A family day out at the Muller Anniversary Games

There’s nothing quite so inspirational for a child as seeing something happening in front of their eyes. Parents and teachers can wax lyrical about a child’s potential. They can race their peers and win – or lose. But watching a world class race and seeing athletes they aspire to doing something amazing brings home the realisation that it is possible. About the Muller Anniversary Games I was chatting to a family friend about London 2012 at the weekend. As a London resident, she was amazed at the way the whole atmosphere of the place changed during the Olympics. People suddenly…

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Nozstock the Hidden Valley Festival with children and families

Based in rural Herefordshire, the 20th Nozstock – the Hidden Valley Festival has just come to a close. It’s a relatively small festival with some big names and a massive atmosphere. But, is it suitable for families with young children? We headed there at the weekend to find out. About Nozstock Twenty years ago on a working family farm, a tiny festival was born. It started with friends, family and acquaintances and grew over the years into something much larger. These days, there are nine stages with all different types of entertainment. From music of numerous different genres through to…

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Why and how I lost a stone in weight

There is a big movement on social media at the moment around body positivity. Accepting yourself as you are, being confident and embracing your curves. And it’s great to see. It’s the perfect counterbalance to awful trolls fat-shaming people who are just trying to get on with their lives. And I wholeheartedly agree that we should all be confident in our own skin. But the body positivity movement is not for me. Why lose weight? Weight loss, for me, isn’t about looking good. It’s not about feeling more confident and it certainly isn’t anything to do with what other people…

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100 ideas to prevent boredom in the Summer holidays

As parents, we spend most of the year looking forward to the Summer holidays. And yet, dreading them in equal measure. The positive is six weeks spending time with our beloved offspring. The negative is six weeks spending time with our beloved offspring. So, with the help of my four and six year old, here are 100 ideas to keep children busy this Summer. We might write each one on a piece of paper and pick one at random when the girls are bored. They’ll enjoy some more than others! At home – indoor summer holidays play 1. Make Christmas…

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Thursday photo #219

It can’t just be us in this ridiculous situation towards the end of the Summer term. There seems to be so much going on that I don’t have time to catch my breath. We’re all looking forward to the Summer holidays for a rest. I think relaxing days will be in order here for the first week, before we go into full on holiday mode. The triathlon You might recall that back in January, I entered a triathlon that was taking place in July. I’d done it before, many years ago, and it was something I was determined to get…

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Thursday photo #218

It seems like we’ve been winding down ready for the summer holidays for months. It’s the combination of the amazing weather and children who are totally ready for six weeks off. We’ve got some really exciting things planned this Summer. Both a beach holiday and a trip to London, plus our usual disorganised mystery tour that we still haven’t got around to booking. That one could take us anywhere in the UK. But there’s the small matter of one last week of school first. Thinking about moving We’ve been thinking about moving for an inordinate amount of time. It became…

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Cupboard contents ginger cake with Opies ginger

This is a collaborative post.  We had a bit of a rude awakening last week in terms of our finances. Every few months, we review how much we’re earning and spending and where it’s going. It’s so easy to just let direct debits roll and end up paying for things you don’t really need. And we were aware that we were generally more skint than we should be. So where on earth was it all going? The ‘just popping to the shop’ disaster Well it turns out, our money wasn’t going on direct debits we’d forgotten to cancel. It wasn’t…

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