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 and writes about food, travel and lifestyle. Always on the lookout for the next thing which takes her down many surprising lanes.

Author Marianne Weekes

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A note from BritMums blog editor Mari

Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin. Can’t put me finger on what lies in store, But I fear what’s to happen all happened before. — Bert, Mary Poppins   Awww, this is the saddest post I have ever had to write for BritMums and my fingers […]

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Mum, can I have my ears pierced?

It’s going to happen at some point, the question can your child have their ears pierced and it’s happening in my home, on a regular basis as my 7 year old twins start the debate on why, at what age and where. I am enjoying their creative arguments, ‘So and so has her ears pierced and […]

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Visit London with toddlers and small children

The thought of sightseeing with toddlers can be so scary it can often make you change your mind and give up before you’ve even started but recently I had my young family over from Italy and, of course, mum and dad wanted to visit London.  The children are of an age that they can’t be left with family […]

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What to see in Costa Calida

Costa Calida? I hadn’t heard of it. It was only when I was organising my family trip to La Manga Club Resort with James Villa Holidays back in April that I started my research and there wasn’t an awful lot to be found. Guide books on the area were scarce and the one I did buy […]

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Join in September’s SnapHappy BritMums challenge!

Like taking pics? Enjoy taking part in a little fun? Join in #SnapHappyBritMums, our daily photo challenge! Each day we set a theme, and all you need to do is be creative and snap away! Save the image above as a daily reminder to refer to. Go crazy on your blog, Twitter and  your photo sharing […]

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Tree top adventures: ‘I wanna be like you-ou-ou!’

Want to really show the kids a good time this summer, or even autumn for that matter? Well book them in to a Tree Top Junior session like I did. I organised the twins 7th birthday this year at Go Ape, a group of pretty little princesses who are so fixed on Frozen and tiaras […]

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What makes the perfect holiday?

Hello everyone *stretches arms and smiles lazily* I’m back! Back from a two week complete switch off and if I am totally honest I’m struggling to leave this newfound state of pure relax that I have become accustomed too. I want it to continue and last forever I like it so much. No television and […]

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100 Word Challenge and Night Zookeeper join forces

A match made in heaven or in the classroom as this case may be. Julia Skinner, founder of 100 Word Challenge is very excited to share the great news of the new Night Zookeeper connection and how will this is going to help children up and down the country fall in love with writing. Last […]

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50 #SnapHappy BritMums Summer prompts >> Join us!

  Everyone has different plans over the summer, some schools are already breaking up but some, like mine, don’t break up until the 24th July. There are those families who are going abroad and those who are staying home. Those with wedding invites in the diary, those with park play dates and well, everyone’s summer […]

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I was at BritMums Live 2015! Add your post to our Linky

How are you feeling today after such a fabulous BritMums Live? Personally I am still not back to normal, I’m still trying to process all of the tips, advice and information I took on board over the two days but I am on such a high, it’s really quite exhausting. Well done to everyone who […]

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June #SnapHappyBritMums: A prompt a day on Instagram

Like taking pics? Enjoy taking part in a little fun? Join in #SnapHappyBritMums, our daily photo challenge! Each day we set a theme, and all you need to do is be creative and snap away! Save the image above as a daily reminder to refer to. Go crazy on your blog, Twitter and  your photo sharing […]

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Interview with Stephanie Chapman blogger turned novelist

Stephanie Chapman has been blogging at I’m counting UFO‘s for a long time and was in the Food BiB Shortlist last year but today her novel Getting Over Jesse Franklin is out on Kindle, BritMums got in touch with Stephanie to congratulate her and to ask her how she did it? Have you got a book […]

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Foodie Round-up: Top 10 BritMums Food blogs of 2015

This month’s Foodie round-up is dedicated to the shortlisted blogs of the 2015 BiBs awards. (The ones that have been nominated by you.) As part of the judging panel for the first two stages this year it was very clear from the first click that the bar has been raised yet again. Choosing the BritMums […]

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May #SnapHappy BritMums: A prompt a day on Instagram

  Like taking pics? Enjoy taking part in a little fun? Join in #SnapHappyBritMums, our daily photo challenge! Each day we set a theme, and all you need to do is be creative and snap away! Save the image above as a daily reminder to refer to. Go crazy on your blog, Twitter and  your photo […]

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My Best Post of The Week >> Add Yours!

The first week back from a holiday for me equals madness. It seems as if I am running uphill all week only to arrive at Friday and feeling like you have achieved nothing. So next week is looking a toughie already. It’s the time of year for sorting out the garden, starting the DIY projects […]

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My Best Post of The Week >> Add Yours!

Where some are finishing off homework this weekend and ironing the school uniform ready for Monday morning, I am not. We have another week to go and we’re off to sunny Spain to discover a brand new place that none of us have ever been to. That is the perfect holiday in my book. I […]

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My Best Post of The Week >> Add yours!

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the break and have great plans or quality family time ahead. Ours was one of the last schools to break up on Wednesday and I was really looking forward to my first lie-in on Thursday morning, no alarm and lazy pyjama morning as I checked my […]

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My Best Post of The Week >> Add yours!

Click your heels, swing your feet and tap till your heart’s content everyone as I am taking the girls to see Lord of the Dance this weekend. I can’t wait. I love the theatre, the thrill of the curtain going up, of being mesmerised by a dance or play on stage, the costumes, the music, the […]

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