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5 minutes: 5 stories – topiary, tutorials and more…

So, here I am again with my regular 5 minutes: 5 stories feature – a jumble of informative and fun (pubic topiary, anyone?) stories! Hope they’re of interest…. 1. Stuck in a recipe rut? Do you [...]

New Year’s Eve: ‘In’ is the new ‘out’

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? According to new research record numbers of people will be staying at home this year,  shunning expensive nights out for cosy gatherings at home with friends and Jools… [...]

The Christmas cracker: The Bird

Cooking the turkey has become something of a work of art. From leaving it in a bucket to having it stuffed with other feathered-friends. Here’s my take on the festive season… The Bird Every year I [...]

5 minutes: 5 stories – glitter and sprinkles

Another week another 5 stories… this week a competition to win £750 (get the kids scribbling), an Indian cook book for babies and toddlers (get the kids gobbling) and a new Kiddicare superstore comes to Lakeside [...]

5 minutes: 5 stories

This week: Free Adventurers pack for kids, toy catalogue ditches gender-bias pictures, the win win promise and a prize for the most festive house…. Add some adventure to your trip to the park I don’t know [...]

5 minutes: 5 stories

This week: loo rolls, wishlists and the bean bags that all Tracy Beaker fans will adore… Win your Wishlist Fancy winning a gorgeous outfit from Reiss? I thought so. If you hop over to their site [...]

Make your cards your own

One of the first things to do in preparation for Christmas is to getting your card list sorted. For me that means obtaining addresses now and NOT texting my Mum for help on the 23rd December. [...]

How to get Daniel Craig in your bedroom!

Now this post should really have been used for Silent Sunday. Words aren’t really necessary so please feel free to fog over the font and focus only on the picture! If you are wondering why I’m [...]

Kids away but can the parents play?

We’ve had some really fantastic news. The kind that puts a spring in your step and makes you put out the rubbish bin with a smile on your chops. What is it?.. We’ve been given an [...]

Want, want, want – gets

We’ve grown up in a society where ‘I want doesn’t get’ or at least that’s what I tell my kids when other adults are in ear shot. When as an adult we’re asked to say what [...]

My Summer in books

As the holidays draw to a close I thought I’d share with anyone who’s interested some of the literary delights that have been keeping my Kindle in overdrive for the last 6 weeks. As always, it [...]

The Bikini Diaires # 4 – quiche is not for the seasick

Lucky us. For the last two weeks we have been sailing around the Greek Islands. We’ve been to Samos, Agathanisi and Arki. Each place we go to is prettier than the one before. The waters are [...]

5 minutes: 5 stories – Olympic waffling!

Where were you when Jessica Ennis won the Gold? Or when Usain Bolt flashed past our screens? This week I tell you about an amazing Olympics competition, let you in on the must-have coffee table fashion [...]

The Bikini Diaries – # 2

Dear Diary In the last instalment I discovered my stomach resembled a chicken sausage and decided to do something about it… The good thing about being on holiday in a really hot country (Turkey) is that [...]

Be there for FREE family entertainment

Only the other week I posted about how parents spend a whopping £2000 over the summer holidays looking after and entertaining the kids. So any FREE activities that’ll keep the kids happy are sure to make [...]