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Win a Gigaset Tablet in time for Christmas!

An affordable family tablet is something of a holy grail among my friends - it's tricky finding something that offers enough functionality to keep everyone in the house happy, AND which won't break the bank (or break your heart if the kids drop it on … Read More...

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Review: Subaru XV Family 4×4

It's fair to say I spend a lot of time in my car - the school run is an 18 mile round trip twice a day, and I regularly drive down to London and the surrounding areas for work meetings, not to mention visiting friends in our old home of Brighton. On … Read More...

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Toys today are crap. Fact.

Flea's been under the weather a bit this week, and took a day off school. Of course, like a million distracted awesome working parents before me, this meant I parked her in front of the TV for the day, while I got on with earning a crust. I took … Read More...

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The Q&A Meme

The problem with being inherently ridiculous is that if someone asks on Facebook who wants to take part in a meme, you can't help the reflex that makes you say ME-ME-ME-ME as a joke that nobody except you finds remotely amusing. And so it is that … Read More...

Favourite Posts

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Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

So it turns out my blog is five years old this month. I know! Five years ago I was blogging about tiny Flea and how we muddled through every day, and I'm still here doing the same thing, except Flea keeps getting less and less tiny. I'm not … Read More...

20 tips for blog outreach

Tips for PRs Working with Bloggers

Blogger outreach and social media is my job. I'd like to pretend it's all very clever and complicated, but 90% of what I do is just common sense - it's introducing companies with something to say to people who might like to talk about that thing … Read More...

Travel Posts

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12 Things to do on a California Road Trip

We've spent the past couple of weeks in California, Flea and I. I had a birthday coming up, and depressed at the thought of my rapidly looming old age, I wanted to go and do something different this summer. To see somewhere new, to try some new … Read More...

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Things to do in Ibiza when you’re Eight

If you're anything like me, Ibiza is not the first place you think of when it comes to family holidays. After all, isn't it full of teenagers dancing to rave music, and drinking too much booze? So when First Choice Holidays invited us to spend a … Read More...

Reviews

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Review: Anki Drive

I bet, like many parents, I remember playing with remote control cars and race tracks as a kid. Perhaps that's why I was so excited when a big box arrived at our house this week containing the brand new Anki Drive toy, which launches in the UK … Read More...

Skoda Yeti Review

Review: Skoda Yeti

Like many people, I guess I've always had preconceptions about Skoda, while also reading enough to know that today's Skoda's are a world away from the vehicles I remember from my younger years. So I was really excited to finally get my hands on a … Read More...

Go Ape Grizedale

Go Ape Junior at Grizedale – Review

If you're looking for somewhere fun to go with the kids during the summer hols, then you might want to consider Go Ape at Grizedale, in the Lake District. We've been aware of Go Ape for a fair few years - every time we're in one of those places … Read More...

Rants

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What’s your Beauty Legacy?

When Flea was four, she told me that, yes, of course she was gorgeous. And I worried, like a million Mums before me, how long that would last. When would the doubts, the nagging inner critical voice, creep in? Because at the age of 40, I've yet to … Read More...

the break up

Dear Sky, it’s not me, it’s you.

Dear Sky, We've been in a relationship now for 10 years. I give you money, you give me TV. But lately, I've just not felt as satisfied as I once did. Maybe we got too comfortable with one another? I used to feel like we spent such a lot of … Read More...