Chad Valley and the importance of imaginative play

If you caught my recent post you will know that Miss Marnie and I are on the Chad Valley Play Panel (read about it HERE). This means we get to play with some toys, games and crafts and I get to call it work. Not that it has felt like work as I have been using this opportunity to really understand how important ‘playtime’ is – for both of us. My busy days – like most working mums – is…

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The perfect multi-generation holiday in Cornwall with St Mawes Retreats

  Cornwall has always been a big part of my life. When Mr VIB and I got together his parents retired there so it has been somewhere we have visited many times – and more often than not we have made the family visit into a holiday too. When the lovely Amanda Selby from St Mawes Retreats got in touch and offered us a stay in one of the five luxury holiday houses in her portfolio we figured this was a great way…

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My 10 Holiday must-haves & the #MarkWarnerMum Family Ambassador Programme

I think I was about 9 or 10 when I first went abroad on holiday in the mid-eighties. My dad and step-mum had told my step-brother and I we were going fishing in Devon or some such. Anyway, as you can I imagine we weren’t very excited and when my mum packed my case full of sun-dresses (I remember especially these 2 polka-dot jersey dresses which I loved – anyway I digress!) And, I was like any moody pre-teen grumbling ‘I…

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5 Great things to do with kids this Christmas in London

Visit to Santa booked? Pantomime tickets on the way? Ice-skating at the garden centre planned? Then you might think you have all your Christmas activities with the kids all sewn up… but I have a few suggestions for things to do with the kids this December in London. I find having a few extra events up my sleeve are a great way to not only keep the kids entertained but they are perfect for doing with friends and family – meaning…

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The perfect 40th birthday in Camber Sands: where to stay and what to do

I find organising birthdays hard. Not for friends or kids parties – but my own. For one, I have a fear that people won’t turn up if you have a party and two, the pressure to actually have a ‘party’. With my 40th creeping up I kinda figured I would keep it quite low profile and celebrate with family and a few close friends. Well, how wrong was I? My closest friends weren’t going to let me sit this one out. When the texts and…

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