Tuesday, 26 July 2016


…and the holidays are happening. Here’s how to keep the children engaged on your trip away (and consequently, how to keep the whole family happy).

Want to make the most of your family holiday and enjoy the chance of all being together? Planning not pressure is key. From travelling with tots to finding a break that will suit all the family, the holidays ought to be fun for everyone. Follow this helpful guide to make your break away, the best it can be…

Thursday, 21 July 2016

i-spy ON A CAR JOURNEY - Book review

Wanting something to keep the children occupied that doesn't involve a screen? These timeless classics have been around for sixty years and two weeks ago were newly released by Collins.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Toilet musings of a 4YO (Warning, not for the faint hearted)

S: Mummy, my poo looks like a giraffe.
E: (Rushes to see) Oh my gosh, it really does.
S: Esme, take a photo.
E: (Uses my phone) Look Mummy...

Thursday, 14 July 2016

My guilty pleasure

E: Mummy, we haven't had music for ages.
M: I know, but as Daddy got the stereo down from the loft yesterday, tonight after school we can dance to S CLUB 7!
E: Okay. I meant music at school.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Intrinsic Toffel Sandal by ECCO - a review

Available online: ECCO website
Price: £45
Colours: Black, White, Coral Blush, Fuchsia, Fanfare and Cobalt.
Material: Nubuck leather with salt water resistant properties.

It's always a bit of a gamble when you set off to work wearing a brand new pair of shoes isn't it? But that's what I did. Because you see that morning, I woke to blue skies and sunshine and a pair of newly delivered Ecco sandals sat winking at me. And as the colour complimented my top perfectly, what else was I supposed to do? Wearing them up to the big smoke and back for review purposes, seemed a logical move. Even if it was a four-hour door to door round trip.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Induction day at infant school

It's an odd thing. But today our little ones began an adventure that will take them all the way to adulthood. I've been wondering how it would go for a while now, imagining Fia would take it in her stride, stepping up through the doorway into school; the year 'R' entrance where they are so carefully welcomed in.

Accompanying her into the room that will be her home each and every week day come September, I watch as she looks about her class, settling down on the floor amid the bricks. Here she will be nurtured and taught all the exciting stuff that lay ahead. You know, life. This is where it all begins.

A quick kiss and a promise to return soon and I wipe back the tear that has caught me off guard. But you know, it seems only yesterday that I was doing this with Esme.

Parents are gathering and many as excited and eager as the children they've moments before walked away from. Not many anxious faces, lots of familiar ones. A tea or coffee sipping group stood snatching glimpses of those they recognise but don't yet know. It's so much easier for our children isn't it? Just down from where we are in the hall, they're getting on with it. Thrown together to learn, to play, to begin anew. School life.

Sunday, 3 July 2016