The Benefits of Children Playing Team Sport

With the onset of the sun, our lives have been consumed with all things cricket related. During the many hours spent watching Bean10 play, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to observe and reflect on the huge benefits to be gained from being part of any team sport.

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Phil Jackson
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Learning How to Wild Forage

For many years, I’ve had the desire to learn the old-age craft of searching for my own food in the wild rather than a supermarket, but my own ignorance and fear of accidentally picking something poisonous held me back. So, when I happened upon a local and highly rated foraging course, I booked us all straight in! Read this post to find out more about our latest microadventure! … More Learning How to Wild Forage

30 Family Movies to Watch with Your Tweens/Teens (that Parents Will Love too!)

At the beginning of the first lockdown, we instigated a now much-treasured family tradition of a Saturday family movie night. Here are thirty of our favourites – some classics, others recently released; some light-hearted, others more serious and poignant – all of which will be loved by tweens/teens and adults alike. … More 30 Family Movies to Watch with Your Tweens/Teens (that Parents Will Love too!)

Exploring Dominica – The Adventure Island

Known as the Caribbean’s adventure island, Dominica is without doubt the perfect spot for thrill-seeking families, with gorgeous volcanic scenery, stunning waterfalls, boiling lakes, hot springs, secret coves, a permanent pod of sperm whales, oh and no poisonous snakes or spiders. Heaven! In honour of the anniversary of our visit (after which we hit our first lockdown), I felt it was a good time to record our adventures on this amazing little island. … More Exploring Dominica – The Adventure Island

Our Family Goals for 2021

Last year for the first time, I shared and committed to our family goals on this blog. Somehow, pledging our plans in this way meant we were all much more motivated to achieve them. And although we didn’t succeed with everything, we did complete some feats of which I’m really proud. This post documents our family plans for 2021 from a biodiversity project, to more microadventures to endurance, skill and personal challenges (including a crazy plan to run 100km in 25 hours for the adults!). Can’t wait to get started! … More Our Family Goals for 2021

52 Microadventures

One of our family goals for 2020 was to complete 52 microadventures, defined as “adventures that are short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.” We stretched this definition a little as there were a few exciting adventures we wanted to experience further afield. We’ve finally achieved our goal and this post reviews our year of microadventures which turned out to be the perfect antidote to the difficult 2020 Covid pandemic. At various points, we all pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones, tried new activities, made the simple feel special and exciting by adding a new dimension, and had a ball in the process! … More 52 Microadventures

Carving Out Time for Yourself

For busy parents, especially at this time of year in the crazy run up to Christmas, it can be so hard to find time for yourself. To take time to stop and breathe; move away from the relentless to do list and instead do something you enjoy, an activity that nourishes your soul. This post is about doing just that – gifting yourself the time to be creative, manage your physical and mental health, and socialise with your tribe. … More Carving Out Time for Yourself

Five Autumnal Lockdown Microadventures

I don’t know about you, but I’m so much happier if I’ve spent a good chunk of time outside in the fresh air. As are our kids, although it can be hard this time of year to encourage them into the great outdoors. Having a focus and making it into an adventure makes it so much more appealing. Here are five autumnal microadventures that we’ve enjoyed recently, which can all be done during the lockdown period. … More Five Autumnal Lockdown Microadventures