Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Chad Valley Toys - and Win a £75 Argos Gift Card! #win #giveaway

Founded over 150 years ago in Harborne, Birmingham, Chad Valley is one of the UK’s oldest toy retailers.  They have supplied toys to eight generations of children, and many of us will fondly remember the Chad Valley toys of our childhood.  With more than 400 products now available exclusively at Argos stores nationwide, Chad Valley continue to offer affordable, durable and inspiring real toys for a new generation.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Review & Giveaway: Light Switch Timer Security Device

With the evenings drawing in and the clocks set to go back at the end of the month, many of us begin to worry about the security of our homes, especially over the festive season.  Nobody wants to be burgled at any time of year, but it is somehow worse in the run up to Christmas, just as we want our homes to be an inviting refuge from the outside world.  Today we have a handy little device that could get your home crossed off the burglars' hit list for good.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Interview with Axel Scheffler - and Win a Signed Copy of "The Horror Handbook"

German-born Axel Scheffler is best known for his partnership with Julia Donaldson, where his trademark style has brought to life such well-loved characters as the Gruffalo, Stick Man and Zog.  In his latest collaboration, Axel has joined forces with Dutch author, Paul van Loon, to create The Horror Handbook.

Discovering the Joy of Audiobooks with Puffin

Last month's announcement by Publishers Weekly that sales of children's and young adults ebooks had decreased by 40% in the first quarter of 2016 was met with some delight by many in the natural parenting and home ed communities.  Could it be the beginning of the end of electronic dominance in young children's lives?  We can but hope!  Alas, sales of 'real' books were also down slightly (2%), but one sector saw a significant rise: audiobooks.  Coincidentally, we have been working with Puffin on a review of some of their best-loved audiobooks, and thinking about their many benefits.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Recipe: Autumnal Root Vegetable Soup #vegan

As autumn draws in, those cold, dark, rainy evenings call for a super comforting meal like this soup, but it would be perfect at lunchtime after a long autumnal walk too.  Use any squash in place of the pumpkin, just go for whatever looks best at the farmers' market.  Serve with good crusty bread and lots of love.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Win Premium Tickets to The Independent Schools Show, the World’s Biggest School Open Day

This year’s Independent Schools Show, takes place on 12 & 13 November at Battersea Park, London and offers parents a one stop shop when it comes to deciding on their children’s education.

Review: Addis Mega Mop

I don't know about you, but cleaning the house with small people around feels rather worse than painting the Forth Road Bridge!  Never - bloomin' - ending...  I'm never going to live in a show home, I'm just not that way inclined, but even with the small effort I do make, it's gone in the 60 seconds it takes for these trainers to come through the door!  Thankfully, Addis have heard our parenting prayers and produced the brilliant new Mega Mop, making floors cleaner, cleaning easier, and parents happier in one fell swoop.  Yay!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Fitted Wardrobes or Freestanding Ones?

When it comes to getting the most out of the available space in your home sometimes it can be a great idea to consider bespoke loft wardrobes, fitted wardrobes or walk-in wardrobes. A walk-in wardrobe can give you lots of extra storage space and a number of other fantastic advantages as well. If you have ever found it difficult to find a place to store all your shoes, dresses, bags, shirts, coats etc, read on [who hasn't, ladies?!]

Parenting Prompt

Lots of this here at the moment x

Friday, 7 October 2016

Recipe: Blueberry & Lemon Muffins

Muffins are a great treat at any time of day, whether for an indulgent breakfast, morning pick up or afternoon tea, these fruity blueberry & lemon muffins warm from the oven are delicious.  Really easy to make, they're a great recipe to keep the kids busy, plus you all get to enjoy a yummy bake after.  Not too lemony, and oozing with squishy blueberries, these went down very well with our gang.  We're planning to try orange and raspberry next time...

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Recipe: Millionaire's Macaroni #vegetarian

A luxe twist on a classic dish, this is the perfect comfort food as the weather starts to turn.  Think the savoury version of Millionaire's shortbread!  Beautifully rich dried wild mushrooms, a grating of truffle and a dash of truffle oil paired with the traditional rich, cheesey sauce, transform it from everyday to divine.  Enjoy!


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