Orchard Toys At Christmas!

Orchard Toys At Christmas! We all know and love Orchard Toys right? If you’ve not heard of them then how? They are Norfolk local to me but literally everyone with children that I know, Norfolk based or not, are massive fans of the fun, yet educational games for little ones which prescribe just what a hidden veg spag bol does for nutritional dinners in the food stakes. Kids simply don’t know how good for them they are while they’re having […]

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The Thursford Christmas Spectacular And Enchanted Journey Of Light 2021!

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular And Enchanted Journey Of Light 2021! All year round Thursford Steam Engine Museum is just that, a wonderful museum of steam engines which is well worth a visit but… Making like a caterpillar for 10 months of the year, come November, the butterfly of Thursford emerges from a chrysalis and it is now that she truly comes to full her full potential! If you’ve not seen the Thursford Christmas Spectacular before then you’ve missed out for […]

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Counting Sheep Is So Last Century!

Counting Sheep Is So Last Century! How do you get to sleep? According to some philosophies the age old notion of counting sheep is said to date back to Medieval times when shepherds who used communal grazing land would have to keep track of their own sheep, this counting them all before bed each night. I think we’ve moved on a bit from there and I’m sure even shepherds have better methods to remedy when they find themselves awake at […]

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Autumn Days Don’t Need To Make You SAD!

Autumn Days Don’t Need To Make You SAD! “Autumn days when the grass is jewelled and the silk’s inside a chestnut shell” – We used to sing that song at first school and I loved it. It felt so happy and warm and full of joy and yet the weather was turning into anything but those things which even as a child had an affect on my mood. As the nights got longer and the days shorter, with sunlight hours […]

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Bbright When It Comes To Your Boiler!

Bbright When It Comes To Your Boiler! I remember feeling a great sense of achievement when we bought our first home. After renting for years, with high London rents being paid directly into a land lord’s pocket, it felt like we’d almost won the lottery because mortgages, though not cheap, are often far lower than monthly rentals. Finally we’d saved enough to get on that ladder and start paying monthly payments which would be only benefitting to us (of course, […]

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Celebrating 50 Years Of Learning Made Fun With Orchard Toys!

Celebrating 50 Years Of Learning Made Fun With Orchard Toys! Orchard Toys are celebrating 50 years of learning made fun and is it any wonder they have had SUCH longevity when they make games that children remember even when they’re much older and don’t really play them anymore. Having had two older ones and then a gap before two little ones, my big kids get to relive their favourite programmes (who doesn’t love playing the game of what you used […]

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Vegetarian Chilli Pepper Pasta With Waveney Mill Spatziola!

Vegetarian Chilli Pepper Pasta With Waveney Mill Spatziola! We love a pasta dish in this house, every single member (which is quite something with 6 of us) and though the boys and Posie will have it served simply with butter and cheese, the rest of us love a spicy or creamy dish. This one, which is vegetarian and delicious, hits the mark for us and it’s so easy to make we find ourselves turning to it over and over again […]

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Shnuggle Air Bedside Crib – Review!

Shnuggle Air Bedside Crib – Review! A true convert to the Shnuggle bath (we have the baby bath AND the toddler bath) , I hadn’t realised with my others what a game changer it is but with Posie and Raffie it’s made bath time super easy, fun and poses great longevity for the product as well as versatility (camping was a breeze). I wrote about it a while back but today I want to tell you all about another of […]

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Halloween Half Term 2021!

Halloween Half Term 2021! It’s felt like a bit of a slog getting through the first half term of school. We started well and towards the end everyone got bugs, was under the weather and with the worry of COVID I’ve been counting down the days to the holidays. It couldn’t have come sooner with the preceeding week seeing us off school for a few days but not able to go anywhere while we awaited PCR results. I had wondered […]

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Dearest Posie – You Are Nine Months Old!

Dearest Posie – You Are Nine Months Old! Dearest Posie, Nine months inside and nine months out! Seems incredible as the 9 months in went SO slowly but the first 9 months out have whizzed by in a nano. You are the most happy baby, even when poorly and you have been poorly this month at times. A hospital over night when we were worried as couldn’t get a temp down from 39.9 showed thankfully not a bacterial infection but […]

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