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July was a relatively quiet month for us. It may have something to do with the fact that my husband went away for pretty much every weekend, leaving me to hold the fort. Not that it stopped us from enjoying ourselves, but a lot harder when you don’t have a car!

So we ended up spending time hanging out at friend’s houses – some of who have swimming pools. And in what has been some fine weather, a great place to be spending our time. Kids in the pool and wine in hand, makes for a great combination.

The July Digest: Taking It Easy, Science Play and Big News

The summer holidays have also sneaked up on us way too quickly. I can’t believe Monkey has finished his first year of school already. He’s growing up far too quickly. And entertaining him is another full time job. For someone who has so much energy it can be hard to satisfy his insatiable appetite for adventure and play.

Monkey and I spent a great day visiting the Science Museum in London. After exploring both the Space and the Modern World exhibitions, we headed to the third floor’s Wonderlab. A fantastic gallery filled with interactive scientific experiments – from giant slides and revolving planets, to live demonstrations. He was in his element. I also took him to Convent Garden for lunch, and he adored watching the street entertainers in both the Piazza and in Leicester Square. We watched so many, my spare change was depleted.

The July Digest: Taking It Easy, Science Play and Big News

Have you ever heard of Kids Pass? It’s a great app, which costs only £1 for a 30-day trial, but it gives you lots of discounts in your local area on attractions, restaurants and even the cinema. We’ve been using it a lot – and decided to take Monkey to Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park in Croydon.

It’s utter madness – full of bouncing kids from Monkey’s age up to teenagers. At first, I was horrified by the amount of people, but it’s a gigantic space, and full of great activities for kids to burn off energy. Monkey was exhausted after his one hour stint. We’ll definitely be going back again.

The July Digest: Taking It Easy, Science Play and Big News

We’re busily preparing for our holiday away to the Lake District next week. It’s the first time we’ve ever stayed in a caravan, but a relative has kindly lent hers for us to use. And by all accounts it isn’t your typical ‘caravan’ as it has a bathroom! Readers will know of my aversion to any type of camping, so this is a huge tick in the box in terms of keeping me happy.

I haven’t been to the Lakes for several years, so I am really looking forward to exploring the natural beauty of the area, perhaps taking in some National Trust properties and even going to Blackpool on our way back home.

July was also the month that the new look My Travel Monkey finally went live. I hope you have found the changes to be more useful  in terms of searching specific destinations and navigating the site. I’m also pleased that other bloggers have started to post their articles too, which means MTM will be able to offer so much more in terms of information.

I’ve also had some big news. I am no longer employed! It was all amicable, but having been at my place of work for over 13 years, commuting to London five days a week and sitting in a big office, working for myself will be a momentous and frightening step into the unknown.

But having been off on maternity, and analysing what I really want for the future in terms of my career, I think I’ve made the right decision. Only time will tell…

All I can say is thank you all for your continued support, and I hope that I can turn my dream of being a full-time blogger into a reality that will eventually pay the bills.

Wish me luck!