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  • Hotel not a hotel Amsterdam

    Discovering Hotel Not Hotel in Amsterdam

    When my parents kindly offered to take the girls on a Norweigan Cruise this summer, we decided to take the opportunity to head off on a child-free city break.   We toyed with a few destinations but settled on Amsterdam.  With daily KLM flights from Newcastle with less than an hour flying time and easy transfer […]

  • Choosing a budget hotel in Florida

    Choosing A Budget Hotel in Florida!

    We’d found the amazing cheap Florida deal, but didn’t like the look of the cheapest hotel. I’m sure it was OK as we spoke to many people on the flight that were going there, but I wanted a little more. I’d never stayed over on International drive before and had always been nearer Disney Springs area. So […]

  • £2000 florida Holiday


    How much our £2000 Florida holiday really cost!

    We’ve returned from our “cheap” last minute Florida deal, but how much did it really cost? After all, this was our alternative for £3,600 11 days all inclusive in Benidorm. My friends had told me year on year food and shopping is cheap outside of the theme parks, so we gave it a go. Recapping […]

  • Wonderworks Orlando

    What is Inside Wonderworks on I Drive?

    As a family, we’ve been going to Florida on and off for about 8 years. Previously with my parents, I’d been 4 or 5 times. It has always been somewhere we loved going as there is so much to do. No matter how many times you go there are always more reasons to return. Wonderworks […]

  • The Escape Game Orlando

    Trapped in a room with an Alpha Male!

    I love a challenge and as it was my Birthday, I had one choice to make. What do I really want to do that is special and I’d not done before… in Orlando. OK, I’m lying the kids had the first choice of a day at Aquatica, but as it was packed on Labor Day […]

  • New brownie Badges 2018

    New Girlguiding Programme

    Girlguiding hit the national news last month.  For the first time in decades, a new programme was revealed to the nation, parents, and leaders.  After 18 months of research, trials, and focus groups by Girlguiding Headquarters, the organisation revealed a new 21st-century ready programme!  Girls’ interests have evolved over the years so it is only […]

  • Disney On Ice Dream Big

    Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

    Disney on Ice is an Autumn family tradition in the Hooper household as the show makes its annual October stop at the Metro Radio Arena.  I don’t think we have ever missed a show since taking Imogen as a tiny baby.  One year I took 50 girls aged between 5 and 10 on a guiding […]

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