V. I. BOOKCLUB: Travel books & guides that transport kids from the comfort of home

Before Miss Marnie arrived we travelled a lot. We took 2-3 holidays a year which often involved taking in several places or stops in order to a see as much as possible. We may not be able to travel so much now with a toddler – not because we won’t take her away – but because we’ve been discovering different types of holidays like Bluestone, Disneyland Paris and – soon Butlin’s. But, one thing I do want to instill in Miss…

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V. I. BUYS: Looking East for rustic interior style inspired by Bon Ton Resort in Malaysia {Staycation Style #6}

I feel lucky enough to have visited a few places on special holidays and weekends away but I don’t think anywhere has stayed so vivid in my mind as Bon Ton Restaurant & Resort in Malaysia. We visited Malaysia with friends and did a mini travelling holiday starting with a city break in Kuala Lumpur, from there we went to Langkawi (where Bon Ton is) and then finally Penang. One thing about Malaysia is you can stay in some pretty amazing…

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V. I. BUYS: Hanging out with Dad this Father’s Day with Not On The High Street

My career and blogging has brought me many things – but since having Miss Marnie one thing I really appreciate is the time we get to spend together doing new, exciting and anything but ordinary things.  We’ve been lucky to attend film premieres, meet Disney characters, take shopping trips, have afternoon tea, try some beauty treats and have even been skiing in an indoor ski centre! So, when Not on the High Street asked us to be part of its…

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V. I. BUYS: My love affair with Greece and my go-to Greek lunch {Staycation Style #5}

If there is one country I love it’s Greece.  I have been on holiday there many times. I don’t think I with ever tire of the Greek Islands, the historic mainland or the breathtaking views. The weather of course helps, the relaxed lifestyle is a bonus and the food – ooh, the food.  Greek food – can you actually beat it?  In fact I often try to recreate that Grecian feeling at home with some of my favourite Greek recipes.  Over…

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V. I. BIRTHDAY: My 40th Birthday weekend, the perfect beach home & what to do in Camber Sands

I find organising birthdays hard. Not for friends or kids parties – but my own. For one, I have a fear that people won’t turn up if you have a party and two, the pressure to actually have a ‘party’. With my 40th creeping up I kinda figured I would keep it quite low profile and celebrate with family and a few close friends. Well, how wrong was I? My closest friends weren’t going to let me sit this one out.…

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