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Royal Ascot with Christy

June 23, 2017
Royal Ascot with Christy

Like many little girls growing up in the countryside, as a kid I was obsessed with horses. You name it, if it was horse- related I did it: Pony Club, week-long equestrian camps, dressage, show jumping, grooming… the lot. Yet as an adult I’d never been to the races. Undoubtedly one of the most glamorous days out for us Brits, whether we enjoy a good dose of dressage or not, it had never been on my radar. Until official textile suppliers to…

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8 Reasons To Go On A Ski Holiday

April 20, 2017
Chalet hotel l'Ecrin review

Although it was January when we were away on our ski holiday to Tignes with Mark Warner, the memories we created on that trip are still fresh as, well, the driven snow. Despite none of us being particularly competent skiiers and though the trip was hard work in parts, it was seriously one of the best experiences we’ve done as a family. Well worth the expense, I’d say. If you’re thinking of embarking on a similar adventure with your brood, take…

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MTT Travel: Martinhal Cascais, Portugal Review

April 13, 2017
Martinhal Cascais review

When you hear the word ‘Portugal’, what do you think? Until a couple of weeks ago I had no strong feelings about the country. In my mind, the mind of one who is not the most geographically inclined it seems, I just thought it was the ‘bit next to Spain that’s probably fairly similar’. It was when I was repeatedly told to eat all those custard tarts that I thought I might be faced with something other than sangria and jamón. Why yes,…

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MTT Travel: Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin Review

March 31, 2017
Chalet hotel l'Ecrin review

When I started considering a ski holiday en famille (cos that’s how they say it in the Alps, innit), I considered our accommodation carefully. Basically, up in the mountains you have a few options: a self-catered apartment, a staffed chalet or a hotel. For me, self-catered was out. When you’ve spent the day on a mountain, the last thing you want to do is return to an apartment where you’re expected to cook and clean as you would at home.…

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Iceland With Kids

March 1, 2017

The first time I had a hankering to go to Iceland I was 22. My work friend Sarah had just returned from the most incredible trip with her boyfriend, full of stories and excitement for the new country she’d discovered. But I was young and at that age had barely travelled out of Europe: back then I put it on my list of ‘things I am too scared to do’, alongside skydiving, marathon running and giving birth (whoops). Over the years…

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Vacances En France: Corsica with Al Fresco

February 21, 2017

If like me, you’re a woman (or a bloke) of a certain age, you’ll have experienced the teenage French holiday. You know the one – a soggy long weekend being dragged around the war memorials of Normandy by enthusiastic parents,  museums that seemed to go on FOREVER, a highlight being the visit to buy mega-boxes of croissants from a hypermarket before a nauseating trip home on a ferry. Or maybe you experienced France on a school holiday, a trip that…

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Our Single Parent Ski Holiday

February 17, 2017
single parent ski holiday

Having been a single parent since Hux was 6 months old – he’s now nearly five – I thought I’d seen the worst of the solo mum struggles. The routines you have to get into to make sure everything gets done, the logistical nightmares of picking up two kids from different nurseries when you’re working late, the financial juggles you do to make your money stretch far enough… been there, done that, got the baby sick-covered tshirt. It’s certainly true…

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How To Prepare For a Ski Holiday With Kids

February 2, 2017
Prepare For a Ski Holiday With Kids

Though I dabbled on the slopes as a teen, I used to think family ski holidays were only for those who were, like, proper ski fanatics. After having kids myself, I thought those who headed for the mountains with their young children were certifiable: why would you want to tarnish your week of skiing and apres with the demands of little people? And it’s true, many of the holidaymakers I met on our trip to Tignes with Mark Warner last week were hardcore…

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MTT Travel: Mark Warner Lakitira

January 19, 2017
Mark Warner Lakitira

This week I am fulfilling every single January stereotype. Cold? Yep. A bit miserable? Indeed. Whining about it on the internet? WHOLEHEARTEDLY! I’ve been jealous of those lucky holidaymakers with few January responsibilities and loads of cash – is it me or have all celebrities de-camped to the Caribbean this month? – but us mortals have had to come up with more inventive escapism tools. For me it’s been wistful photo gazing followed by summer holiday planning, and I can…

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Would You Take Your Kids Out Of School For A Holiday?

September 13, 2016
Elfie is 6

This summer I made the decision to take my children out of school for a holiday. It wasn’t a decision I came to lightly; as a rule-follower it felt pretty unnatural to inform the school I’d be committing the cardinal sin of unauthorised absence. But I did it in the knowledge that the benefits of our trip would outweigh the week they took off from education. As a priority I made sure our holiday was as educational as it was fun.…

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