The duchess necklace, inspired by Kate Middleton - a beautiful gift for Mother's Day

Giveaway: Kate Middleton’s necklace from Merci Maman

A beautiful necklace for mothers When the world started asking where Kate Middleton found the lovely necklace she was spotted wearing a year ago, Merci Maman were proud to realise that it was one of their own pieces, purchased by Pippa for her sister after the birth of Prince George. Sweet and simple in design,… 

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The Modz Angry Birds blood glucose meter has clear and colourful graphics

Modz Angry Birds blood glucose meter review

Type 1 diabetes is not a cheerful subject. It’s even less fun when you’re a child; and certainly no fun at all when you’re a 10 year old who has to prick her finger before she can eat. Nor is it nice waiting for the result of that finger-prick blood test. GG has been known… 

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5 tips for improving kids handwriting

6 Tips for improving kids handwriting

Four years ago I was a massively frustrated parent. My then 7-year-old daughter was learning to write, and was equally frustrated. So was her teacher. All three of us were struggling, but each with a different problem. I wanted her handwriting to be neater, more legible. Her Year 2 teacher thought she was capable of better… 

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MWorld

Discover MWorld and win the trip of a lifetime!

I’m excited about a new app for kids at the moment. Half term is upon us, the weather isn’t great, and the kids are miraculously able to rise at dawn now that they don’t have to go to school. The temptation is always to point them in the direction of TV or tablet for the sake… 

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10 tips for getting kids active

10 Tips for getting kids more active – giveaway.

We’re not an outdoorsy kind of family. The Bug loves his Saturday football, and I pound the pavements (intermittently) for the sake of fitness, or the occasional charity challenge. But a bike ride has to end at the park or the pub before enough enthusiasm is be mustered to leave the house; utter the words “shall… 

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Compassionate Mum winner Tesco Mum of the Year 2015

A compassionate Mum: Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2015

It’s no secret that we’ve had a tough few months here. My daughter’s diagnois of Type 1 diabetes at the end of the summer has really wiped the floor with us, again and again, in ways we could not have imagined when we first heard those words in the GP’s surgery. I lost a ton… 

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Stupid questions your mum will ask about diabetes

Dear Coleen Nolan, diabetes is not my fault

Having to take insulin injections is not the worst thing about having diabetes. Having to prick your fingers before you can eat or exercise is probably worse than needing to inject a synthetic hormone into your body, but it’s not the worst thing about having diabetes. Working full time (and it is full-time) to keep blood… 

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Wedding dance

I can’t dance (Red Nose Day Danceathon with Team Honk)

As a child, I took dancing lessons. Latin, mostly, and I excelled at the Samba in particular. Let’s start that again, shall we? What I actually mean is that me and my block-heeled silver sandals made it through a few certificates before I hung up my sequins in favour of a ra-ra skirt and drainpipe jeans…. 

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A Chocolate Orange for Christmas

Pretty things: a Chocolate Orange for Christmas…

My lovely friends Mary and Sonya have asked what my best Christmas present was. I was massively lucky this year, and I could list any one of the things gifted to me by friends and family. But I’ve chosen to take a slightly different spin on this theme (hope I don’t get smacked wrists!) and… 

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Crayfish starter #TasteofTravel

A Taste of Travel: my menu

  Restaurant in Honfleur, France What’s the best part of a holiday for you? Lounging by the pool with a cocktail? Swimming in a perfect sea, on champagne sand? The spectacular view at the top of a canyon, or the rush of adrenalin as you ski down snow-capped peaks? I’ve been lucky enough to experience… 

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