Mama OWL Blog: January 2015

Celebrating Effort & Achievement

Thursday, 29 January 2015

My kids have outdone themselves in the last couple of weeks. I tried to decide which one to write about this week for #LoudnProud but I can't, so you get to hear about them all. Children can be exhausting and infuriating at times and as a mum of five I am fully aware of that, but I firmly believe in celebrating their efforts and achievements because as well as all of that, kids are just bloody amazing and should be told so every day.

Last week I wrote about E's success in her reading, and this week she has been moved up yet again and is now reading level 7 books. She astounds us every single day. We have also started printing off extra work sheets from Twinkl for her to complete at home, she's like a little sponge. Her teacher says she is already surpassing where they would like her to be in July, and we are just so proud of her hard work. Next week is her parents consultation evening so we are looking forward to a full report then.

And though she be but little, she is fierce.

H earned the 'Champion Learner' award for his class, for the huge effort he put in to creating a book for one of the projects at school. He is a very keen learner and we are giving him lots of encouragement with his school & homework, and extra work sheets to complete at home to support his learning. He always tries so hard, and loves to try new things & challenge himself. I really hope he keeps that attitude as he gets older.

L had his first Tae Kwon-do grading with everyone else at the weekend. He has done one 'in-house' to earn his junior grading, to learn what he had to do and give him a confidence boost before this one. It was a very long process, three hours of sitting down waiting for his turn, but he was absolutely fantastic and coped SO well. He completed his sequence, and answered the questions after and completely nailed it. He earned his 9th kup white belt (white with yellow stripe) and has some things to work on, but has already started learning his next sequence ready for the next grading.


J has had a tricky time lately. He is already studying for his GCSEs having taken his options at the end of year 8, so this year has been a big adjustment for him. I was pleased to find out today that he asked to put himself 'on report' at school to help keep himself on track with homework and school work. I am really proud that he has taken responsibility, & is willing to put in the extra effort needed to keep up with his classes.

Last week we attended A's GCSE & BTEC Award Presentation evening at school, for her to collect her 10 GCSE pass certificates. She's worked so hard to achieve her goals, and she's currently ploughing through her first year AS levels to earn her place at university next year - the thought of which terrifies me more than I could even begin to express! We are really looking forward to seeing where life, and all of her hard work, takes her.


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The Halfway Mark

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

I have been a "6 Packer" for three weeks now, and am officially halfway through my very first Project 6 Pack course. Considering that up until now I have done zero exercise ever - aside from a bit of walking and swimming - I have been managing to make it to 3 classes a week and exercising at home on the occasions I can't make it to class - so in all fairness to myself, I think I am doing rather well.

I'm not great at keeping up, but I do my best. I can't do as much as the others can, but I do my best. I'm still not brilliant at doing the exercises properly, but I am trying to learn - and I am doing my best. It is a very steep learning curve for me, and it is exhausting and I am SO tired. But I am enjoying it so much more than I ever imagined I would. I find that I feel guilty if I haven't done something, so I will get up and go out even if it's just a twenty minute (brisk) walk down town and back. I want to exercise, because it makes me feel good after. It's so new to me that I can't quite believe it myself.

I am so glad that I joined P6P, because it makes me feel answerable to Laura & Amirah - I make my own decisions, I am responsible for my own actions, but I know that I have to stand in front of them on that scale and that makes me want to do my best. This is their time that they're giving up to help me, the least I can do is 'as I'm told'. Follow their advice, and get the best results. That's what I am paying for, so that is what I am doing.

On Saturday I popped in to the studio for my halfway mark weigh & measure, and was absolutely floored by my results. I knew that I had lost weight, but to see it confirmed was amazing, and my inch loss astounded me, too. In three weeks I have lost 6kg (a stone), and 13.5 inches (34.5cm). All of my body measurements have gone down, and some of them have more than halved. I actually wanted to cry I was so happy. I am feeling so much better about myself, I can't wait to get to the end of the six weeks and see how far I can get & I'll definitely be signing up to the next Project 6 Pack course. I'm quite looking forward to seeing my before & after pictures side by side, and plan to share them with you all here at the end (don't say you weren't warned!).

It hasn't all been about exercise, as of course "you can't out-train a bad diet" as it says in my P6P booklet. I have had to retrain my brain and get creative with mealtimes so I can still enjoy my favourite foods but in a better and healthier way, and I have to say it's been enjoyable. I still get cravings but I have managed them without giving in to them, and I have learned lots of new recipes - I shared some mealtime inspiration here, and continue to plan our meals weekly as I always have done so I am prepared. Here are some more of our recent meals with links to recipes where necessary.


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Poached eggs with spinach and ham.

Home-made beef burgers, stuffed with avocado and served with a mixed salad.

Bacon & Tenderstem Broccoli stir-fry (in coconut oil).

Bubble & squeak, made from leftover Sunday Roast veggies.

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Porridge, made with pure oats & almond milk and a drizzle of honey, served with a massive strawberry!

Indian 'fakeaway' - a chicken korma curry using this recipe with cauliflower rice.

Chunky Caveman Chilli using this recipe - omitting salt & pepper and using Kallo chicken stock instead of beef broth - and served with brown rice.

Mixed leafy salad with tomato, cucumber, & shredded carrot, with a honey-lime dressing.


I'd love some updates from those who are also making improvements to their lives in various ways, do let me know how you're getting on!

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Meal Plan Monday 260115

Monday, 26 January 2015


Meal Plan 260115
Monday 26th January
Home-made burgers with salad and wedges
Tuesday 27th January
Caveman chilli with brown rice (because it is delicious & we couldn't wait to have it again)
Wednesday 28th January
Brinner*
Thursday 29th January
Steak with salad and sweet potato fries
(regular chips for Mister & kids)
Friday 30th
January
Chicken fajitas
(with lettuce 'wraps' for me)
Saturday 31st January
Toad in the hole with mash & veg
(Harrogate 97% sausages with swede mash for me)
Sunday 1st February
Roast chicken

#MealPlanningMonday linked up with At Home with Mrs M.
{*Brinner = breakfast for dinner}

Project 365 | W4

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Here are our week four pictures for #Project365, don't forget you can follow us on Instagram via the hashtag #Shep365 if you would like to view our photos day by day.


018 - H enjoyed his giant mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows after a hot & bubbly post-rugby bath, all snug in his PJs after a very chilly match! He scored a try and got in some great tackles.


019 - I'm loving trying out different flavours in my smoothies and really have a taste for them now, I even got L to try a little sip of one that he thought just had fruit in it (I didn't tell him it also had spinach and kale in... Need to know basis I think!). For anyone with a child with Autism, you understand how tough it can be in regards to food and eating habits so that was a massive achievement.


020 - Everything is so grey and dreary at the moment, I cannot wait for the warmer weather to arrive but finding this little pop of colour in the hedge when I was walking the dog made me smile. Come on Spring!


021 - I'm looking forward to getting my nose into this book, written by my lovely clever author friend Rachael Lucas. Stick it on your 'must read' list!


022 - The Mister, A and I went to A's GCSE Award Presentation evening to collect all ten of her GCSE pass certificates - we are so proud of our eldest girl!


023 - Improving my diet means I need to find some creative alternatives to my favourite meals - I found a brilliant chicken korma recipe which meant I could treat myself to a 'fakeaway' on Friday night.


024 - Saturday was L's very first grading with everyone else. He's had one "in house" junior grading at his club to help build his confidence and prepare him for this event. It was very long winded (three hours, and his grade were the last to do it) but he sat on the bench the whole time, waiting patiently. A few times we saw him with his head in his lap and his hands over his ears (he does this to calm himself when he feels overwhelmed), and he chewed his fingernails almost the entire time (something he does when he is anxious, and unfortunately damages his skin too) but he coped amazingly, and we are so very proud of him.


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“A child who reads will be an adult who thinksˮ

Thursday, 22 January 2015

There is something in the simplicity of picking up a book and travelling wherever your mind takes you that makes it one of the best ways to escape the pressures of everyday life. Pick up a book, turn the pages and you can be miles away - without having to leave your bed, or comfy spot on the sofa. I adore reading for these reasons, and have worked hard to make sure that my children read even if they don't do it as much as I would like.

I am delighted that E has embraced my love of my books and is equally as fascinated by stories of far off worlds, of wild adventures, and excitement and peril. There is magic held within the pages of books, particularly for children, and I love that she likes to lose herself in them as much as I do. Last week, 4-year-old miss E earned the accolade of Champion Learner in her class by reaching level 6 in her reading. Now she has got the hang of it, she is absolutely flying and making the most amazing progress.

We are so proud of how hard she works at school, she really enjoys being there and she always tells us so animatedly about what she has learned that day. I love her enthusiasm for learning and I really hope she keeps that as she grows up. I will try my hardest to encourage her too, by listening to her read, reading stories with and to her and also by completing challenges such as the Summer Reading Challenge at the local library.

Positive Thoughts about Positive Changes

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

I know I said I wasn't going to do weekly updates, and I'm not really as I won't be having my weight or measurements checked until Saturday (I will share a 'progress report' next week)... I guess I just wanted to talk about how my week has been and how I am feeling about it now.

Only twice so far have I had cravings for anything, on one occasion all I could think about all day was cake and Cadbury's caramel, and then another time I just wanted chocolate. Any chocolate. All the chocolate. Just chocolate. I didn't give in to them though, it did involve a stern word with myself (not out loud, I'm not completely off the reservation yet) and instead chose to have some fruit with a little honey. I want to make progress and a couple of minutes eating some Dairy Milk, as utterly delicious as it may be, is not worth undoing the effort and hard work I have been putting in for weeks. I just won't do it to myself. This doesn't mean to say that I won't ever have chocolate again obviously, but right now I need to focus on what I am doing and really stick to the diet and nutrition plan from my personal trainers on the course. I know that if I cheat on it once, I will probably do it again. And again. And again. I just can't give in to temptation.

I haven't managed to get to as many classes as I would like so far because it's hard trying to juggle the Mister and his work, and the kids and their clubs etc (I did get to 3 classes last week and will be attending my third this week tonight), but on the days I haven't been able to make it I have exercised at home using one of my (many, dusty) DVDs and gone out for a brisk walk, and have enjoyed doing so too. The C25K fell by the way side after two days due to my heels which still haven't fully healed, so I am going to start again when they're not raw. I can't believe I did myself so much damage in an hour! I'm disappointed in myself that I haven't managed it as I originally planned, but I gave it a go and I will be starting again as soon as I can get those trainers back on my feet comfortably. I think I need to invest in some good socks as per advice! (thank you!)

I am really enjoying the diet plan, I don't feel hungry or restricted and I feel SO much better in myself. The uncomfortable stomach, headaches, the bloatedness has all gone. I am drinking lots of water every day and have stopped drinking coffee after 1pm which means I am sleeping much better. I have rediscovered my love for green tea, and I am finding out that I like so many more things than I thought I did. Almond milk for example is absolutely lovely, why have I only just realised this! It has done wonders for me and I am really grateful for the help and support I am being given at Project 6 Pack. I never would have done it all on my own, and it is bloody hard work but I really am enjoying every minute.

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Introducing Joey

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

If you follow me on my various social media platforms you'll be aware we welcomed someone new into the family just before Christmas. He is an absolute delight as well as an absolute pest and we all completely adore him - even Florence! I haven't actually officially introduced him on the blog yet, so we would love for you to meet...

JOEY


Joey was born on September 14th last year, and this picture was taken a few days after we brought him home in November. He's a black and tan miniature dachshund and he is the sweetest, most loving little thing. He settled into the family really well and loves Florence so much. She has moments when she mothers him and we catch her cuddling up at bedtime or cleaning his face when she thinks no one is looking, and they have the best time playing tug o' war and chasing each other around the house like lunatics on day release, but other times you can tell she wants him to leave her alone so she can sleep but he's nothing if not persistent and he usually gets his own way! They are like a real life Hairy Maclary and Schnitzel Von Krumm (with a very low tum).


They had a great first Christmas together and were very spoiled by us, and Pets At Home. We dressed them up in their festive jumpers and they loved diving through their boxes and gifts to see what they had - Joey's face on receiving his chewy candy cane was hilarious and you can see the unadulterated glee on his face at receiving all these new things for him to destroy play with.


We've taken out pet insurance on a joint policy for them both and cancelled Florence's previous cover (as it was about to go up a ridiculous amount anyway, and the joint policy was considerably cheaper). We shopped around and got a great deal, and we have also signed Joseph up at Flo's veterinary practice and their healthy pet club scheme which gives us certain treatments free and a big discount on general care for a small monthly payment - we saved more than £50 on Florence's spaying last year thanks to the HPC.

Joey is a very welcome new addition to our family, and we look forward to sharing their adventures with you.

Meal Plan Monday 190115

Monday, 19 January 2015


Meal Plan 190115
Monday 19th January
Ham, egg & spinach (served with chips for Mister & kids)
Tuesday 20th January
Moroccan style Potato Bake (made with sweet potatoes) served with mixed vegetables
Wednesday 21st January
Sausages, mashed potatoes & baked beans (Debbie & Andrew's Sausages, with swede mash for me)
Thursday 22nd January
Caveman chilli
Friday 23rd
January
Brinner*
Saturday 24th January
Home-made chicken curry with cauliflower rice (with pilau rice and sundries for Mister & kids)
Sunday 25th January
Roast pork

#MealPlanningMonday linked up with At Home with Mrs M.
{*Brinner = breakfast for dinner}

Win the new Daily Junior Range from Oilatum

Saturday, 17 January 2015

As I have mentioned before, E unfortunately suffers with eczema so we are always looking for ways to keep her skin hydrated and itch-free without always having to resort to her prescribed steroidal creams which I worry about being harsh on her skin. We tried out the Oilatum Daily Junior Lotion back in June and have found it to be a great aid in helping to prevent flare ups, using it after swimming & 'tub time'.


Oilatum have added some brilliant new products to their Daily Junior range which E has been testing out for the last few weeks. In addition to the Daily Junior Lotion, they now have 'Soothe & Protect' Head to Toe Wash, Junior Bath Foam, and Junior Shampoo. After having given them a good trial, I believe that these products have definitely improved E's skin condition - particularly in this cold Winter weather where it is prone to losing moisture even more quickly than usual. The shampoo leaves her hair lovely and soft & shiny and has helped prevent her scalp from drying out which has been an issue after swimming in particular in the past.

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Project 365 / W3

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Here are this week's pictures for #Project365, you can also follow on Instagram via my hashtag #Shep365 if you would like to view my progress day by day.


011 - Filling in the calendar for our first full week back was painful, I haven't missed the craziness of Tuesday afternoon/evenings over the festive period that's for sure. It is nice to get back in to clubs and activities though, the kids have missed being active and have enjoyed seeing all of their friends again.


012 - Everything is going well with my lifestyle overhaul, and I have discovered that soups and smoothies aren't as bad as I remember. There's something about the texture of them that I don't particularly like but trying new flavours has helped me overcome my issues with them! I found a great recipe for carrot and coriander soup which is now one of my lunchtime favourites.


013 - E and I had fun playing number games in the playground before school last week. Her new coat has extra padding to keep her cosy which I think will come in very handy next week as the temperatures plummet.


014 - So proud of my littlest, she is absolutely flying with her reading and making such amazing progress. She was the champion learner in her class and got to choose a treat from the bowl in the headmaster's office for all of her hard work. Considering she is still only 4 she is really doing us proud. Such a little star.


015 - The fields have flooded again, around this time of year it's always the same. The road wasn't cut off on this journey through but the next morning it was impassable and we had to take the long way round to school. 


016 - I had to share this picture of my ditzy dog Florence, trying to sleep in the sunshine on the sofa. In the end I stacked the cushions for her so she could have a more comfy snooze in the sun. Though I'm not sure what's wrong with the four dog beds that there are around the house for her & Joey!


017 - I was asked by my younger sister to make a cake for her daughter's 1st birthday, and here is the result. Top tier is chocolate cake with Mars Bar buttercream, bottom tier is a traditional sponge with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream. The ultimate torture - making a cake that I can't even eat! A good test of willpower though.


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What E Wore | Some Winter Warmers

Thursday, 15 January 2015

I don't know about the rest of you but I find myself longing for the Spring more and more each day. I am so tired of the dark mornings and evenings, miserable weather and general BLAH of Winter. I won't miss it when it's over, that's for sure. With that in mind, E needed some outerwear to bolster her Winter wardrobe and make sure she is kept warm and dry during these chilly Winter months.


E and I chose this beautiful padded indigo jacket with a zip-off fur hood which is very warm, and perfect for these darker mornings & evenings with its high-vis strips & logo. It certainly keeps her nice and snug on the playground as we wait for school to start.


With all this rain about, a girl needs a good pair of wellies to keep her feet dry. Unfortunately they're not the best things for keeping your toes cosy, so you'll need to get some welly liners too. Luckily, Muddy Puddles had just the things we were looking for and we chose these pink fleece welly liners (that come with their own little bag!) to go with E's pretty navy spot print wellington boots.


We're now all prepared for the blustery conditions that often greet us on Sundays when watching her big brothers play football and rugby, so along with E's cosy toes she'll be nice & toasty in her beautiful raspberry cosy cloud fleece (which is so soft it has to be felt to be believed!), with her PuddlePac over the top to keep her dry. They'll come in handy for our trips to & from the pool for her swimming lessons every week, too.


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One Week Later...

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

I was full of enthusiasm last week, but how are things a week later?

I've been following the diet & nutrition advice from P6P to the letter. No cheating, lots of water, and keeping a diary of what I am eating. I have been pleasantly surprised to find that I am enjoying it so much more than I was expecting. I have been logging my meals/snacks/drinks etc with the MyFitnessPal app (username is jooleroo if you want to add me) and find it helpful to help me keep track (calories & nutrition wise) of what I am consuming, as well as keeping a written food diary.

Smoothie - Kale, Spinach, Strawberries, Pineapple, Total Greek 0%

Last Monday night I attended the welcome meeting at P6P, picked up my booklet and had a good read, met the instructors and learned about what was involved, how the classes work etc. It was very informative and I got to meet some of the other people who are signed up. I'm not really one for going to things by myself so this was quite a big deal for me, and I'm quite pleased with myself for having done it.

I nearly fell off the scales during the weighing & measuring, it was a big wake up call having not weighed myself in I don't know how long. I needed it though, because it has given me the extra motivation to shift it.

Tuesday morning, the Mister dropped me & the youngest two off at school and went on to work, and after I had taken them in to their classes I did my first day of C25K on my way home. The jog/walk went well, it was 3 miles and it took me an hour to get home, first half hour doing W1D1 of C25K and the other half hour just a leisurely walk until I reached my house. I actually really enjoyed it, which surprised me. I've been afraid of exercise for so long, I want to make this work & I really feel like I can do it.

Evil Trainers

Unfortunately my new trainers utterly shredded my heels and my socks were soaked in blood by the time I got home, a quick clean up and dressing on both (and a different pair of trainers) got me through the fitness test at P6P on Tuesday evening but come Wednesday morning I couldn't get my boots on - I pulled one on to my right foot only to feel like someone had taken a razor blade to my heel and yanked it off immediately, it had me in tears. The fitness test was hard work and I felt like a bit of a flubbery mess lolloping about but I did better than I thought I would, and it has motivated me to work hard so I can do better when we do it again in six weeks.

I'm probably not going to update weekly because I imagine it will be much the same thing each week, but I will share recipes, meal ideas and my weekly meal plans which hopefully might come in handy to some of you if you're looking for inspiration.

All in all it has been a good first week, with running and classes and getting in extra walks where I can, trying new meals, I am putting everything into it and already feeling the benefits, and enjoying it too. This is for ME. I won't be weighing myself weekly, instead I will let them weigh & measure me at P6P to keep an accurate record of my progress. I can feel that my clothes are looser, I have more energy and I am generally feeling better - and if that's not reason enough to keep going, then what is!


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Our Top 'Sun Holidays' UK Destinations

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

We've been going on caravan holidays in the UK for years, taking advantage of the £9.50 holiday vouchers from The Sun newspaper (look - I don't read it, I just use them for their discount!) to save us money on our family breaks. We've visited some really lovely places, and I wanted to share with you our family's favourite "Sun Holiday" destinations.

I have seen people ask on Twitter what Sun Holidays are like. I can assure you, in our own personal experience, that they are exactly the same as if you paid full price. If you pay the basic amount, you get the basic accommodation (or are allocated whatever is available on arrival). If you pay a little more for an upgrade, you get better accommodation. It's quite simple. We've never had a bad experience on a Sun holiday & any issues we have had have been dealt with efficiently at the park we were staying at.

My recommendations for booking a holiday would be to research the parks you are interested in thoroughly. Check out TripAdvisor too, but make your own decision - not one based solely on 1 bad review out of 100, for example.

Things to bear in mind :

  • How long does it take to get there?
  • Is there a shop on site?
  • How far is the nearest supermarket?
  • What sort of entertainment is available?
  • Are there any activities on site?
  • Is there a playground?
  • Is there a swimming pool?
  • What activities/attractions are nearby?
  • How far is it from the beach?
  • Is there a takeaway on site? A restaurant?
  • Are there any 'extras' to pay for (linen/entertainment etc)?

The holiday will be what you make it. We've saved hundreds of pounds by booking Sun Holidays, and we always check out what is available before we go, and plan things for each day. If you're going to visit nearby attractions, see if you can book tickets online before you go as you often get a discount and can jump the queue that way too (particularly useful for a family like ours, with a child with Autism who is unable to queue).

Sandown, Isle of Wight


You would never be able to tell from the pictures, but they were taken at the end of September/beginning of October of 2010. The weather was glorious, and the kids had great fun playing in the sea and eating ice creams as we strolled along the prom.

We stayed in a park in Sandown on the Isle of Wight which was just a short ferry crossing from Southampton, booked with a discount through The Sun. The beach was just a few minutes drive away and there was a supermarket just around the corner as well as a small shop on site. We visited the IOW Zoo during our stay which was brilliant, a great family day out, and there was plenty on site to keep the kids busy including a playground, basketball/football court area, and of course the arcade.

Torquay, Devon


We have visited Torquay twice now, in 2012 and again in 2013 - it's probably our favourite destination. You can read about our first visit to Torquay here and here. The park is lovely (though very hilly) and there is a fantastic playground right next to the on-site restaurant. There are various takeaway food options nearby as well, a quick google on your phone will point you in the right direction.

Our favourite attractions local to this park are Paignton Zoo (the best zoo I have ever visited), Living Coasts Zoo & Aquarium - which if you book a Zooper joint saver ticket with Paignton Zoo you get a discount, and Woodlands Family Theme Park, and it's also just as nice to take a drive down to the harbour and enjoy an evening wander along the prom with some fish & chips.

Warmwell, Dorset (Weymouth)


It was FREEZING when we went to Warmwell in 2013, but thankfully our cabin had a good heating system and was equipped with everything we needed, we were located right on the fishing lake so we had a great view for our stay. The park was brilliant with good evening entertainment and amenities, and the dry ski slope provided some fun and entertainment for A & J. Warmwell isn't too far from Splashdown and there are various restaurants including Pizza Express and TGI Friday's at the Tower Park complex in Poole if you fancied an excursion out, and there is ample space for the kids to play on-site as well as being just a few minutes drive from Weymouth seafront. You can read a more in-depth view of our break here.

Sandford, Dorset (Poole)

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from our stay at Sandford because it was just me and the Mister on this occasion. We visited the Tower Park complex (not far at all) and ate at several of the restaurants, went to the cinema on our own, and enjoyed just being a couple for a few days while the children stayed with the in-laws. It was wonderful. The accommodation was clean and the park was well kept, there is a pool and playground on site (fairly standard for most parks) as well as evening entertainment and a small shop.

Mullion, Cornwall


Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places I have visited, with breathtaking scenery and no end of fun things to do and places to visit with the family. We went in the October 2014 half term for a long weekend which you can read about here, where there are lots more photos to enjoy. I wasn't massively impressed with their restaurant (food or service) so we only ate there once and chose to eat off-site for the rest of our stay, but the accommodation itself was lovely and clean, and the kids loved the park & pool.

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