10 cheap outdoor activities to get children interested in sport

I read an article only the other day about the fact that children are starting to do insufficient exercise from the age of just 7 years old. I found this surprising because when I was a child, I’m pretty sure this was the age when children started to get really into a particular sport. How will we ever encourage the olympians of the future if they’ve already grown out of sport by such a young age? Here are 10 ways to get outside and encourage a love of sport. Park run Did you know that children could take part in…

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Craft for toddlers – when you forgot to buy a card

I know it’s difficult to believe, but sometimes I’m a bit disorganised. I know, you wouldn’t believe it from my polished exterior. When it comes to birthdays and special occasions, I tend to make sure I get a gift in plenty of time. But for some reason, I never get around to buying a card. At Christmas I don’t send them at all. What to do when you forgot to buy a card In this day and age, there’s always a garage open. I really could pop out and buy a rubbish one. But having been the proud recipient of…

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21 West Midlands days out Easter holidays 2017

Update – March 2019: My 2019 Easter what’s on post is now live. Head over to the new post for up to date information on things to do in the West Midlands Easter Holidays 2019. The Easter holidays are one of my favourite times of the year. We’re not busy, the weather is improving and it’s the perfect time to explore our local area. Here’s what’s going on at the top attractions in the West Midlands this Easter. 1. Warwick Castle – Warwick This Easter there’s more than ever going on at Warwick Castle. The Flight of the Eagles falconry displays…

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Arty Apple Personalised Aprons – Review and Giveaway

It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of buying things that people don’t need. So when it comes to presents, I have to put a lot of thought into it. Is the purchase ethical, do they need it and how can I make it special? And the Arty apple bespoke, handmade, personalised products tick all the boxes.   About Arty apple The Arty apple brand was established by Amy, an incredibly talented mum with a passion for creating beautiful, bespoke items for her own children. Amy’s focus is on quality, affordability and the personal touch that comes with each…

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Stargazing with the Forestry Commission

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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58 Family Friendly Days Out in the West Midlands

Every time we have a day off with the children, I find myself trawling the internet trying to decide where to go. So I thought I’d put together a list of family friendly days out in the West Midlands. Do let me know if I’ve missed any, I’ll be happy to add them. Some of these West Midlands attractions aren’t open all year, so I’ve included all website links so that you can check opening times for your visit. If you’re looking for days out for the Easter holidays, check out my list of things to do in the West…

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10 cheap holiday activities for children

This time of year is SO flipping expensive isn’t it?? Presents, Christmas dinner, days out, Santa visits, festive food and drink. You name it, you’ve got to buy it. Then you throw bored children into the mix. Finding cheap holiday activities for children can be hard going but it’s definitely possible. Here are my top 10. 1. Bake I don’t know about yours, but my children love to bake. It’s something I don’t do enough with them during term time because we just can’t seem to find the time. So during Christmas holidays, we get stuck in. This year, the girls…

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