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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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Looking Forward To Halloween

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Sponsored Posts | Posted on 26-09-2014

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October? Can you believe its almost October already? Now the children have all gone back to school its pretty much full pace through until the dreaded C-word, but with October on the horizon there are two other events to look forward to in our house next month. One is Little Man’s fourth birthday, but a couple of weeks after that is Halloween. Now whilst I wasn’t much of a Halloween fan myself as a child – I think it was the idea of wandering around outside in the cold and inevitable rain that put me off – , and whilst I’m still not keen on my two going trick or treating, I am thinking a bit of a Halloween party might be in order for us this year. I’ve got a box of decorations and party wear in the loft I think that I acquired in the sales last November – its pays to forward plan here! – so I just need to sort out some costumes for the boys. Little Man will be at preschool that morning so hopefully there’ll be some kind of dressing up going on there, and I’m sure Little Dude will be happy to get into the “spirit” of things as well.

I’m thinking perhaps something subtle like this t-shirt from Asda might work for Little Man during the day. It doesn’t “scream” Halloween so it could be worn more than once, and its looks pretty stylish too. At just £3 its a bargain too! Little Dude will be joining in as well, probably wearing the My First Halloween sleepsuit. I definitely think something a bit cute is required for your first Halloween, and this fits the bill perfectly. No Halloween is complete without somewhere to stash your treats. Whilst Little Man won’t be heading out around the streets just yet, I’m sure I can supply a few ghoulish sweets for him all the same. A Frankenstein bucket will be just the job. This year we have our new playroom to decorate as well, so purple fairy lights seem appropriate don’t you agree? I think I can have some fun setting up some Halloween activities and decorations whilst Little Man is being spooky at preschool. I’ll have to get up into the loft to see what other bits and pieces I have. I’m sure the stores will be filling up with snacks, treat and sweets soon enough. Maybe its time to brave some more baking with my boys, and perhaps create some Halloween cupcakes. Believe me, there’s nothing “scarier” than our kitchen after a baking attempt with Little Man!

How do you celebrate Halloween in your house?

Travel: The Best Beaches in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Sponsored Posts | Posted on 24-08-2013

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For the best beaches in the UK, look no further than the south west!

For many families, holidays are all about good times spent on the beach. And with the UK’s sunny weather being particularly unpredictable, you need to know exactly which beach to go to when the hot weather strikes. Here’s a breakdown of the best beaches in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, so wherever you are in the south west this summer, you won’t miss out on a great day on the beach.

Bantham Beach, Devon

Bantham Beach is without a doubt the best all-round beach in Devon. Not only is it popular with families, it’s also popular with surfers and those who are looking for a little more adventure. The calmer, shallower area is perfect for children and with lifeguard cover from May to October, you can enjoy the beach all day knowing your family is safe.

The best thing is that dogs are allowed on the beach all year round so there’s no reason for your four-legged friends to miss out. It’s also just a short drive from Haven Devon Cliffs Holiday Park.

Haven South West BeachesWeston-super-Mare, Somerset

The south west has been a popular family holiday destination for generations, and Weston-super-Mare has one of the best beaches in the country for families. It’s also one of the longest beaches in the UK – no wonder tourists flock back year after year to enjoy its golden sand.

And once you’ve built a few sandcastles and paddled in the sea, you can make the most of everything else that makes Weston-super-Mare a great British holiday resort. Donkey rides have been running there since 1886 and the beach also has its own nearby go-karts, miniature railway and aquarium. And with several holiday parks in Somerset to choose from, wherever you stay you won’t be far from the action.

Holywell Bay, Cornwall

For the best fun day out at the beach, look no further than Holywell Bay in Cornwall. Not only is this golden sandy beach perfect for boogie boarding and building sandcastles, there are also loads of games, rides and activities for you to take part in.

Trust us, one day at Holywell Bay will not be enough! Luckily, Perran Sands Holiday Park is just 15 minutes from Holywell Bay so you can go back as many times as you like.

Sponsored Post: Peaks Of London

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 13-04-2012

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When it comes to breastfeeding you want to make life as easy as possible so your little one can get quick access to their milk whilst also maintaining mums dignity. You also want to look stylish, especially if you’re out and about, whether it be lunch with the girls or a family wedding. Nobody wants to loose their sense of fashion when they become a mum, nor do they want to flash their bodies to the world, so beautiful breastfeeding clothes are a must. You don’t have to reach for the nearest stretchy cotton top either – you can go a little bit glam with Peaks of London and their range of breastfeeding dresses.

The Tokyo Dress is my favourite:
This dress has a casual feel to it, but can be teamed with heels for a more dressed up feel. There is a drawstring tie which allows adjustments to whatever your body shape, and the puffball sleeves flatter every shape and size. The drapes on the front of the dress provide discretion whilst feeding, protecting both your body from the crowds, and preventing your little one from being distracted.

If you’re looking for something a bit more special for a wedding or party, try the Drape Dress:
The wrap tie allows you to adjust to fit and highlight either your waist or cleavage to suit. The twisted knot on the front of the dress adds a good decorative feature as well as providing access to your precious milk. The knee length dress is a “must have” for any events you might need to attend this year.

Peaks Of London’s full range can be found here.

Sponsored Post: Tasmia Trinkets & Charms

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 10-09-2011

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If you’re looking for a unique and bespoke gift then I suggest you look no further than Tasmia Trinkets & Charms.  As the name suggests Tasmia Trinkets and Charms specialises in handmade silver jewellery and charms, both of their own designs as well as a range of finger, hand, foot and even paw prints!  Anything and everything can be turned into a beautiful piece of silver to treasure – from your baby’s tiny handprint to their first drawing to your pets own paw.  Bespoke commissions are also considered – all you need to do is ask.
Charms can be fixed to chains and cords to make stunning necklaces and bracelets or if you don’t wear jewellery they can also be turned into mobile phone or handbag charms, and even cufflinks or keyrings.  Charms can also be housed in a frame to hang on your wall! They are totally versatile, and would make a lovely gift for yourself or a loved one.  The charms come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes so you are sure to find something that fits your need.
The guest book on Tasmia Trinkets and Charms website is testament to the quality of the products and the service that is provided.  Here are a few highlights:
“I cannot recommend her highly enough; she is professional, takes all your ideas on board and is so fast.”
“I have just received my fingerprint necklace and am over the moon with it, you would not find anything like it in the shops, its beautiful!!”
“The double heart bracelet is lovely. The sparkly coloured beads set the silver off beautifully. I will recommend to my friends.”
Finger, hand and foot print jewellery is something I’ve looked at since the birth of my Little Man.  As he approaches his first birthday I’m seriously considering getting a charm with his finger print on which I can wear or as a keyring.  I honestly haven’t found a range of charms available anywhere else that is on offer at Tasmia Trinkets and Charms, and I think she can certainly look forward to my custom in the future.
Tasmia Trinkets and Charms can be found online or you can follow her @TasmiaTrinkets