Ideas for Family Holidays

When you’re thinking of having a holiday as a family, it can be difficult to come up with things to do. If it’s just as a couple it’s often much easier. But as a family you’ve got your kids to think about. The holiday has to be child-friendly and needs to be something that will interest and stimulate the children. For example, a backpacking holiday would not be a good choice for a family getaway.

It’s important to cater to the needs of the family and still make sure everybody has a good time. There are a lot of things you can do on holiday as a family that will make for an enjoyable time. These are some of the best ideas to consider for your family holidays. These are options that should have something to offer to adults and children alike. And they’re practical, sensible holiday choices.

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~ Caravanning

A family caravanning holiday is a great idea. This is the closest you can get to enjoying a holiday in the great outdoors. It gives you and the kids plenty of opportunities to experience the serenity and beauty of nature. You can enjoy a break away from technology and computer games and just enjoy a more organic environment. There are plenty of camping and caravan sites dotted all across the globe. They offer a great chance for enjoyable family getaways full of fun, adventure and excitement. If you want to enjoy a holiday with a bit of a difference, you should think about going caravanning.

~ Hire a Villa

Another great choice you could make would be to hire a villa somewhere in Europe. You can spend the holiday staying here, and you get so much more than in a hotel. You can treat the villa as a home away from home in a beautiful European destination. For instance, you can enjoy comfort and luxury in Italy in ways you’d never considered before. Villa’s look fantastic, and they allow you to stay somewhere wonderful for the duration of your holiday. Enjoy the quiet serenity of the local countryside and have a refreshing dip in the pool. If you have a large family, a hotel is not practical or intimate enough for a proper family break. A villa gives you the perfect balance and means you can spend some ‘days in’ and still have plenty to enjoy.

~ Stay at a Resort

One of the more common forms of holidaying is to stay at a resort. As a family, a resort is important because it offers things to do to keep you, and the kids, amused. There will be a swimming pool and probably plenty of games and activities organised. You might also be looking for a stress and work-free holiday. If so then the great thing about aa resort is the fact that it offers an all inclusive option. This means that all food, refreshments and snacks get provided by the resort. You don’t have to spend time cooking or deal with the added expense of eating out every night.

~ Disneyland

Ask any child their dream holiday destination and most will probably tell you Disneyland. It’s a magical place where your children can see their favourite fairytales come to life. There so much on offer for children and adults alike. If you’re looking for the perfect family getaway this year, you could do a lot worse than booking a holiday to Disneyland. You can stay on site and immerse yourself in the magic and wonder of the place. Make your children’s dreams come true this year with a secret trip to Disneyland.

Have you got any holidays planned?

Rebecca x

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Hot Cross Buns

 With Easter at the weekend, and the kids now off school, I thought I’d share a recipe that you can all do together (and eat together – who doesn’t like actual hot cross buns)?!
It can take quite a bit of time, though a lot of it is waiting time for the dough, but worth all of the effort!
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Hot Cross Buns

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 2 hours (including resting time)
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Ingredients

  • 150g chopped California prunes
  • 260ml milk – tepid
  • 50g butter – softened and cut into cubes
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 600g strong bread flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 70g caster sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 1 tablespoon mixed peel
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil – to grease bowl

Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoon plains flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 1 tablespoon runny honey, loosened with a couple of drops of water

Method

  1. In a large bowl sieve the flour, salt and spices.  Rub in the butter then add the sugar, lemon zest and yeast.
  2. Make a well in the middle and add the beaten egg and a little milk at a time and mix to a soft dough.
  3. Add the chopped prunes and mixed peel and knead the dough for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a clean, greased large bowl.  Cover tightly with cling film and allow to prove for around 1 hour – or until doubled in size.
  5. Once proved, transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12.  Shape each into bun shapes and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.  Place another sheet of greaseproof paper loosely on top and cover with cling film.  Make sure the cling film is firmly secured but allow space for the second prove.  Set aside in a warm place and allow to prove for 30-40 minutes.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 200°C.  Make the topping mix by mixing together the 2 tablespoons plain flour with 2 tablespoons water.
  7. Once proved either spoon or pipe the cross on the top of each bun and place in the pre-heated oven for 14-18 minutes until browned and cooked.
  8. Once cooked transfer to a wire rack and glaze with the honey.

Rebecca x

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Bathtime Buddies Thomas & Friends | Review & Giveaway

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Thomas the tank engine is so happy and blue,

His new Bathtime Buddies bubbles only had to be too.

The smell is really so great

and big bubbles it does make.

It made the bath lots of splashy fun,

They even wanted to splash water over Mum!

The bubbles are gentle on skin, hair and eyes,

One of you lucky ones can win some as a prize!

We tried out the magic cloth as well,

Max was amazed by it, his mouth just fell.

You put it in the water and it magically grows,

Max loved it and wanted to clean everywhere, even his toes.

The new Thomas range is really great,

We just love bath time- we can’t wait!

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Now, for your chance to win a set of Thomas Bath Time products, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below and complete the form, completing as many entries as you would like (though following the blog via BlogLovin’ and leaving a comment are mandatory).

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Good luck!

Rebecca x

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Out & About This Easter

I think basically anyone with kids, except maybe those with teenagers ;) , love getting out and about in the lovely Spring weather that is coming our way. It is my favourite season and it will be so nice to get out with kids, as the hubby has some time off work.

One thing we like to do is walks. It doesn’t cost and you can make it as long or short as you like – I’m all for some calorie burning! Here are just a few tips that I’m sharing with you, together with Munch Bunch, for getting out on nature trails this Easter:

  1. Be adventurous with your location. Add an extra dimension by doing a sensory nature trail on a farm: explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch of nature!
  2. Some farms will even allow children to milk the cows – a fascinating experience for little ones – and a chance to explain how natural ingredients make the foods they love, like Munch Bunch.
  3. If you’re doing a sensory trail remember to explain to your children each of their senses in simple terms at the start of the trail. Test them as you go, e.g; “Can you hear that cow moo-ing? What sense are we using to do that?”
  4. Take along foods to stimulate their sense of taste – and to keep hunger pangs at bay. Dairy snacks like fromage frais, squeezy yogurts and tangy fruit are all good choices, rooted in nature.

After a recent survey, the top food that parents feel good about having their kids eat is fromage frais. Munch Bunch have a new 30% less sugar fromage frais so it would be perfect to try after a trip out and about. What is your little ones favourite thing to eat?

The Good Stuff ­ parents top 20 foods for kids

Happy Easter! Hope you can get out and enjoy some family time.

Rebecca x

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