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Soft play and farm parks. We are done. Move over for the National Trust. First stop Dyrham park

Soft play and farm parks. We are over. Recently I’ve  realised that I have perhaps overloaded and, in turn, reached my full capacity of enthusiasm towards children’s park, soft plays,  farm parks or any other child orientated activity.  Hectic, over-priced places that if we are all honest for the average adult are not that fun.  After 5 years I’m well over it. But guess what???? … Continue reading Soft play and farm parks. We are done. Move over for the National Trust. First stop Dyrham park

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5 questions to ask potential schools.

When it was time to choose a school for our daughter we didn’t have a scooby doo! Having not chosen my own school or anyone else’s ever before, I had never even really thought about primary school since being at it 25 years ago and I just remember thinking it was fun…So now with the task of choosing for my daughter I didn’t really know … Continue reading 5 questions to ask potential schools.

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The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter-Review-Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Today I took the small ones to go and see ‘The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter’. A  Little Bulb theatre production for kids at the Old Vic in Bristol. You know when you watch a kids film and it’s tongue in cheeky and silly enough to make you laugh more than your kids.. (or maybe that’s just me). It’s like that. The three scout/fairies/guardians … Continue reading The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter-Review-Bristol Old Vic Theatre

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Do we give small children too many choices?

I have one extremely amazing, but equally extremely challenging 4-year-old. It’s been like that since about 2.4 . She was such an easy baby, luring me into a false sense of security about having another.. which transpired into this time being a major operation, colicky nightmare in which I had to  deal with the  once angelic homebirth baby, who was sleeping though at 6 months … Continue reading Do we give small children too many choices?

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The Polariod Cube

The Polaroid Cube. What’s that? It’s a tiny little cube that takes pictures and video, that you can either attach to some sort of surface via its magnet and go. ie bike, sledge, skateboard OR connect to your smartphone as a viewfinder and take really cool wide angle shots of stuff. Like this Remember the fun and excitement of getting a film developed?  But then … Continue reading The Polariod Cube

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Christmas Toys. Gift ideas for preschoolers

Quick! Its Christmas! What to get those 2-5 year old pre-schooler age bracket when there is SO much choice out there? Something that they might actually like and play with..Can you imagine a room full of toys actually being played with? What a DREAM. This Christmas I am on a slightly delusional, yet optimistic quest to do just that as I think they could be possibly pretty … Continue reading Christmas Toys. Gift ideas for preschoolers

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Groupon Ladies Day Disaster

My lovely friend takes my daughter to school once a week and as a thank you I thought I would treat us to some sort of kid-free relaxation. We thought spa and afternoon tea. I found a Groupon deal at the Hilton in Bristol for ‘Afternoon tea for two and ‘health club access’ When I think Hilton I think posh hotel. I wouldn’t call it … Continue reading Groupon Ladies Day Disaster

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Christmas travel with kids. Some tips and lifesavers

It’s that time of year again. When we get to do a lot of driving around the country visiting people. Which I actually love and look forward to as I get loads of help and that is like a holiday to me! After our recent road trip to the south of France with a 2 and 4-year-old, I feel (nearly) fully confident that we will … Continue reading Christmas travel with kids. Some tips and lifesavers

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Introducing the Twagon

Its a wagon but you can tow it… The concept behind the twagon. Basically it’s a bowtop wagon, you can hitch up and go like any caravan. When our mate ,  boatbuilder Chris was asked to make a traditional gypsy bow top caravan on a trailer 4 years ago, he thought he would give it ago and 12 Twagons (and more on the go) later ‘Wild Wood … Continue reading Introducing the Twagon

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‘Baking’ with kids. 5 ways to make your life easier

Baking is quite a precise process. It is not like in regular cooking where you can add a little bit of this and a little bit of that, get creative, personal and balance out things quite easy if you go a bit wrong. Baking is a bit more MATH. If you guess it, it generally might not even work and quite possibly taste disgusting. Baking … Continue reading ‘Baking’ with kids. 5 ways to make your life easier