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5 Places in the UK to Experience with Your Kids Before They Grow Up May Contain Compensated Links  You’ve heard the saying over and over again about how kids grow up too fast. One minute it feels like they are small helpless babies, and before you know it they are driving, going off to college, or starting a family. Time goes by too quickly, that’s why it’s so important to get as many fun experiences in while they are little as you can! Small children see the world with so

6 Things to Keep Your Children Busy in a Small Garden is a Collaborative Post Children have a lot of energy. They like running around and playing with their friends often for hours without a break.  I have no idea where my two girls get all their energy from, but what I do know is that if they don’t burn it off they can get into mischief.  With summer just around the corner, I thought it would be helpful to talk about the things that can keep a child busy

This advertisement feature was written in collaboration with LEGO City When we received an invitation to the attend the LEGO City Hero Academy event at the London Transport Museum I knew that myself and the girls had to attend.  They both already love LEGO just as much as their older brother did when he was growing up, which I simply adore.  LEGO has made huge strides in appealing to girls and boys with a number of its collections, and it’s a toy that is going to be enjoyed in our house

If you are planning a holiday or vacation with kids, having some travel toys in your hand luggage, suitcase or travel bag is going to help things go a lot more smoothly.  Kids have a pretty short attention span for travelling so having the best travel toys to hand during your trip can really help keep boredom at bay.  Nobody wants a stressful journey, so whether it’s travel toys for toddlers or best travel toys for babies you are looking for, this list of toys, games and ideas will help you

We love the opportunity to pop into town, so when we were invited to review Red Dog Saloon restaurant in Nottingham I knew we couldn’t say no.  Finding good places for family dining is important to us, so we went along one Sunday with the girls to check out the restaurant. Red Dog Saloon is in a great location on Victoria Street where the Lace Market meets Hockley in Nottingham’s city centre.  It’s a stones throw from the Lace Market tram stop and there’s also a bus stop just down

Welcome back to the Zena’s Suitcase podcast!  I’m really excited to share episode 3 with you today.  We are going to Morocco for February half term and we are very excited as this is our first time visiting the country. It seemed like a great time to share with you how we get ready for a family trip.  In this episode I’m talking about how we plan our trip and get the kids involved in picking our activities.  We share a structure that works for us and helps prevent meltdowns

We’ve been travelling with 2 kids for a while now.  Indie is nearly 7 and Brook will be 5 in the summer and with a few holidays and road trips under our belt we have definitely worked out what makes our life easier.  I don’t think there is a family travel blogger out there that would say travelling with children is easy, but the rewards are so worth it.  We 3 Travel blog sums it up so well in her post about planning the best Mother and Daughter trips I

Have you booked your February half term holidays yet?  If the answer is no these ideas could be just what you are looking for.  February is a great time to take a family holiday as prices are generally low to reasonable and it’s always nice to have something to look forward to isn’t it! The cold weather can also be a huge factor for booking a holiday with kids.  My daughter has been asking when it’s going to be summer every day this week.  The frosty mornings seem to be

Festivals are the perfect way to celebrate summer as a family.  The UK’s best family friendly festivals are packed with activities, music, theatre and story telling.  They are the ultimate summer party and there are plenty of festivals out there that are completely kid friendly. Why visit a family friendly festival? Because they give you the opportunity to camp more on child friendly sites and you get to enjoy the freedom of being outside on those hazy days of summer with a packed program of activities that everyone will enjoy.

Teaching children about money is one of the most important life skills you can pass on to your kids.  I had a really poor example set to me about money, and in all honesty it took years to undo.  My parents were quick to use credit cards and didn’t save for things that they couldn’t afford.  As a result, debt was a normal part of life, and I didn’t fully understand the costs involved in borrowing money until much later in life. Teaching kids about money and setting a better

When my eldest was born I didn’t really think about kids savings at all.  I was quite young myself, and having just had a baby things like preparing for going to university seemed like a long way off.  I didn’t open a child savings account for him and I didn’t think to save regularly using any other method either. My approach was, I’ll get round to finding the best savings account for kids one day and it will all be OK.  Well that one day never happened and you would be

If you have children in primary school my guess is at some point you will have come into contact with head lice and lice eggs.  Because head lice are so common in children I thought it would be helpful to talk about how to get rid of head lice today.  In September I will have 2 girls in primary school and I know there will be regular messages home about reports of head lice and nits going round the class.  If you are one of those parents who regularly finds

Even though Indie and Brook are only 6 and 4 years old respectively we have managed to get through quite a bit of children’s luggage already.  The girls have grown so quickly and this has definitely changed the type of girls suitcases that they need. We’ve learnt a thing or two about not only what to pack in our suitcases but also buying the right kids suitcase depending on age and the type of trip we are taking. With all this family travel knowledge, we have been scouring the internet in

Did you know that you can now stay at Devon’s best family day out attraction, Crealy Resort and Adventure Park?  We were invited to stay in a safari tent at Crealy Meadows with our 2 kids aged 4 and 6 years old.  It could well be the best glamping in Devon for kids and here’s why. Glamping at Crealy Meadows is a great option for families looking for places to stay in Devon AND it’s literally right next door to Crealy’s Great Adventure Park which is perfect for little people’s legs. 

The Sands Hotel Resort & Spa near Newquay, Cornwall ticks a lot of boxes for families looking for a kid friendly resort for their holiday. Just imagine being sandwiched between rolling hills with open fields and stunning costal views for a start.  I bet you’re feeling relaxed just thinking about it aren’t you?  Well that’s exactly what you’ll get when you arrive at Sands Resort Hotel and Spa for your family holiday. The Sands Hotel Newquay has excellent facilities and prides itself on its family friendly service.  Both of these things,

As a parent, the one thing I’ve really noticed over the years is how competitive the world has become.  We hear year after year how it’s more difficult for children to achieve high grades in their GCSE’s or A Level results.  Getting to University is incredibly competitive and children have to work so hard to even be considered by the places they want to study at. Even if your child chooses to follow a less academic route, the competition for jobs is incredibly high out there.  They still need to

Buckland Abbey is just a few minutes drive from the Moorland Garden Hotel and very close to Yelverton, so it’s a perfect family day out if you are visiting Devon.  As you may remember from our review of the hotel, we had to postpone our visit to Buckland Abbey due to the rain.  After spending a day relaxing at the hotel, we were certainly ready to get started again and were very much looking forward to seeing which moor otter we were going to meet and learn more about Buckland

We have had a fantastic time this summer, making lots of memories and exploring new places.  Our first visit to Camp Bestival was certainly memorable.  I don’t think you have truly experienced a festival until you have been challenged by the mud and the rain with two small children in tow.  Otter spotting in Dartmoor was so much fun, and the wonderful hotels we stayed in and fine dining we enjoyed certainly lifted our spirits after camping.  Exploring Bath with my daughter was also a lovely experience that we both

Happy Birthday my beautiful little lady.  You had a very special 3rd birthday as we were on holiday at Yelloh! Village Les Grands Pins.  I wanted it to be special, even though we were away, so you had a princess breakfast with your sister, featuring party bags and fresh croissants, which are your favourite breakfast whether you are at home or in France. You were in charge for the whole day and picked all the activities that we did.  We played in the kids play areas and made a special birthday

When we are choosing a gift for a child, we try to give them so much more than just a present. We want to give them a gift that will help develop an interest or foster a passion that will continue through their lives.  Gifts that help children develop in a positive way are the best gifts of all, and developing a love of travel is something definitely worth having in life. I am passionate about passing on my love for travel to my children, and this year is all

Sponsored post in association with American Express® I believe that travel should be as much a part of our lives when we have a family as it was before we had children, and so I’m delighted to announce my latest partnership with American Express, who agree with me.  During this exciting collaboration, I will be looking at how you can share your love of travel with your children and explore how they see a holiday through their own eyes. When I think about what I want for my children, it is

We all dream don’t we?  Some of our dreams quickly become faded memories, but others seem to stay with us for longer for some reason.  I wonder if they leave this lasting impression as there is something they are trying to tell us.  I don’t mean in a psychic way, as I really don’t subscribe to fortune telling in that way.  I think that dreams are how we process events and aspects of our personality, and it’s a way of the brain making sense of what is going on around

As we get closer to spring, I’m starting to think about how to make the garden fun for kids to play in. I know some people like the idea of having a swimming pool in their garden and that’s fine if that’s something you want. You could even take a look at using someone like Willsha Pools to help you design it. But I think this summer the garden will really come into it’s own as both our girls enjoy being outside. I really want to make the garden a

I absolutely love that I am able to share so many trips to the theatre with my family.  I really appreciate being able to share with them different opportunities to enjoy entertainment in all it’s various guises. After we saw Going On A Bear Hunt, we had the opportunity to see a completely different kind of performance.  Bleu by East Midlands Children’s Theatre and Dance Network was showing at Nottingham Lakeside and it sounded perfect for my 3 year old daughter.

Orchard Toys recently got in touch with us to see if we would like to try out some of their range of games. We already have a few Orchard Toys games and puzzles, but I hadn’t realised that they are all made from 100% recycled materials and are manufactured in Britain. When I realised this I knew it was a brand I wanted to feature on Zena’s Suitcase.

City Atlas is a wonderful way to help your child explore different cities all over the world. It’s a lovely book to start developing an appetite for travelling and understanding different cultures.  We were recently sent a copy of the City Atlas by Georgia Cherry & Martin Haake, published by Wide Eyed Editions and here’s what we thought of it.

Halloween is fast approaching and I was just wondering how your preparations were going? Have you bought a pumpkin yet? Have you stocked up on sweets and are your decorations ready? One of the most fun parts of Halloween is dressing up and if you haven’t got the costumes sorted yet I have a great idea for helping you to design your own.

Witches Cauldrons are so closely associated with Halloween I just had to feature a children’s craft for how to make one on Zena’s Suitcase.  Here’s last year’s easy toddler witches cauldron if you want to take a peek.  This year it’s all about the paper plates, as they are the perfect shape for adapting into this spooky halloween cooking pot.

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