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A Weekend in Amsterdam : My Top Picks and Tips (photo heavy post)

| August 14, 2014 | 16 Comments
A Weekend in Amsterdam : My Top Picks and Tips (photo heavy post)

Earlier in the week I posted about my weekend in Amsterdam, we stayed at an amazing hotel (InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam) thanks to me using up some of my IHG Reward Club points, which even covered the flights too for both of us. You can read all about my experience using my 1 Million IHG Reward club points HERE.

Well in this post, I wanted to share a little bit more about what we got up to.  It took Tall Dad and I a while to get acclimatised, and if I’m honest, some parts of Amsterdam, weren’t really for me.  The red light district being the main thing.  To be so overtly there, at the turn of a corner I really didn’t like.  We even saw a nursery in amongst that area, I did struggle with that concept. We did however see so many other things that we absolutely loved, so here are the top picks! Continue Reading

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A Weekend in Amsterdam : The Video Edition

| August 13, 2014 | 17 Comments
A Weekend in Amsterdam : The Video Edition

We have just returned from a weekend trip to Amsterdam, three days and two glorious child free nights.  What did we do there? Well we flew Friday morning stayed at a fantastic hotel, we ate, drank, sampled the nightlife, canal cruises, we walked…LOTS. We met people, used the metro and trams, we people watched and picnicked on chocolate waffles and stroopwafel washed down with Danish beer. We flew back on the Sunday evening, tired with aching feet, but definitely with smiles on our faces.

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Giveaway : Pebble Grey LED Mirror RRP £150

| August 4, 2014 | 8 Comments
Giveaway : Pebble Grey LED Mirror RRP £150

It giveaway time again on The Ana Mum Diary, and today it is a gorgeous round LED  Bathroom Mirror from Pebble Grey.   Visit the site to see a fantastic selection of Pebble Grey bathroom Mirrors, ranging from shaving mirrors all the way to mirrored bathroom cabinets.  There are also a big selection of bathroom lights and accessories. Continue Reading

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National Trust Discoveries : Belton House

| July 15, 2014 | 3 Comments
National Trust Discoveries : Belton House

We went on another National Trust road trip recently and discovered, the perfect country house.  Tall Dad loved the symmetry of the architecture, he has a bit of thing about this, and our own house is (nearly) symmetrical.

These are just a few images from a trip we did a couple of weekends ago to Belton House in Lincolnshire.  It’s not too far from where we live and it’s definitely not going to be our last visit, we were there all afternoon, and didn’t manage to see everything. Continue Reading

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Princess Mary and the Pea : Dormeo

| July 11, 2014 | 12 Comments
Princess Mary and the Pea : Dormeo

Now this tale I am about to tell, is an honest recount of a lady…I shall call her Princess Mary, and her quest for the perfect place, to rest her weary head. Dear reader, Princess Mary, was a very beautiful lady, she was generous and kind, and always offered to look after the children in the Ana Mum Diary household, when either the very Tall Dad, or Amanda (the diary keeper) needed help.  Now this had gone on for some time, before Princess Mary declared, she had something very grave to tell them…. Continue Reading

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Canvas Holidays : Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière Review

| July 4, 2014 | 18 Comments
Canvas Holidays : Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière Review

Canvas Holidays (Wyndham Vacation Rentals) has many beautiful and well located sites through Europe.  I think when I first heard about Canvas Holidays, I actually thought it would only be tents.  Now I know this is a really popular way of seeing Europe, and facilities in European campsites are said to be amazing.  Canvas Holidays are so much more than a camp site though, amazing variety of accommodation is on offer, with facilities to match families and couples holidaying.  They offer nearly 50 years of experience too.  That really did show when I visited the French la Croix du Vieux Pont site on a Canvas Holidays trip in June.

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I Love Mondays : Orange Is The New Black #OIMB (Home)

| June 9, 2014 | 11 Comments
I Love Mondays : Orange Is The New Black #OIMB (Home)

I Love Mondays is a feature I run each Monday where I virtually shop for your every need.  I am hoping to rid you of the Monday blues, with my beautiful things. It could be a must see site, or a new idea I want to share with you.  Sit back and enjoy!

This morning, if you are feeling delicate after the weekend excesses you may need to avert your eyes.  Today’s selection is bold and vibrant, celebrating the new series of, Orange is the New Black. Continue Reading

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Kids and Food: More Fishies on Their Dishies

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Kids and Food: More Fishies on Their Dishies

Fish fingers are a favourite food for kids, but getting children to eat other quality fish can at times be a little tricky. Here’s the secret method.

Fish fingers have long been a favourite food for kids, but getting children to eat other quality fish can at times be a little tricky. And it shouldn’t be hard; fish is good for you and oh so delicious. So to help you encourage your little ones to eat more fish, here are a few top tips:

Plan Meals Together

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Dorset Vineyard : A Year on

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment
Dorset Vineyard : A Year on

Just over a year ago now, we visited the parents of some friends of ours who were getting married, to see the fairly newly planted vineyard.  Whilst we were down in Dorset we managed to visit it again.  It’s come on amazingly. Rows and rows of the vines set against a slopping hill in their grounds.  Here’s Tall Dad being given a lesson in growing grapes. Continue Reading

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Starting again: Re-training for adults

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Starting again: Re-training for adults

Choosing a career path at any time in life is hard enough, but it’s even tougher when you’re thinking of re-training as an adult. Maybe you’ve already got a steady income, and you’ll need to take some time out of work to re-train; or maybe your children have grown up and you’re thinking about getting into work again – or even for the first time. Continue Reading

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Getting Ready for Autumn and Back to School : Clarks Shoes

| August 20, 2014 | 7 Comments
Getting Ready for Autumn and Back to School : Clarks Shoes

Not long now until school starts again.  Are you one of those parents that waits until last-minute, or plans in advance with all the back to school buying?  I tend to be fairly organised, I panic if I’ve not done things, and I think the summer holidays should be all about  relaxing  and having fun, not panic…well that’s the idea anyway.  This year I’ve had to be extra organised, as I’ve two at school, one of which starting secondary school, so its meant lots (a crazy amount) of new things needed to be bought.

Shoes were a breeze this year, as we (as usual) got ours from Clarks. We booked our in store fitting online.  I can’t tell you how easy that makes it.  You simply register on the site, enter your postcode, so it finds the closest stores to you.  Chose one of the store options.  We went for one in the town center so we could combine it with a trip to the cinema.  The slots are every 15 minutes, you just let them know your name when you arrive.  So simple! I even received a text message reminder. Continue Reading

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