A Yorkshire getaway at Brompton Lakes Luxury Lodges // Review

The lakeside lodges at Brompton Lakes

At the beginning of December I was invited by Holiday at Home to spend a weekend in North Yorkshire at Brompton Lakes, a collection of luxury self-catering eco-lodges two miles outside Richmond. As a busy mum of two I don’t get to spend a huge amount of time without the responsibility of parenthood so the prospect of two nights away with friends was very exciting. Read more

Budget family holiday options that won’t break the bank

Budget friendly family holidays

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Holidays can be pricey, even when it’s just you and your significant other. However, when you begin to factor the cost of taking the whole family away, it can seem prohibitively expensive. Happily, all is not lost when it comes to family breaks, as there are some tactics that you can use to get away when you have a family, without breaking the bank. Read on to find out what they are.

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A Lakeland retreat at Croft House with Sally’s Cottages

Bloggers ready for a night out at Croft House

At the start of October I spent the weekend in the Cumbria with eight other bloggers. We were invited to stay in Croft House near Loweswater by Sally’s Cottages. Croft House is just one of hundreds of self-catering cottages in the Lake District available to rent through Sally’s Cottages.  Read more

Saving money booking a family holiday

Saving money booking a family holiday

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Going on a family holiday is an ambition for many of us, but when you are on a tight budget, it can make things very challenging. Wherever you can, you will want to make things cheaper, and this starts in the planning stages. The internet has made it so much easier to snag a great deal, but many people are still overpaying when they don’t need to. So, here are just a few of the best ways that you can save some cash on your next family holiday. Read more

Fly drive or self drive // Which is best for European family holiday?

Just about to drive to France

If you are a regular reader of my blog, or follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that we’ve just come back from a two week holiday in France with my family. It was our first holiday overseas as a family of four and we decided to fly and hire a car. When Toby was 10 months old we took him abroad for the first time but then we chose to drive in our own car. But which is best for a European family holiday? Fly drive or self drive? I’m taking a look at the pros and cons of each below. Read more

Planning a family villa holiday in France

Family villa holiday in France

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This summer we are going on our first overseas family holiday since Toby was 10 months old. Usually my mum and dad go to France and Spain in their caravan every summer but this year my mum wanted to go somewhere with a private pool and when she asked if we’d like to join them I wasn’t about to say no! The choice of villas available in France is enormous but with the help of a website like Clickstay finding the perfect one for your holiday is easy. Read more

Half term in the Lake District // A week in pictures

Toby driving a tractor

Last week we spent four nights in the Lake District in a little cottage not far from Penrith. We only booked it about a month ago when I decided we needed a holiday having not been away since we went to Bluestone in March.

I’m sure none of you really want to read a blow by blow account of our week away but we took so many pictures that it seems a shame not to share some of them. So here it is, our week in pictures… Read more

Bluestone National Park Resort with a toddler and a preschooler // An in depth review

At the beginning of last month we were invited to stay at Bluestone National Park resort in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The last time we went on holiday was when we went to Center Parcs last May so we were well overdue a break away! So we loaded up the car, packed up the kids and set off on our mammoth drive to Wales.

This is going to be quite a long and in depth review of our stay so if you haven’t got the time to read it all now then you can watch this little video of our stay instead…

Getting there

The journey was relatively stress-free, even though it took us seven and a half hours to get there! We were coming from the north west, it takes about 15 minutes to get on the M6 at Preston from where we live and then we were off. We decided to stick to the motorways even though it would make our journey a bit longer, just because you never know when you might need to stop with two small children and we wanted the convenience of stopping at motorway services. Read more

Living Arrows 21/52 (2016)

Well, despite the pox we made it to Center Parcs and we had a brilliant week! We couldn’t do much the first day or so as Toby’s spots hadn’t completely crusted over but it didn’t really matter. We made sure we did plenty of activities in the rest of the week, and ate lots of delicious food too. I’ll be writing more about what we got up to in some other posts but safe to say we had a great time and I would definitely recommend Center Parcs to anyone looking for a family holiday.

This week’s Living Arrows photos are a couple from while we were away. Toby was a trooper throughout his week of chicken pox, he hardly complained at all, and he still slept really well which was a relief. It was a tiring week away for him though (and would have been even without recovering from illness) and we had a few meltdown moments but on the whole he just enjoyed the whole experience. It was fab to see him trying things he wouldn’t normally do and the big smiles on his face when he did them.

Smiles from Toby on holiday

Gabe spent quite a lot of his holiday napping and we did have disturbed nights from him too. He loved exploring the lodge though, his commando crawling is really getting him everywhere he wants to go now…and lots of places we don’t want him to go! He’s so determined, but still gets frustrated when he can’t do something he wants to. Just look at him though – I’m sure it won’t be long before he’s properly crawling and pulling himself up, and then nothing will be safe!

Crazy commando crawling Gabe

Living Arrows