There’s nothing I love more than being on holiday. It doesn’t have to be a long holiday, or even a holiday to anywhere fancy. As long as I’m not at home facing the endless list of things that need to be done, then life is good. Which is why I think ‘giving the gift of an experience’ is a concept I’ve embraced. OK, maybe we’ve gone passed embracing and are now in a serious, long-term relationship. You see, last year the experiences I gave the kids for their birthdays were fun days out doing something they each loved. Miss 10 went horse-riding, Miss 8 went skiing and Mr 8 had a not-so-great day out at the Monster Slide festival. This year, I may just have taken it to a whole new level by using the idea of ‘giving presence’ as an excuse for a holiday (or two). I didn’t see anything wrong with this approach until a well-meaning friend pointed out that I might be setting the bar a bit high – creating an expectation that …
When I took the kids on a Zoo sleepover experience a few weeks ago, I never dreamed it would be so life changing. Dave, our very entertaining guide, passed a comment that the whole zoo, and all the people who worked there, had made a commitment to go Palm Oil free which meant making a few changes – from whose ice creams they sold in the shop to how he shaved before he came to work in the morning. It got me thinking. If I make a few simple changes to the way I shop – choose this brand instead of that – then perhaps I too can make a difference. You see, I’m no eco-warrior. But I am a Household Shopper aged 25-54 so I know that the way I choose to spend my money counts. If I – if we – start supporting the brands that support the causes we care about, then I believe we can create change. It turns out lots and lots of things we use every day – things …
This was 2 hours of complete and utter fun, and not just for the kids.
The politicians can talk all they like. But do you know who really has the power to save the world? It’s you.
Before you leave: this is THE MOST critical step to success – aside from checking that all the parts of the tent are present and correct.
A couple of weeks of a simpler life are good for the soul – yet so many people make camping so much harder than it needs to be.
It’s not that we’re not giving presents this year, it’s just that what we’re giving doesn’t need to be wrapped.
Now I love treats as much as the next whatever-it-takes-to-get-through-the-day mum, but sports always used to be a treat free zone. A piece of fruit at half time and the chance to win the Player of the Day certificate was all they expected.
Once you confirm Santa isn’t in fact real, they’ll start questioning everything else. The Easter Bunny? The Tooth Fairy? Oh where do the lies end.
Renovation is just like life. It’s the little things that matter the most. Lesson learned.