Reviewed: Ultrasun Sun protection range

Writing about sun protection while wearing thermals seems a bit counterintuitive – but just two weeks ago, the sun in Lanzarote was strong enough to burn.

So whether winter sun or a ski trip is on your horizon (or you’re being highly organised and thinking ahead to summer), I’ve discovered my new favourite sun protection range.


I hadn’t come across Ultrasun before I was sent the products for review on our last holiday but with three different bottles from the collection packed in the suitcase, both Minnie and I are converts. Continue reading

Swim Fin: Packing a shark in my suitcase

Minnie loves swimming pools. Splashing around, filling buckets or mini watering cans, squirting me with a variety of toys (from turtles and octopi to pelicans and ducks, plus one dinosaur).

Actual swimming? Well, that varies. After a successful start, it’s been mixed. We’ve had fantastic sessions where she’s floated, glided and paddled like she’s part otter.


I’ve also come out of swimming lessons with both of us in tears as she flatly refuses to do anything apart from go back and forwards to the collection of toys until she has the perfect one. So this holiday, I was determined to get the fun back. Continue reading

The recipe for the perfect family holiday

When I was pregnant, I dreamed of travelling with my baby. Then, when I realised that really was possible, I dreamed of the places we would go together.

Now, although I still fantasise about seeing Burma, Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, my dreams have changed again. Because now Minnie’s older and more involved in our travels, the dream trip isn’t all about me.

hippo-toy-child-pool-holidaySo when I was asked to describe my perfect family holiday by Mark Warner Holidays, who are looking for their new crop of blogging ambassadors for 2015, I struggled at first. Because it’s not a single place, it’s the experience. Continue reading

5 great attractions for kids in Miami

Miami isn’t an obvious destination for a family holiday – more bling, bars and beautiful bodies on South Beach.

kids-beach-sand-sea-miamiBut there’s actually far more than you’d think for children, including these five attractions.

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Where to eat in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

One of the things I love about visiting Lanzarote is the incredible fish and seafood, plus masses of tapas. How I don’t waddle back onto the plane is a mystery.

So I’ve picked a few of my favourite restaurants in and around Playa Blanca. And while normally I’d focus on the ones which are great with kids, this being Spain means everywhere is family-friendly.


High chairs are standard, some have kids’ menus but all are happy to adapt adult dishes to toddler appetites or even create something special. Continue reading