Category: Top tips & how tos

12 easy ways families can help look after the environment

Wet wipes, every parent’s best friend, are on the way out. Mums and dads everywhere are rushing to find a new cleaning all-rounder now that the humble wet wipe has been revealed as being terrible for the environment. We haven’t quite made the switch yet (we’re definitely working on it, …

Chickenpox: A parent’s survival guide with help from ViraSoothe

One of the things that I am dreading about my oldest going to school is the inevitability of illness. Obviously, it’s horrible to watch your children sick even if it’s just with a cold or a 24 hour bug, but the one I’m really not looking forward to is chickenpox. Ridiculously …

7 top tips for a fun family night in

The summer holidays are drawing to a close, and as tradition would dictate the weather is pants, my sanity levels are getting dangerously low and my bank balance is sorely diminished. One of my go-to low-cost and minimum-effort family activities is the family night in. The children absolutely love having …

9 things to pack for a UK family staycation

The UK has plenty of brilliant beaches, beautiful countryside, quaint towns and exciting attractions which make it perfect for a family holiday. When you take a self-catered family holiday in the UK, you have to think carefully about what you take with you. Although there is likely to be a …

My top family summer holiday must-haves

The summer holidays are upon us! If you’re lucky (?!) they might see you heading off to sunnier climes – or maybe a tent in Cornwall – with the kids in tow. If you are travelling with the kids this summer, then here is my list of essentials. Having only …

7 tips for making family meal times less stressful with Portmeirion

When my daughter was a baby, she ate anything and everything. She was a veritable eating machine. Friends complained about their children’s picky eating habits and I used to think, naively and a little smugly perhaps, that somehow I’d cracked it. ….And then, inevitably, she turned into a toddler and …

Surviving a third birthday: Ten top tips for parents

It was my smallest’s third birthday yesterday. We decided to throw him a party, and as his birthday fell on a Sunday it seemed like a good idea to have it on his birthday. It certainly made for a full-on day for all of us! Here are my top tips …

Eight time-saving hacks for the busy stay-at-home parent

As a stay-at-home parent, you can find that the burden of the daily chores; the admin, the cooking and cleaning, falls to you. Not ironing and making beds, those are for suckers. Even if you’re a very equal household and share the load as much as possible, if one person …