Author: Louise Wheeler

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2017

Looking for Father’s Day gift ideas? This year Father’s Day lands on Sunday 18th June and we’ve hunted around for our favourite presents to suit different budgets and tastes. Whether your dad is the outdoors type or a laid-back homebody, we hope you’ll find the perfect gift idea for him. The XL Man Box This extra-large gift box by Ross and Ross Food comes with a warning: it’s only for the hungriest and hardiest men in your life. Each box includes a manly banquet of tasty treats that come straight from the Cotswolds – bottles of ale and larger,...

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Essex Splash Parks: Great Places to Cool Off this Summer

Cool down this summer at one of Essex’s splash parks. When temperatures start to rise, these water play areas are an ideal place for children to burn off some energy without overheating. All for the parks opening hours are subject to change due to weather conditions, cleaning and maintenance. Please check with the park before travelling. Essex Splash Parks Maldon Splash Park Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ Open April – September, various dates from 11am – 4pm or 10am – 6pm. Maldon Splash Park is a highly popular attraction that features ground water jets, ‘umbrella’ and high...

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Curb Your Toddler’s Sugar Cravings

Having just experienced the season of chocolate otherwise known as Easter and taking my son to his first Easter Egg Hunt, it was blatantly apparent the impact an overdose of sugar has on a small person! Whilst I understand that ‘treats’ are normal I also know the impact that a childhood full of sugar can have in their adult life.  With diabetes and obesity increasing as well as being more prevalent in children and teenagers I feel sometimes we are fighting a losing battle, especially when I saw Easter Eggs being sold in my local supermarket in January! Our...

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Why you should never use a blanket to cover a pram in hot weather

We all know about the dangers of sun and heat exposure. We keep our kids in the shade, slather them in sun cream and would never, ever leave them in a hot car. But as the temperature rises, there’s one common mistake that could be putting babies at risk. Researchers in Sweden report that using a blanket as a pram cover actually creates “furnace-like heat” inside. Even thin cloths like muslins can reduce air circulation and increase the heat within the pram by as much as 15 degrees Celsius. “It gets extremely hot down in the pram, something like...

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Great Family Glamping Holidays in Essex

Thinking about a family camping trip this year? Forget sweaty tents and nylon sleeping bags; we’re talking wood burners, double beds and fully equipped kitchens. Here’s our pick of the best family glamping holidays in Essex and the surrounding area. Feather Down Layer Marney, nr Colchester Set in the grounds of the historical Layer Marney Tower, this glamping experience is a winner for little animal lovers. You’ll find friendly horses, sheep and chickens living in this beautiful spot, as well as wildlife like deer, owls, and pheasants. All of the accommodation sleeps up to 6 people and includes running...

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