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We’ve made the local newspaper… in Italy!

  The story of our visit to the Barduca organic farm has made the local newspaper in Italy. How unexpected (and pretty wonderful too!).
by Larger Family Life on Jun 16, 2015

What Makes You Smile?

  It’s true, smiling is infectious. Smiling at those you pass should bring you a smile in return – well, perhaps a few questioning looks too! June 15th brings us Smile Power Day and to celebrate Best Offers Bingo have revealed the r...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 5, 2015

The truth about large family travel packing

  Contrary to popular belief, packing for our family does not start many weeks before we set off on our travels. In fact, it is very last-minute  indeed. With less than 48 hours before we head off for our first stop in Germany this morning will...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 5, 2015

Something to brighten your day

  This morning didn’t start off very well. The day began shortly before five, the kids played up and somehow my mobile got smashed. Not great. Then I put this video on and everyone is still watching it over and over. We discovered Matt man...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 4, 2015

A Nerd’s Confession: My Unconventional Dream Duvet Day

  Evenings of the last few weeks have been spent with me cramming for my end of year politics exam. Not wanting to fall at the final hurdle of the year, I have been spending evening after evening memorising facts and names and hoping that I coul...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 3, 2015

Our Family on Film This Week: Picnics, BBQs and Sushi

  This week saw us making the most of the breaks in bad weather, grabbing the precious dry days with picnics and barbeques. Indoors saw us busy in the kitchen as always. This week Eddie decided to teach his siblings how to make sushi. The dress...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 1, 2015

Why I Opted Out of the Slim Fast Challenge

  Whether you are fat or thin you are bound to know the one rule of losing weight: ‘eat less, move more’. It is not a difficult concept to understand but many people, including me, have trouble following it through. As I already exp...
by Larger Family Life on May 28, 2015

Gearing up to the Slim.Fast Challenge: A Foodie’s Honest Thoughts

  My friend and I spent a good while of our meeting last week despairing the scourge of weight gain. The irony that we were doing so over lunch at Carluccio’s hadn’t escaped us, yet still we continued to question why weight was such...
by Larger Family Life on May 26, 2015

Large Family Travel: Organisation and Preparation

  With only weeks left until we set off on our travels, organisation and preparation is stepping up considerably. Packing for 13 people for two month trips is not as daunting as it might seem as long as you are able to remember everything that e...
by Larger Family Life on May 18, 2015

Our Large Family Story on Film – Updated

    Meet our family. 2 parents. 13 children. One big home-working, home-educating, travel-loving, almost-self-sufficient(ish) large family! See our story on film:     You can also watch the previous version of our story here: ...
by Larger Family Life on May 11, 2015

The Secret to a Happy Relationship? An Escape Fund

  It isn’t the most family-friendly advice you would have expected, is it? But the truth is, things go wrong. And if they do, is it better to be prepared for it? As you may know, Mike and I first got together when we were teenagers. We wer...
by Larger Family Life on May 7, 2015

Why I want my children to have less in life

  It probably isn’t often that you will come across a parent openly stating that they would like their child to have less in life. After all, why on earth would a parent want their child to have little? Surely we ought to want them to have...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 28, 2015

12 Things Your Children Won’t Remember (But You Probably Will!)

    Every now and then Mike and I will take a walk down memory lane prompted by the words ‘Do you remember… ?’, which inevitably ends up with at least one child questioning what on earth we are talking about. Attempts to descr...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 21, 2015

More Large Family Fun on Film: Leybourne Lakes Country Park

    The turn of the season signalled that it was time to blow away the cobwebs. What better than a refreshing spring walk with the family around Leybourne Lakes Country Park?     Keep up with the latest videos from our family. Sub...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 14, 2015

Video Special: Italy 2014 – A Visit to Este

    While in Italy we spent many days in beautiful Este, located at the foot of the Euganei Hills. Watch our video to see what we got up to:    Related Posts:Video Special: Italy 2014 – The HighlightsVideo Special: Italy 201...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 1, 2015

Moving Update: The Latest News

    Winter is officially over at last and not too soon at all, if I may say. It’s been a long winter I think. Then again, not being a fan of the season anyway I think every winter is a long winter. I love the freedom that the finer we...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 30, 2015

Video Special: Italy 2014 – The Water Fight

      While in Italy, far from the typical British weather, we decided the best way to cool down was with a water fight!         Subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Related Posts:Video Special: Italy 2014 –...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 24, 2015

Passing on Bonkers

    A few weeks ago I wrote a post encouraging anyone who might be reading to do hard things in life. The basic message was something along the lines of, do what everyone else does and you’ll get what everyone else gets. Dare to be di...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 23, 2015

Talking Italian: We Chat Food and Family with Gennaro Contaldo

    Anyone who has read this blog for a while knows our love of all things Italian; the food, the country, the people… our family loves pretty much everything about it. If you are new and you didn’t know all this or you blinked...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 22, 2015

Video Special: Italy 2014 – The Highlights

    The last couple of years have seen us visit Italy for our annual holiday. Well, holiday isn’t quite right – we’ve continued to work while away – the difference being that we work from a  location other than our...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 16, 2015


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