Eating Out As A Family: 9 Tips to Transform Your Experience

We love eating out as a family. Matt and I are big foodies and we want to pass that appreciation onto our children. I have my parents to thank for this. When I was growing up we ate out all the time. One of my earliest memories is me, aged 5, chowing down moules frites in a little seaside restaurant in the…

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Embracing the Disney Magic: How Mickey Makes Memories

I took my girls to see Disney’s new Beauty & The Beast film on Sunday. Good job too. Our home life would have descended into anarchy if I hadn’t. Ever since the trailers emerged last year my two daughters have been tiny pinwheels of excitement. But embracing Disney is a lesson in patience. And money. Have you visited your local supermarket…

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Hatley: A springtime love affair

There’s a reason why spring is my favourite season… it’s time to crack open the kids’ Hatley raincoats again – hurrah! I first discovered Hatley when Emily was eighteen months old. I was making a beeline for the café in my local John Lewis when an explosion of colour diverted me… There they were. Every print as gorgeous as the…

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It’s OSCAR Time! 10 facts about tonight…

In a few hours the world will, once again, feast its eyes on the glitz and glam of the Academy Awards. In 2010 I wrote my first book and set it against the backdrop of all the crazy antics that goes on in the lead-up to the ceremony. Once the nominees are announced it’s like a starter’s gun goes off amongst…

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Ice-skating at Hampton Court Palace

I went ice-skating over Christmas for the first time in twenty years. Yes, you heard that right. TWENTY. When the hell did I get so old? My folks live close to Hampton Court Palace so the scene was set. In effect, the gauntlet was thrown down. What could possibly go wrong? I had visions of us gently skating around the grounds,…

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