Some Exciting News and A Trunki Giveaway | James Villa Ambassadors

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When I was still at school, I was determined that I would travel the world when I was old enough. I always resigned myself to the fact that although Scotland was my home, it was never meant to be the place I stayed for too long at a time. As I’ve gotten older, my thoughts haven’t changed, but life has gotten in the way a little. My orginal plans to abandon my life here for a life in Australia after university were short lived, and I settled down into the mundane reality that can be adulthood. The fourteen year old girl that wanted to see every corner of the world is still inside me, albeit slightly more stressed and with a lot more on her plate than just her homework. That girl is still planning to see the world, but now she’ll get to do it hand in hand with a toddler and a partner by her side.

Not brave enough to venture outwith the UK with a baby, last year our ‘bucket list’ for travelling grew tenfold. For every month we didn’t travel, we added three countries to the list of places to see in another month. We looked forward to the future, to when travel would be do-able, we booked one holiday, we planned ten more, and tried to work out how to do everything we wanted to do on a less than ideal budget. We didn’t manage, but we resigned ourselves to two big holidays’ this year, a handful of good old’ staycations (Cornwall I’m coming for you) and we felt content with what 2018 would bring. The Canary Islands, Rome and a shedload of British culture. Travel with a toddler can be intimidating, but it will also be more rewarding than it ever would have been before. We’ll have the chance to experience the joy of the new cultures with a child who will embrace everything and find the light in every place we visit.

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As if the plans we’d already made for this year weren’t already more than we could have wanted, last week James Villas’ announced their Holiday Ambassadors for 2018.  Spoiler alert, we were one of the chosen seven bloggers. Over the next year, we’ll be working with James Villas’ to give you an insight into villa holidays with the walking hurricane that is a toddler. I’ll be posting more about what we are getting up to with James Villas’ in the coming months, but I felt like this news warranted both an announcement post, and a  thank you.

When I wrote and published my first post eighteen months ago, I would have never dreamed I would still be writing today – let alone that my blog would have given me the opportunities it has done. My pregnancy blog was a secret from the real world for pretty much the entirety of the pregnancy, and I only found the courage to tell my ‘real world’ when Harrison was born. When he was born I wasn’t ready to give up my pregnancy blog quite yet, and instead it has grown with Harrison ever since. On Life With Boys I’ve documented his birth, his first steps, the first caravan trip and everything in between, and I’ll continue to do so as we venture further. To the Canary Islands, to Rome, to Cornwall, to wherever 2018 may take us. What started as my secret place to vent has turned into a visual diary of our lives and Harrisons’ childhood, and I’ll always be thankful I stumbled across Blogger on that day eighteen months ago!

Here’s to travel, and here’s to being James Villas’ Holiday Ambassadors 2018.

As a token of thanks to everyone who has read, followed and supported us for the last eighteen months, I wanted to give one reader the chance to win the number one item on our packing list for our travels this year: a Trunki case. If you’ve managed to stay off their radar for the last few years, Trunkis‘ are special cases designed specifically with the intention of keeping little kiddos busy. They are conveniently hand luggage sized ride-on cases, that you can fill to the brim with everything needed to keep a tot amused. I have one brand new Zimba the Zebra Trunki up for grabs below, so be sure to chance your arm, it may well be your lucky day!

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  1. January 14, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    Oh my goodness that is amazing! Well done to you and I’m so glad all of your hard work is paying off. I completely agree that travelling with children is a wonderful experience and I look forward to reading about your adventures!

  2. Rachael Sexey
    January 14, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Great Yarmouth 😄

  3. Angela Treadway
    January 14, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    My son would take it on holiday when we go this year if we won…nothing exotic but clacton x

  4. Brad Start
    January 14, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    I’m not sure, I’m hoping to win this for my great nephew to use on his travels

  5. Ana Andrei
    January 14, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    My son will love this

  6. January 14, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Congratulations on being an ambassador! That’s great news! We’ve never been on a James Villa holiday before but I have heard they are amazing, enjoy!

  7. January 14, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Congratulations on becoming an ambassador, living the dream! We took Parker on his first holiday abroad last year (to Tenerife) and it was amazing. We made absolutely amazing memories and it’s now what I work for! We’ve booked to go to Kos in July, so if I won the Trunki – that would be where we would be taking it! xx

  8. January 14, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    Congrats guys, I can’t wait to see what adventures you get up to this year.

    We’re also hoping to visit Spain this year. 🙂

  9. Victoria Wale
    January 14, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    Congratulations on your ambassadorship! We would take the Trunki to Cyprus to visit my daughter’s grandparents if she were lucky enough to win 🙂

  10. Katie Skeoch
    January 14, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    Congrats! My other half will be working in Australia so our trunki would be off on an adventure this year

  11. Chris Bull
    January 14, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    To Disneyland Paris with my grandson

  12. Karen Barrett
    January 14, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    To visit our family in Australia

  13. January 14, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Becoming an ambassador is amazing. Congratulations! We’d take the trunki on our honeymoon next year! x

  14. Margaret GALLAGHER
    January 14, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Well done
    TRUNKI would travel to CORNWALL WITH us

  15. Solange
    January 14, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    We’d take it to Miami.

  16. leanne weir
    January 14, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    My son would take it on holiday to Spain later this year

  17. Kirsty Fox
    January 14, 2018 / 11:08 pm

    The gorgeous island of Santorini

  18. Karen
    January 14, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    At this time of year it would have to be the Canaries for some much needed sun

  19. Rebecca W
    January 14, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    Lovely giveaway and congratulations on being selected! We would take ours to Cornwall on our summer hols 🙂

  20. Jo
    January 14, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    That’s amazing. I would like to visit somewhere warm with my two boys now that my youngest is a little older.

  21. john prendergast
    January 14, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    Taking my niece on holiday to cornwall this would be great for her to use

  22. Violet Phillippo
    January 14, 2018 / 11:37 pm

    I would take this when we go to Vienna this year. It will be so handy as an extra bag.

  23. Debbie Bird
    January 15, 2018 / 1:15 am

    would take it to Spain for a week in the sun

  24. katherine Graham
    January 15, 2018 / 3:26 am

    Also to the canaries, we are off to Fuerteventura in June

  25. Tracey Belcher
    January 15, 2018 / 4:06 am

    It would be off to Disneyland 🙂

  26. Tracy Nixon
    January 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

    It would follow us over to the Isle of Arran first – during half term!

  27. lisa evans
    January 15, 2018 / 6:44 am

    On our cottage trip to Anglesey this Easter!

  28. Sue McCarthy
    January 15, 2018 / 7:16 am

    I’d love to go to Corsica.

  29. Ren Taylor
    January 15, 2018 / 7:29 am

    This is so lovely….I would give it to my nephew who is off to France in June xx

  30. January 15, 2018 / 7:52 am

    Congratulations that is brilliant! We are venturing to Majorca with the terrible twosome this October

  31. Martin
    January 15, 2018 / 8:44 am

    This would be lovely, hopefully taking a trip to Spain later in the year. My boy would love this.

  32. Claire Glace
    January 15, 2018 / 8:48 am

    A trip to the paradise tropical park would be first on the list, many thanks x

  33. January 15, 2018 / 9:19 am

    We have a trip scheduled to Greece later this year

  34. Rhia
    January 15, 2018 / 9:27 am

    We’re taking our 3 year old to France in summer… so it’d be great for him to have his own special luggage!
    Wish we were going somewhere a bit more exotic, but y’know… 😉

  35. January 15, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Congratulations, what an incredible achievement. I can’t wait to read how your year as an ambassador goes x

  36. Steve
    January 15, 2018 / 10:06 am

    First trip with the zebra would be to Thailand!

  37. Donna Clinton
    January 15, 2018 / 10:19 am

    Tenerife for our family summer holiday!

  38. ashleigh allan
    January 15, 2018 / 10:43 am

    We would take it to Orlando!

  39. Anna Stimson
    January 15, 2018 / 10:49 am

    I would take it on my daughters first trip to France!

  40. Lynne Manton
    January 15, 2018 / 10:50 am

    The first family holiday of the year is France at Easter

  41. gemma hendry
    January 15, 2018 / 11:11 am

    brighton in april, blackpool in summer, scotland for christmas

  42. Gillian Ross
    January 15, 2018 / 11:17 am

    We are hoping to book our first abroad holiday with our son this week and hoping its going to be majorca

  43. sarah summers
    January 15, 2018 / 11:35 am

    mine would be to my hometown to visit my family but with just me 2 kids 2 suitcases and a pushchair this would deffo come in handy so my son could use his own case

  44. January 15, 2018 / 11:51 am

    Oh that is so so cool!!!! Well deserved lady ! Looking forward to reading all about your upcoming adventures !!!

  45. Siobhan
    January 15, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    We are taking our daughter (who will be 3 by then) on her first overseas holiday. We are going on a Norwegian Fjords cruise so this would be perfect for putting all her things in!

  46. Susan Smith
    January 15, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Would take it on our holiday to Bulgaria

  47. Kathleen marsden
    January 15, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Ours would be off to Anglesey in the summer

  48. Louise Reeks
    January 15, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    It will go on its first family holiday to Majorca

  49. January 15, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    That’s amazing news, congratulations! I’m looking forward to hearing all about your travels 🙂

  50. Andrea Fletcher
    January 15, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I would give it to my grandson to take on his holiday to Scarborough.

  51. Jayne Wilson
    January 15, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    I would give it to my great granddaughter Ava than take her and her Mam on their first holiday together to Scotland

  52. January 15, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Well done!! Can’t wait to read about your adventures.

    My bucketlist is growing with each passing month too, I don’t have children but I own a retail business which might as well be my child haha. So hard to get away when you have big commitments. Fingers crossed for a few adventures this year.

    Katie xoxo

  53. January 15, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    Congratulations!! That’s so amazing. It’s wonderful to travel. I really want to take my daughter to see some of the countries her family is from, like Denmark and Holland.

  54. Angie McDonald
    January 15, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    We’d take it to Italy first!

  55. January 15, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Congratulations lovely- what a fabulous opportunity. Very much deserved 🙂

  56. olivia Kirby
    January 15, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Cromer! We are booked to go to Cromer in July then Greece in October

  57. Jane Davies
    January 15, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Well done you guys !
    We would take it to Greece (Athens) to visit my daughter’s grandparents, thanks 🙂

  58. Laura Pritchard
    January 15, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    We’re going to Portugal in April so we’d take it then for my daughter!

  59. Kate Kathurima
    January 15, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Not sure yet as looking to book a last minute holiday for the family

  60. Stacey Carnell
    January 15, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    To Rome in May 🙂 Also have a little weekend booked in Newquay for his 2nd birthday 🙂

  61. Tasha
    January 15, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    The Lake District and hopefully the seaside

  62. P Williams
    January 15, 2018 / 11:40 pm

    My daughter wants to go to so many places its hard to say. We’ve got plans for trips around the UK and probably going on some European short breaks

  63. Hannah | Make, Do & Push
    January 16, 2018 / 8:13 am

    Amazing news!! Huge congratulations!! xx

  64. Clare Hubbard
    January 16, 2018 / 10:00 am

    The Lake District

  65. January 16, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    Wow congratulations on being James Villa ambassadors – how exciting. Su #totstravel

  66. Liam Bishop
    January 16, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    To Cornwall with the kids in the Summer.

  67. Sadiyya Maryam
    January 16, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    To Bologna to visit husband’s lovely Italian friends.

  68. Hannah Scudder
    January 16, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    My son would probably use it when he goes to stay with his nan when we have his younger brother first.

  69. January 16, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Congratulations thats brilliant and I look forward to hopefully meeting you at one of the events. Blogging has opened up so many opportunities its quite mad. Love a Trunki they are the best! x

  70. Lucy Barlow
    January 17, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    I want to take our little extended family unit away to Disneyland!

  71. Kerry Kilmister
    January 17, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    Hopefully, if finances work out, to Disneyland Florida!!!

  72. JULIE WARD
    January 17, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Youngest grandson would be taking it to Benidorm in the summer

  73. Claire Croft
    January 18, 2018 / 6:01 am

    To Florida 🙂

  74. Ruth Harwood
    January 18, 2018 / 8:34 am

    we’re off to scotland at easter – the perfect first outing!

  75. Helen Stratton
    January 18, 2018 / 9:38 am

    Little bit close to home but it would be Walton-On-The-Naze 🙂

  76. kimberley ryan
    January 18, 2018 / 10:16 am

    my son would probably want take it everywhere with him, but our next planned trip is to visit relatives in France so he would definitely take it then

  77. Michael Botzaropoulos
    January 18, 2018 / 11:18 am

    We would take it to Center Parcs in September, thanks

  78. January 18, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Many congratulations! What a fantastic opportunity, you are going to have the best year! I’ve resigned myself to the fact I will have to wait for mini me to be older before I can catch up with the travelling I should have done before uni and settling down, but will try my best to make up for it in the meantime! Sim x

  79. Laura Walker
    January 18, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    We haven’t booked a holiday this year but wherever we go my little man would love to have his own little case

  80. Danielle Cresswell
    January 18, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    Congratulations xx if I won we would take it on our holiday to Cornwall x

  81. ZARA
    January 18, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    To the amazing Disneyland Paris- on of our favourite trips to go ever! 🙂

  82. Laura Harrison
    January 19, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    Congratulations! I would take the Trunki to Spain on my first holiday as a family of three xx

  83. Simone Griffin
    January 20, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    We’re off to Blackpool next month so this would be perfect!

  84. Jules Eley
    January 20, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    my little girl would take hers to New York!

  85. Jo Glasspool
    January 20, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    It would be to Wales.

  86. Leila Benhamida
    January 21, 2018 / 10:50 am

    It will be on our trip to Paris on Eurostar. Will be very handy.

  87. Stacey Jane Leigh
    January 21, 2018 / 11:05 am

    Spain 🙂 for our first family holiday xx

  88. Mark Barlow
    January 21, 2018 / 11:22 am

    I think our first trip would ideally be to either Malta or Cyprus

  89. Susan B
    January 21, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    I would love to take the children to New Zealand.

  90. Andrea Lloyd
    January 21, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    My niece loves going to the caravan in Portmadoc

  91. Sue Bowden
    January 21, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    I’d like to go out to Majorca, staying in one of their villa’s would be amazing. ambassador is amazing. Congratulations on becoming James Villas’ Holiday Ambassadors.

  92. Danielle Pooley
    January 21, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Our first trip would be to Cornwall

  93. Lorna Ledger
    January 21, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I would love to go to Hawaii, it seems like such a beautiful place, with an amazing culture, people, food, eco system and traditions, I would like to experience an action packed day there with everything the island has to offer, finishing off with a bonfire at the beach!

  94. Hannah Wood
    January 21, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Would be on our hols to the log cabins.

  95. January 21, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    We’ve got a trip to Disney in Florida booked so it would come with us there

  96. Kerry H
    January 22, 2018 / 12:19 am

    My son would be able to pack his things in the Trunki to visit his grand parents in Ireland.

  97. Naomi Sarah Buchan
    January 22, 2018 / 4:38 am

    It would be a gift for my nephew so hopefully on a visit with his parents to see me x

  98. Victoria Hall
    January 22, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    We have a weekend in Wales soon but i imagine it will take daily trips around the house first!

  99. lorraine kirk
    January 22, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    I think it would be to Dorset.

  100. Sarah Austin
    January 22, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    It would be to Cornwall!

  101. Ruth Davies
    January 23, 2018 / 5:35 am

    Wae are lucky enough to be goimg to Disney World Florida so that would be the first trip

  102. Stephanie Keill
    January 23, 2018 / 8:32 am

    America illinois when we go to visit my family.

  103. January 23, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Probably to Wales, may not be abroad but still just as exciting x

  104. Karen Usher
    January 23, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    Australia! I’m originally from Australia but very rarely get to go home these days, so I would go and see my Mum, Dad and brothers 🙂

  105. caroline kelly
    January 23, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    Great Yarmouth! lol

  106. Sheila Sloan
    January 23, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    To Cyprus as we have an apartment there.

  107. Oriana Donlevy
    January 23, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    We are off on a cruise around the British isles and this would be perfect for my little girl!

  108. Allan Wilson
    January 25, 2018 / 12:01 am

    Over to France to visit the grandparents

  109. Kat Allinson
    January 25, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    To Dorset to visit our family

  110. tiffany wills
    January 25, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    to nannys first then to spain in the feb half term!

  111. Rich Tyler
    January 25, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    On our next family trip (when or where-ever that may be!)

  112. Stevie
    January 26, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Ours would be for a trip around Scotland. When it’s warm.

  113. Elizabeth Smith
    January 26, 2018 / 11:15 am

    It will probably travel about 7 miles to the kids’ grandparents first!

  114. Claire Appleton
    January 26, 2018 / 11:29 am

    I’m wanting to go to Crete for our next family holiday so we would take it there 🙂

  115. nicky pearce
    January 26, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    north wales

  116. Kev Cannon
    January 26, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    We’re more likely to go to Canvey Island than the Canary Islands as we’re very much staycationers – We are going off to the Lincolnshire wolds later in the year so the trunki would get its first outing then.

  117. Gemma Chantler
    January 26, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    It would be to our planned holiday to Tenerife at Easter!

  118. Natalie Thomason
    January 27, 2018 / 4:20 am

    To haven holiday park Norfolk

  119. Jo McPherson
    January 27, 2018 / 8:19 am

    On our holiday to Spain

  120. Emma Gough
    January 28, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Congratulations- were off to Butlins! So that’s where my Georgie would
    Be riding her zebra 🦓 these are brilliant – we’d be thrilled to be chosen as your lucky ones

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