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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Staycations - Making the most of the UK

The Tower of London

Ok, I won’t lie. When I think of a holiday my first thoughts run to golden sands, hot sun, sipping cocktails by a pool, swimming in the sea and not in the UK.
The pandemic last year meant that our holidays and short breaks abroad had to be cancelled so we looked a little closer to home and I have to say we have been majorly overlooking the UK for a short break or family holiday.

Some places are definitely more suited for a city break, others for a week away with the family and there are some great solo adventures to be had too. This year we have said we will actively look at booking some UK breaks if and when our government allow.

City breaks
Perfect if you just want to get away for a few days and fancy doing some exploring. There are so many cities that have lots to offer from architecture to amazing landmarks. Why not visit London to see the
Queens residence or Big Ben. Oxford and Cambridge have some beautiful buildings to admire and Bath is a historians dream.

Beach Getaways
You don’t have to travel abroad to relax on a beach, the UK has some absolutely stunning beaches. If you are looking for a longer stay then why not pack your bucket and spade and head to the coast. From the idyllic beaches and backdrops of Cornwall and Devon to the more old fashioned seaside towns like Margate and Camber, there is something for everyone at the beach!

A Plane Journey
If for you a holiday just isn’t a holiday without a plane journey then that’s still an option. Whether it’s to Scotland or Northern Ireland for a short break or something a little longer, why not grab a cheap flight and fly there.  This way you still get to experience the airport and flying experience whilst still exploring the UK.

Accommodation Options
The number of accommodation options has greatly approved over the last few years making finding the most suitable option for you much easier and more affordable. Over the years we have used a number of different websites to book either a package or accommodation only holiday or break staying in accommodation varying from boutique hotels, home away from homes, static caravans and b&bs. Before deciding on and booking something make sure that you have explored all options and picked accommodation best suited to your budget and your needs.

Brighton Beach

Below is a list of places that we have visited for either family holidays or short breaks that I would definitely recommend and may give you an idea to kick start your planning.

The Lake District
The Norfolk Broads
Camber Sands
Great Yarmouth
The Isle of Sheppey
Walton on the Naze
The New Forest
The Isle of Wight
Stratford upon Avon
The South Downs
and my hometown London

The Norfolk Broads

Check out some of these places for accommodation(we have personally booked through all of these)
Parkdean Resorts
Premier Inn
Holiday Pirates
De Vere Hotels
Hilton Hotels

Where are some of your favourite places to stay in the UK for a short break? Does your family have form places that you like to visit regularly for a family holiday? I’d love to know where you recommend we visit.

Emma xoxo

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Meal Plan - 25/01/21

Week 4 of home learning and I’ve let the kids help with deciding what will be on this weeks menu.


Garlic chilli prawns and noodles


Homemade pizza and garlic bread


Lamb biriyani


Mushroom and sausage pasta 


Cajun spiced chicken thigh burgers and chips




Jerk pork, rice and peas, plantain and salad.

Emma xoxo

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Our 2021 Bucket List

If you had told me in December when I was thinking about our bucket list for 2020 how the year would go I would have laughed so hard. I mean who could have even guessed half of the disasters that 2020 would throw up; a bushfire, floods, swarms of locusts, coronavirus, BLM all that and we hadn’t even been met by summer yet.

So many of my personal and our family goals were negatively impacted by coronavirus in particular but we still managed to make some fantastic memories, see beautiful new places and do lots of things in spite of that so I’m not going to let the uncertainty of 2021 prevent me from setting goals and creating our annual bucket list. I’ll just do it with all of the crazy in mind.

One of the big things 2020 taught us was about loving the space we live in. As a family that like an adventure we don’t spend too much time at home usually but last year forced us to spend lots of time in our home and we realised that the space we had and how we were using it didn’t really work for us so quite a few of the things on our bucket list this year will reflect that. We want to make the space we live in more suited to us and practical. Also, whilst we know that travel isn’t a definite this year we would still like to at least explore some of the beautiful places that the UK has to offer.

2021 Bucket List

Redecorate our bedroom (replacing bed and wardrobe)

Replace dining table

New sofa

Visit 2 new places

Eat out less

Save more money

Try more new recipes

Go to the theatre(at least once)

Picnic on the beach

Spa break

Visit Cadbury world

Grow tomatoes and strawberries from seed

Make tie dye t-shirts

Visit a national park

Fly a kite

Visit a historical site

Go to a drive in show or movie

Our bucket list is 100% flexible and whilst we would love to be able to tick everything off the list we know that with the world the way it is we may have to postpone some of these. In the same spirit we know that as the months roll by there will be things that we will definitely add to our bucket list. 

Having a list of goals for the year ahead is definitely motivation for me, particularly on days when I feel like life is leading me rather than me leading it! 

Remember, your bucket list is a reflection of you and your life and for that reason it can be as simple, complicated, wild or ambitious as you want it to be.

Do you have any plans or goals for this year? If so, I’d love to hear about them.

Emma xoxo

Monday, January 18, 2021

Weekly Meal Plan 18/01/21

Using the slow cooker last week whilst supporting home learning was a big help in our home so this week I’m going to try to make use of it as much as possible again.



Meatballs in a tomato and basil sauce with spaghetti 
        Chicken fajitas with sweetcorn salsa and wedges 
Jacket potatoes with a selection of fillings
Beef koftes with rice, homemade flatbreads and salad
Pork casserole
Loaded fries
Jerk pork with rice and peas, homemade coleslaw, salad and plantain 

What dish are you most looking forward to this week?

Emma xoxo

Monday, January 11, 2021

Meal Plan 11/01/21 - The slow cooker edition

After the disaster that was learning from home/working from home/being a domestic goddess/keeping children alive and looking after myself last week, I’ve quickly realised that something has to give.

Despite having a meal plan, it was getting to 5pm and we were still trying to finish up school work, work and quite frankly I was shattered so this week I have decided to make the most of my slow cooker and get the dinners on in the morning so once dinner time rolls around we are ready to go! 

All meals are slow cooker friendly


Fake-away kebab and chips


Beef casserole with green beans and root vegetable mash


Chicken korma, rice and naan bread


Sweet chilli halloumi and plain boiled rice

(it was a hit last week so requested again)


Sam’s birthday takeaway choice


Roast chicken dinner

What does your lockdown week 2 menu look like?

Emma xoxo

Monday, January 4, 2021

Weekly Meal Plan 04/01/2021

 So here goes, the first meal plan of 2021


Slow cooker bolognese with rigatoni, garlic bread and steamed veggies


Sweet chilli halloumi and rice


Chicken wings, chips and salad


Homemade pizzas, dough balls and salad


Sausage, mash and onion gravy


Chicken noodles and spring rolls


Roast pork with all the trimmings 

What is on your meal plan for this week?

Emma xoxo