The Big Family Cooking Showdown putting our favourite recipe to the test

Have you seen the BBC 2 cookery programme, The Big Family Cooking Showdown? It’s hosted by Nadiya of Bake Off fame and Zoe Ball and sees families sharing their recipes while competing against each other. Honestly, I’d love to live in some of their homes if that’s the kind of food they serve up at tea time! It’s such a fun watch and a must for any foodie, my kids love snuggling on the sofa…

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Another 30 something birthday gift guide – this years wish list

Each year I put together a cheeky wishlist for my birthday and now September is upon us, this year is no different. I love pulling together my favourite pieces from various stores and boutiques. I haven’t been asked to feature any of these or even paid to do so, they are just a few bits and pieces that have recently caught my eye. Obviously I don’t expect to get this stuff for my birthday but…

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Learning to surf at SURF SNOWDONIA

I set myself a challenge this year to be more adventurous, to ‘say yes to new adventures’ and try things I normally shrink away from. To be frank I’m not the most outdoorsy of people, with this quote I found on Pinterest summing me up rather well… ‘I’m outdoorsy in that I like getting drunk on patios’ So yes, not very ‘outdoorsy’ at all really! My kids and my husband on the other hand are…

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Dreaming of a back yard party

I’ve always wanted to have a bit of a bohemian back yard party, you know the kind I mean? Think lots of fairy lights, cushions, blankets, candles and cocktails. Nothing fancy, just a very relaxed party with some friends in our back garden. The only problem is I live in England, where even the summer seems to come with rather more rain than sunshine. I still live in hope and who knows we might get…

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Family fun in Liverpool at the British Music Experience

I’m always on the look out for fun things to do as a family in the North West of England, especially for the summer holidays. Liverpool is a city we’ve visited a couple of times now and whenever we go I always wonder why we don’t come more often. It is a wonderful, vibrant city packed with lots of activities and places to visit. On Saturday we were invited to try out the British Music…

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My Favourite Colourful Family Life Instagrammers

This isn’t a list full of huge Instagrammers with hundreds of thousands of followers, these are a few of my favourites that make me smile with their content and fantastically colourful feeds. Some will be well known and others are gems that should have way more followers than they currently do. As well as sharing a few photos from their accounts I’ve asked each Instagrammer for their top tips and favourite hashtags for a little…

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Putting the sleep in Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

In the early days of being a parent you wonder whether you will ever really sleep again. A basic human function that was once taken for granted becomes a kind of Holy Grail. You think of those dreamy nights and lazy mornings with a kind of wistful nostalgia or crazed hysteria drenched desperation depending on just how sleep deprived you might be feeling at that time. You start having competitive parent discussions at baby groups…

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