Wishlist: Outdoor Gear for 2018

We’re a fairly outdoorsy family in general, but Sam definitely more so than the rest of us – he snowboards, sails and fishes as well as various other hobbies that go in and out of favour but are mostly outside! The rest of us just love to explore the outdoors and go camping, though perhaps not camping in December! Sam…

Christmas Books from Owlet Press

Christmas Books for Kids

I really love reading Christmas books to my kids and we’ve got quite a collection already from over the past few years. I’m not organised enough to do a book advent and always feel like the pressure would get on top of me (much like the pressure to move the elf – hence why the elf doesn’t visit our house!)…

Me and Mine in November 18

This is us last week when we went to Marwell to see Father Christmas in our festive jumpers! This month has flown by and for various reasons I didn’t get this up on time but ce la vie! We’re all good, looking forward to starting the Christmas countdown and having two weeks of family time! A super quick update on…

Lauren and the Kids

Scrapbook Loves November ’18

Hello! Penultimate ‘Little Loves’ post of the year! Here’s what I’ve been enjoying this month… Read I didn’t read that many books this month, just the two below but I have almost finished a third, The Boatrunner. All three books are set in WWII, although I didn’t plan to have a war-book month, it just happened, but I think that…

Everyday Us: Throwing Leaves

My kids love to throw leaves.  They love to throw leaves at me, each other, Sam, anywhere really. I was fairly sure this big pile of leaves wouldn’t have anything too nasty lurking in it as it was at Marwell when we visited to see Father Christmas! At our local park I am always extra wary that the dogs haven’t…

What not to look for when choosing a home…

Looking for a new home can be stressful at the best of times, and although we’re not looking to move imminently that doesn’t stop me looking and when we were looking at places to buy before we found where we are now we saw some funny places. Bathrooms you could only access through the kitchen, places with gardens you couldn’t see…

Food: Best Wines to Serve with Christmas Meats

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat… But is your wine cellar bursting with wine to drink with your lovely plump goose (or duck, or turkey)? Christmas is the time to push the boat out and serve those wines you’ve been saving ‘for a special occasion’ or failing that hunt down some gems from your favourite wine merchant. Online…

Madagascar the Musical comes to Brighton

Just a quick post to let you know that a very theatrical experience is coming your way, definitely one for fans of singing animals – Madagascar the Musical! This is one of my absolute favourite animated films and I can’t wait to see how it translates to live theatre! I know the kids will love it too, as they love…

6 ways to save and make money this Christmas

Christmas is sneaking up on us, and as we fast approach the beginning of December, many parents will have their minds solely focused on the month ahead and what that may mean for their finances. December is traditionally an expensive month. You have Christmas, of course, but there is everything else that goes along with it. The days out or…

Festive gifts for Wine and Gin lovers!

Christmas is approaching, and like many people, you may have a feeling of rising panic that starts to mount when you think of present buying. What about all those people you need to buy for and how are you going to get them something different and unique this year? Don’t resort to vouchers again. Go old-school and get a really thoughtful…

#christmas at Marwell Zoo, Hampshire. The Christmas experience includes an interactive story, mince pies, crafts and a visit and gift from Father Christmas

Christmas at Marwell 2018

A few days ago we got right into the festive spirit with a trip to Marwell Zoo for their Christmas Experience. It didn’t disappoint and was the perfect way to kick start the Christmas season, though I definitely will not be putting up our decorations until December don’t you worry! Both Athena’s school and Arlo’s preschool have started the countdown…

Travel: Athens in four days

Greece is one of the most popular European destinations on any travellers bucket list, but of course, there are plenty of cities and towns that you can see there – so how are you supposed to decide where to go? Well, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the entire world, and shouldn’t be missed if you’re going to…