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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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Guest Post: Mum Essentials – Coffee Machines

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 19-06-2012

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Being a mum is a full-on job, as we all know, and a steady flow of coffee is the only way many of us make it through the day. When instant coffee just won’t do it, it’s tempting to pick up a coffee machine, but some of these machines involve a complicated multi-step process that requires a certain level of caffeination to master in the morning. Step back and invest in a simple machine that will keep you going with the minimum of effort – here are four of our favourite picks for easy capsule coffee makers.
Illy x7.1 
This super-stylish Italian machine has a retro design that looks great in the kitchen, and uses Illycapsules to brew perfect espresso with the touch of a button. Make espresso or longer drinks, and use the milk frother to cut down on your prep time in the morning. Capsule machines cut down on clean up time (no ground coffee all over the countertop) and offer quick and tasty results.
Lavazza A Modo Mio Piccina
This small coffee machine takes up very little counter space but packs a big punch. It uses Lavazza coffee capsules to brew a quick cup, and the 4-cup capacity is perfect for when you have company. It also has a hot water tank for making tea, so this multi-tasker is ideal for families.
Nescafe Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo
These small machines use capsules of pre-ground Arabica coffee to create a range of drinks from coffee to a cappuccino. The main benefit of the Piccolo is the incredibly simple interface, which involves sliding a lever to determine what strength of coffee you need that day (kids at school: single cup of milky coffee; mother in law visiting: triple espresso).
GaggiaUnica Bean-to-cup
If you’re serious about espresso, this all-in-one GaggiaUnica coffee maker takes you all the way from whole bean to aromatic crema. Pour your beans in the top and grind them to your desired consistency, then use the easy control panel to select which coffee drink you want. It contains a built-in milk steamer and hot water function, but best of all, the cup area is adjustable so it can accommodate your favourite giant mug.

Summer Holiday Essentials: Milk & Cereal Tshirt

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews, Summer Holiday Essentials | Posted on 31-05-2012

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If you after some fun and funky clothes for your children to take on their holidays this summer head over to Milk & Cereal and check out their range of bright and bold tshirts. Each design is hand printed on organic cotton so is gentle against your little ones skin and was designed by a team of graffiti artists in association with a Mum who was seeking something a “fresh and fun” for her children. Here’s some of my favourite designs:

I am a big fan of bright coloured clothes for my Little Man and he is a big fan of this tshirt. There’s always a smile on his face when I take it out of the drawer and he likes to give the cow a little wave before putting it on. The quality is excellent and it washes really well. I can see this being a part of Little Man’s wardrobe all summer long.

Check out the full Milk & Cereal range online.