The New UCAS Tariff – 10 Things You Need To Know 
Oct03

The New UCAS Tariff – 10 Things You Need To Know 

My oldest is 17, and has just started his final year in 6th form. Which means we’re now facing the endless bafflement of UCAS and Uni applications. *tremble*. I realise that if your children are pre-schoolers this is a land far, far away (trust me, it’s so not as far away as you think), but if you’re housing teens then you’ll be either vaguely or acutely aware that the whole system just changed on you. So...

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Moonlit Canoeing on Windermere
Sep13

Moonlit Canoeing on Windermere

Following our brilliant afternoon ghyll scrambling in the Lake District we grabbed a bite to eat in Keswick (amazing burgers – and one ‘mac & 4 cheese’ – from Bar Metro – TOTALLY recommended, they were brilliant) and headed down to the National Trust’s Low Wray campsite  on the shores of Windermere to meet up again with Phil – we had plans for moonlight canoeing. I had been excited about...

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100% Recommended. Total Peace of Mind with a Pacsafe V17 BackPack
Sep12

100% Recommended. Total Peace of Mind with a Pacsafe V17 BackPack

More than a few years ago we were planning our very first trip abroad post-children (to be fair, it was our first trip abroad since our honeymoon. What? We LOVED camping!) While we were sorting all the packing lists we had a small ‘debate’. We had to carry passports and cash and bank cards and all the other important paraphernalia you take when you travel. I, of course, would carry it in my bag. But the husband rather...

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When your firstborn goes to Reading Festival – Mum’s side of the story.
Sep09

When your firstborn goes to Reading Festival – Mum’s side of the story.

Reading Festival. I’ve known it was coming for a few years. There’s been begging and pleading and wheedling and outright huffing and door slamming. Last year we deflected with a ‘next year. You’ll be 17 then. Old enough to go’. Oh foolish parents. Be careful what you promise. Because before I could sit through four new 21 Pilots videos he WAS 17. And booking his own train ticket to Reading. We stuck with...

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Win A Complete GCSE bundle plus £20 voucher in Day 5 of #BackToSchoolBooks
Sep09

Win A Complete GCSE bundle plus £20 voucher in Day 5 of #BackToSchoolBooks

If you’ve not made friends with it yet, then you need to go and introduce yourself to the Collins4Parents website. It’s not only jam-packed with excellent books for every stage of your child’s learning, but they also offer a boat load of useful resources and practical guides to help both you and your resident student. Right now there’s also an online 30% discount for parents on all Back to School books, so now’s a good time to stock...

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First Time at Reading Festival – One 17yr Old’s Story
Sep06

First Time at Reading Festival – One 17yr Old’s Story

This year no.1 son was finally deemed old enough at the grand age of 17 to do his own thing; and so the August Bank Holiday found him making his way for his first time at Reading Festival – really there was no other choice for a big pile of firsts; first ‘proper’ festival (except Camp Bestival & Larmer Tree, along with his aged parents and irritating siblings, so they don’t count). First trip away with no...

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