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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: Are You A Mercedes Mummy?

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post | Posted on 28-10-2013

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Busy mothers know better than anyone just how helpful modern technology can be.

When you’ve got a million and one things to do, with one child bawling in your arms, another one tugging at your skirt and the third engaged in smearing mud up the walls, anything that can take something off your to-do list or merely reduce the amount of stress you are suffering from is very much appreciated. Quite simply, the little gizmos and gadgets that scientists and other innovative people are able to create can make a huge difference to your life. The same is true of cars.

Mercedes showcase the very best in automotive innovation. From producing the first ever motor car in 1886 right through to pioneering the development of both seatbelts and airbags inventiveness is the hallmark of Mercedes; as synonymous with the brand as salt is with vinegar. This still applies in 2013. Mercedes are fully committed to pushing the boundaries, to testing the limits of technology, making your car better and your life easier. Even though it might seem hard to improve on anything, every little tweak could make a big difference – even if it saves just five minutes of your day or takes one troublesome thought out of your head.

Any mother knows just how vitally important family cars are in their day to day lives. In ferrying your children to sports practice, doing the school run, doing the weekly shop and all manner of other chores, you are more often than not to be found at the wheel. So mums tend to spend a lot of time in the car – more than they might like to admit, perhaps – and that means it becomes a home from home.

When you spend a lot of time in a particular place, you personalise it. You add your own touch, make it your own. If you had to work abroad temporarily and spend four months in a hotel room, you’d take photographs of your family with you, scatter your things about, make it feel like home. Why should your car be any different?

Have A Foodie Christmas…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide, Foodie, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 28-11-2012

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Food is a huge part of Christmas. After the presents have been unwrapped the main focus for us on Christmas Day is the food that we’ll be tucking into later. Here are a few suggestions of great gifts for Foodies this Christmas, or things you might want to be eating over the festive period.

Taylors Eye Witness Knife Set
Any good cook needs a good set of knives. They are indispensable in any kitchen, and these from Taylor Eye Witness are not only functional but they are also decorative. This set includes 5 knives – Chef, Carving, Bread, Utility and Paring Knife – and each knife features a colourful flower pattern that is very 60’s. The blades are super sharp stainless steel and are also non-stick so you can cut through pretty much anything without problems. They are without doubt the sharpest knives I’ve ever used in my kitchen, and also the funkiest. The knife handles are soft grip acrylic and coloured to match the blades. When they are all in the block it adds great colour to the kitchen.  Taylors Eye Witness Knives are available in a variety of colours and patterns, but I think these are my favourite design, and whats more they are British made too – perfect for Christmas.


Montezuma’s Christmas Chocolates
Who doesn’t love chocolate at Christmas? Sussex based Montezuma’s has got a delicious range of chocolates for this Christmas and I was very happy to test them out. First up there were two boxes of “Snowball”, one Chilli & Lime flavour and one Orange & Geranium. I was very keen to try the Chilli & Lime and was not disappointed – nice zesty flavour with a sudden hit of chilli. I will definitely be buying more of these. I approached the Orange & Geranium with some trepidation, but they too were delicious. Both have a milk chocolate truffle centre with the relevant flavourings but are wrapped in white chocolate, hence the snowball. Next  up was a bag of Chocolate, Orange and Geranium Truffles. These are basically the centres of the “Snowballs” but without the white chocolate coating. They come in a lovely little sellophane bag and would make a great stocking filler. We also got a takeaway cup containing “Christmas Nuts” – Brazils, Cashews and Walnuts covered in chocolate. Perfect for any nut fans in your family, and a great way of presenting it. Finally there was a box of “8 Chunky Chocolate Snowmen”. Yummy individual dark chocolate Snowmen these would work as a box slipped into a stocking, or you could separate them and place them inside an Advent Calender. These are also available in White or Milk chocolate versions. All these items can be found in your local Montezuma or their online store and cost just £4.99 each.

Savora Kitchen Gadgets
Anyone who loves baking or cooking loves gadgets. My kitchen is bursting at the seams with them! For me gadgets should be attractive as well as functional and fit in to the colour scheme or aesthetics of a kitchen, especially if they are going to be on show. After receiving a Boysenberry Kitchen Aid for my 30th Birthday this year any new kitchen items have tended to be as close a shade of purple as I can find. The Raven coloured gadgets from Savora are a VERY impressive match, and are also brilliant.  In the set we received was Peeler (probably the most attractive peeler I’ve ever seen), a Rotary Grater (much quicker and easier than a manual grater, and also usable by both left and right handed people), a Garlic Press (which is SO easy to clean unlike any other press I’ve owned and then stopped using because of the effort to clean) and an Oil Mister (perfect for reducing fat content in cooking and also for greasing baking trays. My favourite was without doubt the Garlic Press. The part you push the garlic through actually separates from the rest of the press so you can quickly and easily remove every last bit of garlic which may be left behind in the holes. A brilliant yet simple feature. Prices for Savora gadgets range from £10 – £25 so they’re not the cheapest out there, but they are so well made they are bound to last for many years to come. You can find them online or in your local John Lewis.

I’m sure EVERYONE has something from Pyrex in their kitchen, whether it be measuring jugs, mixing bowls or casserole dishes. Its a classic brand that has been used in kitchens for almost a hundred years. I DO own the jug, the mixing bowls AND the casserole dish, but this year Pyrex launched a new range which they are calling Kitchen Lab. With echoes to science and providing me with flashbacks to chemistry lessons at school, I love the style of these new products. First up is a Measuring Glass. Straight sided with a small pouring lip the Measuring Glass has precision measurements and is made from Borosilicate Glass which makes it “thermal shock resistant.” Its also microwave and dishwasher safe. This is ideal for measuring flour, sugar, rice or liquids quickly without digging out your scales. They also launched a Shaker which looks exactly like something a chemical potion should be mixed in. Instead this version is for mixing your salad dressings and then storing them in your fridge thanks to its leak proof silicone lid. Two fun and quirky items that would look great in your kitchen, especially for any science minded chefs you might know. Prices start from £5.