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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Jenny Joice: Painting with Nature

Jenny Joice is best-known for her specialist work in capturing the personalities of both domestic and farm animals with her painting commissions of pet portraits. Less known is her keen interest in painting directly from the wonders of nature. Jenny’s artistic skills evolved during her classical training in the Florentine studio of the renowned Nerina […]

Book Review : The Cuckoo’s Calling

Robert Galbraith Sphere, £7.99 When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – […]

A Crafty Mother’s Day Card

Here’s a simple, fun and easy to make Mother’s day card idea that will also make a wonderful keepsake. Take one A4 piece of card in the colour of your choosing. Fold it in half and place the child’s hand on it, slightly open. Trace around the hand and cut out the shape keeping the […]

Babies & Children – Special Feature

Mums, Dads, Grandmas, Grandads, Uncles and Aunts – whatever your label; we know that the little people in your lives are so important. Our special feature this month includes recipes, walks and stories for kids, along with articles for parents and carers on the issues that make your job the most rewarding (and tiring) in […]

Children’s Books

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us her top picks for children & teens Picture Books     Hattie Peck Emma Levey Join Hattie Peck on an adventure to find all of the lost eggs in the world. The perfect picture book, with a wonderful story and beautiful illustrations. Penguin in Peril Helen Hancocks With […]

Amba and the Big White

‘I think there will be a surprise for you tomorrow, Amba,’ whispered his mother as she looked up at the sky. The stars twinkled like tiny diamonds. There were no clouds to be seen, but she could sense something in the cold air. ‘Is it my birthday tomorrow?’ ‘No, Amba.’ ‘Then what could it be?’ […]

Step away from the screen!

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Children, computers and the internet. Are our concerns over health and safety valid, or are we over thinking the problem and holding our children back from engaging with a vast and rich resource? Tablets, smart phones, pcs, laptops; our modern day lives are awash with technology. Living in a technological age means we are able […]

Cooking With Kids – No fry Spring Rolls

Like all successful pursuits with children, the key to this recipe is freedom of choice. These spring rolls can contain pretty much whatever you, or rather they, like. Even chef Holly ate one, and that’s no mean feat given that she’s the world’s fussiest eater. But of course, everything tastes better when you’ve made it […]

Baby Massage

Image courtesy of Milan Jurek

Ceri James is a fully qualified baby massage and baby yoga instructor. Here she gives an insight into the power and benefits of soothing touch Baby massage is a centuries old tradition and is much more than a method of simply relaxing your baby with soothing music and oils. Its benefits for both parent and […]

Spread a little Nappiness

If you have a baby or you are expecting one soon then you are probably learning quickly about nappies! You are probably using, or plan to use, disposables but there is an excellent alternative; cloth. Why should you consider cloth nappies? Aren’t they old fashioned and require lots of effort? Not at all. Forget the […]