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7 Top Tips to Get You Moving

It’s January, Christmas is over and your inbox is full of ‘loose weight’ and ‘get fit’, and those ‘quick fix’ plans are everywhere. Well, we buck the trends in the fitness industry, we don’t mind if you over indulged, drank a bit more than you should and forgot about all those healthy eating tips – you’re meant to, it’s Christmas and you are busy organising and making memories with your family. (more…)

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Being a Mum Boss

After having my son in 2016 I decided that I wanted to retrain as a yoga teacher. I started training when he was ten months old and now run yoga classes, events and pop-ups in Bicester and beyond. Being a mum, and running my own business has definitely put my balancing skills to the test! (more…)

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Storybeans’ Top 5 Books that Bear Re-Reading

Sponsored guest blog by Kirstie Mahony of Storybeans

Most people would agree that reading and telling stories to your children is important. These activities help children to grow in so many different ways, impacting upon language development, imagination, even fine motor skills as children work out how to use their little hands to turn pages. (more…)

5 Tips for Helping your Parents as they Start to Get Older

Guest blog by Jessica Silver from ElWell.

ElWell is a local service here to help people live the life they want as they get older and support their families. They make home visits across Oxfordshire and provide tailored help for mobility, balance, overcoming loneliness, managing memory loss, making home adaptations and nutrition.

We’re the sandwich generation – and we don’t mean we’re fans of Pret A Manger! Instead, this term explains the rise in people looking after their kids and also helping to care for their parents as they get older. There are currently an estimated 2.4 million people in the UK doing just this, and with life expectancy increasing (in Oxfordshire and across the UK, the 65 and over age group is growing at the fastest rate), this is set to go up. (more…)

Christmas Present Ideas for Kids


Driving Home for Christmas?

Christmas is a time for friends and family, and for many of us that means travelling a good distance. That used to be fine… nice, even. Sling a couple of bags in the back and off you go, maybe stopping for a coffee or two along the way, if you fancy it. (more…)

Easy Picnic Ideas from Crafty Cooks

With summer time coming and picnics in the park around the corner I thought it would be nice to share some ideas with you for something other than just a standard sandwich. (more…)

Halloween Spooky Snack Ideas

We’ve just thrown a small party in honour of a special birthday, and because of the timing thought we’d go Halloweeny with the food. I spent a great deal of time trying to find things that would look good but be very easy to do – and thought I’d share the results for anyone else in the throes of planning a Halloween party, or wanting to spooky up a dinner this week! (more…)

How Mindfulness Can Help Us Lose Mum Guilt

The situation.

Becoming a mother is an incredible gift. Fact.

Another fact is that it also brings with it a thorough emotional and physical overhaul which can leave us wondering where and who we are and what our shoe size is. (more…)

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids

Whether you’re going ‘out out’ for New Year’s Eve or not, there are loads of really fun ways to mark the changing of the years with your little people. Here are 8 great ideas from Mumbler Charlotte – Happy New Year! (more…)

Letters from a Teacher

I started as a fresh-faced NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) in Reception with the very youngest class, the ones that were all Summer borns, and stayed in Reception for 4 years before I moved on to teach Yr1, mixed aged R/Yr1, Yr1/Yr2 and Year 2 classes. (more…)

Preparing Your Child for School

This is a topic that is very close to my heart for two reasons:

1) My eldest daughter started school last year and is about to go into year 1 (blub)

2) I am a primary school reception class teacher

I therefore couldn’t let August end without offering some words of advice for any parents who will be waving off their little ones on the first day of school in a couple of weeks. (more…)

Questions, Questions

When reading with children, parents and carers are often advised to ask children questions to help children think about or understand stories, make them look more closely at pictures, or to build in other learning opportunities such as asking children to find numbers on a page. (more…)

Slings & Hot Weather






Babywearing can be an easy way to carry on with daily life no matter what the weather and may be more convenient than pushing a buggy in the heat. This is because: (more…)

Supporting Oxford Charities this Christmas

From donating unwanted toys to dressing up as santa and running a couple of miles, there’s lots you can do to help others in Oxford this Christmas… (more…)

Top Tips for Cooking with Children

Sponsored guest blog by Gemma Allen of Crafty Cooks – a cookery club for children as young as 2.5 years of age where they are given the chance to cook a little more than the standard cupcake! (more…)

Where to Buy Christmas Trees in Oxford

This is our first year having Christmas at home and our first EVER Christmas tree!  We did have a micro 6-inch fake one from Wilko for a while, but I don’t think that counts… This year we’re going for it and I’ve researched all the places I can find in and around Oxford that sell real trees. Here they are for anyone also in the market! (more…)

Why Singing is Good for You and Your Family!

Guest blog written by Bella, who runs the brilliant Raise Your Voice Family Choir (for parents and children age 4-11) and Moms and Pops Choir (for parents and babies/bumps)…

I started writing this blog on Blue Monday. I’m sure you heard of it, the third Monday in January when we are supposedly at our most miserable – money is tight, the days are dark and all the Christmas chocolate has run out. My social media feed was full of people telling me how to cheer myself up, as well as people commenting on the fact that the day was originally made up by a company to sell more products and is actually based on complete fake science. (more…)