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Family travel tips #5

Welcome back to Family Travel Tips. This is the time when Carrie and I get together to wonder where on earth the last fortnight has gone. I hope you’ve had lots of fun trips and days out. But if you haven’t and you would still like to join in then don’t worry, you’re welcome to link up an old post. Featured posts I really enjoyed reading all the posts that linked up last time so choosing a favourite was a bit of a nightmare. But I had to go with this one about Road Tripping through Sicily from Smudged Postcard. If…

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The benefits of exercise for children

The benefits of exercise for children are indisputable. It enhances their physical and mental health and prevents obesity. It even helps their learning and concentration. And yet, a recent study conducted by the British Journal of Sports medicine found that children’s exercise levels were declining from the age of seven. How much exercise should children be doing? The NHS guidelines suggest that children under 5 years old shouldn’t be inactive for long periods. The only exception is when they’re asleep. This really surprised me. Especially because children start school at four years old, and from then on they spend a…

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5 tips for stress free baking with children

Some people seem to genuinely love baking with children. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. But with two small people who love to be in the kitchen, I’ve had to find ways of coping. So here are my five top tips for stress free baking with children. 1. Say yes For me, it’s all about saying yes. They want to bake? Just doing it is much easier than arguing about it for the next month. Because they’ll never change their mind. They want to crack the eggs themselves? That’s fine. What can possibly go wrong? If they crack an egg into…

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6 things you need to know about barefoot running

Nearly six years ago, we were heading for New Zealand on our honeymoon. With a couple of hours to kill at the airport, I realised I hadn’t brought a book. After a quick glance around the airport bookshop, I grabbed a copy of Christopher Mcdougall’s Born to Run. To this day it is by some distance the best book I’ve ever read. It was also my introduction to barefoot running. Since then, I’ve been reading about the concept of barefoot running and even dabbling in it myself. So here are 6 things you need to know about barefoot running and why…

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A review of the Snoozer cozy cave

This is an updated review of the Snoozer cozy cave dog bed, which we have now been using for nearly two years. Occasionally, a product comes along that really stands out. Since reviewing the cozy caves, we’ve recommended them to numerous people. Additionally, we’re often approached on campsites by other dog owners wanting to know where we got our Snoozer cozy cave from. So, this review will give you the pros and cons of the beds, where to get them from and how well they last over the years. About the Snoozer cozy cave dog bed The Snoozer cozy cave…

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