Parkdean Newquay Holiday Park: A review of our family holiday

We have returned from a triumphant family holiday in a caravan at Parkdean Newquay. It’s a success as it took some persuading to get Hubs to consider a holiday in a caravan. I have fond memories of staying in them as a child on family holidays to Devon. My husband never has. When you live in Northern Ireland, holidays usually involve a flight. If you’re going to get on a plane you may as well carry on going and head…

The best backpacks for mums

Backpacks are back in fashion. There’s a bunch out there which is great news for mums. I have been in search for the perfect handbag for more than twenty years and I’m sure it doesn’t exist. A decent backpack or dayback comes close to it though. Not only are backpacks better for posture they have a lot of pockets. You can fit a lot in them. Many are also waterproof so you can guarantee things stay dry – from nappies…

Privacy update: GDPR and how we handle your information

If you have an email address you’ve might have had some emails about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is a new piece of legislation which takes effect on 25 May. It helps residents in EU countries protect and manage the data they give to companies. It means organisations must make it clear what they use your information for. You need to provide your information knowingly. You can also ask to see the information they hold and ask them to…

A lovely day out in Cardiff Bay

The past week has been the perfect weather for exploring. We spent the bank holiday exploring Cardiff Bay among other things. Although Small Boy is only two, we’ve only been to Cardiff Bay a few times. This recent trip was an excuse to visit Wetherspoons which Small Boy loves. He’s not doing well with eating formal meals since he had chicken pox. If we do find somewhere he eats happily, I have no issue in making a day out of…

Why I loved the 90s

I think the 90s were great for women. I might have rose tinted glasses of course. As an older mum I look back at my glory days and it’s easy to think those days of unfettered responsibility were the best of times. The nineties were the golden days of my late teens and early twenties, living and loving life at university and then the early days of a career in recruitment. I can even say I bought my first house…

The childcare offer in Wales – 15 hours free childcare for 3 year olds

I’ve been talking to a lot of mums across in my area recently about free childcare provision, and specifically free provision for three year olds. While Welsh Government has announced up to 30 hours free early years education for pre-schoolers it is still in the pilot phase and there’s very little information out there on when it will be rolled out everywhere.  Of course like most parents, that doesn’t help when you have to apply for nursery places so far…

Proud to be a quitter

I’m proud to be a quitter. There, I said it. It can be a tough thing to admit, both the quitting bit and being proud of it, but it’s true. I give up quickly. I am a great starter, but not a great finisher. There are several reasons for this. Firstly,  I have an inflated sense of what I can achieve which means. This isn’t because of a huge ego, quite the opposite. No matter how busy my life is I…

Planning our family holiday to Cornwall

It’s been a little quiet here from me as among other things I’ve been planning our family holiday to Cornwall. This is our second family holiday since having Small Boy, the first being Center Parcs last year which he was a little too young to enjoy. He’s now two and I’m looking forward to showing him Cornwall and having some fun outdoors. As we’re not moving house due to stress and money and a lack of houses we like, we’ve…

Surviving the negative comments

As a blogger I spend a lot of time online. It also features a lot in my “day job”. As a result I see the highs and lows – the most helpful, lovely, supportive bits of online personas, and some utterly horrible ones too. I’ve never really understood the compelling need to make a negative personal comment or judgement on someone else’s work, their views or how they live their life. Generally speaking, I don’t have the energy to. I…