Win a Kobo eReader for your Book Confession


Generally, I’m quite an honest person. That’s not always a positive trait – I’m horribly tactless sometimes, and I embarrass myself on a regular basis because of my tendency to speak without thinking. But there’s one area where I can regularly be found lying my pants off. Books. Specifically – pretending to have read books when I’ve got no intention of doing so. Don’t […]

Win a Vodafone Smart 4G Tablet this Christmas!


I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to imagine life without TV box sets. Literally, I don’t know how my parents survived long train journeys, flights and waits outside the school gates without the ability to load up a mobile device and watch a quick episode of Gilmore Girls. It’s horrifying to […]

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 a hard surface). This week, we’ve been trying out the new […]

Win a Playmobil Advent Calendar!


  UPDATED: Congratulations to hte lucky winner, @tillytilly2 on Twitter! Your advent calendar will be on its way very soon!    Christmas is awesome. And so is Playmobil. Put them together and it’s a veritable festive smorgasbord of awesomeness, as can be seen in the Playmobil Advent Calendar range. What makes Playmobil advent calendars particularly […]

Win a Fab Personalised Cushion from Jonny’s Sister.


The winner of this competition, as chosen by from all eligible entries, is: Follow @swhittle and RT for a chance to win a customised alphabet cushion from @jonnyssister — Debbie (@_Johnsonbabies) October 16, 2014 Congratulations, Debbie! Personalised gifts are always appreciated in our family, and Flea was green with envy when this […]

Celebrate Family Mealtimes and win a Smart Camera with Birds Eye

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  I tend to think the way we gather around the table defines the sort of family we are. When I was young the table was noisy and crowded and there was always discussion – of books, of politics, of school and friends and days out and adventures planned. Our family was hectic and our […]

Fancy being a Little Tikes Toy Tester?


There are many good things about being a parent blogger. Blogging gives me a creative outlet, it’s given me a career and much more in between. But I’ll let you into a secret – the single most brilliant thing about being a blogger is that you become a positive ROCK STAR to your kids, and their […]

A Way with Words. And Washlets.


For 25 years, I’ve earned a living as a professional writer. Words are the tools of my trade. And yet – to be honest – I’m terrible with words. Particularly the spoken word. I can write about pretty much anything, but put me face to face with someone and ask me to chat about anything […]

Win a Bread and Jam Dress for Christmas


There’s a famous photo in the Whittle Family Archives. You know how it is at Christmas – it’s the time of year you put your children into their Christmas jumpers, line them up and say, “Cheese!” Back in the late 1970s, though, this was an annual challenge because I – even at two years old […]