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Fun ways to help your child learn to read

Roald Dahl once said that if you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books. While I’m not entirely sure where I’ve got in life I do know that I’ve read a lot of books. I learnt to read [...]

10 things to pack in your baby swim bag

10 things. That's all you actually need in your baby swim bag. Not 20, not 25 and certainly not 30. Just 10. I don’t know about you but it's easy to get carried away when you're going swimming, to the point you've packed so much [...]

#MySundayPhoto

Say hello to the stars of our latest blog collaboration! I don't think I've ever captured a cheekier pair of smiles! I got this shot of Little B and Littlest B while he was giving her one of his many cuddles on the sofa this week, my [...]

5 easy ways to get your garden ready for summer

Time. I don’t know about you but as a mum time is the one thing that’s permanently in short supply. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. Since baby number three arrived in February there’s even less of it, which unsurprisingly means our allotment [...]

5 great reasons to grow your own food #ad

Cress, carrots and runner beans. We’re now the proud owners of our very own homegrown vegetables after taking part in #SowandGrowUK, a campaign by innocent drinks and not-for-profit organisation GIY (Grow-It-Yourself) designed to get kids to grow their own veg in order to help them [...]

To the lady in the supermarket

This probably isn’t going to be the classic supermarket tale you think it is. It does involve an epic toddler meltdown, it does involve a mum on a short fuse and it does involve an old lady, but it’s not about being judged for the aforementioned [...]

#MySundayPhoto

So that's Easter done and dusted for another year. I don't know about you but I do think Easter is better when you have kids, and among the festivities in our house is our annual Easter egg hunt in my mum and dad's garden. BB led the march [...]

Am I exploiting my kids?

Have you heard about Victoria Beckham trademarking her daughter’s name? Apparently she’s registered Harper Beckham, five, for use in branded products including perfume and make-up, as well as use in the entertainment industry. Of course the red tops have had a field day, criticising Posh for exploiting her [...]

Would you dress siblings in matching outfits?

Twinning. I’m referring, of course, to the practise of dressing siblings of different ages in matching outfits. Before Littlest B was born in February I always turned my nose up at the idea – why on earth would you dress two children of different ages [...]

10 reasons I hate crafting

Crafting. The mere mention of the word is enough to bring me out in a cold sweat. I don’t know about you but in the run up to Easter my Instagram feed was full of Pinterest-perfect images of lovingly created bunnies and made-from-scratch chicks, and [...]

#MySundayPhoto

So we've survived the first week of the Easter holidays. Just. (It turns out there are lots of things they fail to tell you about school holidays). This is the first time I've had all three at home on my own during the school holidays after Littlest [...]

What REALLY happens inside innocent’s Fruit Towers #ad

Ever wondered where those little knitted hats on top of innocent smoothies actually come from? Or whether seven crushed strawberries and half a mashed banana really go into their strawberry and banana smoothie? I don’t know about you but I’m inclined to be a tad [...]

10 reasons to visit Thomas Land

If you’re two and totally obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine the chances are life doesn’t get much better than a trip to Thomas Land. But if you're knackered parents living on a permanent budget at the opposite end of the country the chances are a trip to Thomas Land isn't something to be [...]

5 ways parenting is easier in summer

‘Parenting’ and ‘easy’ are two words most parents would probably agree don’t belong in the same sentence. While there’s nothing easy about parenting, I do think parenting gets easier when it’s warmer. We’ve been enjoying summer time temperatures in our neck of the woods and [...]

#MySundayPhoto

I don't know about you, but we've been basking in summer time temperatures in our neck of the woods. Being on maternity leave I feel like I'm on holiday - I've taken Little B and Littlest B to the beach in the day and even managed to sit [...]