Windsurfing at Levante Beach

Rob and I spent most of our holiday at the waterfront, windsurfing in particular was one of the best bits of my week. I went along planning to stay for just an hour and ended up doing the whole 3 hour session and LOVING it, even if I did have to be rescued TWICE by the speedboat, which my 7 year old thought was pretty cool.

The instructors were endlessly patient and the sea beautiful, clear and cool, it felt amazing to be out on the water feeling the wind pull me along. I’ll definitely be trying windsurfing again, which is not something I ever thought I’d say!

Sailing at Levante

Rob is now going to tell you his windsurfing experience.

It’s day 2 and I’ve already injured myself sailing (twisted knee), had a tennis lesson and signed up for mixed doubles tournament and today it is the windsurfing Intro session.

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Staying safe in the sun

Keeping my children ( and myself ) safe in the sun is very important to me. We’ve recently returned from an amazing holiday in Rhodes with Mark Warner, where it was VERY hot, but thanks to some great sun protective clothing and excellent sun lotions the kids came home without a hint of a tan, which I know isn’t for everyone, but I have in the past had a lesion removed from my skin so have to be VERY careful at all times.
Rash vestTop tips for staying safe in the sun

  • Wear protective clothing, not only are these great rash vests from Mountain Warehouse SPF 50+, they dry quickly and are wonderfully soft and comfortable. Z pretty much wore a vest and swim shorts for the whole holiday whether he was in the pool or not.

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Easy teacher gifts

I do love buying or making gifts for teachers, but with 3 children in different schools, all with a main teacher and teaching assistant it can get expensive and stressful. However, this year I’m feeling unusually organised with these super easy teacher gifts.

I bought paper cubes from Paperchase in the sale, got the girls to draw a picture and message on the top sheet, paired up with a nice pen and wrapped in a presentation bag. What do you think?

teacher gift

 

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Childcare at Mark Warner

One of main attractions and at the same time my biggest worry before our holiday was the childcare at Mark Warner. My husband and I don’t have much help with the kids at home as all our family is very far away so time to ourselves is a real rarity and a big treat. We couldn’t wait for the chance to play tennis, relax and try some water sports whilst knowing the kids were safe and happy in childcare.

I was a little nervous as I’ve never really left the kids anywhere other than school and nursery so the thought of kids club for a week even if only a few hours a day was a little daunting for me. I needn’t have worried. Both kids clubs we experienced surpassed my expectations. I never dreamed that we’d be able to enjoy drinks and a meal in peace for every night of the holiday or that the kids would enjoy themselves so much with their new friends.

On our first evening there was a meeting in the childcare room, which gave us chance to meet the staff, hear about the programme for the week and ask any questions.

Mini Club  - 3 – 5 years

My two girls were in Mini Club and had the most amazing time. During our holiday there were two groups running, Sharks and Turtles. S and H were Turtles and referred to Mini Club as Turtle Club throughout. From the first evening they couldn’t wait to get there, especially when arts and crafts were mentioned. I remember watching and smiling as they walked holding hands up to the childcare staff during our briefing by the resort manager to ask when Turtle Club would start. Every morning they bounced around the room asking when it was time to go.

childcare at mark warner

What do they do?

Mini Club have a fun, varied programme of events both indoors and outdoors. For example, they would often start with some crafts, then go to the pool for games, then maybe to the play area, the beach for watersports or tennis. Each morning session started at 9.30 and finished at 12.30 with a different activity for each hour. My girls especially enjoyed ( and have not stopped talking about ) windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. As a parent it was lovely to hear squeals of delight from the pool while they played ‘sharky sharky’ and seeing them walk by in their little groups singing songs.

The childcare staff were super friendly, absolutely lovely with my children and didn’t even seem to mind me popping up with a camera every now and then. One of my big worries on a sunny holiday is keeping my children safe in the sun. Again, I needn’t have worried, their suncream was topped up before going outside and they were always wearing hats when out and about with Mini Club. I felt very confident that my girls were  well looked after.

Mini Club on the Water Front

The beach area reserved for water sports at Levante felt incredibly safe. There were always speed boats on hand if anyone got into trouble and everyone wore life jackets. Even when Mini Club were in the pool Jonny the life guard was in with them playing and chatting. S and H adored him and always made a special effort to say hello when we saw him around the resort.

Evening Creche

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Evening creche started at 7.30pm and finished at 11pm. The children would watch TV for half an hour in their pyjamas then would get into little beds to fall asleep during a movie. The movies were all age appropriate, and again the staff were just lovely with the children, stroking and Continue reading

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Sailing at Levante Beach Resort – Mark Warner

It’s fair to say I am not naturally skilled at sailing, my husband did the Introduction to Sailing course on the second day of our holiday while I observed from the sidelines. We went out together a couple of days later and spectacularly capsized thanks to a rookie error on my part. I have a new respect for people who can actually manage to get a boat to go in the direction they want without ending up in the sea. I shall pass over to Rob to tell you his side of the story.

Sailing at Levante

Green flag means everything is safe. Blue means things getting a little brisk, ok for intermediates. Blue Red means you need to be proficient and Red means the sea is shut for activities.

Today the flag was green, meaning there was little or no wind for our briefing. Everyone who intends to go in the sea on one of the numerous activities generally attends the waterfront briefing on the Sunday, given largely just to familiarise yourself with the layout of the beach, the dos and don’ts and to meet the team. Each of the guys did a talk on the different areas. Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Power (Wake boarding, water skiing, knee boarding and (of course) The Sofa!!!).

Sailing at Levante

Again, I wanted to do it all. I booked myself on the Introduction to Sailing course, the Introduction to Windsurfing and eyed up the Wake Boarding.

Part 1: Sailing

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I was NOT asleep!

H and I took a trip to Basingstoke last week ( about a 20 minute drive ) to pick up my beloved iMac which had gone in for repair. She was asleep within 2 minutes of leaving the house, woke up as I parked and then declared.

I just did a BIG, long blink. I was NOT asleep

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This gorgeous dress she’s wearing is from Polarn O.Pyret and was her outfit of choice to visit school last week, but more about that later.

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LeapReader™ Book: Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue

One of my favourite toys my children own is the LeapReader from LeapFrog. I just love how it has so many uses. You can listen to an audio book with just the pen, read a book, learn to write, play games, learn about the body, solar system or countries of the world depending on which set you use it with. It’s one of the few toys that can keep my 3 year old as entertained as my 7 year old, brilliant fun and educational at the same time.

LeapReader™ Book: Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue

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Rubik’s – Twist and Shout

Did you know Rubik’s Cube is celebrating its 40th Anniversary? I have happy memories of playing with Rubik’s cubes as a child, my cousin could do it ridiculously fast while I never quite mastered it. Do you remember the magic rings too?

I felt quite nostalgic opening a box full of Rubik’s goodies and couldn’t wait to shown my 7 year old, who loves all things puzzle like.

The Rubik’s Twist RRP £12.99

I’d never seen one of these before, but it’s a fun twisting, turning challenge created from 24 triangular prisms that can take the form of thousands of shapes, and rotate 360 degrees. You can even attach multiple twists together to make bigger shapes.

Rubik's Twist

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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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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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