Me and Mine Project | November 2019

3.12.19

November already seems like a distant memory now that we're fully into the swing of Christmas. But looking back we had a lovely, and actually relatively relaxed, month for the most part. We celebrated Bonfire Night with sparklers in the garden, and a lovely fireworks display (although it did pour with rain the whole of the display). The sun (mostly) shone for the rest of the month and we managed to get out and enjoy plenty of Autumnal walks too. Sunny but slightly chilly days where you can wrap up warm and snug are some of my favourite thing about November for sure!


Towards the end of the month we of course celebrated Indiana's 6th birthday. After a hectic class party last year, we tried to keep it a bit more low-key this year. Luckily her birthday coincided with the release of Frozen 2, so I took her and a few friends to the cinema to see the film, and then out for lunch and of course birthday cake. It was so lovely to get a little insight into her school friendships, and my goodness what a movie too. On her actual birthday Indie was at school, but we did have a lovely morning with cake for breakfast and presents, and then dinner out at Pizza Express. I honestly cannot believe she's now 6 - especially as it means that this little blog of mine is almost 6 too!

We ended the month preparing for the festivities ahead, visiting the Bedgebury Christmas Light Trail for their opening night. Despite visiting last year it did not disappoint! It really is such a magical and lovely evening out, with so much to see and experience along the route. And although we were gifted our tickets, I wouldn't hesitate to book them ourselves next year. It's the perfect way to start Christmas!

I am so excited for the next few weeks ahead, although I'm finding it hard to believe we're into the final chapter of 2019 already. Didn't it just begin?


4 Family Friendly Cruise Destinations

25.11.19

We first considered a cruise when we were planning our familymoon, all the way back in 2015. They are the perfect way to experience a selection of different destinations, as well as having many of the benefits of an all-inclusive holiday. As the Littles were still quite young back then though, we thought it would be best to wait until they were that little bit older. But actually having looked into cruises a little bit more, there are plenty of cruise ships and destinations that are perfect for children! In this post I'm going to share some of my top family-friendly cruise destinations, to hopefully give you some inspiration if you're considering a family cruise.


Mediterranean Cruise
A Mediterranean cruise has been top of my list for the longest time, stopping at destinations such as Italy, Greece, Malta and Croatia. What's great about these routes is that many of the ships can leave from Southampton, making travel as minimal as possible - perfect if you have children! Lianne has enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise to destinations such as Rome and Barcelona - "The children's activities are just amazing! Always something to keep them entertained no matter the weather. Also endless supply of snacks for them to chose from too".

Baltic Cruise
Keeping relatively close to home again, a Baltic cruise is also another fantastic family friendly cruise destination. A cruise around the Baltic Sea has plenty of history and beautiful scenery to enjoy, as well as plenty onboard to keep little ones (and grown ups) entertained. The cooler weather is also more suitable for families - no worrying about suncream, and much easier for exploring too! Kate was lucky enough to recently enjoy a Baltic cruise as a family - "We went to Norway last year and loved it. The children's club was fantastic - I was very anxious about leaving my daughter but she wanted to be in there constantly! We're looking forward to doing another one now our youngest is older and will be able to join her sister, so we can enjoy the other entertainment on the ship as grown ups".

Disney Cruise
Of course when you think of family friendly cruising, a Disney cruise comes straight to mind! You can actually enjoy a Disney cruise in a number of destinations, including the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and even Transatlantic! Whatever route you travel on though there's plenty to enjoy onboard. As well as stopping for excursions, there are character meet experiences, theatre style shows, fantastic pools and so much more. Adults can also enjoy dedicated floors, nightclubs and lounges.


Caribbean Cruise
If you don't mind travelling a little bit further, then a Caribbean cruise is another great choice. The beautiful weather means plenty of opportunity for beach days and water sports - ideal if you're travelling as a family with a range of ages. Older children can go snorkelling with turtles and other sea creatures, while younger ones can relax on the beach building sand castles and dipping their toes in the sea. Perfect right?

Have you been on a family cruise? Where did you go?
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