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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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Kids’ parties: gift buying on a budget

My eldest started school in September; her new Monday to Friday parallel dimension has opened up a whole new world for us including a steady stream of birthday party invites. I’m not complaining as it’s lovely that her new buddies want her to be there for the celebration, but whoa there.. it’s easy to get […]

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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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Family Jukebox playlist #5: Fathers’ Day Dad-Dancing Special

Family Jukebox: a family-friendly musical jaunt We regularly share recommendations of what we’ve been listening to with our family… music that is totally accessible to younger ears but not ‘kids’ music’. Some new music to the grown ups and some old which is totally fresh and potentially mind blowing to the kids… it’s great to see their […]

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Little Books for Big Questions #2: A New Sibling On The Way

We regularly feature a book that we feel will help those important little people in our lives get their head around some of those big, mind-blowing questions and quandaries. This month it’s a biggie… A new baby in the family. One of the biggest seismic, universe-altering experiences that can happen to a very young soon-to-be big […]

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Easy kids’ craft project – Plant pots

I’ve been trying to take full advantage of the Mancunian sunshine this week by literally attempting to live outdoors at any opportunity. Here’s one.. an easy plant pot decorating project that Orla my 4 year old daughter loved, it’s not a super stylish scandi chic minimalist look but she could be as meticulous or as […]

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