Arts & crafts

diy christmas

Try your hand at DIY Christmas

Homemade, DIY and grow-your-own have been all the rage on our TV screens this year, so it can’t be long before someone (ludicrously creative; probably a bit posh) pops up to tell us how to make Christmas from scratch. And while we’re not all Kirstie Allsopp or Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (relax, we’re not proposing you rear

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educational gits

Educational and learning presents

Thinking about Christmas already? What do we buy the kids for Christmas this year? It’s always a tricky one and not always easy. Looking at the latest trends on the market is all well and good but some of these toys and gifts are just not educational? The peer pressure children have to get the

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date night

Date night ideas

Great Date Night Ideas for couples Date nights are a great way of keeping the romance alive between couples, even if you’ve been together for years. It can be hard to make time for one another when you lead busy lives, especially when children come along. They don’t have to cost a lot of money,

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benefits for the elderly

Gift ideas for grandparents

Grandparents can play a special role in the lives of your children, and at appropriate times of year it can be a lovely idea to show appreciation for everything they do with a simple gift.  Many grandparents already have the practical things they need, so gifts from the grandchildren are generally personal, or more innovative

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pumpkin carving

How to carve a pumpkin

As the end of October approaches, vast orange pumpkins start to appear in the shops.  Excited children nag wary parents to pop one in the trolley and take it home to make a Jack-O-Lantern.  Traditionally carved out and lit by candles to ward off evil spirits, this versatile vegetable has become an essential part of

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activities for children

Get your kids to try new activities

Children thrive on familiarity.  Fact.  Yet always favouring activities that are a safe bet can stymie exploration and creativity in your kids, and can lead to them being timid about experiencing new things.  Stepping outside the comfort zone (for you and them!) from time to time will help your children to see that braving the

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