Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Celebrate Easter Weekend in Southampton

What have you got planned for the fast-approaching long weekend?  If you don't have an escape planned, might I suggest the city of Southampton?  Now I know Southampton may not be the stand-out choice when planning a UK city break, but this is a city with a lot to offer in a brilliant location, well-served by transport and road links.  Here's what you could do in Southampton this weekend:

Easter Fun with Oat Cheerios Low Sugar

Cheerios have asked us to let you know about a delicious new addition to the family: NEW Low Sugar Oat Cheerios!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Quick and Easy Springtime Dècor Ideas

The coldest days of the year are now behind us, and spring has sprung. Now is the perfect time to update your decor to make the most of the longer days, just in time for Easter. The following ideas are all doable within a weekend and are designed to suit a range of budgets, so you can be spring-ready and look forward to the summer.

Décor Tips For Shared Children’s Bedrooms

Children’s décor can often be a tricky thing to master for one child’s room, let alone a room that is to be shared by two children. With their constant changes in likes and dislikes, it is understandable to feel a little disheartened, particularly if they are a boy and a girl! Where some kids are lucky to have a room to themselves, big families may have to share and that can often leave parents flustered. Despite this, there are a few ways in which you can incorporate timeless pieces in to kid’s bedrooms which will keep them both content without breaking the bank:

A Rustic Sense Of Style: Ways To Incorporate Oak Into Your Kid’s Bedroom

Adding oak in to a bedroom can give it an effortless look, particularly when complimented with rustic tones. It has long been noted as one of the most durable types of wood to make in to furniture being incredibly easy to source, all while still maintaining a classic sense of style that makes any room appear uncluttered. How can you incorporate such furniture into your child’s bedroom?  For children who love to explore the great outdoors, this is the perfect way to incorporate a little bit of nature. What about other children you ask? Well you can still find interesting ways of adding oak pieces in to your child’s bedroom, here are just a few ways how to:

Just Tatia

I realised the other day I hadn't done any photo posts of the girls lately, and as I had some gorgeous ones of Tatiana this month I thought I'd share them with you.  Here's my beautiful girl aged 15 months: cheeky, funny, adorable little Tatia.

Explore Nature with Beautiful Spring Books for Kids

Lara and Sophia have been enjoying two beautiful spring books this month, both designed to introduce children to nature and get them outside to discover and explore.  The girls never need asking twice when there's an opportunity to head out into the great outdoors and love to explore beaches, woods, parks, gardens, fields and forests wherever we go.  They will happily watch mini-beasts, investigate the properties of horse chestnuts or acorns, examine wild flowers, footprints or poo, and explore whatever nature has to offer for hours.  So the books Nature's Day and Wild Adventures were welcomed with open arms.

Monday, 30 March 2015

A Day Out in London Town

There is so much to do in London that one day really isn’t going to be all the time you need. Here are a few ideas to get you started, just don’t forget to start planning your second trip now!


10 Most Wanted... Chocolate Gifts for Teens

Teens may not appreciate the usual chocolate egg, so how about one of these rather more cool choices?

Chocolate pizza, from £12.95

Things To Do With Kids in London This Easter

There are of course lots of fantastic ideas for family fun in the Big Smoke this Easter, here are three of our favourites:

Easter Days Out

Here's our essential guide to some great days out over the Easter holidays.

Become an Eggsplorer with Cadbury and the National Trust (Nationwide)


Wherever you live in the UK, there’s an eggcellent adventure near you!  Cadbury are once again partnering with the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland to organise Cadbury Easter Egg Trails at locations across the country.  Located at beautiful sites including beaches, woodlands and country houses, there is a trail to explore, clues to collect, and a Cadbury Egghead prize at the end.  With over 300 locations across the UK, there is sure to be one near you.  We'll be off to Petworth House here in Sussex, click here to find your nearest.

Lindt Gold Bunny trails are also being held nationwide.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

How to Save Money on Days Out and Around the Home

Ah the power of advertising!  Lara saw her first Disneyland advert when she was about two years old and since then she has been asking when we can go.  She'll be perfectly happy with the Paris version (remember when it was called EuroDisney?!), which is just as well as the chances of a happy flight with an SPD child are fairly limited I should imagine!  But even the French version, with Channel crossing, accommodation, spending money etc is going to cost us a couple of grand, easily.

Getting Ready for Muddy Puddles and Spring Walks

Are you ready for April showers yet?  It doesn't look like the forecast for Easter weekend is brilliant, although hopefully that will change over the next few days.  We're planning lots of outdoor adventures over the next month, most of them involving a fair bit of walking, and potentially lots of mud.  If I'm going to keep up with all the inevitable muddy puddle jumping having three under six involves, I'm going to need to invest in some decent boots.  After all, as everyone knows, if you want to jump in muddy puddles, you must wear your boots!

Easter Gifts for Babies

It can be difficult to find an appropriate Easter gift for a baby, and of course you don't want to be giving them chocolate!  One way mark the occasion with an appropriate gift is something buuny-themed (and maybe a very special hare too!).  Here's our pick of the best Easter gifts for babies.

Silent Sunday

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Get Your Garden Ready for the Easter Bunny's Visit: Everything You Need to Organise an Easter Egg Hunt

Are you all set for the Easter bunny's visit next weekend?  A quick straw poll I conducted on Facebook actually revealed that many of you don't give the bunny much of the credit, but most of you do organise an egg hunt.  But is your garden in tip top condition?  Do you have everything you need?  If not, read on.  Here's everything you need to organise an Easter egg hunt.

Recipe: Easy Chocolate Cake

Steve and the girls made this yummy chocolate cake for me for Mother's Day, but with the addition of a few Mini Eggs instead of buttons it would make a perfect Easter cake too.  It's a more child-friendly variant on Steve's delicate chocolate square cakes, without all the faff of piping etc, so perfect for the children to enthusiastically join in with!  And everyone gets to enjoy the results, of course.

Helping Children Cope with Bereavement

Warning: Sensitive content, may contain triggers.

In the past month or so Lara has begun to ask more questions about death.  It started with asking why Jesus died and beginning to come to terms with that, and has then moved on to why, and when, people die.  We have never shrunk away from concepts of death, and Lara remembers well two dogs we have known that died, but thankfully has yet to experience the death of a person she loves and is close to.  We talk about the dogs Sully and Ted often, and also about my sorely missed grandparents, and the girls have seen dead birds and animals on the road and in nature, so they have some understanding of what death means to the body, and that you no longer see that person.  I think being Christian does help them in understanding and dealing with death, but how they will be affected when death comes closer and more hard-hitting, I don't know.

Easter Recipes from Dr Oetker

If you are looking for some gorgeous Easter recipes, look no further.  We have adorable red velvet truffle bunnies and the sweetest marzipan chicks that your children will adore; and some exquisite baby pink and pale daffodil yellow fondant fancies, the perfect treats for an Easter afternoon tea.  Which will you make first?

Best of British from Marks & Spencer

The new spring collection from Marks & Spencer's Best of British label is just stunning.  The epitome of modern luxury and true investment dressing, the range is surprisingly affordable too.  Created by expert craftspeople using the highest quality fabrics is made exclusively in Britain and forms part of a three year partnership between the retailer and the British Fashion Council.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Celebrate Easter with the Lindt Bunny

The gorgeous Lindt bunny is back again this year, with a range of wonderful treats for all the family, and lots of fun activities to boot.  You can try some baking (maybe our easy chocolate cake recipe) or arts and crafts with Lindt, or find out what Gold Bunny events are on near you this Easter.

Order Your Easter Hampers & Baskets Now!

Following hot on the heels of Christmas in the indulgence stakes, Easter is just a week away.  Of course it's not all about the chocolate, but most of us do like to indulge at this time of year, and family meals like a nice picnic, roast lunch or afternoon tea help to make the weekend special.  You never know there might even be a chance of a barbecue!  Luckily there is still time to order a beautiful Easter hamper or basket of goodies for the weekend, and Hampergifts.co.uk has a lovely range, including Easter eggs as well as lots of other treats and delights.

Easter Craft Kits and Ideas

There are some fantastic Easter craft kits available this year, and lots of other great craft ideas for keeping the little ones busy this holiday.  Here's our pick of the best:

Win Tickets to The Baby Show in Birmingham

We love The Baby Show as it's full of lots of new, fun and innovative ideas.  We first went when Lara was tiny and picked up so many great ideas there, even with our different approach to parenting.  We have subsequently been back to play (Lara) and to find new toys, clothes and baby accessories (me).  Unfortunately we can't make the Birmingham one this May, but we do have a ticket giveaway for you, dear reader.  Read on for how to enter...

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Recipes: Top Dairy Free Desserts #dairyfree #vegan

Though it can seem daunting at first, it’s actually not hard to cook food and avoid dairy, because there are a wide range of lactose free substitutes you can use. ‘Alternative’ milks, like almond or soy, also offer a range of health benefits – containing the protein and nutrients of regular milk, but with fewer calories.  You can also buy off the shelf puds like this one, but we have some easy dairy-free recipes for you to try too.

Easter Craft Supplies

If you are planning to make Easter cards and crafts with the kids next week, here are some great craft supply ideas.  We will also be highlighting some of the best craft kits around, so look out for that post too!

Pack of 100 Easter-themed foam stickers in 25 assorted designs, £2.99

Win a First Aid Kit with #TheChokeables

Many parents' biggest fear is of their baby choking, and their not knowing what to do about it.  Some even cite this fear as a reason to avoid baby-led weaning, even though the coughing/retching sound babies can occasionally make when dealing with proper food is gagging, a very different thing.  True choking can be very frightening and is very likely to be caused by small objects found around the home, as the latest campaign from St John Ambulance suggests.

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