Active Family And Our Active Holidays

Now the summer has come and gone, the dark gloomy nights have set in and the weight is being more fiercely fought off from those evenings snuggled on the sofa with the chocolate.

So when it was recently announced that Mark Warner were looking for 5 bloggers and their families to become #MarkWarnerMums and Dad’s which has given me the opportunity to take some time out and reminisce about holidays past and what makes a holiday for us… or what doesn’t as the case maybe.

After some really radical lifestyle choices over the last couple of years that also brought about a massively much-needed weight loss of 4 stones for me. Ollie and I have been conscious that our children need to develop a really healthy attitude to being active and to eating well, when at home and away.

On the food front I’m never ever going to be on a par with the Jamie Oliver .. however this Jaime Oliver is now attempting to cook healthily and in the most part its working .. however there is still the odd culinary cock up…. but hey, no one is perfect are they? However holidaying somewhere that eliminates me having to cook is always a bonus!

Eating healthily has not been the only major change, our friend exercise has shown us .. or I should say mainly me the joy of sweating and feeling good.

Segways With hockey now a firm fixture in my life and now also in Beth’s too along with the recent purchase of new bikes after hiring them earlier in the year there really has been no stopping us. We have tried all sorts of activities over the last 12 months, some to that stuck around and some we were just grateful to get through it with gritted teeth, but all in all we have had a blast.

DSCF3733Our holidays over recent years have been a mixed bag of carrots from the most appalling holiday we had ever been on to the most amazing holiday we ever encountered.

To top it off in 2011 we had the most unusual holiday ever, when we eloped with the children to marry in secret while on                                          holiday! … We certainly live up to being a Madhouse!


So what do we really look for in a holiday? … probably the same as most families:

Quality time as a family,
Quality time as a couple,
Time to relax,
Time to try new things,
Delicious food,
Stunning locations,
Some fun activities to occupy adults, teens and toddlers
Beautiful warm weather
….. and just to be us.

So with knowing what we like about holidays, I started to think about what we could offer Mark Warner:

And if all else fails, maybe I could offer cake in bribery … but since you and I both know I can’t cook, don’t worry I promise I wont, there still needs to be a judge left to choose the families!

Disclaimer: This is our entry into the Mark Warner Ambassador Programme

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62 Responses to Active Family And Our Active Holidays

  1. Kara says:

    Fabulous post – love the video. Good luck xx

  2. Afra says:

    Lovely post- hope you get picked

  3. Sal Jacobs says:

    Great post! Good luck, do let us know how you get on :)

  4. Good luck to you, and well done for your continued bid to be healthy. Sounds likd you’ve been having a lot of fun along the way!

  5. Cate says:

    Great post! Good luck :)

  6. Charly Dove says:

    Lovely post Jaime and a great video – good luck!!!

  7. Fingers crossed for you here x

  8. Christine says:

    Good luck with the entry. It sounds like what you want from a holiday is similar to us!

  9. Notmyyearoff says:

    Brilliant post! Best of luck in this amazing comp. I hope you get chosen :)

  10. Lovely post, you would make brilliant ambassadors :)

  11. Great video! Wishing you best of luck !!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Best of luck! And laughing at your culinary cock up…you Brits have the BEST expressions :)

  13. WallyMummy says:

    Fab post! Love your wedding snap on the beach – amazing :))) x good luck with the comp x

  14. Great post! Good luck Jaime xx

  15. Erica Price says:

    You would make a super Mark Warner mum. You are really active as a family and I’ve enjoyed reading about your progress with that.

  16. shahnaz says:

    Beautiful pictures x good luck x

  17. Good luck my lovely! Great post :) Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  18. Just popping back from #CountryKids !

  19. Fabulous post and LOVE that pic of you eloping and getting married on the beach! Well done on all you’ve achieved, so inspiring, and energising to read about.

  20. Charly Dove says:

    Scooting back over from #CountryKids :)

  21. sarah says:

    fab post! hope you win!! x

  22. Love this post – very best of luck x

  23. I love the photo of you all running along the beach when you eloped to get married! Well done with the lifestyle change and getting out and having fun with the family. Great video and the best of luck, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  24. Lesley says:

    how could they resist your fantastic video, best of luck Oliver’s

  25. Mummytries says:

    I’ve said it before Jaime, but you should be so proud of yourself for the weight loss. Four stone is incredible, and changing your lifestyle to become so much more active will ensure it stays off. Very best of luck for the competition xx

  26. Orli D says:

    Good luck!
    Such a great way to get married – elopement during a holiday with the kids! I really wanted to elope when I got married, but ended up with a wedding that has all the trimmings. I still think elopement is better :)

  27. I am off to read your links right now! Eloping with the kids? Worst holidays?! Who needs gossip mags when you can read blogs??? Wishing you masses of good luck hon!

  28. Claire says:

    Great post, good luck. we look for same things as you on holiday :)

    aww love the last picture of you all running :)

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