Summer Break Over

I didn't have a summer break - I had more of a work life balance fail around the time of the public exams. Hence the silence. Now we are at the other end of the year from those bad boys, I'm hoping to post more regularly. We did get away over summer, to a great… Continue reading Summer Break Over

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London’s Free Family Days Out: Canalway Cavalcade In Little Venice

It's always worth searching listing sites and local Facebook groups for free days out on Bank Holidays. They are a brilliant source of free days out - London seems to have a free festival or concert every weekend - and we attended Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice, a really brilliant one, on Bank Holiday Monday.… Continue reading London’s Free Family Days Out: Canalway Cavalcade In Little Venice

Independence Market: A New Concept In Shopping And Cooking

During our West London bloggers' meet up last week, I was lucky enough to sample some dishes from a new company, Independence Market. This new concept, which lies between an online grocer like Ocado and a food delivery service, offers fresh meal kits to order. Aimed at busy families, where typically different family members eat… Continue reading Independence Market: A New Concept In Shopping And Cooking

Urban Villa & Reunion Bar: An Ideal Base For Visiting Families

Last week I attended an Ealing and Brentford Bloggers' meet-up* and had the opportunity to visit Urban Villa, a superb concept hotel, positioned between Ealing and Brentford just off the M4. Although I live in Ealing so wouldn't stay there myself (well, unless I leap into some more big home improvements as I am wont… Continue reading Urban Villa & Reunion Bar: An Ideal Base For Visiting Families

Beautiful Easter Gift Idea: Briege And Rose Bows

What to gift at Easter, if not chocolate? Today I'm going to introduce you to a Briege And Rose, a brand which makes beautiful, handcrafted bows here in the UK. They make superb seasonal gifts, and this year I am really, really glad they have an Easter range... "Mummeh. Mummeh? I am going to eat… Continue reading Beautiful Easter Gift Idea: Briege And Rose Bows

West London Parks: Horsenden Hill

Ok, so first off I'm not sure if this is really a park, although the local council considers it so and it has three play areas. It's more - well - a hill. Because it's Horsenden Hill. A bit like how Ruislip Lido is a lake. It's more than a park: wilder, older, richer and… Continue reading West London Parks: Horsenden Hill

The Ultimate Guide To Shopping With Everything £5: My 5 Point Guide!

If you're into shopping online, especially for cheap clothes here in the UK, you may well have heard of Everything Five Pounds. Now, I don't think I really need to explain the concept behind this store, because let's face it, if you can read this then you can work it out. Everything costs five pounds.… Continue reading The Ultimate Guide To Shopping With Everything £5: My 5 Point Guide!

Me Time: The Dodo Micropub Hanwell

If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen some photos on my Saturday afternoon in The Dodo Micropub, Hanwell. Oh yes! I was out, on my own (well, with a friend) drinking beer. For shame! Call the soft focus Facebook quote brigade quickly, they need to strip me of some #realmum and #blessed… Continue reading Me Time: The Dodo Micropub Hanwell

Where to go for coffee in Ealing Broadway.

Ealing Broadway has a host of places to enjoy a cheeky cuppa or up your caffeine. As well as all the usual chains (indeed two of most!) there are a host of small independent shops to choose from. Although it is most economical to bring your own coffee and enjoy it in the wonderfully re… Continue reading Where to go for coffee in Ealing Broadway.

West London Parks: Ruislip Lido

During the week, or life is routined beyond anything - work, dinner, bedtime story, bedtime, chores and/or more work, shower, bed, repeat. There is no breathing room. As a result our weekends are a complete free for all - one might be movies and PJs, another a big trip out ... but in the main,… Continue reading West London Parks: Ruislip Lido