Friday, 27 May 2016

CRAZY SPECTACULAR Bank Holiday cheese roll?

Want something to do (in Gloucestershire) this May Bank holiday Monday?

Why not take part in the very bonkers annual cheese roll in the village of Brockworth, near Gloucester. People have been doing so (officially and now un-officially) since at least the 1800s, choosing to throw themselves with gusto after a rolling wheel of cheese.

How very British... no not the fact that people run fall down the ridiculously steep Cooper's hill chasing after an 8lb Double Gloucester, but the fact that they still do so after the event was shut due to health and safety concerns six years ago. Hey, what's a broken bone here and there?

Now a very much spontaneous event that takes place with no management whatsoever, if you fancy a bloody big cheese, and you are somewhere near Gloucester, this could prove to be a winning weekend for you. And if you don't fancy winning a cheese, you might just enjoy observing this crazy spectacular instead!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Happy Nappy Wetsuit - A review

Available: from birth to 24months+
Suitable for: Newborn and sensitive skins - including eczema
Price: £22.99 - £24.99

Innovative and unique, the Happy Nappy Wetsuit is worth making a splash about!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Encouraging children to do their best

When it comes to exams, recent news highlights the severe stress exam season can cause young children. Meanwhile, around five million students are in the throes of sitting their GCSEs right now across the country. So how is best for them to prepare? And what advice can we follow when it comes to best identifying and helping children through any exam stress?

Child psychologist expert Dr Ramya Mohan, a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Educator with the National Health Service UK, gives her top tips to identifying and helping children to cope with exam stress:

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Friday, 20 May 2016

The Alphabet with Bella - A book review

TITLE: The Alphabet with Bella
AUTHOR: Lorraine O'Garro
PUBLISHED BY: Clink Street Publishing (June 2016)
PRICE: £5.99
AVAILABLE FROM: All good book shops & online here
IDEAL FOR: 2-5 year olds

Want to teach the alphabet and at the same time introduce your child to worldliness and other cultures? If so, this colourful book's for you...

Thursday, 12 May 2016

OUT IN THE SUN? What advice to follow...

Did you know that this week is sun awareness week? I’d like to highlight this important date in the calendar for those of us that are parents, grandparents or employed in the field of caring for children, for it is our responsibility to protect them. But what advice should we follow when it comes to being out in the sunlight? 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives - A book review

Author: Maggie Li 
The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives 
For ages 5+
On sale: 23/05/2016
RRP £9.99 
ISBN 9781843653073
Published by Pavilion Children's, an imprint of Pavilion Books

The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives is billed as an interactive visual guide. Essentially, a plastic magnifying glass is stuck to the front of the book. Gimmicky? A little. But the idea that children can inspect Stegosaurus spikes, Pteranodon skulls, Velociraptor claws etc and find the extra tiny hidden details on each page, will no doubt send them into a dinosaur detective fantasy world frenzy.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

LIFE AS IT IS - This week in... May 2016

Praising the sisterhood, periods and apathy

In the week we found out that Madrid dog owners who refuse to pick up their dog poo will have to clean streets, I got the painters in. Physically and metaphorically. Our lovely neighbour is doing a fab job for us, and the kitchen is coming to life as I write. I on the other hand feel anything but lively sat here. At least the sun is shining. And at least I found my purse (after cancelling my cards, of course).

So yes, as I was saying the painters are in. I've got my period. And as I type that sentence I'm faced with the actuality that it is my last period ever. Period. The final monthly cycle I will ever experience - after over thirty years of bleeding every single month (give or take a pregnancy here or there of course). That is a bizarre feeling.