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8 Stereotypical School Gate Mums

So, we have been away from the school gates for a few weeks now. Whether you are moving up a year (notice I say 'you') or changing schools, it is nice to have to some time away from the routine. I have been meaning…

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12 Tips For a Smooth Transition into the School Holidays

Whether the holidays have started or about to commence, the transition is harder for us than the children. Whilst excitement may be running high before they break up, after a few lazy mornings and a bit of spontaneous fun, once the novelty wears off…

How To Have a Successful Family Picnic

Prepare to fail, fail to prepare. I have recited this motto since Common Entrance exams however as I get older and a bit more relaxed, it sometimes slips. This was particularly true on Sunday when we all went to watch Daddy in a…

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The Newest Member of The Family

No, we are not having another one and we aren't getting another pet for a long time so apologies if the title is slightly 'click baity!' However, there is a new addition that daughter acquired for her 3rd birthday that is like a new…

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Having a Baby?

A friend who is having her first baby asked me what she should pack in her hospital bag. I really enjoyed thinking about what I packed (and didn't pack) and also got so carried away, I also wrote a list of what you need…

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17 Parenting Hacks For a More Enjoyable Life

At a family supper out the other night, there was a fleeting moment when all 3 of our kids were actually sitting and eating and not shouting or arguing with each other. The table next door had a toddler who was kicking off and a…

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Sort Out All Your Photos with Ella’s Books

When Ella emailed asking if she could create a bespoke book of a family memory, event or occasion I immediately thought how wonderful it would be if she could put our recent family photos taken by Carle Monge into a keepsake book.…

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Spotlight on Carla Monge : Family Photographer

Our first ever au pair, after 2 years with us moved on to become a nanny for a lovely Spanish family in Clapham. I drove her to her new job and met her lovely new employer who I discovered was a wonderful photographer. We…