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#MySundayPhoto

This weekend we went to a wedding in a tepee at Hitchin Lavender Farm, a pick-your-own farm in Hertfordshire where you [...]

By |July 10th, 2016|Family days out|6 Comments

Family days out in East Sussex: Drusillas Zoo & Park

It’s been two years (two years!) since we were last asked to review Drusillas Zoo & Park near Alfriston so the nice people there [...]

By |May 23rd, 2016|Family days out|11 Comments

#MySundayPhoto

A lot of #MySundayPhotos come from the beach, so this week I thought I'd share a picture taken in the [...]

By |March 13th, 2016|Family days out|11 Comments

The one where I spent the night in an Enchanted Park

Ok it was the evening, not a night (a night sounded better). This week I had one of the most [...]

By |December 4th, 2015|Family days out, Reviews|34 Comments

Family days out in Surrey: Bocketts Farm, Leatherhead

The wet weather we’ve been having lately and the fact BB has been recovering from pneumonia means we haven’t got [...]

By |November 11th, 2015|Family days out, Reviews|25 Comments

Forget X Factor: build a campfire & make s’mores

Saturday night is ‘treat night’ in our house. This involves BB being allowed to stay up late and watch X [...]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Family days out, Reviews|52 Comments

Summer days out with the kids #5: Great Dorset Steam Fair & Snoozebox review

August is over, the schools are going back and the nights are drawing in. But there's still time for one [...]

By |September 4th, 2015|Family days out, Reviews|12 Comments

Summer days out with the kids #4: Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire

Social media followers will know that this week we’re on staycation in Wales. My brother and sister-in-law have decamped to [...]

By |August 21st, 2015|Family days out, Reviews|8 Comments

Summer days out with the kids #3: Chertsey Show, Surrey

I love a good county show. Funny looking rare-breed animals, competitive WI flower displays and costumed re-enactments all washed down with [...]

By |August 5th, 2015|Family days out|0 Comments

Summer days out with the kids #2: Whitstable Oyster Festival, Kent

You’d think a love of oysters would be a prerequisite for visiting an oyster festival. It’s not. I hate oysters. [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Family days out, Reviews|8 Comments

Summer days out with the kids #1: Sensational Butterflies Exhibition, London

BB doesn't even start school until September yet with the school holidays now upon us I already feel like we should [...]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Family days out, Reviews|6 Comments

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

Apparently two thirds of parents don’t have enough time to read to their kids, and a third say they suffer [...]

By |April 17th, 2015|Baby, Books, Family days out, Family life, News, Parenting, Reading|7 Comments

Who’d have thought the best bit about a holiday could be a break from pumping milk?

It turns out we couldn’t have picked a better week to have our first holiday of the year – a [...]

Baby swimming lessons: are they worth it?

It’s a good question, because at around £13 per class they’re not cheap. Although I took BB swimming regularly when [...]

Phil & Ted’s Dot double buggy review: walking is getting rather tricky

I thought the three year age gap between BB and Little B would eliminate the need for a double buggy. I was wrong. Although BB will quite happily walk the couple of miles to Tesco and back, anything further and she (quite rightly) starts complaining, which given that we don’t have the car during the week and go everywhere on foot is making life rather tricky. So when MadeForMums asked me to review Phil & Ted’s latest Dot double buggy (pictured), I jumped at the chance. The double-decker style forward-facing Dot is designed to hold two children from birth to five years old, with the younger on the bottom and the older on the top. Marketed as Phil & Ted’s ‘most compact’ double pushchair to date, its 59cm wide slimline design makes it no wider than a standard stroller. And with a seat height of 65cms the Dot boasts one of the tallest seats on the market, although the main seat is rather snug and I would say there’s only limited growing room left. I’d be surprised if BB would fit into it when she’s five. […]