Book Of The Week: ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’

Feminism is a dirty word these days but if you strip away the debasing headlines and everyday misogyny then you discover its true meaning; Equality. Men and women treated equally. It seems so simplistic when it’s written down right in front of you. So chuffing obvious. Equal pay in the work place. An equal shot at achieving a dream. What parent,…

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5 Essential Books for Bedtime (0-5yrs)

We love books in our house. Our bookshelves are overflowing with trips to Narnia and Hogwarts. Today I decided to bring order to our literary chaos. I did this by dividing the books up into two categories – 0-5yrs (Jess) and 6+ (Emily). Now each girl has an age appropriate range of stories in their bedroom. The bit before bed is the best time…

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Is there still room for an imagination?

My kids didn’t have a World Book Day dress-up party at school this week, much to E & J’s disgust. Our local village primary school seems to enjoy bucking against national trends. Instead, they’re holding a lovely week of book celebrations starting on Monday. There’s story time in the school hall on Wednesday (where the kids get to dress-up in their PJs and drink hot chocolate),…

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5 reasons why (the bit before) bedtime is the best time of the day

Despite their bad behaviour recently I really, really love my children. I’ve exposed them at their worst, so now it’s time to mention a few of the things that make me deliriously happy and proud to be their mum. First up is the bit before bedtime. For us it tends to be 6:50pm onwards. Bath time meltdowns are done. Time to scrub the blood off the walls.…

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Sharing Your Favourite Childhood Books With Your Children

Emily discovered Roald Dahl last year (cue air punch!) We’re both hooked. What a reawakening for me and what a revelation for her. I think I’ve been secretly waiting for this moment ever since she was born… We started with The Magic Finger, then The BFG, and now we’ve hit the crème de la crème egg – Charlie and the Chocolate…

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