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Nature, nurture or pure pot luck?

September 14, 2018 admin 0

I am pretty sure every human over the age of 16 has heard of the nature nurture debate in some capacity. Whether it was an hour long lesson in 6th form psychology or a fleeting reference in a horror film when giving a character assassination of the serial killer, it’s a debate that will out live all of us. For anyone that is actually reading this and scratching their head the short short version is […]

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What do kids need for school?

August 23, 2018 admin 0

The boys, like most other children in the country, go back to school in a couple of weeks, which means right now I am doing the ever crazy back to school shop. Not my favourite past time I can assure you. I have been asked by a few fellow mums whose children start school this September “What do kids need for school?” and so I thought I would write a post outlining everything that I […]

Our A-Z summer list

July 24, 2018 admin 2

Every year the boys and I make a summer wish list. We compile a list of things that we would like to do over the school holidays and use it as a guide. It is in no way a “to do” list and the boys know that we may not complete everything on the list, especially if they fill it with expensive days out but instead we use if for ideas when we are stuck. […]

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Everything you need to know about Boulder Hut

July 17, 2018 admin 8

If you follow our blog or social media channels you will know that instead of children I have two monkeys that look like children. They are forever climbing, hanging upside down and chasing each other around, so we often spend lots of time outside or at places where they can burn of all their excess energy. The problem we have is that most places that are suitable are quite far from where we live and […]

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A review of Trentham Monkey Forest

July 5, 2018 admin 10

Last week my family and I went to Trentham Monkey forest,which is an outdoor attraction that houses 140 monkeys all roaming free. I was super excited abut this as monkeys are my favourite animals ever since I studied animal psychology and spent two weeks at Chester zoo analysing their every move. We decided not to tell the boys where we were going instead we gave them clues along the journey, which despite the multiple signs […]

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The magic of my name personalised books

June 29, 2018 admin 0

I am a huge lover of personlaised gifts. I have said it time and time again, I think they just show that little bit of extra thought has gone into buying a present for someone and they then become special keepsakes that you are more likely to cherish over the years.   I am also an avid reader. I love books so much that I even joined a book club in January and now meet up […]

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How to teach your child to tell time

June 8, 2018 admin 8

Although I am happy with the progress the boys are making at school I do try to help them along at home too and incorporate learning in our daily lives from cookery skills to geography and everything in between. Having done this I can honestly say that teaching a child to tell the time can be quite difficult and sometimes a bit exasperating, however I do think it is easier than teaching them to read!   […]

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All new crazy golf at Bents Garden & Home

May 22, 2018 admin 0

Last week the boys and I were invited to Bents Garden & Home to try out the new Jurassic section of the crazy golf. We had never been to Bents Garden & Home before but I had heard about it and as it was only 30 minutes from home and both boys enjoy playing crazy golf I thought it would be a nice treat for them if we went along.  We were told that the […]

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What is Inflata Nation?

May 10, 2018 admin 7

On Friday 4th May my family and I were invited to the opening night of Cheshire Inflata Nation  in Runcorn and although we had heard rumors that one was opening near us and had heard a few things about the one in Manchester we didn’t really no what to expect.   What is Inflata Nation? In short it is an inflatable theme park. Imagine a giant bouncy castle with inflatable slides, ball pits, climbing walls, […]

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Swap the screen this Bank Holiday with Smiggle

May 4, 2018 admin 0

This week, 30th April – 6th May, is Screen-free week which is aimed at getting children away from their screens and interacting with the people and the world around them. As a company that is passionate about creativity, Smiggle, have decided to get incolved and are running the smiggle #swapthescreen campaign to help you help your children. The need for campaigns like this is because research suggests that children are now less creative due to […]