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  1. Christmas Gift Guide - Our top Five

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    Five of our Fave small businesses  

    This Small Business Saturday I wanted to give a big shout out to some amazing small businesses that I have personally used and loved. They all also have strong ethical and environmental values which is so important to me.  Supporting fellow small businesses means so much to me for so many reasons, and it also means you are buying gifts that are thoughtful, unique and will be treasured.

    Not only does buying from small businesses support dreams, but you also get exceptional customer service, most likely from the very person who created the products.

     Christmas Gift Guide blog

  2. Negotiating the Rollercoaster of Parenting

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    We all love our kids, but we know it can be a bit of a minefield out there! Although the basics are still the same, the world has changed so fast. I see this with my own children, who live in a fast-paced world where anything is available at the touch of a button. Six-year-old Peter does not have access to the internet or any electronic devices, although he is always asking for an iPad because “all his other friends have them”! I personally find it quite scary how freely information is available out there and not all of it is positive. The number of stories in the news and from other parents about how children have been injured or even worse from following trends on Instagram or copying daring feats from YouTube are getting scarily frequent.


    I discovered the Sue Atkins Parenting Show a while back and have been listening to her Podcast whilst getting on with various jobs around the house and find it a wealth of information and advice. She has her finger on the pulse of what is really going on out there, and her advice is relevant to parents of children of all ages. Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert, Writer, Speaker, Broadcaster and Presenter as well as being a mother herself. She has had articles published all over the world as well as making regular appearances of TV shows such as “This Morning”. She understands the difficulties and pitfalls of parenting and offers no nonsense advice. Show website page:

    Sue Atkins long


    Check out her free podcast

    The Sue Atkins Parenting Show is a free, weekly show which addresses many different aspects of parenting. She both interviews and is interviewed by other experts to give us a balanced view of modern issues. Here is the link to Issue 31: Helping your kid become smart talkers to give you an idea. (Listen out for our advert ????). Each episode is between 20-40 minutes long and focusses on one or two aspects. The podcast is published every Friday and is easy to subscribe to!

    Definately worth a listen, and do check out her social media links below. Leave us a comment to let us know what you think?

     Debbie x

    Social and website links:

    The Sue Atkins Parenting Show on Twitter:

    Sue on Twitter:

    Sue on Facebook ‘Happy, Confident Kids with Sue Atkins’

    Sue’s Parenting Club

  3. World Book Day: Book review. Baby and Lion Dog

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    Baby and Lion Dog

    As it was World Book Day yesterday, we decided to continue the book theme with our review of the lovely first book in the Baby and Lion Dog series.


    The story follows Baby and Lion Dog as they go off on their adventures. In this first book their adventure takes them off to the circus to solve the mystery of the missing nose. The two heroes come across a very sad clown who can’t continue with his performance without his squishy red nose! Baby and Lion Dog have a lovely relationship, and the writing changes pace into rhyming prose as the adventurers try to solve the mystery.

    Aimed at children from age 2 to around 7, it is a good length for a bedtime story, and will appeal to both boys and girls equally. My little fella, Peter (6) loves this playful story and I think it will be one of his bedtime favourites for a long time.

    More info

    Written by Elizabeth Forbes and beautifully illustrated by the talented Tom Boyle, you can purchase your copy of Baby and Lion Dog: The search for the Missing Nose on Amazon. The second book: Mystery in the Park is also available now.


    To find out more about Baby and Lion Dog, check out their Facebook page and Follow them on Twitter.