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Four Campsites in Italy: Comparison and Review

If you’re a campsite person, you’ll have had the conversation; the one where you chat with the people in the mobile home across the way about which campsites you’ve been to and which ones they’ve been to, and which ones were great and which ones were awful. Who you stayed with,

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Better than a Roman Holiday in Bloomfield House Hotel

We spent our first wedding anniversary wandering around Rome, eating pasta and drinking wine, and asking strangers to take our pictures in pre-selfie, pre-smart-phone days. We spent our second wedding anniversary sitting in Shanahan’s, eating steak and drinking wine, and praying we hadn’t forgotten to bring our voucher. Our third

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Family holiday in Italy: Review of Campsite Marina di Venezia

Sitting on the deck at half past midnight, I can hear Killing Me Softly wafting across the campsite, to the background sound of waves washing up on the sand. I’m finishing a glass of red wine and thinking about closing my book. The candle flickers in the darkness, and I

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An Orla Kiely bin no less!

I have a child who is not great with change. When our old car shuddered to a halt and died last year, and we replaced it with a shiny new one, she wrote a note that said “I hate the new car” and left it on the kitchen table. When

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Andrea Mara

Family Holiday in Italy: Review of campsite Norcenni Girasole

Two things we didn’t consider when we booked our holiday this year: 1. Italy can be very hot in July (subsequent raised eyebrows and “Italy in July? With small kids? Really?” comments did hammer this home) 2. Our campsite, Norcenni Girasole, is inland – way inland – sitting prettily in the hills

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I love povey – interview and review

A very nice thing about blogging is being offered products to review. The hard part is deciding whether to say yes or not, but when Claire Povey asked if I’d like to try one of her hand-made beach bags, one click through to her website was enough to convince me to

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A Doctor on Your Phone – Babylon Health App Review

Medicine and the internet – they haven’t always been the most comfortable of bedfellows. I can’t be the only one who has googled a mild headache and come away thinking I’m going to die within the hour? And I remember when my first baby was tiny, and breastfeeding was hit

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Andrea Mara

Three campsites in France: comparison and review

Recently, I asked my seven-year-old if she remembered Sequoia Parc, the campsite we stayed in, two years ago in France. “Of course I do – it had a dragon pirate ship thing beside the pool,” she said. “No,” I said, “That was Clarys Plage, last year.” She was sure I was wrong.

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YUU Backpack – Review and Giveaway

A package arrived. Excitement was high. One child almost fainted, such was her need to see what was in the big cardboard box. “Relax,” I said, “It’s probably something boring for dad, or for me.” Secretly hoping it was for me. I opened the box. Four heads peered in. “It’s

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Bubble Bum Booster Seat – Review and Giveaway

We are being very brave this summer; we’re getting on an actual airplane with all three kids. We’ve never tried it with three before, and we may never try again either, depending on how it goes. But in a bid to see something further away than a ferry journey allows, we’re

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Waste Not Want Not – Obeo Food Waste Box Review

Like everyone else, I’ve read the statistics – up to a third of food that we buy ends up in the bin. It’s not good – it’s a waste of money and it’s bad for the environment. Anything that helps to cut down on food waste has to be a

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Fisher Price Smart Stages Chair – Review

When a Fisher Price Smart Stages chair arrived in the post two weeks ago, I suddenly realised I needed a reason to give it to my toddler. New toys arrive at Christmas and on birthdays, but not so much during the rest of the year. Perhaps it’s my 1980s upbringing,

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Lisbon Calling

If you’re looking for a weekend break in a city with easy to follow street signs, smooth, well-kept pavements, graffiti-free buildings, a simple subway ticketing system, and taxi drivers that stay well within the speed limit, then I’d suggest that you give Lisbon a miss. But if you don’t mind

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Tayto Park and how it’s linked to Frozen (no really)

My six-year-old has been talking for months now about an idea she has – she’s planning to open a theme park when she grows up. It’ll be covered snow, there will be sledding, ice-covered slides, and reindeer carousels. You can stay overnight there – like glamping she says, only in

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Happy Glampers

It was the August bank holiday weekend, and I really wanted to be like those families who head away spontaneously for a night – we’ve never done that. The budget allowed for this to be a one-night-only event, so options were limited. We considered a self-catering house, but this seemed

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