Happiness is…

It’s only recently that I feel like I’m a little better at dealing with situations that make me feel sad. Handling them as a adult instead of, like my kids do and throwing a strop/having a tantrum/sulking. Sometimes, I do still do these things. Obvs. I’m only human. But sometimes, I am actually, a grown-up human and handle things as such.

Aside from watching my babies sleeping, which is genuinely my all time favourite thing to do (non-parents don’t you dare judge me, kids are at their cutest when they’re asleep, it’s NORMAL!). And sleeping myself, also a fave. I have a few other things little things up my sleeve that help me when I’m feeling low. They might be obvious, or perhaps not but here are a few ways to help find happiness…

one) Meet up with friends who can really make you laugh. I have a few BFF’s who I know, can make me actually LOL and bring me out of the lowest of moods. Meeting them for a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows would be perfect for a down day, if not, I know I can text them and they’ll diffuse the sorry situation in an instant. Normally with a dash of piss-taking and a peppering of profanities. That’s what friends are for.

two) Listen to your favourite music. My all time favourite song is Mr Blue Sky by ELO, it can even pick me up on the moodiest of Monday mornings when stuck (standing and squashed) on a packed commuter train to London at 7 in the morning. I can’t listen to it without smiling, dancing (maybe just a little foot tap on the train) and singing along. I bloody love it.

three) Don’t compare to others. Whether it’s yourself; your family; your house; your job, your dinner, whatever. It’s good to be ambitious but not so good to be envious. Be happy for others for what they have achieved. Use it to spur on your own ambition. Don’t be jel.

four) Along the same lines as number 3, remember that most of the posts you see on Facebook, Instagram etc are polished versions of reality. I posted a photo of my kitchen on Instagram to show off the new worktop. The kitchen looked IMMACULATE but it only ever looks like that 5 minutes before we have guests turning up. Plus, well…filters! They’re social media’s equivalent of rose tinted glasses. They make everything look better. If ever you see a black and white photo of me it’s only because I looked like shit, in colour.

five) Eat well. Comfort eating is tempting and I definitely do it WAAAAAAAAY more often than I should. But no matter how good chocolate makes me feel (and it really does, SO good!) it’s not as good as when I am eating really well. When I eat better, I feel physically better, which makes me feel emotionally better. Better.

I was going to stop at five but I am on a ROLL so here’s one more…

six) Hugs. Mainly with my husband; kids; family; friends. Or even with a stranger in the card aisle in Tesco. Yep. It happened. She was looking for a With Sympathy card, I was looking for something to say “sorry you have cancer” (they didn’t anything suitable..!) we both felt sad, I offered her a hug, she accepted, we hugged it out and in that moment, we both felt a little less sad. Seriously, more people should hug. Hugging improves your mood. There’s some science shiz behind it which I don’t understand won’t go into but essentially, it’s a fact, so hug it out.

There you have it. Six simple, inexpensive ways to perk yourself up. If you have other ideas, please let me know, there must be so many way and everyone needs a little help to feel happy sometimes.

Oh I thought of another one, fresh flowers! They don’t even have to be in my home (although YES to having them in my home!) but just walking past a pretty garden is a mood booster. Don’t even get me started on a bluebell woodland. God I’m getting old…

Be happy!x

 

Everything is rosy again…

I have been meaning to blog for ages, I really have. I just haven’t quite got round to it. I only posted 3 times last year *awkward embarrassed smile* so I’m not sure I can even call myself a blogger. But seriously. I haven’t blogged for a while because, well, sometimes you just feel a little bit shit, don’t you?

Some things in my life recently have made me feel just that, and I haven’t really been in the right frame of mind to blog. I haven’t had any inspiration. Or inclination.

But sometimes life can be a little bit shit. Sometimes life can be fucking hard. This is what makes us stronger, isn’t it? I hope so!

Things have taken a turn and I am in a better place (right now I am LITERALLY in a better place, sat by the lake on my lunch break, in the beautifully warm sun!). I have just started a health kick (I’m talking like, 2 days ago!), summer is on its way (ish) and life is bloody good!

Here’s to the future! Everything will be rosy!

  Today’s ACTUAL sky! #nofilter

 

The British Tag

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I do love a good tag and this one is the best by far! I saw it on my new fave Little Miss Katy‘s blog and thought I would nick it join in! It originated from the very lovely Beautycrush who started it on her vlog.

So, let’s go! Tally-ho! (already, could I be more British?!)

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day and how many sugars?
I drink a shocking amount of green tea. I basically live on it. Normal English Breakfast tea, I drink with one sugar but I don’t have it very often, usually only when I’m out at a friends house. I’m also partial to a Peppermint tea.

2. Favourite part of your roast?
Roast spuds. Or massive Yorkshires:

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Or Pigs-in-blankets. I like roasts.

3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
I don’t do dunking. It ruins tea and it ruins biscuits.
My favourite biscuit however, is a chocolate bourbon (sorry Beautycrush!). I could EASILY eat a whole (family size) pack in one go. In fact, I have. Don’t judge me.

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4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
Watching Wimbledon whilst eating strawberries & cream and drinking Pimms. #winning

5. Favourite word?
Impossible to limit this to one word! Jerk is quite high up the list, as is Subliminal. And Jive. I do not like Lush.

6. Cockney rhyming slang?
Oh I know a few: Godiva (£5); Butchers (Look); Apples and Pears (Stairs); Dog and Bone (Phone); Cream Crackered (Knackered); Bricks and Mortar (Daughter)…I’m all out.

7. Favourite sweet?
Again, I can’t limit myself. Life is too short for favourites. Especially when you have a tooth as sweet as mine. I love Jelly Tots; the pink and blue bobbly ones from Liquorice Allsorts and Star bars!

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8. What would your pub be called?
Um something with our surname, Knight… A Knight Inn/Knights Inn? Is that too jerky?! I just Googled it and turns out it’s not very original. Good job I don’t name pubs for a living. That would be a cool job though. If I was better at it.

9. No.1 British person?
James Bond. Or Phillip Schofield. Or Kevin McCloud. Oh or the voice over man from Come Dine with Me. All men! Interesting.

10. Favourite shop/restaurant?
Hands down this has to be John Lewis! Their Christmas adverts alone win it for me. Apart from the snowman one from  few years ago, that didn’t really do it for me. Last years The Bear and The Hare was pretty tear-jerking.

11. What British song pops into your head?
Aside from the Lily Allen song in that John Lewis advert, the next British song is…Parklife by Blur? Bit random but I like it. Then Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

12. Marmite?
Love love LOVE it!

I tag anyone and everyone, British or not!

WIN WIN WIN eos lip balms

Today is the day that Everything is Rosy turns 1! Woohoo! Crack open the champers!!

We’ve already had a celebratory giveaway with a prize for baby, so now here’s a little teeny tiny something for Mum…

I recently discovered eos (evolution of smooth) lip balms and now I can’t get enough of them! They smell A-MAY-ZING!!!

I have two of these little gems to giveaway, in Strawberry Sorbet (I have this!) and Pomegranate Raspberry (I want this!)

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eos lip balm’s are 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos lip balms keep your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth. Oooooooh!

So, to be in with a chance of winning these two fruity little balls of deliciousness, click on the link below and go go go!

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You’ve got a week to enter. DO IT! Good luck!

T&C’s: Competition is open to UK residents only.  All answers will be checked to make sure the winner has entered all details correctly.  The winner will have 3 days to respond and claim their prize after which another winner will be chosen at random.  Everythingisrosy will send out the prize within 3 days of the winner claiming.

The TMI Tag

TMI

About 67 years ago, the very lovely Nicola from Nicola and Baby J (she’s about 36 weeks pregnant and looks AMAZING. Not jealous at all..!), tagged me in her TMI post. I’ve been so busy with the newest addition to the family that I’m only just getting around to doing it..! So here goes…

1. What are you wearing?
My gym kit! Wednesday’s (today!) is Fitmama Postnatal day so I’ve been practising Hypopressives and bum clenches – I’ll blog about this sometime soon. Hopefully before the next 67 years!

2. Ever been in love?
Yes, I really rather love my husband!

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Nope. I’ve just left a trail of destruction! HA!

4. How tall are you?

5ft 4in

5. How much do you weigh?

Too much. I’m 10 weeks postnatal and still have a hefty amount to lose. We won’t talk about that.

6. Any tattoos?

No, none

7. Any piercings?

My ears. I had my nose pierced when I was younger but it didn’t last long.

8. OTP?

Err what?? I don’t know what this is so I’m going to say it means…Octopus, Tiddlywinks or Pastrami? My answer is Octopus. Of course.

9. Favourite show?

Gogglebox is my current fave. I love it, I just can’t decide which family is the best! 

10. Favourite bands?

No idea! I’ll hear a song that I like on the radio and have no clue who it’s by! I’m all about golden oldies too though.

11. Something you miss?

I miss Austin! He’s spending tonight on a mini-break with my Mum in the New Forest.

12. Favourite song?

All time favourite is Mr Blue Sky by ELO! #iamcool

13. How old are you?

33

14. Zodiac sign?

Libra

15. Quality you look for in a partner?

Gorgeousness and muscles

16. Favourite Quote?

Oooh I was watching Lorraine this morning interviewing Elle Machpherson (who, incidentally, is ridiculously gorgeous) and she said “Love what you do and do what you love”  

17. Favourite actor?

Bradley Cooper – SWOON! (Does “swoon” remind anyone else of reading Just Seventeen when you were younger??)

18. Favourite colour?
Before having Elodie, I hated pink. Now I can’t get enough of it!

19. Loud music or soft?
Depends how I’m feeling and what I’m doing. 

20. Where do you go when you’re sad?
To bed!

21. How long does it take you to shower?
If I’m childless, I could spend hours in a hot shower. If there are children in the house, I either keep thinking I can hear the baby crying or, I have the toddler banging on the shower door so, I’m in and out as quick as poss!

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Depends whether Austin is helping me re-arrange my make-up box. I MUST wear make-up if I am to leave the house. Otherwise I would be mistaken for my brother and nobody wants to deal with that.

23. Ever been in a physical fight?
Yes, with my brother when we were younger. I would always win. ALWAYS. Don’t believe anything different he tells you. Although he did break my nose with a tennis racket. That doesn’t look right, how the hell do you spell racket?!

24. Turn on?
Gorgeousness and muscles!

25. Turn off?
Arrogance; rudeness; lies; bad breath and dirty nails!

26. The reason I started blogging?
To write about my pregnancy, motherhood and other general goings on in my life.

27. Fears?
CLOWNS. Why the hell do they even exist? No point. They’re like the wasps of the children’s entertainment world.

28. Last thing that made you cry?
I don’t remember, it happens so often at the moment. Probably watching something rubbish on TV that nobody else in their right mind would shed a tear over! #hormones

29. Last time you said you loved someone?
I just told Elodie while she was crying.

30. Meaning behind your blog name?
Rosy is my nickname…

31. Last book you read?
I read The Gruffalo to Austin last night. The second page has been ripped out, thankfully I’ve seen the film 96 million times and I can recite the story word for word, so it wasn’t a problem.

32. The book you’re currently reading?
I’m not. However, I did buy the latest Glamour magazine earlier today! Although, it might take me 3 months to get to read it. Does that count?

33. Last show you watched?
The Ejector Seat! Have you seen it? It’s presented by Andi Peters and is a bit naff. But I like it.

34. Last person you talked to?
Husband.

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
My Mum! Telling me that she’d taken Austin to the beach today with his Great Uncle.

36. Favourite food?
Anything curry-like

37. Place you want to visit?
I quite fancy Australia and New Zealand

38. Last place you were?
Asda buying nappies! #rockandroll

39. Do you have a crush?
Yes, my husband!

40. Last time you kissed someone?
I kissed Elodie on one of her chubby cheeks about 5 minutes ago

41. Last time you were insulted?
Ooooh good question! I actually don’t know. I have a shortlist of people who tend to insult me and I haven’t seen any of them for a while!

42. Favourite flavour of sweet?
Berry flavours – I’ll always pick a red or black sweet over a green or yellow.

43. What instruments do you play?
I can play about 4 songs on the piano (only one of them with both hands), that’s it!

44. Favourite piece of jewellery?
My engagement ring

45. Last sport you played?
Wrestling! With Austin last night. He’s better at it than me.

46. Last song you sang?
I sang “I only wanna be with you” to Elodie earlier to calm her down when she was having a bit of a scream. I think she liked it.

47. Favourite chat up line?
Chat up lines are dumb!

48. Have you ever used it?
No…

49. Last time you hung out with anyone?
Other than Husband, Elodie and I met one of my friends for a catch up after my fitness class today. Elodie even wore flamingo leggings for the occasion.

50. Who should answer these questions next?
I’m going to tag…

Emma @ Emma and Alfie’s World

Polly @ Polly’s Little World

Jess @ Mrs Helicopter

and Katie @ KTBTW

Liebster Award!

Liebster

I actually can’t believe this but I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by my incredibly lovely fellow mummy blogger Katie Bytheway (doesn’t she have THE coolest surname?!) her fab blog is here: KTBTW!

The Liebster Award is an award given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers (on Google/Blogger/BlogLovin etc), to help boost their popularity and reputation. How fab is that?!

There are rules! They are as follows:

  • Link back to the blog which nominated you
  • Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you
  • Divulge 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5 – 11 other new blogs (with less than 200 followers) and come up with 11 questions for them to answer!

Sooooo…

11 Questions from KTBTW:

When did you start blogging? not long, about a month ago!

Why did you start your blog? I wanted to start when I began maternity leave but didn’t get round to it until Austin was 8 1/2 months old!! Took me a while… I am incredibly nosey and love reading other people’s blogs and although my life is not quite as exciting enough to have my own reality tv show, some people might also like to be nosey and read about me and my family!

What surprised you the most about blogging? How much I enjoy writing. I basically write as I would think and talk, so my style can be a bit scatty at times! But I really enjoy it.

If you could have 3 “special guests” at a dinner party, who would you invite? This is hard!! I’m going to say Bradley Cooper, he’s pleasing to my eyes; Stephen Fry, he’s so bloomin’ clever annnnnnnnddddd oooh Samantha “Why do women hate me for being beautiful” Brick (remember her??), she would amuse me.

Where’s your favourite place to go? Bed! How boring, ha!! In my previous few jobs I have travelled with work and hotel beds just don’t cut the mustard. There’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed. And now I have a little bear to cuddle up to as well. although he’s normally clambering over me or slapping me on the cheek!

If you could learn one new skill, what would it be? To master speaking in different accents! This sounds dumb to most of you I’m sure however, it’s a big thing in our house. My husband is (annoyingly) good at everything be does and he’s bloomin’ amazing at speaking in any accent, even switching between them mid sentence. He likes to try and teach me purely for his own amusement. I’d like to master this! Or flying. Either or.

What were you doing this time last year? I was still working and travelling to Poland, looking forward to putting my feet up when my maternity leave started! Now a year on, I don’t have long before I return to work :(. The last year has flown by so quickly, I can’t believe it!

If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would you pick? I like this question because I LOVE food. After much deliberation, I have decided on crispy duck pancakes. I tell you why, I bloody love them. Whenever I go out to a chinese restaurant (which is not very often) I can’t get enough of their pancakes. I could easily live on them for the rest of my life and not get bored. I might get fat but not bored!!

What’s your favourite film? Now, it always used to be The Labrynth with David Bowie (I recorded it on video from the TV – in the olden days when you had to enter a video plus code to record anything) but more recently, as I’ve grown up, it’s changed to Ghostbusters. I am NOT joking. I love it. I love the old special effects, the storyline, Slimer, the whole damn thing. But Ghostbusters 2, is rubbish. Don’t even bother with it.

Do you believe in love at first sight? Ummmm no, if I’m honest I don’t. I believe in lust and fancying the pants off someone at first sight but love is something much deeper, something that grows between two people. I don’t think it can be there in an instant.

Finish this senstence: If i had my way…… there would be world peace… Alternatively, I would look like a supermodel, have Bradley Cooper phoning me for dates, be besties with the Kardashians (honestly, who wouldn’t want to live in their world for just a day?!) and be eating crispy duck pancakes for the rest of my life…

11 Random Facts:

  1. Belly Buttons make me feel sick
  2. I have one eye long sighted and the other short sighted. I never tire of opticians saying “Oh I’ve never seen that before”!!
  3. Touching velvet makes my throat feel like its going to close up (it possibly isn’t really going to close up but it definitely feels strange)
  4. I can touch my nose with my tongue, with great ease.
  5. I didn’t pass my driving test until the *whispers* 4th attempt – I blame the stupid examiner!
  6. I have been driving for 15 years and have owned a whopping 10 cars – just because I get bored easily…
  7. When I was younger I fancied (ahem) Gary Rhodes. Yes that’s right, the chef with the sticky up hair!
  8. I have grissle in my jaw bone
  9. I dream the most in depth, indecipherable dreams ever. It’s actually a wonder I can sleep through them. I might start a dream blog to discuss them. My mind is really quite fucked up!
  10. I have a “Pooey” list of famous people I dislike immensely. Sue Barker is at the top.
  11. Before I got married 3 years ago, I lost the feeling in my left arm for a couple of months, after scans and tests, nobody knows why…

My Nominee’s are…

This was SOOOO hard! I think these lovely blogs meet the criteria..! If not, please don’t be offended, I have nominated you because I think you have a bloomin’ fab blog! I enjoy reading them all, whether for their factual information, funny stories or cute pics!

NorthHantsMum – NorthHantsMum.wordpress.com

JosanneBlog – My Toddler Rules…that’s official! – JosanneBlog.wordpress.com

Adventures of a Mum – AdventuresofaMum.wordpress.com

The Natural Momma in Me – NaturalMommainMe.blogspot.co.uk

Motherhood – Warts ‘n’ All – MotherhoodMum.blogspot.com.au

Pajama Kind of Day – PajamaKindofDay.blogspot.ca

My 11 questions:

  1. When did you start blogging?
  2. What made you decide to start blogging?
  3. If you could have one special power, what would it be?
  4. Would you rather have a giraffe’s neck or tiger paws (and why?)
  5. Who is (or has been) your embarrassing celeb crush? We’ve all had them, see my facts above for mine..!?
  6. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  7. What is your most embarrassing habit?
  8. Which do you fancy right now, sweet or savoury?
  9. What is your favourite ever thing to do?
  10. What is your biggest fear?
  11. Who or what inspires you?

Woohoo! I did it! I can’t wait to see the answers and facts from my nominess, if they want to join in!

Thank you so much again Katie – KTBTW – for nominating me! I really enjoyed writing this post and choosing who to nominate, I hope my answers and facts are ok!!

First holiday as a family!

We did it, we went on our first holiday as a family of 3, and it was fab!

I was nervous about how much our luggage was going to weigh (see my blog on Holiday Weight) and so was going to pre-order Austin’s formula from Boots at Gatwick but, as I have the imagination of an overactive 5 year old, I would have worried about something happening to stop us being able to collect it. So we packed enough ready made formula in our cases to last the whole week. We were still all under our luggage allowances. Check. Us. Out.

It turned out we were running quite tight on time, through no fault of our own (damn those ridiculously long check-in and security queues!), so we would have been hard pushed to collect the milk afterall!

We parked the car at Gatwick with Maple Manor Meet and Greet Car Service, we phoned them to say we were 5 minutes away, they met us at the airport and took the car off to the car park. When we returned home, we phoned them once we’d collected our luggage and they met us outside the airport with our car. I really recommend it, it was so easy AND we got our car back after the holiday! Always a bonus!!

The flight out, Austin was a dream! He was so tired, bless him, he slept most of the 3 1/2 hours we were in the air. I fed him some milk as we took off and landed to keep him swallowing and help his ears adjust to the altitude (fab tip from friend of mine!). The rest of the time he ate some snacks and watched Peppa Pig on the iPad!

Austin, mid flight, asleep on Daddy

We decided to book a Thomson Family holiday, they have fab facilities for kids of all ages and I’d heard good things about them. After much deliberating (we wanted somewhere with good reviews, where the flight and transfer wouldn’t be too long), we chose the Atlantica Aegean Blue hotel in Rhodes and it was lovely. We booked a family room, to have a little bit more room than in a standard room. The family rooms have a partition wall which separates the main room from the childs bedroom area.

The kiddy part of the family room, cimplete with bunk beds and toy kitchen!

The kiddy part of the family room, complete with bunk beds and toy kitchen!

The room was equipped with a travel cot/playpen; high chair; bottle warmer and steriliser – all we requested and paid a little extra for when we booked. Plus Austin had a standard cot. All baby equipment was from Mothercare and this was the case throughout the resort.

Eeyore (yep, he came too!) keeping guard in the cot

Eeyore (yep, he came too!) keeping guard in the cot

Outside the room, the hotel facilities were great, perfect for kids. Austin loved the little soft play area and there was a creche we could have used if we’d wanted (for an extra charge). There is also a water park for older kids, plus kids clubs activities. As I’m typing this I’m thinking, this time last year, this would have been exactly the type of holiday I would have avoided!! How parenthood changes you!

The view from our room

The view from our room

The main pool area was always jam packed and REALLY annoyingly, sun beds were reserved at stupid o’clock in the morning, despite a sign saying to do so was “forbidden”! And a lot of them were reserved at 7am ish but not even used until 11am ish! Beyond irritating. It’s something I’ve never done before but, as we wanted enough shade for Austin to be comfortable and to be close enough to the baby pool that we could take him for a dunk whenever he got hot, we got in on the action too. If you can’t beat ’em..!

Austin and I by the pool (I’m holding his hands in an attempt to keep his sunglasses on his face for the photo!)

The beach right next to the hotel was, to be honest, not the best (narrow and with weird pebbly sand)! But Austin didn’t seem a fan of it anyway so it didn’t matter too much. He didn’t quite know what to do with the sand and wasn’t sure about the waves coming and going! He LOVED the pool, the smallest one was shallow enough at one end for him to sit in and the deeper end he could float around in his inflatable boat.

Austin (in his boat!) and Daddy on the first day of the holiday.

The hotel was All Inclusive, so there was always food available. For Austin, we took some dinner and fruit pouches, Heinz biscotti and Organix crisps, just in case they were needed. But actually, he ate everything we offered him, so we needn’t have worried at all! Highchairs were dotted around the main restaurant (all from Mothercare) so there was always one available to use. And it was lovely because the staff were fab with Austin and they really didn’t mind if any of the kids cried, or made a mess, it was a really relaxed atmosphere. There was even a family area in the restaurant if you preferred to sit amongst other families with kids, which was near the childrens buffet area.

The resort of Kolymbia, where the hotel is situated, is very quiet! There are a handful of bars and restaurants along the main street (about a 15 minute walk from the hotel). There are 2 cashpoints, although apparently they are normally empty of cash (!). One was working when we were there and I managed to take out some money but my card was cloned shortly afterwards..! Perhaps just a coincidence, but perhaps not! There are lots little “Supermarkets” dotted around too. I definitely saw an “Asda” and “Sainsbury” but I’m not convinced they are a genuine addition to the UK chains we know and love!

The flight home was not quite as successful as the way out…to start with, it was delayed for 2 hours and the air conditioning in the airport was next to useless (think breathing out of your mouth onto your hand and you’d be close!). Once on the  flight, 4 families with babies had been seated in front of each other (not sure if this was intentional or not – but it did not work well!) and of course they all slept and cried at different times. So while Austin was in a deep sleep, the baby behind screamed at the top of her voice, scaring the shit out of Austin and causing him to scream at the top of his voice! Once I’d calmed him down, he was fine, a bit grumpy, but who wouldn’t be!

Summary:
For a first holiday abroad with bubs, it was lovely. We needn’t really have gone for a Thomson Family hotel, we wold have been equally happy in a standard resort, but for the peace of mind that it gave us before and during the holiday of catering for Austin, it was a good choice for our first holiday as a family.

Pro’s:
Fab for kids older than babies
All baby equipment is from Mothercare
Creche staff are UK qualified
All the staff loved Austin and went out of their way to help us

Con’s:
Sun-bed situation was just ridiculous
Austin was too young for most of the kids stuff – water park, play park, childrens buffet
He was also too young for most of the Thomson excursions (not that we wanted to go on any, but for your info)
The beach isn’t the best – a bit pebbly – but there is a much nicer, sandy one close by

I think that covers everything, if you want to know more, let me know! Where does anyone else recommend for a family holiday abroad?