Heading to Camp Bestival for the first time – & some toddler essentials we’re packing!

  (One of my favourite ever festival fashion shoots featuring Gemma Ward by Corrine Day for VOGUE in 2005) During my time on magazines I’ve compiled many a festival guide – what to wear, what to take and essential beauty buys. But, what I’ve never revealed was that I have NEVER ever been to a festival. Not once. Ok, so this may not be a major confession but seems I am in the minority (am I really the only nearly 40 year old festival virgin?) I sort…

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Would it be more fun if toddlers made the house rules…

Growing up my parents didn’t really have any strict rules – you helped around the house, picked up your stuff and basically were thoughtful to the rest of the family because they were your family. This seemed to work for me and my siblings – no fighting over who’s turn it was to dry up or take the bin bags out. No rotas pinned to the fridge and no promises of additional pocket money for putting your clothes away.  You just all mucked in, pulled your weight and did it because…

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5 products that make toddler lunchtimes a little easier – and mess free!

Toddlers. Lunchtime. Two words that are sure to make even a grown women cry. Besides the tantrums, refusal to eat and OCD requests (no, mummy I WANT the pink spoon…) – it’s the mess. Now I know there are tons of products that promise to make mealtimes a little easier – but here are some of my picks: THE ‘SMALL’ COVER-UP A practical, soft and water-repellent bib for babies from 6mths – 3years. Easy to clean – and super fast…

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10 reasons why you should not miss Disney on Ice – Magical Ice Festival

Miss M and I were lucky enough to be invited to the VIP showing of the new Disney on Ice show. I say *new* because for the first time the show includes those Frozen girls with its Magical Ice Festival. To say that Miss M was excited would be an understatement – although I know she really wasn’t sure what ‘on ice’ meant – she just knew Anna and Elsa were going to be there. That was enough. Really it’s just…

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Why little people need BIG Milk and how to get them to drink up!

How much milk does your little one drink? If they’re anything like Miss Marnie then not much. I have struggled to get her to drink milk – and formula – for that matter since I stopped breast feeding when she was a year old. It’s a constant battle – and any visions I had of her having cool glasses of milk with stripy straws and homemade cookies before bed have gone right out of the window. It’s been something that…

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