25 tips for family camping holidays

Pack kids’ clothes (and your own) into clear plastic zip-up storage bags – this makes it super-easy to see the clothes so you can grab them without having to scrabble around the bottom of a bag.
Pack nice underwear. You’re going to have to hang it out to dry in full view of all your camping neighbours.
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Travelling alone with kids

Although I love travelling, I’m not the most confident person and so have never gone away my own, and definitely lean on my husband Ben when we go abroad. He’ll normally sort all the practical stuff – loading luggage, sorting out the hire car or campervan, booking day trips, even the food shopping. So taking the . . . → Read More: Travelling alone with kids

A recipe for a perfect* autumn day

*or a close to perfect as I think we’re likely to get

An extremely rare lie in for both children
Clear blue skies, dazzling sunshine, fresh autumn chill in the air
One path in a beautiful setting
Two scooters
A bridge across a gorgeous river
Pooh sticks
One flask of hot, sweet coffee
Lemon drizzle cake
A lock with passing boats and canoes
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The pressure of child-free time

My epic three-month Christmas work project came to an end on Friday and I’ve scheduled in a week off before I hurl myself into the next one. The twins will still do their pre-school hours, so I have two school days and two half days to myself. In my house. With no kids around. I’m trying . . . → Read More: The pressure of child-free time

Five pledges for autumn

Every so often I find myself making little promises about things I’m going to do more of, or ways that I’ll do things differently. The likelihood of these good intentions lasting longer than the time it takes a child to scuff their brand new school shoes is probably slim but if I write them down, at . . . → Read More: Five pledges for autumn