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Oh its a jolly holiday…

The winter makes me wish for a holiday. Especially this month. February is a difficult month i think as the weather seems to never know what to do. We have had warm, sunny days when the daffodils are out and acting all spring like and then its baltic freezing winds that cut through you like a knife. I can just do without it.

So i start thinking holidays….hmmmm…warm…sunshine, flip flops, vest tops and that lingering smell of suncream.

This time of year we start talking about our holiday plans..holidaying with 5 kids isnt exactly easy or cheap but its nice to get away and try and have a break..(although break isnt always how it feels!). For me, its a balancing act. We need to keep it within a reasonable budget but sitting on a beach in summer wearing your jumper and a rain mac is not my idea of a summer break. Which largely rules out this country. I know that the kids don’t need the heat though, they just dont feel the cold in the same way. But then they aren’t spending two hours paddling, ankle deep in an outdoor pool with a swift breeze blowing round your swimming costumed self.

Opt for outside this country and you are looking a LONG drive or flying and that just bumps up your price. Oh yeah you can fly on those super cheap fares but we ALL know that they never stay super cheap. Adding taxes for standing in the airport, food on the plane even going to the loo on the plane. It all gets pretty steep!!

So what do you do and where do you go? What has worked well for you and your family in the past or where are you planning this year?

 

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The winner of last weeks treat box from the lovely LUSH is: Anna Emslie. Congratulations! Please get in touch!

So this week it is another box of their shiny, happy goodness could be winging its way to you, maybe as a little mother’s day gift or just a treat. Just fill in the rafflecopter below!. Thanks so much and don’t forget to check out the lovely ladies I am linking up with this week!

 

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Motivational Monday

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February 25, 2013 - 12:44 am

Pinkoddy - We have opted for a long Ferry journey again – mostly paid for with vouchers. This time we have gone with the Sun holidays – family of 6 abroad in July for 4 nights has cost around £250 including insurances/breakdown. That’s with a people carrier with a roof box.

We did Disneyland before that and the drive tired me out and made me grouchy.
At Duinrell it has lots for the kids and so not much for us to do, and felt like a holiday.

Happy planning and thanks for co hosting :)

February 25, 2013 - 1:09 am

Rebecca Phillips - I wouldn’t say I had a “favourite”. When I was younger (with my family) we’d always go to Spain. Now, I just want to see the world!

February 25, 2013 - 8:11 am

Rachael @ Tales from the Village - I have four children, so I know just what you mean! I find the simpler the better, strangely. My mum has a small house in France which has no tv, no internet, and is a ten minute drive from the beach. After a day of grumbling they end up pootling around with sticks and being very low tech and having a lovely time. This year I’m thinking of a Scottish island and big deserted beaches, the dog and wellie boots. (And crossing fingers for good weather!)

February 25, 2013 - 12:05 pm

christina curtis - I am happy with a UK Holiday. I really love Devon and Cornwall

February 25, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Kim Plant - Greece been there a few times x.

February 25, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Sarah Miles - We are off to Center Parcs AGAIN! I just can’t face travelling too far with my 3 and they love CP. It is easy and we are going with friends in a next door lodge so it should be a laugh.

Sun would be nice though…..maybe Italy one year….in the very distant future….!
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February 25, 2013 - 5:22 pm

Morag Buchan - somewhere in this beautiful country with culture, relaxation and pleasant walks.

February 25, 2013 - 5:22 pm

C Hui - Found Barcelona very nice, lots of nice food and sun!

February 25, 2013 - 5:23 pm

christina brown - Probably Italy :) It’s so lovely and warm with so many places and such culture to explore!

February 25, 2013 - 5:23 pm

ELAINE GREENALL - We love the Cotswolds – it keeps the whole family from Grandma to our 1 year old entertained with loads of watersports for the teenager and loads of nice restaurants and pubs for us!

February 25, 2013 - 5:23 pm

natalie phillips - Italy

February 25, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Maureen Findley - Mexico is my favourite place in the world.

February 25, 2013 - 5:24 pm

older mum in a muddle - That cheered me up – at the moment all I can see is grey and that we are going to be moving in a months time – so to think about a holiday was a welcome pause! :o ).

February 25, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Suzanne Cooke - I love Scotland, the land of peace and quiet ( and whiskey ).

February 25, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Sally Carter - Very difficult to choose but I think probably Majorca. It is a beautiful island, away from the noisy resorts.

February 25, 2013 - 5:27 pm

sarah clarke feltham - i love going anywhere on holiday

February 25, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Philip Darling - USA for me, especially the Mid west.

February 25, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Claire - I love New York. It is an amazing city and I would LOVE to go back

February 25, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Emma H - Florida :)

February 25, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Laura Harris - We were lucky enough to go to Egypt for Christmas, and that was divine!

February 25, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Wendy Lam - I love Morocco for its culture, colours and scenery. I love the contrast of snow in the hot weather as I trek up the Atlas, all due to the albedo effect. It’s an amazing country will so much life to it due to the Islamic religion and I love the unity where everyone does their 5 prayers a day together. There is a lot of globalisation but behing it all are the mountains, the rivers and lakes that makes the place shine. I want to go back already.

February 25, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Arthur Yarwood - Cool, always liked Lush stuff.

February 25, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Maz T - Orlando, great weather and there’s so much to do.

February 25, 2013 - 5:44 pm

Lisa Williams - I dream about Japan it’s one of my favourite places ever :)

February 25, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Stephen Lui - thanks for the wonderful prize give away.. USA has awesome!

February 25, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Angie Allen - I love Turkey.

February 25, 2013 - 5:57 pm

anthony harrington - Cornwall when it is sunny!

February 25, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Faye Lester - I love Devon and Cornwall. I visited so many times as a child, I have some really nice memories.

February 25, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Kirsten Barthy - I love Mexico.

February 25, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Cheryl Edwards - Turkey is my favourite holiday destination. I love the people, food, weather and culture.

February 25, 2013 - 6:10 pm

K Kaur - I love Paris. I love the culture – all of the art galleries and the Eiffel Tower.

February 25, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Janice Davison - Switzerland

February 25, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Gary Topley - Canary Islands

February 25, 2013 - 6:13 pm

sandra henderson - Turkey in the quiter areas-love the food, love the scenery, the sea is still clean and it has never rained while iv there!

February 25, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Lauren Pilkington - tenerife for sure, friendly warm and plenty of things to do.

February 25, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Sarah Bailey - I love going to Cornwall to catch up with all the family :)
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February 25, 2013 - 6:29 pm

Harpal Kaur - Bali

February 25, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Alison Wakefield - Love Las Vegas it is amazing and have been 3 times and it still shocks me with new things.

February 25, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Mother Goutte - We managed Munich for under £1000 (plus expenses but as we were staying in a self-catered flat that can be kept fairly low!) and I think this could be managed for Paris, I was really surprised as how good value for money self-catering is over there (there are lots of flats on offer). Something I could never do (house is too much of a mess) but can get you great holidays anywhere for a low budget : house swap…
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February 25, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Jen Schofield - Definitely Spain!

February 25, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Carole Currie - I love everything about Italy – the climate, the food, the culture and the wine!

February 25, 2013 - 6:52 pm

deedee - Italy

February 25, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Jenny - I loved Egypt – Sharm El Sheikh with the clear waters and warm temperatures but not burning sun.

February 25, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Jackie ONeill - New Zealand

February 25, 2013 - 6:59 pm

jennifer thorpe - We love staying in the UK, Wales in particular

February 25, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Jenni L - Riva Del Garda in Italy.

February 25, 2013 - 7:25 pm

Rachel Sanders - The best holiday I’ve ever had was in Peru.

February 25, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Fiona - Australia – really love it.

February 25, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Danielle Maycox - I love holidays in the UK, there’s no where better on a nice sunny day!

February 25, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Joanne Runnerduck Thomas - florida for family fun.

February 25, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Jane Adair - Any of the Greek Islands.

February 25, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Laura Pinnell - Florida – Disneyland

February 25, 2013 - 7:51 pm

helloitsgemma - big fan of Cornwall for family holidays, Southwold in Suffolk was a surprise hit. Def. recommend. This year I’d like us to go to Norfolk or if cash is flush camping in France, anywhere near the sea. Can’t beat a beach with for holidays with children
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February 25, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Alison Joyce - Hawaai, we went on honeymoon, I’d love to go back.

February 25, 2013 - 8:09 pm

ashleigh - Florida!

February 25, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Kieran - Australia

February 25, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Frances Sunshine Hopkins - Anywhere that’s warm.

February 25, 2013 - 8:32 pm

Ruth Lurring - The best holiday I ever had was to Cyprus – it was beautiful, warm, sunny, full of entertainment & my brother got married there.

February 25, 2013 - 8:33 pm

sarah birkett - unlimited funds? then Florida, otherwise the Canaries

February 25, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Emma J Walters - loooooove new york!

February 25, 2013 - 9:01 pm

LeeLee Doodygirl Newsome - Rome is my fave place.

February 25, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Jen Westwood - Gorgeous Cornwall for me! Such stunning scenery, lovely people and gorgeous beaches. Perfect!

February 25, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Anthony William Clarke - Jersey, Channel Islands.

February 25, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Hollie Adlam - New York City!! My favorite place on earth, so busy i could people watch for hours!! xx

February 25, 2013 - 9:28 pm

Laura Z Banks - tenerife always reminds me of being a kid.

February 25, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Zoe Goulding - Newquay, Cornwall for us, we go nearly every year.

February 25, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Rachie Littleme Green - The Maldives for me! Would love to take my children there one day. Better get saving I guess!

February 25, 2013 - 9:53 pm

Helen Grayson - I would say to anywhere in England. I love finding new places and I love exploring, little villages and walks are my idea of heaven! :) x

February 25, 2013 - 10:03 pm

Helena H - bahamas been there twice and got married there last year so it is very special to me.

February 25, 2013 - 10:03 pm

Elizabeth Blaney - Portugal – I’ve only been once so far, but my son loved it!

February 25, 2013 - 10:09 pm

Cyndi Johnson - Anywhere as long as my husband is with me! Anywhere can be perfect if you have the right person with you!

February 25, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Paul Bennett - I like to stay in this country, it has to be Cornwall for me.

February 25, 2013 - 10:50 pm

HOLLY DEVINE - Barbados; crystal clear water, golden sand, delicious food, lovely sunshine, and the most friendly local people. What more could you want.

February 25, 2013 - 11:06 pm

Tina Budge - Isle of Lewis, Scotland

February 25, 2013 - 11:16 pm

michelle muirhead - I love Cornwall, stunning views

February 26, 2013 - 12:19 am

Leanne - Florida ..had the best family holiday ever there. Would love to go again :)

February 26, 2013 - 3:31 am

Solange - Bali

February 26, 2013 - 6:18 am

Kelly Koya - Anywhere in America

February 26, 2013 - 7:12 am

Joanne Mapp - I love the Alicante region of Spain. There are loads of lovely beaches, quite often deserted, a lot of the towns are completely unspoiled by tourism.

February 26, 2013 - 7:15 am

Melanie Hunt - poole in dorset or anywhere in dorset to be honest. I just love it there and feel so relaxed.

February 26, 2013 - 7:25 am

Bibsey Mama (@BibseyMama) - Oh my choosing a holiday sounds like a challenge. Hopping on a ferry sounds like a good option. Good luck.

I too have been dreaming of summer…
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February 26, 2013 - 7:27 am

lynn lewer - Florida, perfect for a family holiday so much to see and do.

February 26, 2013 - 8:41 am

Charley Foulds - has to be tunisia- its a hot and beautiful place with so much history!

February 26, 2013 - 9:20 am

Jill Webb - I love the Gower penisular fab beaches

February 26, 2013 - 9:44 am

Hannah ONeill - Devon!

February 26, 2013 - 9:53 am

Julie Picton - Greece

February 26, 2013 - 10:41 am

Kelly-Marie Dudley - Jamaica… although, less often now I have a wee one in tow!

February 26, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Val Hartley - Yorkshire dales.

February 26, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Janet Dring - Cornwall, bur anywhere in the UK does for me

February 26, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Sarah F - I love Larnaca in Cyprus. It is so warm, clean and beautiful and the food is divine!

February 26, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Sally Lea - Tenerife

February 26, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Bonnie Brooksbank - Go to Heacham Beaches every year with my lovely friends, thing i look forward to the most!

February 26, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Cecelia Allen - Cornwall is my favourite, so beautiful.

February 26, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Abigail Edkins - I love spain, we have such a great time.

February 26, 2013 - 4:59 pm

nikki pellow - Has to be Cornwall, although I live here it feels like a holiday 24.7 paradise!

February 26, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Heather T - The Isle of Wight

February 26, 2013 - 5:17 pm

sue - Love the Lake District!

February 26, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Laura - I love France.

February 26, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Veronica Pennycook - Mallorca

February 26, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Lesley-Ann Dunn - New York

February 26, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Julie Davies - San Diego if abroad, Dorset if in the UK

February 26, 2013 - 8:08 pm

Jen Louise Jackson - Antigua – I went for a week last year and felt like I was in a dream!

February 26, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Valerie Swift - Las Vegas – I can’t wait to go back.

February 26, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Leanne Lunn - In the Uk it’s wales :)

February 26, 2013 - 10:36 pm

Katie Mse Reynolds - I actually love weekend away in UK. Though born and bred in London, I still have lots of places in the uk I wish to visit before heading across the channel to Spain or France, like Scotland :)

February 26, 2013 - 11:33 pm

sarah bootland - Anywhere I can relax and enjoy being with my family! Xxx

February 27, 2013 - 10:28 am

Emma Jackson - Scotland, anywhere in Scotland is great in my opinion x.

February 27, 2013 - 12:04 pm

C Jackson - Spain

February 27, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Francesca Light-Wilson - St Lucia! We went there for our honeymoon and I would so, so, so like to go back… *sigh*…. maybe one day!

February 27, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Stuart Payne - I love North Devon – great surfing :)

February 27, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Rachel Hartwell - Windsor is just beautiful and great for all the family

February 27, 2013 - 6:55 pm

maureen quinnell - Turkey – a bit of sun always does you good

February 27, 2013 - 10:57 pm

Mrs T - Cornwall. I love sitting on the beach at Perranporth with my toddler playing in the sand and begging us to run in and out of the waves with him.

February 28, 2013 - 8:55 am

Celia West - Anywhere in Italy

February 28, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Jo Pitt - Aruba. White beaches love it

February 28, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Jay Hill - I’ve never been but it would be New York at christmas. I blame the movies!

February 28, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Sarah Mcknight - Germany! Lot’s of fab festivals to go to :)

February 28, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Kathy - I love Spain

February 28, 2013 - 5:18 pm

katrina walsh - Cornwall especially Newquay

February 28, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Gill Abrahams - OH loves the Norfolk Broads, so we go there a lot.

February 28, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Emily Fraser - San Diego, California :)

February 28, 2013 - 8:34 pm

Toni Arnott - Lake Garda, Italy. So peaceful.

February 28, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Cheryll H - My fave holiday with the kids so far has been Disneyland Paris – it was fab!

March 1, 2013 - 8:10 am

David and Claire P - Edinburgh

March 1, 2013 - 10:19 am

Caitlin Wallis - Never been able to afford a proper holiday, but my dream destination is New York!

March 1, 2013 - 10:23 am

Jo Wakefield - Aruba – lush golden beaches and I was proposed to there :)

March 1, 2013 - 10:52 am

Charlotte Manning - Orlando great fun for the family

March 1, 2013 - 11:06 am

Amanda Barrett - I am just happy to get the chance to go anywhere on a very limit budget so have only had a few holidays but get a great day in the UK pack a picnic and head for the nearest park or beach and you can have a perfect day

March 1, 2013 - 11:22 am

Deborah Bird - I prefer to holiday in the UK as i don’t like flying! I do like the Isle of Wight.

March 1, 2013 - 11:54 am

Georgie - Almeria in Spain

March 1, 2013 - 11:57 am

kerry Locke - In the UK it would have to be Brighton – rest of the world would have to be New York …happy days x

March 1, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Emma K - Perranporth in Cornwall. My family has so much history there and it has everything you could want. We used to have tide fights there but we never won as the tide came in too quick! :D

March 1, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Lisa Ellison - For relaxing it’s Bude in Cornwall, but for the buzz it’s Calne when the motorbike show is on.

March 1, 2013 - 1:35 pm

sarah fleck - mines got to be Florida, so much to do and see

March 1, 2013 - 1:54 pm

J.Gallant - I like Italy

March 1, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Mia Clarke - Just need a nice break to recharge

March 1, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Linda Neilson - Jersey for the weather and the gorgeous food

March 1, 2013 - 3:23 pm

jonathan reed - Cuba was a fantastic destination

March 1, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Clint Howat - I love Mexico, its the most amazing place in the world.

March 1, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Jamie - Devon :)

March 1, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Sarah Redfern - As a growing family we love to go and explore cornwall, if you get the right weather it is better than being abroad and so much for the little ones to see and do x

March 1, 2013 - 7:09 pm

tracy horrex - Has to be Cornwall long drive but worth it.

March 1, 2013 - 7:21 pm

Karen Lloyd - On my current budget Whitby is our favorite destination. But if money was no object then it would be Australia every time.

March 1, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Mickie Bull - Malta

March 1, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Anna Coyle - St Ives Cornwall, beautiful! :-)

March 1, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Wendy Tolhurst - The West Country is lovely, but I would prefer to go to Mallorca.

March 1, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Natasha - Miami!

March 1, 2013 - 8:15 pm

teresa thorne - We love to go to cornwall!

March 1, 2013 - 8:17 pm

Judith Luscombe - I love Majorca, beautiful beaches, calm blue waters, sun what more could you want. I adore the historical Palma and also the lively Magaluf there is something for everyone.

March 1, 2013 - 8:18 pm

Paul Witney - Jamaica

March 1, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Andrena Harrison - The USA!

March 1, 2013 - 9:28 pm

Annemieke Troost - The country i was born in Holland !!

March 1, 2013 - 10:03 pm

Hazel Rush - Barbados without a doubt! Expensive but so worth it!

March 1, 2013 - 10:11 pm

Lindsey Jones - Spain

March 1, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Jane Middleton - The seaside – anywhere in the world

March 1, 2013 - 10:21 pm

Melissa B - I’ve never been, but my ideal holiday would be to Maine or maybe Michigan – I can’t decide! Somewhere in America that isn’t an obvious holiday destination anyway :D

March 1, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Kevin Dooley - Barbados!

March 1, 2013 - 10:52 pm

ClairejB - My perfect holiday is in the countryside in the UK in a lovely little cottage surrounded by either fields or woodland. I’m not one for sitting around sunbathing – I love wildlife and love to be out walking and exploring nature. It never fails to amaze me, there is always something different to see.
After a long days exploring and then dinner in a country pub, it would be nice to have a nice warm soak in a bath with some lovely Lush goodies ;)

March 1, 2013 - 10:54 pm

Claire Butler - Canary Islands for me but have to say Butlins Minehead as thats where my son is happiest

March 1, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Jenette ogborn - Magaluf but not to the tourist area as its to much for a family

March 1, 2013 - 11:21 pm

Mark Johnson - Spain, love the culture, food and weather

March 1, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Annette Hanley - Australia

March 1, 2013 - 11:53 pm

Melanie Jane Stirling - Malta

March 2, 2013 - 1:09 am

Sergiu Vornic - wanna win!

March 2, 2013 - 1:45 am

Maria Barton - Mine would be Mexico. Something drawing me there !

March 2, 2013 - 8:04 am

Suki - Great prize

March 2, 2013 - 11:01 am

Alisa Moore - Italy

March 2, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Tina Hector - Loo in Cornwall is our familes most favourite!!

March 2, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Amy Ripley - I’d LOVE TO GO TO TOKYO!!

March 2, 2013 - 5:39 pm

niccola taylor - i love the south of france

March 2, 2013 - 6:53 pm

sara - cyprus

March 2, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Sally Poole - Haraki, Greece

March 2, 2013 - 8:13 pm

cheryl fothergill - Anywhere hot, dont get chance to go abroad much with 3 little ones though

March 2, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Anna Emslie - My favourite place is Liverpool. It’s a bright and vibrant city with great shopping, theatres and galleries as well as a brilliant nightlife.

March 2, 2013 - 8:57 pm

wendy jamieson-price - camping in goonhaven cornwall with a great local pub selling real ales and fantastic food

March 3, 2013 - 7:45 am

Ann Moore - Has to be Florida !!

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