“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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When I was a child, stargazing was of little interest to me. I don’t recall any lessons at school that sparked my interest, although I did find it fascinating that a friend had perfectly accurate constellations on her bedroom ceiling. This was courtesy of her incredibly clever dad and some fluorescent stickers. Stargazing in the forest Fast forward to today, and my four year old daughter is already fascinated by stargazing. Even my two year old always looks out for the stars and the moon when it gets dark. For my girls, this has a lot to do with Tim Peake’s trip…

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Children’s art supplies are a delicate subject when you have two children with a slight age gap. Felt tip pens have always caused arguments in our house. Libby is old enough to use them and loves to draw and colour in. Lia on the other hand, just can’t quite master them. We had an incident a few months back where the end of the pen ended up in her mouth, which made her sick. And even on a good day, more pen ends up on her than on the paper. And don’t get me started on the mess she makes…

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