I’m so ex­cited that it’s June!

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And very much re­lieved, too. For the past five months, it seems all I’ve been do­ing when not at work is fret­ting over school tests, maths mod­els, show-and-tell pre­sen­ta­tions, home­work, and re­cently, the mid-year ex­ams. Not to men­tion man­ag­ing the dif­fer­ent school and home sched­ules of my three kids, aged eight, five and three.

Now, I have a bliss­ful month-long break from the school grind, where the first words I say to my el­dest daugh­ter Claire won’t be: “Do you have any home­work to­day?” In­stead, they will be: “What kind of fun did you get up to to­day?”

We’ve al­ready made some plans for the hol­i­days. Claire is keen on acrylic paint­ing classes and any­thing art-re­lated. Maddy, my five-yearold, wants to do a Frozen and learn how to ice-skate. I’m still look­ing for some­thing for my youngest, Fran­cis, to do, but as he’s only three, he’d be e happy enough play­ing with his trains all day.

We’re likely to fit in a short fam­ily get­away as well. I know, I know. With the way that flights are booked out in June, I should have con­firmed ed this trip two months ago. That’s why I’m hold­ing on tight to our June hol­i­day chill-out spe­cial.

In it is a last-minute va­ca­tion guide (pg 170) that won’t burn a hole in n your pocket. If all else fails, there’s also the fam­ily play­ca­tion – a num­ber er of ho­tels are of­fer­ing stay-and-play pack­ages with kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties thrown n in (pg 173). But if you don’t in­tend to travel, there are many new places and ac­tiv­i­ties to ex­plore, on page 175. Or, sim­ply pack an Asian-in­spired d pic­nic (you must try con­sumer and life­style writer Rachel’s yummy cheese se sticks recipe on page 180!) and spend a day out.

My favourite part of the spe­cial is our pick of the best cam­era for the fam­ily, whether it’s food or the out­doors you love, or it’s Hubby who takes es all the pic­tures (pg 176).

Else­where in our June is­sue: Gear up for hot­ter, sun­nier days with the he new wa­tery sun­screens (pg 32) – they give you pow­er­ful sun pro­tec­tion, yet keep your skin matte and non-sticky. That’s just per­fect for me!

Now that you’re not wast­ing valu­able min­utes wait­ing for your sun­screen to sink into your skin be­fore putting on your makeup, you’ll have more time to get dressed for work. It’ll go even faster with our tips on how to wear key items like a white shirt or midi skirt dif­fer­ently (pg 18). 8). And as it’s Fa­ther’s Day this month, we’ve hunted down six dads who are re great role mod­els – and easy on the eye too (pg 54). En­joy!

A new, bold suit­case I can eas­ily recog­nise on the lug­gage

belt. Pg 172

A com­pact cam­era c for my kids k – it’s never

too early to teach te them how to take good pho­tos. Pg 176

A workap­pro­pri­ate pullover, p for d days when I’m in a hurry.

Pg 18

PENE­LOPE CHAN, EDI­TOR

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