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September is Colic Awareness Month – But What Causes It?

We’re coming to the end of the second week of rediscovering our evenings. By which I mean we have finally, finally got Elfin to start going to bed at a reasonable hour and – crucially – not waking up again ten minutes later. I’ve not spoken about it here too much, perhaps once or twice when I’ve been discussing relevant products;  ...

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Family and Parenting

I’m My Baby’s Last Choice, and It Really Hurts

I started writing this post probably six months ago, after a particularly gruelling night. Elfin had struggled to settle for sleep; she’d been up more than she’d been down and other than occasionally wanting me for my mammary glands, I was very firmly in second place to Daddy. It’s no exaggeration to say that during the course of her  ...

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Family and Parenting, Travel

Family Adventures in Devon – Our Must-See Itinerary

We’re at it again – planning our next family staycation, and this time we’re keen to travel to Devon. I’ve only ever been to southwest England a couple of times, but it’s an undeniably beautiful part of the country and I’m excited to visit with the girls in tow. I’ve been checking out the best family days out in Devon for our next mini  ...

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Family and Parenting

How to Prevent Head Lice, Featuring Hedrin All-in-One Shampoo

The summer holidays are upon us and, come September, many of us will have children going into preschool or ‘big’ school. There are many considerations when we drop our little ones off, namely ensuring they have the necessary equipment, that they’ve done a wee and have spare clothing – just in case – and that they are more excited  ...

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