Category Archives: Family

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A few weeksn back the grls and I took my mother for a day out to Kew Gardens. Living only a short car ride away from RHS Hyde Hall we have recently discovered a love of lancaped gardens and beauftuil plants, and seeing as my fingers are as green as they are purple it is one of the only chances we have to really see the true beauty that plants (when lovingly cared for) can bring.

Kew Gardens

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The gardens, set in West London, are famous for their historic glasshouses, beautiful woods, Royal buildings and precious trees. Plus there is also plenty for children to see and do, including giant plant tunnels and treetop walkway, making Kew Gardens the perfect destination for a family day out.

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the kindest to us on our visit, but we still managed to have a wonderful day, I don’t think I will ever tire of watching my daughters and my Mother bond so well… Read More →

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Primary Times essex Magazine

When Scarlett joined primary school last September a whole new world was opened to me.  Primary Times Essex magazine was introduced to me quite early on in the year, long before I had made friends and learnt about local activities though word of mouth, so I welcomed all the information I suddenly had at my fingertips.

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We had an amazing time at Parkdean Pendine Sands last weekend.  A full write up will follow but for now here are my very favourite snaps from a wonderful weekend.

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Ever since Jimmy hit our screens in 2004 (10 years ago – man that’s gone quick) I have loved visiting Jimmys Farm to see how things are getting along. We are frequent visors to this great venue (so much so we now have an annual pass). There is so much on offer for families and I love how many opportunities there are for children to get ‘hands-on’ with nature and farm life.  You really do get a much more authentic farm experience at Jimmys than many other open farms.

Our first stop was the nature trail. What a beautiful day we had for it… Read More →

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Have you herd who is stomping into the West End this summer??? Read More →

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Camp Bestival Bloggers 2014

We are so excited to announce that we are Camp Bestival bloggers 2014.  Camp Bestival 2013 was AMAZING and I cannot wait to take my family back for more festival fun this summer.

Watch this space for lots of Camp Bestival 2014 preview blogs, along with lots of hints and tips from our experiences last year. Read More →

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The Digital Divide

Today, thanks to my wonderful Britmums Live sponsers AVG, I have an informative guest post from the truly inspiring Tony Anscombe, Online Safety Expert at AVG Technologies for you all.

I have heard Tony speak on the subject of children and technology many times and really do agree with a lot he has to say.  It is an absolute honour to have his writing here on www.anessexwife.com, so without further ado, I hand over to Tony…

Technology: The Digital Divide

When you sit and think about it, over recent years almost every aspect of our daily lives has, in some part, been touched by online technology and our growing need to stay ‘connected’ at all times. For some of us it is a new and at times a daunting experience, but for our children – who have been brought up in the era of smartphones, tablets and the internet – it is second nature!

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There are many milestones I have enjoyed with my children. First swim, first holiday, first day at school. The list goes on and on.

Today we found a new milestone to enjoy together. The first time of flying a kite.

Well I say flying, but really it was more throwing it up, running and hoping for the best. We *may* have chosen our kite on how pretty it was over the practicality of it, so they flying part wasn’t very successful, but we did have a lot of fun trying.

As we are spending the weekend with family on the Essex coast it seamed the perfect opportunity to give the kite a whirl.

Here’s how we got on… Read More →

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IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE 2014

Over 440,000 people to date have seen the world’s only live production of the CBeebies top-rated IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE  show.

2014 will see the fifth consecutive tour of this delightful children’s summer classic. IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE is an amazing musical theatre experience for all the family. Children’s favourite CBeebies’ stars – Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends – are all brought beautifully to life on stage using full-size costumes, magical puppets, enchanting music and breath-taking projections. Read More →

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How long have you known your oldest friend? 5 years? 15 years? 50 years??

Sometimes, if you are really really lucky, a friend you make at school will stay by your side forever. That friend, who on your wedding day is smiling from congregation, remembering the first boy you kissed or the first girl who broke your heart and beaming with relief that they are not the one you are marrying right now, is worth their weight in gold.

My girls are lucky to be surrounded by good friends. Both popular girls who are magnets to all who meet them. Some friends I like more than others (I’m sure thats a normal thing as a parent), but I know most of them won’t be around forever. Friends come and go as life changes don’t they.

People say friends come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Looking at the friends my girls have right now, even at such a young age, I really do believe

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