Month: November 2017

Travelodge – Value for money overnight family option

By Laura Mason The great thing about Travelodge is that there’s one in every town.  They’re pretty decent value for money and you know that the standard is consistent whether you’re staying in a remote location or in the throws of a bustling city. Travelodge Gatwick Airport Central A recent holiday with long haul flights from Gatwick resulted in the debate of where to stay the night before.  Instead of the clash with rush hour traffic on the M25, when travelling with children it’s so much simpler to leisurely arrive the evening before. This in turn prevents that early...

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Top tips for juggling two (or more!) children

By Karen Dennis In my experience, trying to juggle several children at once is easy – if managed correctly. Just like in the working world, it’s a case of learning how to share yourself with multiple people. Here are my top tips for juggling two or more children: Helping younger children to feel included When my boys were little, I made it my aim to make sure everyone was included and nobody felt left out. My youngest son, Adam, always wanted to be treated as a ‘big boy’ due to the fact that he had 3 older brothers. One...

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Exercise Cheats for Busy Mums

Let’s face it, being a mum means being busy with multiple jobs to do. So exercise often falls to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list and prioritising much needed ‘me’ time is tough. Being active has many health benefits, helps to make you feel more energised plus is essential for getting into shape after baby and feeling good about your new mumma body. Energy-boosting exercise cheats To all my busy mums with no time to exercise – here are 10 ways you can boost your energy levels by sneaking in these easy movements: 1.Help baby get to sleep...

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Best non-chocolate advent calendars for kids

Saying no to chocolate this year? Looking for more fun from your advent calendar? Here are 13 of the best non-chocolate advent calendars for kids of all ages. Playmobil Perfect for toddlers, this excellent advent calendar provides 24 surprises to help little ones count down to Christmas. Playmobil toys are extremely sturdy and last for generations, so we think this option is great value for money. £19.99 www.playmobil.co.uk VTech Baby Toot Toot Animals The VTech Toot-Toot Drivers advent calendar features a cute Toot-Toot Drivers sleigh, detachable SmartPoint trailer, Christmas decorations, mini Toot-Toot Christmas book and plenty more goodies. Suitable...

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Wearing bulky coats in car seats can put children at risk

Parents trying to keep their children warm during car journeys may unwittingly be putting them in danger, say car seat safety experts have claimed. Strapping a child into a car seat when they are wearing a bulky winter coat could prevent the safety harness from fitting tightly enough. The average puffy coat or jacket could add up to 4 inches of slack between the child and the harness. In the event of a collision, this could cause a child to be thrown forwards or ejected entirely from the car seat. Heavy winter coats can also make it easier for...

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