Picture the scene, it might be familiar. It’s stupid o’clock in the morning and you hear little footsteps pitter-pattering along the landing. The door opens and a small, pyjama-clad person demands your attention. You want nothing more than to roll over and go back to sleep. But parent guilt screams at you not to turn the television on. Now there’s a solution – and it’s beautiful. Introducing the VQ Emma Bridgewater Retro Mini DAB radio On long car journeys, the girls love listening to children’s radio or an audio book. They’re big fans of Julia Donaldson and cBeebies radio. It’s perfect…

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This is a collaborative post. Christmas seems to start earlier every year. Against my better judgement, I shared my Christmas days out post in September. In October, I started budgeting for Christmas. November brings with it crisp Winter days and glorious sunrises. It also sees the first of the Black Friday deals, and some great giveaways to boot. Black Friday deals Black Friday this year is 24th November 2017. But did you know that many Black Friday deals are available a few weeks in advance? In fact, Halfords have already launched theirs. This year, the girls have both become very…

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This is a collaborative post. It is a wonder of modern times that we can purchase any produce at any time. Need apples in April or fresh cucumber in December? No problem. Avocados from Mexico, cauliflower from Spain. The list goes on. And yet, for the best flavour and nutrition we should look no further than delicious British produce. Irresistible Mashing Potatoes The Co-op recently launched their Irresistible Mashing Potatoes, containing the Lilly potato variety. This is a British potato, grown by a few specially selected growers and it is exclusive to the Co-op. I was asked to create a…

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School. Piano lessons. After school clubs. Chaos. Exhaustion. Just days after the school holidays ended, we’re ready for another one. But this time, it’s different. Putting things into perspective Last Thursday, we were at Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. This amazing charity provides support and accommodation for the families of children in hospital. The house manager explained that many families are uprooted and forced to move family life to the hospital. Siblings of the poorly child live at Ronald McDonald house and go to school in the hospital. Hearing about a family who spent two years living at the house…

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Do you have one of THOSE friends? She’s the one who knows your darkest secrets. She’s laughed with you, cried with you and been there when it mattered. You tell her all your problems, but do you talk to her about things you’d rather keep quiet? Like that time when you were bouncing on a trampoline with the kids and… Breaking down the taboo of bladder weakness Bladder weakness is one of those things we’d rather not talk about. Actually, we’d rather it just didn’t happen. But it really shouldn’t be a taboo subject, because it impacts on so many…

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And just like that, half term was over. It felt too short, don’t you think? And I hate to mention the ‘C’ word so early, but I’m already looking forward to the Christmas holidays now half term is behind us. In fact, you’ll notice that this week’s Family Travel Tips has a rather Christmassy theme. We’ve stuck to local days out this week, but we’ve managed to pack in plenty of fun. I look forward to reading what everyone else has been up to. Featured posts Last month’s Family Travel Tips brought a host of wonderful posts from budget friendly…

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Displaying Christmas cards always ends up being a bit stressful. They start off being stood along the top of the piano. Then, they creep onto other work surfaces. And finally, we end up putting some string or tinsel along the wall to hang them up. So this year, I’m preempting it. It’s still October, and I’ve already made a Christmas card holder. Here’s how. What you need A fabric bag Coloured card Patterned card Buttons or sequins Ribbon Cotton wool or white fabric Bostik foam pads Embroidery thread Mini pegs Scissors Needle Black pen Method 1. Start by making the…

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