Home Exchange FAQ

If you read Ten Reasons you should try Home Swapping you will undoubtedly have questions. I get asked a lot of questions about the home exchanges that we do from people who are either curious or genuinely very keen, and so I thought I'd do a Home Exchange FAQ to help answer some of them. 1. Do people get to look in your underwear drawer? The first question always relates to underwear. And I would say yes, they do- or rather they could. But … [Read more...]

Ten Dog Instagram accounts you should be following

I am biased. We are a dog-loving family. I wanted to share my dog so much when we first got her that she has her own Facebook page. Now, eight years down the line, there are many many platforms on which to share your dog's antics, and Instagram is one of the best. I recently discovered that in times of crisis, my Dimpled One can be brought out of a tantrum, soothed after a fall or distracted from pain by a scan through social media and … [Read more...]

7 reasons you’ll love watching Inside Out

pixar inside out

My Girls have been begging to go and see Inside Out since they first saw the trailer at Easter. So, because I am a stellar parent, I booked the first showing at Bluewater on the day the film opened in the UK. Lucky,, as it turned out, since the South East was battered by storms and we weren't missing out on any amazing British Summer Sun by spending our lunchtime inside. The latest offering from Pixar certainly made us forget the weather. I … [Read more...]

Summer holidays are a time of magic

magic and wigwams- using the GLTC wigwam for imaginative play

Summer holidays are a time of magic. With any luck the unpredictable British Weather will smile for most of those long lazy days and the sun will shine. My childhood summers stretched endlessly in front of me, filled with possibilities. There were no summer holidays that you have in the UK: when you live on a Mediterranean island, you don't really need to go anywhere. Every day I would leave the house with friends and wander the "wilderness", … [Read more...]

Blending real and digital learning with Tiggly Apps

Blending real and digital learning with Tiggly Apps

My children are not really the glued-to-the-iPad types. Which is good, because they don't have iPads. They were both given Hudls at Christmas and tend to use them on high days and holidays. When they do get used, I tend to stick to apps that have a educational bent to them, or apps recommended by sites such as the Good App Guide, so I know they are developed with kids rather than money-making as their priority. We are currently on the third … [Read more...]

Celebrating summer with The Boss

Smoothie O'Clocktail Pimms based smoothie cocktail

The weather is simply glorious, and being British I want to make the most of it for fear that it will not last, so am celebrating summer now. And though I admire the wizardry of Mummy Barrow, who put a cheesecake in a blender and called it a cocktail, it is categorically too warm for milk-based cocktails. Wouldn't you know, I got sent The Boss- the luxury all purpose blending machine that Mummy Barrow so raved about- so I thought I'd take her … [Read more...]

Eglu Go Hutch Guinea Pig Tragedy

Eglu Guinea Pig Hutch review

LBG has waited a very long time to claim the Guinea Pigs that have been deemed an Age Right. She spent 365 days in the run-up to her seventh birthday considering names, reading up on Guinea Pig husbandry and even attending a Caring for Guinea Pigs course at our local Pets At Home. Because of our pet dynamics- namely the presence of the Wonder Hound- in-house Guinea Pigs were not an option. I spent a ridiculous amount of time online looking at … [Read more...]