Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

July 25, 2010

Travelling this summer? Pack these.

Our lovely week away in Spain back in May feels like ages ago now as I watch friends and family heading off for their summer holidays. But, having already done my packing and travelling and being stuck in small, hot airports for several hours with tired and fidgety boys, it is probably only right, and fair, for me to pass on a couple of recommendations for things to pack in your suitcases.

Just before we travelled, I was sent two products from LeapFrog: the Tag and Tag Junior reading systems. I will admit, I was a little sceptical at first as I'm not really into the idea of interactive reading; much preferring to sit and read to my children in person. However, I have to say that I was really impressed with these products and my sceptiscism has been laid to rest! They were kept in reserve until boredom set in at the airport and within minutes of producing these, the boys were totally fascinated. The basic concept is that the child has a book in their hands which they interact with using a hand held reader (which is a bit like a big pen). The reader brings everything on the pages to life - sounds, narration, games, reading and word recognition exercises and more. It's a very clever idea and my four-year-old loved the Ozzie and Mac book, which comes with the initial set. There are 40 other books you can buy, such as The Cat In The Hat and Paddington, or other themed books such as SpongeBob and Toy Story 3.

Our two-year-old also loved the Tag Junior which he used with an Eric Carle book, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you hear. These are great to have in the bag for keeping the children occupied in airports and on flights when they reach that stage when you just need an extra something to diffuse a situation of extreme whingeing. They would also come in handy for giving yourself chance to eat your main course, uninterrupted, or just on a regular car journey.
Second on my list of holiday essentials is Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare Foot Spritzer. This comes in a neat, 75ml slim spray bottle, so will pass the 'carry on' test and will have your hot, holiday feet feeling fresh and fragrant within seconds. It smells divine and is also very cooling. This would also be a great extra to have in your bag at any summer weddings you're attending. I'm a huge fan of the Liz Earle 'Cleanse and Polish' facial products anyway, and found the Foot Spritzer another excellent product. Well worth the price of just £7. Available until 5th September, snap it up now. Your feet will thank you for it!

So, those are my recommendations for throwing into the holiday bag - along with the million and one other things you'll inevitably be packing to keep everyone happy for two weeks.

Here's to a wonderful summer holiday (I'm not envious at all).



  1. I like the sound of the Liz Earle, just for general day to day spritzing! I bet that would go down well at work lol
    I love the picture BTW

  2. We have the Tag readers, and like you I was initially suspicious. BEST TOY IN THE WORLD. We have 3 - one for each child. I am usually anti "electronic" toys, but the Tags are wonderful.

  3. Whole heartedly agree with the Liz Earle recommendations. As my little man is only 4 months, we are yet to experience Tag readers, he's enjoying his Taggie for now!

  4. hey hot cross mum, great to see you blogging again! will have to look up those readers, probably beats constant rounds of Old MacDonalds Farm! Or imaginary football (dont ask)

  5. great blog and cool posts, i enjoyed checking out your blog a lot and i will sure come back to it, liz earle is a good brand i agree


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