summer fun

5 tips for surviving the school summer holidays

So the kids are breaking up (or have broken up) from school and now the loooong summer stretches ahead.  My two seem to have been off for weeks already (both have done exams and have been on study leave since May – happily they both have part time jobs which at least keep them occupied some of the time).  So whether you’re embracing this time with your children, or dreading it, you’ll still have between a month and six weeks of time to fill and there’s nothing worse than bored kids. So how can you keep the kids entertained?  Here are my top 5 tips for surviving the school summer holidays:

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Samsung Galaxy Fame

Three’s ‘Feel at Home’ and the Samsung Galaxy Fame

So recently I talked about my quest for cheaper mobile data when travelling, and my discovery that Three’s ‘Feel at Home’ service allows you to use your Pay As You Go credit while travelling abroad (basically you just convert your credit into an add-on, then you can use your allowance of minutes, texts and data up to a limit of something like 25Gb.

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ClearLift at Disappear Ltd

A facelift in a lunchtime with ClearLift

At the end of May, I undertook a little facial maintenance with my lovely laser therapist, Melissa at Disappear Ltd in Milton Keynes.  Melissa is removing my hideous tattoo, and I’ve become a bit obsessed with all the other little bits and bobs she does there for skin rejuvenation.  I started with a session of Meso Vytal micro needling. One month on, and with two very sunny weeks in Florida and the Caribbean in between, I’m still pretty pleased with the results.  I found the Meso Vytal very good for evening out my skin tone (I have quite a lot of Melasma – skin pigmentation, especially across my forehead), and with daily application of a good quality sunblock, I was feeling good about my skin.  Good enough, I told her, to go without foundation ALL THE TIME – unheard of for me.

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SushiSamba, Miami Beach

One of my favourite places in Miami is Lincoln Road.  It’s a huge, pedestrianised area stuffed with shops, restaurants, cafés, and on certain days there are market stalls and food stalls too.  After working up an appetite on our cycling tour of Miami Beach, we headed to SushiSamba and flumped down in the shade of their gorgeous orange brollies to do a bit of nibbling and people watching.

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Pizza in Rome

Food for thought in Italy

For food lovers, Italy is without a doubt one of the best places in the world for dining out. While the usual classics like pizza, pasta and ‘mamma’s tasty meatballs’ are indeed delicious, the culinary scene is vast and varied throughout the country. Italy boasts some incredible quality and a diverse range of flavours as each region has, over time, cultivated its own unique cuisine. In order to source the very best in Italian fare on a dreamy Tuscan city break or a fabulous Roman holiday, consider a few things to tantalise your taste buds.

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M&S Summer of Flavour

Marks and Spencer new store opening and Summer of Flavour

We’re so lucky where we live to have an amazing choice of food shops – I shop all over the place: our lovely local farm shop, several different supermarkets and sometimes at a local, but quite small M&S Simply Food.  We love M&S food and wine, and we often pop in, especially if I’m going to be away, to stock the boys up on their pizzas, which are amazing, and their meatball pasta sauce, amongst other things.  Plus, of course, I need to keep myself stocked up with Penny Pigs.  My fave.

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Six tips for moving from the US to England

Are you considering relocating from America to England?

It takes a lot of courage to move from one country to another, but the experience doesn’t have to be negative. This guide will show you how to move across the pond without losing your mind.  These strategies show you how to save money, time and effort, so you can transition from one home to the next with minimal stress.

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The best casino restaurants on the Las Vegas strip.

Las Vegas is all about excess.  People come from all over the world to have their stag and hen nights there, and with the rise of sites like many more now come to Vegas to holiday with friends.  Many choose Las Vegas because it has everything you could want in terms of fun.  Bars, clubs, casinos and restaurants are everywhere you look, and there is something to suit everyone’s budget.

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Probate guide to choosing executors

It isn’t something most of us like thinking about, but making sure your affairs are in order for when you’re no longer there can make it easier on your family when that day arrives. Probate is the process where someone, an Executor, applies for the right to deal with your estate when you are deceased. One of the important decisions to make for when that time comes, no matter what your circumstances are, is who you would like to be that person.

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Frette oasis of calm

Beautiful bedrooms: Frette

It’s only when I’m travelling that I realise how much I love a really beautiful bedroom.  I read somewhere that it’s important to keep your bedroom uncluttered and orderly (and free from work stuff and screens!) to make it an oasis of calm.  I’m naturally really messy,  but I do try and force myself to tidy up.  There’s something really lovely about going upstairs to bed and being greeted by a beautiful space in which to relax.

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WWI celebrations in France (Verdun)

Universal capital of The First World War, Verdun was the hotspot of the greatest battle the 20th century has ever seen. Destroyed villages, combat sites, museums, memorials and re-enactments bear testimony to the scale and the destructiveness of the war, as well as of the valour and bravery of the city’s defenders.

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