Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Hotels Santai Family Resort)

It all feels like a dream now. No wonder, I am proper late with this post (what’s new ha ha). Nevertheless, our holiday in Turkey (back in September) was great. Probably that’s why it went so fast. We would have happily stayed for at least another week. But, oh well, all good things come to an end…

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

We booked our Turkey holiday about 4-5 months prior the actual trip and it seemed we had ages to wait!

I am not even gonna talk about holiday shopping and packing today. Trust me, it is a nightmare to pack yourself + 3 kids for a week. I am tend to think I might need EVERYTHING when it comes to packing. I would probably take the whole entire house if I could. But then there is a very limited space in luggages (even though we bought 20kg extra suitcase and had 1 hand luggage each). So at the end I had to somehow make those important packing decisions and to only pick the stuff that we could definitely not survive without.

So finally, the morning of so much waited 16th of September has come. We were finally off to the airport!!!

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

And then I had to face my least favourite part of our holiday – the flight. I am TERRIFIED of flying! I don’t even know why, I cannot explain, and I understand, that I am being silly here. But I just can’t help- am frightened when it comes to plane journeys. I was preparing myself for this since it was booked, but I was still feeling very tense, even lightheaded a bit.

But no choice, hey. If I wanted to get to Turkey, I had to board this damn plane. I don’t suppose I could drive there or take a train, huh? So I did board a plane at the end.

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

At the beginning of the flight I was not too bad actually. I thought I was holding myself together. But once I felt a slightest turbulence, that was it – I was about to cry and I didn’t even care about that sunny Turkey no more. Nearly 5 hours on the plane seemed like ages to me.

Now, believe me or not, I found a solution there. Maybe not ideal solution for a mother of 3, but, hey, it really did help and that was all that mattered! So here is my secret medicine if you are scared of flying: Continue reading Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Hotels Santai Family Resort)

What We’ve Been Up To

Happy days! I have managed to fix the main bug on my blog, that was turning photos into horrible quality, and few other small bugs. It means I can write again! I feel so relieved, I really missed it! 🙂

Since I haven’t been around for a while, I thought it would be nice to write a little update on what we’ve been up to during that time. If you follow me on social media, you probably know, that I am still alive and more less of what was going on in my life, as I do share pictures occasionally. But just in case you missed something, have a read below! 🙂

My eldest daughter Luka’s 13th birthday was at the end o August! She has decided not to have a party at home, but a fun day out. We went to Flip Out, which was so cool. I really wanted to jump too, but I didn’t. Ah, next time. 🙂

What We Been Up To

We had our lunch out and played some bowling. Then our dinner was @ McDonalds, as per Luka’s request. Was super-fun day!

What We Been Up To

What We Been Up ToAbout a week ago, on Sunday, we went to the circus! Daniella and Luka both really enjoyed. Even Harry was happily clapping throughout the first part of the performance. During the second part he was sleeping…

What We Been Up To

What We Been Up To

In terms of our family days out, we didn’t go too far recently. We were exploring around. One of the places, that deserves a mention is Cannock Chase Forest. It’s a lovely place with a lot of pine trees around, huge picnic area, Go Ape, cyclists trails, cute cafe, playground, etc. Kids loved it and so did we! Continue reading What We’ve Been Up To

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

 I am very late with this post, but really wanted to share!

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales We don’t get treated very often with the nice weather here, in England. Therefore, 19th of July, when the weather temperatures jumped up all of a sudden, Edward took a day off work and we decided to visit Barmouth sandy beaches in Wales!

Barmouth is 2.5 hours drive from our home, I’ve heard it is beautiful, but we haven’t been there before.

 Due to Luka going to her school trip to Alton Towers resort that day, it was only four of us going – Edward, Harry, Daniella and I.

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

Driving to Barmouth was pretty impressive itself! Wales is beyond beautiful! The greenness, hills, sheep, farm houses – it was rather great!

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

Even though Harry got a little bit annoyed towards the end of our journey, but it was so worth a wait. The town of Barmouth is cozy, full of restaurants, quirky shops. Plenty attractions for children and most importantly, has its extraordinary seaside! We were finally there!

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

We spent nearly the entire day on the beach. Children enjoyed the sand and the water, which was actually so clear (but pretty cold). I was trying to get some tan on my fair colour skin while Edward was trying not to get tanned ha ha. 🙂 We had fish & Chips for lunch – was GOOD! Continue reading Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding

Breastfeeding or Bottle FeedingGiving birth to 3 beautiful children, has left me with 3 different experiences, that influenced my views while making a decision on breastfeeding or bottle feeding.

I was 21 years old only when I had my eldest daughter Luka. I thought I was an adult, but, honestly, I wasn’t. Looking back, I can confidently say – I was then a child having a child. Therefore my views on having a baby (or raising a child) where totally different from what they are today. Perhaps it’s one of the reasons, why I found parenting so complicated back then.

After Luka was born, I did try to breastfeed her. But It didn’t even last a week. I was finding breastfeeding extremely inconvenient, painful and on the top of that, I ended up with a terrible mastitis. I soon gave up. I believe it was also lack of information and also support. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding was no longer in question for me. I decided to go with the easiest option – I quit nursing and started formulas instead.

It didn’t seem to make my life any easier though. Waking up at night, getting formula ready, while baby is already screaming with hungriness. And then feeding from the bottle (trying to hold it properly while my own body is switching off as tiredness is taking over), etc.

Nine years later, Daniella was born. I was, of course, then 9 years older and 9 years wiser perhaps, compared to how I was with my first baby – Luka. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding was question raised again. This time I said to myself, that I need to be strong and go ahead with breastfeeding. Whatever it takes.

So I did.

Ah, it wasn’t easy at all. The pain during those first weeks was unbearable! I was so scared of every feeding approaching! I wanted to shout, cry, scream, I wanted to quit and go with the bottle feeding instead. It was really really bad.

But I did it! Extracting the milk and nipple shields helped me to survive it. So I successfully continued breastfeeding Daniella.

As soon as nursing stopped hurting (couple of weeks on), that’s when I saw main benefits of breastfeeding.

I am not talking about baby here. Call me selfish, but I found breastfeeding beneficial to ME! During the first days/ weeks, when baby is still so tiny and when I was not yet fully recovered from giving birth, the little lie in, while baby was nursing, was a true life saver for me. Knowing myself, otherwise, I would have handed a bottle to Edward or Luka, so I could get on with my  cleaning or cooking or doing other (not) so-important work in the house. Believe me, house chores can wait. That half an hour of peace while baby is breastfeeding, is very important. Probably more important, than I ever thought it would be. Not only for baby, but for mummy especially. It does help to regain lost energy, improves the mood and life doesn’t look as complicated after all! 🙂

Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding

Another reason for applauding breastfeeding is when Daniella used to wake up at night. Not having to make formula worked out so well and, again, gave me the so much needed few more minutes of rest. I used to take Daniella in our bed and she would be nursing while I was carrying on with my sleep. I came to the point, that I wouldn’t even remember waking up at night, I only knew, as I was waking up with my baby next to me. Continue reading Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding

Grandparents Visiting & Trentham Monkey Forest

Grandparents Visiting & Trentham Monkey Forest*VIDEO BELOW*

Last weekend we had Edward’s parents visiting for Harry’s first birthday. They travelled by train from London on Saturday and stayed over in our house for a night. Kids were over the moon to have grandparents around and not to forget- they brought a huge and tasty personalised birthday cake for Harry!

13607940_10208708931494949_1669205814_nOn Sunday morning, while Edward and I were making breakfast for everyone, we were shocked as through the kitchen window we saw Edward’s brother Jim approaching! We didn’t have a clue he was coming and it was not even 9 am! Jim arrived here by car, leaving London at 5am! What a lovely surprise! 🙂

The weather on Sunday was beautiful, therefore we had decided to visit Trentham Monkey Forest.

The price to enter Trentham Monkey Forest is £8 for adults and £6 for children (3-14 years old). The place is lovely – cafe, playgrounds, picnic area, walking paths. If the weather is nice, could easily spend the whole day there with children!

Grandparents Visiting & Trentham Monkey ForestWe didn’t know what to expect at the beginning, we thought we will have to look for monkeys hiding from us, so when we saw the very first monkey sleeping high up in the tree, we started taking pictures immediately! But only few meters away, there were so many of them! They can walk free wherever they want, and they are not scared of people at all. Monkeys eat, play, fight with each other. It was amazing to watch!

Them ones with little babies I loved the most! How adorable is that! It is obvious, they care for their children so much! Monkeys are really great mothers, they really are!

Check out our video- vlogging by Luka this time – and see it yourself! Next time if you are unsure where to go, jut go Trentham Monkey Forest, it was 100% worth a visit! Trentham Monkey Forest website is HERE.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. x

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