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The day we found Dory

This summer, the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham are holding a Disney•PIXAR Finding Dory event. Until 11th September, visitors can follow a trail around the sea life centre that is based on the famous movie. Different characters have clues for you in the tanks, and you jot down the letters they are holding into a book that is given to you on arrival. We headed to the National Sea Life Centre yesterday to check out the Finding Dory event. On arrival, we were given the book to note down the letters, plus our deep sea dive log-book for stamping on…

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Chi Kitchen Birmingham – Review

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to review Chi Kitchen in Birmingham. This is a very upmarket Chinese restaurant situated on the third floor of Debenhams in the Bullring. They also have a Grab & Go counter on the ground floor of the same shop. I haven’t been to the Bullring much since I stopped working in Birmingham nearly four years ago, and had no idea that Chi Kitchen was there. However it is somewhere I am incredibly glad to have discovered and I would definitely go again. When we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff and…

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Books for summer – review

I was sent these books free of charge for the purpose of a blog post. Since starting to potty train Lia, we’ve been spending a bit more time at home than usual. This has given us the chance to take it easy and do things the girls enjoy around the house, including reading. It’s always great when some new books arrive in the post, and Macmillan Children’s Books are some of our favourites. More People to Love Me – Mo O’Hara This is a lovely book giving an interesting perspective on large families. These days, the classic nuclear family is…

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Consumerism – fighting against the tide

This morning, I read an interesting article about the increasing number of toys owned by children. It really struck a chord with me, as I face yet another clear-out of the toy box, battling to get rid of all the things the children never play with. And yet my children – as all children do – are still asking me for more toys, more things, more possessions. And it got me thinking. If toddlers are already materialistic, where does it go from there? They get a little older and they NEED the latest clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. They need…

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To the lonely parent – you’re not alone

The girl in the corner in her late teens glares over her tea at the family at the large table chatting and laughing together. On the other side of the room, an old man smiles sadly at the same sight. Each of them casts judgement upon the family, wishing themselves into the parents’ shoes. “That will be me one day.” Thinks the girl. “I’ll meet someone, get married and have children. And this loneliness that hangs over me will be a thing of the past.” She can’t help but feel jealous watching the mum. Sure, she’s got her hands full. The…

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