Parenting

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    Toddlers, threats and scare tactics – right or wrong?

    When your toddler just won’t listen to you, how do you get them to behave? This wasn’t, thankfully, a question I asked myself much with Milin. But everything is so different with Jasmin Read more…

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    Peeling Cucumbers and Spoiling My Children

    I never planned to over-parent. I never wanted to mollycoddle my children. And then I realised I was peeling cucumbers for my son’s packed lunch. It was a few mornings ago, with a vegetable peeler in my hand, Read more…

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    My Mini Me

    Whenever I see photographs of myself as a little girl, I’m amazed at how much Jasmin looks like me. It’s something people always comment on too – and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been told she is my ‘mini-me’. The resemblance goes further than looks. I see myself in Jasmin’s quick […] Read more…

  • Milin with a stick

    Picnics, Running Races and Growing Up Fast

    In so many ways, this has just been another ordinary weekend. Except that even ordinary weekends are generally wonderful when they’re spent with Milin and Jasmin. I had them to myself for a little while on Saturday and we packed a picnic and went off to the park. We’re so lucky in our new house […] Read more…

At Home

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    Should Young Siblings Share Bedrooms?

    Before we moved into our new house, Tony and I thought we would put Milin and Jasmin in the same bedroom. Our little three bedroom terraced house has two double bedrooms and a single – Read more…

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    Living In Our Dream Home

    It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living in our new house for over six weeks. I’m still calling it ‘new’, but I’m not sure how long I can keep sticking that label to it. Of course, it still feels new (to us), but it is also feeling more and more like home. Little touches are […] Read more…

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    Our Fitted Shelves – A DIY Project

    We have taken another little step towards making our new house feel very much like our home. A little weekend project in the front room was lots of hard work for Tony, but we’re both so pleased with the result. Our front room is a kind of home office for us both. Tony works from home […] Read more…

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    Our Bay Windows – Looking in to our New Home

    Tony and I have realised we both love bay windows. The light the bring into a room, the extra space they can create – there’s really not much to love, is there? Our first home in New Zealand, a 100-year-old wooden bungalow, had large bay windows on either side of the front door. Our bedrooms […] Read more…

Lifestyle

  • Jasmin closeup

    My Mini Me

    Whenever I see photographs of myself as a little girl, I’m amazed at how much Jasmin looks like me. It’s something people always comment on too – and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been told she is my ‘mini-me’. The resemblance goes further than looks. I see myself in Jasmin’s quick […] Read more…

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    Julie Montagu Superfoods Review and Giveaway

    When it comes to food, I think I’ve got a good understanding of what’s good for me and what isn’t. I’ve never been one to really overeat, I know that I feel so much better when I’m paying attention to eating well, and I love discovering new foods and trying out new recipes. That doesn’t […] Read more…

  • Jasmin second birthday party dress

    A Perfect Second Birthday Party

    It’s probably terribly immodest to describe Jasmin’s birthday party as perfect. But, truly, I think she loved every minute of the day she turned two. I’m still grappling with the fact that my baby is growing up so fast – but other than that – we really did all have the perfect day celebrating. There […] Read more…

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    Moving House with Children – the Hardest Part

    We moved into our new house a few days ago, and although we don’t have things like sofas or book shelves, it already feels like home. Well, it does to Tony and I. For the kids, things are a little different. We always knew moving them at such a young age would come with its […] Read more…

Out and About

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    Packing Light Tips for Family Travel

    I know this summer is hardly over, but I’ve already started dreaming about our next holiday. We didn’t travel overseas this summer as the expense of finally buying our own home made it impossible Read more…

  • Cornwall gylly beach playing

    A Summer Holiday in Cornwall

    There were beach walks in the rain, chocolate ice creams for breakfast and too many late nights. It was everything a summer holiday should be. We spent it in Cornwall this year. Between our work commitments and new mortgage, a week further afield for the holidays wasn’t an option. But I’m so glad we stayed […] Read more…

  • Kiran and Jasmin at Pizza Express Westfield London

    Kidzania Westfield London – a review of our family day out

    When Tony and I were offered the chance to spend the day at Westfield London and the new Kidzania centre there I was intrigued. I work only about a ten minute walk from Westfield – but it wasn’t somewhere I’d ever taken the children. Kidzania – an interactive educational centre – sounded amazing – but I […] Read more…

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    Highgate Wood playground – our new favourite

    What makes the perfect playground? We’ve only just discovered a lovely little one that has been right on our doorstep here in North London for years. Although we’re only a few tube stops from the play area in Highgate Wood, we had – until now – missed it out on our regular playground circuit. Since we’ve […] Read more…

Reviews and Giveaways

  • julie montagu superfoods salad

    Julie Montagu Superfoods Review and Giveaway

    When it comes to food, I think I’ve got a good understanding of what’s good for me and what isn’t. I’ve never been one to really overeat, I know that I feel so much better when I’m paying attention to eating well, and I love discovering new foods and trying out new recipes. That doesn’t […] Read more…

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    Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Palace Review

    Milin and Jasmin both seem  to be perpetually enchanted by princesses. While various characters come and go on their television screen and in their books, they both never tire of Disney Princesses. Princesses seem to find their way into lots of our games and role plays too – whether it’s dressing up as them, drawing […] Read more…