Monday, 20 June 2016

Tiny Talk: Babies' Signing Classes

Every new parent knows the frustration 
of not being able to understand why their baby's crying. 

Do they want milk, a nap, a cuddle?
It's hard to know those first months. 

This is exactly what Tiny Talk
an awarded baby signing class, 
aims to resolve in a fun and very interactive way. 

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Research shows that from as early as 6 to 9 months old, 
babies can begin to tell you what they want and how they feel. 

Since babies gain control of their hands 
much earlier than they start talking, 
baby signing can help them communicate, 
thus alleviating the frustration 
of not being able to get their message across. 

We attended the new Tiny Talk class in Fulham
taught by the lovely Linda,
and had a fantastic time of learning through fun. 

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The hour long class focuses on a different set of words each time 
and the signs are integrated 
with the use of rhymes, songs, and toys. 

There are also plenty of sensory activities, 
like bubbles, tactile rubber shapes and voile scarves 
to encourage the little ones to develop their communications skills 
{the bubble machine is a firm favourite}. 

At the end, a certificate, followed by a round of applause, 
is handed to the babies who manage to sign a new sign, 
and lovely treats await babies and adults alike. 

In a nutshell: a fun and educative class 
for babies in SW London.

Tiny Talk classes in SW London: Putney, Fulham, Battersea and Balham, see more details here
Cost is £8 per class

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Piccolo Plates: Healthy Food for Fussy Eaters

I know first hand how some little ones 
are hard to please when it comes to food; 
'too green', 'too crunchy', 'not crunchy enough', 
'I'm not hungry, mummy'... 

...you know the drill. 

So when Piccolo Plates got in touch to kindly ask 
if we would like to review their homemade dishes for children, 
I promptly said yes.

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Piccolo Plates was created by Eleanor and Bella, 
who have a real passion for healthy, nutritious food; 
with a background in the food industry
and a degree in personalised nutrition,
they decided to offer families a helping hand 
with cooking healthy food that the kiddos will enjoy.

Piccolo Plates' menu features 
a variety of utterly scrumptious classic dishes, 
like fish and cottage pie, cod goujons, butternut squash, and risotto.

All dishes, costing £5 each and providing 2 servings, 
are made with the freshest ingredients, 
do not contain added salt or sugar, 
and are packed with vegetables and natural flavour. 

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The dishes, which are delivered for free across London, 
are chilled and only need to be warmed up in the oven.

We were kindly sent the whole menu to taste 
and I can safely report it went down a treat 
and the kids kept asking for more 
{our favourites were the cottage and fish pies}. 

And, if you are like me and secretly dream of the kid's fish pie, no problem! 
Bella and Eleanor can make larger portions for adults, 
more jazzed up with herbs and spices. 

In a nutshell: a perfect way to get the little fussy eaters 
eat their greens and ask for more!

Piccolo Plates, all dishes cost £5 (two servings)

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Stratford-upon-Avon with Children

Now that sunny days and warm temperatures are finally here, 
swapping London’s concrete jungle for the beautiful English countryside 
is always a good idea. 

But embarking on a long car journey with the kiddos can be trying
if that’s the case for you too, 
let me suggest a top child friendly destination 
that is only a two hour drive from central London.

Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon, the Bard’s hometown, 
a picturesque village filled with fun things to do 
for families with young and older children.

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Explore the River

The village with its quaint black and white cottages 
is located on the banks of the river Avon. 

The river is central to the village’s life, 
with open green spaces on both sides of it, 
where children can run and play.

If the weather is nice, you can rent a motorboat or a rowing boat 
and go along the river for stunning views of the village. 
Or pack a picnic and go for some fishing.


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Shakespeare’s Museum 

Visit Shakespeare's house, 
the place where he was born and grew up, 
and let the children get familiar with the Bard's works and life. 

At the museum one will hear interesting tales
about Shakespeare's family life
and enjoy live theatre performances by the resident actors.

Exciting treasure hunts are organised
for families with children.

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Butterfly Farm

A great attraction for children and adults alike
in Stratford-upon-Avon is the butterfly farm.

Upon entering the -very warm- glasshouse,
one is transported into a tropical forest
with hundreds of butterflies flapping their colourful wings.

There is also a room with caterpillars, cocoons and chrysalises,
where children learn how butterflies grow,
as well as a section full of exotic and some pretty weird insects,
like leaf-cutter ants, black widow spiders and scorpions.

In a nutshell: Stratford-upon-Avon is ideal
for a weekend break with loads of fun things to do for all the family.

Visit Stratford-upon-Avon website to plan your trip
Learn more about Shakespeare's birthplace
Plan a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon's butterfly farm





Monday, 16 May 2016

Top Gifts for Expecting Mums

Is your wife/best friend/sister/work colleague expecting 
and you don’t quite know what would make her happy? 

Let me help. 

As much as an expecting mum 
might coo over cute baby grows and newborn bundles, 
there’s one thing that is going to make her feel truly special: 
a bit of pampering.



A pregnancy massage at the Mandarin Oriental Spa

Rumours say it’s the best spa in London
I’ve been there and I can attest that as far as spas go, 
this is top top top. 

The facilities are like a comfy water cocoon: 
dimmed lights, an ideal temperature and soft sounds 
will relax the tensest of persons. 

Arrive early to take a dip in the vitality pool 
and enjoy some tea and the yummiest oat cookies in the relaxation area. 
Then the therapist will take your medical history 
and note any intolerances before proceeding with the selected treatment. 

The pregnancy treatment is an all over body one, 
aiming at relieving stresses, heavy legs and an aching back. 
The price is a bit steep, 
but it’s definitely worth it for some royal pampering.



Skin Spa from Baylis & Harding

This time last year, I was heavily pregnant with Baby P. 
With my feet swollen and tired of carrying all that extra weight around, 
one of the things that made me feel really nice 
was having long footbaths and massages. 

Baylis and Harding, the luxury cosmetic company, 
recently launched a range of products especially created for mums to be. 

The Mum To Bee skin spa gift set includes everything 
one needs for a mini pedi aat home: 
foot soak crystals, a honey and almond foot lotion 
and a pair of supersoft socks. 

In short, what every mum to be needs before D-day.



Ultimate Rose Pregnancy Treatment, duration 1h50min £210
Baylis and Harding Comfort Me Sock set, £6, available at Tesco online


Disclosure: complimentary treatment & PR samples.
Views and wording my own.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

London's Sky Garden with Children

True to the famous quote,
London is never in short supply
of extraordinary things to do and see.

One of the latest additions and, up until recently,
a hush-hush secret of Londoners is the aptly named Sky Garden;
Europe’s first hanging gardens in the heart of the City of London.

Up on the 36th floor of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper,
magnificent gardens and breathtaking views of famous landmarks
make this a must-visit London destination.

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We went there recently with the kid and baby
and had an unforgettable day out.

To visit the Sky Garden there are two options:
you can  pre-book a free visit,
but that needs to be done months in advance
as the free public access is restricted and overbooked,
or you can book a table at one of the restaurants
and enjoy the gardens whenever you want.

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We had a Sunday brunch at the restaurant;
for £39 per adult and £19 per child
one can have starters and desserts from the buffet,
order a main course
and drink as many Bloody Marys and milkshakes as one likes.

We had the pulled pork burger, which was super tasty,
the kid had an enormous fish and chips plate
and the baby stuffed his face with fresh raspberries.
The best part was the desserts, with top marks for the banoffee.

 A Mum in London

So, how child-friendly is the Sky Garden?
Well, it is fine if you have older children,
but not so much for babies and toddlers.

The gardens are laid in levels and have steps,
so if you have a buggy you will need to take the lift
and miss the different planted levels.

But, overall, the views and the amazing gardens make up for it
and I would strongly recommend going there with children
to enjoy spectacular views of the fantastic city London is.

Sky Garden20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF
Entry is free but must be booked in advance.


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