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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Win 1 of 3 Properly Cool Lava Sound Systems #BackToSchool
Aug12

Win 1 of 3 Properly Cool Lava Sound Systems #BackToSchool

We’re so excited about this one – working with the affordably stylish Lava on a most cool competition to win one of THREE different sound systems. I KNOW! And every single on of these prizes will be totally brilliant for your Back-To-Schooler, ace for a kids bedroom or an always-out teenager. First up is my personal favourite – the BrightSounds2. It’s a relatively unassuming thing at first glance… but...

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Reading Festival’s Sold Out – but tickets are still to be had!
Aug09

Reading Festival’s Sold Out – but tickets are still to be had!

If you were holding on for pay day before you nabbed your Reading tickets, then you may ave been dismayed at the ‘sold out’ banner that appeared last week. FRET NOT! There are still tickets to be had for both weekend camping and the sold out Saturday – and no, not for horribly ridiculous eye-watering prices either. Reading Festival takes place at Richfield Avenue, and with a line up that includes Red Hot Chilli...

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Madness – ever tried Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District?
Aug02

Madness – ever tried Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District?

I eyed the drop off the ledge and tried to work my feet slightly closer through the water without slipping. Jeepers it was high. No. 1 son turned, flashed a grin, took a deep breath and leaped confidently off into the swirling narrow channel below. Well, he would wouldn’t he? Unbelievably, frightened-of-heights Boy stepped up next. He nervously eyed the drop, fixed his eyes on the security of Phil’s reassuring face on the...

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Things My Teen Taught Me This Week
Jun25

Things My Teen Taught Me This Week

Somehow, I own three teenagers. Honestly, I swear I do not know how it happened. I live with them. I see them every single day. Obviously I know they’re not babies, but for some reason, in my head they’re still these guys… Aren’t they delicious? In my head, if I sit on the ground I can still fit all three into my lap for a group hug (just no.1’s lanky 6’2″ frame no longer fits into my lap, let...

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