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Dreaming of Summer with ClickStay and Trunki (Giveaway)


After a lovely, slow start to the year, with lots of time spent at home, I can feel the pull once more. I promised myself, after a busy year of travel last year, that I would wait until I really felt the urge to leave the country. I wasn’t going to leave again in 2015, but then Bologna absolutely came calling. Looking back at this picture at Heathrow, before we flew to Miami, I am dreaming of summer and working out where. Suggestions on a postcard please!

9yo L is the first to pack a case this year, and this time she is travelling without us. She is off on a 2 night residential in the Peak District with school and couldn’t be more excited. We spent this weekend shopping for bits and pieces she needed.

We do have some exciting family holiday plans in the pipeline, in the UK, but I know from experience it won’t be long before we are all thinking further afield. Looking on the ClickStay website – after they invited me to host a giveaway with them, and Trunki –  has made me hungry for sunshine. Today, you could win a Trunki suitcase and a £50 Clickstay Voucher to use against your holiday.

Clickstay have 100os of holiday villas, apartments and rentals worldwide. From finding private pools to family friendly to places near the beach, golf or boat hire, ClickStay have lots of ideas for your next trip.

Trunki make fabulous ride on suitcases for kids. We have lots of happy memories of travelling with ours.

Look at this sea, it is making me want a holiday so badly!


Trunki sent us a Zimba the Zebra Trunki. My plan was to give it to Mr G, who has seriously put his Trunkisaurus through it’s paces – it’s more stunt vehicle than suitcase – and broken it. But L loved the Zebra so much when it arrived she offered him her Moshi Monsters Trunki, which means he now technically has two Trunkis and a whole new stunt routine, and L has a new suitcase for her school residential.

Zebra Trunki



Dreaming of Summer – The Giveaway

You can win a £50 Clickstay voucher and a Trunki of your choice, check out all the amazing Trunkis here.

1, Pick your favourite villa from the Clickstay website and leave the name of the villa in the comments.

2, Register your entry on rafflecopter.



– Must be at least 18 years old to win.

– Competition begins Monday 1st February and ends at midnight on Sunday 7th February.

– The winner will be chosen on the 8th February, and notified via email.

– By participating, entrants agree to receiving newsletter and special offers from Clickstay and Trunki.

– UK Entrants only, unfortunately we cannot send these items overseas.

– £50 voucher will only be valid on bookings over £500 and will expire 31/12/2016.

– The winner will receive their £50 voucher code via email upon announcement.

Prizes are administered separately from ParentShaped. ParentShaped, its partners and agents cannot be held responsible for problems related to fulfillment of prizes including non-delivery or substitution due to original prize being unavailable.


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  1. Nicki Evans
    01/02/2016 / 7:30 pm

    The cottage in Brittany by a large lake.

  2. Rosy
    01/02/2016 / 7:32 pm

    Tropical Beach House Complex,

  3. kaya corbridge
    01/02/2016 / 7:46 pm

    This one looks outstanding !Villa Frana, Dubrovnik

  4. Cassandra Mayers
    01/02/2016 / 9:48 pm

    This looks nice.

  5. Paula Readings
    01/02/2016 / 9:49 pm

    Grand Reserve Davenport 5* Luxury Villa Very Private Pool/spa In Florida

  6. Alisha
    05/02/2016 / 8:15 pm

    Villa Urbanisation La Marina.

  7. Katrina downie
    05/02/2016 / 11:07 pm

    The Vatican place in Rome looks to
    Die for

  8. EJ Dunn
    07/02/2016 / 12:35 pm

    I adore this villa in Cyprus!

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