Monday, 28 July 2014

CBeebies Magazine Launches Summer-long Kids Go Free Campaign #CBeebiesMagKidsGoFree

CBeebies Magazine is set to save parents hundreds of pounds this summer with its newly launched Kids Go Free campaign.  The popular fortnightly children's magazine has teamed up with Merlin Entertainments to launch a Summer long campaign giving parents the chance to save up to £355 on top kids' attractions in the UK.

Christmas in July

So, that's Christmas over for another year.  The July version anyway.  The journalists, the photographers, the bloggers, the pundits, we've all done the rounds and noted down our favourite picks for the festive season.  The results of our exhausting travails will be available on your screen or via your newsagent in November and December, so that you can dash out and snap up the best decorations, gifts, wine and food there is.  And there are some real treats coming this year, I can tell you.  Your thoughts may be very far from Christmas right now, but here are a few sneak peeks to get your Yuletide juices flowing...

Stunning Christmas wreath at The White Company show

Saturday, 26 July 2014

10 Years on UK TV! Win a Koala Brothers Prize Bundle

Some TV programmes grab the girls' attention instantly and get them hooked, whilst others pass therm by completely.  I remember the first time Lara saw The Koala Brothers on CBeebies.  She was about eighteen months old and immediately stopped what she was doing to watch this colourful, fun, slightly quirky stop motion animation.  It totally appealed to her from then on, and she is still delighted by it now.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Recipe: Chocolate Soreen Flapjack

"Mawl mawl" has been a staple in our house since Lara was a baby.  She was offered some Soreen Malt Loaf once at a friend's house when she was about 8 months old and that was it, hooked!  We have tried the whole range and I think the ready-sliced version wins for us - convenient and ready any time.  The girls can just pull up a chair, climb up and help themselves, a real bonus when the baby's crying!  But one thing we haven't yet done is bake with it.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Competitive Parents Train Up for School Sports Day

Sports Day at my school was always slightly dreaded by us teachers, with the pushy parents rather too enthusiastically encouraging little Cody or Spencer from the sidelines, the worst of them even attempting to run alongside as we did the bean bag relay or whatever. But worse still was the parents' race. Arguments about technique, possible reasons for disqualification, and fierce competitiveness all being rife. A nightmare! One particular dad, Jean-Paul, a keen runner, was the worst of the lot. Training for weeks beforehand, honing his technique, and taking it all oh so seriously. Woe betide if he didn't win, the full Gallic temper would come to the fore!


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