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A few weekends ago, I enjoyed trying out a Makey Mamas workshop to learn how to make simple, natural skincare products for the whole family. I first heard about Makey Mamas in the various Bristol Facebook groups I’m on and was intrigued. Offering creative classes specifically for mothers, from newborn photography to crocheting booties to sewing harem pants, they sounded great fun and value for money with most classes costing around £25 and less. I love the ethos of the company from the idea of getting mothers together to create

There’s lots of spooky fun about this week in the lead-up to Halloween so it may just be the perfect time to introduce your kids to a classic from our own childhoods, Scooby-Doo! It’s as silly and amusing now as ever but kids aren’t just watching it on TV anymore. Now you can watch videos, play games and download printable activities on and The Warner Bros Youtube Channel makes it even easier for kids to watch the mystery squad, on-demand, and from any device. Scooby-Doo! is now giving away

I first came across indie publisher Mother’s Milk Books a few years ago, both through La Leche League (the breastfeeding charity that has been a source of strength, support and community to me since becoming a mother) and through chatting about breastfeeding and parenting online. Their tagline “Celebrating femininity and empathy through images and words” pretty much encapsulates what drew me to them and the books they publish. I say “they” but the press is run solely by at-home mother and founder Dr Teika Bellamy. Mother’s Milk Books receives no

I had a pretty different start to the week last week, rocking up to Thornbury Castle for a workshop with Outsidethebox mineral makeup. I love makeup and wear it most days. I’ve finally reached the point in my life where I feel OK about going out without it but, for me, makeup is about having fun and being creative. I would, however, like to improve the quality of the skin beneath the makeup. At 29, I still get a lot of blemishes and I have quite oily skin, which is

Talitha has been loving this dress we were sent by Mini Street Style. She’s mad on the colour. She also keeps calling it her Autumn dress because of the pattern’s scattered pink leaves. I love that it’s a dress she can freely move in because of the cut and jersey material. Long sleeves mean that she can forgo a cardigan on a mild day and it’s casual look is perfect for hard play. It runs a little big, though, so I’ve had to roll up the sleeves a bit. It’s

Last week, Laurence took Talitha to a Rugby World Cup game. Of course, I couldn’t resist asking him to blog about it here… I was lucky enough to get a couple of tickets for Fiji vs Australia last week. I’ve been wanting to go to an England game for years, but the prices are reeee-dunculous, so I was quite pleased with the prices for the Rugby World Cup… I thought I’d take the 4yo. A few folk, including Adele, where a bit worried about taking a kid so young. I

You know that feeling you get when your child wears something that you’re pretty sure you’re going to remember them wearing forever? We feel that way every time Talitha grows into one of her uncle’s childhood Osh Kosh B’gosh dungarees. This pair is even more loved because my mother-in-law had to replace two of the buttons with buttons that don’t match so even as Talitha wears it, it feels like an object that already carries a lot of memories. After a summer spent primarily in floaty dresses, regardless of what

How cute are these amazing Scooby-Doo stop motion videos created using the brand new LEGO® Scooby-Doo sets? They’re admittedly a bit spooky for my sensitive four-year-old but they’re a great throwback for me and neither of us can resist anything LEGO®. If your kids love Scooby-Doo be sure to visit and subscribe to the WB Kids YouTube channel. New videos are being added all the time. WB Kids are giving away a £150 voucher for one lucky winner to spend at Smyths Toys. Enter the rafflecopter widget below to

Concerned about the impact the way we live has on the environment and our health, I try to avoid using unnecessary chemicals in our home. We’ve long bought Ecover products and they recently sent me their new Grapefruit and Green Tea Washing Up Liquid to test. The smell is gorgeous. I love that their products are kind to aquatic life and that the packaging is easily recyclable. I am very sensitive to washing up liquids generally. Just one contact with washing up liquid can make the skin on my hands

Last month Talitha went for a weekend with all of her grandparents. It was her first time away for two nights (her request) and our first time having a whole day with just Ophelia. We racked our brains trying to think of something we could do with an eighteen-month-old that we couldn’t normally do with a four-year-old and finally decided to give cycling a go. Cycling as a family isn’t something that’s possible for us at the moment because I can’t ride a bike and we only have one baby

I’ve been feeling challenged recently to take a good look at what they way I live my life tells my children about their own. If I’m honest, I’m naturally not very active, pretty indoorsy and prone to getting stressed when faced with something practical that requires common sense. They’re all traits I’d rather not pass on. So I’m constantly working on it, making sure we get out a lot, taking up gardening, trying to learn to cycle and forcing myself to tackle jobs around the house, rather than always waiting

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