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[ 28 Nov 2018 | No Comment ]

As a single parent, you know the challenges you face every day but when it comes to Christmas, this is one of the biggest worries of the year. How do you tell your little people that Father Christmas may not come this year? The answer is, you don’t!
You find a way to put presents under the tree and although they may not be exactly what the kids asked for, at least you can wrap gifts and celebrate a bit of Christmas cheer. Unfortunately, not everyone has the Christmas spirit and …

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[ 22 Dec 2016 | 2 Comments ]

Are you thinking about visiting Adventures in Moominland this Christmas holiday? We’ve just been to the interactive exhibition that lets you explore the magical world of acclaimed Finnish author Tove Jansson (1914‐2001) and her famous creation Family Moomintroll. It’s a great exhibition which we all enjoyed. Tickets are going fast, so read more about it and then do book ahead if you want to see it.
When you think of the Moomins are they friendly or scary? We were surprised to find out the Moomintroll first came to life as a …

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[ 4 Dec 2016 | No Comment ]
Forgotten how to have fun? Learn from the kids #funnyvideos

It’s a role reversal that you don’t often see…kids teaching their parents how to do something.
But with a new study showing that parents find it hard to keep up with their child’s imagination, could parents do with some help from their kids in learning how to let go and have fun?
The research, released to celebrate the launch of new ‘jobs’ on the Chad Valley Play Panel, reveals that parents themselves would like help and support to really harness their inner child and play with their children. In fact, a third …

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[ 29 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
Top stocking fillers and Christmas gifts for Pokémon fans

My youngest is still a big Pokémon fan. He and his school friends share tips, and with a couple of birthdays coming up as well as Christmas I’ve been checking out the Pokémon gifts on offer.
A friend recommended these Pokéballs to me – they come with a figure inside. The boys have one each. They’re not the cheapest ones, but they have a choice of balls and both the ones we received included a Pikachu. I’d buy these again … and you’ll see why if you read on.
We were sent …

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[ 21 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]

I’m really excited about going to see the Moomin Exhibition at the Southbank next month, and I know that my Moomin Calendar was one of my favourite Christmas gifts from the kids last year. So, in anticipation and to help people out with a few more gift ideas (hint, hint!) here are my choice of Moomin gifts!

Let’s start with a couple of Christmassy Moomin ideas. First this cute garland. I love the idea of sparkly silver Christmas Moomins dancing across the room: I might hang it over my desk all year. …

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[ 14 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]

  What have you got planned to entertain the kids this Christmas Holiday? Just in time for the break, the Southbank centre is launching an immersive, interactive exhibition which explores the internationally-recognised stories of the Moomin family through the life of its author Tove Jansson . Hot on the heels of the successful Roald Dahl experience which we loved, this is the first major UK exhibition on The Moomins . There are more than 40 items of archive material on display including original drawings, paintings and personal items, many to be shown in the …

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[ 9 Sep 2016 | No Comment ]
Don’t mention the C******** word – The toys you will be scouring the shops for this December

 It may be four months until the big day, but with more and more of us starting our preparation and shopping months in advance we look at this year’s biggest toy trends and what your kids will want under the tree come December the 25th.
If you thought you could wait until December to start your Christmas shopping then think again – especially when it comes to toys.
Research shows that more than half of all parents (53%) start getting ready for the big day months ahead and they’re sure to …

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[ 24 Dec 2015 | No Comment ]
It’s that time of year … 5 tips for using a wood burner

The nights are drawing in, and we’ve got the wood burner going again. It has been one of the best things we’ve put in the house and we use it throughout the winter, in the evenings when it’s not quite time for central heating, and even when the heating has broken in the past. If you’re thinking about getting a woodburner, they can seem like a big investment but it has very much been worthwhile for us. Here are some tips on what we have found works well.

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[ 23 Dec 2015 | No Comment ]

There’s nothing more fulfilling at this time of year than returning from a Christmas shopping trip with armfuls of gifts that you feel sure your family and friends will love.
But often this joy soon turns to despair when we realise the long night of sellotaping and ribboning that lies ahead. Gift first impressions count and if your wrapping is a festive failure then the eventual present exchange can lose some of its sparkle and magic!  So how can we perfect those straight edges and neat folds?
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[ 22 Dec 2015 | No Comment ]

Whether it’s a much anticipated winter holiday in the sun, a seasonal break with friends or trip to get festive with the family, many of us will be making the mad dash to pack up our clothes and pressies ahead of the Christmas break.
For many the excitement of visiting our loved ones with armfuls of gifts and a bag of bulky Christmas jumpers wanes when we realise the physical impossibility of actually transporting it all. But worry not, help is on hand with these Fast Track trip tips to help you …