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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

And so the eternal “food balance” struggle continues, and it gets particularly tricky with the kids around Halloween time.  On one hand, I am passionate about trying to maximize the nutritional content of all of my family’s food to optimise our health and wellbeing.  But on the other hand, I never ever want my children to feel like they are deprived of anything, whether that be sweet treats, chips or pizzas.  I am very against restrictive or exclusion diets, unless of course it is medically necessary, and I am very anti the current unhealthy obsession with so-called “clean eating”.   What we eat certainly has absolutely nothing to do with watching our weight or changing the way our bodies look on the outside, and ALL to do with how our bodies work and feel on the inside. 
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The ULTIMATE Hand Luggage Packing Guide

The ULTIMATE Hand Luggage Packing Guide

With the Easter holidays on the horizon and lots of people going abroad to escape the arctic conditions we've been having this winter (not just in the UK but worldwide), we thought it would be useful to create a comprehensive hand luggage packing guide, especially for our customers.
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Food Glorious (Frozen) Food

Food Glorious (Frozen) Food

The saying goes that the way to a man’s heart is through their stomach, and I literally have no idea how I won over my husband if this is the case. My husband trained at Leith’s food and wine and has a confidence in the kitchen that I envy from afar. And by afar, I mean from the sofa with a large glass of wine. And most importantly he finds it therapeutic. And it is this that truly boggles my mind. I come out in a cold sweat when I have to chop anything – only managing to not slice off a finger by remembering one vital lesson from Home Economics when I was 11, to make a bridge over the veg with your hand and cut inside. 
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Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas Everyone

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and this still remains. Whether visiting hospital, or spending our last with our mum by her bedside playing Ker Plunk, as long as I'm with my slightly dysfunctional family it somehow functions and makes sense. I love the mayhem, I love giving presents and watching them be opened (although since kids my buying skills have seriously deteriorated - just ask my brother who received an extremely questionable cardigan last year!) I blame the lack of time to actually buy gifts in shops and making some online errors! I love the game playing and how competitive it gets, I love all the movies and the nostalgia with watching them, I love the food and the drink and the excess that is allowed over this period, I love the closeness surrounded by so many special loved ones and I've even learnt to embrace the sadness that lingers like the smoke from a blown out candle for those not with us in person to share the magic. 
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The (MANY) Challenges Of Traveling With Kids (WE MADE A VIDEO!)

The (MANY) Challenges Of Traveling With Kids (WE MADE A VIDEO!)

It comes as no surprise that traveling with kids is certainly more stressful than taking a leisurely trip with your partner. There are so many variables in play when embarking on a trip with kids, I mean - think how hard it is when you need to go to the shops with 2 screaming children and the amount of planning and effort that even takes.

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Best Christmas Ever

Best Christmas Ever

My Mummy always said that once Halloween and Guy Fawkes night were over then Christmas was well and truly on the agenda. Which means that today marks the day that we are all systems go for my most favourite time of the year by far. And nothing screams Christmas magic than the Christmas adverts that appear on our screens filling us with a spectrum of emotions. 
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Feeding The Family With A Healthy Twist

Feeding The Family With A Healthy Twist

This week we are lucky to have the fantastic nutritional cook Emily Wright share with us a great way to add some superfoods to the classic kid's teatime favourite, chicken nuggets.
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Interview With Martinhal Founder - Chitra Stern - Family Travel Tips!

Interview With Martinhal Founder - Chitra Stern - Family Travel Tips!

This week we were fortunate enough to interview(right in time for half-term I might add) the owner and founder of the wonderful family hotels & resorts, Martinhal - Chitra Stern - who has answered some family travel related questions to help you plan your next holiday with the kids!
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - My Story

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - My Story

Today marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one of the ways we can all help support this important month is by spreading awareness and sharing personal stories. Breast Cancer tore my world apart in November 2004 when my Mum returned from a trip to France looking beautiful, glowing and full of life, only to sit me down with my younger sister to tell us she had found a lump and they had confirmed this was breast cancer.
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School's Back From Summer

School's Back From Summer

What with the Summer, a few fantastic guest bloggers and generally life just running away from me I have not found the time to sit down with my laptop and pour out my emotions. I think I’ve also been scared that once I start typing I just might not stop as I find these blogs very therapeutic.


As I type this I am sitting on the sofa having put my son to bed, placed his school uniform out for the morning and kissed him goodnight knowing that tomorrow one of the biggest adventures begins for him. 

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Keep 'Em Tidy

Keep 'Em Tidy

This week we have partnered with master 'de-clutterer' Nicola Manasseh as she passes on some tips and tricks to help you instill some 'Keep 'Em Tidy' techniques onto your children.

As a declutterer and home organiser, I am often asked to declutter children’s bedrooms, especially children aged seven to twelve years. Typically I meet two problems. One is that the bedroom is a mess and secondly there are often too many toys.

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Schools Out For Summer

Schools Out For Summer

Schools out for summer and holidays are on the horizon for families everywhere. If you have been following our blog for a while you will know that we flew to America back in January with our just turned 1 year old and our 3 and a half year old. With the entertainment for the journey sorted for both with our specially made travel packs and the in-flight entertainment screens on board,  I felt prepared for the journey, but the jet lag was brutal for myself and our little one.
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