Here’s How To Have A Fantastic Honeymoon

 

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It can be hard when you are deciding where to go for your honeymoon. You need to think about how you want to spend the first week or two of married life. It’s an exciting time as you can celebrate becoming Mr & Mrs, and finally, relax after months, if not years, of planning! Here’re the best ways to have a fantastic honeymoon that you and your new hubby will never forget.

 

Let them know you are honeymooners

 

If you tell the hotel that you are planning to go to that you are honeymooners; they are very likely to leave a nice surprise for you when you get there. When you book your hotel, make sure you tell the travel provider why you are going on holiday. They could potentially give you a discount. And when you get there, you may be pleasantly surprised to find out you have been upgraded rooms. Or they may just leave you some lovely fruit, chocolate or wine as a kind gesture!

 

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Relaxation

 

What you need to have the perfect honeymoon is to be able to relax and chill out after all the stress of wedding planning. Try and choose a beautiful location where you can do nothing but chill and relax for a week or so. The best way to do this is go for somewhere which has a beach and pool. Research online and chat to your travel agent about where the best beaches are that they offer. A lot of hotels now provide spa services which will mean you get to chill out with a massage or facial. They often do couple massages too so you can go in together.

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Alone time

 

You need to make sure that you have a perfect honeymoon where you and your new husband get to spend some quality time alone. You should consider whether you want to stay at a hotel or look at some self-catering options. Staying self-catering means that you have an idyllic honeymoon where nobody will disturb you at all. Also, if you have got married while abroad, you need to make sure you go off for a separate honeymoon just the two of you. You can’t have a romantic time with your parents there!

 

Enough to see

Although sitting on the beach is great for a while, you and your new husband may want to go and explore. Try and choose somewhere for your vacation which will allow you to relax, but go and look around the area too. For example, holidays to Cancun will mean you can enjoy the beach, but there also plenty to look at.

 

Something unique

To have the perfect honeymoon, you should consider going on a vacation which you haven’t been before. Whether this is to a new country or even going on a cruise, it’s the perfect time to splash the cash and try something new. Your honeymoon is likely to be one of the most expensive holidays you go on (before you have kids) and so you should make it unforgettable.

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Remember whatever you do, as long as you both are together, it will be fantastic!

 

 

 

Emirates Top Tips for Travelling with Kids this Half-Term

Are you thinking of travelling this half term? Or if not, I’m sure there is something planned for summer. Emirates is also making their in flight service more fun for little ones by launching 4 new animal toys. Each animal will help children learn more about it’s habitat. The first four to feature are – Lewis the Lion from Africa, Peek U the Panda from China, Enrico the Monkey from Latin America, and Leila the Camel from the Middle East.

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Here are the top tips from Emirates –

TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN THIS HALF-TERM

Emirates shares some of their top tips for families planning to travel with babies or young children this school holiday period:

When booking your flights:

  •  Look to time your flights with your child’s daily routine – if possible, try and time your flight times to suit with your baby/ child’s daily routine. For instance:
    • DON’T opt for a middle-of-the-night departure thinking your kids will sleep through. They invariably won’t and you’ll be doubly exhausted
    • DO try to plan a flight to fit in between meal times or naps as this can help reduce the chance of public tantrums
  • Choose your seats wisely – if you can, always book your baby a bassinette or choose bulkhead seats (these have no seat in front of them so that no one can recline into your space, enabling your children to have more room to play)
  • Select children’s meals – don’t forget to opt for children’s meals when booking your tickets.
    •  Emirates offers both baby and children (between the ages of 2 and 12 years) meal options. A selection of prepared baby meals are available on board as well as classic kids favourites

Before boarding:

  • Go sugar- free with your children’s travel snacks – sugar-free sweets are great for take-off and landing to help reduce the pressure on their ears plus also means that they will not grow increasingly hyperactive and disrupt other passengers
  •  Allow your children to bring their own carryon bag with a couple of toys –This makes your child feel more grown up and adds to the excitement of the complete travel experience
  •  Board the plane last – whilst many airlines offer families priority boarding, many parents in fact prefer to board last to minimise the amount of time their baby/small child spends on the plane. Many parents want their small child to burn up as much energy as possible in the airport/airport lounge so that when they are strapped in their bassinet or seat they are ready to sleep

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Whilst onboard

  •  Introduce your children to nearby passengers – When boarding your flight, introduce your children to surrounding passengers so that they are aware that you have young children and appreciate that you have everything in hand
  •  Inflight Entertainment – Allow your children to spend a lot of time enjoying the in-flight entertainment. By giving your children license to watch more television/ films than usual, it will seem like a treat and will give you time to relax and unwind too. For instance, the Emirates ICE entertainment system offers dedicated children’s channels including TV shows, movies, music and games plus we have special brightly coloured headsets for them too – just ask our cabin crew. Also if all the family listen to the same radio channels/play the same games on ICE it makes the flight more inclusive and engaging
  • Toys – No matter how old your child is, you should never underestimate the power of a new toy. A new distraction presented at the right moment can work wonders. Young flyers can make friends on their Emirates flight with our new ‘Fly With Me Animals’ – cuddly blanket buddies to snuggle up or that can attach to their seat belt. Infants and toddlers can also enjoy our Fly with Me Lonely Planet activity bags that are guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained from start to finish.
  •  Utilise the Cabin Crew – The Cabin Crew are on hand to make your flight as enjoyable as possible. They can help with warming bottles, keeping baby food refrigerated, offering kids activities, holding meals until a convenient time and maybe even sneaking a glass of wine to you after your child finally falls asleep.

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I think these are great tips for any travel with children as it is so easy for them to get bored while on board.

 

Our Family Holiday at Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages, Wales

We’ve visited Wales before but had never been to Cardigan. When a rather exciting email dropped into my inbox with the opportunity to review a short break in Croft Farm, I was thrilled but a bit worried about the long drive there from London.

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages is in Molygrove in Wales. It is about a four and  a half hour drive from London.

Set amongst stunning Welsh countryside, there are 10 self-catering cottages available and each have different capacities. The establishment is run by Andy and Sylvie, a lovely couple, who ensured that we had a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

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We were booked into Meadow Cottage, about 1 mile away from Croft Farm (where the other cottages and the farm and leisure centre are) but it is a beautiful cottage with stunning views from the living room and back garden.

The cottage is equipped with everything you need to make a family stay comfortable.

The accommodation was perfect for 5 of us, with 3 bedrooms, a living room, well-equipped kitchen a bathroom and a separate shower room. The cottage was in tip top condition.

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On arrival, there were Welsh cakes and Mead ready for us. I was quite happy to see that the bathrooms had handwash and shampoo and the kitchen contained washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, bin bags for food waste, recycling and general waste, scourers for the dishes, a few tea bags, coffee sachets and sugar sachets too. There was also a small jug of milk in the refrigerator. Perfect welcome.

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The highlight of the trip was the hot tub in the back garden – Pure bliss!! We used it everyday – but obviously!!

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There was a barbecue grill provided too so we enjoyed a lovely barbecue meal one evening.

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The cottage caters to families as was clearly visible by the booster seat and the board games in the cupboard. There were also plastic cups and plates and children’s cutlery. A travel cot and a high chair was also available (though we didn’t require them)

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I was pleased to notice that there were 2 fire blankets and extinguishers in the cottage as well as a first aid kit and a rechargeable torch.

Croft Farm in Cardigan is near many beaches and there are a few attractions around too so there are many places of interest to visit. The farm itself has a leisure centre which has a swimming pool, a play barn which has many games for different ages. And then of course, there is the farm itself where you can get involved in feeding the animals everyday at 9.30

There is also a playing field that has slides and swings and a place to run around.

What I liked about the place is that there seemed to be a great sense of community and as Sylvie said that a lot of families interact with each other and then head down to the beach together and it’s great for children to get to know and play with other children.

The kitchen contains contain everything you need to cook a family meal and then some – ingredients excluded of course. 🙂

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The part we enjoyed most was being able to get away from it all and spend four peaceful enjoying nature. There were sheep in the fields just beyond the garden and it was great to relax in the garden in the evenings (with a glass of Pimms or two) and wake up to the stunning views in the morning.

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The children played out all the time that we were in the cottage and didn’t once ask for their devices and gadgets which was the best part of the holiday. It was a holiday of family bonding and pure unadulterated fun.

We left with heavy hearts as we didn’t want the holiday to end. The children enjoyed the farm the most and you can read all about their day out here.

You can check out the rates and availability for Croft Farm on their website.

Disclaimer: We were provided with 4 night’s complimentary stay as an Approved Family Friendly Blogger. All ideas and opinions are my own and have in no way been influenced.

Britax partners with Good Egg Safety to launch ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ initiative

With the weather set to be a bit unsettled over Christmas and most people will be undertaking journeys to visit relatives, I thought this was very interesting information for keeping safe on the roads and wanted to share it with you. I am really pleased to have an Advansafix for my little one and I am safe in the knowledge that I am doing all I can for my children to be safe during our car journeys.

With the winter holidays firmly on the horizon, millions of families all over the UK are planning the big drive home for Christmas. With the prospect of celebrating with friends and family and dining out on festive feasts, it can be easy to forget the dangers that go hand-in-hand with travelling in winter conditions. No parent wants to take chances when it comes to their children’s safety, which is why leading mobility brand, Britax has teamed up with Good Egg Safety to provide parents with some useful winter travel tips to ensure the nation’s families reach their destinations safely this Christmas. 

The partnership follows the launch of Britax’s latest Group 1-2-3 car seat, ADVANSAFIX – the first multistage car seat using ISOFIX connectors that gives parents the option to keep their child in a five-point harness up to 25kg. This cleverly designed multi-stage car seat has been developed with busy families in mind, ensuring optimum safety for children aged from 9 months up to approximately 12 years (9kg – 36kg). ADVANSAFIX adapts and grows with the child, giving parents the freedom to choose one seat instead of two and the assurance that their little ones will travel safely year after year for up to 11 years.

Britax safety expert, Mark Bennett, said, “Christmas is an exciting time of year for families. Each year is another milestone for children and it’s a time to celebrate with loved ones. But amid all the excitement, it’s really important to consider some simple car safety checks to ensure you and your most precious cargo arrive safely. Making sure you have the right car seat installed for your child is the first step to providing that reassurance, so if you’re unsure if your little one has outgrown their seat, be sure to visit your local car seat retailer as they will be able to advise you on what’s right for your family.” 

Jan James, CEO at Good Egg Safety said: “We welcome this important initiative from Britax. Of course child car seat safety is a priority at any time of the year, however it is especially important in the winter when driving conditions can be much more hazardous and the chances of a collision increased due to poor visibility, glare from the winter sun, slippery roads and darker mornings and evenings. We are driving in conditions we are less used to, and often at a later time, for example after visiting family and friends, or returning from a Christmas trip. Good Egg Safety supports Britax in encouraging parents to double check their child’s car seat this Christmas.” 

To support Britax’s ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ initiative, Good Egg Safety has provided 12 simple tips  and checks for families to consider before setting off for the holidays:

1.       Check your child’s car seat is properly fitted before every journey – particularly if you’ve removed your seat or had others in the car next to the child seat

2.       Check your child’s harness is at the correct height and tension – always adjust the harness to your child when they go in the seat to accommodate their clothing

3.       Remove thick, puffy jackets or winter coats – these can prevent the harness from fitting your child properly, and your child may overheat once the car warms up. As a driver it is worth keeping a spare pair of suitable driving shoes in the car.  Footwear such as winter boots have thick soles that can catch on pedals

4.       Remove any non-soft toys or gifts your child may receive and store them in the boot until you get home – a toy will become a projectile in a collision and can injure occupants in the car. Put presents for friends and family in the boot of your car, rather than next to you or on the back seat

5.       Set the recline of your child’s car seat to semi-reclined rather than upright after trips out, so that they can fall asleep without you worrying about their positioning

6.       Don’t drink and drive!  If you are going to have a drink, avoid driving the next morning – you can easily still be over the limit the next day

7.       Always keep a breakdown kit in your boot.  This should include:

  • Warning Triangle
  • Tow Rope
  • Torch
  • Hi-Vis jacket/Waistcoat
  • Tyre Inflator
  • Blankets/Emergency foil blanket
  • Spare hats, scarves and gloves
  • Sunglasses for winter sun glare 
  • Umbrella

8.       If you are going on a long journey, also take/check the following:

  • A flask of hot water/tea/coffee
  • Fresh, bottled water
  •  Food/Chocolate
  •  Ensure your phone battery is fully charged

9.       Check the tyres and stock up on antifreeze and screen wash

10.   Take into account weather conditions for your journey and allow extra time and breaks

11.   Early evening failing light is particularly hazardous for spotting cyclists and pedestrians in dark clothes, so with the added distraction of travelling with children please take extra caution

12.   Don’t rush! It is tempting to rush home from work for the holidays, but take the extra time to drive safely and considerately

For more information on Britax’s latest combination seat ADVANSAFIX, visit http://www.britax.co.uk/car-seats/car-seats/advansafix

Disclaimer: I was under no obligation to post this information.