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The one with the tennis

One the many great things about a Mark Warner Holiday is the variety of sports you can play in the resorts. My husband loves to play tennis, but doesn’t often get the opportunity at home, so I knew he’d jump at the chance to play on holiday. I’ll let him tell you all about his tennis adventures, as I didn’t want to miss out on the water sports available at the beach, so spent most of my time on the waterfront rather then the tennis court, more about those coming soon.

Tennis at Mark Warner is fantastic, you can play as much or as little as you like, and it’s a great way to socialise and make new friends. Mark Warner have a sizeable staff of fully qualified tennis coaches all at your disposal to take you from zero to hero. I can only speak from the zero end of the spectrum, my tennis has been limited to the odd social game with friends. So, I had very low expectations when I started the week at the tennis briefing.

Tennis at Mark Warner

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Sparkup Magical Book Reader

As a parent of three small ( ish ) children, reading at the end of the day is a great way to calm everyone down and snuggle together, forgetting any squabbles the day may have brought. Reading is also a great way to spend some one on one time with my children individually as we share a book which is special to them.

The Sparkup Magical Book Reader adds a whole new dimension to reading with children. It clips neatly over the back of most books and uses a tiny camera to read the book. You record the book first in your own voice adding personal touches if you wish. Sparkup will then recognise the book when attached to it again.

Sparkup

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Introducing Warbeartons….

Warburtons have announced a partnership with the iconic and very loveable Paddington™ Bear, and are changing their name to Warbeartons on over 6 million Half & Half products to honour Paddington.

Paddington will be taking to the road in the world’s first travelling loaf,  ‘The Warbeartons Adventure Bus’ to inspire family adventures this summer.

Warburtons

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Mighty, mighty mini club

We spent last week at the beautiful Levante Beach Resort in Rhodes, it’s fair to say the whole family is a bit smitten with Mark Warner, water sports and Greece in general.

When I grow up I’m going to change house to Greece

S – July 2014

My little foodie was very impressed with the restaurant….

I love the restaurant  because the food is amazing and you don’t have to wait for it to be cooked.

Levante Beach Resort

Z – July 2014

I talked about lots of holiday memories yesterday, but another of my favourites is seeing the Kids Clubs walk past singing their songs. They were ridiculously cute and so happy.


If you have a #funee to share, do pop by Stressy Mummy and link up.

Wot So Funee?

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Holiday Memories

One of the reasons I am so glad I have this blog is that it helps me keep special memories alive, so often one of the kids will say or do something and I think I must write that down so I never forget, but then something else happens and it slips out of my mind. Just yesterday H told me she loves me more than the sun, and then read me the cutest story, I wanted to hold those memories tight, to never forget how it feels to have her strong little arms hug me tight.

We made LOTS of memories together on holiday and I tried very hard to write them down as they happened so one day we can sit down together and remember what a special week we had with lots and lots of very smiley faces.

Mark Warner Levante

One memory I am holding onto very tightly is being in our room getting myself ready and hearing my girls laughing VERY loudly from the pool with their friends in kids club about 200 metres away, it was just the happiest sound and really reassured me that they were having an AMAZING time without me. I also may have shed a little tear when I saw Z windsurfing, which is an experience we wouldn’t have been able to give him if he hadn’t been in kids club as neither Rob or I are proficient enough to teach him.

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Guess the song…

Now we all know the Frozen soundtrack of by heart, I decided it was time for a change and bought a new compilation albumn for the car. These are our new favourite songs, which are requested daily before I’ve even turned the engine on. Can you guess what they are?

Call me Maisy

Candyfloss

For more #Funee posts, do check out Actually Mummy, who is hosting the blog hop this week.

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NEW LEAPPAD™3 AND LEAPPAD™ ULTRA XDi,

We LOVE being LeapFrog Ambassadors, and are very excited about all the new products coming this year. Little S can’t wait to try the LeapBand and Z is very excited about the new tablets, especially as he currently shares his LeapPad with his little sisters.

The new tablets promise to be sleeker, faster and packed with more features than ever before, both the  LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi are kid safe, kid tough and kid smart with access to LeapFrog’s awesome educational content library

Both tablets allow access to hundreds of educational apps, books, games and video and safe web browsing. LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi provide access to LeapFrog’s Learning Library of world-class games and apps designed or approved by LeapFrog’s team of learning experts. Features like shatter-safe screens and the LeapSearch™ browsing tool make LeapPad tablets the perfect first tablet  for kids.

LeapPad3 is the fastest, highest-performance five-inch tablet ever from LeapFrog, including kid-safe web, Wi-Fi and a capacitive touchscreen. LeapPad3 has 4GB of memory, two mega-pixel front and back cameras and video recorders, as well as a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery.

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Do you love Scooby Doo?

Scooby Doo is a show I remember from my own childhood and one all three of my children adore. We have a box set of the DVDs that is often asked for on a rainy day. Scooby Doo is actually one of the few shows everyone is happy to watch together.

We haven’t been to the theatre much as a family, which is something I definitely want to change, so I’m always on the lookout for a new family friendly show to watch.

The new Scooby Doo live UK Show fits the bill perfectly.

Scooby Doo show
The show surrounds Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Velma and Daphne as they arrive in Egypt to solve the mystery of Pharoh Hatchespouts Pyramid. The show looks AMAZING and luckily for us is quite
close by, but if you do live further afield there are some great hotel deals available in the local area.

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The one with the football cards

It never fails to surprise me what keeps my children entertained, most recently loom bands, Bear Snacks Yo-Yo cards and in just the last couple of days Match Attax cards.

I overslept till 7.45 this morning ( if you saw me on the school run, apologies, it wasn’t pretty ) because Z and S were so busy ‘sorting’ their cards they didn’t wake me up. Sorting actually means S claiming all the glittery, sparkly ones while Z filters out the expensive players and England cards, it’s an interesting combo. However, what made me laugh the most was S making her own cards. I might need to buy her some……anyone got any sparkly ones to giveaway?

Match attax

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Almost holiday time!!

We are massively excited to be Mark Warner Ambassadors this year. I remember looking on the website at all the amazing locations not knowing where to choose and feeling so very lucky to be able to have such a wonderful experience as a family.   When we first booked it seemed liked a long time away, but this year has flown by and all of a sudden I’m feeling VERY unorganised.

Mark Warner Holidays

Z and I have been looking through the brochure again tonight, Levante Resort in Rhodes looks just beautiful and he is beyond thrilled at the thought of an adventure filled week of paddle boarding, sailing, mountain biking, tennis and not forgetting yummy food. The girls have big plans to swim everyday and build giant sandcastles on the beach. I cannot wait to see their happy little faces when they see everything the resort has to offer.

Rob is toying with either a sailing or PADI diving course, we might even have a tennis lesson together and I’m going to read my first book in 4 years, try the spa and some exercise classes…..we desperately need a break from work and school runs, I’m so very excited.

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