Author: Jen

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Carluccio’s Exeter

We are very fortunate to be spending Easter with Cofton Holidays in Starcross, South Devon; a beautiful spot beside the River Exe. This evening, we ventured into nearby Exeter to sample the delights of Carluccio’s at Princesshay, a modern, sprawling open-air shopping centre. Having never been to a branch of Carluccio’s before today, I suppose I was expecting something fairly standard in terms of Italian chain restaurants. What was delivered, however, was rather more authentic – the staff, the wine list, the ingredients, they were all properly Italian. The menu was a little more what we elaborately referred to as grown up than a number of other places we have eaten at with the children, providing no real “safe” options such as pizza, chips or chicken nuggets. I can see why this might be attractive to most customers – it’s always nice to get the kids eating similar things to the adults, after all. Not so great for fussy eaters though and it certainly presented a problem for Sonny who refused all of the food …

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Fertility News – Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott Welcome Their Fifth child

It’s blessing times five for 43-year old Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott as they welcome their fifth addition to the household and get ready to be back to diaper duty! The couple welcomed their baby boy Beau Dean on Thursday, March 2. Aside from the media news, Spelling also took to social media to personally announce the good news as she tweeted: “We are so excited to announce the birth of the newest member of the McDermott family! Please join us in welcoming Beau Dean McDermott.” One source says that Spelling gave birth to the baby through a scheduled c-section. Before baby Beau Dean, Spelling and McDermott were already parents of 9-year-old Liam, 8-year-old Stella, 5-year-old Hattie and 4-year old Finn. It was Tori’s rep who confirmed in October that the couple was expanding their family.  Before they welcomed baby Beau Dean, in December, they also added a member to the family — Nutmeg, their pet pig. This family looks happy, no matter what people try to say about them. McDermott and The Beverly Hills …

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Film, food, festivals and fun – every reason under the sun to visit South Devon

From cliff top views and country lanes to rolling fields, moors and wild adventures on land and sea, South Devon is an incredible area to visit, packed with activities, personality and amazing places to explore. With over 120 miles of coastline, no less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, a national park, the South West Coast Path and a host of nature reserves, this wonderful part of the world is just aching to be explored.    If you’ve never been to South Devon, or maybe you haven’t been there for a while, think stunning coastline, rolling hills, beautiful period towns and fishing villages, lovely cottages and holiday homes set in amazing locations. If that doesn’t cast an image for you then you won’t have to wait long before Hollywood does it for you, and it’s all down to one man; Donald Crowhurst.    Never heard of him? Well you soon will when his story appears in cinemas across the globe later this year. Starring Colin Firth as Crowhurst …

Finding the Right White Goods to Suit Your Family 

The world of white goods can be a minefield and, with an overwhelming range of products available, how can you confidently choose the right one for your family?  Last year, we needed to replace our washing machine and, having had very little luck with them in the past, it was especially important to me that we choose the best possible machine we could. After weeks of research and umming and ahhing, we went for a Hotpoint model. To help make the decision, I spoke to family and friends, scoured online electrical shops and made use of the excellent and comprehensive reviews at https://appliancereviewer.co.uk/.  Did I make the right decision? Absolutely! Ten months later and I have a machine with a large drum that runs several times a day with no problems, has never broken down, removes stains at low temperatures and has a very convenient 30 minute cycle, perfect for quickly washing school uniform of an evening. I can thoroughly recommend both the Hotpoint and the site I used to help me decide that it …

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Science Museum – Robots and Wonderlab

We were so fortunate that our recent February half term took place a week after seemingly most of the country’s. This meant that our trip to the Science Museum was not the crushing melee I had feared it might be; I don’t deal well with crowds. I was also concerned that the children would not actually be able to get stuck in with the myriad hands-on experiments if Wonderlab were full to bursting. Thankfully, my fears remained unrealised; we didn’t even have to queue to enter the building! We began our science adventure with a scoot round the Robots exhibit. Open until 3rd September 2017, Robots is an interesting collection depicting the rise of the machine and its increasingly human traits. From the website: “From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human. Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our …