On Review – Off The Hook Dolls

Off The Hook Dolls are a range of super-fashionable dolls with a difference.  These mini fashionistas take style to a whole new level with their sassy outfits, spectacular shoes and accessories.  Not only do they have style, but you can also easily unhook them to easily mix and match their outfits and create a whole new look in seconds. What are Off The Hook Dolls? Off The Hook dolls are a new type of collectable fashion…

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How do you motivate a demotivated 13 year old?

Being a parent and a teacher, I like to think that I have some of the answers when it comes to parenting teenagers.  Not all of the answers by a long shot, but some of them. My youngest son seems hellbent on proving that I know nothing. I know that teenagers, particularly boys,  can become disaffected around the age of 13.  Hormones are raging, peer pressure is heightened and with the added joy that constant…

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Children’s Book Review – Royal Rebel by Carina Axelsson

I have seen a real transition with reading over the last year with my daughter.  Now aged nine, all of the picture books have gone and having loved books about fairies and animals, she now loves longer books with good characters and storylines and particularly stories that she can relate to. Royal Rebel by Carina Axelsson definitely ticked all of those boxes.  As soon as it arrived, she was itching to read it as the…

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Encouraging your family to drink more water with Zero Water

We all need to drink more water. It can be challenging with so many other options available but drinking several glasses of water a day have so many benefits. it is far more cost-effective than other drinks it increases energy levels it can reduce the common side effects of dehydration such as headaches, fatigue and dizziness it can help you to focus and concentrate more it can help with weight loss it flushes out toxins…

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12 Things You Should Never Do When You Have a Teenager in the House

Having a teenager is a, how can I describe it, interesting phase.  It is one that can leave even the most confident parent wondering what they ever did to deserve this influx of hormones that has taken away their babies and left them with an almost adult with attitude. Whoever said it was like a roller-coaster, wasn’t joking as their moods change for fun and you can never be quite sure which version of them…

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How to save money on flooring renovation

Our poor carpets have been battered first by babies, then toddlers and preschoolers who seemed to spill things for fun and then older children with muddy shoes, scooters and bikes. It is no wonder that they are in a bad way. It was a conscious decision not to replace the flooring until they were older as there didn’t seem a lot of point.  Now I am ready to get the job done and I really…

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The one where I realise I am taking less photos

When I had a new phone last year, I was quite shocked to find that I had over 13000 photos stored in the iCloud.  13000!! Okay, that spanned around four years of family life but that is a lot of photos. When I first saw that number, I thought that maybe that was ten years worth but no chance, just the four. That is a lot of photos! The wonders of mobile phones are that…

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Why I worry about my son playing rugby

Having sons and being married to a rugby-obsessed Welshman, it was fairly inevitable that at least one of my sons would end up playing rugby.  As it turned out all three caught the rugby bug.  My eldest son played until he left school and both of my younger sons play both at school and for a local club.  They love it. Many other sports have been tried and left along the wayside.  They love playing…

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Are teenagers more challenging than toddlers?

Are teenagers more challenging than toddlers?  This is a debate a friend and I were having the other day and it was an interesting one too.  She has children aged between two and five and of course, mine are all older now and I am the proud owner of two rather lovely teenagers. But we both felt quite strongly that our stage of parenting was more of a challenge. She is exhausted.  The ‘twonager’ as…

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