About Jennifer Howze

Jennifer Howze is the Creative Director and co-founder of BritMums. She blogs about family travel at Jenography.net, tweets at @JHowze and Instagrams at @JHowze. Previously, she wrote the Alpha Mummy blog at The Times and as a journalist has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel, CNN.com, Allure, SELF and Premiere, among others. She won The Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for a health article in Seventeen magazine.

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#NepalNow : A recycling centre that makes a difference

Bishnu’s hands work fast. She grabs a plastic bottle from the large bag in front of her and twists off the lid, smoothly tossing it into the small bucket near her feet. Her craft knife flicks, slicing through the label, cutting out the small strip of glue that held it in place, severing the coloured collar left behind on the neck of […]

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#NepalNow : How to rebuild a village post-earthquake

  In two small rooms in a newly constructed brick structure — soon to be a family home in Bhurunchuli, an hour and a half outside of Kathmandu — it seems the whole village has turned up. The men, women and children are crowded round the doorways and leaning in the window frames, all here to see the […]

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#NepalNow: Why BritMums is going to Nepal

It was an unexpected call. Or in this case, email. Coca-Cola got in touch, telling us a bit about the work it has done in Nepal for disaster relief in the wake of the devastating 2015 earthquake and about its 5by20 programme, empowering women in small entrepreneurship across its supply chain. They were taking a […]

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We need to avoid Mummy Wars Part 2

Since this post was published, Andrea Leadsom has dramatically dropped out of the Tory party leadership contest. We’d still love your thoughts on the continuing threat of the Mummy Wars. Read on!    The two-woman contest for leadership of the Tory party and Prime Minister — between the childfree Theresa May and mother of three Andrea […]

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Clangers at BritMums Live 2016

Join us: The Clangers for Kindness Lunch at BritMums Live 2016! We’re delighted that the Clangers will be hosting a special lunch at #BML16! The Clangers for Kindness campaign encourages people big and small to take part in kind acts to better the planet and humankind. We invite you to join in by writing your […]

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English winemaker Wiston Estate sponsors 2016 BiBs

We are delighted to announce as a sponsor of the 2016 Brilliance in Blogging Awards, aka the BiBs, the Wiston Estate. The Estate, on the chalky slopes of the South Downs, has been owned and managed by the Goring family since 1743. The vineyard was planted in 2006 and since then this family business has been run […]

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Why term-time holiday disputes need to disappear

There are a lot of problems in our schools. Oversubscribed classrooms. Failing schools. Teacher burnout. Crumbling facilities. Yet the Department of Education insists on focusing its limited budget and energy fighting against parents who take their children out during term-time. It’s a wasteful, ridiculous distraction and wrongheaded in its conception. (Read about the recent court […]

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#BML16 – Building your audience through email

Despite providing one of the most direct and measurable methods of digital communication, bloggers often neglect “old-fashioned” email as a means of developing their online community. Learn how to efficiently and effectively grow your blog, your brand and your business with email in this new to BritMums Live session, Building your Audience Through Email Marketing, […]

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How to get your child to tell you about their day

There are children who tell stories about their days at school, who weave anecdotes out of  classroom interactions, who reveal funny incidents that happened on the bus. I know about these children because parent friends tell me about them. These are not my children. “Did anything interesting happen at school today?” I ask casually as […]

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The Picture of Dorian Gray, as Wilde intended

Getting kids excited about great writers and great writing can be a challenge; seeing a classic work performed in a theatre can really bring it to life. Currently at Trafalgar Studios, there’s a special production of one of Oscar Wilde’s most famous works: The Picture of Dorian Gray. The story has been staged many times […]

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14 things to do in St Lucia with kids

St Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, but it packs in a load of options for visiting families. We visited with a tween and teen and discovered exciting activities for the entire family. Disclosure: Jenography’s stay at St James’s Club Morgan Bay is part of a #EliteIslandFamilies sponsored editorial project with […]

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BritMums on Sky News: A fix for term-time holidays?

There’s no getting away from it: Family holidays versus school term times has been an issue testing the patience of parents and schools. How do you balance school schedules with the need for families to book time away without breaking the bank? This morning I appeared on Sky News along with a Tom Bewick from […]

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BritMums speaking at World Travel Market 2015

We’re delighted to announce that BritMums will once again be speaking at World Travel Market in London, on Wednesday 4 November at 2pm. BritMums co-founder Jennifer Howze is speaking on “Show me the money“, about making money as a blogger. It will be an interactive session, with lots of back and forth with the audience […]

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#BML16: Why we’re reinventing BritMums Live

What’s new? That’s the question Susanna and I ask ourselves every year after the annual BritMums social media conference, as we start planning for the following year’s conference. The goal is always to make it more fun, more helpful, more fruitful and more of what you want. We’re lucky in that so many of you […]

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Pea pesto tapenade: Mixing up the menu with Birds Eye

We love peas in our house and eat them all the time but when we started working with Birds Eye on ways to #MixUpYourMenu — using family favourites such as peas, fish fingers and chicken chargrills in innovative dishes. I was inspired by a recipe I found from The Cowgirl Chef. This uses the favourites […]

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Where are the good tween movies?

In our house we love movies. We’ve even been known to catch a double feature from time to time. Yet even with cinema and Sky On Demand, Netflix and Amazon, the biggest problem I have lately is finding something to watch with my tween daughter. Of course there are the unrated movies that we all […]

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12 things to do with kids in Cyprus

Cyprus is a well-established destination for the party generation and new parents. But on a recent visit we discovered why it’s great with slightly older children, with its outdoor sports, culture that’s not restricted to museums and beautiful, rugged nature. Here, my must-do activities for any family visit to Cyprus. 1. Explore the Akamas Peninsula […]

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Is this the year you stop hating your looks?

Is this the year you stop hating the way you look? Practically every woman I know hates something about the way she looks, if not harbouring a general meh feeling about her overall looks. Instead of it being a little feeling, like, “I wish my hair were thicker/my waist thinner/my thighs firmer but I’ve got […]

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