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Agadir is Morocco’s 3rd largest city and is a popular holiday destination on the southern Atlantic coast.  There are a wide range of hotels to choose from here, and we stayed at El Pueblo Tamlelt (Caribbean Village) on our recent family holiday.  You may be wondering if Agadir, Morocco is safe for a holiday, and I would say generally speaking that it is.  However, there are some tips and tricks we learnt during our stay that will help you if you are planning to visit, especially if you are going

As the political landscape of the world changes, borders are moved or removed all together.  Sometimes a country’s name is changed completely and as these things happen the list of countries that have disappeared grows longer and longer. It seems crazy to me that a country can be completely lost in time yet it happens and it doesn’t always mean conflict and chaos.  Take Czechoslovakia for example.  This country split fairly amicably in 1993 to become the Czech Republic and Slovakia mainly for economic and cultural reasons. For those of you that

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

Getting the best Euro rate on the high street can make a huge difference to your holiday cash if you are travelling from the UK or any where outside of the European Union.  The Euro is widely used across Europe, being the official currency of 19 of the member states of the European Union.  If you are planning on visiting a few countries in Europe then the Euro exchange rate is most certainly going to be important to you, but how do you get the best euro rate and where

The Independence of the Seas is one of the UK’s favourite cruise ships, and since her multi-million pound refit she’s also managed to go up in her guests estimations.  This Royal Caribbean Freedom-Class cruise ship has spent the best part of the last 10 years sailing from Southampton during the summer months, showing UK cruisers the true meaning of what it is like to have fun at sea. If this is your first time on the Independence of the Seas cruise ship, or your first visit since the introduction of the  new

Are you going to be moving soon as you’ve recently been picked up a new job? Firstly, congratulations, that’s awesome news!  It’s sounds like there are exciting times ahead.  There’s a lot to sort out though, so lets see if we can’t help things run smoothly for you to make the most of this big life change. If you’re really lucky, then your new employer will pay for your move as well as help you get set up with a place to live, but unfortunately that’s rarely the case. Between hiring

The festive season will be with us before we know it so it seemed the perfect time to share my top tips for planning the best Christmas.  It can be one of the busiest times of year for lots of people, and if you already have a lot on with work and family life, planning Christmas can soon become very overwhelming. In the run up to Christmas I’ve been thinking a lot about how to fit everything in around work and family. No one wants Christmas to feel rushed and

Our house is a very busy house, and maintaining a sense of calm in it is one of my constant challenges.  I’m determined to get on top of this in time for Christmas.  One thing that seems to add to our house stress levels is the clutter and ambience.  Daddy is a bit of a stress head anyway, and trying to keep everything calm is a real challenge.  The girls can often disturb the calm in the house too by emptying a container of toys of the floor or just

Before I met my husband, he had a motorbike. He was very proud of his motorbike, and I always got a sense that his Honda Blackbird was the other lady in his life. The Blackbird did stay in our lives for awhile, but when we had children it seemed a little impractical for us to keep old of her. My husband still misses her now, and often talks about travelling Europe on his motorbike. It was the most reliable bike he ever owned. In fact, he only had to order

Welcome my blog post sharing all the NCL tips and tricks I learnt during my Mediterranean cruise on board the Norwegian Epic.  I was only away for 4 days but it was plenty of time to learn all the essential Norwegian Epic tips you will need for your cuise. There was so much to do on the NCL Epic Mediterranean cruise that it felt like I was away for weeks!  You would never do or see so many varied things on a land holiday as you will on a cruise.

When our car went into the garage for it’s MOT and service, it managed to get through pretty much OK.  When my husband picked the car up, his chat with the mechanic revealed that there are likely to be a few things come up next time round that are going to be quite costly.  We use a garage that we trust, and take their word when they make these recommendations.

You really can have a beautiful nursery for your baby, no matter how much space you have.  Baby might be lucky enough to have their own room, but these can vary in size so much.  The new arrival might be sharing their space with the office, but you can still create a lovely space to suit your baby and the computer.  If you put some time into designing your nursery, you can create a space that everyone will love no matter how much room you have.

Instagram is my favourite social media platform by far. Since starting Zena’s Suitcase 2 years ago I’ve discovered that I love taking photographs. I also love looking at other people’s photographs.  Instagram is the obvious social media platform for me to be on and I’ve become a little bit addicted to it.

Whether you choose to visit a theme park, take a traditional seaside holiday or visit a child friendly resort, family holidays can be great fun. However, as your children grow and develop into teenagers with their own ideas of what a holiday should be, you’ll be faced with a new set of challenges which require a whole new holiday strategy if you want to keep everyone happy.

Summer has come and gone and now it is time to decorate your home for the autumn/fall season! Filling it with appropriate decorations is a fun process, but it can be quite costly. However, you can save on your home decor by using  coupons for this and other special occasions.  There are also a number of ways that you can make your home look its best while remaining within your budget. Read on to learn more: Fall Decorations On A Budget Use Pumpkins Pumpkins are fun to use for fall themed

Having children can really change things in a relationship.  You can both find yourself asking how do we get that spark back into our marriage, how do we make things exciting again?  You can think that things aren’t going to change once you have kids, but for a lot of people they do and it can effect all aspects of married life, including what happens in the bedroom. As a Mother, I think I can safely say things really changed for me.  My body went through a lot giving birth

Today, I read a post by a blogger friend of mine that made me really sad.  I’ve met this lady in real life a few times and I know she is an amazing mother to her son.  To think she is writing about failing as a parent made my heart sink.  I know many of us do it, whether we write about it, talk to our friends or family about it or just dwell on it in our own thoughts.  We look for our failings more than we shout about our

Firstly readers, I must apologise that my Thinking Thin post is late this week. I like to share my weight loss update on a Thursday, but my schedule has been completely out of the window buy this and my house turning into a TV studio for the majority of my working days this week.  This has meant that eating well has slightly slipped in priority along with my blogging. And sometimes, life just happens, right?  But how do we not let it throw us of course with our weight loss?

When I visited the Mumpreneur and Female Association recently to talk to them about my life as a blogger I realised very quickly that there are a group of business women out there keen to work with us, but don’t have much of an idea of how to work with bloggers. Blogging was a new concept to me about 18 months ago, so I can completely empathise  with people who are starting up a new company and are keen to tap into this new way of exposing their business. There are two

I’ve always thought buying a house is a pretty daunting challenge.  There are so many things to consider and it’s such a large amount of money to spend, especially when you consider all the interest you’ll pay too. If you’re ready and willing to commit yourself to buying a house, you may want to check out something like ImSold Property to get your dream home sooner rather than later. Despite the sums of money involved we spend very little time looking at what we’re going to purchase in comparison to

Vlogging was something that I’d wanted to get into for a while, but while I had my hands full with Little Pudding at home full time, with her boisterous sister joining her 2 days in the week it seemed like the impossible task.  Then something happened that forced my hand.  I was absolutely blown away to be selected to work on the Barclays Lifeskills Diary Of A Parent campaign.  I honestly thought, they will never pick me, so when they did, I was absolutely delighted to be given this amazing

Since I’ve been back on the Mummy circuit, I’ve heard a lot on first time Mum’s talk about their fear of labour and giving birth.  It’s completely natural to feel this way as you’ve not been through it before.  I’d even say it’s pretty common to feel a little nervous even if you have had children, because until you get to hold your baby in your arms, you still worry about everything going OK. There’s lots of things you can do to prepare for labour, and reduce your fears and anxieties

I have just got back from my second #blogcampuk hosted by the fabulous Tots100 team and their partners, Frank PR and Cow & Gate.  120 bloggers swarmed to The Studio in Birmingham for an awesome hangout  and bucket loads of coffee.  Just as well as my blogging bestie, Kaz from Ickle Pickle was up at 3am to get to the venue on time!  Now that’s dedication for you. It was amazing to feel the energy of having so many creative folk hanging out in one place with an appetite for

I’m not going to try and convince any of you that I’m some kind of green fingered goddess, I have far to much respect for you all!  I do however like my garden to look nice and tidy, I enjoy spending time in it, especially when it’s looking presentable.  With a young family, we get a lot out of spending time outside when the better weather comes With Spring officially here, it’s time to start getting on top of a few jobs to make sure we get the most out

Being active on Twitter is essential if you want to make it in the world of social influence.  You’ve signed up, you’ve sent your first tweet, but how do you make twitter a successful part of your blogging strategy? Twitter is probably the most effective way to drive traffic to your well crafted posts and let your potential readers know you exist.  So where do you start, I’ll give you a clue there blogging friend, start at the very beginning. #1 Your Twitter Profile Help your audience out by making

I haven’t met a Mum yet who isn’t a little bit nervous about flying with a baby for the first time.  It’s completely understandable when you think about it.  There’s negotiating check-in, the airport lounge, take off and all whilst hoping your baby doesn’t become upset and you can tend to all their needs during the trip. I’m going to be honest though and say that travelling with a baby on a plane is a whole lot easier than flying with a toddler who doesn’t want to wear his belt

We’ve all done it.  Left buying that important person a gift because we’ve a) forgot b) have no idea what to buy them or c) been so busy time has just run away with you and before you know it, it’s Christmas in less than 2 weeks!  Eek! So to help you out, here’s my quick last minute gift guide to get you out of this present buying pickle you’ve found yourself in.  There’s a little something here for everyone, so I’m sure it will inspire you.

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