Getting Arty with the smART Sketcher Projector!

At the moment Athena is definitely more ‘arty’ than she is scholarly, although I know that may change as she gets older! At the moment if you give her a choice of practising reading or doing something with colours and paper she’ll always choose the latter. The smART Sketcher has made her even more keen on drawing now as she is able to draw absolutely anything she wants without frustration! It’s a clever projector that hooks up to an app on your phone, and it has a few different ways to use it: Step by Step Drawing This function lets you choose from lots of different pictures, from animals to transport and lots in between, and starts with simple line drawings that Athena traces over, presses the next button to…

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Travel: Best Island Destinations for Travelling with Kids

When you’re travelling with children jetting off to exotic tropical islands may seem like a challenging feat. Many people assume that the world’s island paradises only cater to adults, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Tons of islands around the globe actually serve as perfect destinations for family getaways. So don’t feel like you are limited when it comes to your next family trip- consider booking flights for the whole family to one of these kid-friendly islands. Tagaytay, Philippines The Philippines caters to travellers of all kinds, so whether you are a nomadic backpacker, a honeymooning couple, or a family with several children you’ll find something to keep you busy. As far as catering to families goes, One of the best spots is in the city of Tagaytay…

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Toys: Hape Space City Marble Run

Arlo has always loved marble runs, first obsessing over one at a friends house so much that I ordered one to arrive the next day. Now though he’s got the creme de la creme of marble runs to play with: the Space City from Hape. Not only can it be built in lots of different ways but it glows in the dark too! From an ethical point of view I love it because it’s mostly made of wood, so not only will it last a lot longer but it’s far more eco-friendly than ones made entirely of plastic, and hopefully we will be able to save it to pass on to future generations as it will still be in one piece after being played with loads! Sam and I opened…

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Sunday Scrapbook – Unexplained Exhaustion

No proper recappy post this week – it was just a week of school pick ups, drop offs, and numerous after school clubs. It culminated in the kids being asleep before 6pm on Friday night and me nodding off on the sofa about 10 minutes after I put them to bed! But then yesterday I had no energy to get going in the morning, and then when we got home from an afternoon out I fell asleep again for almost two hours – leaving the kids to fend for themselves! I don’t think they even realised I was asleep actually as they were chilling out in front of the telly! I’m not sure if it’s a case of the holidays utterly exhausting me, the slight cold that I can’t get…

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Athena & Arlo – September 2018

Both the kids are at school (or preschool/childminders) now five days a week again and I must say I am enjoying having time to sort the house out, work and have five minutes peace now and then! The holidays shot by and we actually only made it to the local park once, the day before Athena went back to school! But the kids always love posing on the ‘chair tree’! And the obligatory ‘first day back at school even though it was the fourth because I forgot’ photo… I always love a beach-snap but it’s not often we’re on Brighton beach as the sun goes down, but we had a little explore for ‘special stones’ after seeing Paw Patrol live last weekend at the Brighton Centre! The kids have the…

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Interiors: Our Idea Bathroom

The bathroom in our house is also called ‘the room of doom’ and we’re putting off doing anything to it just yet because a) it is the only bathroom and I’d rather we were away whilst it’s being done to minimise disruption and b) it will be really expensive. For some reason the bathroom is as big as our living room give or take a foot, and is tiled from floor to ceiling in 70’s style tiles. Also the walls behind the tiles are in a pretty poor condition from all the damp and a random chimney breast which lets water in in bad weather. The first thing we’d need to put in is a decent extractor fan! My ideal bathroom would be light in colour, and instead of the…

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Micro Wagon Review – a festival and camping essential

We like to go camping a lot, and we’ve also started taking the kids to weekend-festivals this year too, and the newest addition to our camping-gear is the Micro Wagon from the same people that make Micro Scooters. Here’s why it’s become an essential for us: Folds compactly when not in use This is a big deal for us as space is at a premium when we’ve got all our camping equipment with us. The Micro Wagon when folded stands independently, and is compact due to the carry case (which has a slot for the folded base board too). It reminded me of an umbrella-fold style push chair, and is simple to fold and unfold, taking only 1 minute to put up. You just unzip the waterproof cover and remove it,…

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