Crayfish starter #TasteofTravel

Travel: Food Inspired by our Travels

  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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Maddie (1)

Parenting: The truth about diabetes

Today is a difficult day. Today I have mixed emotions. On this day last year I took my nine-year-old daughter to the GP, expecting to come home with a prescription for antibiotics. Instead, we were sent straight to hospital and admitted for training in how to manage type 1 diabetes, and life as we knew it… 

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Seeing London from a boat's-eye-view gives you a whole new perspective on the capital

Travel: an Incredible Day aboard the Thames Clippers

  Yesterday we spent the day on the river Thames. I say we spent the day; in actual fact we spent just two 30 minute trips on the Thames, and filled the rest of our time on its banks, enjoying some of the things that – despite living a 20 minute train ride away from… 

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This passion fruit and white chocolate ice-cream was really easy to make in our Sage ice-cream maker

Food: Passion Fruit White Chocolate Ice-cream

How good does that look? That, my friends, is passion fruit gelato, made in our new Sage by Heston Blumenthal ice-cream maker. Stuff of dreams, right? Now, imagine if every bite had a small chunk of white chocolate to go with the tang of all that passion fruit. I can see you nodding, so here… 

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How to create a Star Wars room makeover

Home: A Star Wars Room Makeover

Recently, the Bug celebrated his eighth birthday. It has taken me eight years to give him the bedroom of his dreams, and four to post about phase 1. With phase 2 completed when he moved into his new bunk bed, I decided it was finally time to publish the cuteness that is him discovering his… 

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Sleepover at the zoo

Travel: A Sleepover at the Zoo

What do Frubes, Minions, and chimps have in common? Not much at first glance, but when you bring them together they’re a huge amount of fun. This week the people from Frubes took us on the experience of a lifetime – a sleepover at the zoo! To celebrate their partnership with the new Minions movie,… 

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Helen Wills Blogger keynote speech at Britmums Live 2015: Helen is a Type 1 Diabetes advocate

Being Brave: BritMums and Type 1 Diabetes

In June 2015 I attended the BritMums Live conference for parenting bloggers. I have been many times to the event, and have transitioned from nervous new blogger to being relaxed and excited to catch up with friends and discover new brands. I have spoken at the event in previous years, and gained valuable experience in… 

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Sandbanks hotel beach

Travel: Sandbanks – Possibly the best beach in Britain

Is this the best beach in Britain? Yesterday we were in Poole, awaiting a ferry to visit family in the Channel Islands. With the ferry scheduled to leave first thing in the morning, we decided to skip the early start and head down to Poole for the night, to enjoy the harbour and the wonderful… 

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Minion Mania

Going Bananas with Minions and Frubes

Our house is full of what I call stuff. Stuff has no purpose, takes up space, and thwarts my craving for minimalism at every turn. But it is oh sooooooo lovely, and we can’t get enough of it. Take the Minions stuff we got this week. You cannot fail to have noticed that Minion mania has kicked… 

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Year 5 Writing

School: Inspiring Teachers

  The power of inpsiring teachers I’m posting this image because I’m hugely self-indulgent. I’m indulging myself because this short piece of work came home with J this week as she signed off from Year 5, and I confess it caused a small tear. It caused a tear because though I’ve always known she was… 

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Road trips are something the whole family can enjoy - especially the dinosaur fans! Travel Alberta invites you to experience #AlbertaDinosaurs

Travel: Canadian Road Trip for Dinosaur Enthusiasts

Once upon a time a boy met a girl. The girl loved travel, and the boy loved adventure. They fell for each other and set about a series of road trips in their holiday time. Cool open-top cars drew them along gorgeous coastlines, and through stunning landscapes. They stopped in cities for cocktails, on beaches… 

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Christmas Tree decoration

Merry Christmas! Reader Christmas Tree Offer

Oh yes I did. I did just wish you a merry Christmas. And I appreciate that with many of you just about to head off on your summer holidays, Christmas may not be top of your agenda right now. But it should be. Because I have an offer for you that you really don’t want… 

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An interview with Loose Women Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams

An Interview with the Loose Women

Now it’s no secret that I’ve had my virtual falling-outs with the team at Loose Women. They are not girls to hold back, nor do they profess to be experts in any of their discussion topics. What they are, is opionated, outspoken women, who don’t hold back on what they believe. A bit like me,… 

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A little bear left to what fate? Soar Mill Cove

Travel: A Well-Travelled Bear

What happened at Soar Mill Cove…   We found him, miles from anywhere, at the bottom of a narrow lane, in a sandy cove. The car was brushed by soft ferns on either side, as we made our way down the hill; we prayed we wouldn’t meet strangers coming up the other way, and we were… 

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Bottom bunk

Home: Boys Room Makeover (part 1) GLTC Bunk Bed

A new bunk bed for the Bug. The Bug has been needing a room makeover for a while. When we moved to this house 6 years ago, the room he acquired was pink. He wasn’t quite 2, so it didn’t seem a big deal, and we put it on our to-do list. Six years later, we… 

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How terrible grammar on social media makes it difficult to learn English

Shoulda Woulda Could Of

  If you’re anything like me, the title of this post makes your blood boil. It doesn’t? Read on… As my children get older, I am increasingly concerned about social media. Ah! my family (and that teacher I met once) exclaim. At last, she’s seen the light! All that grooming and online bullying, not to… 

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Winning Best Schooldays blog at the MAD blog awards was an emotional moment

The MAD’s, and why Type 1 Diabetes is like a newborn baby

This time last year I was excited about an impending event. The MAD Blog Awards finalists had just been announced and I was on the list. I rubbed my hands at the thought of a great night out with some fabulous bloggers, and started planning my dress. I probably cracked open a bottle of something… 

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Railway Children

The Railway Children

A review of The Railway Children stage production, by GG… Recently we went to see the railway children in London. It includes a real steam train and it feels like you’re sitting on a platform. First you enter the theatre and it looks like a proper train station waiting room. We bought some malteasers to… 

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Union J are going to be at British Summer Live

Rain won’t Stop Play this British Summer Time

Omigodomigodomigod! Last summer we got a family ticket to British Summer Time. Just pause and think about those words for a short moment. British Summer Time; could any three words be more lovely? Well, when you think about the perfect British Summer day, as opposed to the unpredictable weather and rained-off barbeques of the typical… 

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How to rock at the period talk with your pre-teen daughter

How to Rock the Period Talk

The Period Talk I’m pretty sure I had the period talk with my own mother. I imagine it would have involved phrases like a little bit of blood, no it doesn’t hurt, and, they’re in the airing cupboard. I think the next time anything ‘like that’ was mentioned, was when my father asked me to accompany him to the… 

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These Brave Bones can achieve anything!

Brave Bones

I looked at my son and my heart melted. Well done you! the lady at the first checkpoint congratulated him. You just cycled 5 miles! I cringed and prayed that he hadn’t heard – I’d been telling him for the last ten minutes that he was already eight miles into his twenty mile charity cycle… 

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Kids football

Football Mum of the Year

I sit here merrily typing at my kitchen desk, courtesy of Actually Daddy. Saturday mornings are his territory; it’s my day for a lie-in, and for catching up with Facebook work. Saturday is when he takes the kids to football practice. I was perpelexed when my six-year-old daughter told me she wanted to join the… 

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