Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With a few weeks to go until Mother’s Day (26th March if you don’t already know!) it’s time to start thinking about what to get the Mums and Grandmas in your life – as well as dropping hints to the other half about what you’d like them to get you (from the kids, of course). It’s a time to show appreciation for all the things that mums do, and treat the people that spend most of their time caring for others. Here are some gift ideas to spoil your loved ones this Mother’s Day.

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Save 1/3 on tickets to the Baby & Toddler Show 2017!

*The competition is now closed – but you can still save 1/3 on tickets to the Baby and Toddler Show.

The Baby & Toddler Show brings together everything that new and expectant parents need to give their baby the best start under one roof, and you could win two tickets to go to one of the shows in Manchester, Surrey or Glasgow this Spring. All you need to do is enter the competition below – but don’t worry, even if you are not successful you can still save a third off the ticket price by using the discount code at the end of this blog post.

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Loneliness, Motherhood and Making Mum Friends

Recently, MPs launched a new campaign to tackle loneliness, after research showed that over 9 million people in the UK say they feel lonely, and the effects of “chronic loneliness” can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

When we think of loneliness we often think of older people or those with no family. But in reality, you could be surrounded by loved ones and still feel lonely.

One time in your life when loneliness can strike is when you have a baby. You might have a house full of visitors in those first few weeks, and you spend every waking moment (and there are a lot of waking moments) with a mini version of yourself who needs constant attention. So how could you possibly feel alone when your life is really quite hectic? (more…)

Ideas for Celebrating Chinese New Year with Kids

In 2017 Chinese New Year falls on Saturday 28th January, marking the beginning of the year of the Rooster. It’s a great opportunity to learn about another culture through food and crafts, so I’ve put together some ideas for how you could celebrate. In some communities in China, the celebrations last for over 2 weeks, starting with a family ‘reunion’ dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve and fireworks to chase off evil spirits on New Year’s Day, and ending with the lantern festival on the 15th night – with plenty of other celebrations in between.1485210658781.jpg (more…)