I rate myself as a cook. And I am not bad at baking either. One thing I cannot do though, and it kills me, is ice cookies. I look at blog posts and vlogs on how to do it. It looks so easy. It’s possible I have some type of icing dyslexia or something – but try as I might – it’s an epic fail. A.L.W.A.Y.S. So when we decided that we would make something for Fathers Day (anything we usually buy gets grateful received and then bunged in a drawer – never to be used again) we sought professional help and took ourselves to Biscuiteers.
I live in London. The world’s most vibrant city. But I’m lazy. I stick to my local area, do the same things.
But – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. There’s SO much to do and I am going to schlep my family away from the sport (husband) and iPads (girls) and we are heading OUT AND ABOUT on weekends.
First up – a visit to the top of Tower Bridge to the Tower Bridge Exhibition – yes up there, at the top between the Towers, and then, off to Borough Market.
The exhibition not only showcases the history behind the bridge, you are also able to walk across their glass walkways that are 42 metres above the River Thames, to get from one tower to the next.
So every year, I make a huge thing about my girls’ birthday party. Maybe in a past life, I was a party organiser? And maybe in this current one, just sad. Either way, we have done Rainbow, Disco, Spa, Fashion and many more. We are just not ‘limp-sandwiches-in-church-hall’ people.
So now at 9 years old – what to do? Well, I figured if it involves sugar – not much else matters. So we decided the kids would make lollipops at Spun Candy. Not just tut ones though – I’m talking “I-can’t-believe-a-kid-made-that’ ones, and plenty of them.
Spun Candy is a store and kitchen where expert candy confectioners boil the sugar in front of your eyes adding only natural flavourings and colourings to bring the candy to life and create beautiful sweets and lollipops. Look…
Now my husband and I are big planners. It drives everyone mad. On last years summer holiday for example, we planned this year’s summer holiday and so on. But for the vast majority of people who are not lunatics like us and leave things a bit more to the last minute – here are some fab ideas for where and how to holiday this summer from pals of the blog Kid & Coe.
Kid & Coe are like a nicer, family only version of Air B&B – as it hand picks the properties they market and all the accommodation is by families for families – like a home from home, complete with everything you need for kids or babies from a local guide written by the owners, to high chairs and toys and books used by their kids. Oh and we have an exclusive discount for our readers too. I shall leave you in their capable hands with Laura Hall their Director of Communications. She selects her top properties for a summer escape. Let’s go…
The Mas de Verans Residence, Saint Rémy de Provence, France
Acres of gardens to run wild in, hammocks blowing in the gentle breeze beneath olive trees, sun dappled outdoor dining spaces and a heated outdoor pool: everything about this beautiful Provencal farmhouse has been created to make families feel relaxed and at home. With a six-bedroomed main house and an optional annex available to sleep a further six, it works well for a large family group or extended family getaway, and is just five minutes, a 20-minute bike ride, from the heart of the village.
The Mas de Verans Residence sleeps up to 16 and costs from €550 per night.
The Hasseltssteeg Residence, Amsterdam
The design details in this remodelled 17th century home in a historic Amsterdam neighborhood set it apart: dotty and dinosaur wallpaper, a cast iron roll top bath and a pretty pastel blue Smeg fridge to name but a few. Set over 4.5 floors, it sleeps up to 8 and has plenty of space for all the family. The hosts can suggest babysitters so you can enjoy a night on the town, and the house is well set up for young children with plenty of equipment provided, including a change table and baby monitor, so you can pack light.
The Hasseltssteeg Residence sleeps up to 8 and costs from €475 per night.
The Spetses Residence, Spetses, Greece
Join the Athens jet set on secluded Spetses, an island two hours by ferry from Piraeus harbour with pine-clad hills, quiet beaches and designer boutiques. It’s a popular weekender destination from the city and is completely car free. This heavenly hideaway has a pool and guest house and is just five minutes’ walk from the nearest beach. Built in 1860 and renovated in 2004, the house uses traditional materials and finishes to create a calming, soothing and romantic feel, and has featured in several interior design magazines.
The Spetses Residence sleeps up to 12 and costs from €500 per night.
The Can Matas Residence, Mallorca
Just off a cobbled street in the village of Selva, northern Mallorca, this designer villa is airy and spacious, with lemon trees in the garden providing shade over the day beds, and modern art and sculpture throughout. It is a prime location for experiencing the most authentic and desirable aspects of the island: the town’s weekly market takes place nearby, and kids can play in the town square with local children in the afternoon. Beaches and the mountains are just a short drive away.
The Can Matas Residence sleeps up to 9 and costs from €500 per night.
The Sayulita Loft 2, Sayulita, Mexico
If you don’t already know about this Mexican hippy chic fishing village, consider yourself let in on the secret. Sayulita is one of the country’s hippest beach retreats, a pretty village where people use golf buggies to get around, kids surf from an early age and private yoga lessons are the order of the day. This industrial chic apartment, one of a series on Kid & Coe, is a two-minute walk from the beach and has a restaurant on site for the days when you don’t want to cook. It’s modern and a little bit punk, full of bright colours and a unique place to stay with the kids.
The Sayulita Loft 2 sleeps up to 5 and costs from $250 per night.
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Thank you so much Laura. I can almost feel the sun on my skin. What are you waiting for? Get clicking for family summer fun. Oh and if you are a big planner like me and have already booked summer – dry those tears! Kid & Coe market family properties for all weathers, all seasons and many, many countries.
Now I know there is a growing movement about women choosing not to be a mother. There are benefits to not being a mother. Let’s explore a few..
Sleep. Blissful, uninterrupted sleep. Not needing to wipe any bottom – except your own. Your hands – soft – not rough and aged from washing them after touching aforementioned bottoms or grimy kids hands. No one walking in whilst you grab 5 seconds to actually go to the loo screaming “Mummmaaaaay Roxie hitttttt meeeeeeeeee”. Your car, clean – smells fresh – not full of crumbs, vomit or smeary finger-marks. Your jeans, without knee-holes from bending down to pick up someone elses mess. Your tops – embellished with sequins – not drops of baby vomit or smeared toddler food. Your hair – blow dried to within an inch if it’s life – not one hair out of place – and not pulled or so greasy you could cook chips in it. The food you cook, remains on a plate – not liberally littered around the kitchen, getting into places you didn’t even know existed. Your cutlery, gets used – you never have to witness the grossness of eating rice with fingers. Your cloakroom, has coats hanging in it – as opposed to strewn all over the floor after a day of school. Your Sky Box not full to capacity with CBeebies, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network horrors. Your treat cupboard. What treat cupboard – who can have treats around and keep THIS body looking THIS good? Oh about THE body – no stretch marks, no empty pouches for breasts, no cuts, no stitches, no flapping, overstretched lady-bits. Yes, there are many, many benefits.
BUT, and this is a GIANT BUT – the cuddles, the love, the innocence, the cute things they say, the way they look adoringly at you (unless you have told them off) and much more more MORE – I’m pleased I choose motherhood. Well, either way, I’m knee-deep in it now….
Seriously though – I wouldn’t change it for the world. So to that end Mammas, let us be celebrated on our one day this year – Mother’s Day. And here’s what I propose you deserve.