Magical Hydrangeas as a gift for garden lovers

Do you find that gift giving isn’t as easy as it once was? Years ago, we would take a stab at guessing what the recipient wanted. They might appreciate the sentiment but after a few days or weeks, the novelty would wear off. Unwanted presents would make their way to landfill and we didn’t think much more of it. These days though, there’s a pressure of social responsibility to buy wisely. Anything that is short lived and destined for landfill is out. Instead, we turn to more practical gifts that quite literally keep on giving. For anyone who loves to…

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Fame The Musical 30th anniversary tour at Malvern Theatres

Can you believe next year will mark 40 years since the Fame movie swept everyone into a frenzy of music and dance? Inevitably, a musical version later took to the stage. That musical is now on its 30th anniversary UK tour and it landed in Malvern last night with a bang. It boasts vibrant, moving songs headed up by the incredible vocal talent of Mica Paris. Acrobatic dancing keeps all eyes glued to the stage. Fame The Musical: the show I saw Fame The Musical with absolutely no preconceptions. Prior to last night, I was one of a very small…

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Book recommendations for primary school children July 2019

Reading is arguably the most important academic skill a child can learn. It’s the foundation all other subjects are based on. However when our girls reached primary school age, it became increasingly difficult to find books they engaged with. This post combines new releases with old favourites that our girls are loving at the moment. Please do leave me a comment with your own recommendations, we’re always looking for new ideas. Books for Key Stage 1 Little People, Big Dreams series My sister bought two books from the Little People, Big Dreams series for Lia’s birthday. We have Rosa Parks…

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Thursday photo #269

As the children get older, I’m starting to get used to the times of year that are going to be busy. Christmas is a no brainer. Plays, shows, parties and events see us booked up most weekends. Yet if anything, the Summer is even busier. Something happens every weekend and most of the time, the events overlap. There’s one particular weekend this month that’s going to be so busy I’m starting to worry about it already. Something is bound to go wrong as we’re on such a tight schedule. And that’s despite having turned down more things than I can…

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Family days out to break up long journeys

If you enjoy UK travel as a family then you’ll understand the trials and tribulations of long journeys with kids in tow. There’s not much more dire than traipsing in and out of service stations for everyone to go to the toilet. Then someone gets hungry so you stop again. All the while, the children are becoming increasingly bored and fidgety. Recently, we’ve stumbled across a solution to this travelling dilemma. Instead of stopping at service stations, we’ll have a longer break somewhere that we can all stretch our legs and get some fresh air. Here’s our guide to finding…

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Gift ideas for teachers

As the summer holidays approach, our thoughts turn to gifts for teachers. It has become traditional to buy something to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. The problem is though, what do you buy for someone you barely know? Sometimes children have a great idea of what they think their teacher will like. After all, they know them better than you do. Failing that though, here are a few gift ideas for teachers that might give you some inspiration. Something the children have made Every now and then, I take the girls to paint a pot or…

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How to buy eco friendly products at lower prices

These days, most of us are painfully aware of our environmental impact. Purchasing decisions no longer hinge purely around quality, value and price. Instead, we look for ethically sound purchases. Clean, natural products with less chemicals that are better for us and the environment. Sadly though, manufacturing products like this can be expensive. As a result, purchasing them can be too costly for many consumers. Recently though, the founders of a small company called My Green Pod have found a solution. Reducing the cost of natural products The founders of MyGreenPod realised that to bring down the prices of ethical…

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