One Saturday morning I was the one who got up to make the kids’ breakfast, while Mr A snoozed. A few hours later, among many demands they made that morning, the kids demanded to bake, they’d been sent some fab baking equipment by Good to Know who have launched a guide to bakesales.
So I told them to ask their Dad. My thinking was that this would wake him from his very long lie in, pass the buck and buy me a few minutes peace. Little did I know it would end in him actually baking, and very fine baking it was too. He selected this recipe for Millionaire Shortbread from the Good to Know site. Continue reading →
I don’t want to put the boot into summer, but I can’t bear not being ready for Autumn. That’s me as well as the kids. Kid’s uniforms can really hang over the summer like a black cloud. I know sorting the last bits of ours is niggling at the back of my mind. So while I am previewing New Look sandals and summer shoes over on parentshaped, I thought here I would take a peek at New Look womens boots to take you into Autumn. Continue reading →
Working back from on my tips on weather proofing an older property, today’s guest post has some tips on what to look for when buying an older property.
Older properties are enduringly appealing, often for their period features and attractive locations. However, it’s wise to ensure that you’re aware of some of the problems that are associated with older homes. Read on for a guide to some of the most common issues. Continue reading →
I’ve had so many how to keep the kids entertained over summer emails, but this one really struck me. I always thought street dance was a case of learning loads of complicated routines. I often sit watching Friday Download, completely in awe of the teenager who does the street dance, (I am so glad my kids moved on to CBBC at last, I love Blue Peter and Friday Download) he is an amazing dancer. But this video explodes some of the myths and makes learning street dance a cinch.
It’s from the Let’s Do It Club, from the makers of Ribena! It’s a programme jam packed with activities that they can do alone or with the whole family, even better everything is free or low cost. It’ll inspire them to garden on a sunny day or get creative in the kitchen.
Anyway, one to bookmark and keep up your sleeve for a rainy afternoon 😉 Add neon, sports wear and leg warmers for added interest.
Many people think of Paris as a romantic getaway. A place to go if you’re planning to propose or celebrate your anniversary. But the French capital is also worth visiting with kids. And we’re not just talking trips to Disneyland Paris either. Away from the world-famous theme park, there’s plenty for families to do. So hop on a ferry and discover Paris en famille. Continue reading →
There are three ‘live brilliant’ ads, featuring a man, a woman and a child’s perspective.
Live Brilliant Kid
I find the use of children in car ads fascinating, part nostagia for my own childhood, part parent nodding along at the extent to which children influence our purchasing decisions, and part media analyst nodding at the way that whole package is neatly represented here.
After sharing the Ilumi competition last week I realised how many people battle with allergies and intolerances. I was asked to share this guest post, great for IBS sufferers
Barbecue sauce is one of the most delicious parts of summer. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most troublesome if you suffer from IBS. So what can you do to sauce up your sausages this summer season without the high FODMAPs?
Try this barbecue sauce out! It’s FODMAP friendly, and tastes delicious too – you’ll even find your non-IBS friends asking for the recipe for this healthy, decadent sauce. Continue reading →
I’ve put all my energies into a camping pack list this week , so I am glad I was offered a guest post with some tips on last minute holiday packing for other kinds of holidays…
Whether you’ve booked a late deal, are heading off for an unexpected weekend away or organisation isn’t your strong point, last minute packing needn’t be a nightmare. In fact, you can get away with packing relatively little relatively quickly if you know how to approach things. Continue reading →
First day of the school holidays and we have car issues. We were rescued by our local friendly garage Ludlow Hill MOT Centre who also kept the kids entertained with disposable blue gloves. Bonus! Thanks Ludlow Hill MOT and Service Centre, Nottingham.
Then it was onwards and upwards and off to drop Miss L at her cousins. G went to nursery for his last two days while I worked. L had a magic time with her Aunty, until my sister in law broke her ankle, so now it is my turn to step up, today I have 5 kids and next door’s dog. It’s like famous five, but there are six of them.
Have a great week! joining up with this fab linky over at Podcast
Excitement is really mounting, rather like this 10 second snippet of L’s happy dance at last year’s Camp Bestival. Only a few sleeps to go and we’ve been lying on her bed tonight talking about all the things we want to do together while we are there.
I am now especially excited about the sing along Jungle Book screening and the paper plane world record breaking launch to celebrate Disney’s Planes. The prospect of sneaking some cocktails with some fellow bloggers in the Bollywood Bar is also very appealing. I can’t wait to see Ash and The Levellers. And that’s just me… Continue reading →
One of my all time favourites that I go back to time and time again, is my mum’s vegetarian spaghetti bolognaise. That’s my old cat, watching the world go by from my parent’s kitchen table. My friends and I spent so many late nights at that table during our A level years that we asked Mum to cut it up and send us a piece of the old table cloth when she got a new one. My friend V said she felt as if she had the tiny pink flower pattern engrained on her brain, it feels that way seeing it again now. Continue reading →