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The CHILD FREE Weekend!

Hi guy’s!  My husband and I recently had a fantastic child free weekend in London when my mum generously offered to look after all 5 kids and the dog so we could have some time off.  I can’t tell you how much we needed this as the last few month’s have been absolutely exhausting!

We traveled down on the friday night and stayed in the Thistle Hotel that’s just between Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square which was really handy for popping out for meal’s etc and also just around the corner from Her Majesty’s Theatre where we went to see The Phantom of The Opera which was absolutely amazing, I have to be honest and say I wasn’t that taken with the film but on stage it’s a whole different ball game and I actually want to see it again at some point as there’s just so much to take in!

On Saturday morning we were up and about quite early as obviously we couldn’t sleep past 7 and had been down for breakfast by 7.30 so we decided to go shopping and were at Selfridges by 9.  We wandered round town for a few hour’s shopping before heading back to the hotel for lunch before we went to the theatre which I’ve already talked about above!  After the theatre we popped back to the hotel to freshen up and we found a personalised card and a lovely little box of chocolate’s on the bed for us, it was such a lovely touch and it’s little thing’s like this that make a difference!  We went to the Chop Shop for dinner which was fab, amazing food and cocktails in a nice casual setting, the whole meal was amazing but the espresso martini was the best I’ve ever had and I’ve had many!  We decided not to go out for drink’s and just go watch a film instead so we went to the leicester square odeon and saw the huntsman, winters war (which was fantastic by the way) as we wanted to be able to get up and enjoy our day on sunday and not be in bed half the day nursing hangovers, how disgustingly responsible and adulty is that!!!

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We were up pretty early again on sunday morning and were packed up and out of our hotel by about 9am!  We went and had a wander round trafalgar square and down towards downing street and  big ben so we could get some picture’s for the kids who’ve always had a huge fascination with big ben, we stopped along the way for a pub breakfast (he had a massive fry up I had porridge and fruit with yogurt) before walking down to buckingham palace to watch the changing of the guards, I didn’t think I’d be that into it to be honest but it was pretty cool.  We decided more shopping was in order in the afternoon and headed back to selfridges along with a few other places but I think I’m going to do a mini haul post so I’ll not go into that here as it’s already a pretty long read but you can find a review here of the NARS bit’s I picked up! Our flight back was at 9.30pm on the sunday so we got in pretty late so decided to just stay in a local hotel (here) and go back on monday morning so we didn’t disturb my mum and all the kids!

It was lovely being able to just wander round for hours and browse without kid’s  getting bored and complaining at you!  It’s also lovely to have time to just be a couple as when we got together I already had my 12 year old so we’ve always just been a family unit and not had a lot of time to just be us, we didn’t even have a honeymoon as we already had our 11 and 12 year old’s so we really appreciate the time we get to just be us!  I think it’s so important for us to have time just as a couple, it can be easy to lose sight of what you love about each other when you’re under so much pressure as a parent especially when there’s a lot going on at home.  I love having time to just rediscover each other and relax and I think it’s definitely benefitted both our realtionship and our ability to be good parents!

See you next time, Em xXx

6 thoughts on “The CHILD FREE Weekend!

  1. It sounds like you had a great time in London! I agree that couple time is really important – it can be hard to get out because we have an 11-month-old and no family nearby, but my husband and I try to have ‘date nights’ at home where we eat after the baby has gone to bed, drink wine and watch a film. #stayclassy

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    1. Been there! We have 5 kids aged between 4 and 12 but my mum comes up from newcastle (we’re in edinburgh) and give’s us a weekend off every so often. It’s very much needed and appreciated as it’s only been in the last year it’s been happening, this was unheard of for our first 11 years of parenting, I’m amazed we got this far lol! Thank’s for reading!

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    1. It’s something I would have felt so guilty about a few years ago but I think our realtionship with the kid’s is so much better since we started having a little recharge time! Thanks for reading!

      Em xXx

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  2. Aw sounds like a very lovely weekend! You are my hero, I have no idea how you can handle 5 kids! I’m struggling with just the one haha. So funny that you end up getting up early without the kids, you just get used to the early rising eh? : ) Thanks for sharing with #StayClassy!

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  3. I’m soooo jealous! Sounds like you had a great time – I love a little trip to London – doing all the touristy bits and the big shops! Thanks for linking up #stayclassy

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