The sun's shining, the dust is laying and all those cobwebs are wafting in a warm breeze - it must be time for spring cleaning! It all seemed OK whilst the days were grey and the evenings dark, but suddenly your home looks like Miss Havisham's. Don't panic, just follow our checklist and you'll have it all done in no time. Whether you tackle it all in one go over a couple of days, or just tackle one task a day, here's everything you need to think about for your big spring clean, plus a few tips to help your home sparkle.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Did you know you can get English Heritage membership from just £3.63 a month? For the price of a magazine, you and up to 6 accompanying children can gain free access for one year to more than 400 great days out!
Monday, 20 March 2017
First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to all the lovely people who are reading these weekly meal plans, taking inspiration, and also commenting on how delicious it all sounds. You're very kind, but please don't assume we have some superior cooking ability. I was shocked by some of the comments that came out of our work with Prestige, sponsors of Secret Chef, recently. So many people really feel that they can't cook, that it is completely beyond them, but I promise it is possible, and enjoyable. Start with something simple like this chickpea curry and you'll be amazed what you can do. Honest! So, here's this week's meal plan...
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Saturday, 18 March 2017
To be honest, I'm not sure what I'm going to tell you about this week. We've had a bit of a week off, busy doing nothing. No-one felt much like any formal learning, the girls were far too busy with the most important job of childhood: playing. So of course, not nothing. Long, involved games with complicated scenarios and complex characterisation, acting out life. Busy, busy, busy.
In a week's time it is your primary duty to make your mum feel like a million dollars, and if you have very young children, your wife deserves a fantastic day too. Make sure flowers are involved and food, either out or at home, but with no contribution from Mum. She should be too busy putting her feet up or having fun with the family to have to think about cooking, cleaning or washing up! Oh, and she might like one of these gorgeous gifts too...
Friday, 17 March 2017
Recently, I read somewhere that unschooling is like the best Saturday, the one you’ve looked forward to all week whilst stuck behind a school desk, every day. And it kind of is. Not every day is a party/trip to the woods/baking/soft play/big day out extravaganza, but a lot of them are. We have fun, lots of fun, do almost all of the things the girls ask to do, and are led by their interests and enthusiasms. But there are some downsides to having a laidback Saturday lifestyle, well maybe not ‘downsides’, but things to get used to.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Wondering what our Silent Sunday photo was all about last week? Well, the famous Aardman Studios designed Dusty Duck to celebrate WWT’s 70th anniversary last year, and asked 14 celebrities to design their own special Dusty. Celebs from Autumnwatch, CBeebies, CBBC and more helped create their own special Dustys, from space to diver, pirate to superhero, and even Chris Packham's wonderful Ziggy Stardusty, as seen on Sunday.