Win a #StressFreeHoliday Kit


Are we having fun yet?

Do you find yourself asking that question over the Summer holidays?

It starts out as hazy, lazy days in the sun. But before you know it, the vacation becomes a frantic, chaotic search for something new to keep them happy.

Yep, I’ve been there.

I’m all for keeping things relaxed, but when you start hearing cries of “I’m bored” or “he started it” it’s time to take control.

These are my top five tips for avoiding a Summer of insanity:


Plan Ahead

Even if you’re having a pyjama day, watching movies and vegging on the couch, make a big deal of it to the kids.

Discuss how to make it a fun adventure. Build a den in the living room, lay out a picnic for lunch, take turns to choose a favourite movie, or make cupcakes to eat for dessert. Children find wonder in the smallest things and drawing up a timetable of how the day’s going to go and all the fun things you can do will have them almost too excited to sleep the night before.



Get Outdoors

For every day you spend indoors, make an effort to have a day out, either at the local park or walking in the countryside. Fresh air and exercise will tire them out and make them better behaved when you get home (or that’s the theory). It doesn’t have to be an expensive activity. Skimming stones in a stream or playing on the swings makes kids just as happy as any expensive visitor attraction.



Making ice lollies with our #StressFreeHoliday kit

Keep stock

For rainy days when you need to come up with new activities, make sure you keep a craft box, a dressing up box, a cookery box filled with goodies to keep everyone amused. Loom bands are a craze which can provide hours of fun.



Learn something new

They might not be at school, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn a new skill – a fun one of course. Whether it’s teaching them to bake cakes, or ride a bike, or signing them up for a block of lessons at a dry ski slope, make it a memorable Summer they can look back on and say “that was the year I learned to….”



Pack them off

Don’t feel guilty about making some time for them to spend away from you. Whether it’s visiting grandparents, having a playdate or sleepover at a friend’s house (as long as you reciprocate) or attending a holiday activities club, you can’t expect to be in each other’s company 24/7 without tears and tantrums. So give yourselves a break from each other now and then. Let somebody else take the strain.


Hopefully these tips will have helped.

But I’ve also got a competition prize which will take some of the stress out of your holiday…..



What You Can Win

I have a #StressFreeHoliday kit to give away to one lucky winner, worth more than £50.

It contains a book of 365 things to make and do, an ice lolly maker, a veg growing kit, a waterproof disposable camera and a family scrap book to collect and show all your holiday fun.

We’ve got one of our own, and I can tell you that we’ve already made a whole range of ice lollies – from lemonade, orange juice, chopped fruit, yoghurt – and that alone has kept the boys amused and happy.

This great prize comes courtesy of StressFreePrint.

To enter, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post, telling me your tip for a #StressFreeHoliday. Then click on the Rafflecopter widget and confirm you have done this.

You will be offered the chance to do other social media stuff to earn extra entries – but that’s up to you.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Terms and conditions

This competition closes at midnight on Monday, August 18. A winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter and notified within 24 hours. Failure to get in touch and claim your prize within seven days will result in a new winner being chosen.

Entrants must be 18 or over and resident in the UK.

The prize is a #StressFreeHoliday kit as detailed above, and there will be no cash alternative.


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70 Thoughts on “Win a #StressFreeHoliday Kit

  1. My top tip would be just enjoy it because those six weeks go so fast. Don’t stress about what you have or haven’t done bad focus in making happy memories.

  2. Be organised and find lots of things to do with the kids

  3. teressa oliver on August 5, 2014 at 10:00 am said:

    Have a plan but be prepared to be flexible

  4. tracy nixon on August 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm said:

    Before the Summer hols I usually do loads of cooking then freeze it so when the kids are off school and we have days out, I don’t have to worry about cooking meals when I get back – I can just take what I need out in the morning to defrost then pop it in the oven to heat up when we get home. For days out have a back pack ready with essentials such as wipes, mini first aid kit, etc

  5. iain maciver on August 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm said:


  6. Melanie McNair on August 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

    Bring an iPad with you

  7. Nicki Evans on August 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm said:

    Plan ahead and keep them occupied.

  8. laura banks on August 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm said:

    planning and having lots of things to do also having a the asus tablet is handy too

  9. winnie on August 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm said:

    enjoy and rest as much as you can

  10. shirley evans on August 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm said:

    dont worry too much about housework,enjoy the kids

  11. Abigail Daniel on August 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm said:

    Dont worry + rest :D

  12. Martina Pichova on August 5, 2014 at 6:55 pm said:

    Get out and about as much as you can – my son always drives me mad if we stay indoors all day.

  13. Jo welsh on August 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm said:

    Try and plan trips out from the seaside to the park I find it helps to get them out of the house and just to have a change of scenery.

  14. Gemma Clark on August 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm said:

    Lots of time outdoors or you will drive each other crazy!

  15. andrea cheney on August 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm said:

    my advice is try to get out as much as you can it doesnt have to cost much walks in park exploring local forests even sitting in garden wear them out involve children as much as possible let them help plan and make picnic for day out for wet days art always a winner messy art get carboard boxes rolls wallpaper cover floor in old sheet and let them get artistic but most of all enjoy it put housework on backburner kids grow up so quick and all too soon the chance to have fun with them is gone

  16. Leanne Lunn on August 5, 2014 at 10:53 pm said:

    Plan things out but not to a strict shedule and do lots of research

  17. Rachel Craig on August 6, 2014 at 12:45 am said:

    Preparation, think ahead and have a variety of options available. As some outings etc are only suitable for good weather. Whilst we do enjoy dry sunny days, being prepared for poorer weather means time and company can be enjoyed regardless of weather outdoors.

  18. Angie Hoggett on August 6, 2014 at 6:18 am said:

    just have fun, plan your days and don’t stress out too much

  19. For us it’s all about routine, if the kids know what’s happening over a day they seem much hapier
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  20. kim neville on August 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm said:

    Organise play dates and plan days out with the family. I find the holidays go quick as so busy

  21. claire woods on August 6, 2014 at 8:43 pm said:

    Keep them busy.

  22. Sharon on August 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm said:

    Check out places such as your local radio station who have a lot of things to do in holidays – especially those that are cheap.

  23. Kiran Parry on August 6, 2014 at 8:55 pm said:

    Plan again and do plenty of fun stuff.

  24. Don’t stress… :) Don’t feel like you have to plan an action packed summer holiday where you have a different activity planned for each day. If the children want to play in the garden… let them. :)
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  25. Chrissie Curtis on August 7, 2014 at 9:48 pm said:

    Try to be organised, Plans things in advance and use them as a bargaining tool when they act up.. Spend lots of time outdoors. Failing that send them to the grand parents lol

  26. Natalie Crossan on August 7, 2014 at 10:18 pm said:

    Be planned, prepared and bring as much emergency funds as poss

  27. Hannah Lord on August 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm said:

    Preplanning of local attractions so you know the best days for the great outdoors and can prepare for a rainy day

  28. Ruth Harwood on August 9, 2014 at 8:09 am said:

    Keep in mind everyone wants to do different things – make sure your plans are flexible

  29. To be organised and plan well in advance
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  30. Laura Pritchard on August 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm said:

    Have the grandparents staying!

  31. Susan H on August 10, 2014 at 11:01 am said:

    We just go for fun and find a nice emptey beach

  32. maxine m partridge on August 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm said:

    make sure you have a plan and lots for the kids to do

  33. Lynsey Buchanan on August 11, 2014 at 12:17 am said:

    Enrol the kids into a club

  34. claire griffiths on August 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm said:

    always plan in advance on what you can do with the kids

  35. Jill m on August 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm said:

    Plan lots and keep them bust

  36. Helen M on August 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm said:

    Plan ahead as much as possible, and make sure you have things like paper maps and phone numbers

  37. laura jayne bates on August 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm said:

    plenty of activites lined up to keep them busy

  38. emma falvi on August 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm said:

    try and sort out things to do every day no matter what the weather is doing

  39. Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs on August 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm said:

    Try and do something different every day and learn one new thing every time :)

  40. Susan Pringle on August 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm said:

    Have set days for things to do. In this house, Friday is movie night, Saturday is baking, we also have craft days, board game days, design days.

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  41. Hannah on August 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm said:

    Plan ahead, have several options up your sleeve for if it rains and just go with the flow and enjoy it

  42. cherie shaw on August 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm said:

    Make plans for the days to keep the children entertained.

  43. Samantha Atherton on August 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm said:

    Arrange lots of play dates & time spent with other children

  44. on August 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm said:

    Make a planner ahead of time to allocate activities (with backups in case the weather doesn’t play ball!) :-)

  45. let there be fun. The mess can be cleaning after the holidays!
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  46. Tina Holmes on August 16, 2014 at 10:27 pm said:

    Lots of activitys and I love the mess

  47. Laura Carroll on August 17, 2014 at 12:05 am said:

    Use the internet and local notice boards to find lots of free activities in your area!

  48. Jo-Anne holton on August 17, 2014 at 7:46 am said:

    Advanced planning with kids let them know what your plans for the day are, try to relax and have fun with the kids in fact be a kid have fun!!!!

  49. Rachael Cunliffe on August 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm said:

    I’ve been planning days out with friends so that my (only) child has company!

  50. Sheri Darby on August 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm said:

    Lots of activities, walks, picnics and friends

  51. Do your research.
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  52. Emma Wolski on August 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm said:

    Take baby wipes everywhere!

  53. Aaron Milne on August 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm said:

    Get them outside & get the worn out

  54. Eleanor Powell on August 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm said:

    Dont plan too much, just go with the flow and get outside as much as possible. Also do a bit of research on free things to do in the area you are going to

  55. Donna Gilligan on August 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm said:

    Just relax, it’s not going to be the end of the world. Let the kids enjoy being kids and all the fun. mess and tantrums that come with it

  56. Jen Shearer on August 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm said:

    Take a picnic if you can, there is nothing more stressful than paying over the odds for lunch out and then have your kids flatly refuse to eat it because its not like we get at home! Taking food and a stash of drinks with me on days out has saved my sanity and my purse.

  57. on August 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm said:

    lots of free days out and picnics x

  58. Learn to compromise
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  59. Kirsteen Mackay on August 18, 2014 at 5:00 am said:

    Get out every day and have a few rainy day activities prepared as backup.

  60. trevor linvell on August 18, 2014 at 7:08 am said:

    Plan ahead and prepare for any eventuality

  61. Kevin Minihane on August 18, 2014 at 7:42 am said:

    Best stress free holiday tip is GO ON YOUR OWN

  62. Lorraine Polley on August 18, 2014 at 9:09 am said:

    do lots of free things, like picnics in the park, walks along the beach etc then have just one or two expensive days out, that way they will seem more of a treat

  63. We always go on holiday with my parents or parents in law or at least with our live in nanny

  64. Susan Breese on August 18, 2014 at 11:20 am said:

    Sign up for newsletters and emailed offers in the months leading up to the holidays (unsubscribe at a later date) and keep an eye out for deals in local newspapers papers so that you can make the most of cheap or free days out.

  65. Alexandra Blue on August 18, 2014 at 2:04 pm said:

    ditch the routine, plan some really cool stuff and also try to head off for as many impromptu outings as humanly possible, with the occasional lie-in so you don’t wear everyone out.

  66. Leave the kids at the grandparents house for a few days!

  67. Caroline Anne Bellamy on August 18, 2014 at 7:42 pm said:

    relax and don’t worry about home

  68. Mark George on August 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm said:

    Always have a special family day out planned for the week ahead. It keeps everyone positive having something to look forward to.

  69. Kel Ellen Hirst on August 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm said:

    Have an ideas jar and if the kids say I’m bored then they will have something to pick out the jar to do :)

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