Not That Sort of Holiday

Sometimes when we go on holiday, we go to museums, and walk the city streets, grabbing food from local stalls, and soaking in the atmosphere. Other times we throw ourselves into activities, renting kayaks and bikes and exploring the countryside. Then there are times we take classes, learning how to… View Post

Martinhal Cascais, Portugal: Review

Martinhal Cascais describes itself as a luxury family hotel in the upmarket Portuguese town of Cascais. We visited last weekend to attend a conference, and I stayed on for three days with Flea to explore the resort and surrounding area. We aren’t strangers to Cascais, having been to the area in 2016,… View Post

Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Mothers’ Day

I am sometimes referred to as a last-minute person. Although, naturally, I prefer to think of myself as charmingly spontaneous. But yes, I am the sort of person often to be found panic buying last-minute Mother’s Day gifts. Kids have it easy when it comes to Mother’s Day, I reckon.… View Post

10 Top Tips for Entrepreneurs

Occasionally, despite being a Northerner, I think things happen in life at just the right moment. I feel like the Martinhal Family Brands Event, might be one of those things. Martinhal is a small chain of luxury family resorts in Portugal, and company founder Chitra Stern brought together the founders behind… View Post

Putting the Thrill into Parenting

Picture the scene: Parents were seated around the room, drinking tea and coffee, eating biscuits. The Dads were wearing jackets, the Mums were smartly dressed. There was a quiet murmur of chatter. The assembled group had been waiting for an hour for the drama performance to start. The children had spent that… View Post