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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

"So, what do you want to be when you grow up?" When you're a kid you get asked that all the time, don't you? For the record, currently Flea wants to be a marine biologist or an actor. When I was her age, I wanted to be a journalist. I loved to … Read More...

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The League of Toaster Crimes

It goes (almost) without saying that there are some big problems facing the world in 2015. But one of the biggest is surely how to make the perfect toast for breakfast. A quick survey of my family reveals our top three toaster … Read More...

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An Anthem of the Seas Adventure

This weekend, Flea and I joined 2,000 other invited bloggers, journalists and travel industry types for a 48-hour sneak peek at the brand new Anthem of the Seas cruise ship, which is sailing from Southampton this summer. Anthem of the Seas is a … Read More...

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Summer Days Out: Go Ape Grizedale Forest

One of our favourite places to head during the warmer weather is the Lake District, and so this weekend we took advantage of the sunny weather and headed up to Grizedale Forest. Grizedale sits between Hawkshead and Coniston, and about a 30 minute … Read More...

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Summer Days Out: Drayton Manor Park

Over the years, we must have been to Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire almost a dozen times. And it is a powerful testament to the park's facilities that we had just as much fun when Flea was three or four as we do now she's 9. It's quite rare … Read More...

Favourite Posts

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Flea’s Harry Potter Bedroom Makeover

As you may know, Flea's recently been away for a week on a school ski trip. While she was gone, I kept myself busy working on her bedroom. We moved into this house when Flea was two years old, and the yellow walls and Winnie the Pooh trim weren't … Read More...

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Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

So it turns out my blog is five years old this month. I know! Five years ago I was blogging about tiny Flea and how we muddled through every day, and I'm still here doing the same thing, except Flea keeps getting less and less tiny. I'm not … Read More...

Travel Posts

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Thomson Dream Pride of Panama

The sun was setting low, over the city walls of the Colombian City of Cartagena. A warm glow lit up my cocktail glass, and there was a hum of conversation over the Ibiza-style house music being played by the DJ. I’ll be honest – it’s not what I … Read More...

Reviews

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10 Stupid Things Dog Owners Do.

It's 7am. It's 7am, and I'm standing outside in my Batman jammies (don't judge) and a hoodie, with my arms stuck out to the sides, forming a human umbrella over the dog. What has my life come to? I mean, it made sense at the time. The puppy … Read More...

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Now TV Review for Simpletons (like us)

Here at the Whittle household we are big fans of TV. Big. Huge. Seriously, I think I might give up food before I gave up TV box sets. I've written before about 40 Box Sets to See Before You're 40, and I also have a deep, abiding love for 80s … Read More...

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Review: Peugeot 5008

Just before Christmas, the rather nice people at Peugeot got in touch and asked if we'd like to try out the Peugeot 5008 compact MPV. As it happened, I was planning a day trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour with Flea and two of her friends, and I … Read More...

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20 Movies from the 80s Your Kids will Love

You have a few important jobs as a parent. There's feeding, clothing and protecting your child from physical harm, of course. And (very) close behind these things is ensuring you don't allow your children to think that Beverly Hills Chihuahua … Read More...