanbag music club is a fun music concert hosted by different local acts.  The Uke Box got the (kids)

For years when my son lived at home I was asking myself what to feed a fussy eater.  For the first few years of his life he was a vegetarian, but I soon realised I was struggling with what vegetarian meals to give him.  He was also a little bit partial to the occasional chicken strips meal from a certain fast food chain, so I felt OK about making some modifications to what he was eating. As he’s got older, it’s become clear that his early years eating habits have

On our recent trip to Amsterdam, we stayed at the Hampshire Hotel on Rembrandt Square.  It was a great location for our trip as it was easy to get to by tram from Central Station and had good access to the attractions we wanted to see.  In particular it was a few tram stops away from Artis Zoo and the Tropenmuseum.  There was also plenty of places to eat nearby, including a Wagamama’s opposite the hotel entrance and lots more options around Rembrandt Square.  This is always handy, especially when travelling

When our Puppy Surprise toy arrived I knew the girls would be so excited about welcoming Taffy and her new family into their toy collection.  Taffy arrived in a pet carrier type box which was a lovely touch.  One of her puppies was already on display but the big question was how many more did she have in her litter?  The girls guessed our Puppy Surprise had 5 puppies all together, but were they right? Taffy is a very bright and colourful pet dog to add to your toy collection.

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