Monday, 27 June 2016

Review & Giveaway: Storksak 'Charlie' Backpack Changing Bag

As our babies become toddlers, the content of our changing bags changes, although the amount of stuff we need to cart around barely alters.  Vast quantities of nappies, wipes etc are replaced by the odd pull up or two, and muslins and other baby essentials give way to snacks, toys, crayons etc etc.  But how do you avoid getting stuck with a cutesy, obviously baby changing bag as children grow?  Or indeed, if pastel shades and flowers aren't your thing, how do you find a stylish, hard-wearing and functional changing bag in the first place?  Enter the stylish yet functional luxury baby changing bags from Storksak.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Eating Out With Kids: Pizza Express, St Ives - New Summer Menu Additions (Review)

Not many locations in the UK are as well known for their artistic connections as St Ives, and I will leave it to others to eulogise about the particular qualities of the light, the colours etc.  Suffice to say, we had a lovely wander round the rambling town centre, up and down alleyways, pottering round gift shops, and admiring the painting in shop windows.  We didn't have a chance to spend time on the renowned Porthmeor or Porthminster beaches (next time!), but did enjoy spending time at the harbour watching the boats and comings and goings.

7 Fun Car Games for School Age Children

With the long summer holiday on the horizon, long car journeys are inevitable.  But how do you keep the small people happy in the back without having to listen to squabbles and endless cries of "Are we there yet?"  Yes, you could give everyone a tablet/console/DVD player, but why not use the time for some family fun and bonding instead?  We love a good, old-fashioned car game, and here are some of our favourites, all suitable for children of around 5/6 years plus.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Making LEGO Friends at WWT Arundel #LEGO

We went to see the brilliant LEGO animals at WWT Arundel back in May.  These giant LEGO® brick models, which include an awesome otter, fabulous flamingo and more, are on tour around the various UK Wetland Centres and will be at Arundel until this Sunday, 26th June, and will then move on to WWT Martin Mere in the North West for the summer.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Interior Design Trends to Try this Summer

We live in a technological age, a time where innovation and creativity combine to create an array of exciting interior design trends. With access to an unlimited number of home interior websites, blogs and social media posts, we are now bombarded with so many inspirational interior designs that it is hard to know where to begin.  In this article interior design specialists Baytree Interiors give us their advice on some of the design trends set to be big this summer.

Recipe: White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

We have a guest recipe from a new Twitter chum today, Claudia, a.k.a. Dr Mummykins.  She made this rather delicious white chocolate and raspberry cake for her daughter's birthday and when I saw the photos I just had to share it with you!  The original recipe was for a big 30cm square cake, so we have halved it to make an 18cm square or 20.5cm round tin, which would serve around 20 slices.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Eating Out with Kids: The Brasserie, Tregenna Castle Resort, St Ives (Review)

The first night we stayed at the Tregenna Castle Resort we were invited to dinner at the hotel in the Brasserie.  This beautifully appointed room has views out across the grounds, down to the sea and to St Ives, and is decorated in a deep sea blue, with touches of sky blue and silver.  There is also a lovely outdoor terrace with outstanding views.  The Brasserie serves a contemporary, largely Mediterranean-inspired menu based around fresh, locally-sourced food.  Read on to see what we ate...

Family-Friendly Hotels: Tregenna Castle Resort (Review)

A few weeks ago we were guests of the beautifully-located Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives, Cornwall.  Just a short walk from the town, Tregenna Castle is set on a hill top, with its 72 acres sloping down towards the sea.  The view from the 81 bedroom hotel itself is exquisite, but the resort also boasts 70 self-catering options to cater for a variety of guests' needs.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Cocktail or Mocktail? Summer Drinks with Qcumber

Did you see our review of Qcumber in our What's New In Our Kitchen feature a few weeks ago?  This new cucumber-flavoured mixer works well with vodka, gin or Pimm's or on its own, but as you can see here it's perfectly at home in a cocktail or mocktail too.


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