Over the past few weeks, we’ve been keeping track of our spending and chatting with the team at Mumsnet & Avios to see how small changes to our spending could equate to amazing travel opportunities. If you’ve read my blog for a while you know we love to travel as a family. Like most people, we’re always looking for ways to save money and plan our next getaway. Now that Luisa is two the cost is going up so we’re having to be savvier when booking days out and trips away.     The Avios Travel Rewards Programme turns everyday spending…

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*We received complimentary entry to Tayto Park in exchange for this blog post. Recently we made the trip down south to Ashbourne, Co. Meath so we could visit Tayto Park a glorious fusion between zoo and theme park. There are over 100 different attractions and it really has something for the whole family. You can get to Tayto Park in just 90 minutes from Belfast so it’s definitely something to put on the summer bucket-list if you’re local to me!     For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to be from the island of Ireland Tayto is actually a…

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Over the last few years, I’ve heard amazing things about Bluestone, a luxury family friendly holiday resort in South Wales with an emphasis on outdoor fun. Bluestone is nestled in the rolling hills of Pembrokeshire, a stunning part of the world full of forests and beaches. I’ve heard Bluestone’s praises sung both by fellow bloggers and from several family friends who make the trip there each year. Back in November, we were offered the opportunity to plan a trip to Bluestone to review the resort and share our experience. To say I was happy is a major understatement, I couldn’t…

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You already know we love to travel, I firmly believe that it’s good for the soul and you shouldn’t let having kids hold you back. Show them the world instead of buying them all the stuff, at least that’s my motto. Luisa is one seriously well travelled toddler and we’ve learnt a lot on our various adventures. My packing is now pretty streamlined, Matt knows all the best airport car parking companies and we’ve got ‘go to’ activities and snacks for the flight.       I spoke to some other bloggers who’ve shared a little bit of their wisdom…

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Summer has got to be my favourite time of year. Everything is brighter, there seems to be an optimisim and sense of adventure in the air. Even if you’re not going abroad there are so many opportunities to make an ordinary day a bit more exciting. We love to picnic outside, take more trips to the park, host family BBQs, visit the beach, even go camping. The last thing you want, especially during the summer, are pesky bugs and viruses coming along and ruining the fun. Of course with young kids these things are par for the course but you…

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You all know by now I live for the thrill of jetting off to new shores. You’ll rarely find me without some kind of trip booked whether it’s a grand transatlantic adventure or a staycation. Organising a trip when you have kids to consider can be a bit of a headache though. You need to make sure the destination is going to be both safe and fun for them. It can be tempting to walk into a high street travel agent and grab one of their packages but that’s not really my style.     For me personally the holiday…

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A lot of families find that a holiday abroad is out of reach for many reasons. It can be expensive to fly with your kids and package holiday don’t often consider those of us who have 3 or more children. Some families have children with special needs and a trip abroad can present logistical challenges. As we are just a three travelling is pretty straight forward for us – Luisa isn’t two until mid May so we’re still getting bargain flights and she copes very well in busy airports. As a family we’ve been on a lot of trips already including…

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The great thing about holidaying with a baby is that you can take them basically anywhere and they couldn’t care less. As long as you’re meeting their needs you can be in Blackpool or Barcelona and they won’t take any notice. Of course you do need some extra gear to help baby cope with the heat but we’ve always had great experiences. I woudn’t say I’m an expert but Luisa has been on over 20 flights in two years so I think I know a thing or two.     These days we definetly have a toddler on our hands –…

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As most of you probably know we’re not long back from New York. We had a fantastic time and took lots of photos and video so there will be much more info our trip soon. Today I’m sharing something a bit different that we packed for our trip – suncream. That might sound a bit bonkers but I did my research and knew that the snowy east coast would require some sun protection. I was lucky to be working with Boots to trial and review their Soltan Once range. They kindly sent us a bit of a winter sun survival kit.…

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