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Tin Box Traveller diaries February 2016

Tin Box Traveller diaries February 2016

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February was one of those months when we didn’t stop for breath. It was manic but in a totally fab way. I love life when it’s busy. Do you? Here’s what we’ve been up to:

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At home

  • I went back to work in the second week of February. I had 10 months maternity leave, which felt like exactly the right amount of time for me. I say I returned to work, but I didn’t return to the office. I work for a PR company based in Hampshire and they supported me to return as a distance worker when we moved to Devon in December. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; they are brilliant.
  • As part of distance working I do need to pop back to the office every six weeks or so. I did this in the third week, staying at my mum and dad’s house for a few days. It was the longest I’ve spent away from my girls and felt quite strange, but the extra sleep was welcome.
  • Mr Tin Box has also been working away a lot this month. In fact, if I’ve been home during the week, he has been away. Our weekends have been precious. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of him in March.
  • He’s also been ramping up his training for the London Marathon and has completed a few 15 plus mile runs as well as hiking in the Brecon Beacons in Wales with work.

Mr Tin Box in the Brecon Beacons


  • We all paid a visit to our old stomping ground of Hampshire this month. It tied in with my few days back in the office and Tin Box Tot’s third birthday so she got to eat cake with her cousins. We also got to see a handful of friends that we’ve been missing, which was lovely.
  • Last weekend we were invited to Wales to help spread the word about the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside. We squeezed a lot into 48 hours in the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend including a trip to a farm, country park and the beach.

Tin Box family in Parc Slip Wales


  • We had our first visitors to Devon this month – my parents. While they were here we visited River Dart Country Park, the House of Marbles in Ashburton and our local beach Blackpool Sands for a lovely walk.
  • Tin Box Tot has been asking to go swimming a lot this month, so we’ve made a couple of trips to the Riviera Centre in Torquay where they have a wave pool and flume.
  • We were invited to Crealy Adventure Park with a lovely group of Devon bloggers. It was fab to get a quick introduction to this top family attraction and meet the lovely Ali from Mum in a Nutshell, Clio at Dairy of a Devon Mum and Nicola from Nicola Says.

A photo posted by Claire Hall (@tinboxtraveller) on

On the blog

  • You may have noticed Tin Box Traveller is looking a bit different. That’s because a couple of weeks ago I moved from Blogger to WordPress. It’s been emotional – I won’t say much more than that now – I’ll write a post to explain it all another time. There’s still lots going on behind the scenes to tart things up.
  • I was really excited when I was asked to join the Tots100 Pinterest panel, which involves a bit of coaching to up my game on this social media platform. I have neglected my boards some-what in the past year and can’t wait to start creating great pins with the help of the experts at Pinterest.
  • In February we worked with Crealy Adventure Park, and Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside.
  • This month I maintained my #40 spot in the Trips100 and got tantalisingly close to the top 250 in the Tots100 at #263. I hate to think how my move to WordPress will affect my scores in March. I may not look!
  • I had guest posts published with Baby GlobetrottersEmma’s Diary and Learning Escapes.
  • My #TravelTimehop series featured posts from Babi a Fi, Wave to Mummy and Cosmochicklitan.

Cosmochicklitan in front of a mountain in New Zealand I’m sure there’s plenty I’ve forgotten to mention but that’s quite a bit to give you an idea of what occupied us during February.

In March we have a few exciting things planned: a blogger event with Trunki and Bristol Zoo, our first trip away in Tin Box of 2016, a family wedding, and Mr Tin Box is taking part in the Delicious Dart Trail run as part of his training for the London Marathon.

What have you got planned in March? I’d love to hear.

Read what we got up to in January 2016.

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A Moment with Franca

Saturday 5th of March 2016

As I said before, the blog looks amazing!! I really like it. Your month has been very busy. I would love to go Devon one weekend in the summer and maybe we can meet!! :-) Great to be part of the Pinterest Panel for Tots100. I also put my name but I don't think they want me lol. There is no long for the London Marathon. How exciting! I hope you have an even better month in March. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS, :-) x

Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller

Saturday 5th of March 2016

Thanks Franca! I'm really rubbish at Pinterest, so I think it's more of a compliment if you weren't picked ;) x

Silly Mummy

Friday 4th of March 2016

That is busy! Blog looks great. Glad the return to work has gone well, and sounds like Mr Tin Box's marathon training is going well. #KCACOLS

The Pramshed

Friday 4th of March 2016

Wow you have had a busy month! Happy to hear that you're return to work is going well, I like the sound of distance working. I hope that you're not finding it too hard after maternity leave. Also congrats on joining the Tots100 Pinterest Panel! I'm looking forward to hearing all about your trip to Wales, we are off on our annual week in Wales next month (so looking forward to that). Good luck with the marathon training Mr Tin Box. Claire x #KCACOLS

Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller

Friday 4th of March 2016

Ooh, have a lovely time in Wales! Mr TB is doing a bit of a fun training run tomorrow, so expect that on my round up next month :) x


Tuesday 1st of March 2016

Enjoyed reading this, because you've been doing such interesting things in comparison to my rather boring month, haha! Glad to hear that your return to work is suiting you so well, you are indeed lucky to have such a flexible employer. Would definitely be interested to read more about your experience of swapping blogging platforms and all that that entailed. Love the new look :)

Sam - Travelling With Our Kids

Monday 29th of February 2016

Loving the new look website. Wordpress is great and so easy to use. Sounds like you have had a busy month too!

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