Surprising My Son at Uni With a Home Cooked Meal From The Co-op 

Surprising My Son at Uni With a Home Cooked Meal From The Co-op 

Do you remember a while back that we were getting ready to send teen back to university for his second year?  Well, I’m …
Getting Students Cooking with the Family Meal 

Getting Students Cooking with the Family Meal 

Advertisement The summer is a such an important time for our family. With my son now at university, to have him home with us …
Things To Do With Teenagers – Tried & Tested!

Things To Do With Teenagers – Tried & Tested!

As a Mum with an older child I totally understand that finding things to do with teenagers can be a challenge.  When kids get …
How a Student Can Get Cheap Train Tickets with the Trainline App

How a Student Can Get Cheap Train Tickets with the Trainline App

This post was written in collaboration with the Trainline App My son has been at university for a year now, but we still aren’…
Our Top 5 Activities for Teenagers in Bristol and Cardiff

Our Top 5 Activities for Teenagers in Bristol and Cardiff

When it comes to keeping teenagers entertained, we know it can be a bit of a challenge. It’s inevitable, unfortunately, that they’ll …
Why Binge Watching 13 Reasons Why Makes Me Want To Be A Better Parent

Why Binge Watching 13 Reasons Why Makes Me Want To Be A Better Parent

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 …
An Open Letter To First Year University Students #StudentLife

An Open Letter To First Year University Students #StudentLife

Dear Students, This letter has been going around in my head for a while and I’ve finally decided it’s time to put …
Our Night At Marvel Universe LIVE! & Tour Review 

Our Night At Marvel Universe LIVE! & Tour Review 

My husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night of the UK tour of Marvel Universe LIVE! and what …
A Chatty Feet Gift For Teen

A Chatty Feet Gift For Teen

Teenagers are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for aren’t they?  Money seems to be the go to gift as soon as they hit 13.  …
My Weekly Photo – Teen Prom Special

My Weekly Photo – Teen Prom Special

Hello readers and welcome to a very special edition of My Weekly Photo.  This week’s post is dedicated to my teen and his …
Introducing #TeenTalk & How to Discuss Puberty

Introducing #TeenTalk & How to Discuss Puberty

One of the most awkward challenges that parents face is when to discuss puberty with their son or daughter.  When to have this conversation …
Things To Remember When Parenting Gets Tough

Things To Remember When Parenting Gets Tough

Personally, I believe that parenting is one of the toughest jobs you can ever do.  The responsibility of bringing a baby into the world …
Tostadora T Shirt Review

Tostadora T Shirt Review

Tostadora got in touch with us recently to see if we would be interested in reviewing on of their cool t-shirts.  Teen sprung to …
Stylish Gift Ideas For An 18 Year Old

Stylish Gift Ideas For An 18 Year Old

My 18 year old son has really started to develop a sense of personal style in the last few months.  Having a girlfriend is definitely …
Trespass Keeps Teen Warm This Winter

Trespass Keeps Teen Warm This Winter

Trespass have really come to my teen son’s rescue this winter.  He walks to school everyday and to work a couple of evenings …
10 Things You Need to Know About Travelling with Teens

10 Things You Need to Know About Travelling with Teens

Whether you choose to visit a theme park, take a traditional seaside holiday or visit a child friendly resort, family holidays can be great …
A Letter To Teen About His A Levels

A Letter To Teen About His A Levels

Dear Teen, Sometimes having a big age gap family is tough.  I know you are great with your sisters and help out loads around …
18th Birthday Family Memories

18th Birthday Family Memories

We had a very special birthday here at Zena’s Suitcase last month.  My eldest son turned 18 and you might have caught up with …
Happy 18th Birthday: A Letter To Teen

Happy 18th Birthday: A Letter To Teen

Well here it is, your 18th birthday is finally here.  You are officially an adult!  Where have all the years gone.  If it wasn’…
5 Alternative Ideas For An 18th Birthday Celebration

5 Alternative Ideas For An 18th Birthday Celebration

December is a big month for us.  Not only do we have Christmas, but it’s also teens birthday.  This year it’s a …
Back To School With Get The Label

Back To School With Get The Label

The teenager and I have recently been introduced to a fantastic designer website called Get The Label.  This couldn’t have come at a …
Getting Teenagers Ready For Back To School

Getting Teenagers Ready For Back To School

Getting Teenagers Ready For Back To School Well, the summer holidays are nearly over aren’t they folks?  Where did they go?  They seem …
First Steps, Difficult Behaviour & Exam Stress

First Steps, Difficult Behaviour & Exam Stress

One thing I find really hard about having children of such different ages, is writing about them on the blog all equally.  I guess …
Back To College Style

Back To College Style

Teen is enjoying his summer break so far.  Chilling out with his girlfriend, playing too much Counter Strike and being my blogging assistant.  OK, …
Connecting With My Teenage Son

Connecting With My Teenage Son

When my son first arrived into the world, I was overjoyed on so many levels.  I was so happy to have a boy, due …
Barclays LifeSkills: Diary Of A Parent Part 1

Barclays LifeSkills: Diary Of A Parent Part 1

My son isn’t far of leaving school, and as a parent I worry that he doesn’t appreciate how difficult getting into work …
Exam Stress Runs High!

Exam Stress Runs High!

The exam timetable started a week ago, and a long with it arrived high levels of exam stress.  It descends the entire house …
Letting Go – A Mother’s Journey

Letting Go – A Mother’s Journey

Every so often, a realisation hits me a bit like a stinky wet fish to the face, that it’s time to let go …
Happy 17th Birthday: A Letter To Teen

Happy 17th Birthday: A Letter To Teen

Wow, 17 years old already, now where on earth did that go?  You’ve arrived at that strange grey area between teenager land and adulthood …
Learning To Drive: Becoming A Young Driver

Learning To Drive: Becoming A Young Driver

The countdown is most definitely on. My son is going to be 17 in less than 3 weeks.  His provisional licence has arrived and his first …

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