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Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl
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Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl

'A timeless story celebrating friendship and imagination, from an exciting new voice in children's literature.
Mabel lives with her parents in The Mermaid Hotel, by the sea. Mabel likes to keep an eye on the comings and goings of all the guests. Then one day a particularly in-ter-est-ing old lady comes to stay. There is something very suspicious about her, with her growly voice and her heavy trunks and her beady-eyed tortoise. And why does no one know her REAL name? There can only be one answer, Mabel decides ... this guest is a SUPERVILLAIN'

The O'Hara sisters have collaborated with Sophie Dahl in the making of this beautiful book. Sophie's first book is a lovely seaside tale full of all the best types of characters like pirates! We own a few of the O'Hara sister's books such as Hortense and the Shadow which I would really recommend too! 

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Our 5 best family holiday destinations

Whilst we aren't planning on any family holidays abroad this year I thought it would be fun to share our best family holiday destinations. They are all places we would definitely re-visit at some point and wholeheartedly recommend. 

Efteling Holidays -
This was one of our most magical family trips away and we would love to revisit sometime in the future. We visited winter Efteling around Christmas a couple of years ago which was incredible. I have to say we aren't usually fans of 'theme park' type holidays (having visited Disneyland Paris and not really enjoyed it at all) but Efteling we couldn't recommend enough. Efteling is a fantasy-themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands. The attractions are based on fairy tales from the Netherlands. It also feels really outdoorsy as you can stay at the lake and there is lots of woodland and greenery. You can see our blog post about it here.

Efteling is a fantasy-themed amusement park

Iberostar Anthelia -
For an all-inclusive stress-free family holiday in a beautiful location and great food I honestly don't think you could want anything more than Iberostar Anthelia Costa Adeje Tenerife. This is one of those trips that although we were only there for three full days we can't stop reminiscing about. We went for the all-inclusive package which a few people asked me about when booking for themselves and I would really recommend if you can as it made a relaxing break even more so (those all-inclusive cocktails went down very well!). We are hoping to return next year fingers crossed. You can read about our stay here.

Iberostar Anthelia

Tresco Isles of Scilly -

For the UK I don't think you could get anywhere more outstanding that the Isle of Scilly. We were blown away that was even still in the UK as it felt like a tropical island. The travel there was pretty full-on (we went there via the plane then back via the ferry as the 6 seater plane was not for the faint of heart - or those who have a fear of flying!). We visited Tresco and stayed in a self-catering cottage there and then moved to Hell Bay and stayed in a hotel for a couple of nights. Find out what we thought of each accommodation here. 

Tresco Isles of Scilly

Aloha Village Parc in Serigan Plage

I'm a huge fan of Eurocamp so when we saw this one run in an Aloha camp in the south of France looked perfect. Especially with its Tiki-themed mobile homes. I think they are so perfectly set up for families and their facilities are always really reliable, clean and friendly. We visited this one when Mabli was just a few months old it was such an easy holiday we would happily return.

Aloha Village Parc in Serigan Plage


The first family trip we ever took out of the country was to Paris. I think some people might not think that there were many activities in Paris for families, especially those with toddlers but we found the total opposite. It felt like every other street we would stumble upon a park or great children's shop or friendly cafe. We loved it so much and even better that you can just hop on the Eurostar to get there. You can read our posts on Paris here.

activities in Paris for families


We like to Read

the steves by morag hood
picture books about conflict resolution, the steves by Morag Hood

'When Steve meets Steve, neither can believe it. Surely one of them must be the first Steve, the best Steve, the Stevest Steve . . . The claims of each puffin become sillier and sillier as the argument descends into name-calling – until both Steves realize there’s really no need to fall out over a name. 
The feuding puffins perfectly reflect the sort of silly arguments children have – and The Steves shows just how pointless they are. The bold, brilliantly coloured, graphic illustrations will have you laughing out loud in this glorious book from Morag Hood, creator of the hilarious Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea and I Am Bat' 

This is a firm favourite at bedtime round here! A great way to discuss subjects like arguments and wanting to be right with little ones. It's also brilliantly funny! 

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Wish List - Four Jumpers I'm loving right now

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Blue Puff Sleeve Cable 
Red Tie Neck Cashmere-Wool (on sale)
Serena Jumper 
Striped Pullover 
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