My 2018 Travel Bucketlist*

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2017, I’ve been looking back at our travels during the year and looking ahead and thinking about where our 2018 Travel Bucketlist might take us.

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Kitchen Update With Photos

Our kitchen was tiny and very out of date, so we designed a new one and knocked down a few walls along the way!

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How To Get The Most Out Of A Visit To Venice

The advantage of having a birthday in August means that I often get to spend my birthday on holiday. This year we were in Italy and I was determined to spend the day in Venice, as it was somewhere that I have always wanted to visit.

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A Fantastic Day Trip To The Beautiful Murano and Burano

During our visit to Italy we stayed on the Lido De Jesolo which was a perfect base for visiting Venice and its surrounding islands. Rather than book excursions through tour companies we decided to travel like the locals and used the public transport and visit Murano, Burano and Venice.

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A Blissful Weekend In The Cotswolds

I have wanted to visit the Cotswolds, with its pretty villages and gorgeous scenery, for ages so when Mark and I got the opportunity to have a child free weekend I knew exactly where I wanted to go! 

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Wicked Gifts For Teenagers*

As the kids get older I find it harder to come up with good gifts to buy them for Christmas and their birthdays.

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21 Boredom Busters For Teens and Tweens In Essex

I love the school holidays! I love the lazy mornings with no rushing about and I love the late nights watching movies together or sitting out under the stars reminiscing andI’ve put together a list of ways to keep the boredom at bay during the school holidays – I hope you find it useful.

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A Little Oasis Of Luxury In The Heart Of Chelmsford, Essex

Let me start by saying I’m no beauty blogger.  My 14 year old has better make up skills than I will ever have!

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Using Furniture For The Finishing Touches*

Adding furniture to a room can completely change the way it looks and feels. It’s important to get it right and think carefully about the pieces you are adding

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Where To Stay In Orlando – Villa vs Disney Hotel

There is an abundance of accommodation options in Orlando – villas, apartments, hotels that are off-site of the main theme parks and hotels that are on-site. We have stayed at an off-site hotel, a villa and at some of the Disney hotels. Our two favourite options are the Disney hotels and villas. 

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9 Amazing City Breaks

I think city breaks are great for getting a sample of the lifestyle and culture of a country and also for a quick recharge of the batteries during the year. 

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Bikes and Boats, A Day Out In Cambridge

I have wanted to visit Cambridge and see the university buildings for absolutely ages, but I knew that the kids wouldn’t be too excited about the prospect of spending a day looking at buildings so I had to come up with a way to make it more fun for them. Our answer? We hired bikes for the day!

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It’s Time To Stand Together And Make A Change

I don’t normally write posts like this as I don’t feel I’m educated enough on politics, religion and society, but today I can’t keep my mouth shut or the thoughts out of my head, so I’m writing it all down. 

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Visiting Kennedy Space Centre

In our opinion Kennedy Space Centre is a ‘must-do’ for anybody visiting Orlando. It doesn’t matter if you’re not that interested in space and the planets, just having the opportunity to see the launchpads and the space rockets is worth the entry ticket if you ask us!

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5 Reasons To Fall In Love With Disney’s Old Key West Resort

We had visited numerous Disney resorts on previous trips, to have meals at the restaurants, but we had never stayed onsite at Disney before and we weren’t too sure what to expect. From the moment the Magical Express dropped us off at Old Key West I knew we were going to love it! 

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A Day At Discovery Cove

Hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of the Orlando theme parks and attractions is Discovery Cove, an oasis of calm and relaxation. 

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