Is Chillingham Castle a good place to visit for families?

Chillingham Castle is a sight for sore eyes for families like ours. After two housebound staycations, I had promised C that as soon as lockdown ended, we’d head to the Northumberland coast for an adventure. While some castles were closed and other places were booked up…

How to ground yourself in what’s going well in life

Winter was out of the way. Nights were getting lighter and warmer. It was easier to get out of bed on the mornings … but then Covid-19 arrived, ruining life for families and throwing everything up in the air.  As I write this, there’s a big ‘what-if’ hanging over our…

How to help toddlers feel better in isolation

Isolation is tough for everyone right now, but particularly toddlers who are too young to understand why. Here are a few ways we have tried to make it easier for our son, little C. Good routine Children love routine, so while our routine has changed dramatically…

Smile like you mean it – my happy photo challenge

To spread happiness and help us smile through tough times, a new happy photo campaign has now been launched. The new campaign from photo printing specialist CEWE is setting Brits the challenge of sharing their happy photos and spreading some virtual cheer online. I don’t know about you,…

Different brew for remote-working caffeine addicts

Working remotely with the kettle just steps away, the temptation to grab just one more brew is real for us. However, the effects of too much caffeine has been playing havoc with our sleep and anxiety levels. That’s definitely something none of us need in the…

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

Not only can you exercise during pregnancy, but it will also help you on so many levels. The right exercise can help minimise typical pregnancy aches such as lower back pain, stretch areas of tightness caused by the bump shifting your centre of gravity forwards, and it will…

Rationing screentime for children during lockdown

If you are the parent of a young child, I’m sure you will have endured some shrieking and stomping during lockdown when trying to limit screentime. In our house, this has happened when we have tried to take the iPad away from little C. While we…