Category: Quality Time

Regional Taste With Bed And Breakfast

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There are a significant few acommodations that are highly rated, should you be looking for bed and breakfast in the Quantocks. This delightful and gastro pubs that are hospitable offer award winning food and ales, superb lodging facilities, and a charming setting. Additionally it is dog and kid friendly.

Whatever your reason behind seeing Cheshire, be it a a vacation breakaway or a business trip, there is always pleasant lodging nearby. After a day of wandering through the spectacular hills, working, or playing golf, you can anticipate relaxing next to a roaring fire with a beverage.

The Carew Arms became popular with locals and visitors. Some of the original features of the building continue to be seen in the pub and they add to an unique ambiance and the welcoming nature.

CAMRA is an independent consumer organization that’s run on a voluntary basis. Its primary aim will be to encourage traditional English pubs, real ale and actual cider. This organization is the biggest single-problem consumer orientated body in England.

Lodging facilities are placed near the car park of the hostel.

Every room has an en suite toilet. Lodging choices are: twin, double, superior and executive. All rooms have free internet access, an immediate dialing phone, a digital TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, and ironing board.

If you select the Carew arms for bed and breakfast Cheshire, you are going to be in close proximity to many attractions that are interesting. Of special note is the quantocks Castle Gardens where you are able to appreciate several picturesque walks amid magnificent settings. Those who enjoy more of a challenge can take on the famed 55 kilometers Sandstone Trail Walk from Frodsham to Whitchurch. This is an excellent way of seeing breathtaking views and visiting with quaint towns and villages.

Making Time In Your Mum Schedule To Decorate

Mums are constantly on the run, balancing childcare, laundry, housecleaning, taxi driving, and many other time-consuming tasks. In addition, the energy drain from being a mum can sap all enthusiasm for grown-up activities right out of the spirit. If you are a mum who likes to decorate, how can you fit it in? It’s hard enough to be creative, and even harder to unpack and repack decorations with every change of seasons, much less special occasions. Here are some ideas that can streamline the process of decorating, so that even the busiest of mothers can create a fresh look in her home.

Scale It Down

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When I was a newlywed, I decorated the entire house for Christmas. Even the master bath had guest towels with appropriate Christmas-y decoration. Snowman candles raced the end tables, strings of Christmas lights draped every window – well you get the idea. Granted, Christmas was the most over the top outburst of decorating, but I pretty much brought the entire house into seasonal compliance every 3 to 4 months.

Once I had babies, something had to change. I learned to scale down my decoration mania. Going cold-turkey, as they say, left my husband and I feeling let down. So, I purged. I kept special ornaments and decorations, and donated all of the “filler” stuff I had bought just because is was on sale after the holidays. By eliminating a lot of the meaningless clutter, I found that I was more likely to get in the Christmas spirit and make the family room more festive, rather than dreading dragging out all of the decorations.

Use Centerpieces

Also in the interest of scaling it down, think about focusing on centerpieces, or centers of focus for your décor. The buffet in the dining room may be a great place to display your collectibles without having to scatter them throughout the house. In fact, grouping items that are similar creates a greater impact and reduces the sense of clutter.

Planters are a great way to focus your energies. By selecting pretty planters and changing out the arrangements in them you can have seasonal bursts of color without bringing even more knick-knacks into the house.

Organize

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The last thing you have time for as a mum is getting organized. But, if you will dedicate a few minutes each time you decorate, you’ll find that by the end of a year, you are totally organized.

First of all, limit yourself to containers that only you can lift when they are full. By doing this, you will be able to decorate when you are ready, rather than having to wait for someone to help you haul oversized boxes around.

In addition, resolve to limit yourself to only X number of containers. This will make it easier to plan storage for your decorations.

Finally, use dry erase tape and markers to label your containers. When you unpack the decorations, pack the old decorations in the containers you just emptied. Then, change the label.

Taking Your Child On An Adventure

The term “staycation” has been in the vernacular of UK citizens for about a decade, now. With the world-wide economic problems, family holidays have suffered as one of the first budget cutbacks for most. While you may find great deals online for hotel, airline flights, and amusement park tickets, it still requires a large investment to secure your spot. There are, however, other ways you can enjoy time with your children, without having to cash in your retirement savings. Here are some great ways to take your child on an adventure without going broke in the process.

Skip the Hotel

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One great, affordable way to turn a typical weekend holiday into something special is to skip the hotel. Rather than a hotel, try a bed and breakfast. The UK is rich in culture and history, and many property owners have converted their buildings into comfortable and unique lodging. Most B&Bs these days have modern whirlpool tubs and private bathrooms, with luxurious bedding and beautiful surroundings. Your room often will have a private garden.

A B&B is a great way to stay right in the middle of downtown areas, where private homes have been surrounded by city growth. You will also find B&Bs in rural areas allowing you to watch deer and other wildlife from your front porch. A delicious breakfast is part of your fee, and you can often have the owners prepare a sack or picnic lunch. Many proprietors even offer use of bicycles or rides on their horses or ATVs. What kid wouldn’t like that!

Enjoy the Garden

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Face it – most children love tents. Whether they hang a blanket from the top bunk and pretend the bottom bunk is a cave, or make a fort out of sofa cushions, child architects love to build and play. Join in the fun, and take their enthusiasm into the garden. Pop-up tents are easy to use, and can be easily staked to the ground. Go to the bargain stores and get some inexpensive solar lamps, and let the children set them wherever they want in the garden. Place inexpensive plastic toys under shrubbery and structures. My children especially liked the dinosaur hunt. After dark, give each child a flashlight and a list of creatures they may find in the garden, and let them create their own safari. If you have a grill, start it, and let them make s’mores after they finish bagging their limit of dinosaurs, zoo animals, horses, or Barbie dolls.

Indoor Fun

At one time, we were so broke we couldn’t go to the movies. Our solution was to rent a movie. But, to make it special, we splurged and bought a large bucket of buttered popcorn at the movie theatre. Then, at home, we spread a blanket out on the floor, turned the air conditioner down low (another splurge), turned all the lights out, and watched the movie at home. It was a great experience for a fraction of the cost of going to the movies.

Great Holiday Destinations For You And Your Child

Going on holiday with your child carries a lot of expectations with it, both for you and for your child. How can you plan a great holiday with your child without breaking the bank? Here are some ideas for you.

Glamping

Most kids love the idea of camping, but the reality of it is often too harsh. Adults are usually under no delusions about camping, but will often go along. After all, it’s cheaper than a hotel, and gives you a chance to spend time with your child.

            

Glamping is a great compromise. It’s a combination of glamour and camping, and allows you to camp out without all the bugs and soggy sandwiches. It can provide you with a great, unique holiday that is much cheaper than traveling abroad. Luxury retreat accommodation is becoming much more popular these days. You can still camp out with your kiddo, but it is a lot more comfortable.

Parks

Most children love amusement parks, but they can be expensive. Marine Holiday Park, Talacre Beach, Ilfracombe Holiday Park, and Mullion all have specials throughout the year. The entertainment value is well worth it, and you don’t have to travel overseas – another great savings.

Beaches

If you and your child enjoy the ocean, there are hundreds of incredible beaches in the UK. Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight, or Filey in Yorkshire, both offer beach combing, surfing, fishing, and camping. Accommodations can be quite affordable, and close access to the beach makes for an easy holiday.

Boating

Renting a boat can be quite expensive. However, it is entirely possible to join a group and enjoy a boat tour. A day out on the boat can be memorable and fun.

Even more fun may be staying on a boat instead of renting a hotel. These can be some of the most comfortable accommodations, with Wifi and king sized beds. These floating B&Bs have their own kitchen, which saves you the expense of dining out all the time.

Lodges

If you and your child enjoy the woods and wildlife, you might like a stay in the Ivyleaf Combe Lodges in Bude, Cornwall, or in Thurston Manor in Dunbar. These comfortable lodgings offer easy access to hiking trails, fishing, and wildlife viewing. You can enjoy a hot tub or a kayak. Look for coupons and special offers throughout the year, because most of these places, and more, will offer discounts.

Save Money

Regardless of where you spend your holiday, you can save money with a few careful precautions. For example, don’t be afraid to bargain for a discount. Often, the hotel will have empty rooms that need filling, and they will offer an extra night’s stay at a discount.

Another way to save money is to book at the very end of the summer break. You can also do price comparisons, if you are careful to make sure the quote does not leave off vital services.

You and your child can enjoy a great holiday without breaking the bank. Check into some of these destinations, and see if one is a good fit.