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Childs Farm is a brand that has been catching my attention more and more recently.  All my kids have had sensitive skin at some point and I want to make sure that we use the best products we can for them. Childs Farm heard that we were going to be heading to Morocco very soon.  I may have mentioned that once or twice already.  They offered to send some travel toiletries over for the trip and I was super excited to be able to try out the new sun care

When it comes to the equipment you need when you have a baby, multifunctional is without a doubt the way forward.  Recently I was introduced to the Sleepyhead® Deluxe+ baby nest and it really does tick a lot of boxes for new parents.  Not only is it a fantastic environment for a baby to sleep in generally, but it’s also the perfect family travel companion. ENTER MORE COMPETITIONS HERE Here’s some reasons why I love the Sleepyhead® Deluxe+.  It’s suitable for a a baby from birth to 8 months old and it

Hello readers! How are you?  Welcome back to my ‘Win a Holiday’ feature!  I hope you have had a great week and you are looking forward to Christmas. I’ll be honest, December has been a bit of a rollercoaster for me and I’m really ready for a break with my family.  When I was feeling a little bit low last week, I wanted to do something to cheer myself up.  Nothing makes me happier than helping Zena’s Suitcase readers and the first ‘holiday giveaways‘ post was published. The holiday competitions

Who doesn’t want to win a holiday or some cool travel gear? If you sad yes, then you are absolutely in the right place.  I stumbled across a new travel website yesterday and they were giving away £18,000 worth of holidays during December.  Well, of course I entered and I thought Zena’s Suitcase might like to read about other great holiday competitions on the internet. If that’s something you would like to know about, it could well become a regular feature. All the holiday giveaways in this list will be

Today I’m really wanting to reach out to all the parents of Thomas the Tank Engine fans.  I know there are a lot of you!  I’ve got a really lovely surprise for you today which I think you will love.  Have you seen the  Thomas & Friends Big Loader Sodor Island Delivery Set yet?  If you haven’t I think you are in for a real treat then. Thomas will always have a special place in my heart as my son loved him growing up. When I saw this toy I

Super Wings is a fun, action packed TV show for young children and we are delighted to announce that we are going to be Super Wings Super Summer Mission ambassadors over the holidays.  We are going to be joining Jett, Dizzy and the rest of the crew on some fantastic new adventures and completing the #SuperSummerMissions along the way. We would absolutely love it if you and your children would join in with us too. If you haven’t watched Super Wings yet, you can catch episodes on Cartonito, Tiny Pop

Have you heard of Yelloh! Village before?  If you have been reading the blog for a while you might remember that we went on holiday to Yelloh! Village Les Grands Pins in France last year and we made such wonderful memories together as a family so I’m really excited about today’s announcement on Zena’s Suitcase blog. Yelloh! Village are the purveyors of the outdoor luxury hotel and have 81 sites across France, Spain and Portugal.  Their camp sites are renowned for great facilities and excellent services and we can certainly vouch

It’s that time of year when families all over the country will be packing their suitcases in the trunks of their cars and loading up the kids in search of summer fun either here in the UK or touring around Europe. No matter where you are heading, there’s something about knowing you are ready for the off and turning the key in the ignition that spells summer holiday fun isn’t there? Road trips are exciting both for kids and parents and are just packed full of positive and happy experiences. 

Hello readers!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I recently had the opportunity to introduce the girls to the Sylvanian Families collection, and I was really excited to see what they thought.  Sylvanian Families is a toy that’s been around since 1985, so it’s a brand I remember from my own childhood.  Sadly, I didn’t own my own set but I definitely wanted to!  Being able to review the Delicious Restaurant and the Maple Cat Family definitely ticked a box for me, as well as my daughters. When the

I am literally the worst parent for adding name labels to my kids school uniform.  I think the teachers probably despair of me and I’ve lost count of how many cardigans and pieces of PE kit we’ve lost over the years.  I begin the school year with good intentions, and the first day of term arrives and I’m frantically writing names on labels with whatever comes to hand, usually a biro! Well, it’s safe to say that with this approach to putting name tags on school uniform, the job never

You know,  I’ve been talking a lot recently about what we do with all those photos and videos we save on a phones and computers so it seems like a great time to introduce you to CanvasChamp, the online photo print service I’ve been testing out recently. When they reached out to me to see if I would like to receive a canvas print from their website, I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use.  I have a lovely picture of the girls together from our holiday in Devon and

If you haven’t taken the kids to a festival yet, but it’s on your summer bucket list, then let me introduce you to Timber Festival.  You might have seen that I talked about it in my top family friendly festivals in the Midlands guide, but I really don’t think I said enough.  This festival is all about enjoying the outdoors, and we all know how much kids love enjoy exploring and nature. Timber is an extraordinary, family friendly festival where music, art, theatre, storytelling, science and play will weave together

Seeing expectant parents or a newborn baby are both things that fill me with absolute joy.  Having a baby is such a special time for parents and the love you experience for a new baby is like nothing else you’ll ever experience.  It’s the beginning of a very special journey for your new family. I’m not sure that anything can really prepare you for having a new baby arrive in the house as it’s so difficult to comprehend how much change this tiny little person can bring with it.  Along

PizzaExpress is one of our favourite family friendly restaurants and when we heard that they had teamed up with the World Book Day campaign we couldn’t wait to pop down and find out what it was all about.  We also got to eat some amazing pizza, which helps a lot of course! As parents we have learnt to be creative about using our time with the kids to encourage them to read, draw, write and do activities.  We love story books and I always carry a pad and colouring pens

One of my favourite countries to visit with the family is Spain.  As well as the gorgeous beaches and warm weather I really love their food and attitude to family life.  They love fresh ingredients and good old fashioned home cooked meals.  I love how you will struggle to eat a processed diet in Spain and there is a distinct lack of fast food restaurants in the traditional towns and villages. I think it’s safe to say that this approach to food and family life is very similar across the

Hello lovely readers.  How are you today?  I really hope you are well.  It’s a really grey day here and my thoughts always turn to holidays when the weather is like this.  My mission this year is to have you feeling totally prepared for any trip you might want to take, whether it’s with the family, as a couple or maybe your first solo trip. Follow me on Instagram for our latest pics If we feel in control of the organising and packing, it’s one less barrier out of the

Now that Christmas is over my thoughts are quickly turning to getting ready for our next holiday.  When it comes to buying travel accessories, I really don’t think you can go far wrong than visit the GoTravel website.  They have a great range of travel products at really affordable prices.  We first came across GoTravel when we fell in love with their kids travel accessories.  Make sure you pop over and take a peek as they are really cute and are still a big hit with my kids now. These

I first came across Arty Apple on Twitter and as soon as I had a peek around Amy’s online shop I knew I had to work with her.  She hand makes personalised items for little one’s and their bedrooms or nurseries from taggie blankets to wall art and everything in between.   Browsing the Arty Apple website made me a touch broody as there are some beautiful handmade gifts and baby essentials available there. Amy very kindly offered me the chance to review some of her products and I went for

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

I often get asked for ideas for how to keep kids busy while travelling and to be honest there is no one simple answer.  It’s more of a strategic approach that requires careful planning and some well chosen toys and games.  A multi pronged attack is required generally in the business of keeping kids entertained, but even more so when they are going to be going on a road trip or flying abroad for a holiday.

The teenager and I have recently been introduced to a fantastic designer website called Get The Label.  This couldn’t have come at a better time with back to school being just around the corner.  My son had wanted some new clothes, but didn’t want the hassle of going shopping for them. That leaves me to sort out his wardrobe, and I often struggle to find mens clothing ideas that are smart enough for school, but casual enough to be on trend.  Get The Label  seems to have hit the mark with

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