Category Archives: Family


Easter at Willows Farm in Hertfordshire is AMAZING. I’m talking, back to your childhood, still believing in Easter bunnies kind of amazing.

Aside from the many animals and free rides you always find there, Easter at Willows Farm also brings with it Egg hunts, bunnies trails and the cutest little newborn lambs and piglets you ever did see.

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Being Five is a huge deal.  It marks the start of being a ‘big girl’. Gone is Peppa Pig, in is Monster High.  No more holding hands into school, just dump the bags on Mum (no longer Mummy) and run.  Times are changing at Essex HQ and I’m not really quite sure if I am ready for it.

Everything now has to be suitable for ‘big girls’. No hint of babyishness (is that even a word?) allowed at all.  Currently the big hits for my grown up girl are…


1. Her Trunki BoostApak - Sitting on a booster seat is the epitome of being a big girl as far as Scarlett is concerned. Giving up her car seat to a friend and sitting on her Trunki BoostApak (that so cleverly doubles up as a back pack) is a treat for my little lady.  This gadget was invaluable when we were in NYC, I will certainly be investing in one for O too when she is older. Read More →

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easy way to label clothes

Summer is coming (well spring at least) and for us that means a new school uniform.  Ever since I first heard the words ‘it’s a girl’ leave the midwifes mouth I have dreamt of the day I could send them to school with bunches and a gingham check dress.

New uniform bring with it the joys of adding your name to everything so clothing doesn’t go astray, and obviously when I say joy I clearly mean complete and utter misery. There must be an easy way to label clothes by now surely?

Sewing labels into clothes is so 1950′s and iron on labels last about 2 washes in our house.  I did most of the clothes labelling with a permanent marker last September, but now, thanks to the lovely people at Stamptastic coming to my rescue I have finally found Read More →

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Daffodils in the village, the first days when you leave the winter coat behind, that smell in the air. The first signs of spring are something to be celebrated, they mean a change is on the way.

I love spring, its my favourite time of year. I know I say that every time the season change, but there really is something magical about the springtime.

Its bring with it such promise, such eager anticipation for the warm days of summer that lie ahead. Days where your only clock is the shadows on the ground, your only curfew when you run out of beer or burgers for the BBQ. Those endless days of summer are ones to savour, but first we must really want them. Spring makes sure that happens. It teases us with

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Willows Farm Hertfordshire

There is something quite wonderful about farms in the springtime. In fact there is something quite wonderful about Willows Farm Herefordshire all year round, but it is especially nice the spring.

Heading there a few weeks back with 4 children in tow (it would appear I have become that Mother who always have a few extra little ones around at all times) we were full of excitement for baby lambs and tractor rides. Regardless of the weather I like to head out and about whenever possible.  There is no such thing as bad weather I tell the girls, just bad clothing!  As soon as we had wrapped ourselves up in some suitable outdoor clothing (think thermals and wooly hats that day) we were good to go.

Willows Farm Hertfordshire – Best Bits


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Last month saw the launch of the new, and very exciting, Pho kids menu. Pho, the super awesome Vietnamese restaurant chain, has been successfully filling the bellies of hungry diners in the UK since their first restaurant opened in Clerkenwell in 2005, but, up until now, there had been no separate Pho kids menu.

We were invited down to their bustling Soho restaurant last Saturday afternoon to let our little ones loose on the new Pho kids menu to see if they gave it the two thumbs up.

Pho Kids Menu Review

The Pho kids menu is a scaled down version of their wonderful main menu. Sticking to the traditional Vietnamese street food they are famous for, just with smaller dishes that are less spicy than their adult counterparts. Read More →

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There are many things I have rediscovered since having children. Ice cream, Lego and trips to the cinema, to name but a few.

The problem is though I know approach these activities with an adult mindset.  I know that as tasty as ice-cream is, it’s not really the best idea for breakfast, I want to make Lego buildings according to instruction books and know that the cinema is a place to be quiet and watch the film, making me a little nervous to take young children here with me.

When a friend told me that many multiplexes have a cinema kids club at weekends  (that normally only cost a pound or two per ticket) I knew I was on to a winner. Read More →

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What do you buy the man who has everything? Or the man who is impossible to buy for?

Men are a pain aren’t they??

Its less than 6 weeks until my 3rd wedding anniversary and I am already panicking about what presents make great anniversary gifts for men. I mean, what do men really want? Flowers? No. Chocolates? Not really, I don’t think. A home cooked meal and an ‘early night’….if I’m honest that is probably tops most anniversary gifts for men lists if you ask the husbands! and to be honest that works for me too.

If, however, you are looking for anniversary gifts for men that you can wrap (yes ,I know I could wrap myself up with a bow for the early night, but it’s not really that kind of blog now is it??) then how about some of the following. Read More →

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Free Valentines Printables

Now I have a shiny new printer, one that actually prints when you ask it too, I am becoming quite a fan of free printables. Hours of fun can be have, especially when you fine great resources such as TinyMe, making your own cards and crafts with just a printer and your imagination.

To celebrate the month of love TinyMe and produced a great range of Free Valentines Printables for you all to enjoy. Read More →

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Family Weekend Sadler’s Wells’ is a wonderful two-day festival of family friendly performances, and an array of interactive workshops, offering entertainment for all ages. This year’s festival, taking place on 18 & 19 April 2014, has a range of activities on offer in the front of house areas of the theatre, as well as two shows by acclaimed dance companies balletLORENT and gobbledegook.

Family Weekend Sadler’s Wells’ 2014 – Performances

Rapunzel - Age Guidance 6+ years 

Tickets: £15

After sell-out performances at last year’s Family WeekendballetLorent’s Rapunzel returns to Sadler’s Wells. The classic Brothers Grimm fairytale is re-imagined by Liv Lorent and written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Known for her cascading hair and entrapment within a tall tower, balletLorent’s Rapunzel shows the darker beauty of this classic tale. This production features music by Murray Gold (Doctor Who) and costumes by Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones), accompanied with narration from actress Lesley Sharp (Scott & BaileyClocking Off)

Deep In The Woods - Age Guidance: 2 – 5 years
Tickets: £ 7 – £12

After enjoying a sell-out visit to the Lilian Baylis Studio in Autumn 2013, gobbledegook returns with Deep In The Woods, which intertwines shadow play, interactive video installations and a thrilling fusion of contemporary dance and acrobatics.

Deep In The Woods is an interactive show about a little girl who bravely ventures into a dark and mysterious wood, and is specifically designed for children aged two to five years. The tale unfolds as the young audience helps to create a magical world using shadow and light to guide the little girl through her bewitching adventure.

Family Weekend Sadler’s Wells’ – Family Workshops

Rapunzel Workshops: Friday 18 & Saturday 19 April at 12.30pm & 4.30pm

Cost: £2       Duration: 60 minutes

A relaxed and enjoyable way for adults and children aged six and over, of all abilities, to explore some of the images, themes and movement motifs from Rapunzel.

Deep In The Woods Workshops: Friday 18 & Saturday 19 April at 3.30pm

Cost:£2     Duration: 45 minutes

A creative dance workshop exploring themes from the show, perfect for children aged two to four and their families who have lots of energy and enthusiasm. Participants will be able to explore the imaginary woodland by jumping, crawling, sliding and stretching their way into the magical forest.

Tickets and more information on family weekend Sadler’s Wells’ can be found via the Ticket office: 0844 412 4300 or

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