Me, the summer I turned 18

12 years ago today I stood with my high school boyfriend and opened my A-level results.  Outwardly pleased with the three C’s I had achieved, I was inwardly crushed that I had let this relationship take time away from my studies and that these grades didn’t match up to the almost straight A’s of my GCSEs.  It would be another year before I realised that the relationship was toxic and taking over my whole life, but that day I think I learnt a little about what it really meant to put yourself first.

12 years have passed and, while so much has changed in my life, I can’t help but feel that this ‘growing up’ thing we are all meant to did is a little bit of a sham.

I still haven’t quite worked out what I want to be when I’m a grown-up. For a while I thought Read More →

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S had her first holiday romance. They made each other loom bands and he gave her shiny stones from the beach, they shared food and stories of school, he told her she was his favoutie holiday friend, she promised to write.

Seeing her face looking at him as we said goodbye honestly broke my heart, with little concept of how far Essex is from York she was unaware that this boy would never be seen again, but she still looked so sadden to be parting even for now.

2 weeks on and his name is still spoken with affection. Read More →

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We have recently returned from a week in the South Lakes with some school friends.  Having had not visited the Lake District since a child, I was very excited to rediscover a place I had held so highly in my memories all these years.

Being Summertime the cost was always going to be a factor. This trip was in addition to our main summer holiday, plus we have already been to New York this year, so there wasn’t big bucks left in the budget for this holiday too.

After a little shopping around (at times my stinginess really does come into its own) I managed to find us a weeks accommodation for £79 per family.  I know! Oh, the only thing was, we had to sleep in a tent. Read More →

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hidden London hotspots that everyone should visit

The summer holidays, six blissful weeks with my darling children.  Now while I adore having all this time to spend them, and I really do love it, it just get so damn expensive trying to find things for us  to do.  You see I’m not very good at staying in and relaxing, I prefer adventures, so I’m always looking for fab ideas of what to do with my little little ladies.

Today I have a wonderful guest post for you all (and for me) on the best hidden London hotspots that everyone should visit. Read More →

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Camp Bestival 2014 In Photos

Camp Bestival 2014 was, quite simply, one of the best things we have ever experienced!

After an amazing time at Camp Bestival 2013 I was worried that this year may not live up to the memories of last summer. I needn’t have worried though, Camp Bestival 2014 surpassed any exceptions I had and then some!

I’m already counting down the days to Camp Bestival 2015!

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We have just returned from day 1 of Marsh Farm KidsFest 2014 and just wanted to let you know what a thoroughly great day we had!

Top 5 Highlights Of Marsh Farm KidsFest 2014

1. Once we were in everything was free!  Other than food, although you can take in your own, there really isn’t anything you need to pay for.

2. Seeing Mr Bloom – seriously he was so close I could have licked him!

3. Getting up on stage and having a Hawk land on my arm! Serious Mummy points right there

4. Taking my girls on the Bumper Cars for the very first time

5. Planting seeds with the National Trust Essex and ticking up number 41 on our #50Things list. Read More →

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Camp Bestival is over for another year *sob* and, while we are still basking in some of the BEST familiy memories we have ever made, its already time for the Camp Bestival 2015 early bird tickets go on sale and for Rob Da Bank and his team to start thinking about next year.

Rob da Bank says: “As I sit bleary eyed, sunburnt and extraordinarily tired so many great memories are flooding back about our seventh Camp Bestival and very probably our best show to date. Near perfect weather, a lovely friendly crowd and some insanely good performances from top to bottom. Basement Jaxx, James and De La Soul proved worthy headliners but I loved seeing Johnny Marr, Nick Mulvey, Kate Tempest and TEED make you all go wild on the grass. Thanks for making it so phenomenal and we hope you’ll be back by our castle by the sea in 2015!”

Camp Bestival 2014 – The Best Place On Earth

From dancing the night away and watching Mr Tumble wow the main stage to walking round the Dingley Del at night and teaching my daughters the wonders of chilling all day in a bar to the soundtrack of Balearic beats, Camp Bestival, for us, was perfection.

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We are being supporters of the National Trust and have been talking about visiting Ickworth House for months, all we were waiting for was a gorgeous day weather-wise to enjoying the beautiful grounds.

This summer holiday sunshine has been just what we needed. A picnic and a visit to a National trust property – could we BE more British?? Read More →

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On Thursday 7th August, Buglife are holding a workshop to recruit volunteer Bee Guardians to help survey the special bees found at Canvey Wick nature reserve.

Canvey Wick, Buglife’s first nature reserve owned by the Land Trust and jointly managed by the RSPB and Buglife, is a haven for invertebrates with more than 1400 different species living on the site. In the 1970s, Canvey Wick was transformed from coastal grazing marsh into an oil refinery; however, the site was decommissioned in 1973 without ever opening. Left largely untouched it has developed into a unique space rich with wildflower grasslands,  herb-rich sandy areas and wetland features. Read More →

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50% off car park season tickets at Essex Country Parks

Essex Country Parks are offering 50% off car park season tickets at Essex Country Parks this summer – meaning visiting Essex’s beautiful open spaces is even more affordable.

50% off car park season tickets at Essex Country Parks

Cllr John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “Essex’s Country Parks provide a wonderful setting for families and children to let their imagination run free. Our open spaces are a fantastic place to have an adventure, get active and, most of all, have fun. There are few better ways to spend the summer holidays than exploring our fantastic Country Parks. By making it more affordable to visit them I believe more families will be able to make the most of what we have to offer.”
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