Barton On Sea

Barton On Sea is a coastal village at the very edge of the New Forest. It boasts a pebbly beach, beautiful views along the coast to Milford and the Isle of Wight and refreshing cliff top walks. Barton is one of my favourite New Forest spots, not only for the beach and views, but because…

New Forest Paddling Pools & Splash Parks

Although we have the beach on our doorstep, sometimes when the weather is scorching and the kids are hot and bothered, a splash park or paddling pool is the best solution. Especially when you can’t be bothered with washing sand out of every crevasse and carting a multitude of shells and rocks around all day….

To The Mum Who Almost Lost It At The Park

I heard your quaking voice and felt your anxious energy before I saw you. I could tell you were having the worst of bad days. We sat at a nearby bench as I waited for my friend in the playground. You touched my heart instantly – a mum trying her best to hold it all…

Starting Them Young: Encouraging Young People To Vote

With the Prime Minister’s recent announcement about the snap election, it seems us Brits will be taking to the polling booths again on the 8th June. Though the accuracy of polls has been discredited over the past few years, we are apparently on course for a Conservative landslide. But the outlook could be significantly different…

Wilverley Plain & Inclosure

In the heart of the New Forest, between Burley and Brockenhurst, you will find the charming areas of Wilverley Plain and Wilverley Inclosure. While the plain is uninterrupted grass, inhabited by wondering ponies and hungry picnickers, the inclosure is made up of dense woodland. If you want to experience a taste of true New Forest…

Avon Beach and Mudeford Quay

There is something magical about Avon Beach and Mudeford Quay. The lure of these stunning places was one of the reasons we packed up our life in Berkshire and moved to the New Forest. We spend many happy hours, during all seasons, trudging through the golden sand and walking along the wind-whipped quayside. Avon Beach…

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

For a fun, diverse and relatively inexpensive family day out, Adventure Wonderland, Bournemouth is a great option. There are rides, animals, shows, playgrounds and an indoor play centre to explore. It’s less sophisticated than the major theme parks, but then the entry prices do reflect this (£13.99 per adult and child aged 3+ at the…

How To Teach Children About Failure

When I was a child, I had an unwavering passion for writing. I wrote stories, created magazines and even invented different languages, so strong was my love of words. The purpose of all this was pure enjoyment. There were no expectations levelled on my passion until something happened as I teetered towards the end of…

How I Was Reminded That Self-Care Is Not A Swear Word

This is how a broken shower, a dodgy internet connection and unused Christmas gifts all contributed to a small revival of the forgotten concept of looking after myself. Since becoming a mother, I haven’t looked after myself at all. Believing that any time spent caring for me is a waste, self-care has been left, neglected,…

By Volunteering You Can Change The World – And Yourself

‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ ~ Mahatma Gandhi Volunteering has been a large part of my life for many years. I’ve always had a strong desire to give something back, a mindset I picked up from my parents who were often involved with different charities. While I’ve spent most of…

36 Things I’ve Learned In 36 Years

Since I became a mother, my birthdays have been pretty tame affairs. They now provide an opportunity for reflection rather than mindless partying. My thirties have been a steep learning curve, in which I’ve left behind the insecurity and irresponsibility of my twenties and learned many life truths and lessons. This knowledge has helped me…

Happiness School – Can We Teach Our Kids How To Be Happy?

We send our kids to school to learn how to read and write and to study maths, geography, history and other subjects. We ferry them around to after-school clubs so they can learn how to swim, play football and dance. Yet the one thing we don’t actively teach them, the one goal common to all…