Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a screening test used to detect the risk that a fetus will be born with certain genetic conditions. It can be performed as early as 10 weeks in pregnancy and only requires a blood sample from the mother. NIPT analyzes small pieces of DNA, called cell-free DNA (cfDNA), found in the mother’s bloodstream.Read More
Father’s Day is almost upon us! Sunday 16th June for those of you who aren’t great at remembering these special occasions!
It’s always tough finding presents for dads. They often end up with something dull like another pair of socks and can feel a little forgotten! Or they tell you they don’t want anything but you would really like to show how much you appreciate them.Read More
When you travel a lot with kids, you have to have good footwear. Your kids need to be protected but comfortable. You need something that’s a space saver in the suitcase but is easy to deal with when it comes to slipping them on and off.
Here are some of the best kids shoes for travel that I’ve found.Read More
5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children in 2019
Although I’m full of book suggestions; which I’m hoping you all enjoy! I often get asked which educational apps or websites I could recommend for children.
I agree there are some great ones out there, but finding them can be quite overwhelming.
So today I’ve created for you a list of ‘5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children’.
These fall into the main subjects you may be concerned with; English, math, science, languages and art.Read More
Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts
I wrote about why we love Bormio a year ago now and nothing has changed. We will be off there again in February to take both our children, one who can now ski. Partly from learning in Bormio and partly in the UK at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.
My youngest is too little being only 3, although the Swiss start at 2 years old! However a good ski instructor friend of ours told us the perfect age is 4 years old.Read More
English Language resources for children!
So the New Year has arrived and already we are all about giving you plenty of help with raising those bambini!
This week we’ve teamed up with lovely Sarah, the Founder of Gru Languages.
If you haven’t discovered Gru yet, they offer over 800 resources which suit children learning English as a second/third language or for English speaking children in reception and Year 1.Read More
Why the beautiful Cutty Sark is the perfect play Time for your Toddler
Last week we were invited to the stunning Cutty Sark Ship in Greewich.
We’ve been many times with our 6 year old Son. It’s truly one of the best attractions in London.
However last week we went to try and new activity for the little ones. Toddler Time!Read More
I’m sure many of you will feel you know exactly where your family origins lie. Maybe you’re aware of many interlocking layers of language, culture and nationality. Maybe you are convinced that you are 100% British/French/Chinese.
I love hearing stories passed down through families where one Grandma, like my own was convinced that there is a Spanish connection and no one. Not even her own Brother agrees! I always wonder how much of this is true?Read More
Beautiful handmade halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts
If you're looking for a safe, quality Halloween costumes this year, something made well, you can trust. Very soft and carefully crafted look no further!
Crafty Pear a beautiful children's handmade clothing company use quality fabrics, in amazing prints which can be worn again and again. They are made from cotton with sewn applique designs. If you can't find what you're looking for, tell them and they will make something for you!
You also have the satisfaction that you are supporting a small business created by two mums, working around their children.Read More
Road Trip Survival Tips for New Parents
You might think that going on a road trip with a baby might be a crazy idea, but in fact it might be less challenging than dealing with boisterous toddlers and teenagers. Babies just need to be fed and comfortable, and they need some caring. Toddlers will need discipline and constant entertainment. If you are determined to see more of the world, you might want to know that many babies seem to fall asleep as soon as the car starts moving. Below you will find a few tips on how to make the most out of your family trip.Read More
How To Comfort Your Child Through Their Eczema
National Eczema Week 2018
This week is National Eczema Week so as both of my children have suffered with this; and sometimes still do. I thought I would share how we’ve created a comforting routine for them that helps manage the worst of their flare ups.Read More
Get ready for School with My Nametags
We're saving ourselves time and effort this week by using My Nametags labels. Find out how they work and how they can save you yet another task before school starts!Read More
How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!
Today I wanted to draw your attention to a wonderful project which is helping comfort premature babies whilst they are still in hospital. As the mum of a preemie I wish my son had one of these as I hated leaving him each night.
Marta, a friend of mine set this up herself to help a friend who had a premature baby. The initiative is growing and needs a bit of assistance to keep offering this vital service to bambini! Have a read about why an Octopus is such a little life saver!Read More
5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller
It’s more difficult to plan a holiday when you’re pregnant. There are more restrictions than normal now you’re carrying a growing baby, plus your hormones will be all over the place.
However, there’s no need to worry if you want to take a holiday before your little one arrives. We’ve put together a list of five of the best places to visit as a pregnant traveller, so you can get some inspiration and start planning your trip today.Read More
What to do in May Half Term?
Some of you will be looking forward to the May Half Term holidays. Others will be dreading them! What to do with little ones for a whole week. How to keep them occupied and not bored or bickering.
How to stop it costing a fortune?! It can be tempting to book holiday clubs, but they can be expensive and some children will not want to be out all day, every day of their holidays. Mine are tired already! And you might actually want to see them too!
So how do you find a balance?
I asked lots of experts! Yes that means mothers! What they are planning this May Half Term and what they can recommend.
Have a read, we have got you covered!Read More
Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible
Travel with kids can be brilliant too! There’s nothing better than seeing your little one’s eyes widen with wonder as they take off on a plane for the first time, or the joy that brightens their faces as they splash about in pools, build sandcastles and search for pretty shells on beaches.Read More
Easy Ways To Get Kids To Love History
We all know that those of us who don’t learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. But while each and every one of us can benefit from a greater knowledge and understanding of history, it’s especially beneficial to our kids. The world seems so new to kids that it’s important to educate them in the ways of those who have come before. The study of history has a range of benefits for kids.Read More
Practical Spring Clothes for Kids
As Spring has finally arrived most of us parents find ourselves looking for those great in between items of clothing for kids and toddlers. Things that are light and practical enough for a warm day but that can be quickly adapted for the unpredictable British weather.
You may have seen over on my Instagram feed that we have just returned from an Easter break in Cornwall. This was the perfect place to try out some Spring clothes but lets remember this season can throw anything at you from snow to sunshine so it's best to be prepared!
Easter at the Eden Project
Are you in Cornwall this Easter and looking for something memorable to do with the children? Have they all had far too much chocolate and you want to find an activity that’s a little bit different?
This is how we’ve been feeling and as we are in Mevagissey for the school holidays we decided to try Easter at the Eden Project.Read More
5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language
Interview with Will Collier of Little Linguists Library
1. Do it together and set a target
When was the last time you learned something with your child rather than simply helping them to learn something you already knew? Kids love it when the grown-ups are in the same position as them.Read More