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7 simple ways to teach kids a new language

Did you know that learning a second language can help kids with problem solving, critical thinking and listening skills, as well as improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask? Research also shows that exposing kids to another language from a young age will set them [...]

Should children be included in the rule of six?

I ask after new government coronavirus restrictions in England ban groups of more than six people from two households meeting indoors or outdoors - including kids. Yet in Scotland and Wales under 12s are exempt from the restrictions, which begs the question: should children be [...]

Celebrating back to school with Kellogg’s

Hands up who's celebrating the kids going back to school at long last? As a work at home mum back to school after the summer holidays has always been a cause for celebration in our house, but after six long months in lockdown I don't [...]

10 things to consider before having a fourth baby

It's been almost five months since we welcomed baby number four Violet Hope and I thought now would be a good time for a little update. One of the things I get asked the most since becoming a family of six is how we're getting [...]

5 ways I’m dealing with my colicky baby

Almost 30 per cent of babies get it and as a mum of four I feel like I've been there, done it & got the t-shirt on the colic front. Violet was just a matter of weeks old when we found ourselves in the throes [...]

10 things that suddenly happen when you push a pram!

I've got a confession: for the last few weeks I've been shoehorning the baby (four months) into her pram - even though she outgrew it at three months. Although she's ready to sit up and see the world the truth is I'm not ready to [...]

WIN one of 3 cuddly pandas with Ickle Pickles & Sudocrem!

Did you know that every year in the UK 95,000 babies - that's one in 8 - are born prematurely? And that neonatal intensive care costs the NHS £1,500 per day and many hospitals simply don't have the equipment needed to care for extremely preterm [...]

Looking after my microbiome with VSL#3 #ad

It sounds like the sort of thing Gwyneth Paltrow might have dreamt up but we all have it and it's integral to our overall health: I'm talking about microbiome, or gut flora to be exact! And if you want to know how to give yours [...]

Keeping our nursery clean & safe with Munchkin’s 59S UV steriliser #ad

Ever worry about unmentionables lurking on soft toys and the surfaces of toys that you can't simply bung in the washing machine? As a mum of four it's fair to say we've amassed rather a lot of toys over the years and the question is: [...]

10 things I’ve learnt breastfeeding four babies!

I don't mean all at the same time - that would be quite a feat! - I mean four babies separately, over the course of the last 10 years. I first started breastfeeding in August 2011, and between then and now (August 2020) I've spent [...]

7 things to consider before getting a puppy

They say a dog is for life and not just for Christmas, and if I had £1 for every time one of the kids has asked when we can get a puppy I'd be considerably richer than I am now. Living in a fourth floor [...]

What is mother’s instinct?

What is mother's instinct? I ask after an altercation between the boy (5) and Misery Guts's bike, resulting in a blue light dash to hospital, a two night stay on the children's ward and a gold zimmer frame (yes you did read that correctly!) First [...]

MAM 6-in-1 electric steriliser & bottle warmer review #ad

Looking for a new electric steriliser to help make your life easier without breaking the bank? Then you've come to the right place! We've teamed up with Emma's Diary to put the award-winning MAM 6-in-1 electric steriliser and bottle warmer through its paces - and [...]

5 sweet ways to celebrate your wedding anniversary

Ten years. That's how long Misery Guts and I have been married for this week - and it's probably our most significant wedding anniversary yet. We tied the knot on July 17, 2010 on the first Saturday after the World Cup finished (because there was [...]

10 great reasons to visit the British Airways i360 viewing tower in Brighton

Fancy sailing up into the sky to enjoy panoramic views of the south coast with a glass of fizz in hand? If your holiday has been cancelled and you're planning a staycation instead then read on for a day out with a difference! The British [...]