Home or in a restaurant? The best venues to celebrate Easter with the family

The question of where to hold Easter lunch – at home or in a restaurant – can be very divisive. Just like other special occasions like Christmas Day, some people think that it should be enjoyed at home surrounded by family. However, others are understandably daunted by the pressure to cook a delicious Easter meal and entertain the family, not to mention all the effort, time, money and cleaning up involved.

Which will it be this year – home or away?

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Advice for a family-friendly Easter break without any trials and tribulations!

The Easter holidays are fantastic fun for the kids, with two whole weeks away from the classroom and the freedom to run riot. However, as you can imagine, this two week break is not always so fun for parents.

Trying to find activities with which to entertain the kids, planning travel and accommodation, and generally keeping everyone happy over Easter can be quite stressful.

To ensure that the whole family has a happy and relaxed break, follow our 5 top tips for a stress-free Easter.

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10 of the best hotel blogs

If you’re looking for somewhere for a romantic weekend, a fun holiday with family or friends or even a stunning wedding venue, you’re likely to head straight online to do some research. You could look on hotel websites for information, but where you’re likely to get the best unbiased information and the real scoop on where to stay is from specialist hotel bloggers.

Here’s our pick 10 of the best hotel blogs and guides:

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Great Mother’s Day gift ideas for 2015

In some ways, Mother’s Day presents are the hardest to buy. How do you find something that your mum will want or need, and that is special enough to show her how much you appreciate her? It can be a challenge, but here are some ideas to get you thinking…

Sweets, treats and grown-up drinks

When you’re trying to find a present for the mum who has everything, the best policy is to go with something edible. Choose her favourite indulgence, be it chocolate-covered Brazil nuts or the finest bottle of Pinot Noir you can afford. It might not be as imaginative a gift as you’d like, but you know that she will love it and that it will be enjoyed. Don’t overthink it – just buy a treat you know she likes and wouldn’t normally buy for herself. Remember that Mother’s Day is supposed to be about treating your mum to something special, so make sure you don’t skimp on the budget!

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Mistakes to avoid when shopping for a bridal gown


Shopping for a bridal gown is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding. However, finding the perfect dress does not always go smoothly and before you know it, the big day is rapidly approaching and you’re dress-less and stressed! Venus Bridal shares some tips on how to avoid wedding dress blunders. 

Buying the dress too early

Fashions can change, wedding venues can alter, so too can budgets. Forking out a hefty sum for an ornate and traditional flowing gown for that idyllic church wedding 18 months earlier than the date you are due to tie the knot can turn sour if your idyllic wedding venue changes from a church to a beach in Miami or your wedding budget takes a knock.

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