What we look forward to the most about trips away

AD | Collaborative post  It’s no secret that as a family, we love holidays and trips away. It’s not just me and John though; Erin is always asking when we’re going on holiday again and where we’re going to. As I never had many holidays or weekends away growing up this is something both John and I are keen to make sure Erin experiences. We might have created a monster actually. I love that she gets so excited about going somewhere new. Just a few days ago I posted about trying to explore our local

Swimmer Of The Year

I never had proper swimming lessons. I know being forced to get into a swimming pool as a teenager at school doesn’t really count even thought they liked to class them as lessons. I can barely keep myself from drowning and I’m not sure I could manage a while width, let alone a length, of any swimming pool. As soon as I was sort of recovered from my emergency C-section and 2nd surgery, I signed Erin up to swimming classes. I had always planned on doing this as soon as possible because I didn’t want

Swimming Pool Changing Room Etiquette

Swimming on a Sunday is normally John and Erin’s thing. John often works 6 days a week with Sunday being his only day off and I like to make sure that he and Erin get some real quality time together on their own. Most Sundays they go off swimming in the morning as our local pool lowers part of it so toddlers can stand up in the water and have a play. However, John worked a very rare Sunday last weekend so I took Erin swimming instead. So, before the pool has an ‘open to

Perfect plus size swimwear from UKSwimwear

AD | Gifted item When preparing for a family holiday abroad, especially with children, it’s really easy to forget about yourself. I have had lists going for months for John and Erin as well as bags full of new things covering my bedroom. For me though, I ended up with 2 new pairs of shorts the week before our holiday and not much else. Although I luckily haven’t needed too much one thing that desperately needed replacing was my swimsuit. The swimsuit I was using, ever single week for Erin’s swimming lessons, was one I’d

Swimming Safely With SwimFin

When we first started taking Erin to swimming lessons she hated them. When I say hated I really mean it. Erin was a preemie and really felt the cold. At 12 weeks old she was still super small and her first lessons was horrendous. Luckily, we stuck with it and now Erin loves swimming and being in the water. She never wants her swimming lessons to end and often wants to spend a bit of time in the bigger pool afterwards. With our upcoming holiday to Majorca we were thrilled at the chance to try

Getting Summer Ready With Simply Swim and Splash About

In a few weeks we will be heading off to Majorca for our first family holiday abroad. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am right now. I am usually a really prepared person but I have sort of felt out of my depth preparing for this holiday. I never really thought about a lot of important things like changing what Erin might wear while swimming or at the beach. Luckily, we had a bit of help from Simply Swim and their Splash About collection. We have been buying Splash About products

5 Ways To Keep Fit Out Of The Gym

Tomorrow you’ll be able to read a post all about me joining the gym this year but if you want to look after yourself a bit more this year like me but don’t fancy treadmills and weights then there are other ways to keep fit out of the gym. Swimming I love spending time in the swimming pool and I love taking Erin. However, swimming is something I never learned how to do as a child because of self consciousness. I hated getting in a swimming costume at school and maybe that was because I

The Mum Who Loved Baby Classes

Erin is nearly 2 and it has been quite some time since we stopped going to any baby classes or groups. We stopped going to our last one, Music in Motion a while ago now. That one in particular runs past toddler age but Erin’s nap times were making going impossible so we were just throwing money away pretty much. The thing about baby classes is always having something fun to do with your child. We used to go to Baby Sensory and Baby Yoga, as well as swimming. I used to love having something