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Do you remember the first comment on your blog? The apprehension of clicking publish, the slight horror and what you’ve just done and then the waiting. What if no one reads it… Someone does read it and they leave a comment (and they are not related to you). A positive comment and your heart sings. […]

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Tree top adventures: ‘I wanna be like you-ou-ou!’

Want to really show the kids a good time this summer, or even autumn for that matter? Well book them in to a Tree Top Junior session like I did. I organised the twins 7th birthday this year at Go Ape, a group of pretty little princesses who are so fixed on Frozen and tiaras […]

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39 things we love about British Weather

The British love to talk about the weather. We asked you to share your stories and pictures at the @BritMums recent #BritishWeatherWatch Twitter Party. The party was sponsored by the Met Office, and now, with the Met Office Weather Observations Website (WOW), we can really do something to get kids involved with the weather, help […]

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What makes the perfect holiday?

Hello everyone *stretches arms and smiles lazily* I’m back! Back from a two week complete switch off and if I am totally honest I’m struggling to leave this newfound state of pure relax that I have become accustomed too. I want it to continue and last forever I like it so much. No television and […]

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Unmissable family films this summer

With a long stretch of summer holidays ahead for us parents, and far too much drizzle for my liking, this family has been heading, and will no doubt return to the cinema again and again, for toasty seats, engaging movies and lots of popcorn, this summer. Here are my top 5 unmissable family films to look out […]

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8 reasons to visit Alberta for a dinosaur holiday

Where do you take your little budding palaeontologists? Kids love dinosaurs and we love to feed their scientific curiosity. But sometimes you can hit a dead end: You’ve spent more weekends than you care to mention trawling for fossils on the Jurassic coast and walking around Crystal Palace Park’s lopsided models. You’ve taken your budding […]

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Don’t fear the mess! #PampersPooFace

Don’t fear the mess that comes with parenting! You know what we are talking about: ice-cream smeared faces, chocolate covered hands and dare we mention the nappy explosions that come after the famous #PampersPooFace? This may sound like very scary stuff and, as new parents, we’ve all been taken by surprise by it. But what […]

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Top 10 essentials for camping with a baby

Camping with a baby takes military-style planning. One morning you’ll wake up in scorching heat, the next it’s freezing cold. If there’s one thing camping can guarantee (apart from endless fun and giggles) it’s unreliable, ever-changing weather. So with this is mind you’ll need to pack clothes for all occasions. You also need to make everything […]

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Juvederm: Before & after facial fillers

BritMums recently did a project with Juvederm, the dermal fillers that smooth away wrinkles. As part of that project, BritMums cofounder Jennifer Howze tried it out. Here’s her experience. I always wanted to age gracefully, naturally, relishing my lines for the experience they paid testament to. In this vision of the future, I always looked […]

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Top tips to write a novel from author of The Doctor’s daughter

Vanessa Matthews was determined to make her dream of writing a novel come true, she had to put an action plan in place and she shares with BritMums her top tips to write a novel. Like many people, I harboured a dream of writing a novel. However, my life as a busy wife and working […]

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How your blog could help vulnerable teens

  The Children’s Society supports vulnerable children in England and Wales. Now they are looking for bloggers concerned about childen to be part of their ambassador team. Clare Bracey of the Children’s Society tells how you can get involved. Teenagers. It’s just an awkward age right? As a parent of a 17-year-old, I can testify […]

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First Aid for kids – common myths & top tips

Knowing first aid for kids is such an important thing to learn as a parent. It could just make the difference when your child has an accident. Mother of seven Afra Wilmore, a blogger at www.madmumof7.com, talks first aid and common myths. Over to Afra: First Aid Rapped Up – a campaign by British Red […]

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Swearing: For **** sake!

In the park, I get chatting to another mum, we find lots to talk about and our children are getting on. To emphasis a point I am making I swear, I am in full flow. However, I do register a slight flicker on her part, as I hold forth. Later, when I rewind the afternoon […]

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Parenting doesn’t get any easier

I had no idea how to look after my baby when he was born. When I got pregnant, all people ever seemed to want to tell me about motherhood was that maternal instinct kicks in and you just know what to do. Well, that may have been true for the times he cried because he […]

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51 ways to drink Cravendale

How do you and the mini-milk drinkers in your home like to drink Cravendale? That’s the question we asked at our #MilkDrinkersMilk Twitter party, and you told us some great stories — from an ice-cold glass in the morning to a post-workout refresher to a warm nightcap before bed, it’s the tasty drink all day […]

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Healthy egg meals ideas for families

They are the ultimate in instant food – the perfect protein package – and there’s so much more to do with eggs than the simple boil, fry or scramble. BritMums got together with British Lion Eggs for the #HealthyEggMeals Pinterest Challenge and there has been no shortage of inspiring ideas from top BritMums bloggers and […]

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100 Word Challenge and Night Zookeeper join forces

A match made in heaven or in the classroom as this case may be. Julia Skinner, founder of 100 Word Challenge is very excited to share the great news of the new Night Zookeeper connection and how will this is going to help children up and down the country fall in love with writing. Last […]

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Mum v Kid: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

There was a time in 2003 and 2004 in which everyone you knew was reading Mark Haddon’s book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time or telling you to read it. It won awards, was published in editions for children and adults and was found to be one of the top 5 happy […]

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