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A Day Out with ScotRail - Kids For a Quid {AD}

ScotRails Kids For a Quid

ScotRail’s new campaign is offering off-peak kids train travel for just £1 this includes the weekend and school holidays- amazing right?! Normally when we find ‘great deals’ they can be quite restrictive not allowing you to use them at weekends, between certain times or unless you are also bringing your pet cat* Also good news if you’re a commuter and already have a rail pass as you can get this deal using your pass too!

*this is a totally exaggerated point

With your kids train ticket one child can gain free entry into some top days out across Scotland - I’ll pop a little link here so you can check out all the great places that you can use it.

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Places to take the kids at Easter time, Central Scotland

The school holidays are upon us so you’re probably looking for places to take the kids at Easter time. There are so many amazing places around us (Central Scotland).

Here’s some of the places we hope to visit.

  • Glasgow Science Centre

    We’ve only been here maybe twice before but there is SO much to see and do!

  • Camera Obscura

    We’ve never been here but it’s always on the list - maybe this break we’ll get there?

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The best Country Parks Central Scotland

Our favourite country parks and arguably the best country parks in Central Scotland, perfect for a family day out during the school holidays.

What do you look for in a good country park? Here’s what I look for;

Nice scenery, woodland, rivers and wildlife

Good walking routes, that aren’t too long for little legs but long enough that I feel accomplished!!

A good play area for different ages

Free to visit

Car parking

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Considering moving your child schools? Read this!

A little background…

It all happened when Eilidh began primary 4. Eilidh’s school is a very small school. There was only 22 in the entire school primary 1 - 7. So they’re multi-composite classes (ie several year groups make up one class). We were always so proud of Eilidh getting to go to a small school, it had a real family like feel to it. We loved that we knew all the kids, all the parents and could catch their teacher at the end of every day. A luxury you just wouldn’t get in larger schools.

However since starting primary 4 and moving into the ‘big class’ we noticed huge changes in Eilidh’s behaviour and attitude at home. She wasn’t the happy girl we had just a few short months before, she didn’t put much care into school. Eilidh was one of those girls who would be in tears and filled with worry if she had forgotten anything but she changed to a girl who just wasn’t bothered at all. She wasn’t getting a good sleep at night and found it very hard to settle down to get to sleep. We tried lots of things to get it right but we were totally stuck for what was causing it all. She had become very frustrated, angry and moody - it was like a glimpse into those teenage years. We were very concerned about what was going on. When she came home from school she wouldn’t want to play, she just wanted to play on her tablet or watch tv which was very unusual for her.

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The Perfect Sunday - with Simba Sleep

We’ve had our super king Simba mattress for nearly two weeks now so I thought I would make a start on my review of it. From arrival to how it feels, to comfort and practically.

First off when it arrives it comes in a large, very heavy, box. The mattress is all ergonomically rolled up inside - how handy if you have a really awkward stairway. There’ll no be no ‘PIVOT’ here (if you don’t know this reference- have a word with yourself and use Dr Google)

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Accidental Parenting, Co -Sleeping

Accidental parenting is a term I first heard when I was expecting Eilidh. It was from a pregnancy book called ‘The baby whisperer’ by Tracey Hogg. Back then, being a teen about to become a mum it was the only insight I had into what parenting and caring for a newborn would be like. I’m sure Instagram was a thing back then too but not the supportive, social network it is now.

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Days out near or around Stirlingshire

Are you looking for a good family day out in Stirlingshire? Well, you’ve came to the right place!

Days out are my JAM!

Here you’ll find the some of my favourite places to visit with my three children. I’ve tried to keep it varied with places that are free, suitable for all ages and most of all fun for everyone!

I’ll briefly describe each place, if theres a cost, if its dog friendly, how long you could typically spend there, if it has a cafe and toilets etc. I’ll also share the main reason we choose to visit!

To help out I’ve added a quick look at each place with, in my opinion, the best features in a nutshell.

We’re very lucky to live in a place where there are so many cool landmarks to visit.

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