Holiday Heaven

Hey everyone hope the holidays are treating you well and you have lots of lovely sunshine , todays post is actually for a competition im entering with the lovely people over at OceanFinance

https://www.oceanfinance.co.uk/blog/holiday-heaven-or-hell-blogger-competition-0-4484-0.htm

So my entry is a Holiday Heaven

So here goes ………

Last year my hubby and i went on our first holiday in 12 years and it was fantastic , we didnt go anywhere exotic we went back to where i grew up as a child , my hometown of Swansea in the lovely coastal South Wales , you see my hubby and i now live in Northern Ireland so this was a treat for us .

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This as you can see is my hubby and i on the plane , we were like children as neither of us had been on a plane in almost 15 years , we even argued over who was getting the window seat so we made a deal i could have it on the way over and he would have it on the way back 🙂 it was a super quick flight and i enjoyed the stunning views from the window

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The main reason for this holiday was so we could go and see family and get some time to relax , as we have 4 very beautiful children 2 of whom have special needs and as everyone knows its good for mum and dad to get a break 😉

My fab sister and her husband met us at the airport and i was so happy i cried , they took us to their house and it was amazing catching up and actually getting to talk in person instead of over the phone and via facebook , between cups of tea and much laughter it was then time to go to our hotel , we stayed at the premier inn and i have to say the room was good with all the usual tea and coffee , what excited me was the fact i was back in my childhood town , the feeling of coming home was indescribable. 

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The next day we went out for a walk along Mumbles Pier a regular haunt of mine when i was younger and it was bliss the weather was amazing , we were relaxed and we had that real summer holiday feeling you get when your content. Ice cream in hand it brought back all the fun memories of being a carefree child just enjoying summer.

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After the pier we met up with my other sister and her hubby and sons and went for dinner , again it was great being able to see and talk to them all in person as the last time i saw them all was alot of years ago

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My hubby was pretty happy as he got to go see the football stadium where Swansea FC play at home and we just got to relax and actually have some time together and truely talk to eachother,  one morning we got up really early and went for a walk on the beach holding hands and just enjoyed the peace

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On our last day we got up early and just enjoyed our last couple of hours before heading to the airport , we went for breackfast and got gifts for the kids and went for our last walk together .

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To leave this beautiful place was hard but it was always going to be there to come back to , plus by this time we had been away for 4 days and i was starting to really badly miss my children including all the stresses that us mums and dads have ( crazy i know ;)) so my sister and her hubby took us back to the airport and i can say with pride i cried like a baby , as we all know saying goodbye is always hard .

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So you see this is my Holiday Heaven , never mind exciting places , im really very happy i just got to go home and see family and be reminded of happy memories and make new memories.

You see its the simple things that make us happy 🙂

As usual thank you for reading my blog and can i ask all my lovely readers to keep your fingers crossed for me

as always

Love

Sweetandsimplemum xx

Summer Holidays

Hey guys as we all know the summer holidays are upon us and let me tell you the madness has begun , well in my house at least , i know alot of you parents find the holidays far too long and it can be a bit of a nightmare keeping the kids entertained,  as we all know money doesnt grow on trees and even the odd family day out can get quite expensive , so i have a few tips and tricks to help you out 🙂

First off always always always take a picnic with you , no matter where you go as it cheap and easy and you can cater to everyones needs and if your going in a group then everyone can contribute to the picnic so the cost will go down even more , i mean what would you rather be doing sitting in a hot stuffy restaurant or relaxing on the beach listening to the waves having a blissful picnic.

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My next bit of advice is travel cost , we all know the cost of filling a tank is extortionate these days so what i use is the family and friends rail ticket , its £20 and you can have 2 adults and 4 children on it and in some areas this is can also be used on the bus service , please check when buying at your local station , plus then you get rid of the cost of car parking and dont have to worry about the car being too hot as its been sitting in the sun all day. Plus what child doesnt love going on the train.

Next is admissions prices alot of places do family tickets and sometimes if you work out the cost for say 2 adults and 1 child it might actually be cheaper to get a family ticket instead and also if you have an elderly person in your party then they sometimes have a special rate for them its always worth looking up the price list on their website, and if you have any special needs children or adults some places give you a discounted ticket or the carer would get in free but i must urge you some places will ask for either a dla letter or a carers allowence letter to confirm so always phone and ask what you need also some places will have a fast track system so the disabled person and carer dont have to wait in the queue .

There are alot of places like museums and outdoor parks that are free to visit take the kids and have some fun , why not make it fun and slightly educational at the same time , as a child there was nothing i loved more than going and looking at all the old things and even getting to hold some of them.

Now we all know rainy days are the worst , in my house we have a cupboard full of board games and another cupboard full of paints and crafts to do , your kids will love you if you sit with them and paint or draw or play a game with them the sillier the better , i love playing musical statues , yes its not just for birthday parties , and simple games like eye spy .

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My last bit of advice is just enjoy yourself this summer , yes we all stress over things but put it aside and have fun , laugh with your children and relax , you see the stress will always be there but making memories your children will treasure in years to come is the best thing you can do

As always a big massive thank you for reading my blog and i wish you all a very happy summer holidays

Love

Sweetandsimplemum xx