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Have Kids, Will Travel: Why Having a Large Family Won’t Stop Us Seeing the World

      Before we set off on our trip we were feeling quite anxious. Nine weeks travelling through two different countries, from one place to another, was a long time after all. Nine weeks travelling a 3000 mile round trip with ten child...
by Larger Family Life on May 30, 2013

Why Magaluf Has It All for Family Holidays

    Finding the perfect family holiday isn’t always a simple task. Not only does the right destination need to keep the little ones entertained, there also has to be something to interest mum. Getting this mix of entertainment, transport...
by Larger Family Life on May 8, 2013

Creating Italian-inspired recipes at home

    Our first three weeks in Italy have already created an undoubtedly loyal family of Italiophiles, loving the atmosphere, the scenery, the people and of course, the food. Skirting our way through the markets, as far as skirting is possibl...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 30, 2013

Our Big Family Road Trip: Lasson, Burgundy

      I cannot believe that it is already more than two weeks since we began our long-awaited trip, finally arriving at our first property in Lasson, Burgundy. This was not the original property we had booked.  As you may remember, th...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 20, 2013

Our first day in Italy – The real story about our rescue

    Internet connection has been limited so I have not been unable to update the site at all.  Now that we have settled in a different place we have working Mifi and internet (thanks to an unlimited data sim card provided to us by Holiday...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 17, 2013

Our Big Family Road Trip: Moving South

    It is 5am here – 4 am GMT – and I am awake with Isobel who decided, quite frankly, that she had enough of sleeping for one night.  This suits me fine as today we are moving on. With the weather averaging about 4°C here, ou...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 9, 2013

Our Big Family Road Trip: Preparing to leave

      The run-up to the trip was proving extremely stressful, not least because the person who was supposed to have transferred the funds from our savings account hadn’t actioned the request, leaving us without any money for the...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 8, 2013

The Big Family Road Trip: And we’re off!

    It’s 6am and I have been up for over an hour.  I’m gulping down hot coffee, trying desperately to remember anything I might have forgotten and psyching myself up for the most memorable, and quite possibly, most stressful tr...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 5, 2013

8 top tips for new bloggers

    Blogging is something I’ve been doing for many years now.  I still don’t consider myself an expert, but am always happy to share my experiences and the things I have learnt with others, and as I have had a few questions lat...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 25, 2013

Our Big Family Road Trip: Two weeks to go!

      ‘At this time in two weeks we will be on the road!’ I told the children this morning. Various cries of, ‘I can’t wait!’ resounded. ‘Wow! Saying it like that makes it seem so real!’ said Caitlin, amazed at how quickly th...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 22, 2013

Starting a (mini) revolution

    It’s no secret that I am stubborn and opinionated.  I have a thought on everything.  Sometimes I air it.  Sometimes I don’t.  Most of the time Mike and I put the world to rights ourselves.  Sometimes I’ll offload...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 21, 2013

How things look in our house this morning

  Whilst the majority of parents are busy getting the children ready for school, I thought I’d share what our house looked like at 8.15 this morning.               What were you doing at 8.15 this morning...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 19, 2013

A different drum

      This time last week I was nervously anticipating the airing of our first episode of 16 Kids and Counting.  I had prepared myself to defend our decisions – our decision to have a large family, our decision to work for ourse...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 18, 2013

Ages and stages

    Today brings a range of parenting emotions to the fore as my oldest, Ben celebrates his 20th birthday. It seems like it was only a short while ago that he was a chubby baby, bouncing in his seat, taking in the world around him.  Just l...
by Larger Family Life on Feb 10, 2013

It’s our final day of filming 16 Kids & Counting tomorrow…

    … or at least I think it is – again! And I have a feeling it’s going to be pigging good fun!      Related Posts:A productive homemade weekendWe start filming next week’16 Kids and Counting’ &...
by Larger Family Life on Feb 5, 2013

Our road trip at a glance

    With only just over eight weeks to go until we set off, we thought it was time to map out our route. We had a bit of a worry last night when the replacement we found for the first cottage which was cancelled, emailed us to say that they...
by Larger Family Life on Feb 5, 2013

Feeling dubious about writing

    One golden rule I have tried to stick to throughout this website’s life is not to divulge any information that I’m not happy for the world to know. So when there was a nasty answer-phone message from my mother-in-law a few d...
by Larger Family Life on Feb 3, 2013

A productive homemade weekend

    Our dreams of self-sufficiency and living off our own land are still far off but it isn’t stopping us from finding out how self-sufficient we can become from where we currently are. This weekend has seen our kitchen step up into f...
by Larger Family Life on Jan 29, 2013

Looks like we’re not the only crazy large family going travelling!

      As we prepare to set off on our two month trip around France and Italy, we discover that we’re not the only large family with itchy feet. The Kellogg family of Colorado have also gone against society’s expectations of...
by Larger Family Life on Jan 29, 2013

Media Request: Do you have a large family?

    I have received a media request for a large family to participate in a radio interview with BBC 5 Live.   They are looking for a family who hasn’t had any media interest already.  If you have eight or more children and are willi...
by Larger Family Life on Jan 26, 2013


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