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Cupcakes and Bingo

The morning cup of coffee is something we all just can’t miss. Not only does it stir our senses but also peps up the whole day. But the same caffeine dose each day can get pretty boring. Try something new by following our microwave coffee cake idea! Just use the regular ingredients you would use to bake a chocolate cake, but add two tea spoons of instant coffee powder to the mix. Microwave this mixture for five minutes, and remove. Add a sprinkling of powdered sugar and cinnamon and place into the microwave again.   Meanwhile the mixture is in the microwave, you could totally get engrossed in a few online games such as poker or bingo. Mornings always start good with a bingo or casino game, I believe. This way, you can not only get that daily infusion of caffeine, but also splurge on a hearty breakfast, enough to keep you hunger-free till lunch. I like to add other components sometimes to make things fun. Broken cookies are sometimes added to the dough, heavy …

Top 5 Luxury Travel Experiences in Europe

When you imagine a luxury holiday your mind probably pictures a white sandy beach in the Caribbean, but there are countless holiday opportunities a little closer to home. Whether you’re travelling by jumbo jet or luxury cruise line, you’re sure to find a luxury holiday experience in Europe that’s just right for you in our top 5 list. 1. Opera in Vienna Built in 1869, the Vienna Staatsoper has long been considered the centre of the city’s musical scene and is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Boasting the world’s largest repertoire, the Staatsoper has delivered performances on almost a daily basis since it reopened in 1955. Although much of the building was destroyed by bombing in the Second World War, the original lobby, central staircase, Tea Salon and Schwind Foyer remain and can still be seen today. 2. Monaco Grand Prix The annual Monaco Grand Prix attracts celebrities and royalty alike for a long weekend of fast cars and fabulous events. However, the Grand Prix is only half the story, …

Guest Post – Dance Tips for Dance Mums

If your little one is starting a new term of dance school this September, you are both bound to feel excited. Our tips will help you get through those feelings of excitement and nervousness, and make sure that you are ready for the dance year to come. Review your kit If your child has had a few weeks off from dancing over summer, she may well have grown out of her kit. Shoes especially must fit perfectly to facilitate dance, so it’s worth doing a full dance wardrobe review and checking that everything is in place. If tights have even the tiniest hole or run in them, it’s time to buy some new ones. Capezio tights are really popular with mums of dancers as they are really cheap and great quality. Invest in new dance shoes and buy new leotards that are long enough in the body if your budding dancer has had a growth spurt. You’ll find a beautiful range of dance leotards for girls from Dance Depot, in a range of sizes, bright …

Guest Post – Allotments and Children

Second in our series of guest posts is from Sam at Happy Homebird and is all about allotments, and getting children involved. “After a long wait, we finally got our allotment when our son, Little Bird, was a baby – he’s 5 now.  We were presented with an overgrown patch, full of weeds but were lucky enough to have rows of raspberry canes along one edge. In those early days we would simply park the pushchair up and weed whilst he slept. Then the next years became a little tricky as Little Bird who has autism did not like the allotment at all and was always running off and crying. We spent more time chasing and cajoling him than tending to the plot. Plus, LB was just not interested at all in ‘helping’. We did everything we could from him having his own little gardening set, encouraging him to dig in the soil, plant seeds…… nothing worked. In the last 12 months, LB is slowly become more at ease spending time at the allotment, running around …

Guest Post – Sensory Fun for Babies

As we are away this week, I am honoured to share a series of lovely guest posts from some truly great bloggers. First up, we have Hannah from Budding Smiles, who is sharing with us some sensory play ideas for babies: “Toby is nearly 9 months old and sensory play is something I’ve always been really keen to do with him because not only is it loads of fun but it also provides stimulation for his senses and helps to develop loads of cognitive skills such as vocabulary and understanding patterns. When we’re playing, I’m constantly talking to Toby about what we’re doing and whilst his vocabulary is currently limited to “Abababa”, “EEEEEEEEEH!” and “Bubu” – the last one being coupled with excited waving – he will be slowly taking on board the things I’m saying to him. I describe the textures and colours of objects, I let things go quiet then tell him to listen as I shake a bottle of rice somewhere out of sight and the joy of watching him develop from looking …