If you are a parent in Brighton then you probably know Saunders Park. Your kids may have enjoyed a cool down on one of these recent hot days in the paddling pool there.
Tags: best parenting practice, loom bands and ipad, never presume, strawberry cornetto
You know when you do something, and as you are doing it you are thinking, ‘this isn’t such a smart idea’.
Taking a hot tray out the oven and forgetting the tea towel.
Jumping in a pool without checking how deep it is.
Tags: Glastonbury, lost child found child, Oxfam festival stewards, Oxfamily, shambala, volunteer at festivals
Although I’ve always felt festivals are one of the safest places for a child to go wandering, the reality of it happening still producing that sick panic and sinking feeling that ever parent dreads.
Tags: Brighton, Brighton Marina car park, Brighton Sand Sculpture, parent and child Brighton, Volks railway
We were recently invited to check out the Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival which has taken over Black Rock on Madeira Drive.
Now I humbly class myself as a bit of a sand master. I have spent many happy hours building master pieces or turning the kids in to mermaids. But this is something different.
Tags: Explain death to kids, happy squeak grave, let's call him happy
The kids discovered a very tame little squirrel in the garden yesterday chilling out near the shed. Continue reading ‘Happy squeak grave’
Tags: Bathing under the sky, champagne pies and hot tubs, Elderflower Fields Festival review, Elderflower Mojito, So Sussex, Stoneham Spring, Sugar Mice icecream
We spent last weekend at Elderflower Fields Family Festival at it’s beautiful new home in Ashdown Forest.
Although Elderflower Fields is very much billed as the focus being ‘all about the kids’ this year I decided that us grown ups weren’t going to miss out.
Tags: family festival, tips for taking kids to festivals, Whizz Bang Pop Festival, Win festival tickets
This weekend we went to our first festival of the season Elderflower Fields.
We had a fabulous weekend of family fun and I hared some of my ‘top tips for taking kids to festivals’ with lots of new families who were taking the plunge with their first family event.
I also had a column in the Argus featuring a Sussex Family Festival round-up.
Get me, a column in the Argus!
If you’re not quite ready to do a full weekend at a festival with kids I included some day festival suggestions in my recent column (now that I am officially a journalist and all that!)
Whizz Bang Pop Festival is one of the great day festivals I recommend and the lovely organisers have not only donated a family ticket to one of you lucky people but also the chance to DJ IN THE DISCO SHED!!
Tags: Earth Day, green cities Brighton, Hollingreen, Mini Sparkles
Today is Earth Day and exactly a year ago we made a pledge and planted ‘Mini Sparkles’, a little silver tree. We promised to try to visit it in the wild (Hollingdean actually) every year to see how it was getting on.
Well, we think we found our little tree. In our excitement last year we hadn’t really marked the spot and ‘The Wild’ changes quite a bit in a year. It’s a jungle out there!
Tags: love love love, to my most amazing friend
This note is for her and her brand new little baby.
May you both always walk with sunshine in your steps.
Today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness.
The Day of Happiness campaign is a global celebration to mark #HappinessDAY. A time to celebrate what really makes us happy. The World is starting to recognise that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.
We went to the beach again and we saw an enormous, blobby, scary jellyfish. Then we climbed a gigantic cliff that lead up to a cave. My cousin Tal, who is 9, kept throwing the ball down the cliff to my mum.
Tags: bohemian tent, camping in January, cheap pop up tent, indoor camping, rum hot chocolate with marshmallows
Pretty depressing isn’t it?
Christmas come down, cold and wet, everyone skint, and nothing on TV but holiday ads reminding you of a life you can’t keep up with.
You can’t even cheer yourself up down the pub as everyone sets themselves ridiculous new years resolutions.
January is always detox time in our house. The one time of the year my husband does the shopping. Filling the cupboards with cardboard crackers that sit there till the following January.
Tags: #TeamHonkBrighton, #teamhonkrelay, I love Brighton, Lands end to John O'groats, Sport Relief bloggers relay, Team Honk
For some ridiculous reason I agreed to take part in a Lands End to John O’groats relay for Sport Relief with my friend Maddie from Gammon and Chips.
Sport and I are not familiar friends. More distant cousins I suppose. Unless it involves a pint of cider and a heavy bass line the closest I come to exercise is an occasional go on Wii Dance if I can drag myself off the sofa.
This time in just 2 weeks I will be on a plane to see my big sister in Tasmania. I haven’t seen her in 7 years so am very excited.
Although we are far apart you are always in my thoughts.