The Book of Spice
Dec08

The Book of Spice

Clearly Christmas is round the corner because I keep searching for and seeing new books being released!  I’m trawling through pages and pages of them to see if I can find an appropriate one for every member of the family as a little stocking filler.  Reading in the new school curriculum has been raised to new levels so I’m desperately looking for titles that will inspire my child and perhaps make Grandad & Nanny smile...

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The kids Future
Nov30

The kids Future

I had a parents meeting a week or so back at our school to discuss the new curriculum, which is based on the notion that we need to prepare our kids for working in environments we cannot even think of, doing jobs that haven’t been invented yet.  As a parent you cant help but feel a little overwhelmed by the future.  However, what with the Raspberry Pi and now this from the BBC – we should have a generation of kids that...

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The magic of M.C Escher
Oct30

The magic of M.C Escher

This week – being half term – I focused a little more on being a mummy rather than a “working mummy” and we took a train ride from home over to West Dulwich.  The trains were on time, we played the word association game, did some spellings and a few maths based questions to keep the two boys brains ticking over and then ate our body weight in snacks to make the two hour journey go quicker. This is what we saw...

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Smart Phone Addiction
Mar13

Smart Phone Addiction

I wouldn’t necessarily put mobile phones in the same category as  tobacco and alcohol when it comes to addiction but some are saying that they clearly need to carry a health warning at least. Maybe ‘Phones make you narcissistic’ isn’t really the catchiest of  messages but it does sum up what  academics in this article are saying about how spending an average of 3.6hrs a day on your smart phone distracts from real life and can...

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Book Club Etiquette
Mar12

Book Club Etiquette

            If you think belonging to a book club is just an excuse to meet up for a chinwag and a glass of wine (yep, that was me!) then think again. Having recently joined a local club made up of 7 other mums who I loosely know, I have quickly found out there is definitely a book club etiquette that needs to be adhered to. Such as; 1. Never disclose the name of the book you are suggesting prior to the...

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Margarine v Butter – the new FATs war!
Mar11

Margarine v Butter – the new FATs war!

As a child of the 70′s my parents ate butter and all matter of fatty things, regaling stories of how they put dripping on their bread as a snack…to my delicate ears it just sounded totally grim. So growing up in the 80′s obviously I knew butter (urgh!) and decided that I would move on to the newfangled margarines that didn’t have as much fat in them…concious of the need to maintain a good weight (I was a...

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Thinking about setting up your own business?

If you have been thinking about setting up on your own, whether starting small with aspirations to take over the world, or you just want to try and earn a few pennies with a favourite hobby, the options are endless and so long as you’re passionate about what you do, I’m sure you can make a success of it..here’s a little bit about how we got started. Lente_Designs_V1 If you enjoy it, need a flexible way of life, give...

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YouTube for Kids!
Feb28

YouTube for Kids!

Well, I guess it’s a good idea? Recently a friends child was on YouTube searching for articles relating to Minecraft and watching tutorials on how to do particular tasks  .. trying to learn & improve his knowledge which was great, until mum realised that some of the clips contained some pretty colourful language which clearly came as a bit of shock! It seems like this version of YouTube is heading in the right direction but...

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