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Meeting Father Christmas at Portsmouth’s Tower Toymaker’s Workshop

Looking for a Santa’s Grotto experience with a difference? Live within travelling distance of Portsmouth? Then I’ve got a treat the whole family will love! This Christmas Emirates Spinnaker Tower is once again home to a Tower Toymaker’s Workshop, where children are invited to join [...]

A first timer’s guide to Elf on the Shelf – hints, tips & how to stay sane!

Twelve million. That's how many elves on the shelves there are currently dangling from doorknobs and living it up in living rooms across the world if the latest figures are to be believed. Which is an awful lots of elves - and an awful lot [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week comes from Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, where we were invited on a press trip to see what's in store for families this Christmas (see what to expect at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in 2019). We'd never been before and the kids absolutely [...]

Is it ok to spend more money on one child at Christmas?

Do you spend equal amounts on your kids at Christmas? I ask after one in four British parents admits to spending more on one child than their others at Christmas, begging the question: is it ok to spend more money on one child at Christmas? [...]

What to expect at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in 2019

It's dubbed the Christmas extravaganza event in London and the lights are so bright it can be seen from aircraft in the sky. Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland has opened its doors for another year and if you want to know what to expect in 2019 then you've [...]

5 simple ways to be a good role model for your kids

We’re all familiar with the phrase ‘do as I say, not as I do’. And we also know that kids learn from what they see. Knowing both of these things is all very well, but how can we make sure we’re setting the best example [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week comes from our allotment, where I spent Saturday afternoon planting about 100 spring bulbs in the rain. Come the spring and with a bit of luck this pot will have bright pink tulips in the middle and blue muscari around the outside [...]

What it’s REALLY like being 20 weeks pregnant with baby number four!

‘You must be mad’. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard that since revealing we’re expecting baby number four. Mad or not (ask me in nine months’ time!) I’m now half-way through my fourth pregnancy and for anyone else thinking about going [...]

5 simple ways to avoid overspending at Christmas

More than £800. That’s how much extra the average UK household spends in December if the Bank of England is to be believed. And that figure doesn’t include the extra cash we spend in the run up to Christmas on events like Black Friday in [...]

Win a family ticket to see Stick Man at Theatre Royal Brighton!

Got a Stick Man fan in the house? Fancy winning tickets to see Stick Man live on stage at the Theatre Royal Brighton? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve teamed up with the Ambassador Theatre Group to give away a family ticket of [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot pretty much sums up the weather in our neck of the woods this week: sunny one minute, chucking it down the next! We've had some fantastic rainbows as a result and I managed to capture this one while out for a walk along the [...]

Improving the quality of our indoor air with Philips 2000i Air Purifier

When was the last time you thought about the quality of the air in your home? Last week? Last month? Never? It never occurred to me to think about the quality of our indoor air and whether it was good or bad until our youngest [...]

5 top tips for driving in winter weather

Hands up who gets nervous about driving in winter weather? If so, you’re not alone! Battling elements like snow and ice are one thing when it’s just you to get from A to B, but quite another when you’ve got one or more little people [...]

How much does it REALLY cost to raise a child?

I ask after new research has revealed life for people with children is an average of £400 a month more expensive than it is for people who don't have kids. And I'm sorry, but I reckon that figure is way off the mark. We pay [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week is another little plug for Smiggle and ITV This Morning's new #BEKIND anti-bullying campaign. I shared this picture of my older two on social media on the day the campaign launched this week with their #BEKIND keyrings, designed to remind and encourage [...]