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6 savvy ways to save money when money is tight

Almost £76,000. That’s the basic cost of raising a child until the age of 18 if the latest figures are to be believed. Add in childcare and that figure rises to £155,000 according to a report by Child Poverty Action Group. Each. I’m not sure [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week could only be of this one, who's been the centre of attention in our house after catching chicken pox. It's fair to say that while it's probably among the worst things that's happened to me since becoming a mum it's probably the [...]

Kick off half term at a FREE Smyths Toys kids party!

Looking for an all-weather activity to kick off half term and the bank holiday weekend? Want to entertain the kids without breaking the bank the process? Then I’ve got just the thing! Smyths Toys are holding a free Toy Story-themed party at stores up and [...]

The work-at-home mum’s guide to surviving chicken pox

I suppose it was only a matter of time. Despite all three kids being at nursery since the age of one we've somehow managed to escape being hit with the chicken pox stick. Until now. It all started with the dreaded email alert from nursery [...]

Smiggle Sleepy Sprouts review & Colour Change giveaway

Are you - or is someone you know - a fan of the stationery shop Smiggle? Want to know what's among their latest product launches - and be in with chance of winning a Colour Change bundle worth £46? Then read on! If you're a [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week is (one of many) out takes from our annual trip to photograph the oldest (Bluebell) in bluebells. We've photographed her in the same bluebell wood in Bushy Park, next to Hampton Court Palace, every year since she was born, making this year [...]

5 reasons to fly from Luton Airport

Planning your next holiday? Wondering if it’s worth travelling from one of London’s smaller airports instead of sticking to the likes of Gatwick and Heathrow? Then read on! Luton Airport is 28 miles from Central London and offers everything from city breaks to all-inclusive family [...]

10 things they don’t tell you about the first week of parenting

So the new royal baby has finally arrived. Within minutes of the announcement my inbox was inundated with pre-prepared press releases and commentary from parenting brands and experts, all hoping for a slice of the royal baby action. Such advice is all well and good [...]

What Channel 4’s When I Grow Up has taught me about parenting

'Children can only aspire to what they already know exists'. That's one of (many) thought-provoking quotes from Channel 4's latest fly-on-the-wall documentary about kids, When I Grow Up. And it's one that's given me food for thought ever since I heard it. If you haven't [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnaphot comes from our allotment for the second week running, where everything is on the brink of bursting into flower and fruit. In the foreground our strawberries have lots of white flowers on and even some little green strawberries emerging, and in the background the [...]

Breast vs bottle: why do we get so mad?

So the latest research from the World Health Organisation on the benefits of breastfeeding over bottle feeding has caused a hoo-hah. Again. And the World Health Organisation has been lambasted simply for reporting the facts. Again. It all started when the results of a new [...]

12 tried & tested ways to zap nits & head lice (without losing the plot)

One in 10. That’s how many primary school children have head lice in the UK at any one time if the latest statistics are to be believed. Which is enough to make your skin (or head) crawl if you think about it long enough. Despite [...]

How to achieve your financial goals in 5 easy steps

Got something you’re saving up for? Something you want to buy or see or do, but not sure how to achieve it due to the small matter of finances? We’re currently in the process of saving up to renovate our flat, something that’s easier said [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week comes from our allotment, where everything has gone a bit bonkers since the heatwave over Easter weekend. Things that shouldn't be out are out, things that should be out have finished, and at this rate summer will be over before it's even [...]

10 things I wish I’d known about co-sleeping

Seven years. That’s how long we’ve been co-sleeping for – sometimes with one, sometimes with two and sometimes with all three kids in our bed. And it turns out there’s a lot they don’t tell you about co-sleeping. Exactly what they don’t tell you about [...]