Just So blooming lovely

I feel lighter, happier, calmer – pretty surprising given that I’ve just spent the weekend camping in a field and am so tired I feel like I could sleep for a week. But the three days at the Just So Festival at Rode House in Cheshire really did something magic to my soul – I can’t think of any better way of putting it. I’m actually still too floaty and dazed to write the review I planned to, so a more practical post about the festival – the bits we loved the most and festival-going with kids in general –…

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Kids’ owl costumes

This weekend we’re off enjoying ourselves at the Just So Festival on our first ever family festival experience. We’re hoping for clear skies, good food and imaginative entertainment. If you want to, you can embrace fancy dress for the festival. There are six tribes – frogs, fish, lions, foxes, owls, stags – and you dress as one of them to potentially win points for your tribe ahead of the Tribal Tournament on the Sunday night. We were going to offer the kids the choice, but decided that the bickering this would cause wasn’t worth it, so I did a quick…

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Sand, sea and itchy feet

A couple of weeks ago we headed off with friends to Mallorca for a week for our summer holiday. We stayed in a wonderful villa and spent our days enjoying the warm sunshine, with daily trips to the beach, dips in the swimming pool and countless BBQs. I absolutely love being away with the kids now they’re just that bit older. Sure, there are the odd stressful moments (just like at home), and the travelling itself is still a means to an end, but after the stress of making it through check-in, security, boarding at the airport you’re rewarded with…

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12 go camping

It’s been a while, but I’m finally rediscovering my love of camping. All of my childhood holidays were spent under canvas or in a battered old caravan, and after investing in a tent last summer, I’m remembering how much fun camping as a family really is. This week we headed off to Suffolk to meet up with two other families (total six adults, six kids) for a three night stay. It may have been a bit wet, it may have been mighty chilly but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits. Campfires, late night chats, seaside trips, den building, ice…

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Twin myths: who’s in charge?

  It’s a question I get asked a lot about my twins: “Who’s the boss?” I can honestly say that when it comes to my two, there isn’t one. More often than not, it’ll be Ez directing play (she has always been more independent and her imaginative play has developed faster than Fonz’s), but I wouldn’t say that means she’s in charge. If strong-willed Fonz wants to join in, he will, but make no mistake – it’ll be on his own terms. When he gets bored (as he frequently does), he’ll instantly stop cooperating and either leave Ez to carry…

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