Family: Autumn-Inspired Children’s Jumpers From JoJo Maman Bebe

Unisex children's animal jumpers JoJo Maman Bebe

After spending last week at my desk watching the leaves blow off the trees outside our house (did I mention I jacked in my job and went freelance? No?? There’s a post on that to come…), I spent this morning sifting through the kids’ wardrobes, sorting all their summer gear into piles and digging out […]

Family: How To Get The Best From Your Children’s Photoshoot

Children's portrait photography little girl

When I first got an email from Andy Nickerson Photography asking if I’d like to try out a children’s photoshoot, I’ll admit: I was dubious. For one thing, we’re not an overly camera-ready family – one of the kids is usually snotty, the other tends to poke the camera lens every time I put it […]

Travel: 34 Tips For Taking A Toddler To Center Parcs Woburn Forest

Toddler drawing on a chalkboard at Center Parcs Woburn Forest

So you’re taking a baby or toddler to Center Parcs? Let me fill you in on some essentials you need to know before you go… We’ve been to Center Parcs a lot. Like, really a lot. The husband works at Woburn Forest, and we’ve been to the other 4 villages several times, so it’s become […]

Family: 8 Things Worth Buying Before Your Toddler Starts Preschool

Children off to preschool with rucksacks

The Boy is starting at a new preschool this September. It’s just across the road – at the primary school he’ll *hopefully* start at the following year – so the idea is that by sending him for a couple of days a week over the next year, we’ll ease him in to the whole thing […]

Travel: 50 Things To Pack For A Beach Holiday With Toddlers

Toddlers at the beach on holiday

We set off on our first overseas family holiday – to Sicily – with our 1-year-old and 3-year-old kids a few weeks back. I still have bad memories of working out what to pack for a previous holiday to Tuscany – my first ever trip with a baby (when I packed everything including the kitchen […]

Life: My IKEA Mid-Sleeper Bed Hack (Plus Major Mum Points)

IKEA mid-sleeper toddler bed curtains

I’m a big fan of buying second-hand – there’s not a single piece of new furniture in my 3-year-old’s bedroom. I’m also a big fan of IKEA, so when I spotted a chance to combine the two I was pretty chuffed. I found this IKEA mid-sleeper Kura bed for sale via one of those selling […]

Travel: Italy With Kids – Festa Di San Paolo In Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily

Playing outside the church

We got back from a week in Sicily on Sunday. It was our first holiday as a family of four, and – aside from a long delay at the airport due to a mix-up with our keys (to be fair, two screaming kids in the Europcar office probably sped things up a bit) and an […]

Life: 6 Easy Ways To Get Out Of A Cooking Rut

Vegetables on chopping board

I realised a couple of weeks ago that I’m well and truly stuck in a cooking rut. Despite the fact we own more recipe books than your average branch of Waterstones, I only ever seem to cook the same few dishes on repeat: lasagne, chilli con carne (made from the same packet of mince, obvs) […]