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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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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Autumn Walks: Three Family Friendly in West Sussex with Dickies Workwear

As a family we love getting out and about in the countryside, no matter the time of year. As the seasons changes the surroundings do too and places can look very different even just a couple of months apart! Dickies Workwear recently asked us to share our favourite family walk in Autumn so I’ve picked out three family friendly walks in West Sussex that we know and love. Sussex has so many lovely open spaces to explore, as a lot of it sits within the South Downs national park. Cissbury Ring Located just north of Worthing with easy access from the A24 and the A27, Cissbury ring is a large hill with great views of the Downs and out to Sea. On a really clear day you can see the new…

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Everyday Us: Cosy Slippers

Though my kids can wind each other up, and seemingly go from love to hate in less than a minute, deep down the do love each other. If Athena cries Arlo will ask me why she’s crying. If Arlo cries Athena will try and cuddle him and make him feel better – unless he’s crying in retaliation to something she’s done to him! But this week, now they’re both back at school and preschool and have burnt off energy during the day and on the scoot home they are both happy to sit together on one sofa (leaving me the other one all to myself – amazing) and curl up together and either watch kids opening boxes on YouTube, or if I get my way CBeebies or Fireman Sam or…

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Back to School: Start-Rites Toughest Ever School Shoes

It only seems like a few weeks ago I was buying everything from Athena’s uniform list for starting primary school, and suddenly here we are a just over a year later (because I am not half as organised this year as last!) checking what fits and re-purchasing things she’s outgrown. The list of things that need replacing is long… her trousers (though she’s told me she doesn’t want to wear these this year and stick with skirts and dresses) all her P.E Kit, most of her white Polo shirts as they’re stained with board marker and pasta sauce splodges and of course, her shoes. Athena went through four pairs of shoes in Reception year, two were completely ruined beyond any more wear, one was a pair of Dr Martens boots she…

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Reviews: Crate Creatures Toys – interactive monsters!

You know that feeling of six long weeks stretching ahead of you, full of 6am wake up calls from a noisy and energetic three year old? Well that feeling was making me feel a little bit on edge a couple of weeks ago, but thankfully due to a well timed delivery of something fun for Arlo to play with he’s being kept pretty busy with not that much input from me, as he’s been playing with his new Crate Creature so much it’s like having a third child! These interactive monsters come ensconced in their own crate, locked up with a (plastic) padlock and chain! You first have to work out how to get the creature out, and then learn how to play with him! Arlo was sent ‘Pudge’ who…

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6 Facts you didn’t know about Tea and the best way to make it …

Tea is an enormously popular drink around the world. I drink cups and cups per day, from breakfast tea to a variety of herbal teas! But if you count yourself as a tea lover, you might be surprised by some of the little known facts about the drink. Here are six things about probably didn’t know about tea, and a kitchen essential you need if you want to enjoy the perfect cuppa! ‘ War made Britain a tea drinking nation Tea was popularised in the UK due to the British East India Company, which held a monopoly on Chinese tea across the 18th century. This provided Britain was easy access to tea. However, the country would also had access to coffee through France and Spain – where coffee developed into…

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