Christmas Gifts

That old adage of ‘what do you get for the person who has everything’ can be a bit of a conundrum around this time of year.  Not to mention just how filled with stuff our lives have become.  Finding a meaningful gift for loved ones can be a daunting process, you want to show that you care but don’t want to land the person with something that just takes up space in their home.  Here are some of our top tips when it comes to getting memorable gifts.

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The benefits of swimming lessons

The mini-monsters have turned into aquatic monsters this month, we recently received a family pass to our local pool and have been taking full advantage of it! 

I think my favourite part has been to see them gain confidence in the water; the youngest one went from not wanting his face to be near the watery stuff to now splashing around like a seal pup. His swimming style is probably not the most graceful but he is happy and can stay afloat on his own.  I think that we underestimate the importance of learning skills like swimming or cycling.  On the face of it, these skills perhaps don’t seem all that important but the feeling of accomplishment that they bring is oh so important to a child’s development.

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Birthday Party Planning

My smallest mini-monster’s birthday is coming up, and I am not ashamed to

say that parties used to fill me with dread! The pressure to get everything right and make it the most wondrous day of your wee one’s life can be overwhelming and then I came to the realisation that it doesn’t need to be perfect, it doesn’t need to be innovative,boundary-pushing or picture perfect.  Aim for fun and if you don’t get it quite right, down worry, there will be another one next year


Choosing a theme can be a great starting point for party planner and will help guide the process, base the theme on your kids interest for the best success.

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Lunches for Mini-Monsters

The Mini-Monsters have been back in school for a while now which means ideas for interring packed lunches can be a bit thin on the ground.  Every class has a Magnificent Mummy, you know her… the one who looks like she has rolled out of a photo shoot in the morning rather than the wrong side of bed, her children consistently win trophies and medals and of course, her Instagram is just dripping with pictures of the adorable, yet nutritionally balanced lunch she shows together in the mornings.  When faced with carrot cut to look like fish and sandwiches that have more personality than most TV presenters it can be tempting to just throw in the towel and put in for a bulk order of lunchables.   


Don’t let Instagram and Pintrest get you down, lunch doesn’t need to be a masterpiece or filled with the latest unpronounceable superfood to be a good lunch, here are some of the recipes we have been having success with.

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Visiting the Great Outdoors, Indoors

Get out and about they said, it will do you good they said… Well, while I think we can all agree that fresh air is a good thing for mini-monsters it can be hard to do as the days get colder, darker and wetter. Even the most adventurous little ones become less enthused when the rain starts coming at them horizontally, and to be fair, there are only so many places in the house to hang damp coats and dry out wet trainers before this particular monster mummy goes full-scale Hulk.

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