Thursday photo #240

We’re in the depths of our busiest week of the year. Nativity plays and ballet shows all take place this week, as does the school fair along with rehearsals and all their usual activities. It’s always a fun week but I’ll also be delighted when it is over.  The nativity Lia’s nativity play was yesterday morning and the previous day, they’d performed it to the school. Lia had been paired off with a little girl who was nervous of saying her line and when it came to performing to the school, neither of them said it. So, it came as no…

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Win family tickets for Nozstock 2019

Last Summer was the 20th anniversary of the Nozstock family-friendly festival. Unsurprisingly it was a complete sell-out, and they’re coming back bigger and better in 2019 including improvements to both family camping and the Little Wonderland Kids’ area.  Nozstock the Hidden Valley Festival We were incredibly impressed with last year’s Nozstock the Hidden Valley Festival and will definitely be back next year. You can read my full review here. Based in the Herefordshire countryside, Nozstock is the festival with something for everyone. The lineup isn’t confirmed for 2019 yet, but last year there were a variety of different acts across ten…

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Frugi in the wild clothing review

Getting children outdoors at this time of year can be tough. Like us, they’d rather wrap up warm and watch a film. But it’s also important, because children need to be outdoors, getting fresh air and exercise. And it’s true what they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather. Only the wrong clothing.  About Frugi British company Frugi are passionate about good quality, ethical clothing. They only use organic cotton grown by farmers they trust. Better still, their outerwear is made from recycled plastic bottles. That includes these gorgeous jackets. Frugi sent both girls a matching puddle buster coat…

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Fun Christmas gift ideas and a giveaway with CoolStuff

With Christmas rapidly approaching, it’s time to grab those last minute gifts. The problem is, most of us put off buying the difficult gifts until the last minute then spend ages wondering what to get the person who has everything. Thankfully, CoolStuff have some great ideas. This online gift and gadget store was originally from Sweden and they’re now expanding to the UK. The variety of products on their site is excellent, ideal for those last few awkward people whose gifts you can’t quite decide on. Portable folding hammock There’s not much that brings me more joy in the warmer…

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A family day out at the rugby watching Wasps at Ricoh Arena

In this strange era we live in where children spend more time in front of screens than outdoors, fostering an interest in sport becomes increasingly important. Participation is of course crucial, but so is inspiration. That’s why we make a point of taking our children to watch sport quite regularly. So this weekend, we were delighted to be invited to watch Wasps v Toulouse in the Heineken Cup at the Ricoh Arena. Watching Wasps at Ricoh Arena We arrived early at the game to collect our tickets and grab a drink in the Clubhouse before kick off. With rugby on…

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Thursday photo #239

This time of year creeps up on you doesn’t it? One minute, it’s November and everything is calming down after half term. The next, you’re into the throws of show rehearsals, sorting out nativity costumes and attending Christmas events. Nights out It is unusual these days for my husband and I to go anywhere without the children. Occasionally one of us will have an evening out, but going out together is particularly rare. This week has been the exception. On Saturday, we all headed to the Eastnor Land Rover Christmas Experience. Whilst Father Christmas was there and the event was…

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Christmas gifts for animal lovers and their pets

Pets are part of the family and many of us put something extra under the Christmas tree for them. If you’re buying for an animal lover this year, this guide includes some great ideas for both the recipient and their pet. Eco-friendly pet toothbrushes Tooth care can now be better for the planet with the Woobamboo range of eco-friendly toothbrushes for the whole family. Brushes are available for adults, children and even pets. These pet toothbrushes are made with 95% less plastic than regular toothbrushes. They come in two sizes with biodegradable bamboo handles. An ideal stocking filler for a…

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