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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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Single Parent Holiday: The Mark Warner Verdict

July 14, 2016
single parent mark warner holiday

When I thought about travelling alone to Mark Warner Lakitira Greece with the kids, I wasn’t too concerned. Despite murmurs from friends and colleagues of “you? Just you? You and the kids?”, the solo aspect didn’t worry me. I spend a lot of time on my own or just with those two and it suits me: I appreciate my own company and feel I need the headspace to decompress from my busy life. The logistical side of the holiday –…

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Single Life Travel

Surviving the Single Parent Holiday (With Bells On!): Mark Warner Lakitira

July 4, 2016
Surviving single parent holiday

I always find it incredible that when I go on holiday something profound seems to shift. Literally every trip I’ve been on in the last few years has brought a positive change in some way – Thailand, New York, New York again, Paxos – and I think the perspective you gain by being somewhere geographically foreign to you is one of the most incredible gifts. You see yourself in a slightly different light, see the world in a slightly different light.…

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Beauty Travel

A Holiday Beauty Wardrobe

June 17, 2016
holiday beauty wardrobe

There was a time when the only holiday wardrobe I was concerned about was the one that had actual clothes in. I am after all the girl who took 9 pairs of shoes for 7 days in New York: you could say packing light doesn’t come easily to me. My motto used to be ‘just in case’… I may not have worn those sparkly silver platforms for 2 years in the UK, but who knows if they’d be required for some…

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The First Single Parent Holiday

June 16, 2016
Summer Good Times

Next week, for the very first time, I will be taking two children abroad. Alone. Both kids have a few air miles under their belts already; right before the split we travelled as a foursome to a family wedding in Madrid and a year later a cruise with my mum from Southampton to Nice. Both trips were great but my overarching memories from both holidays are ones of juggling – juggling luggage, juggling cranky kids, juggling wants, needs, worries. We’ve done…

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The Small Moments: #MarkWarnerMum

February 19, 2016

I took a bit of a break from blogging. Well, a week, but you know. That felt like A TIME ;) It wasn’t really an intentional thing: the children went off to their daddy’s, and every time I sat down to write, even if it was about sofas, my sadness poured out in paragraphs of weepy word vomit. I don’t know why I took their absence hard this time. In the early days of the split I would look forward…

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The Summer Conclusion

September 15, 2015
Summer Good Times

The worst thing about summer for me is that it has to come to an end. I was thinking about this yesterday as I dropped the children off at school and turned the A/C up to warm for the first time this year – I already miss the days of driving around with our windows open singing our hearts out to Shake It Off. And as I look out my window at the grey garden beyond and then at the…

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MTT Travel: The Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21, Bangkok

May 8, 2015

If there’s one thing I like in life, it’s a nice hotel. I will book into a hotel at every opportunity, I really do daydream about them. The robes, the room service, those huge bloody baths. I’m one of those bonkers people who will squeeze every last bit of enjoyment out of their stay; if check-in is at 3pm I will arrive at 12pm to just enjoy the ambiance of the bar or lounge (free time to read magazines? I’M IN)…

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MTT Goes Cruising And Eating

October 30, 2013

In case you hadn’t noticed, I like my food. When I go abroad I plan my days around which restaurants I want to eat at and when I was dating I got more excited about eating in lovely London restaurants than meeting new people. Waitrose is my happy  place and I like nothing more than an early night with a pile of recipe magazines. I tell you, my life is wild. So when we boarded Ventura for our cruise I…

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MTT Goes Cruising And Kids Clubbing

October 23, 2013

When the lovely people at P&O asked if I fancied a trip on Ventura, my first thought was obviously “HELL YES”. And then my second thought was “do I have to bring the kids?”. Because as much as I love my little ones to absolute death, there are some things in life that are slightly more enjoyable without my mini-me’s (sorry guys, you’ll understand this one day). Day spas, for example, or fancy restaurants. Nights out and days of culture.…

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Day Two

May 3, 2013

What a difference a day has made. I don’t know if it’s this city, the people I’ve met or the freedom I’ve felt but already I am rejuvinated. For the first time in a long while I feel capable and excited at what might be round the corner. Despite the late nights and jetlag-driven early mornings I’m energized and simply, unashamedly happy. Yesterday was perfect; a walk over the Williamsburg bridge (this place is so hip it hurts, by the…

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