Kid's birthday party with Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl Kid’s Birthday Party Review

I have a love/hate relationship with kid’s birthday parties. I dread organising them, as I go into Pinterest overdrive and want everything to be perfect. The kids never notice, and I just end up getting stressed.

Ava’s birthday is mid-December, which is a rubbish time to have a birthday, as it’s always slightly overshadowed by Christmas. So when the lovely people at Hollywood Bowl got in touch to see if we’d like to review their Ultimate Kid’s Birthday Party*, I couldn’t have been happier. And, it turns out, neither could Ava.Queen Ava at her Hollywood Bowl kids birthday partyNormally, I’d be stressing for weeks, over hiring a venue, party bags, kid’s entertainer, food, invitations, etc. etc. etc. But all I had to do was choose a time and number of kids, pick up the invites from the bowling alley, fill in the details and hand them out. It could not be easier! Continue reading

Paper goodies for sale at Make Wrap Mingle

Christmas Crafting Fun at Make Wrap Mingle

Christmas. Paper. Crafting. Fizz. Doughnuts. Meringues. Could there be a better combination?

Thanks to the gorgeous ladies behind Make Wrap Mingle, I would say no, that is Heaven, right there!

Make Wrap Mingle doughnuts

Ava was dying to dig in!

I took Ava to this special Christmas event at Paper Mill London, (which is an amazing venue, by the way!) where some very talented makers showed us how to make all sorts of Christmas crafts, as well as how to wrap presents.

It wasn’t a children’s event, but I thought Ava would love it, so I took the chance and took her along. Luckily, I was right and she was as happy as a pig in muck, and didn’t want to leave. She was especially fond of this lovely vintage typewriter.Vintage typewriter


Make, Wrap, Mingle is a crafting event featuring printed textile designer Zeena Shah, stationery exerts Papermash, and design and lifestyle blog Little Big Bell. There are quarterly events running in London so if you’re interested I would follow them to know when the next ones are going to be. I see Zeena has a printing workshop on 23rd January. I went to one of her mini workshops at the Handmade Fair last year and it was brilliant. Continue reading

Colour Together Nature by Annie Davidson

Colour Together Nature Adult and Children’s Colouring Book Review

If there was such a thing, I’d have an A-Level in Colouring In. I did Art and Geography A-Levels alongside English, and would spend a lot of time clutching a handful of colouring pencils. Ava and Thea are following in my footsteps. When the guys at Andersen Press sent me a copy of their latest colouring book Colour Together: Nature to review* I knew we’d love to colour it in together.Colour Together Nature by Annie Davidson

The illustrator Annie Davidson has done a brilliant job – the illustrations are beautiful and there is a more detailed version on the right, with a simpler one on the left. Perfect for adults and kids to colour together. Ready to colour in the fox page of Colour Together Nature Continue reading

Piccalilly organic kids clothes including dresses, skirts and an appliqué t-shirt

Why Piccalilly Organic Kids Clothes Make Great Gifts

Organic kids clothes. Hard to resist, right? There is some thing just so scrummy about little, soft, colourful kids clothes, for your own little ones, or as a gift. I’m delighted that Ava and Thea are Brand Ambassadors for gorgeous organic kids clothes company Piccalilly. They have sent us a gorgeous bundle of kids clothes to review*, and I hope you’ll like them as much as we do.

Sisters in Piccalilly organic kids clothing

Thea wears the Forest Tunic Dress and Ava wears the Town House Dress.

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What's in our Operation Christmas Child shoebox

Packing Our Christmas Shoebox

When I was growing up, my mum would help us pack up a Christmas shoebox of gifts for a child in the developing world. This year, Ava, Thea and I are taking part in Operation Christmas Child. We are packing up our own box of goodies for a child who probably won’t receive any gifts.

Ava’s school is collecting the boxes, and have been telling the children why they are doing it. Ava is really on board and came up with loads of suggestions about what we could put in it.Our Christmas shoebox Continue reading