October half term in South Devon

With glorious autumn colours against the dramatic coastline and crisp brisk autumn weather, October half term is a fantastic time to visit stunning South Devon on a family break.

Dawlish on the South Devon coastAnd there are some great local events to entertain kids along with the usual attractions – from foodie delights to spooky celebrations. Here are a few of the best to try this October half term in South Devon. Continue reading

Countdown to Antigua

I do wonder sometimes how much Minnie will remember of all the trips we’ve been taking – but there’s certainly plenty to choose from in her three years of memories.

Because we’re off on her 13th overseas trip soon… and her third to the Caribbean. It took me more than three decades to achieve that!

antigua- elite-verandah-resort-beachI’m joining two other bloggers, Susanna from A Modern Mother and Jen from Jenography, making up the Elite Island Family Blogathon. Three families, two islands, over one month. And I’m taking the first of the three trips, heading to Antigua!
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The September round-up

It feels like the end of the summer passed in a bit of a whirl – between my trip to the Isles of Scilly and working on a huge project with Princess Cruises, I’ve been planning for Florida and Antigua (very soon now!).

So I’m a bit behind on some of my book reviewing (and post writing – also thanks to an apparently endless string of technical errors, sorry about those!) but have treated myself to a bit more time this month to (a) go shopping and (b) restock the suitcase.

woman's feet on a vintage or retro suitcase - tips on what to pack for both adults and children.Here’s what I’ve I bought, reviewed and considered as contenders for my packing list in September – fashion, books and travel essentials. Continue reading

Book review: Spot A Lot – Vehicles

Planes, trains, automobiles, buses, boats, even a tractor… We haven’t quite managed to test out every form of transport featured in Spot A Lot: Vehicles, but we’re not far off. Submarines and hot air balloons might have to wait, admittedly.

We were sent the book and jigsaw kit to review and I’m seriously thinking of adding it to our plane entertainment essentials.

Spot A Lot VehiclesThe simple plot might be superficially simple – delivery truck breaks down, parcel urgently has to get delivered, diggers and fire engines are among the vehicles to help it on its way – but it turned out to have a lot more for young readers. Not least the suggestion that there’s nothing like a bit of initiative and determination.

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Manatees at South Florida museum, Bradenton

I’m not sure how old I was when I first came across manatees. At least my twenties, I’m sure. After all, it’s not as if you find them everywhere in the UK (cat, dog, cow, sheep, manatee. Er).

But thanks to the faintly surreal Sarah & Duck on Cbeebies, one of my daughter’s favourite shows, she’s known about and been fascinated by ‘sea cows’ for ages. Who says kids’ TV isn’t educational.

Snooty the manatee at South Florida Museum, Bradenton on Florida's Gulf CoastSo I’d guessed one of the highlights of our trip to Florida’s Gulf coast would be seeing manatees at South Florida museum in Bradenton city. Not any old manatees either, this was a chance to meet Snooty – the oldest manatee living in captivity. Continue reading