Friday, 29 July 2016

Mums and Alcohol: Do We Have a Problem?

The topic of women and alcohol has been in the news fairly often in recent years, and female alcohol misuse has become a major public health and social issue in recent decades.  One thing that has been less well documented is the topic of mothers and drinking.  Perhaps because mothers are under-represented in the media anyway, or perhaps because mum drinking is usually behind closed doors, even secret.  Which of us hasn't, even occasionally, thought of that glass of wine or G&T as a little reward after a long, sometimes hard, day with the kids?

Garden Improvements: Paint Your Fence with Wickes

How's your garden looking this summer?  With the kids off school it's probably awash with toys, paddling pools and all the rest, but in its more grown-up-focussed moments, how's it doing?  Despite the average garden getting smaller, this 'outside room' is one of the most important areas of our homes.  We Brits love our gardens, and we want them to look good.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Review: New Lily O'Brien's Bars - and Win a Hamper of Delicious Chocolate!

Ah, chocolate... We are a houseful of chocolate fans, but aren't the type that will sit and devour a boxful in one sitting, more a little piece each day. So usually when we receive a chocolate delivery for review it takes ages to be demolished. This was not the case when the new range of Lily O'Brien's bars arrived a couple of weeks ago.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Recipe: Barbecued Peach Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing #vegetarian

Barbecued peaches are usually served sweet as a dessert, but they work brilliantly in this lovely summery salad.  The BBQ brings out the richness and depth of flavour and the residual sweetness works beautifully with the salty halloumi.  Our girls love this dish.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Win £300 of Prestige Products! - Closes Sunday!! #greatestbritishfamily

Is your the greatest British family?  If so you could win £300 to spend at plus 2 x £100 prizes for a family member of your choice.  but be quick because this brilliant competition ends on Sunday!


Bake with Bing - and Win a My Friend Bing Toy! #BingBaking

Cute little Bing Bunny and friends are a firm favourite in this house.  We had the Ted Dewan books when Lara was very little and to see the fun characters brought to life on screen is a delight, particularly with Mark Rylance's dulcet tones voicing the ever-reassuring Flop.  An old theatre acquaintance, Rylance is a lovely man and was the perfect choice, much like another old friend, Roger Allam, giving his delightful stamp to Sarah and Duck.

Monday, 25 July 2016

I Know What You Should Do This Summer... Join the Big Book Quiz and FREE Online Summer Camp! #edplacesummercamp

With the long six week holiday almost upon us, or part way through in Scotland, many parents are worried about just what to do with the kids for all those long days.  Especially with the good old British weather hardly being reliable, as ever!  After all, there are only so many theme parks and big days out that our enthusiasm - and budget - can stretch to.  But you are, of course, super-mum.  By now you've turned your garden into a site Butlins would be proud of, have enough toy supplies out for a kindergarten plus a good stack of DVDs or a well-populated Amazon Video list, and you'll be amassing craft supplies and recycling odds whilst simultaneously looking for the least stressful baking recipes, and checking your cupboards for ingredients.  Yay, school's out, it's summer!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Weetabix Summer of Sport with Denise Lewis #SportingStarts

The Euros and Wimbledon may be over, but with the Anniversary Games this weekend, and the Olympics and Paralympics yet to come, this is shaping up to be a summer of sport.  Hoping to harness young people's enthusiasm for sport, Weetabix has challenged a host of sports stars to take up something new.  Gold medal winner Denise Lewis OBE recently took up cricket for the challenge, you can see how she gets on below.

Friday, 22 July 2016

What Did Pets Ever Do For Us Anyway? #WeAreBetterWithPets

As our readers and social media fans know well, there is a bit of an animal obsession over here at Attachment Towers.  We're the family who stop to talk to every cat, dog, horse, sheep, goat, chicken, sea gull and mini beast that we pass, usually camera in hand.  Our best days out are ones where wildlife, birds or animals are involved, and our primary goal in life is to have enough space to keep a veritable menagerie of creatures.  It's no wonder Sophia is completely obsessed with the recent TV adaptation of Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

A Holiday at Home with Unk Pauw

Last week Steve finally had some time off.  He's been working seven days a week lately, covering for the lady he job shares with whilst she recovers from an operation, so it has been even more tricky than usual trying to keep all the plates spinning at home.  We're both exhausted!  But last week we took time out because we had my best friend and the girls' godfather visiting.  Unfortunately, Lara was unwell so we didn't do everything we had planned, but had fun nevertheless, even when we got soaked at WWT Arundel on day 3.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ribena Colouring Café #Ribenary

Even down here in my little beach-based bubble, the adult colouring phenomenon has made an impact.  The shops are awash with gloriously illustrated adult colouring books and those gorgeous arrays of coloured pencils in tins and packets of multi-hued Sharpies are piled high.  That king of children's drinks, Ribena, has teamed up with Bristol-based artist Alex Lucas to give us all a few minutes escapism from the crazy modern world.  What could be better than taking some time out with friends or family, indulging in a bit of gossip and colouring, whilst sipping Ribena and munching one of these gorgeous cupcakes?


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