#MarkWarnerMum Family holiday ambassador

The minute our Christmas tree goes up and all the lights are working, chocolates hanging and decorations bunched nicely at twin height, husband goes into holiday mode and starts meticulously planning his holiday for the following year. I find this all a bit un-nerving, I mean, I have no idea what can happen from now – December 2013 to then Summer 2014, it’s ages away.

But as he justifies himself to me, it does seem reasonable. After all, he works in an office in London, commuting back and forth every day of the week, barring his holiday allowance and that makes his holiday so special to him. In his words, ‘It makes it all worthwhile.’

Paul and the girls Guernsey

Another of his justifications is by booking early you can get a better crossing/cheaper flights/better deal and make more of your holiday. This year we left our Eurotunnel booking quite late and ended up with a middle of the day crossing which pretty much cut us very short on Day 1.

Paul is a family man. He lives, works and breathes for his girls. He is also a beach man, his holidays as a boy were spent on the North Kent coast and now summer to him is all about playing on the beach, building sand castles, helping the girls to learn to swim and trying out lots of fun games with them.

holiday 2013 collage

When we’re looking into our holidays he stipulates

  • a swimming pool for the girls 
  • a beach within walking distance
  • Kids clubs to give the girls the chance to meet other children
  • Entertainment in the evening so we can enjoy a drink whilst they have fun too.

His logic is – If the girls are enjoying themselves then so can we and I can’t argue with that as it has worked every year, we find by adapting ourselves to their needs we have had some amazing holidays to look back on and remember.

2013 holiday guernsey and france

Mark Warner are on the lookout for 5 bloggers to become their #MarkWarnerMum or Dad for 2014 and I’d love to be one of them.

Back in March of 2013 Paul and I got married in front of all our family and friends, we had a fantastic day but come Monday it was back to work and school, we didn’t want to leave the girls to take a honeymoon and we didn’t want to disrupt their schooling either so we went without. However I would love to visit Greece, I’ve never been and I’d really love to experience this beautiful country close up. The food, the wine the music and the culture.

Mark Warner also offer evening childcare. Paul and I never go out together as we don’t have any babysitters who live close by so in the five years since the girls arrived we have only been out together once, to a wedding. If I were to become one of your ambassadors I would love to take advantage of this fabulous offer for one special night out with my husband.

surfers woolacombe bay devon

I love your Children’s Clubs and I’m sure the twins would have so much fun and pick up so many new skills.

As part of the Junior Club, children will get to try their hand at a number of activities and learn some new skills.  Our watersports staff will take them sailing and windsurfing, our tennis coaches will put them through their paces on court and our Junior club nannies will be there to supervise and encourage. There are plenty of indoor activities on offer too, not to mention dance practice for the end of week Junior Show.

I know that if the children are being looked after and are enjoying themselves both Paul and I would like to try some of the awesome sports you offer your guests – maybe together which would be even more quality time spent together.

For sheer exhilaration, nothing beats being out on the water. And when it comes to watersports, we’ve got pretty much everything covered. Our Beach Resorts are handpicked for their ideal location and weather conditions plus we have first class experienced RYA qualified instructors who are here to help and to look after your safety whilst you are out on the water.

At nearly all of our Beach Resorts we offer free tuition in windsurfing and sailing, together with all the latest equipment to suit every ability. And, if you are already accomplished in your chosen sport, you are welcome to just take to the water independently.  And if you would like to improve on your skills, we offer a range of RYA courses and one to one private tuition.

There is no public vote involved in the #MarkWarnerMum Family Ambassador opportunity but it is purely based on the judges’ opinions. I hope the judges can see us for what we are, a loving family who want to make lifetime memories having lots of fun together.


  1. Nicole Davis
    December 3, 2013 / 7:22 AM

    Good luck Mari, we had a fantastic family holiday in Kos with Mark Warner in 2012, unfortunately can’t afford to repeat the experience this year , but if you win you are guaranteed a brilliant time, xx

    • December 3, 2013 / 12:43 PM

      Thanks Nicole, I’ve always wanted to see Greece if I’m lucky to win maybe we will. Hope all is well with you and yours xx

  2. December 3, 2013 / 7:36 AM

    Good luck lovely, you deserve that honeymoon! I’ve also forgotten what a night out sans kids is lol!

    • December 3, 2013 / 12:43 PM

      Ha ha, the trouble is you get used to it don’t you? And then when you do get the chance to go out you’re hit with the guilt because you never do it!! #catch22

  3. December 3, 2013 / 10:35 AM

    I love this Mari – reading and finding out more about your family – best of luck to you all x

    • December 3, 2013 / 12:44 PM

      Thank you Annie, let’s hope we have plenty more tales to keep you amused :)

  4. December 3, 2013 / 11:03 AM

    I quite agree, when it comes to holidays with children, if they are happy, so are we! Good luck in the contest xx

    • December 3, 2013 / 12:45 PM

      Anything for a peaceful life eh Sonya? Actually by sticking to this formula we’ve ALL really enjoyed our holidays and look back on them with smiles

  5. December 3, 2013 / 11:05 AM

    Your girls are soooo adorable – they’re gorgeous! Best of luck with this, you really deserve it x

    • December 3, 2013 / 12:46 PM

      Thank you, they’re a lot of fun too, I am blessed I admit it

  6. December 3, 2013 / 12:14 PM

    Good luck Mari. You and your family are perfect travellers. x

    • December 3, 2013 / 12:46 PM

      Thank you Susanna, fingers are all crossed :)

  7. December 3, 2013 / 12:20 PM

    I think it is the perfect time of year to think about a holiday. Best of luck with the competition.

    • December 3, 2013 / 12:47 PM

      Ahh, then you’re just like my Mr, I don’t mind waiting to the last minute just so long as I go somewhere :)

    • December 3, 2013 / 12:47 PM

      Thanks Maggy, I would love to visit Greece one day, it sounds idyllic

  8. December 3, 2013 / 12:47 PM

    He sounds like a sensible man!!

    Good luck, you’d make the perfect family for this opportunity x

    • December 4, 2013 / 2:14 PM

      Cheers Liz. He is going to LOVE hearing what you’ve said about him :)

  9. December 3, 2013 / 1:46 PM

    I love your family holiday photos! Good luck Mari, you would be a perfect family for this!

    • December 4, 2013 / 2:15 PM

      I love photos, they take me back to that moment in time and the last holiday was a brilliant one, thanks for popping by

  10. December 3, 2013 / 8:25 PM

    good luck to you and your family!

  11. December 3, 2013 / 9:28 PM

    Me too, you’d be fab and you so deserve that honeymoon! Gorgeous pics! Jealous you have a planner in the house, that’s always my job, Mr A is a fly by the seat of his pants/last minute.com kind of holidayer. But I am told happy marriages are made where people have one of each type :)

    • December 4, 2013 / 2:16 PM

      This is true Penny and I think we compliment each other well, although sometimes I want him to slow down a bit with his organising us all :)

  12. December 3, 2013 / 9:38 PM

    You would be a perfect Mark Warner Ambassador and to get the honeymoon you missed would be the icing on the cake.

    Good luck and I hope that they see how wonderful you would be x

    • December 4, 2013 / 2:17 PM

      Aw bless you, let’s hope so but I’m sure the competition will be very tough, thanks so much for coming by x

  13. December 4, 2013 / 12:27 AM

    You would be an excellent ambassador family Mari, good luck!

    • December 4, 2013 / 2:17 PM

      Thank you lovely lady, that’s very kind of you to say so, fingers are crossed

    • December 4, 2013 / 2:18 PM

      Thanks you Amanda, talking of next year’s holiday still bemuses me though, I’ve got to get through Christmas first!

  14. December 4, 2013 / 4:07 PM

    I agree with Paul – booking holidays far in advance gives you something to look forward to and makes all the hard work worthwhile. We’ve already booked our hols for Easter and October 2014!! Good luck with this. The Greek islands are among my favourite holiday destinations and I’m sure you’d love it xxx

  15. December 5, 2013 / 11:32 PM

    Oh wow! You’re so lucky to have gone on a Mark Warner holiday. They really look amazing!

    I love the photos. Such a beautiful family.

  16. December 6, 2013 / 12:07 AM

    I know you’d do such a good job for them Mari. Hopefully we’ll see you there! :)

  17. December 14, 2013 / 6:16 PM

    Good luck! Really lovely photos, you’re such a fabulous family.

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