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Preparing For Our Summer Holiday...

Now that I have broken up for the summer holidays I really feel I am able to start preparing for our upcoming family holiday to Kos, Greece.

I always in the months running up to going away start to buy and stash things that I see when I see them - I always think that this avoids disappointment - nothing like the regret one feels when you hesitate on buying something only to return two weeks later and your size is no longer available.

This year, like years gone by, we will be travelling to Kos with Mark Warner to stay at their Lakatira Resort. Having done many a Mark Warner holiday in the past we know the drill on what we need to bring with us clothes wise and what we don't need to bring - having said that I am always that one chewing their nails at check in as I wait to see if I will be charged extra for our baggage!

Holiday musts for us always include the usual swimming costumes, UV outfits, flip flops, t-shirts, sun cream, sun hats, headphones and calpol - lots of it!

I thought I would share with you a few of the bits that'll be being packed in our suitcase this summer!

As I am getting older I am trying to make a conscious effort to keep my face protected. This summer I've opted to give Eucerin SPF 50 face range a go. I tend to gain a more sensitive complexion when I'm in the sun so hoping this will do the trick.

Sun hat from Sunshine and Shade from £60 - sunshineandshade.uk@gmail.com Eurcerin SPF 50 from £16.00

I adore Boden and when I saw this little nautical number I just had to get matching ones for the boys. I am just a sucker when it comes to navy and white stripes!

Clarks Pirhana - £20.00 available here Boden Swim Trunks - from £4.80 as currently in the sale here

I love these Pirhana sandals from Clarks. Not only are the fab for boys with wide fitting feet but they are water resistant so perfect for the beach and super light weight so making them easy to pack!

As you can see my boys will be matching a lot this summer!

Clarks Piranha shoes from £20 here

Toned down neons are most definitely in for this summer in the boys ranges from High Street stores to higher end High Street stores. I love these swim shorts from TU by Sainsbury's when teamed with this super soft cotton polo from Joules.

Top - Joules Shorts - TU by Sainsburys Hat - TU by Sainsburys Sandals - Piranha's from Clarks Eucerin Sensitive Suncream from £19.50

My boys just seem to work a vest and shorts very well so I am loving the below combination and was chuffed when Hector's Godmother picked him up his very first pair of Tom's shoes - this will be a perfect look for dinner in town!

Vest - H&M Shorts - TU by Sainsburys Shoes - TOMS available at Office

I just love love love these water resistant paddle bags from Trunki. These are perfect for the Mark Warner kids club as they are big enough for spare clothes, nappies (in Hector's case), sun cream, shades, hat and even a small towel. We had the orange fish last year and this year Hector got the yellow fish for his birthday. Priced from just £19.99 they are the perfect poolside bag for your kids!

Trunki Paddle bags from £19.99 available here Swim rings and water bombs from Home Bargains

I'm heading in to Kingston to pick up a few more holiday essentials this week so if I find anything fab I will be sure to share it!

Nathalie x


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