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Footloose and Buggy Free: family trip to London

This half term we took some time off as a family, left the Shire and travelled South to visit friends and family in Eastbourne & London. We spent the majority of our week in Central London being semi-tourists visiting some of the top attractions and for the first time we didn’t take our trusty old […]

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The importance of spending time with kids individually

With all of the daily drop-offs, pick-ups, errands to run, jobs to do and work piled on top of that – our household is a busy one. If you filmed us for one of those time-lapse videos for a day it would probably have the Benny Hill theme tune as the sound track. It’s easy […]

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4 springtime books for children

Hope I’m not jinxing anything here but I think it could finally be springtime… shh… don’t tell the Met office, they might ruin it with reports of more snow. Witnessing the birds busying themselves outside, tiny shoots popping up in the garden and, after endless requests, raiding the local pound shop for Easter bonnet making […]

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Mother’s Day Make: Paper Flower Greetings card

This is a quick crafty project which looks really sweet neat or as irregular as it can go… little hands may need help with the cutting & sticking. You will need: 1 piece of card Paper (I’ve used a roll of gift wrap) Glue Scissors Pencil Glitter Something round to draw around 1. Fold & […]

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Family Jukebox playlist #6

Family Jukebox: a family-friendly musical jaunt We regularly share recommendations of what we’ve been listening to with our own families… Music that is totally accessible to younger ears but not ‘kids’ music’. Don’t be afraid to Dad-dance in the dining room – there are definitely no nursery rhymes here… Tom Tom Club, Wordy Rappinghood From the […]

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10 “Thank you Teacher” gifts that won’t end up in the PTA raffle

My eldest child is in the final term of her reception year, and recently I’ve come across a few mentions of ‘Thank you gifts’ for teachers. New to this school lark, I was oblivious to the amount of effort people put in to these gifts… apparently it can get a bit competitive. I was initially […]

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Last minute Mother’s Day printable gift vouchers

I don’t think I really truly appreciated Mother’s Day until parenthood hit me (sorry Mum). Breakfast in bed, something with a child’s hand print or scribble, flowers?… They’re all good, but we wanted to know what the Mum-folk REALLY wanted as a Mother’s Day treat so we asked and the hive-mind answered with some sort of break… time […]

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Trend Alert! Conversational prints

By day I’m a designer, I design a lot of childrenswear and I love it. The best thing about kidswear for me is print… especially conversational prints; they can be bold, colourful and unashamedly fun. Quite a number of them are unisex too which is an added bonus! There are a lot of great prints […]

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World Book Day… last minute inspiration!

World Book Day… What? When? Already?! Organised parents around the world who have their kids’ World Book Day costumes ready, I salute you. For me it’s a scramble (again) to pull something together over the next day or two. I think the whole event is great, part of the magic being that a) you get […]

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Quick home workouts for tired and busy parents

“What did we do with all our time before we had a kid???”… said every parent ever. As most parents do, I go through busy phases that only leave a small window of potential fitness/social/hobby time between life’s responsibilities and being eye-rollingly knackered. I am nowhere close to being a fitness expert but I do like […]

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