Fun, Nottingham, Relationships, Travel

    Father’s Day Bear Hugs and Gloworm Festival: A virtual cuppa with Helena Tyce Designs

    Helena Tyce Designs Gorgeous Father's Day Gifts

    Helena Tyce Designs

    I’ve found the perfect gift for Father’s Day, by local Nottingham artist Helena Tyce. Helena worked for Liberty after training as a surface pattern designer, before forming Helena Tyce Designs when her children were born. Her range is all about art inspired by life. She has also been busy designing the art work for a new Nottingham family friendly festival Gloworm, two great ideas for Father’s Day here! Continue reading

    Parenting, Travel

    7 Ways to Help Your Child Overcome Fear Of Water

    7 Ways to help Your Child overcome a fear of water, from babies, to toddlers, to older children how to ease your children into swimming , find the right swimming lessons and help them love swimming, from expert Marjan of Blue Wave Swim School

    I’m really excited to be working with swim expert Marjan Moosavi from Blue Wave Swim School, SW London, a learn-to-swim expert and baby and toddler specialist, on this swimming advice column. Today 5 parents with children of different ages put their concerns around ‘fear of water’ to Marjan and she shares some brilliant tips and insights to help them. Continue reading


    Holiday Extras: How to get the best deals on Airport Parking

    How to get the best deals on your Holiday Extras like Airport Parking

    Let’s face it, the extra bits you have to organise around a holiday – airport hotels, parking, insurance and hire cars aren’t the fun bit – I say that but kids always seem to have fun wherever they are, especially when they know they are going on holiday, this was taken seconds before the bus driver asked her to sit down in a seat. You know what I mean though, as a grown up it can be a headache to sort out beforehand. So why not take the hassle out?

    We started our recent trip to Scotland off really smoothly thanks to airport parking organised by concierge service Holiday Extras, who can also organise holiday insurance, hire cars, airport hotels and lounges. There is something really reassuring about jumping in your own car to the airport and having it waiting for you on your return, it also makes life easier with kids and car seats. Continue reading

    All of it!, Relationships, Reviews, Travel

    Gifts For Him: Ralph Lauren Polo EDP For Men and Travel Bag

    Ralph Lauren Polo is a lovely woody, warm and spicy scent – the top note is cardamom, heart Blue Orris and base Vetiver

    I wanted to treat Mr A, for being so willing to hold the fort while I went off around the world, to Iceland and Madrid. Ralph Lauren offered us some Polo Blue Eau De Parfum and a weekend bag to review.  I had to look this up as Mr A was concerned it was for girls, but according to Men’s Health Mag, EDP is a term used for male and femal fragrance, it lasts the longest as it has the highest concentration of pure man fragrance at 8-15%.


    Now the kids are older and we are both self employed, we’ve reached the holy parental grail, where passing the baton of being in charge is a pretty smooth move and our roles are more balanced. But being in solo charge is tiring for either of us, especially when there are big things going on in our work lives. Mr A is having a huge and exciting time at work currently, it involves monsters, how cool is his latest video game The Last Leviathan? Continue reading


    Scottish Road Trip Chapter 2: The Road to Skye and Eilean Donan Castle

    Eileen Doran Castle, Scotland

    Skye was the part of the trip I had been most excited about, but also the part I had most trepidation about. Everyone had warned us the weather could be unkind and with only 2 nights in the island it felt like a risk. I didn’t want to be let down, to spend it soggy in the motorhome. I kept saying to Mr A I regretted not buying waterproof trousers.

    ‘It will be fine,’ he kept telling me. Our marriage thrives on my desire to pack and prepare for every eventuality vs. his desire to travel free of the encumbrances that are plans and gear. Continue reading


    My Stay at Gourmet Boutique Hotel Ranga, Iceland

    Hotel Ranga Iceland

    Look over there!

    I’m over at my wonderful friend Emily’s site, A Mummy Too, sharing an account of my press trip to Hotel Ranga on her behalf.

    I will have some more tales to tell soon, of my travels to Iceland, I have friends in Iceland and this was my third visit to this incredible country.




    Scottish Road Trip Chapter 1: Nessie Hunt at Loch Ness Shores

    Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravan Club

    I’ll tell you what I believe about Nessie if you like,’ says co-owner of Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Site Lyn. ‘I used to run the shop in the village, and many of the elderly villagers used to come in and tell me their stories.’ She leans across the desk and her voice softens, as she looks gently at L.

    8 yo L’s eyes are ready to pop as she stands at the shop counter listening intently to Lyn share so many accounts of sightings. L’s come in for sweets and souvenirs, she wasn’t expecting a story, and a real one at that, about Scotland’s biggest tourism PR success, and this most fascinating phenomenon –  to young and old visitors alike – the Loch Ness monster. We arrived at Loch Ness the previous evening, after a spectacular drive in our rented motorhome from Edinburgh, we feasted on Scotland’s spectacular scenery from the motorhome window, but now we want to really get inside it. Continue reading

    Date, Fun, Nottingham

    Forest Live Gigs: Who would you like to see in the forest this Summer?

    forest live 2016

    Jake Bug, Nottingham, good friends and trees. Forest Live. Now that is a winning combination.

    I was so excited to hear that Jake Bugg had announced a gig in his home town Nottingham on Thursday 23rd June, even more pleased when I later discovered he is performing at Sherwood Pines forest and that the Forestry Commission have asked me to review it. This is one of a series of performances by a fabulous range of artists at Forestry Commission sites around the UK, Kaiser Cheifs, Simply Red, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Tom Jones, Rudimental, Guy Garvey, UB40,  John Newman, James Bay are playing in different forests in June and July… I will share all the dates and venues below. Continue reading