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Monster’s under the bed? Beasts in the bedding box? It must be Halloween!

Monster’s under the bed? Beasts in the bedding box? It must be Halloween! It’s Halloween tomorrow and I’m guessing you lovely mums have been busy preparing your fabulously frightening feasts and devilishly daring dressing up outfits? Thought so.         In our house, Halloween seems to have been upgraded to a week instead of just one day. Lucky me eh? If I’m not being serenaded by witches leaving green face paint on every wall, door and bath towel, I’m being scared senseless each time I enter a room by a rather loud “BOO!” Even walking past a wardrobe or standing beside Martha’s bed sends my nerves a jangling. I’m not good with frights and onc..

When children make memories.

When children make memories. Whenever my children say something cute, interesting or funny, I fool myself into believing I will always remember it. But the trouble is, as parents, our lives are littered with so many of these memorable moments that we soon lose track. I considered writing them all down in a special notebook at one time but never quite got round to it. Oh how I wish I had now! Anyway, there are a few things that for some reason are stuck in my brain, never to depart, so I thought I would share them with you.       1 “Mummy, you are inviserable.” Yes, you read that right. in-vis-er-able. Pla..

Step away from the bookcase, bedtime stories are daddy's domain now...

Step away from the bookcase, bedtime stories are daddy's domain now... Calling all mums to step away from the bookcase! Step away from the bookcase!   It’s time to hang up your supermarket readers (little off-the-shelf glasses for those not in the know!) and let the expert take the helm. In other words, daddy.     Yes it’s official, dads are the best when it comes to reading children’s bedtime stories according to a new study from Harvard University. Apparently, they fire the imagination more than mums do...   Now I don’t want to stereotype or anything, but I think I am probably speaking for the majority here when I say that mums do most ..

How can beautiful handmade children's furniture help with the homework?

How can beautiful handmade children's furniture help with the homework? Now that school is back in full flow and evening activities are too, our days are packed with car journeys, clubs and homework. As predicted in our house, study and commitments have escalated this year to such a degree that I am struggling to do my motherly duties and cram it all in!   However, my latest purchase for Martha has proved a winning idea. No, it isn’t a personal tutor, or a nanny or a maid (although I could do with all three). It is a simple bedside table.       I am amazed at what a difference this small, unassuming piece of children’s furniture has made to o..
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