Saturday, 1 August 2015

August Giveaway: Win a £50 Cath Kidston Gift Card!

It's August!  Mine and Steve's birthdays, our wedding anniversary, a bank holiday weekend, and most people are on holiday.  Whatever you're celebrating, join in our Twitter giveaway for the chance to win a £50 Cath Kidston gift card!!

Friday, 31 July 2015

10 Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Parent

First of all can I just say that, contrary to what the government and society may tell us (directly and through policy), being "just a mum" is a perfectly valid choice.  The sooner we question and rebel against the great myth we have been fed since the Industrial Revolution, and more explicitly in the past 70 years, that women should be in the workplace and making a contribution to the economy (thereby creating greater demand for consumer goods and more jobs, in ever revolving circles) the better as far as I'm concerned!  BUT if you are at home, mum or dad, and looking to make some money, there are lots of ways and means out there.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

A Feline of Distinction: The Gourmet Cat

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How do you feel about celebs?  Would you be starstruck by Swift, knocked for six by a Kardashian, or go weak at the knees for Harry Styles?  (Don't worry I haven't got all hip, I Googled them!)  While I might have an attack of the vapours if Robert Downey Jr suddenly appeared in front of me, I've always been one to take celebrity in my stride.  Years in West End theatre seeing or working with this person or that means that don't impress me much (thanks Shania), in fact the only person who truly stood out to me when I met him was the late, great Peter Cushing who was just such a gentleman and such a delight to talk to.  That impressed me.  But apart from RDJ, and maybe Brad Pitt, the only other chap who could make my knees weak is this guy:

Guest Post: Holding On to Attachment as Kids Grow

When we first began to think about home education, and before I started blogging, I read lots of HE blogs.  Some have stuck, some haven't.  One I love for its insight into what daily life is like for children who don't go to school is The Gallivanters.  Chronicling everyday adventures and the ups and downs of unschooled life, Katie's blog is sunny, funny and has you nodding your head in recognition at virtually every post.  So, as a bit of a fan, I am delighted to bring you a guest post from Katie Pybus today.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Cotton Sleepwear from Melijoe

We tend to choose natural fabrics to dress the girls in, preferring cotton and wool over polyesters and acrylics, but we really struggle to find all-cotton nightwear for them.  Pyjamas aren't so bad, but almost everywhere we shop nightdresses tend to have at least some polyester content.  Thankfully, the Melijoe site has a wide selection of nighties and pyjamas, all 100% cotton and, just as importantly, 100% cute!!

Recipe: Smokey Sweetcorn Lunch Muffins #vegetarian

These muffins taste delicious warm with melty middles from the oven, or you can bake in batches to freeze at the weekend and they’ll defrost in the children’s lunchbox by midday keeping everything else lovely and cool!  A great one to make with the children this summer, and ideal for picnics.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review: Swimming Costumes for Mama!

What happens to us mamas when we have babies?  There's a sudden switch in the brain that renders many of us incapable of spending money on ourselves, almost ever.  The switch definitely worked on me, so I have been making do with the same pre-pregnancy tankini for the past six years!  When we're on holiday I have to rinse and dry one night to be ready for the pool the next day, and the chlorine-battered fabric is starting to get a bit worn out.  Thankfully, this summer I have been offered the chance to review some gorgeous swimsuits and my holiday wardrobe is now replete.

Cooking with Kids: Flatbread Pizza #LetsCookalong

Nature or nurture?  I sometimes wonder if there's a cooking gene as, having a chef dad and a foodie mum, our three love to cook.  From before their first birthday, each of them has been found wielding a spoon or spatula, getting to grips with knives, and sampling ingredients.  Cooking is such an essential life skill, and its departure from the school curriculum was a big mistake, especially in an age when many parents don't have the time, or even the skills and knowledge, to teach children themselves.  We are already facing a huge health crisis, with all of the top killers being related to poor eating habits, and with a food culture focussed on convenience this is only going to get worse.

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