The perfect travel rucksack?

There’s something about back to school which makes me think of fresh starts – and long for a new pencil case.

When Minnie gets to that point, I’m sure I’ll be too busy tearing my hair out over new school shoes and so on, but for now, I can enjoy adding to a fantasy shopping list.

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And this has to be high up there – the perfect kids’ rucksack if you love travel. Continue reading

The August round-up

I’ve decided to start a new, regular (hopefully) post on the blog each month – my round-up of the things I’ve bought, tried and added to my shopping list as contenders for my suitcase.

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I’ll still be running longer reviews for some products, but otherwise these are the best of the rest, or at least the rest of the rest.

Including beauty, fashion, books and travel essentials, do add your own top finds in the comments. Continue reading

Reviewed: Yollies yoghurt lolly snacks

As Minnie’s taste for adventure flourishes, her tastebuds are currently doing the opposite. Food is approached with mild suspicion, and even a new version of an old favourite (or an old favourite itself) can be rejected out of hand.

In between repeating the mantra, ‘it’s a phase, it’s a phase’, I’m having to pack more carefully for her meals on our days out.

yollies-yoghurt-lolly-child-snackHopefully the day when I don’t need to leave the house armed with food isn’t far off, but for now I’m not about to experiment when we’re away from home and I risk a cross/starving toddler.

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Visiting Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

I wish they’d had museums like Eureka! when I was growing up. Back then, the emphasis was on education but I’m not sure anyone expected us to be entertained – with the possible exception of the Natural History Museum (because who isn’t entertained by a huge dinosaur skeleton).

Now the emphasis is far more on the interactive, and educating through enjoyment. Never more so than at a museum aimed specifically at children.

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In fact, all the exhibits at The National Children’s Museum, in Halifax, are designed to inspire children aged 11 and under to learn about themselves and the world. Continue reading

Six skills you learn flying with children

Life, they say, is a learning experience. Flying with a baby or toddler certainly is.

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And while they might not be the most transferrable skills, here are six talents I’ve acquired travelling with my daughter.

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