Life With Pink Princesses https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk A personal blog from the heart of a young Mum Wed, 22 May 2019 10:11:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 98180168 A Christmas Eve 10th Birthday https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/a-christmas-eve-10th-birthday/ https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/a-christmas-eve-10th-birthday/#respond Sun, 26 May 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=32809 This is quite nearly laughable! Freya turned ten years old on Christmas Eve but I’ve only just found some time to share these photos from her special day. Double digits was a huge milestone. I felt a little in denial as her birthday approached. How could I have been a mum for ten whole years! …

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This is quite nearly laughable! Freya turned ten years old on Christmas Eve but I’ve only just found some time to share these photos from her special day.

Double digits was a huge milestone. I felt a little in denial as her birthday approached. How could I have been a mum for ten whole years!

We always let the girls decide their birthday treat for the day of their birthdays. Freya had picked to do the climbing wall near our house but sadly they didn’t have any spots available. So we headed to Jump In instead. Our local trampoline park.

I hope Freya had a lovely tenth birthday. It was spent as a family and was really relaxed. You can watch our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day vlogmas video below.

I’ll try be more punctual for her next birthday.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Go Camping with Children https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/10-reasons-why-you-should-go-camping-with-children/ https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/10-reasons-why-you-should-go-camping-with-children/#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 07:00:07 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=35291 Camping is hugely popular in the UK. It’s an idyllic idea – setting off to a woodland or beach, pitching the tent, then immersing yourself in nature, free from the interruptions of everyday life. However, there’s an alternative image of camping, which usually involves lots of rain, frustrated children, and soggy sausages on the barbeque. …

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Camping is hugely popular in the UK. It’s an idyllic idea – setting off to a woodland or beach, pitching the tent, then immersing yourself in nature, free from the interruptions of everyday life.

However, there’s an alternative image of camping, which usually involves lots of rain, frustrated children, and soggy sausages on the barbeque. Sadly, it’s this latter notion that tends to put people off!

If possible, try not to let it. Camping is an amazing way to spend quality time with the kids.

Why should you consider camping?

  • There are some epic sites out there. Some of the UK’s campsites are out of this world. There are sites that are on working farms, letting kids have a chance to feed the animals. Other sites are situated next to mountains, or right beside some of the country’s most scenic coastline. When you’re in a tent, you tend to feel far more involved with your surroundings too.
  • You’ll save money. Okay, so the initial outlay of buying the tent can be a bit costly, but once you’ve got a tent, it’s wonderfully cheap to camp virtually anywhere. This means you’ll have way more money to spend on special days out with the kids.
  • It’s a completely different experience. Camping is refreshingly different to staying in a hotel or holiday cottage. It does take you slightly out of your comfort zone, but in a good way.
  • The kids have lots of freedom. Part of the attraction for children is that they can muck around, get muddy, race down to the sea, splash in the nearest lake, and do what kids do best – have a lot of fun. Chances are that there will be other children around too, which gives them the chance to make new friends.
  • It’s easier to be spontaneous. There’s something about the camping environment that makes it so much easier to make snap decisions about what you’ll do that day. If the sun’s out, you can easily hike along a coastal path to a nearby village for breakfast. You could get in the car and discover somewhere new. There aren’t really any restrictions, which is liberating!
  • You’ll get fit. If you’re looking for an active holiday, camping is a good choice. If you’re staying in a holiday park, there’s likely to be a swimming pool for the kids (and you) to play around in, and there will be plenty of walking trails to explore, or even use for a morning jog, if you’re feeling energetic.
  • You can still go out. Some people have dire images of cooking over a tiny gas stove each night. However, it’s easy enough to still go out in the evenings. With all the money you’ll be saving, you can even treat yourself to a new summer dress, or a splash of new perfume (the Baccarat Rouge 540 review sounds particularly good as a summer scent).
  • You can star-gaze. Campsites are often right out in the heart of nature. This provides the perfect chance to leave the tent, sit in a field, and stare at the amazing array of stars above you. The kids are likely to relish the opportunity to stay up late, and they’ll love it even more if you toast a few marshmallows for them while you’re doing it.
  • You can go to more than one location. If your tent is relatively easy to pack away, it’s so simple to stay in one location for a few nights, then move on somewhere different. It’s an amazing way to see more of the UK, without spending a fortune in the process.

Disclosure: This is a guest post.

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A Big Holiday Reveal! We Are Going To Orlando https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/a-big-holiday-reveal-we-are-going-to-orlando/ https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/a-big-holiday-reveal-we-are-going-to-orlando/#respond Wed, 22 May 2019 18:00:00 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=33244 This is a super exciting blog post for me to create. It’s been in the making I suppose for months and months. I’ve mentioned it on my social media but today is the day I can openly talk about it. That’s the main reason I am writing this, I want to be completely transparent with …

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This is a super exciting blog post for me to create. It’s been in the making I suppose for months and months. I’ve mentioned it on my social media but today is the day I can openly talk about it.

That’s the main reason I am writing this, I want to be completely transparent with you all ahead of this trip. This trip is heavily collaborative, meaning we are working with lots of different brands to make this happen. I will be working with lots of different brands which I’m going to discuss in this post but will also state it, as always, on individual content I create. I do not want this to come across as being boastful, I honestly just want to keep things very black and white.

We are heading off to Orlando in a few weeks on the trip of a lifetime which I am so excited about! Somehow we’ve managed to keep it a complete secret from our daughters and plan to until we fly. I created a video for this explanation, discussing exactly what this post is if you’d prefer watching instead of reading.

In case you are new here, I am a married mum of three daughters; Freya who is 10 years old and has autism, Eva who is 6 years and Elsa who is 4. We are going on this trip as a family of five, however, we have also decided to take my mum along too. It’ll mean we’ll have an adult to child ratio of 1:1 making it so much easier for all of us. It’ll also mean that Freya (who has been known to experience panic attacks) can stay with my mum if she doesn’t want to go on a ride. Who knows, Hubby and I may even get an evening out together?

Let’s get to the exciting parts where I can finally tell you exactly what we are getting up to and who we are working with on this. We are obviously kick starting the trip by flying from London Gatwick to Orlando with Virgin Atlantic. We have paid for our flights ourselves. We leave at lunch time in the UK and arrive in the early evening Orlando time. We did similar flight times back in 2016 and it really helped with jet lag as we kept the girls awake and went to bed at a normal-ish time.

We have a few hotels that are hosting us for stays during our time in Orlando. The first is Staybridge Suites Orlando at SeaWorld. This hotel is about 20 minutes away from the airport. They also offer guests complimentary scheduled transfers daily to SeaWorld, Disney, and Universal. It is an Official SeaWorld Hotel and guests receive benefits including free fast passes, discounts, and more. We have actually paid for one night ourselves with a media discount rate and then the further three are complimentary. 

Whilst we are staying at Staybridge we will be visiting Wonderworks. This is an indoor attraction a lot like the science museum here in the UK, it is an educational amusement park. It combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits. I’m very excited to visit and our entrance to Wonderworks has been gifted.

As Staybridge is an official SeaWorld hotel we are visiting SeaWorld and Aquatica. We are spending a day at each one. SeaWorld has always been one of my top places to visit on my bucket list. It’s a theme park with the added bonus of having close up animal encounters and shows. Aquatica is also a water theme park. We have never been to either of them. Our entrance is gifted. I really hoped to visit Discovery Cove but our itinerary is absolutely jam packed so sadly we won’t get to this time around.

After our stay at Staybridge Suites we are checking in to Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort hotel. I am so pumped to be staying with Universal again, it absolutely stole our hearts three years ago and my family have been desperate to reunite with our lovely tour guide Dawn. Cabana Bay is a 1950s/60s themed hotel with lots going on. We’ve never stayed at this hotel before but have seen amazing photos so we are very excited about it. We actually have six nights here which is awesome! We switch rooms half way through from a Family Suite to a 2-bedroom suite. We are extremely lucky and the girls are going to love it. Our stay has been generously gifted to us.

Whilst staying at Cabana Bay we have been booked on to experience a VIP tour. A VIP tour is a great way to make sure your family gets the most out of Universal and I’d highly recommend it if you are able to. They tailor the day for you and lunch is included during this day which is very useful.

Universal Orlando Resort have kindly organised for us to have 3-day 3 park tickets meaning we can visit Volcano Bay, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure as we please. We have pencilled into our itinerary to visit Volcano Bay on the second day of our stay. It’s a water park surrounding a huge volcano, very exciting!

During our Universal Orlando stay we have two dinners booked for us, one at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. They have freak shakes to die for with huge brownies on top! Then on my mum’s birthday we will be eating at a Mexican restaurant called Antojitos which we haven’t experienced before but I’ve checked the kid’s menu and there seems to be lots that the kids will like.

Leading on from food, Pirates Dinner Adventure have kindly invited us to experience the show. It’s an interactive theatre experience, sitting in a theatre with tables. I’m really excited about this one as we have invited Dawn (our VIP tour guide) along. Her son is actually one of the pirates in the show. It’s going to be a lovely evening!

We have been excitedly gifted entrance to Gatorland. It’s a half day attraction in Orlando, ultimately a zoo for alligators. I’m equally nervous and excited to visit Gatorland. They’ve given us a tour guide for our day and the chance to go on the Screamin’ Gator Zipline and the Stompin’ Off-Road. Hopefully I’ll survive the zipline without being eaten to be able to tell the story!

Then one of my husband’s biggest bucket list items for Orlando is to visit the Kennedy Space Center. I’m so pleased that they are gifting us entry. I loved learning about space as a child and the girls are in the middle of a space topic at school too so I’m hoping the girls will find it an incredible experience. It’s on the East Coast of Florida and will take over an hour to get to. We will be paying for the travel ourselves.

After checking out from Cabana Bay we head down to a hotel called Stay Sky Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. We have actually paid for two nights ourselves and then they are hosting us for a further two. There’s a restaurant there, and the pool has a pirate ship in it. I have a spa treatment booked when we arrive, I’m having a facial.

Lake Buena Vista Resort is pretty much opposite to Disney World with a free shuttle service when you stay which is why we booked the extra two nights to cover our four days at Disney. Yup, we are heading to Disney! I am a complete Disney virgin and it has been a long-time dream to experience the magic. Disney have kindly gifted us 4-day park hopper tickets with extra fast passes as a fantastic enhancement. As we are staying off site we can’t purchase the dining plans so we will be paying for food and any extra items ourselves.

As we are Disney beginners, we have enlisted the help of a tour guide company called Michael’s VIP Tours. They are kindly gifting us the opportunity to have a tour guide for the full four days of our Disney trip. Michael’s VIP Tours take the hassle from planning a Disney trip away, they book your FastPasses for you and organise your day at the theme parks then provide a tour guide during our time at Disney. We are pretty excited about that as I was really concerned we wouldn’t get the most out of four days.

For our last two nights in Orlando we have been booked in to stay at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. It is literally steps from the ICON which is a big ferris wheel. We will be visiting it on our last days and also a museum called Skeletons. This will definitely be a calmer end to our extremely full on trip. Wyndham has two pools, dining options and a fitness center too. Our stay with Wyndham has been gifted.

We are flying back with Virgin again. It’s a night flight so I’m hoping that the girls will sleep just like they did three years ago. We were very strict and stopped them doing anything fun and pretty much bribed them to sleep. Our flight is early evening time in Orlando and arrives the following day rather early in the UK. So, with any luck we’ll get a nice night of sleep. I say through gritted teeth.

So, there you have it. As you can see it’s going to be an incredible, once in a life time trip. There are no words to explain how lucky I feel and how excited I am. In terms of the content I will be creating, there’s no other way to say it but that there’s going to be a lot!

Content will be heavy on my Instagram and Facebook. I want to create various videos like packing videos. We will be surprising the girls on the day that we fly so that will also be an exciting video to watch. I will be filming every single day of our trip and uploading them individually. Basically, there’s going to be a lot going on over here, my YouTube channel and my social media channels!

I hope you can join in with our excitement and I will see you all very soon!

Disclosure: This is a collaborative trip.

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Why You Should Plan An Education Vacation https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/why-you-should-plan-an-education-vacation/ https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/why-you-should-plan-an-education-vacation/#respond Tue, 21 May 2019 18:56:19 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=35277 When I book holidays I have to admit that I don’t think about the educational value of the experiences. I really should studies suggest that eight in ten children are more interested in what they are taught at school after an educational holiday, while more than half (59%) of children who go on educational holidays achieve …

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When I book holidays I have to admit that I don’t think about the educational value of the experiences. I really should studies suggest that eight in ten children are more interested in what they are taught at school after an educational holiday, while more than half (59%) of children who go on educational holidays achieve higher grades at school.

Travel, it turns out, really does broaden the mind and can help adults and kids learn in many different ways that are just aren’t possible in the classroom.

You could experience a different culture on your next family holiday by booking flights to Dubai as part of an Arabian adventure. The Middle East is a region rich in culture, history and cuisine. There’s so many learning experiences to grasp hold of across the entire world.

As you may know we are off to Orlando and whilst out there we have a lot of theme park experiences but we’ve actually made a conscious effort this time to pop in some educational trips too. We have a few museum visits and also heading to Kennedy Space Center to enhance their current Space topic at school.

If the US is a little too far for your family, for an educational sightseeing adventure you could always consider flights for the entire family to the city of Barcelona for a rich cultural experience that’s closer to home.

The experts at Opodo have published a new infographic that reveals why traveling is the best education possible and shares insight into what should be on your bucket list when holidaying with the family this summer. I really enjoyed reading through it and learnt so much about going on an education vacation.

Disclosure: Opodo asked me for my opinion on the findings of its research.

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