The Royal Divider - The real reason Meghan Markle is leaving the royal family

The Royal Divider - The real reason Meghan Markle is leaving the royal family

There has been much opinion offered on why Harry and Meghan want to leave the royal family and the Parent Diary team would like to offer our thoughts. In our view, all blame lies with the humble sandwich.

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR LIP BALM?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR LIP BALM?

The crisp, late-autumn breeze brings with it dry air and chapped lips. Before you reach for last years lip balm, read this: Chapped lips are your lips’ distress signal, for the bottom layer of skin to produce new skin cells more rapidly.

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Giving back because our schools deserve it!

Giving back because our schools deserve it!

Our aim has always been to provide the best in eco-friendly and organic products offered at premium grocery stores at an affordable price. This is what inspired us to create The Parent Diary, to help parents, like ourselves, save on the eco-friendly, organic non-perishable products we use every day
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The place that breaks our hearts everytime we leave – Bern, Switzerland.

The place that breaks our hearts everytime we leave – Bern, Switzerland.

This is the one place that breaks our hearts every time we leave. It’s not only the natural beauty of this place but also the people that make this one of the hardest places to leave.  Bern was the launching pad for the realization of our dream life.  It’s here where we started to understand how much was possible, if you believe and put your mind to achieving. It’s here where we truly started to believe in ourselves and our ability to control any future we dreamt possible.
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Alcalali, jou lekker ding (Afrikaans for “Alcalali, You Wonderful Place”)

Alcalali, jou lekker ding (Afrikaans for “Alcalali, You Wonderful Place”)

This is my first ever trip to Spain and thus far we’ve driven from Balboa in the North, through Madrid in the center, and then to our destination in Alcalali.

Although we had booked the accommodation online, in customary Collison way, no other plans were made, we find this normally leads us to the best adventures and places.  I’ve found that we’re not very good with sticking to tight timelines (also read: we’re always late).

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Le Clos de la Barre - Generational Love For This Place And Family

Le Clos de la Barre - Generational Love For This Place And Family

Why were we treated like 1%'ers when we reach Le Clos de la Barre, you ask?
Well, the answer is simple, this is just how Le Clos de la Barre treats all their guests, and we were friends with the owner's daughter 😊. 
A friendship that would last the test of time and one that would see our families meet again and again across continents and countries.
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Jet lag is not as bad as you think, asshollery is!

Jet lag is not as bad as you think, asshollery is!

So, the big question becomes, how do you prevent your adorable, loving child from becoming “The Blob”? In our experience, you can’t, you can only manage how big of a "Blob" they or you become.
Let’s face it, you also suck to be around when you are jetlagged.
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Collisons on the Run

The Collison’s on the Run - Travel lifestyle by design.

The fact was, I was burned out due to all the corporate bullshit and political mind games and had a family that I needed to spend more of my time with before it was too late.
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Plastics, Allergies and Asthma

Plastics, Allergies and Asthma

Even as a warrior against plastic dependency, I was once completely unaware of the damage it caused to my health or the planet. I didn’t even give a second thought to single use plastics. 

I was wasteful and disconnected, to say the least. 

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7 ideas for a plastic-free Easter

7 ideas for a plastic-free Easter

You know, the kind of parties where the kids are off playing their games while the adults enjoy the refreshments?

My friend’s daughter, who we’ll call Elsa because this was a princess party, came storming over to the adult circle with her hands in tight fists.

“It’s not fair!” She shouted.

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The Best Things about moving house

The Best Things about moving house

Every new adventure has brought me more happiness, more friendships, more love, just MORE.  And yes, I'm sad to leave close friends behind, but I know our relationships are strong enough to weather the test of time and distance.
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Re: Congratulate Amanda Pyle for 8 years at Someone Else's Dream

Re: Congratulate Amanda Pyle for 8 years at Someone Else's Dream

"Congratulate Amanda for 8 YEARS with (name of company withheld). 8 YEARS!!! That's almost a decade wasted.
Now, I cannot judge, because I'm 41 this year and am only now figuring it out. But I cannot waste another year working towards someone else's business idea.  It's like paying rent. Never owning your own property, but paying off someone else's mortgage.  "There's so much of this world I want to see, there's so much of my kids lives I want to be part of, there are so many experiences yet to be experienced with my life partner and daily inspiration husband.
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