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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

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.

‘Luxury’ and ‘family’ travel are not two things you often put together – in fact, it’s quite difficult to imagine how it would work! However, there are plenty of ways to enjoy luxury family travel from jetting off to exotic locations to staying in world-class accommodation. Image Credit: Unsplash under Creative Commons If you want to break away from the typical family-friendly resorts and enjoy something a little more upmarket for your family holiday, then you’ve come to the right place. The following tips can help you plan the perfect

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

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. 

This post has been rattling around in my head for a while now, and I was keen to get people’s thoughts on this particular topic too.  I was originally going to call this post ‘the joys of being pregnant at 21’, but I didn’t want you all to think I was encouraging 21 year olds to run out and have kids.  I decided that talking about ‘when is a good age to have a baby’ might be a better angle. I was actually 21 when I was pregnant with my

How close is Christmas now folks?  It is literally around the corner, so we thought we had better get some of our Christmas traditions ticked of the list before we ran out of time.  This year we added something new to the agenda, hoping that the girls would enjoy it. We had been invited to the National Ice Centre to check out their new family friendly skating arrangements, and when I told the girls they were going on the ice, they were so excited.  Indie told me she hadn’t done

With Christmas only around the corner, you might be on the hunt for fun and exciting things for the whole family to enjoy as we enter the festive period. With so many options on the run-up to the Christmas holiday, you might find it difficult to choose just one! To give you some inspiration to keep you and the kids busy this Christmas, here is just a short list to make sure you create some great Christmas memories this year. Visit the Christmas Markets Every year the UK embraces its

We made some lovely memories as a family on our recent weekend trip to London which you might have seen on the blog recently.  I thought it would be a good idea to round up our experience incase you were looking for some inspiration to plan a trip to London with your family. We travel regularly with our 3 and 5 year old daughters, and it definitely comes with some challenges.  They clash regularly and have a tendency to become over excitable, but we feel that they are learning something valuable about their

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

Moving to a new country with your family can be thrilling and fun, but also hectic and nerve wracking. So even though you loved those Homes For Sale In Davenport FL, you still might and the idea of moving a bit worrying. The transition is an important moment for all, especially with kids involved. Making sure that everybody is on the same page, and the move is explained thoroughly to all of the family members is fundamental for the process to go smoothly. You’ll want to make sure that people

We are a family who loves to travel, as you’ve probably guessed already.  It’s taken some practice to make getting around with 2, and sometimes 3 kids, stress free but we are starting to feel like we’ve nailed it from where to take the family on holiday to making packing for the kids as easy as possible.  Family road trips?  Well we’ve got those covered too, and this list of ultimate family travel hacks is going to help you out no matter what kind of holiday you are thinking of

Everybody we spoke to about Warwick Castle raved about what a great day out it was, so when we visited Royal Leamington Spa for the weekend, we knew we had to go.  We took the girls to Cardiff Castle last year and we were really impressed with how much they enjoyed it.  You might not think that a castle is the ideal place to take a 2 and a 4 year old for a day out, but they absolutely loved it.  What really sold me on the idea of wanting to visit more

When Daddy got back from America. I told him I was going to see my Dad.  It wasn’t something we had really spoke about before he left.  We were to busy dealing with his fear of flying, and to be honest this is very much about my story.  The next day, I dropped the kids off at nursery, and ferried Daddy to work as I would do normally but then I took a different route, to picturesque middle England to see my Dad.  Visiting your Dad shouldn’t be a thing

Something has been playing on my mind recently, and to be honest it’s not something I really talk about on here very much.  I think it was Christmas that made me think about it more than usual.  As a blogger I was reading lots of lovely posts about how Christmas is a lovely time for people to reminisce over their own childhood experiences.  That’s exactly how it should be right? I want my children to have some amazing memories of the magic of Christmas, but the truth is Christmas didn’t

Christmas is such a special time of year, and one that I start looking forward to as soon as the clocks go back if I’m honest. I love all the tinsel and sparkle that goes with the festive season and most of all I enjoy our family time together. This year, I’m looking forward to it even more as my eldest son is coming home from university to spend the holidays with us.  His little sisters are literally going to pop with excitement when they see him! He will have

I think that families rock, and that they have so many amazing talents that they are hiding in their homes that these need to be shared with the outside world.  Come on Mum’s and Dad’s lets not keep all that entertainment to ourselves, it’s time to shout about it and nPower, with the help of Peter Andre, do to!  It’s got to make the world a happier place, right? What’s Your Super Power? I bet you’ve got a whole host of things up your sleeve that you could share with

Hasn’t it been a funny old summer.  The weather seems to have a complete mind of it’s own leaving us confused about what to wear and how to spend our free time.  The sunny days are even more precious than normal as you don’t know when the heavens are going to open again.  Despite the unpredictable weather, I really hope you are all making the most of the holiday season and enjoying many family memories together. There have been lots of new products come my way this summer, and I

Well my Little Pudding,  I cannot believe that you have become a two year old today.  Where has the time gone?  It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago that you made that speedy and slightly scary arrival into our world and made our family complete.  But things have changed so much.  You’ve gone from that tiny squidgy bundle of a baby to quite a hefty  toddler with a spirit to match.

On bank holiday Monday we bundled the car full of kids and headed to Geronimo Festival at Harewood House near Leeds.  I had been asked to be an ambassador for the festival a few months back and was so excited about going and taking the family.  I’ve shared on my blog some of the exciting things that were going to be happening at the event, that had been hailed as the UK’s Biggest Children’s Festival.  With such great aspirations, I was expecting great things from our day out and looking

I have literally been looking forward to going back to Larmer Tree Festival since our first visit last year.  As a family it was our first experience of camping with children and going to a family friendly festival and it really was a lot of fun.  We were blown away by the quality of the festival camping and all the activities on offer and this year promises to be even more exciting for families.  If you haven’t been yet, here’s some reasons to check it out this year.

Highfields Park in Nottingham is one of our very favourite places to go, and my daughter and I visited after going to the theatre on Sunday to see The Elves And The Shoemaker at Lakeside Arts.  Princess had the scooter and I had the camera and we enjoyed getting some fresh air together.  It was so nice to get out and about after being stuck indoors with tonsillitis the week before.

We were just about to leave the house to start our trip to the Hotel Stella & Spa in Pineda De Mar when Daddy starts offering some last minute holiday assistance. Throwing in questions like, have you got the passports and did you pack the toothbrushes as we are leaving the house is bound to be met with a frosty response from me. Fancy not having faith in my holiday planning lists! This holiday to Costa Brava had been planned like a military operation, all in an effort to reduce

Picardy is a relatively undiscovered region in northern France and somewhere that I’m really interested in visiting.  After our recent holiday to Spain I have very much caught the travel bug again. I have been looking into places to visit close to the UK.  I’ve discovered the beautiful and historic region of Picardy, known in French as Picardie.  I have been finding out why this little explored French provence is a great family friendly destination.

Great Yarmouth has plenty of things to do all year round with a great programme of events including theatre shows and racing.  This is such an important factor when deciding where to take the family on holiday.  If you’re anything like us, we like having lots of things to do, interesting places to visit and plenty to see when we are taking a family break.  I visited Great Yarmouth every year when I was a child, so it’s a place I can’t wait to share with my family now I

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