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Need some ideas and inspiration for some fun things to do and great places to go? Here are some useful suggestions for a wide range of experiences to help prevent boredom, or to liven up that party you’ve volunteered to organise.

My Simple Formula for the Perfect Family Christmas


I'm Sam.

As well as being part of the Treasure Trails team I'm also the Dad of two challenging loud Peter Rabbit obsessed adorable children!

Max is 6 and Emily is 3.

Christmas Selfie

My wife Lucy and I have been planning Christmas for weeks!

As soon as Bonfire Night comes around, even before the final sparkler has been extinguished, "Operation Perfect Family Christmas" is implemented.

Bonfire Night


I may have over played MY involvement a tad!

Correction! Lucy has been planning Christmas for weeks and my job is to nod in agreement.

A plan of action is drawn up, detailing when we will be seeing key family members.

Presents have been purchased made by Father Christmas's Elves and we are finally ready for the big day.

Phew! Thank goodness that's over.

There's a lot of pressure to create the perfect magical Christmas and us parents bear the brunt of this stress.

I want to give Max & Emily the perfect Christmas and I'm sure you are the same with your children.

But, as parents, is our idea of 'perfect' the same as our Children's?

The natural reaction is to go BIG!

Hey, you’ve worked hard all year and want to spoil your kids rotten, and I’m certain that there isn’t a single kid in the whole world who doesn’t like ripping open loads of presents on Christmas day morning!

But when does it all become too much?

Becoming Ebenezer Scrooge won’t win you any fans!

The exact opposite of going big on Christmas is to embrace your inner Scrooge! This is something that comes naturally to me!

You’ll certainly save a ton of cash but unless you get enjoyment from seeing children cry (and the rest of your family for that matter!) I wouldn’t recommend this option!

The Secret Formula to the Perfect Christmas is a Simple One!

Spend Quality Time Together!

Let’s be honest, when it's all done and dusted and the kids are back at school, what will they really remember about Christmas?

My natural answer to this question would’ve been all the amazing (and ridiculously expensive) gifts they got from Father Christmas.

That was, until I was scrolling through Facebook and saw this powerful letter written by a teacher!

Spend Quality Time Together

Wow! Who would’ve thought it?!

After wiping the tears from my eyes, I promised myself to make more opportunities to spend quality time with my loved ones!

I for one am looking forward to playing Junior Cluedo with Max (he's going to make a great Treasure Trails detective when he's older!), splashing through muddy puddles with Emily (Pepper Pig has a lot to answer to) and walking hand in hand with Lucy on a local Treasure Trail while Max is hunting for clues!

I'm 100% positive that spending quality time together as a family will make this Christmas one to treasure for years to come!

Merry Christmas & Happy Trailing!

Sam X

12th December 2018

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Operation Bash the Winter Blues

"Get fit", "lose weight", "set amazing New Year resolutions..." it's all I'm hearing about at the moment (and seeing on the TV)...

I even got stopped as I entered Tescos (other supermarkets are available!) by a rep from the local gym asking me to join up – I made a swift getaway and headed straight for the cake aisle!

So rather than bombard you with get fit ideas, or share photos from a tropical holiday like your (super-happy) friend Emily on Facebook, we've brought together some ideas to put a smile on your face.

Together, we can do this and fight the winter blues!

Bash the Winter Blues - Together, we can do this!

Some are Inspiring, Some are Amazing, and Some are just, Well... Plain Silly!

They might help you, they might not, but if something here makes you giggle, then you're on the right track to fight the winter blues like a pro!

Plan your Summer Holidays

Who doesn't love dreaming about their holidays in the sunshine! Start planning now and get the whole family inspired.

If you need some ideas, use our free Around The World Trip Puzzle which we sent out at the end of December. It's a globe-trotting adventure!

Why not do your holiday planning in your shorts, flip-flops and sun hat (no need to apply the sun cream though!)

Look at Your Surroundings in a Different Way

The obvious thing for me to say here, is to do a Treasure Trails.

I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t suggest this first, sorry for the shameless plug - however, let's move this onto another level and have a bit of fun along the way.

Take some inspiration from the craze that is hunting for "Faces in Places" when out on your next Trail adventure.

Everywhere I turn at the moment I can't stop seeing faces in everyday items, it’s certainly put a smile on my face!

If you do find any "faces in places" examples on your next Trail then please share them on our Facebook Page.

Try to do Things That Scare You

We've all got our own "Comfort Zone" - but don't get too comfy in it, otherwise you'll never get out again! (I think I've just created my first inspirational quote there, ooh, get me!)

Please don't think that I'm all talk and that I'm preaching to you. Far from it!

I've taken this advice and well and truly pushed myself out of my comfort zone by joining a local choir called Sing Truro.

(NOTE: the video will play without sound at first - don't forget to turn it up!)

Now, let's get one thing straight. I'm no Michael Bublé and haven't sung properly (singing in the shower doesn't count) for over 20 years.

But you know what? It didn't take long for me to realise that everyone else in the room had their own fears about singing in public. You've heard the saying "safety in numbers" right? Well that's just how I felt.

So, before the end of the session, I had the confidence (I've still got to work on the quality) to sing loud and proud!

Walking home, I had a spring in my step and felt like I could do anything that was thrown at me. Who said facing your fears needs to be scary?

Get a Little Creative with Your Camera

Family photos are so precious to me, I'm sure they are to you as well, right?

However, sometimes the reality of taking that family snap can be, well kinda stressful. I'm sure you know what I mean...

Trying to get everyone looking at the camera and smiling is like trying to "juggle frogs" (please don't try this at home!) However, imagine being able to do this with your family photos:

I haven't got the Photoshop skills to get anywhere close to these amazing photos but I'm sure as going to try and make my next family snap a little bit different and get more creative!

If you've got ideas or any awesome photos of you and the clan out on a Trail then please share them on our Facebook page. It would be great to get see them!

Sometimes, All we Need is Just a Little Pep Talk...

His name is "Kid President" and he is taking over the world, one funny (& inspiring) video at a time!

So, there you go! I hope something here has put a smile on your face and you're now ready to fight the winter blues!

Wait, Before You Go!

If you've got any suggestions on how you beat the winter blues then please share them with us in the comment box below.

It would be great to hear from you! Remember, together we can do this and say goodbye to the winter blues for good!

19th January 2018

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