QUICK AND EASY BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Baking sweet treats is definitely my pastime of choice at the moment. I have always been obsessed with the Great British Bake Off, to the extent that I think I have dreamt myself into the show and into fancying my chances as the next Prue Leith. Joking aside though, I love having an excuse to get creative and this time of year, which can be a bit dreary after the excitement of Christmas, is the…

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A TODDLER’S STOCKING FILLERS

And just like that, Christmas is imminent again. I am characteristically a last minute festive shopper; I have all the intentions of buying months in advance, but in reality I’m awful at decision making and spend way too much time ensuring that each gift is considered. I have definitely mulled over Madeleine’s presents more times than I can count this year. She is 19 months old, so her interests are changing and developing all the…

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PERSONALISED TREASURES: A GUIDE TO THE BEST CUSTOMISABLE CHILDREN’S GIFTS

Before Madeleine, if you had said the word ‘personalised’ to me, I may have run a mile. That’s because it reminded of childhood excursions, when every attraction’s gift shop was rammed full of kitsch, named goods; from mugs and pens, to stickers and keyrings. Today though, the term means something very different. It depicts an item that is beautifully designed, carefully made and truly unique. Personalised gifts are now in a league of their own,…

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AN ELEVEN MONTH OLD’S FAVOURITES

It’s April.  That was the very realisation that crept up on me this week; that we are already a quarter of the way through 2018. April is the month that marks Madeleine’s first birthday, which is really exciting, but also a bit overwhelming.  As a first-time parent myself, it is only now (with the benefit of hindsight) that I can appreciate how quickly the baby phase passes, and can absorb the extent to which my…

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READING WITH YOUR BABY: MY BOOK PICKS

I am sure I am not the first to admit, but when it was suggested to me that reading to my baby would be a great activity, I was dubious. How could this little human being, who has no understanding of what I am chanting at her or why, gain anything from this? Is it not a waste of time when she would rather grab, dribble and chew each beautifully illustrated page instead of looking…

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