It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of buying things that people don’t need. So when it comes to presents, I have to put a lot of thought into it. Is the purchase ethical, do they need it and how can I make it special? And the Arty apple bespoke, handmade, personalised products tick all the boxes.   About Arty apple The Arty apple brand was established by Amy, an incredibly talented mum with a passion for creating beautiful, bespoke items for her own children. Amy’s focus is on quality, affordability and the personal touch that comes with each…

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Many years ago, my husband bought a rusty old camper van on eBay. In all honesty, he’d got over-excited by the prospect of travel freedom and didn’t put a lot of thought into the purchase. By the time we had Libby, we had a choice between scrapping it or putting in an extra seat so we could all use it. We took it to my cousin who is a mechanic and asked if it was worth saving. He laughed. So the van went, we bought a sensible family car and our camper van adventure went on hold. But when we bought the rust-bucket, it…

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“This is the tale of a tiny snail and a great big, grey-blue humpback whale.” This is the tale of two little girls who love reading of snails who travel the world. The Snail and the Whale We’ve always been fans of the National Sea Life Centre and were ambassadors for them in 2016. You can read one of our reviews here. And when we heard that they had a Snail and the Whale trail there this half term, we had to visit. If you haven’t heard of The Snail and the Whale, it’s a fantastic children’s book by Julia Donaldson and…

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When I was compiling my post about family friendly days out in the West Midlands, it inspired me to try some during half term. The Black Country Living Museum was somewhere I’d been with my husband pre-children but I hadn’t taken the girls. So we headed there for a day out, and it was brilliant. But as with anywhere, there are certain things you need to know to make the most of your visit. So here are my top tips. 1. Book online Well I’d love to say that this was what I did. But sadly, I’m not that organised. All…

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We toyed with the idea of going away this half term but in the end, we decided against it. There were a few uncertainties with my husband’s work commitments. Lia’s nursery and the girls’ dance classes were still on as their half term is next week and it all just got a bit complicated. So we stayed here, and do you know what? It was the right decision. Local adventures A few weeks ago, we took part in a staycation challenge. This made me realise that we rarely take the opportunity to be tourists in our local area. Last week I…

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