The Hanging Gate, Chapel-en-le-Firth

The Hanging Gate, Chapel-en-le-Firth

As we walked in the door, we were greeted by a snowman in a winter wonderland of what could better ...
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Wild Shore Delamere, Cheshire

Wild Shore Delamere, Cheshire

When my son landed I was launched into the air and, much to the amusement of everyone watching, landed head ...
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A round up of things to do in Northern Ireland with kids and teenagers

A round up of things to do in Northern Ireland with kids and teenagers

We spent a week in Northern Ireland and, despite the weather not being the best, we found some great things ...
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Travelling by P&O ferry from Cairnryan to Larne

Travelling by P&O ferry from Cairnryan to Larne

The P&O port at Cairnryan is a lot smaller than other ports we have travelled from so it was very ...
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Prison Island Belfast

Prison Island Belfast

Each room contains a challenge and the idea is to gain as many points as you can doing different challenges ...
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Robin’s Nest Air Bnb, Ballyhornan, Northern Ireland

Robin’s Nest Air Bnb, Ballyhornan, Northern Ireland

The Robins Nest is a three bedroom mobile home. It is situated in Ballyhornan in Northern Ireland in it's own ...
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Downhill Beach, Northern Ireland

Downhill Beach, Northern Ireland

Both the Mussenden Temple and Downhill beach featured on the TV series, Game of Thrones, making this a great beach ...
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Hovercrafting and Powerturn buggies at Limitless Adventure Center, Northern Ireland

Hovercrafting and Powerturn buggies at Limitless Adventure Center, Northern Ireland

Limitless is an adventure centre in Northern Ireland. The available activities are football golf, archery, laser tag, laser clay pigeon ...
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The Black Bull Run Alpine Coaster and Forest Flyover Zip Line at Colin Glen Mountain Entrance, Northern Ireland

The Black Bull Run Alpine Coaster and Forest Flyover Zip Line at Colin Glen Mountain Entrance, Northern Ireland

I was really excited to find the Black Bull Run at Colin Glen Mountain entrance. This new attraction is Ireland's ...
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Let's Go Hydro Aqua Park, Northern Ireland

Let’s Go Hydro Aqua Park, Northern Ireland

Let's Go Hydro in Northern Ireland is a water based multi activity center. There is a giant inflatable water park, ...
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Finnebrogue Woods, Northern Ireland

Finnebrogue Woods, Northern Ireland

On offer is a gorgeous woodland wedding venue, farm shop, take away, amazing cafe called Fodder, woodland trails and a ...
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Fodder Cafe, Finnebrogue Woods, Northern Ireland

Fodder Cafe, Finnebrogue Woods, Northern Ireland

Near to Belfast is a hidden treasure that we had the pleasure of visiting today. Fodder is a cafe, farm ...
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Tyrella Beach, Northern Ireland

Tyrella Beach, Northern Ireland

Tyrella Beach in Northern Ireland, part of Dundrum Bay, is definitely worth a visit. With the backdrop of the Mourne ...
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Belfast Zoo, Northern Ireland

Belfast Zoo, Northern Ireland

It was meant to be a sunny day and, as we weren't staying far from Belfast Zoo, we decided a ...
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The Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway

The name comes from the legend of two giants, one from Scotland and one from Ireland. The Scottish giant crossed ...
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The Ulster American Folk Park, Northern Ireland

The Ulster American Folk Park, Northern Ireland

We visited The Ulster American Folk Park on our first day in Northern Ireland. The park is a living museum ...
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Endeavour Short Breaks

Endeavour Short Breaks

Endeavour is based in Somerton in Somerset. Used during the week to provide short breaks for people with learning disabilities, ...
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Are exam access arrangements enough or are we setting some kids up to fail?

Are exam access arrangements enough or are we setting some kids up to fail?

One of the access arrangements you can apply for during exams is extra time which can be very much needed ...
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Tribe DIY at home experience

Tribe DIY at home experience

I was so impressed with this online experience. Obviously the theatre company has a lot of experience in providing shows ...
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The LEGO Disney train and station

The LEGO Disney train and station

Everyone that reads my blog will know that we LOVE Disney. We visit Disney World in Florida at least once ...
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Teen Calm Subscription box review

Teen Calm Subscription box review

Teen Calm is a subscription box for teenagers aimed at showing them they are not alone. The box is aimed ...
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Unfortunate changes to my blog

Unfortunate changes to my blog

I don't normally give in to bullies or teach my children to, but I have been made aware of this ...
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How to use the DAS pass and fast passes to avoid queues at Walt Disney World, Florida

How to use the DAS pass and fast passes to avoid queues at Walt Disney World, Florida

To get the best possible chance of minimising queues and having a less stressful day, you are going to want ...
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Keeping autistic children safe in a health crisis

Keeping autistic children safe in a health crisis

The health advice is to wash hands frequently and not touch your face. "But my child licks hand rails" I ...
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How Airbnb ruined our Christmas

How Airbnb ruined our Christmas

Please be very careful if using Air bnb. If you try to book accommodation and get a message telling you ...
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Topgolf Orlando

Topgolf Orlando

We had great fun playing the interactive golf games and you could easily spend half a day or an evening ...
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The Great Escape Room Orlando

The Great Escape Room Orlando

If you are going to do any escape room with your autistic child, choose this one! Samantha is brilliant. She ...
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Tiosebon knitted sneakers review

Tiosebon knitted sneakers review

Apart from being a great fit, easy to slip on to my feet and really comfortable, the shoes are super ...
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Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

I was pleased to see how much thought has gone into welcoming autistic guests to the Legoland Discovery Centre, especially ...
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We try out Mini Earthlings kits

We try out Mini Earthlings kits

Mini Earthlings make kits for families to make their own skincare at home. The kits are designed to be educational ...
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The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, New York

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, New York

That is a day that most of us old enough to remember will never forget, those scenes etched in our ...
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Statue Cruises trip to The Statue of Liberty

Statue Cruises trip to The Statue of Liberty

We chose the only snowy day in a long time to visit Liberty island, but in a way this was ...
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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

We walked the first long corridor of Eastern State Penitentiary, with it's high ceilings, frequent doors, and its eerie silence, ...
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A ride on an Amish buggy with Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides, Lancaster Pennsylvania.

A ride on an Amish buggy with Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides, Lancaster Pennsylvania.

Arriving in Lancaster County in the 1720s, the oldest and largest Amish community in the country is the Amish of ...
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Blue Cross River Rink ice skating, Philadelphia

Blue Cross River Rink ice skating, Philadelphia

Blue Cross RiverRink has been Philadelphia's winter tradition for the last 25 years. Based at Winterfest, a seasonal winter park ...
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10 hours in Washington DC

10 hours in Washington DC

To get there I literally put "The White House" in the sat nav! The White house was therefore our first ...
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The Medieval Times dinner and tournament, Baltimore

The Medieval Times dinner and tournament, Baltimore

Our evening meal today was as exciting as a meal can be, in fact you could say we had a ...
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An up to date guide to travelling from England's main airports with autistic passengers!

An up to date guide to travelling from England’s main airports with autistic passengers!

Those of us who have flown with autistic children know how much it helps if the airport has measures in ...
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Dolphin and Caves trip with Dream Wave, Albufeira, Portugal

Dolphin and Caves trip with Dream Wave, Albufeira, Portugal

This bit was really fun and the waves made our tummies go as we rode over them, sea spraying those ...
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Dolphin and Caves trip with Dream Wave, Albufeira, Portugal

Dolphin and Caves trip with Dream Wave, Albufeira, Portugal

This bit was really fun and the waves made our tummies go as we rode over them, sea spraying those ...
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QuadVentura Quad bike tour, Albufeira, Portugal

QuadVentura Quad bike tour, Albufeira, Portugal

Secretly I think I was more excited than the kids to do this adventure! I've never driven a quad bike ...
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Park Aventura, Albufeira, Portugal

Park Aventura, Albufeira, Portugal

Today we visited Park Aventura in Albufeira. The thing I like about treetop treks are that they are outside, physical ...
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New Years Eve in Hamburg, Germany

New Years Eve in Hamburg, Germany

As for New Years Eve, I did see some children, though I wouldn't take mine. The main area for fireworks ...
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We review the Early Years Fun Subscription box!

We review the Early Years Fun Subscription box!

We recently bought the Early Years Fun Subscription box to have a look at. I was really interested in this ...
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5 reasons you might want a bum bag (fanny pack)!

5 reasons you might want a bum bag (fanny pack)!

The bum bag in my pictures was gifted to me to try out by getrealfunky.com. I chose the pineapple design ...
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Treetop Adventure Golf

Treetop Adventure Golf

The Tropical trail was jungle themed and fun. The holes were more difficult than they looked and we found ourselves ...
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The prisoner like locking up of autistic people and PDAers needs to stop!

The prisoner like locking up of autistic people and PDAers needs to stop!

The statistics are shocking. Sky news have revealed that at least 40 people with a profound learning disability or autism ...
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We review the Super Chefs Subscription Box

We review the Super Chefs Subscription Box

When my son and I sat down to unbox the Super Chefs box, we were so impressed. The box itself ...
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Virtual Hideout Manchester, Uk

Virtual Hideout Manchester, Uk

Virtual hideout Manchester invited us to go and see what they were all about so we booked a family session ...
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Manchester University are replacing clapping. Why I was shot down on social media.

Manchester University are replacing clapping. Why I was shot down on social media.

This week Manchester University announced that they will be introducing a different way of clapping. Instead of applause at the ...
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Inflata Nation, Manchester, UK

Inflata Nation, Manchester, UK

InflataNation is described as an inflatable theme park and it is essentially one giant bouncy castle! There is a small ...
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Harlech Castle, Wales

Harlech Castle, Wales

We booked on Friday afternoon for a last minute break to Haven in Wales. Not knowing what was around to ...
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The World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia

The World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia

We were in Atlanta, Georgia for the day and decided to visit The World Of Coca-Cola to see if we ...
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Retro Station Italian Restaurant, Orlando, Florida

Retro Station Italian Restaurant, Orlando, Florida

I really liked the style of Retro Station, it made a refreshing change from the samey chain restaurants that we ...
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SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando, Florida

SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando, Florida

We had a great evening at SAK Comedy Lab. We really enjoyed the show and all of us, even the ...
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Our unusual journey home

Our unusual journey home

I was told we could have one seat upgraded to upper class for either me or my friend and my ...
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Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2018

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2018

Today was the first day of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. It is also the first time we have ...
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Tubing at Rock Springs, Kelly Park, Florida

Tubing at Rock Springs, Kelly Park, Florida

I was so excited about visiting Rock Springs, I have always wanted to take my kids tubing down a real ...
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Cicis Pizza Clearwater, Florida

Cicis Pizza Clearwater, Florida

What's better than Cicis Pizza? According to my kids, a giant Cicis Pizza with a giant arcade! ...
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The Crayola Experience, Orlando, Florida

The Crayola Experience, Orlando, Florida

Today we visited the Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall. It impressed me more than I thought it would! ...
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida

We had such a good afternoon looking round the aquarium. I was so impressed with the work they do, rescuing ...
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The Holy Land Experience, Orlando, Florida

The Holy Land Experience, Orlando, Florida

We wanted to see how suitable The Holy Land Experience was for those wishing to visit with autistic children so ...
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Nascar I-Drive, Orlando, Florida

Nascar I-Drive, Orlando, Florida

We had a good turn at the Go-Karts, which can go up to 45 miles an hour and believe me, ...
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Our visit to CiCis Pizza, International Drive, Orlando, Florida

Our visit to CiCis Pizza, International Drive, Orlando, Florida

One of our favourite places to eat in Orlando and most definitely our favourite pizza buffet ever is CiCis pizza ...
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Daytona Lagoon, Daytona, Florida

Daytona Lagoon, Daytona, Florida

As we walked into Daytona Lagoon we found ourselves in an arcade. Above us was a high ropes course and ...
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Our tour of Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida

Our tour of Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida

We had the fortune of being guests of Daytona Speedway this morning for a 90 minute tour of the ground ...
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The Escape Game Orlando - Prison Break

The Escape Game Orlando – Prison Break

Last night we were locked up in prison with only an hour to escape and it was amazing fun! ...
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VR Territory, Orlando, Florida

VR Territory, Orlando, Florida

VR Territory opened on International Drive 2 months ago. As my son is a huge fan of anything to do ...
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Eating at Mythos in Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida

Eating at Mythos in Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida

It was the first day of our Florida trip so we decided to splash out and break one of our ...
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A review of the book, Talking Autism parenting your unique child by Victoria Hatton

A review of the book, Talking Autism parenting your unique child by Victoria Hatton

When Victoria Hatton asked for people to review her book, Talking Autism, I jumped at the chance. I respect Victoria ...
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A quick guide to Menorca

A quick guide to Menorca

Menorca, a popular holiday destination, is a small Spanish island near to Ibiza and Majorca and probably the least spoilt ...
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Mahón, Menorca

Mahón, Menorca

The town of Mahon is the new capitol city of Menorca. It is situated in the East of the island ...
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8 Great beaches to visit in Menorca

8 Great beaches to visit in Menorca

Menorca is an island with many beautiful beaches and coves. There are sandy beaches with gently shelving entry to the ...
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Cales Coves, Menorca

Cales Coves, Menorca

Cales Coves is one of my favourite places to visit in Menorca. The Calas Coves are ancient burial caves that ...
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Punta Prima Beach, Menorca

Punta Prima Beach, Menorca

With a lot of car parking nearby, the pretty little beach at Punta Prima has a lovely lot of white ...
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Binibéquer Nou  beach, Menorca

Binibéquer Nou beach, Menorca

This lovely beach of white sand can be found in the South East of the island of Menorca. You can ...
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Cala Galdana Beach, Menorca

Cala Galdana Beach, Menorca

When I caught a glimpse of the sea at Cala Galdana I wanted to jump straight in. The colour of ...
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Splash Sur Menorca (water park)

Splash Sur Menorca (water park)

Splash is one of the few water parks on the island of Menorca. It shares a car park with the ...
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Menorca Zoo (Lloc de Menorca)

Menorca Zoo (Lloc de Menorca)

Menorca zoo is not like other zoos. It was set up as a family business to be a sanctuary for ...
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World of Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

World of Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

We had a really good time at World of Wedgwood and enjoyed it even more than we thought we would ...
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Son Bou Beach, Menorca

Son Bou Beach, Menorca

Son Bou has a very long sweeping beach of sand, perfect for sunbathing and making sandcastles. The sea is clear, ...
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Cala en Porter, Menorca

Cala en Porter, Menorca

The sea is great for snorkelling and stronger swimmers will enjoy snorkelling along the rocks at the right of the ...
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Cala Es Grau, Menorca

Cala Es Grau, Menorca

The bay, with its long stretch of yellow sand and, when we visited, piles of seaweed, is backed by a ...
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Our evening in S'Algar, Menorca

Our evening in S’Algar, Menorca

Tonight we popped out to S'Algar in Menorca. My intention was to add it to my post about beaches on ...
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Horse and chariot racing at Hipódrom Municipal de Maó, Menorca

Horse and chariot racing at Hipódrom Municipal de Maó, Menorca

 Every Saturday at 6pm the Hipódrom club on Menorca opens to the public. Many locals are joined by some ...
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Lithica, Pedreres de s'Hostal, Menorca

Lithica, Pedreres de s’Hostal, Menorca

The sight that met me as I entered Líthica, Pedreres de s'Hostal reminded me of the film "The Maze runner" ...
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Camping in the rain!

Camping in the rain!

The tent turned into a kite as I tried to work out where on earth the poles went. I'm not ...
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Keeping autistic teenagers safe online

Keeping autistic teenagers safe online

Whilst there is a danger with all teens, autistic teens seem to be particularly at risk. Some struggle greatly making ...
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Helping autistic children cope with school at the end of the academic year

Helping autistic children cope with school at the end of the academic year

Its nearly the end of term and things are winding down for Summer. Work is getting less and fun is ...
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Hoseasons Saltmarshe Castle Holiday Park, Bromyard, UK

Hoseasons Saltmarshe Castle Holiday Park, Bromyard, UK

Last weekend we went to Saltmarshe Castle holiday park for a weekend away with some of our family. The site ...
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The Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London

The Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London

Just over the road from Hyde Park and within very easy walking distance from Marble Arch Underground station, and Marble ...
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On the other side of the door.

On the other side of the door.

I listened, from the other side of the door. Leave him they said, he will be fine. We will deal ...
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10 top tips for safeguarding autistic children on days out

10 top tips for safeguarding autistic children on days out

On trips out there is always the possibility of a child wandering off or becoming lost. When you have autistic ...
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Give away time!

Give away time!

Autism Kids On Tour is hosting its very first give away! You could be the winner of some great Autism ...
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The Gelato Festival, London

The Gelato Festival, London

The gelato festival is an ongoing competition between gelato (ice cream) makers around the world. The festival travels to different ...
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A visit to hospital, part two

A visit to hospital, part two

It is 10pm and we have just arrived home from hospital. The day progressed as you would expect, with my ...
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A visit to hospital, part one

A visit to hospital, part one

I am writing this from a hospital room where we are based for the day. My son is in for ...
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Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr with autistic children

Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr with autistic children

For autistic children Eid Al-Fitr can be an overwhelming time. Autistic children are even sometimes excluded from celebrations in case ...
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The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, UK

The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, UK

Walking into this museum was like taking a step back in time. We cautiously walked up to a small house ...
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Cantina Mexican Restaurant, Prague, Czech Republic

Cantina Mexican Restaurant, Prague, Czech Republic

We wanted to go somewhere nice to eat on our last evening in Prague. Everyone fancied fajitas so we decided ...
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Prague Zoo, Czech Republic

Prague Zoo, Czech Republic

On our last day in Prague we decided to go to the zoo. It was a Monday and this meant ...
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Pension Prague City, Prague, Czech Republic

Pension Prague City, Prague, Czech Republic

Pension Prague City was our home for the last six days. When choosing accomodation for our trip to Prague I ...
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The Rest and Fun Center, Prague Airport

The Rest and Fun Center, Prague Airport

Our flight was delayed by two hours and as most my readers will know, airports can be pretty stressful places ...
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Prague Boats, Prague by night dinner cruise

Prague Boats, Prague by night dinner cruise

Last night we had the fortune to go on a dinner cruise along the river in Prague. We timed the ...
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Museum of Senses, Prague

Museum of Senses, Prague

This small museum, found in Prague old town, has been open for six months. We visited on a Saturday afternoon ...
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The importance of exercising patience, wisdom and understanding when teaching right from wrong

The importance of exercising patience, wisdom and understanding when teaching right from wrong

My daughter and my niece saw the funny side straight away. They were stood behind my sons teacher listening and ...
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Sunday Interviews: The fourth in a series of interviews with autistic adults

Sunday Interviews: The fourth in a series of interviews with autistic adults

Today’s interviewee is Lisa Holt. Lisa is an autistic woman married to an autistic man, who together are trying to ...
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5 places to escape the  crowds at Alton Towers

5 places to escape the crowds at Alton Towers

Wandering through Alton Towers gardens, if it weren't for the occasional cable car passing way overhead, it would be easy ...
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How sickness and injuries can affect autistic children and why

How sickness and injuries can affect autistic children and why

One time we ended up stuck at a toll booth on the way from Miami to Orlando for a good ...
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Canons Court Mews, Wotton-Under-Edge, UK

Canons Court Mews, Wotton-Under-Edge, UK

The cottage was larger than I had expected and lovely and light from the many windows. There was a fully ...
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Perspective

Perspective

About five minutes from my house is a petrol station and we stopped to fill up the car. My friend ...
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Perspective

Perspective

About five minutes from my house is a petrol station and we stopped to fill up the car. My friend ...
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A video describing how one parent felt when they were first told their child's diagnosis

A video describing how one parent felt when they were first told their child’s diagnosis

This video is based on my own feelings when my son finally received a diagnosis after 4 years of waiting ...
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Autism awareness leggings?

Autism awareness leggings?

I saw an advert today for leggings to raise awareness of autism! The leggings were patterned with multi coloured jigsaw ...
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10 great ideas for helping rather than punishing, autistic children in mainstream primary schools

10 great ideas for helping rather than punishing, autistic children in mainstream primary schools

Most the behaviour that autistic children are being punished for in mainstream schools isn't them misbehaving at all, it is ...
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A video explaining how anxiety feels to an autistic child

A video explaining how anxiety feels to an autistic child

This video was made to try and raise understanding of what anxiety can feel like for an autistic child. It ...
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Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany

We were lucky to find a last minute escape to Berlin for the Easter weekend. I booked flights and hotel ...
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A visit to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Germany.

A visit to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Germany.

As I walked into the main gates of the camp, the enormity of what went on there hit me like ...
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See the world through my eyes - a new video by Autism Kids On Tour

See the world through my eyes – a new video by Autism Kids On Tour

This little video is my way of trying to raise some awareness of Sensory Processing. It is inspired by this ...
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Why I am not lighting it up blue for Autism Awareness Month, choosing instead to continually promote autism acceptance.

Why I am not lighting it up blue for Autism Awareness Month, choosing instead to continually promote autism acceptance.

April is widely known as Autism Awareness Month. All over social media we see well meaning people adding blue  frames ...
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10 ideas for an autism friendly, all inclusive school playground.

10 ideas for an autism friendly, all inclusive school playground.

The school playground, especially if its a large school, can be a daunting and scary place for autistic children. There ...
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Sunday Interviews: The third in a series of interviews with autistic adults

Sunday Interviews: The third in a series of interviews with autistic adults

I am doing a series of Sunday interviews with autistic adults because their voices and opinions are so important. Hopefully ...
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Flashbacks and autistic children

Flashbacks and autistic children

A flashback is a sudden, powerful re-experience of a past experience or part of a past experience. These experiences can ...
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We take everything we know about parenting and turn it on its head.

We take everything we know about parenting and turn it on its head.

This video is inspired by an older post of mine called Backwards Parenting. I have certainly had to take everything ...
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Try to see the world the way I see.

Try to see the world the way I see.

Try to see through my eyes and don't get cross with me. Don't think I'm difficult, stuck in my ways ...
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Sibling love?

Sibling love?

"Come downstairs for dinner." She worded it wrong, she knew as soon as she said it. It had been a ...
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The Lounges, UK: Comparing two visits to the same Lounge restaurant

The Lounges, UK: Comparing two visits to the same Lounge restaurant

The breakfast was so good in fact, that this weekend I decided to take the kids! Expecting the same amazing ...
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Sunday Interviews: The second in a series of interviews with autistic adults

Sunday Interviews: The second in a series of interviews with autistic adults

I am doing a series of Sunday interviews with autistic adults because their voices and opinions are so important. Hopefully ...
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To the parent finding it difficult

To the parent finding it difficult

Whether you are in the middle of a fight for education or support, looking after a child that is self ...
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The Abusive Dinner Lady

The Abusive Dinner Lady

She then marched over to him and pulled his hood off his head. I have no idea why she would ...
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Understanding and love makes all the difference to an Autistic child. Thank you to all the teachers that care!

Understanding and love makes all the difference to an Autistic child. Thank you to all the teachers that care!

There were two class teaching assistants that really helped my son when he was in primary school. One was in ...
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The avoidable fight in the playground

The avoidable fight in the playground

The crowd of dramatic teachers spoke about how naughty he had been, he had lashed out at another child in ...
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a picture of the sun over a lake and the text: Sunday Interviews: A series of interviews with Autistic adults, to raise awareness and understanding. Giving Autistic adults a voice as well as giving parents of autistic children some insight from the answers.

Sunday Interviews: The first in a series of interviews with Autistic adults

I have decided to do a series of interviews with Autistic adults because their voices and opinions are so important ...
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To my child with no voice in this world, I will be your voice.

To my child with no voice in this world, I will be your voice.

To my child with no voice in this world, I will be your voice ...
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It started with a chicken...

It started with a chicken…

All day you kept my child in the corridor on his own. That day you wouldn't help him when he ...
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The teacher that didn't understand.

The teacher that didn’t understand.

I saw my baby in the playground so scared because there was too much going on. I saw my little ...
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Reasonable adjustments and equality for autistic children within schools

Reasonable adjustments and equality for autistic children within schools

equality is not treating all children the same, but treating all children with fairness and non-discrimination. Giving all children the ...
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The Tea Hive, Chorlton, Manchester, UK

The Tea Hive, Chorlton, Manchester, UK

As some of my readers will already know, I quite like a good afternoon tea. It's something that reminds me ...
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A letter to a teacher from an Autistic child

A letter to a teacher from an Autistic child

This video is a thought provoking letter written from the perspective of an Autistic child. It sums up my sons ...
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If all children learn in different ways then we should teach the way they learn!

If all children learn in different ways then we should teach the way they learn!

I am, apart from an Autism mum and a blogger, a professional child carer. I have within my care a ...
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The Muossi Grilli, Saariselka, Finland

The Muossi Grilli, Saariselka, Finland

The Muossi Grill is located just over the car park from the Holiday Club hotel in Saariselka, Finland. The building ...
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The biggest fear for parents of Autistic children

The biggest fear for parents of Autistic children

You start to worry about the what if's. What if they can't ever leave home? What if they aren't ever ...
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Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel, Birmingham

Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel, Birmingham

Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel is in a beautiful restored 17th century building. It still has many original features including exposed ...
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Angry Birds Activity Park, Saariselka, Finland

Angry Birds Activity Park, Saariselka, Finland

An Angry Birds Activity Park is not something that usually springs to mind when I think of the Arctic Circle, ...
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Aurora hunting by snowmobile and heated sleigh with Northern Lights Village, Saariselka, Finland.

Aurora hunting by snowmobile and heated sleigh with Northern Lights Village, Saariselka, Finland.

We booked a trip with Northern Lights Village to hunt the Aurora. There were five of us on this adventure ...
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Wild Spirit Park, Ivalo, Finland

Wild Spirit Park, Ivalo, Finland

We had a great time at Wild Spirit Park. It was lovely to see all the animals and Tiina was ...
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Cross Country Skiing and Sledging in Saariselka, Finland

Cross Country Skiing and Sledging in Saariselka, Finland

We managed to get the skis on and after a while worked out how to stand up and then practiced ...
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An amazing day trip with Northern Lights Riders near Ivalo, Finland

An amazing day trip with Northern Lights Riders near Ivalo, Finland

We spent over seven hours with Janne on an action packed, exciting adventure of a day and we loved every ...
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Northern lights and shooting stars by horse sleigh, Kamisak, Ivalo, Finland

Northern lights and shooting stars by horse sleigh, Kamisak, Ivalo, Finland

I was particularly excited by this trip because of the song Jingle Bells and its reference to dashing through the ...
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Forenom Hostel Vantaa Aviapolis, near Helsinki airport, Finland

Forenom Hostel Vantaa Aviapolis, near Helsinki airport, Finland

I have never been brave enough to stay in a hostel with the kids before but we were faced with ...
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The BAPS Awards 2018

The BAPS Awards 2018

At the beginning of this week, I found out that Autism Kids On Tour has got through to the finals ...
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5 free (lower stress), non park activities around Disney World

5 free (lower stress), non park activities around Disney World

There is so much to do at Disney World without even entering the parks and if your child has had ...
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Half way down the diagnosis pathway

Half way down the diagnosis pathway

This morning she doesn't feel like she is travelling a pathway. She feels like she is sat in the middle ...
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10 ways to survive school holidays with an Autistic child!

10 ways to survive school holidays with an Autistic child!

School holidays can be extremely stressful for families with autistic children! Children with autism spectrum disorders, although they may hate ...
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Ten ways of creating an autism friendly, all inclusive classroom

Ten ways of creating an autism friendly, all inclusive classroom

In a school classroom, mainstream or otherwise, you will find a wide mix of children, all with differing sensory needs ...
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The reality of PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)

The reality of PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)

She just gets overwhelmingly anxious at the thought of all those demands and the fact she is out of control ...
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A Surprise Birthday Weekend at Maes Tyddyn Cottages in Wales

A Surprise Birthday Weekend at Maes Tyddyn Cottages in Wales

My step mum had carefully planned a surprise family get together for my Dad's birthday. There were to be thirteen ...
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Using Picture Based Communication with Autistic Children

Using Picture Based Communication with Autistic Children

A common issue for Autistic children is their inability to communicate. For some children this is to the extent that ...
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Why do we have to fight for the right education and support for our Autistic children?

Why do we have to fight for the right education and support for our Autistic children?

we have a system in place in the UK that should be easy. A system which allows children to be ...
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Standards for good practice that we should take into account when placing children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in educational provisions

Standards for good practice that we should take into account when placing children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in educational provisions

The AET found that schools showing best practice with autistic pupils of all abilities were implementing various strategies. I have ...
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Problems that parents of children with autism can have communicating their child's needs to staff at school

Problems that parents of children with autism can have communicating their child’s needs to staff at school

Then, there is the problem of supply staff, dinner staff and visitors coming in to teach the class. None of ...
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100% Attendance awards and why I hate them!

100% Attendance awards and why I hate them!

Imagine having a certificate for children who are able to walk and not giving it to the child paralysed last ...
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Diagnosis Feelings

Diagnosis Feelings

My heart is heavy and light at the same time. Relief. Pain. Confusion. Happiness. Sadness. Everything in between.  Everything has ...
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Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, Disneyland Paris

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, Disneyland Paris

What followed was an exhilarating,  speedy ride being thrown around endless, corners, drops, corkscrews and loops with Star Wars music ...
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An adventure to find the dragon in Disneyland Paris

An adventure to find the dragon in Disneyland Paris

Underneath Sleeping Beauty's castle, in the middle of Disneyland Paris, lives a very big and very real dragon! Visit him ...
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Autism and sleep difficulties!

Autism and sleep difficulties!

I jumped out of bed and ran downstairs to see my son sat at the kitchen table smiling at me ...
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Lunch at The Plaza Gardens Restaurant at Disneyland Paris

Lunch at The Plaza Gardens Restaurant at Disneyland Paris

My very favourite had to be the special 25th anniversary chocolate dessert topped with an aesthetically pleasing dark chocolate star, ...
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The Disneyland Paris Priority Card and how it works if you are taking an Autistic child

The Disneyland Paris Priority Card and how it works if you are taking an Autistic child

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Please feel free to follow my blog or like my Facebook ...
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Friday evenings when you have an Autistic child!

Friday evenings when you have an Autistic child!

I had run out of options. I had no distraction tools, no calm down tools and no energy left to ...
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Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Disneyland Paris

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Disneyland Paris

The ride set off into a glowing neon world of Buzz lightyear! The idea is to use your laser canon ...
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The Small Things

The Small Things

When one child learns to read their first book, another might have said "mum" for the first time. When one ...
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Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with Mickey and friends, Disneyland Paris

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with Mickey and friends, Disneyland Paris

We really enjoyed the show and yes we did get to keep the hats! So if you fancy a fun ...
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Ten Great Star Wars themed activities at Season of the Force, Disneyland Paris!

Ten Great Star Wars themed activities at Season of the Force, Disneyland Paris!

Last weekend's visit to Disneyland Paris just happened to coincide with Season of The Force. This is the perfect time ...
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Our visit to The Disneyland Hotel, Paris

Our visit to The Disneyland Hotel, Paris

We were actually taken aback as we entered the huge lobby! The large, spotless reception area, with its giant chandelier, ...
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It's A Small World, Disneyland Paris

It’s A Small World, Disneyland Paris

The ride itself is a story book like, colourful journey through the world. As you round each corner you find ...
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The Family Visit

The Family Visit

I'm walking slowly downstairs, mummy came to get me so I have to but I still don't feel right. There ...
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Last night my autistic son punched a hole in the wall because of a salad!

Last night my autistic son punched a hole in the wall because of a salad!

All of a sudden my relatively calm and quiet house escalated into the sort of noisy chaos that has the ...
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All about Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans! 

All about Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans! 

An Education and Health Care Plan (EHC Plan) is a legal document. It describes the child's needs with regard to ...
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DinoFalls Adventure Golf, Trafford Golf Centre, Manchester, UK

DinoFalls Adventure Golf, Trafford Golf Centre, Manchester, UK

DinoFalls is a new and exciting adventure golf course in Trafford. We headed over there on Friday evening to see ...
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Muthu Clumber Park Hotel and Spa, Sherwood Forest, UK

Muthu Clumber Park Hotel and Spa, Sherwood Forest, UK

We were staying in one of their executive rooms and first impressions as we entered were wow! The room was ...
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Our review of the Hello Fresh family food box

Our review of the Hello Fresh family food box

The ingredients were of good quality and I felt like I was providing my children with good, home cooked food.  ...
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Fidget toys and how they can be useful for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Fidget toys and how they can be useful for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Often children with autism have high levels of anxiety. This anxiety makes it difficult for them to focus because their brains ...
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Memory problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Memory problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Struggling with memory can have an impact on many areas of an Autistic child's life. Memories help people connect socially, ...
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Family Fund and how they can help families raising children with disabilities 

Family Fund and how they can help families raising children with disabilities 

About a year ago my son had a meltdown and in the process managed to have a fight with his ...
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Autism and Addiction

Autism and Addiction

Interestingly, studies have found that Autistic individuals and those with autistic traits are no more likely to drink than people ...
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New Years Eve at the Christmas market in Leicester Square, London

New Years Eve at the Christmas market in Leicester Square, London

The twinkling lights hanging from the trees around us and stalls selling little trinkets, mixed with the smells of mulled ...
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One year of Kids on Tour - Autism without Limits!

One year of Kids on Tour – Autism without Limits!

On this day last year, whilst I was in Lapland, I decided to start writing a blog, and wrote my ...
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To the parent who is finding it difficult...

To the parent who is finding it difficult…

Many years later, when my marriage fell apart and I was left trying to piece back together two small childrens ...
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Backwards Parenting

Backwards Parenting

Instead of telling our PDAers what to do, we let them think they are in charge, they are less anxious ...
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Young Cheng Buffet, London, UK

Young Cheng Buffet, London, UK

I did feel a little amused by the lady who came in after us and left as quickly as she ...
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Travelodge Newcastle Central, UK

Travelodge Newcastle Central, UK

The staff are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are decently sized, clean and comfortable. The hotel is in a ...
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Holiday Inn, Stevenage, UK

Holiday Inn, Stevenage, UK

for a hotel where we paid more to get four star service, we were not impressed with the room or ...
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The Pearl Hotel, Peterborough, UK with room service from the Tavan Moroccan and Turkish Restaurant.

The Pearl Hotel, Peterborough, UK with room service from the Tavan Moroccan and Turkish Restaurant.

I can honestly say that the meal was the best room service meal I have ever been served and £20 ...
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The Wishing Well Hotel and Restaurant, Selby, UK

The Wishing Well Hotel and Restaurant, Selby, UK

Would I stay at The Wishing Well Hotel again? Probably not, it's not worth the £49 I paid to sleep ...
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Breakfast at The Head of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Breakfast at The Head of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Breakfast came not long after and I have just finished eating mine. It was generally very nice and not at ...
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Aneesa's Buffet Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Aneesa’s Buffet Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Most the dishes were keeping warm in covered containers and all the curry dishes were delicious. There was a good ...
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Coed-y-glyn Log Cabins, Glyndyfrdwy, Wales 

Coed-y-glyn Log Cabins, Glyndyfrdwy, Wales 

We spent a lovely Christmas week at Coed-y-glyn cabins, mostly relaxing and spending time together playing games, eating, watching movies ...
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A Mince Pie Special trip on the LLangollen Railway, Wales

A Mince Pie Special trip on the LLangollen Railway, Wales

The Llangollen Railway runs through the Dee Valley in Wales and a trip aboard one of their 1950's carriages, being ...
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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas to all my family, friends, fellow bloggers and blog followers! I hope you and your loved ones are ...
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Breakfast at The Buttered Crust, Llangollen, Wales.

Breakfast at The Buttered Crust, Llangollen, Wales.

If you are ever in Llangollen and you want a nice breakfast, I would recommend The Buttered Crust ...
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The Christmas grotto at Lancaster Park and Animal Farm, Chadderton.

The Christmas grotto at Lancaster Park and Animal Farm, Chadderton.

The grotto was great, it took us about half an hour to do all the activities and we were not ...
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A Birthday adventure at IFly indoor skydiving!

A Birthday adventure at IFly indoor skydiving!

Flying was amazing! It was incredible to lean into the door and be lifted off your feet. The instructor was ...
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Happy 12th Birthday!!

Happy 12th Birthday!!

Call us crazy but we counted down the minutes and then did presents at midnight last night!  ...
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How I manage Christmas with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

How I manage Christmas with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Father Christmas only brings a stocking each and he very helpfully puts the same things in them every year! There ...
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Schools in the Uk which arrange for children to be educated at home via tutors, or only allow them access to school for short periods are NOT meeting needs!

Schools in the Uk which arrange for children to be educated at home via tutors, or only allow them access to school for short periods are NOT meeting needs!

There are many, many Autistic children and children with Sensory Processing Difficulties who are "attending" certain schools, yet in reality ...
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A roundup of activities you can do in Finnish Lapland

A roundup of activities you can do in Finnish Lapland

There is nothing quite like looking out of the window in the morning to see the trees heavily laden with ...
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Propaganda, Bury, UK

Propaganda, Bury, UK

We love America so to make up for the fact we werent there, and to celebrate my birthday, we paid ...
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What is a Social Story? How can they help children with Autism and how to write your own!

What is a Social Story? How can they help children with Autism and how to write your own!

A social story is a description of a situation, activity or event, written in such a way that it describes ...
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Our story part five - My son's first term in his Specialist High School!

Our story part five – My son’s first term in his Specialist High School!

I am so very happy that after everything my baby has been through, he is in a place that is ...
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Our story part four - My fight to get my son into the right specialist high school

Our story part four – My fight to get my son into the right specialist high school

My heart goes out to anyone going through this, or similar, because I know so many parents who have the ...
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Our story part three - The years my Autistic child was stuck in mainstream Primary School!

Our story part three – The years my Autistic child was stuck in mainstream Primary School!

 I remember clearly the time his teacher marched him to me crying after school. She handed me a piece of ...
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Our story part two - The fight for an EHC Plan to get my son out of mainstream education!

Our story part two – The fight for an EHC Plan to get my son out of mainstream education!

I double checked during this phone call that they had received my letter and evidence. They denied all knowledge of ...
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Our story part one - The long process of getting my son's ASD diagnosis 

Our story part one – The long process of getting my son’s ASD diagnosis 

The paediatrician had a very strong accent and asked my son lots of overly complicated questions. My son struggled greatly ...
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Breakfast at Bill's, Manchester, UK

Breakfast at Bill’s, Manchester, UK

The avocado on toast was amazing. The ingredients tasted fresh and came exactly as requested. I don’t like my poached ...
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Why Autistic children find school difficult in the lead up to Christmas and how we can help to ease the stress!

Why Autistic children find school difficult in the lead up to Christmas and how we can help to ease the stress!

Their world is suddenly different. If a tree and decorations suddenly appear in their classroom then even their environment is ...
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Bed Time!

Bed Time!

I give myself a pat on the back for my achievement of getting both kids in bed before 3am, make ...
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Bullying and children with Autism

Bullying and children with Autism

Unfortunately it is all too common that children showing behaviour different to that of their peers are often picked on ...
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Bella Italia, Church Street, Blackpool

Bella Italia, Church Street, Blackpool

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food considering Bella Italia is a chain restaurant and the staff ...
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The problem with putting Autistic children straight into mainstream schools and what constitutes "meeting a child's needs" at school?

The problem with putting Autistic children straight into mainstream schools and what constitutes “meeting a child’s needs” at school?

I so very often hear upset parents, at their wits end because their child is not happy or understood at ...
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Premier Inn, Southport, UK

Premier Inn, Southport, UK

Breakfast was not included in the price of the room but you could eat at the pub attached for a ...
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All About Virtual Reality - a book review

All About Virtual Reality – a book review

The DK book All About Virtual Reality, by Jack Challoner, is made in association with CURISCOPE, a virtual reality studio ...
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Falcon Hotel, Paddington, London

Falcon Hotel, Paddington, London

London is massive and there are a lot of hotels to choose from. My kids won't share a bed so ...
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The Medieval Banquet, London, UK

The Medieval Banquet, London, UK

Throughout the meal we were entertained by various acts. There were singers, jesters, jugglers, dancers, acrobats and live medieval music ...
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Kung Fu Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Southport.

Kung Fu Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Southport.

The food was fresh and absolutely delicious. The buffet was kept well stocked and clean. Staff worked tirelessly in the ...
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Dunes Splash World, Southport, UK

Dunes Splash World, Southport, UK

Splash World Southport isn't as big as the larger indoor water parks in the UK but as leisure pools go ...
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I forgot to go to my son's school and I feel terrible!

I forgot to go to my son’s school and I feel terrible!

I left my poor baby stood in the hall waiting for me to turn up, watching all the other parents ...
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Babysitters are worth their weight in gold but is going out worth it?

Babysitters are worth their weight in gold but is going out worth it?

My kids then decide to start world war three between them. I end up splitting them up and making my ...
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The funny things kids say!

The funny things kids say!

Me- which toy do you want to take for toy day? Him- er mum? Me-yes   Him- can i take ...
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The dreaded "H" word! Why is homework a problem for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how I solved the problem for my son!

The dreaded “H” word! Why is homework a problem for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how I solved the problem for my son!

Five minutes before you leave you get an email from your boss telling you they need you to stay behind ...
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What is special about my house?

What is special about my house?

Fast forward another year and I walked into the kitchen to see my eleven year old stood with the one ...
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The language we use when talking about Autism

The language we use when talking about Autism

Someone on Twitter pulled me up on my terminology in one of my recent posts. The terminology I had used was ...
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My son's top five helpful sensory items

My son’s top five helpful sensory items

When you have a child with Sensory Processing Disorders there are a great many items out there which could help. Obviously each ...
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When no one turns up to your Birthday party!

When no one turns up to your Birthday party!

On the day I started to receive text messages with random excuses why people couldn't come that had said yes ...
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When school is that hard that your child doesn't want to be alive!

When school is that hard that your child doesn’t want to be alive!

I was sat in a small room at my sons school. His teacher was talking to me about his classwork ...
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The importance of finding time for yourself when parenting children with special needs!

The importance of finding time for yourself when parenting children with special needs!

This is time for you to recuperate, build your energy and patience back up, lower your stress levels and look ...
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Lets talk about Pathalogical Demand Avoidance (PDA) for a minute ...

Lets talk about Pathalogical Demand Avoidance (PDA) for a minute …

Children with PDA resist demands due to anxiety. This can be everyday or unusual demands, good or bad, placed on ...
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Dear Teacher, please don't shout! - A letter from a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Dear Teacher, please don’t shout! – A letter from a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

I'm sorry I broke the table and chewed my pen today. I'm sorry I kicked the bin. I'm sorry I ...
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Many people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a very literal understanding of language.

Many people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a very literal understanding of language.

 "oh I get it, if you lived in a house made of glass and threw a stone you might break ...
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My son with ASD spent Halloween sat in a cardboard box!

My son with ASD spent Halloween sat in a cardboard box!

Sometimes it's too easy to get caught up in the negativities, to compare your life to others, compare what your ...
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Autism without Limits!

Autism without Limits!

Let's give our kids the chance to achieve, help them, work out ways to empower them to live their dreams! ...
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An interview with my son who is autistic and has Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

An interview with my son who is autistic and has Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

It's too hard to describe a meltdown because all you can think of when you are having a meltdown is ...
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Minecraft and children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Minecraft and children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Minecraft allows children with autism to have control over their environment whilst being able to be creative and productive in ...
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Nothing is simple!

Nothing is simple!

The chair that child two was sat on was "too slippy" and all of a sudden child two (to prove ...
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Bowness Bay Marina Boat Hire, Lake Windermere

Bowness Bay Marina Boat Hire, Lake Windermere

It was great fun driving the boat and  the kids were really excited to find out they were allowed to ...
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South Lakes Safari Zoo

South Lakes Safari Zoo

We went for a walk and bumped into some emu's! We offered them some food but I don't think they ...
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Lakeland caravan 

Lakeland caravan 

After quickly unpacking, the first job was to make the beds. This caused both great hilarity and achievement as, even ...
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Using Sensory Rooms with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Using Sensory Rooms with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory therapy is proven to be beneficial for children with autism and children with sensory issues ...
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Superheros dont need capes!

Superheros dont need capes!

To the parent of the child struggling at school right now, please know you are not alone. When your phone ...
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Anxiety in autistic children and children with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

Anxiety in autistic children and children with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

Your anxiety has been building all morning but this is the point where you really start to panic. Your heart ...
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Brushing a child with autism's teeth!

Brushing a child with autism’s teeth!

Teeth brushing can be a huge challenge to parents of autistic children! It is also one of the most common ...
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Lets talk about visiting the dentist for a minute...

Lets talk about visiting the dentist for a minute…

He opened his mouth, she put her finger in, he bit her as hard as he could! Next it was ...
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Lets talk about hair cuts for a minute...

Lets talk about hair cuts for a minute…

Imagine back to when you were a child. You are being taken somewhere for the first time. You don't know ...
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Persistent absentee!

Persistent absentee!

I found an email the other day. It was my reply to a letter from the school attendance officer informing ...
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Getting ready for school

Getting ready for school

 Mum just woke me up but I don't want to go to school today. I'm not going. My tummy hurts ...
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Sensory Play and children with ASD and SPD

Sensory Play and children with ASD and SPD

Not all children find it easy to process the input they receive from their senses. I discuss this in more ...
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Staircase House, Stockport, UK

Staircase House, Stockport, UK

Staircase House is an interactive museum in Stockport,UK. It is a restored 15th century townhouse famous for its staircase although ...
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Lets talk about Sensory Processing  for a minute...

Lets talk about Sensory Processing for a minute…

Imagine walking into a room. There is a really bright light and it hurts your eyes. You immediately close your ...
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Surviving Halloween with an autistic child!

Surviving Halloween with an autistic child!

There was a patter of feet behind me as I walked to the door. My four year old always followed ...
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Meltdowns and Shutdowns and autistic children

Meltdowns and Shutdowns and autistic children

Many autistic children or children with sensory processing disorders can experience sensory overload, which in turn can lead to meltdowns ...
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High School Update

High School Update

I havent posted about my sons new school since this post. Here is a quick up date on how its ...
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Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive at Universal's Islands Of Adventure, Florida

Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive at Universal’s Islands Of Adventure, Florida

You are trying to have a great family day out at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. It's a boiling hot ...
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Florida Water Tours, St. Augustine, Florida

Florida Water Tours, St. Augustine, Florida

I saw a dolphin watching trip with Florida water tours on Groupon and it was too good a deal to ...
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A look at CBeebies new show, Pablo

A look at CBeebies new show, Pablo

Last night after I finished work, I made myself a nice cup of tea, put my feet up and turned ...
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"It's too much Mummy"

“It’s too much Mummy”

Mum wakes me up. Normally I’m awake by now but today I was still asleep because I didn’t sleep well ...
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Three great Disney Park chill out rides!

Sometimes, even with a disability pass the Disney parks and rides can get hot and crowded. Here is my roundup ...
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The Old Nags Head, Edale, UK

The Old Nags Head, Edale, UK

A short walk up the hill from Edale railway station, The Old Nags head in Derbyshire marks the start of ...
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Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium, St Augustine, Florida

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium, St Augustine, Florida

Robert L Ripley was born in 1890. He grew up to become a famous adventurer, cartoonist and reporter. He was ...
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If you know one autistic child then you know one autistic child!

If you know one autistic child then you know one autistic child!

If you know one autistic child then you know one autistic child! ...
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Coast to Coast, Manchester Trafford Centre, UK

Coast to Coast, Manchester Trafford Centre, UK

Coast to Coast is a restaurant listed on my Gourmet Society card where I can get 50% off food. We ...
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Pizza making fun!

Pizza making fun!

I really love the concept of Sweetpea Pantry. It was set up by two busy parents who loved baking but ...
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Five actual things said to me at my sons primary school (and my actual first reactions)

Five actual things said to me at my sons primary school (and my actual first reactions)

"We took away all the measures put in place during year 4 because children change a lot over the summer ...
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New Socks!

New Socks!

We are walking into the supermarket. Mum needs bread, milk and toilet roll and I need some new socks for ...
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The Lea Marston Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, UK

The Lea Marston Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, UK

The Lea Marston Hotel is a family owned 4 star hotel in Sutton Coldfield. We checked in at 7pm and ...
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The Blackpool World Fireworks Championships 2017

The Blackpool World Fireworks Championships 2017

Every year in Blackpool, countries from around the world compete against each other to win the World Fireworks Championships! Over ...
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TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers

TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers

To be honest I saw the TGI's endless appetizers offer and did a little jump for joy! All you can ...
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First day back.

First day back.

My teaching assistant is holding onto me and my mum is gone now. I can feel my eyes starting to ...
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Living with the Land at Disney's Epcot park, Orlando

Living with the Land at Disney’s Epcot park, Orlando

Living with the Land is a relaxing boat tour ride found in the Land Pavilion in Disney's Epcot park in ...
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Week two at High School

Week two at High School

Week two at High School, a follow up from Starting High School. Thankyou all for your interest and encouraging words ...
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When it all gets too much at Universal studios, Orlando

When it all gets too much at Universal studios, Orlando

There is actually a lot more to Universal Studios than rides and shows and sometimes if you need a break ...
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Play time

Play time

Im sat in class but I dont get it. Its literacy and my teacher just told me to read between ...
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Star in your own colouring page at the Crayola Experience shop, Orlando

Star in your own colouring page at the Crayola Experience shop, Orlando

The Crayola Experience has 26 exciting attractions where you can play, learn and explore. If, however,  you only have a ...
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Non Uniform Day

Non Uniform Day

I cried myself to sleep last night. I was so worried about school. I thought I would rather be dead ...
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CiCi's Pizza

CiCi’s Pizza

We love CiCi's Pizza and visit every time we are in the Orlando area! You can't beat CiCi's Pizza for ...
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Veemcdee packs

Veemcdee packs

Veemcdee send out packs of brightly coloured creative materials. These can be delivered monthly and are different every time. They ...
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St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, Florida

St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, Florida

We were in St Augustine for the day so we decided to visit the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum ...
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Roo's Ranch, Orlando

Roo’s Ranch, Orlando

I don't really want to share this with you at all! I don't want to risk people finding out and ...
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Starting High School

Starting High School

My son spent the whole of primary school in mainstream education. This wasn't my choice, it just took me that ...
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Flying from Heathrow with an autistic child?

Flying from Heathrow with an autistic child?

Before we go away I normally contact every airport and airline to arrange assistance. My son does not cope well ...
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Universal's Character Breakfast at The Hard Rock Hotel Kitchen Restaurant, Orlando

Universal’s Character Breakfast at The Hard Rock Hotel Kitchen Restaurant, Orlando

Having visited Cafe La Bamba last year for a character breakfast, we decided to try out a different one. We ...
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The Vienna Coffee House, Manchester

The Vienna Coffee House, Manchester

I spent four years of my childhood in Somerset. Running around on the moors followed by afternoon tea was a ...
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Maggiano's Little Italy, Orlando

Maggiano’s Little Italy, Orlando

Maggiano's Little Italy is our favourite Italian restaurant in Orlando. We walked in through the back door as it is ...
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Mother and daughter evening at Epcot's World Showcase, Orlando

Mother and daughter evening at Epcot’s World Showcase, Orlando

My daughter and I decided to spend a couple of hours one evening exploring the world! We headed to Epcot ...
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Balloons from Denzil Jackson

Balloons from Denzil Jackson

Recently, whilst dining at Chuy's in Kissimmee, we had the pleasure of meeting Denzil Jackson of Latex Arts. Denzil was ...
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Black Angus Steakhouse, Kissimmee, Orlando

Black Angus Steakhouse, Kissimmee, Orlando

We have driven past Black Angus Steakhouse a few times and pointed out the life size cowboy outside. This time ...
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T-Rex, Disney Springs, Orlando

T-Rex, Disney Springs, Orlando

We had expected to wait for a table because we turned up without booking and it was fairly busy in ...
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The Walt Disney World Railroad, Orlando

The Walt Disney World Railroad, Orlando

Walt Disney. He loved trains and built a track in his backyard. He liked it that much that he decided ...
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Our Nightmare Journey home!

Our Nightmare Journey home!

I am writing this in a very jet lagged and exhausted state, in a dressing gown and with no eyebrows, ...
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Marsh Landing Adventures, Orlando

Marsh Landing Adventures, Orlando

We booked an airboat tour for 11am but unfortunately couldn't make the time so rang up on the morning and ...
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Taking an autistic child to Poseidon's Fury at Universal Island of Adventures

Taking an autistic child to Poseidon’s Fury at Universal Island of Adventures

The interactive show, Poseidon's Fury is at Universal Islands of Adventure. It is a lot of fun. I am going ...
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Golden Corral Breakfast

Golden Corral Breakfast

With over 150 items on the buffet, and all of them delicious, Golden Corral really is the best breakfast in ...
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The Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

The Transit Authority People Mover in Tomorrowland at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park, Orlando is not the most sought after ride ...
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The Rainforest Cafe at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The Rainforest Cafe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We were at Disney's Animal Kingdom to check out the new Pandora, World of Avatar rides. so I made a ...
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The Wonderworks Outta Control Magic Comedy dinner show, Orlando

The Wonderworks Outta Control Magic Comedy dinner show, Orlando

Seats are allocated for the Wonderworks Outta Control Magic Comedy dinner show on a first come first served basis. To ...
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Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach, Florida

The beach is a brilliant place for any child (or adult) and today we discovered that Clearwater Beach is a ...
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Sea Life, Orlando

Sea Life, Orlando

On International Drive, at the I-Drive 360 complex you will find the brilliant Sea Life Orlando, a perfect place to ...
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Chef Nite Orlando

Chef Nite Orlando

We had no idea what to expect as we pulled up outside Chef Nite Orlando. We went through the door ...
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Madame Tussauds, Orlando

Madame Tussauds, Orlando

Yesterday we visited Madame Tussauds Orlando. Having been to the London one, we were not sure how it would compare ...
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Taking an autistic child to Universal's Volcano Bay, Orlando

Taking an autistic child to Universal’s Volcano Bay, Orlando

Volcano Bay is a water park with a difference. On the way into the park you are given a TapuTapu ...
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CoCo Key Water Park, Orlando

CoCo Key Water Park, Orlando

We have driven past the back of CoCo Key Water Park so many times with the kids pointing out the ...
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The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

What better place to watch the eclipse today than the top of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye! We even timed it ...
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The Cirque Magique, Orlando

The Cirque Magique, Orlando

Tonight I took three things (!) to the Cirque Magique Dinner Show. The Cirque Magique is the most recent dinner ...
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Chef Nite Orlando

Chef Nite Orlando

We had no idea what to expect as we pulled up outside Chef Nite Orlando. We went through the door ...
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Pandora, the World of Avatar, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando

Pandora, the World of Avatar, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando

Today we went to Pandora, the world of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom to have a look around and see ...
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Club Cool, Disney's Epcot, Orlando

Club Cool, Disney’s Epcot, Orlando

Not everyone knows to look out for Club Cool. From the outside it looks like another shop, which it is, ...
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Miss Adventure Falls, Typhoon Lagoon, Orlando

Miss Adventure Falls, Typhoon Lagoon, Orlando

Today we popped over to Typhoon Lagoon to try out Miss Adventure Falls, a water slide that wasn't here last ...
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Disney's Winter Summerland miniature golf, Orlando

Disney’s Winter Summerland miniature golf, Orlando

When you think of Disney World, you think of theme parks and water parks but Disney World is so much ...
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No1 Lounge, Heathrow Airport T3

No1 Lounge, Heathrow Airport T3

Needing a calm place for my son to relax before flights means we often book airport lounges. This time we ...
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Premier Inn Heathrow Airport Terminal 4

Premier Inn Heathrow Airport Terminal 4

We pulled into the manned car park and the kids tumbled excitedly out of the car. We were off to ...
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One Last Ride, The Great Movie Ride, Hollywood Studios, Orlando

One Last Ride, The Great Movie Ride, Hollywood Studios, Orlando

As we drove out and gave our cast member a round of applause the announcement came over the tannoy "and ...
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Sand Dunes at Southport Beach

Sand Dunes at Southport Beach

We had no buckets and spades, no swimming things and no idea where to go until someone said something about ...
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Little Zoo Keepers experience at Dudley Zoo

Little Zoo Keepers experience at Dudley Zoo

Dudley zoo is quite a small zoo but they do a little zookeepers experience for 8-13 year olds so we ...
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The Pirates League, Disney's Magic Kingdom

The Pirates League, Disney’s Magic Kingdom

I also managed to persuade my little girl that pirate empress' are way cooler than princess' (which they are) and ...
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Family taster ski lesson at the Chill Factore, Trafford

Family taster ski lesson at the Chill Factore, Trafford

None of us had been skiing before so this sounded like a fun adventure. We even took Grandad who caused ...
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The Crocky Trail near Chester

The Crocky Trail near Chester

As you enter from the car park you see some of the attractions. There are huge vertical slides, a spinning ...
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The other side to Las Vegas, Nevada

The other side to Las Vegas, Nevada

I found a deal, too good to pass up and quite frankly I have always wanted to go to Vegas ...
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The Forbidden Corner, Yorkshire.

The Forbidden Corner, Yorkshire.

The Forbidden Corner, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, is spread out over four acres of gardens. These aren't ordinary ...
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Juan's Flaming Fajitas & Cantina, Las Vegas, Nevada

Juan’s Flaming Fajitas & Cantina, Las Vegas, Nevada

This is my new favourite Mexican restaurant! About 20 minutes drive from The Strip in Las Vegas is Juan's Flaming ...
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Hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park, Utah

Hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park, Utah

I had heard that Zion was beautiful and also that you could "hike the narrows" which involves literally walking up ...
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Grafton Ghost Town, Utah

Grafton Ghost Town, Utah

Imagine any Western movie and you can almost conjure up in your mind the beauty of the scenery surrounding what's ...
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The Adventuredome at Circus Circus, Las Vegas

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus, Las Vegas

Probably the most child friendly hotel in Las Vegas is the Circus Circus hotel with its very own theme park, ...
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Area 51, Nevada

Area 51, Nevada

About two and a half hours from Las Vegas and in the middle of nowhere, is the top secret military ...
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Valley of Fire, Nevada

Valley of Fire, Nevada

About an hour away from Las Vegas is the Valley of Fire National State Park,  and it is well worth ...
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Come To The Beach, Heaton Park, Manchester

Come To The Beach, Heaton Park, Manchester

We were in Heaton Park, having been to Treetop Nets so thought we would check out "come to the beach" ...
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Tree Top Nets, Manchester

Tree Top Nets, Manchester

Today we had great fun bouncing along netted walkways amongst the treetops into huge bouncy rooms filled with giant balls ...
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The anger box!

The anger box!

My son finds it hard to control his frustration and I was becoming increasingly worried about his self harming and ...
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Shrek's Adventure, London

Shrek’s Adventure, London

Who could say no to 3 excited children asking to go to Shrek's Adventure? Not me but then secretly I ...
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10 top tips for surviving a long car journey with an autistic child!

10 top tips for surviving a long car journey with an autistic child!

Over the years, my son has found car journeys difficult, especially when his sister has decided to wind him up ...
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Top tips for surviving Disney's Magic Kingdom with an autistic child

Top tips for surviving Disney’s Magic Kingdom with an autistic child

Disney's Magic Kingdom is an amazing and magical place. My son loves it and we have visited nearly every year ...
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Science Museum London with under 5's

Science Museum London with under 5’s

I had a couple of hours spare whilst in London and needed somewhere to take two children aged 3 and ...
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48 hours in Portugal!

48 hours in Portugal!

We decided to book a last minute adventure to Portugal. The adventurers for this weekend included 3 adults, 5 children ...
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Cova de Can Marca,Ibiza

Cova de Can Marca,Ibiza

We were in Ibiza just before the beginning of the Summer season and the majority of the island's attractions were ...
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CBBC Tour at Media City, Salford

CBBC Tour at Media City, Salford

MediaCityUK in Salford is the home of CBBC. The kids really wanted to do this tour and I booked online ...
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Top Ten Tesco Voucher Tips!

Top Ten Tesco Voucher Tips!

I do my main shop in Tesco and I buy petrol from Tesco so my clubcard vouchers add up. If ...
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Art workshops at the Hat Works, Stockport

Art workshops at the Hat Works, Stockport

A museum all about hats? This was my kids reaction when I told them where we were going. Apparently hats ...
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The Ramada Plaza Southport

The Ramada Plaza Southport

Booking last minute for an unplanned trip to Southport, it was by chance that I chose the Ramada Plaza Southport ...
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Illuminasia, Blackpool

Illuminasia, Blackpool

We were at Blackpool Winter Gardens for a dance competition and had a few hours to spare. We decided to ...
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Gulliver's World,Warrington

Gulliver’s World,Warrington

Gulliver's World is a family theme park aimed at children up to the age of 12. It's smaller than a ...
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Sapporo Teppanyaki

Sapporo Teppanyaki

We were greeted warmly at the door and shown to our table. The tables are large, shared tables set out ...
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Tower Bridge Exhibition, London

Tower Bridge Exhibition, London

If you have a spare hour to pass in London and you dont mind heights, then it is definitely worth ...
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Harrods Toy Department, London

Harrods Toy Department, London

A shop may not seem the best place for an adventure but Harrods isnt any normal shop and the toy ...
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Double Tree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside Hotel

Double Tree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside Hotel

As family hotels go, this one was great and extremely reasonable for a London hotel. Yes it is out of ...
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LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida

One theme park in Florida we had never tried was legoland. We had been to Legoland Windsor so thought we ...
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Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, Orlando, Florida.

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, Orlando, Florida.

We were invited to Lord Mansfield’s annual fox hunt banquet. Little were we to know that not only would someone ...
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Chuy's restaurant, Florida

Chuy’s restaurant, Florida

We stumbled upon Chuy's one evening a few years ago and since then we have visited every time we have ...
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Universal's Superstar Character Breakfast at Café La Bamba

Universal’s Superstar Character Breakfast at Café La Bamba

Our first morning in Florida we were faced with a difficult decision - go shopping for breakfast or eat breakfast ...
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Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Florida

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Florida

It's hard not to smile as you zoom through the beautiful Florida swamps on an airboat! Whizzing along with the ...
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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World, Florida!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World, Florida!

All dressed up as the characters from Alice in Wonderland we set off to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for the evening, ...
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Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

It was a boring bank holiday Monday so we gathered our troops (four adults and four kids) and invaded a ...
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The Showcase of Citrus, Clermont, Florida

The Showcase of Citrus, Clermont, Florida

Managing to get cheap tickets before hand on groupon, we set off to The Showcase of Citrus without knowing much ...
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Medieval Times Dinner Show, Orlando, Florida

Medieval Times Dinner Show, Orlando, Florida

Imagine being thrown back in time to a land of castles, medieval banquets and jousting! This is exactly what we ...
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Lucardo Manchester

Lucardo Manchester

One Wednesday evening we found ourselves in a bank in Manchester trying to steal a famous diamond from Russia. We ...
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Lush Happy Hour Party

Lush Happy Hour Party

This weekend I had the pleasure of taking my daughter and two of her friends to Lush in the Manchester ...
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Deep Sea Fishing from Clearwater, Florida

Deep Sea Fishing from Clearwater, Florida

We woke early one lovely sunny morning and packed the excited children, suncream, hats, snacks and water into the car ...
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Butlins Skegness

Butlins Skegness

Having been to Butlins Minehead a few times before and loved it, we decided to give Skegness a go. With ...
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Six ways to make flying to Florida more affordable!

Six ways to make flying to Florida more affordable!

Travelling to Florida is not cheap and if, like me, you are stuck having to travel there in the school ...
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Alton Towers and Splash Landings between Christmas and New Year

Alton Towers and Splash Landings between Christmas and New Year

Christmas was over and new year round the corner when I suddenly came across a brilliant last minute deal to ...
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Santas Lapland 

Santas Lapland 

It was Friday at last! There was to be no school today. Instead I woke the very excited children up ...
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Camping Barcelona

Camping Barcelona

What do you get if you mix a pushchair, five bags, three tents, a seven year old and a five ...
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Feeding Penguins

Feeding Penguins

What do you do for a childs fifth birthday if they dont like parties and dont have many friends? With ...
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Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios

Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios

Having been to Disney World Florida a few times, we really thought we would be disappointed with Eurodisney. We were ...
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An Arctic Adventure By Husky Sled

An Arctic Adventure By Husky Sled

We were booked to do a starlight adventure in the evening. Unfortunately on the way we managed to drive our ...
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Eurodisney's Davy Crockett Ranch

Eurodisney’s Davy Crockett Ranch

I bagged a cheap deal on Thursday afternoon and booked on a whim. Giving ourselves just 24 hours to get ...
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Our Fun Day with Santa

Our Fun Day with Santa

Father Christmas does not live in the North Pole, he moved many years ago for reasons that I will let ...
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Winter fishing at Ollila Holiday Cottages

Winter fishing at Ollila Holiday Cottages

We drove up the long snow covered road into the forest and arrived at some little wooden buildings and a ...
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10 great tips for flying with an autistic child!

10 great tips for flying with an autistic child!

The flight attendant promised my son a drink but never came back. The youngest child was sick and the 11 ...
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Our Christmas secret, Forest Holidays

Our Christmas secret, Forest Holidays

Christmas for us starts when we walk into our log cabin and see the game of scrabble set up with ...
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Horse riding in the snow

Horse riding in the snow

Our first trip when we visited lapland in January 2017 was to Ruska Laukka riding stables. We arrived at 10am ...
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Lapland (Ruka, Finland) January 2017

Lapland (Ruka, Finland) January 2017

Imagine being inside a snow globe, the snow swirling round you and sparkling like glitter in the twilight. Imagine endless ...
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