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What to pack for a hot weather holiday

The proper weather is almost here. We enjoyed some sunshine and a proper heatwave over the Easter break, which was very nice. The weather is not a bit wet and chilly, which is expected in spring. But last week’s heatwave has left me even more hungry for summer. I am seriously looking forward to the lovely sunshine and being able to show some more skin, but not the hay fever bit. Has it the weather treating you at your end?

With the summer holidays close in sight, I have been thinking of places we could go with the kids. When it comes to a hot weather holiday, you have to make sure you have packed the essentials, especially when you are holidaying with kids. Forgetting the important items can put a strain on your holiday. Spending the holiday money on buying essentials you have already at home can be very annoying. Which is why you have to ensure you pack smartly for your holiday.

 

 

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What to pack for a hot weather holiday

Here are some essentials you will be needing for a hot weather holiday –

 

Sunscreen

Don’t forget to take Sunscreen. It is really important you protect your skin from the sun rays, especially when you are out and about in the lovely sunshine. Whatever you do, don’t forget your sunscreen, and make sure it is dry before dressing to avoid getting marks on your clothing.

 

Dresses

Having a couple of dresses with you while holidaying in a warm climate makes a lot of sense. Dresses are easy to wear and style up and down. I find them very comfortable in the summer months, which is why I take them on holiday with me in the summer. It also saves me more space in my suitcases. Instead of packing a top and a skirt or pair of jeans for a day, I just take a dress.

They are also multi-tasking, as I can slip a sundress over my swimsuit and seat on a beach or by the pool. I can also wear the sundress with a pair of sandals while exploring my holiday location.

 

The Right Footwear

You need to ensure you have packed your flip-flops for the beach and your sandals and flats for exploring. A stylish pair of gladiator sandal is always needed. Good to take more than 1 just incase. If you are going to be doing more of sitting on a beach, then all you will probably need more than  1 flip-flops.

Having the right footwear while on holiday is very important. Wearing uncomfortable or inappropriate can mess up your mood for the whole holiday. You won’t want to explore in sky-high heels for long, you won’t be comfortable.

 

 

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Sunglasses and Hats

I pack at least 1 pair of sunglasses for each one of us. I also make sure we have our hats. These are hot weather holiday essentials. Leaving home without them would be horrific. Always check to make sure your sunglasses protect against UVB and UVA rays.

 

Swimsuit and Swim Bag

I like taking a couple of swimsuits with me for myself and the kids so we have options. Our swim bag goes on holiday with us every time, so we can carry them when they are wet. I always make sure to give them a good rinse with some detergent after every swim to prevent chlorine or salt build-up while on holiday.

 

Go Maxi and Free

I like to wear maxi and free dresses while on holiday especially, when it is warm. They keep my skin covered and they feel very comfortable. Packing a couple of maxi dresses for your holiday is great. Go for maxi dresses with thin straps to show off your shoulders and back.

 

Do you have any summer holidays booked?

 

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Working from home with the kiddies this summer holiday

The kiddies had their graduation ceremony from pre school last week, and are finally off to Big School this September. We are looking forward to the exciting changes, and we can’t wait but for now, it is the summer holidays. I work from home, so working during the day with the kiddies are around is always very tricky. I do most of my work when they are in school and when they are asleep. But with the 6 weeks summer holidays, I have to be able to do some work during the day.

I love the flexibility of my work and being able to care for my kids while making living. So since I am unable to take 6 weeks off work, I have to make this working from home thing work for the next 6 weeks. My business grows and grows every year. Which means I am a lot more busy this year, than I was last year, which means more work.

 

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So how do I plan to work from home this summer holiday, here are some ways –

 

Focus on what needs to be done

I am going to be focus on what needs to be done and make sure it is done. There won’t be any room for goofing around online when I am supposed to be working. Not that I do much of that, but with time being so precious these next few weeks, I will be focusing 100% on work while I work. There will be no room for distractions.

 

Plan my schedule

I will need to plan my schedule for the next few weeks in order to get work done quicker. Knowing what needs to be done well in advance helps me stay focused, which is why planning a schedule works extremely well. I don’t have to spend minutes/hours going through emails to decide on what needs to be done urgently.

 

Plan my outgoings

If you work for yourself, you have to keep an eye on your money. Keeping a watchful eye on my outgoings is very important especially in the next few weeks, as I can’t predict how much work I will be able to get done. Knowing where my money goes and having my money work hard for me is crucial. So no unnecessary spending this period. Like most families, we have important bills that need to be paid every month, like the mortgage, council tax, and other utility bills. Which means we have to watch every penny.

We own our home and that comes with a responsibility. Money needs to be set aside for unforeseen circumstances with regards to our home maintaimace. We have spent quite a few hundreds of pounds on home repairs already this year, which can be frustrating when money is tight. The only thing keeping me going is the fact that I know our home is definitely an investment, and every penny we spend on it goes towards our investment. Sunlife has a great calculator for home owners to check how much their property has increased in value.  I like to check the value of our home from time to time, just so I know money spent on home repairs and improvements are not in vain.

 

Do you work from home? Do you have kids? How will you be getting work done this summer holidays?

 

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Inflate the Trend: Pool Floats to Purchase in 2018

Stunning Instagrammable, inflatable swimming pool toys are the must-have holiday accessory this 2018. They are beautiful and so very useful. If you don’t believe me, do some research. If you look around, you will find discover lovely in poolside shoots on social media are in about 111,405 posts, with the hashtag #poolfloat and up to 171,095 with the term #inflatable. But which swim toys will be on trend for summer, 2018? `

 

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Trend 1 – Magical Creature Inflatables

A wealth of magic can be found in the sea, inspiring the first trend in our cool pool floats countdown. Think ethereal mermaids, precious seashells and, dubbed the Unicorn of the Sea, the giant narwhal. Thought to possess supernatural healing powers, the Narwhal’s protruding horn came to be a symbol of true magic. So much so, it is rumoured ancient Kings and Queens would trade gold and jewels to acquire it. If it’s fit for a queen, it’s fit for you too!

 

Trend 2 – Edible Food Inflatables

Is there any better excuse to purchase your favourite foods in inflatable form? From donuts, to avocado and pizza – each treat provides a unique quality. Prefer an innertube decorated with sprinkles? Choose a doughnut! Do you (and seven other pals) have a pool party to attend? A slice of floating pizza each can provide you with the perfect photo opportunity! More of a dessert person? Why not opt for an ice lolly or chunk of pineapple!

 

Trend 3 – Classic Romance Inflatables

With a summer of love hot on everyone’s mind, inflatable hearts are an emblematic purchase. Available in the form of a raft or as a jumbo innertube, this romantic inflatable lounger will capture the holiday essence. Likewise, an exquisite diamond ring “floatie” is perhaps the perfect match for loving dreamers, adored fiancés and enamoured newlyweds! Full of sparkle and promise.

 

Trend 4 – Colourful Kitsch

Colour-lovers, this one is for you! A fashion trend since the 70’s, kitsch is everything that looks excessive, cheap and FABULOUS. Think rainbow, neon bright colours, inflatable martini glasses, gummy bears and glowing flamingos! The latter is the perfect addition to a late-night pool party, with LED flashing flamingo floats summing up everything kitsch is: fun, cute, comical and certain to shine a light on your personality!

 

Something to bear in mind during your summer holidays:

 

Advice from the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), UK:

 

On average, more than 400 people drown in the UK each year. Nearly 60 of these are children and young people. We believe that most drownings are preventable through good knowledge of water safety in swimming pools. Top tips:

 

  • Keep young children under constant supervision.
  • Follow the pool rules (don’t dive into the shallow end.)
  • Take time to check the depth, water flow and layout of the pool, especially at leisure pools and holiday resorts.
  • Never enter the water after drinking alcohol.

 

Do you have any summer holidays planned? Where are you off to?

 

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