About Marianne Weekes

BLOGS AT: Mari's World; TWITTER: @maris_world. Mother of four and nana to three, Marianne Weekes has spent half her life in the UK and the other half in Italy. Blogging since Jan 2010, she finds it hard to drag herself away from her laptop. She likes to dabble in the kitchen, mess around with a camera, play at gardening, and she’s an expert in packing suitcases. She’d quite like to be an author translated into 25 languages but what she’s really good at is being a mum, a woman and a good friend.

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It is finally time. Time to put your feet up, indulge on a mince pie or two, crack open a bottle of bubbly and sneak a cheeky mitt into the bursting chocolate box. Christmas is here, well almost. There are still those last minute chores to deal with, picking up the turkey, making sure you […]

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BritMums interviews Hugh Dennis on his ActionAid appeal

Hugh Dennis, the actor and comedian probably best known to many of us from Outnumbered, has a more serious side in his work with ActionAid. Dennis has been sponsoring a child for years but this year visited Myanmar in Burma, where one in four people live below the poverty line and met his own sponsored […]

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I am so in the festive mood right now I could explode into a shower of glitter and fairy dust. We had our school Christmas play this week and it never fails to bring a tear to my eye as I watch my little ones sing, clap and just be so cute. We didn’t get […]

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Film Review: Tinker Bell and the Legend of The Neverbeast

Disney has always excelled at the magical stories that endure beyond childhood. Its latest animation film enlists the classic Tinkerbell character along with her fairy friends in its latest animation film, Tinkerbell and The Legend of The Neverbeast. BritMums sent along a few families to enjoy the UK Gala screening at VUE in Leicester Square […]

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Please make it stop! I have been running around in circles all week technical glitch circles and it’s really doing my head in. Computer says no, my brain says no and I wish, I wish I knew how to put it all right in one swish of a wand. New year’s resolution, to become more […]

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That’s all folks, November is out. Gone. Well it will be tomorrow. The madness is really about to pick up speed and make itself known to you so I hope you are ready for it. I made the foolish mistake of booking a hair appointment on Friday, it never occurred to me that it would […]

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It’s the Final Countdown! De de de de …. I’ll save you my singing for now but you get my point. Santa is in the shops, his grotto is ready for our children, shelves are stacked with every possible gift idea imaginable and supermarkets are fighting one another for our custom because we all want […]

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Most exciting news of the week? The BritMums Christmas Meet-up to be held at the Imperial War Museum on the 4th December. I’m going and I’d love to see you all there too. Mince pies and festive fun all round, a cheerful tune and the shop is open offering us all a discount too. Most […]

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I don’t know how many people this week on various social timelines are counting down to Christmas already and I find that scary seeing as my weeks fly by way too quickly. The only thing I am glad about right now is that it is Friday and that means lie in in the morning and […]

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Weekend time again, yoohoo, and I’ve been trying to keep up with the #SnapHappyBritMums this month having seen we were mentioned in the Daily Telegraph no less. I love Instagram and at the moment it is one of my favourite communities as it’s all about inspiration and creativity. The more I dig in the more […]

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My week has been very Halloween orientated, pumpkins, monsters, Hotel Transylvania and dressing up. It’s been exhausting and I still (Friday afternoon) have to carve the pumpkins although I’m hoping I’ll get away with just one to be honest. Half term saw us visit the Tower of London to see the poppies and get caught […]

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My feet do not touch the ground anymore, the world and his wife have woken up and everyone seems to be knocking on my door. Busy does not cover it but along with busy I should add happy – apart from the cough that is. Second course of antibiotics and if they don’t work x-ray […]

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This week has been a super busy one for me, London trips twice, products to review, more turning up on the doorstep I shall be glad to sit down this weekend, oh no I can’t I’m off to London again on Saturday. I mustn’t complain though as I have had a relatively easy start to […]

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How to choose a luxury family friendly hotel

Jo MacGregor is the founder of Quo Vadis Travel, the family holidays company and she shares with BritMums her six insider tips to make sure you pick the best hotel or resort for your family holiday. The Pool This might look gorgeous in the photos but depending on where you are going and when it […]

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If I was a robot I’d be driving my master insane. I am acting perfectly normally and for the most part getting everything done on time, kids to school, after school activities attended, on time, with uniform and smiling kids – not bad but there’s a little something that’s not quite right. It’s as if […]

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One thing I love about the blogging community is we are all intelligent and opinionated people who aren’t afraid to say what we think. This is great, we all love debate and even opposite thoughts to our own can work in such a way that they allow us to contemplate what others are thinking and […]

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Top five places to see in Paris

As we were in France this year on our annual holiday I managed to convince the husband to let me go to Paris for one day on my own and whizz around the beautiful capital taking in as much as I possible could before returning to my family. I did some research and discovered that […]

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I’m a Star Baker, I’m a Star Baker. I’ve been taking part in Mummy Mishaps Great Bloggers Bake Off and for the European Cakes challenge last week I produced, with these fair hands, a Sacher torte just like we used to love eating in Italy (I lived on the boarder of Sud Tirol) It was […]

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