I’m so excited that it’s June!
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.
PENELOPE CHAN, EDITOR