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Helping you through pregnancy, birth and beyond FREE Issue 22 | Christmas 2014 FEATURES Fabulous editorials,
Helping you through pregnancy, birth and beyond FREE Issue 22 | Christmas 2014 FEATURES Fabulous editorials,
Helping you through pregnancy, birth and beyond FREE Issue 22 | Christmas 2014 FEATURES Fabulous editorials,
Helping you through pregnancy, birth and beyond FREE Issue 22 | Christmas 2014 FEATURES Fabulous editorials,

Issue 22 | Christmas 2014

FEATURES Fabulous editorials, real life stories, recipes, health tips and competitions to see you through
FEATURES
Fabulous editorials, real
life stories, recipes, health
tips and competitions to
see you through Christmas
FESTIVE FOOD Food & drink recipes and menus to see you through the Christmas holidays
FESTIVE FOOD
Food & drink recipes and
menus to see you through
the Christmas holidays
PARENTS IN BUSINESS Helping with support, advice and knowledge
PARENTS IN
BUSINESS
Helping with support,
advice and knowledge
CHRISTMAS TIME! See our bumper Christmas Gift Guide for the whole family!
CHRISTMAS TIME!
See our bumper Christmas Gift
Guide for the whole family!
ADVENT CALENDAR GIVEAWAY 25 FABULOUS PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY EVERY DAY UP TO CHRISTMAS!
ADVENT CALENDAR GIVEAWAY
25 FABULOUS PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY EVERY DAY UP TO CHRISTMAS!
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Yikes, can you believe it s almost Christmas! How prepared are you, have you started
Yikes, can you believe it s almost Christmas! How prepared are you, have you started
Yikes, can you believe it s almost Christmas! How prepared are you, have you started
Yikes, can you believe it s almost Christmas! How prepared are you, have you started

Yikes, can you believe it s almost Christmas!

How prepared are you, have you started your Christmas shopping as yet? If not, don t worry - we have an amazing gift guide for every member of the family from the grandparents to your pets! We ve also made sure to cater for every budget, not all of us can afford the big expensive presents this year - just remember it s the thought that counts

We have a fabulous issue lined up for our readers this year which includes our spectacular Advent Calendar Bumper Giveaway - 25 days of 25 prizes that will be drawn every day in the run up to Christmas. We have toys, games, beauty products, vouchers and pushchairs as well as essential baby equipment to giveaway to lucky readers - all you have to do is enter via email for your chance to win. Each prize will be drawn in the evening of that respective day and winners will be notifed via email and social media. We have our fantastic stories, parents in business feature and health tips and advice from our many experts. Just remember if you would like me to feature a speci c subject, just send me an email and I will do my best to research the information for you.

All that is left to say is have Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we ll see you in 2015!

Nickie xx

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Front Page Photography Credits: Helen, Owner of Cuddledry

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| Dreamstime.com - Pregnant Smilling Woman With Laptop Photo 04 WELCOME TO THE WORLD A warm

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD

A warm welcome to gorgeous li

le ones

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ENTERPRISING MUMS

Finance - Ge

ng your accounts in order

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BABY BUZZ MEETS Billie Faiers for My Babiie

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PARENTS IN BUSINESS Meet the parents behind the brand

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ROCKET LAWYER Legal advice - Taking in a Lodger

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THE DADS NETWORK New Dad Books: Viral Blogger Al Ferguson, Releases a Paren ng eBook with a di erence

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YOGA BELLIES Create a Whole New You

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JO CLIFF, PLATYPUS RESEARCH Keeping The Magic of Christmas Alive

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SLOW TOY AWARDS

Slow Toy Awards Unveiled at John Lewis for 2014!

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JM HERBALIST - Q&A Your ques ons answered!

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MICHELLE ESHKERI - PARENT PARTNER Coping with Christmas & young babies/children

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THE NEW INTESTACY LAW Legal made simple - Rocket Lawyer

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BRAUN S TOP TIPS

On

surviving colds and u this season

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RUBEN TABARES The importance of healthy ea ng and exercise

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SUZANNE SHAW Bringing a ray of sunshine to Wembley

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KATY HILL AND ZAPF CREATIONS

Prepare your child for the arrival of a newborn

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FESTIVE FUN

By

Elizabeth Hobson

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THE NOMAD CINEMA

The roaming pop-up that gives back

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FESTIVE FOOD & BEVERAGES

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me to overindulge

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FESTIVE FOOD AND NIBBLES

For

the fes ve period

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THE GREAT ADVENT CALENDAR GIVEAWAY

25 Days of Amazing Prizes to be won

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDES

For

all the Family

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FASHION FOCUS

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BABY BUZZ BOOK CLUB

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FAMILY TRAVEL GETAWAYS

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BABY BUZZ PRODUCT REVIEWS

The latest products for parents and children including the best in family cars, baby essentials, fashion & lifestyle and books for the family.

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Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World Jaxson James Dennis D.O.B: 21/10/2014 Weight: 8lb 4oz Parents: Natalie Archibold &
Welcome to the World Jaxson James Dennis D.O.B: 21/10/2014 Weight: 8lb 4oz Parents: Natalie Archibold &

Jaxson James Dennis D.O.B: 21/10/2014 Weight: 8lb 4oz Parents: Natalie Archibold & Anthony Phillips

Gracie Alexandra Scott D.O.B: 01/07/2014 Weight: 8lbs 14oz Parents: Eleanor Hart- Spratt & Simon Scott.
Gracie
Alexandra Scott
D.O.B: 01/07/2014
Weight: 8lbs 14oz
Parents: Eleanor Hart-
Spratt & Simon Scott.
Jesse Ann
Prince
D.O.B: 2/11/2014
Weight: 8 lb 81/2 Oz
Parents: Lisa Hatch &
Simon Prince
Alice Jaros

Elsa Jodie Fisher D.O.B: 29/09/2014 Weight: 6lbs 11oz Parents: Jodie & Karl Fisher

Weight: 6lbs 11oz Parents: Jodie & Karl Fisher Matilda Edie Brunton D.O.B: 17/08/2014 Weight: 7lb 1oz

Matilda Edie Brunton D.O.B: 17/08/2014 Weight: 7lb 1oz Parents: Nicola & James Brunton

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D.O.B:13/11/2014 Weight: 8lbs 6oz Parents: Milena & Tomasz
D.O.B:13/11/2014
Weight: 8lbs 6oz
Parents: Milena &
Tomasz
Elliot Ethan Hanna D.O.B: 24/09/2014 Weight: 9lb 3oz Parents: Anna Maria & Ramy Hanna
Elliot Ethan
Hanna
D.O.B: 24/09/2014
Weight: 9lb 3oz
Parents: Anna Maria &
Ramy Hanna

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Parents In Business

Parents In Business Parents & Business The Parents & Business section focuses on exactly that, being

Parents & Business

The Parents & Business section focuses on exactly that, being a parent and running a business! There are so many businesses that are run by people who juggle parenting with work every day and so each month we sing their praises and give them a great big mention.

If you d like to be featured in this section and give your business a shout out, contact me today:

nickie@babybuzzmagazine.co.uk

It s a Rollercoaster but it doesn t have to be the Big Dipper!!

Rollercoaster but it doesn t have to be the Big Dipper!! At Enterprising Mums, we aim
Rollercoaster but it doesn t have to be the Big Dipper!! At Enterprising Mums, we aim

At Enterprising Mums, we aim to support and inspire each other through our networking meetings. Many of the women we meet tell us how di cult they found the transition of going back to work after maternity leave. In this month s advice column, we give you some tips on returning to work.

Returning to work after Maternity leave or a career break can be one of the biggest transitional roller coasters we take in life. How to make this less bumpy simply comes down to a number of key things which are underpinned by planning and organisation. Time out of the workplace, whether it be 6 months or 6 years can also often impact your con dence and self belief. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. It s very normal to approach the countdown to that rst day with a great deal of nerves and anxiety. How do I possibly juggle my life as a working parent? First things rst. Breath! You are going to become an

you probably already

expert at juggling and multi-tasking

are if you have been at home with the kids for any length of time! Planning ahead will get you a long way.

but

Childcare

If you are going to need childcare then make sure you give yourself enough time to look around and weigh up your options. Getting this right will help you feel more relaxed and con dent about going back to work.

Try and plan to have your child settle in properly before you

actually start back at work. This will also give you some space to deal with any emotional issues of leaving your child with someone else and before you have to present a fresh face in the o ce. I remember crying my eyes out on the front steps of my o ce on my rst day back after Maternity leave after an emotional Nursery drop off and a stressful commute into London. Make sure you have a back up plan for when the child or

the childminder is sick

guarantee this will happen, more than

once, so you and especially your Manager need to be prepared for when it does! Do you have relatives or friends nearby who can stand in? Will you have the exibility to work from home at times? These are all questions to make sure you have covered.

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This is the part where the juggling and planning ahead is

essential! Get lunches, clothes, bags, homework, consent forms,

library books, PE kits etc etc etc

everything online, keep lists, plan meals and delegate the chores at home. This is the time to ensure your Partner understands that, now you are a working parent, domestic chores are not your sole duty and that its time for them to step up ! Most of all, don t try and strive for 100% perfection at home (or at work for that matter), because with so much going on it is largely unattainable and you will only beat yourself up. Remember the 80:20Rule. e.g.don t waste time on activities that aren t essential to the overall equilibrium or bene t of the family. You will burn out otherwise and you don t have time for that either!!

the night before! Do

ready

Number One

This leads me to my nal piece of advice. Don t forget to take care of the most important person in this adventure YOU! Returning to work, regardless of how experienced you are, is a major transition and you are likely to experience a whole range of emotions. The Change Curve is a tool often used to help people understand their reactions to a signi cant change or upheaval. (Source Kubler Ross.)

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Parents In Business

Parents In Business Parents In Business Transition begins with letting go of something. The change is

Transition begins with letting go of something. The change is the event and this can happen suddenly but the psychological transition happens more slowly for some people. Next comes the psychological no man s land. It s the space between old and new, old sense of identity and new, old way of doing things is gone but the new doesn t feel comfortable yet. This is often the hardest time and we may feel like we can t quite see the woods for the trees! But don t give up because the nal phase in this process is all about acceptance. Once we can start to identify with the new routine, it will feel more comfortable and before you know it, things will seem easier. A Positive mental attitude will carry you through many challenges and obstacles. You just need to believe that you can do it.

Whether you think you can or you can t, you re probably right - Henry Ford

or you can t, you re probably right - Henry Ford Jaqueline Speight is a member

Jaqueline Speight is a member of Enterprising Mums and runs her own coaching company 10Zero2, specialising in helping mums return to work. You can nd out more about her work by calling her on 07850 077323 or contacting her through Enterprising Mums.

For more information on Enterprising Mums networking groups or to set up a networking group yourself, please visit:

www.enterprising-mums.co.uk or tweet us @enterprisemums

INSPIRE: Through our mee ngs and website, we meet like-minded mums who juggle busy lives,
INSPIRE:
Through our mee ngs and website, we
meet like-minded mums who juggle
busy lives, and we o er support to
each other. We know it s hard when
you re doing it all on your own and we
understand that with the right support
and encouragement you can make it.
KNOWLEDGE:
We create an environment that is about
sharing knowledge, experiences and
enabling learning through our members
and guest speakers. We provide business
informa on and training to help you
realise you dreams.
NETWORK:
Meet others and market your own
business in a friendly, informal, yet
professional environment. Inspire
each other with success stories and
encouragement!
(Source Kubler Ross.)
(Source Kubler Ross.)

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Parents Parents In In Business Business

Create a whole new you in 2015 These ladies did and haven t looked back

Whilst many women consider January to be a time to detox their

bodies it can also be a time to detox their lives Research from

a leading recruitment website* showed that a whopping 70% of

people hate their job and almost half (43%) of people go so far as saying they dread waking up in the morning. If you re part of this percentage then use January as a time to give your job a shake- up and re-train in something that will get you leaping out of bed every morning! Developed by Glasgow-based yoga teacher, Cheryl MacDonald, YogaBellies (www.yogabellies.co.uk) now has 108 franchises across the UK, and beyond, and offers women the chance to join their community and train as a yoga teacher. These three women took the leap as part of their New Year, New You mantra and have never looked back:

Nadya Walker, 35 from Virginia Water in Surrey, had the ultimate New Year s resolution this year to start up a new business! Whilst on maternity leave, Nadya was made redundant from her job as a product manager. Juggling a new-born son and a house move, timing could not have been worse, but now Nadya sees it as a blessing in disguise. She says: Even before I was made redundant I knew something had to change in order to raise a family. My job needed to be exible, enjoyable and provide the work-life balance I desired, and the fast-paced stressful corporate world just didn t have that on offer. If I d been able to stay at my job I would have learnt anyway; a full-time permanent job was just no longer feasible.

a full-time permanent job was just no longer feasible. After researching franchises Nadya came across YogaBellies

After researching franchises Nadya came across YogaBellies and signed on the dotted line. With 10 years of yoga practise under her belt Nadya has started teaching classes once a week and is quickly building up her customer base and is about to start teaching Mum & Baby yoga. If that wasn t enough Nadya also works as a management consultant in-between her classes!

a job she loved. Whilst on maternity leave she bit the bullet and quit the corporate world in favour of becoming a yoga instructor. Annie says: I did enjoy my previous job but when I fell pregnant with my son I looked at things in a whole new light. With my husband away travelling for work there was no way I could give my child the attention he deserved whilst working a 9 to 5 job. On the other hand I could never imagine being a stay-at-home mum either! I d always practised yoga and I d recommend it to any of my friends going through pregnancy, so when I heard about YogaBellies I felt as if I d found my true calling.

After combining her two passions, yoga and pregnancy, Annie has never looked back. I absolutely love it! she exclaims, I can spend quality time with my son and meet a whole network of women who I now consider friends. Everyone is really supportive and my partner has noticed a complete change in my persona. Being a yoga teacher and practising it regularly really makes me feel like a better mum and a better partner. Although I fell into the job by chance I can t imagine doing anything else.

the job by chance I can t imagine doing anything else. Mandy Rees, 44 from Birmingham,

Mandy Rees, 44 from Birmingham, signed up to the YogaBellies franchise in January 2014 in a bid to make her life more family-friendly. Now Mandy could not be further away from her previous job as a lawyer! Despite reducing her working week to four days after the birth of her rst daughter and then to three days after her second daughter was born, Mandy couldn t achieve the ideal work/life balance and when she was made redundant she couldn t have been more grateful! Mandy says:

Being a lawyer is tough and it s even tougher when you have a family to look after as well. I was leaving the o ce, going home to see the girls, then heading back into the o ce. I was exhausted! When I found YogaBellies online it ticked all the boxes. I m tness orientated anyway and the job satisfaction is amazing!

Despite juggling two businesses YogaBellies and her own maternity wear company (Bumpalicious Maternity) - Mandy s family have seen a huge different in herself. I m so much calmer now, explains Mandy, My mood is more positive, the girls love having me around and I m supporting other women everyday which is really rewarding. A support network was vital for me when nding a new job; women should support each other and in the corporate world that just doesn t really happen.

Now Mandy teaches pregnant ladies once a week and is trained in Baby Massage and Mum & Baby yoga. It s so easy to get caught up in a cycle of unhappy work, my advice is to take a deep breath and take the leap!

For more information, please visit: www.yogabellies.co.uk

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Yes it s been a challenge, Nadya says, however I couldn t be happier! The yoga training was intense but totally worth it. It has been a huge commitment and I ve had no spare time, but I m happy to be running my own businesses, as I can manage my own time, projects, and my yoga classes are at times that suit me and my family. It s been a busy year and the best news is my husband and l are expecting baby number two in January! Looking back on this year I am so thankful of what I ve achieved and to be doing

a job I love. Being a yoga teacher is so refreshingly different to

the o ce world of work that I used to be in, and it s so rewarding to teach pregnancy yoga and be part of such a special time in women s lives. I really feel like I m giving something back to the community.

Annie Perry, 32 from Glasgow, became a YogaBellies franchisee in January 2014 after realising the corporate world of marketing no longer suited her lifestyle and she needed a BIG change. Despite trying her hand at marketing for a spirits company, being a clothes buyer and dabbling in the food industry, Annie couldn t nd

company, being a clothes buyer and dabbling in the food industry, Annie couldn t nd 8

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Parents In Business - Celebrity Interview

Parents In Business - Celebrity Interview TOWIE s Billie Faiers is renowned for her glamorous and

TOWIE s Billie Faiers is renowned for her glamorous and contemporary style, remaining at the forefront of design with a down to earth, honest and approachable demeanor. And since the birth of her daughter, Billie has become a style icon for mothers across the country with the co-ownership of Minnie s Boutique, her store Jam Kidswear, becoming an ambassador for Fisher Price, and now her involvement with new baby brand My Babiie. Billie has worked tirelessly to create products that re ect her personality and her passion for cutting edge design. The My Babiie range created by Billie Faiers delivers products of the highest quality, being a new mum meant high focus on product standards as well as the aesthetics. The designs are simple but bold, stylish, luxurious, accessible and effortlessly cool.

We had the opportunity to interview Billie for our Parents & Business feature and are thrilled to share her views on being in business women but more importantly as a mum!

Who is behind the Product? Myself and the design team at My Babiie, we wanted to make something that we could use and my daughter Nelly would enjoy.

How did this get started? Well the people at My Babiie approached me to do my Signature Range with them and I jumped at the chance!

What is the company about? We wanted to create something that was fun, affordable and has a luxurious design (without breaking the bank!)

What do you hope to achieve? I want mums and their little ones to enjoy the range as much as I do!

What has been the highlight of starting your own company?

I think the photocall I had last week to celebrate the

Signature Range being stocked in Mothercare! It was such

a lovely experience!

What has been the downside of starting your own company? There hasn t been any downsides at this moment!

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? I would say don t be scared of the unknown if you re going into something new. It s all about routine and have a good balance between your family and work life.

and have a good balance between your family and work life. For more information, please visit:

For more information, please visit:

Website: www.mybabiie.com Email: info@mybabiie.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyBabiie Twitter: @MyBabiie

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Parents In Business

Parents In Business For more information, please visit: Website: www.illuminatedcanvas.co.uk | Email:
Parents In Business For more information, please visit: Website: www.illuminatedcanvas.co.uk | Email:
Parents In Business For more information, please visit: Website: www.illuminatedcanvas.co.uk | Email:
Parents In Business For more information, please visit: Website: www.illuminatedcanvas.co.uk | Email:

For more information, please visit:

Website: www.illuminatedcanvas.co.uk | Email: info@illuminatedcanvas.co.uk Facebook: IlluminatedCanvas | Twitter: @ illumcanvas

Facebook: IlluminatedCanvas | Twitter: @ illumcanvas Who is behind the Product? I set up the company

Who is behind the Product? I set up the company with my husband three years ago after we were looking for a stylish and soothing nightlight. We couldn t nd anything we liked and I was looking at a canvas and it got me thinking, let s combine the two and offer a beautiful and helpful home accessory. And so Illuminated Canvas was born.

How did the company get started? We realised we had a completely unique idea and everyone we spoke to thought it was a great idea. So, we took the plunge and set up the company. After an overwhelmingly positive reaction from customers, we are now available in boutique shops up and down the country, as well as on Not On The Highstreet, John Lewis, and The Letter Room. Celebrities have loved our range including Amanda Holden, Kirsty Allsopp, and Jools Oliver, as well as an army of thankful mothers whose babies are sleeping peacefully in the comforting glow of one of our canvases.

What is the company about? Completely handmade in the studio at the bottom of our Oxfordshire garden, and with the combined experience of 15 years+ in design, photography and 4 years+ picture framing and canvas knowledge, we come up with all the designs ourselves and produce everything to the highest standard. Each canvas incorporates 20 battery operated

LED lights to create a magical and warming 3D effect. Now, we have children s, home, wedding and Christmas range and you can also have a bespoke design such as a child s drawing up in lights! We have won multiple national awards such as Gift of the Year 2014, Best Nursery Accessory 2013, and Best Handmade Gift 2013, just to name a few.

What do you hope to achieve? I hope that Illuminated Canvas will be a household name that families love to have in their home. It makes me feel so proud when I see someone has our canvas in their home, it s lovely.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? Making my family proud. Running my own company has offered me the exibility to see and have fun with my children but it also allows them to see me as a hard-working woman which I hope inspires them so they feel they can do what they dream of when they are older.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? It has been a rollercoaster but such a fun one! I wouldn t have changed the highs and lows for a second because I am following my dream and doing a job if you can call it that, which I love. It s like my fourth baby really, I m trying to nurture it and let it blossom.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own Think and dream big! Follow your dream and don t give up.

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Who is behind the Product?

I set up Baba + Boo in 2009 after having my two children. I decided to change careers and take up a new challenge; to create stylish and fashionable cloth nappies. I was frustrated by the lack of choice and the dull and uninspiring versions, so I decided to create some with real personality. From frogs to old school records and dots, there is something for every bum!

school records and dots, there is something for every bum! How did the company get started?

How did the company get started?

I have two children, Seth (my Baba) and Louisa (my Boo) and

I found an unlikely cost saver cloth nappies! I found them

so much cheaper than conventional nappies. I m not an eco- warrior but I was always pleased to be helping the environment

in some way too. My children have great little personalities and

I wanted to show this in the clothes they wear, which included their nappies so I decided to set up my company and use my children s nicknames so I always remember that everything I create and bring to market has real character.

What is the company about? We started off selling our cloth nappies which has been really successful and now we have branched out. We now sell swim nappies and training pants as well as accompanying accessories such as t-shirts, bibs and shoes. We take great

pride in delivering excellent customer service and each item is beautifully gift wrapped so parents open these presents with

a wow . Our range is sold across the UK and also through our

website and I am just thrilled that our online boutique shop has had such a brilliant reaction. We now have over 5,000 Facebook fans and our cloth nappies won gold in this year s Prima Baby Reader Awards.

What do you hope to achieve?

I want parents to see cloth nappies as a viable option to conventional nappies.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? Starting to change the perception of cloth nappies, seeing happy, comfortable babies and hearing parents lovely feedback. I ve also met so many lovely people who I now consider friends. The support you get from people in business, never fails to amaze me.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? Juggling. It s rare that I ever get to switch off but then what mum does! I can t complain and feel very lucky that I get to come to my o ce and do what I love every day.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own Nurture your idea and be prepared to work really hard. Don t be afraid of the word no or rejection, it will only make you more determined.

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Who is behind the Product? Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Sinéad Gray

How did the company get started? After the birth of my rst child, I quickly realised that going back to work at my old design agency job would mean huge childcare bills and missing out on so much special time with my baby girl. I decided to use the skills I had to start a business that would t better with family life.

What is the company about? Initially, it was all about creating colourful, fun, intelligent and affordable artwork to decorate kids spaces. Over time, the brand has expanded - we now have a greeting card range that is sold in the Conran Shop, Paperchase and the Design Museum Shop and have a new range of stationery products planned for 2015.

What do you hope to achieve? To maintain the Ruka-Ruka brand ethos, to keep making the things we love and for those to become more widely available in stores across the UK and then worldwide while also maintaining our web presence.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company?

Di cult to choose just one!

Due to high volume of customised products we sell, we have the joy of personal contact with most of our customers, making the sales end of things so much more fun and interesting. We were thrilled when we were approached by the Design Museum Shop to stock our work and to be featured in the cult blog book Print & Pattern Kids by Bowiestyle

What has been the downside of starting your own company?

No matter how you decide to do it, juggling the start-up of

a business with motherhood isn t easy. School, nursery and

weekends dictate my working hours so ideas don t always get executed as quickly as they could which can be frustrating. It s also very di cult to sound professional on the phone when there s a toddler in the house

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Try to set speci c work hours and stick to them, forget about your parental duties and focus 100% on your business during this time. Set up your own dedicated work space where everything you need is to hand and you are free from distraction. Accept that sometimes you will need to let household chores slide a bit in order to work on your business, you can fold the laundry later!

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Keeping the magic of Christmas alive

By Jo Cliff, Managing Director, Platypus Research

alive By Jo Cliff, Managing Director, Platypus Research It s that time of year again and

It s that time of year again and the festive season of Christmas is upon us. It really does feel like a magical time. However, with technology moving faster than ever and kids becoming increasingly media savvy are we losing the mystery of Santa and the magic of Christmas altogether?

Casting our minds back to when we were kids the Platypus team certainly have fond memories of Christmas. We reminisce of the time when we hung our stockings above the replace, left milk and cookies out for Father Christmas (and carrots for the reindeer of course!) and looked forward to the delights that Christmas Day would bring. Now that the Platypus team are all grown up and have their very own Platypups they are reliving these traditions through their own children. Although the customs haven t changed greatly, the role of media has had a big impact on children when it comes to the Christmas experience.

All of us, including myself, were desperate to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas when we were kids. However, I recall actually seeing him for the rst time, when accompanied by my parents at my local shopping centre and was so overwhelmed and shocked that it resulted in uncontrollable sobbing. Supposedly, seeing is believing but there are ways in which parents are keeping the magic of Christmas alive without children coming face to face with the bearded Claus when least expected.

One way of doing this is through the use of website NORAD. This nifty site displays a countdown clock to build anticipation for sleigh lift off and also enables you to actually monitor Father Christmas as he ies around the world. From our experience of researching children we know that children have access to or own several devices to access the internet. We imagine children to be using a mixture of desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones to track Father Christmas and to see whether he is coming to a chimney near them soon.

and to see whether he is coming to a chimney near them soon. the ever growing

the ever growing obsession young people have with YouTube it is not surprising to see Father Christmas appearing in several YouTube videos. Although he isn t as popular as icons such as Zoella or JacksGap he is becoming quite the vlogger in his own right and appears in several YouTube videos for those children who are curious in learning more about him.

Children are using such interactive ways to stay involved and engaged in events that are important to them. Media providers can learn from this by providing entertaining and imaginative ways to engage a child. It is important to not overlook this age group as they certainly are tech savvy. With kids as young as 3 using apps and child friendly E-tablets, media providers need delve into the world of play and cater to this age group by providing them with tailored services. So whilst we see that technology is changing the way we involve our children in the celebrations around Christmas, we still believe the magic of Christmas is alive and well, just on occasion in different forms than previously experienced! We ve also pulled together a festive list of factoid treats to keep you entertained whilst eating your mince pies!

* Savvy Shopping.

On average we spend £37 per person on each other at Christmas. Despite the economy only 31% of Christmas shoppers have decreased the amount they will spend this year.

Writing a wish list to Father Christmas is nothing new but over the last decade an array of websites have popped up, all offering to send your child a personalised reply for a small fee. Parents are able to tailor replies to make them plausible so your child realises that Father Christmas really does know that they were naughty for not tidying up their toys but nice for sharing their sweets with their sibling. Replies can be emailed back to parents, or for those really wanting to splash out, Father Christmas will send a reply on special paper with a North Pole post mark.

If that wasn t enough Father Christmas is keeping up with the times and is using social media to engage with families and to spread good cheer. You can watch videos of him on YouTube as he prepares to set out and deliver presents. It doesn t stop there, as he also Tweets. He doesn t quite have as many followers as the likes of Taylor Swift or One Direction but with over 300,000 followers, and growing, he is a popular fella. With

* Christmas lunch cooked by

Whilst home made meals might be on the decline with only 1 in 4 meals made at home, it s dads that lead the way when cooking Christmas lunch, followed closely behind with dad taking over the reins at summer barbeques!

dad!

* Do you still believe?

On average children stop believing in Santa aged between 6 and 8 years old, with elder siblings cited as being the bearer of the bad news! But with 5.6 billion children in the world there are still a few out there who believe in the big guy! And at Platypus we feel you re never too old to still believe!

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Family Focus Hi Joanne I am having some real trouble sleeping at the moment, I have

Hi Joanne

I am having some real trouble sleeping at the moment, I have told a few friends at work who suggested I make sure I stop drinking caffeine too close to bed and have a warm bath, but so far nothing is helping. It s the getting to sleep I am struggling with, once I m asleep I m out for the count. Could you make any suggestions for me please?

Thanks

Eliza

Hi Eliza

Losing sleep is no fun and lying awake is de nitely not good. If you re anything like me then the longer you re lying there the worse it is, so I empathise massively. Your friends are right to suggest avoiding caffeine and stimulants before bedtime, this includes things like TV and using the computer too though! Sleep can be a complex thing, if you re struggling to get to sleep it s not only being over stimulated which can be a problem, but over worried too. Are you prone to lie in bed and think over the days events, worry, or think about the day to come? If so, then this is de nitely a big part of the problem. There are many coping strategies such as keeping lists, calendars and a diary by your bed to write down things to do the next day, or anything which is on your mind. Once this is written down it does help it to leave your mind as you can be sure it s been recorded for you to follow up. Alarms in the morning are good if you know that you need to be up

in the morning are good if you know that you need to be up at a

at a certain time and are worried you won t wake. But other worries are not so easy to ignore. I d always suggest tacking the problem, whether it be counselling or another talking therapy to try and get to the root of the problem and suggest ways of dealing with it for the longer term, but there are some great herbs which do help you to relax, unwind and switch off. Lavender is well known for its relaxing properties, so a bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil is a great idea. Herbal teas of chamomile and lemon balm are also great, try and have a few over the course of the evening. Avoiding alcohol too is important, it really reduces sleep quality. Magnesium supplements help sleep too - and is an important mineral at times of stress, go for a really good supplement like magnesium citrate (avoid magnesium oxide, it s really not very well absorbed). Passion ower is one of my favourite herbs to help switch off in the evening, I use it in a tincture format with other herbs which would be relevant to your individual circumstances depending on you as a whole. I love valerian and ashwaghanda for sleep but it really depends on the rest of the picture of your health. I d suggest drops or a small amount of herbs in the evening, which I d be happy to discuss in more detail with you, so please do email me to book a full consultation so that we can discuss things further.

Speak soon and take care - do give the suggestions a try! Joanne xxx

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Sudocrem s Top-Tips for Beating Nappy Rash

Sudocrem s Top-Tips for Beating Nappy Rash Nappy rash is a painful, bothersome condition that most

Nappy rash is a painful, bothersome condition that most babies will develop at some point in the rst 18 months. Sudocrem in cooperation with an expert midwife has developed some easily adopted tips to ensure your bundle of joy is protected as much as possible:

nappy. This is a no-brainer really the longer your baby sits in a dirty nappy, the more prone to nappy rash they will be. The chemicals in urine and poo irritate the skin not to mention the fact that a full nappy is uncomfortable for you little one!

1. Changing nappies before and after a feed is crucial to help prevent the onset of nappy rash. Get in this routine and stick to it you and your baby will be thankful you did.

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Use a barrier cream whenever possible. Sudocrem Care & Protect, for example offers a Triple Action Protection that not only creates a protective barrier, but also conditions the skin and guards against infection.

2. Give your baby plenty of nappy-free time. The circulation of air around your baby s bum will give it the chance to breathe.

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If using water to clean your baby s nappy area, use a soft towel or cotton wool to dry and be sure not too rub too hard as this will irritate the skin.

3. Watch out for lovely smelling soaps, detergents and wipes. These may smell nice, but the ingredients may be harsh on your baby s skin, causing irritation to delicate areas, accelerating the onset of nappy rash.

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Finally, avoid using talcum powder when changing your baby s nappy as this can cause further irritation by blocking skin pores. It also does not protect against bacteria urine and poo as a barrier cream does.

4. If you are lucky enough to have a baby that sleeps through the night, always put them down with a clean

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Coping with Christmas & young babies/children

By Michelle Eshkeri

Christmas & young babies/children By Michelle Eshkeri Christmas is supposed to be for relaxing and enjoying

Christmas is supposed to be for relaxing and enjoying family time. The traditional family Christmas has been lauded for centuries carol singing, presents under a huge decorated tree, enough turkey to feed an army and lashings of mince pies and brandy. For mothers, though, Christmas can be a time of intense stress and pressure, much of which comes from their own desire to provide the best time for everyone else in the family. If you have the sort of partner (like mine) who wakes up one morning, only to realise it s Christmas Day and miraculously everything that s needed for the perfect Christmas has been provided, then you might be feeling what I call, Festive Fatigue. It starts with the rst hint of Christmas, usually sometime in early September. The kids have gone back to school and the last few days of summer are drifting away. Those shops at the top of their game when it comes to Christmas marketing, put out the cards, wrapping and other accoutrements on the Tuesday after the late summer Bank Holiday. For me, that s when the dread starts to creep in. Don t get me wrong it s not that I don t like Christmas. It s always magical to see the looks of wonder on my sons faces on the morning itself and I enjoy a tipple and the Quality Street as much as the next person, but the thought of ALL THAT EXTRA WORK makes me want to go on a long cruise returning sometime in mid-February.

How can we make the whole time less fraught? Customer service is all about managing expectations. Under- promise and over-deliver will generally result in a happy customer. This year, manage your family s expectations especially if you have recently had a new baby. Early on in the process, you may need to have a di cult conversation with your parents, your partner s parents and any other relatives or friends who may be used to pitching up to your place and being waited on. If you have had a new baby in 2014 (or you are still awaiting the imminent arrival as you read this) then you should be the one being waited upon at least this year anyway. And if you can t have the tricky chat with your partner s crowd, then make sure your partner does it well in advance so everyone knows where they stand.

Getting your act together Budgeting - Christmas is a time when huge strain can be put on the family budget. For those without children, who may be

used to spending a lot on presents for all the family members,

it may come as a surprise to them that you are no longer in a

position to buy them a lovely cashmere scarf or bottle of single malt. This can be a source of resentment for all concerned, so head off any problems early by suggesting a change in approach this year. Perhaps you will only buy for the children, or you could decide to do a Secret Santa arrangement where you just buy for one person. You can set a limit that everyone agrees to and this reduces the amount of time, energy and money you have to expend to get the present buying done.

Present Shopping - Trooping around a hot, packed mall with

a small baby or toddler in tow is most people s idea of hell on

earth. Why make things more di cult for yourself when you can shop from the comfort of your own armchair with a mince pie in

one hand and your tablet in the other? Just don t leave it too late to get started as many retailers with online shopping will have last delivery dates in the week leading up to Christmas and for some the dates are 2-3 weeks before, depending on what you are buying and where it is being shipped from. Don t forget to factor

in the last posting dates too if you are sending your presents by

post. This year, UK post should be sent by 18 December (2nd class) and 20th December (1st class). For guaranteed delivery overseas, the latest posting dates start from 3rd December, so you really don t have long.

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Food Shopping - This has to be one of the chores which can cause the most stress. Supermarket checkouts in the few days leading up to Christmas are like the queue for the ladies toilet at a One Direction gig the last place you really want to be. Shops these days are barely closed for 24 hours over the festive period yet people seem to go mad, lling up multiple trollies as though they aren t going to see the light of day until mid-January.

Of course, there s always online shopping, which can take the pressure off. However, you have to be a smart cookie to be ahead

of the game and bag yourself a delivery slot. If you are prepared to

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Christmas, but you need to know when the slots are released by each supermarket. All the major supermarkets (Asda, Ocado, Sainsburys & Tesco) have latest home delivery dates of 23rd December (except Tesco where selected stores are doing some deliveries on 24th). To book you need to get online as soon as the slots for your chosen date become available, which is generally just past midnight exactly 3 weeks before the delivery date. So if you want delivery on 23rd December, the slots will be released at 12.01am Wednesday 3rd December. Another way to avoid the crush is to send someone else to do the shopping for you!

Delegate or just Do Less - I refer you back to my earlier point which is that if you have had a baby in the last 6 months or are in late pregnancy, someone else should be taking the strain this year. However, if you aren t able to o oad responsibility completely, make sure you practise the ne art of delegation.

Get your partner involved in identifying what must be done and what can be dispensed with. Get your parents/in-laws/other relatives to help out by bringing the starter and dessert, leaving you with just the main to worry about. Don t leave all the present wrapping until the last minute although it might seem like a good idea to have a mammoth session on Christmas Eve with a large glass of Baileys, having to stay up until the small hours is a recipe for disaster the following day. Save the planet this year go eco-friendly and don t write out loads and loads of cards which will end up in the recycling units in supermarkets on 3rd January. Grans and Gramps will appreciate a handwritten card but most friends will be just as happy with a text or an e-card and you can save on the postage too. Can t face the mess of a real tree? Why not opt for a pop- up one complete with decorations. Lakeland sell a 6ft tree complete with lights, baubles and garlands for just £49.99.

Accept, accept, accept 1) Accept that you don t have to be superwoman and that if you haven t made the centrepieces, brandy butter or cranberry sauce yourself, you are probably the only one who a) knows or b)cares

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Accept any and all help whenever offered and don t be afraid to ask for help. If you are the kind of person that gets a bit jumpy at relinquishing control, ask for help with jobs where it won t matter much if it s not done to your exacting standards, like peeling the spuds or wrapping presents.

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Accept that if you have your baby or child in a fairly predictable routine, Christmas is a key time when this can go out of the window. All the added excitement can leave young children overstimulated and affect their sleep patterns, not to mention, unfamiliar surroundings if you are staying with family or friends. Expect later bedtimes, more frequent night wakings and earlier risings but try not to stress about it as you can x it all quite quickly again when you get back home and the festive period is over.

Christmas is supposed to be fun and a time for families and children, so make it easy as possible on yourself and enjoy.

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Hauck fun for Kids Celebrating Right Start Best Baby Essentials Best Investment Award 2014 Hauck
Hauck fun for Kids Celebrating
Right Start Best Baby Essentials Best
Investment Award 2014
Hauck were delighted to he honoured with the Right Start
Best Investment award for the London Set.
The Right Start awards have been
running for over 9 years now and
they seek to reward the Best, highest
quality, versatile products for babies
and toddlers. Every item submitted
each year is thoruoughly tested by a
team of parents and children. Hauck
were overjoyed to be presented with
the prestigious Right Start Best Investment and all winners
will be featured in the Right Start Best Baby Essential Guide
distributed nationwide and to all members of Tumble Tots.
The London Set - the lightest stroller set from Hauck, pure
fun on every ride. Comes with Carcocoon and Car seat and
both can be used in the car. Bene ts from reversible seat unit
and suitable from birth onwards. So we were not surprised
it was a hit with testers and as one tester commented All
you need for going out and about in the rst few years, this
versatile travel system is versatile, hardwearing, compact,
handles well and is easy to use and fold for storage .
Sue Gri ths Marketing Director Hauck Fun For Kids
commented This is a wonderful achievement, and we faced
stiff competition and we were delighted our innovative design
for the London Set was a winner. We would like to thank
all the team at Right Start for giving us the opportunity to
enter these awards and enjoy the bene ts of being a winner.
These awards make it much easier for parents to make that
all important buying descion . The London Set - the lightest
stroller set from Hauck, pure fun on every ride. The London
Set RRP £379.99 and available Argos, Tesco, Linens Ltd or
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Six-year-old inspires global Superhero Girl Doll

Family Focus Six-year-old inspires global Superhero Girl Doll UK toymaker, Arklu, is helping to end the

UK toymaker, Arklu, is helping to end the dearth of female superheroes available on toy shelves, with the introduction of a NEW superhero out t, which has been designed by a child for the multi-award-winning Lottie doll. The Super Lottie out t is the inspiration of six year old Lily, from Ohio, USA, who created the winning design as part of a global competition, independently judged by the Brave Girls Alliance, earlier in the year. Uniquely, the set marks the rst time that a crowd-sourced design by a child has gone into commercial production. As part of her entry, Lily was asked to de ne Super Lottie s abilities. Lily s response was one designed to inspire girls who play with Lottie dolls, to acknowledge and embrace

girls who play with Lottie dolls, to acknowledge and embrace their potential, and accept who they

their potential, and accept who they are:

Super Lottie has the power to be anything, to do anything, and to make the world a better place. She is unique and special in her own way . The competition was a result of a campaign launched to demonstrate that girls can be superheroes too. A poll¹ conducted among parents, demonstrated a severe lack of female representation in the world of super-powers, where, of the top female superhero characters popularised by comic creators and lm-makers, not one could be identi ed by 100% of respondents. In stark contrast, four male superhero characters could be identi ed by 100% of respondents; Superman, Spiderman, Batman and Hulk. Lottie dolls became the rst fashion dolls to display childlike characteristics; a healthy childlike body shape, childlike clothing (no make-up, high heels, tattoos, etc) and wholesome activities. In 2014, Arklu took things a step further by introducing a range of dolls exploring gender empowering, adventurous themes. Commenting on the winning design, Lucie Follett, Creative Director at Arklu, says: It s great to see how the Lottie message Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You has been listened to and interpreted by kids all over the world. Girls

WILL be superheroes in 2014! Nancy Gruver of Brave Girls Alliance says: All of the entries showed the strong voices and powerful ambitions girls have, and we are very excited to see the awesome winning out t available to purchase globally!

Lily s mother, Greta, continues: Lily loves superheroes and art! She likes to play superheroes at recess usually with the boys because the other girls won t. We re excited to see the reaction by other girls to Lily s creation and hope that it brings great fun and enjoyment, as well as open their minds to the world of superpowers .

The doll has also received support from within the comic community. Sue, who blogs about women in superhero comics at the incredibly popular DC Women Kicking Ass on Tumblr and also maintains Superheroes Are For Girls and This:

Moments for Women, is a loud and never- tiring voice for feminism in the cape comics blogosphere, adds: Superheroes are for girls, too. And now with the Lottie doll children can have a female superhero that has realistic body shape. What a wonderful toy.

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In-car safety and security device for parents launched exclusively with Bounty

security device for parents launched exclusively with Bounty In-car safety and security device for parents launched

In-car safety and security device for parents launched exclusively with Bounty

A device dubbed fred , aimed at

safeguarding children in the car and saving parents and mums-to-be money, has been launched by Zenith Insurance and is being offered exclusively through parenting brand, Bounty. fred has been devised and developed by Zenith Insurance and is tted by the driver to the inside of their car windscreen.

In the event of an accident, it triggers automatic contact with a specially-trained team, who can talk to the driver, assess

the situation and if required, put them

through to the emergency services. For

more minor incidents, parents can press

the assistance button to connect to an

advisor. If used to report an incident or accident at the scene, fred insurance

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offers a zero excess, regardless of fault. Unlike telematics policies, fred does not monitor driving styles or behaviour and insurance premiums are a set price. The offering through Bounty also includes a breakdown service, covering the driver more than one than mile from home and for recovery to a garage up to 20 miles away. There s also optional cover for prams or pushchairs with a replacement value of up to £1,000, rarely seen on standard car policies.

Natalie Johnson from Bounty said: No one likes to think about having a car accident, least of all pregnant mums-to- be, or mums with travelling with young children. We know that for parents, safety is their key concern and this clever little device provides peace of mind on every

journey and immediate help should the worst happen. As well as the safety aspect, fred insurance policies are competitively priced and with the added bene t of free breakdown cover and zero excess, will also appeal to those looking for value for money. We think fred will prove to be very popular with many of our Bounty mums.

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TOP TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY WHEN SELLING A PROPERTY!

Focus TOP TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY WHEN SELLING A PROPERTY! Sarah Willingham, founder of letssavemoney.com, is

Sarah Willingham, founder of letssavemoney.com, is the UK s best known female money saving expert and consumer champion. Here she shares her top tips for saving money when selling a property.

Estate Agency Fees Online Vs Traditional High Street estate agents charge an average of 1.8% of your property s value to market your home. The average selling price for a property in the UK is £266,000, so that s a £5,666 fee! Before you list with a high street agent ask yourself if you are happy paying them that much money! It is worth looking into hybrid estate agency models such as Purplebricks.com. This agency combines the best elements of high street estate agencies (local property experts) with the convenience of operating online 24/7. You can save thousands of pounds using a service like this!

Appointing a Solicitor Shop Around! Ask your estate agents to recommend a solicitor but do shop around. Call for a consultation and get written con rmation of their charges. Also ask yourself - are they friendly, helpful, e cient and straight-talking? If you re in talks with more than one solicitor, play one off against the other to get the best service at the lowest fee possible.

Move It, Don t Lose It Save money on removal costs by doing it yourself. You can hire vans from as little as £19 and there is always the man with a van option if you need some extra support! If money is really tight, ask family and friends to help you move.

Box Clever These are heavily discounted, and if you don t mind a few scuff marks and peeling off remnants of old tape, are just as strong as the unused versions. Better still see if your local supermarket will let you have a load of used ones for free.

Time to Switch? Shop around for the best utilities deals for your new home. According to one comparison site, you can save up to £383 a year by switching energy plans alone. It s also an ideal time to negotiate new phone and broadband contracts.

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Slow Toy Awards Unveiled at John Lewis for 2014!

Slow Toy Awards Unveiled at John Lewis for 2014! The results for the 2014 Slow Toy

The results for the 2014 Slow Toy Awards were recently announced at John Lewis Oxford Street to reveal the winners each one honoured because it captured the essence of the inspiring Slow Toy Movement. This year s nal Slow Seven include; The Doctor s Set and Fire Engine Set from Le Toy Van, The Plush Wheelybug from Hippychick, The 24-piece Magnetic Wooden block set from Tegu, The Shop Till with Scanner from Bigjigs, The Multimodels 10 Model set from Meccano and the Carry Case Finger Puppet Theatre from Fiesta Crafts. Taking the crown for the Slow Craft Toy is the Cardboard Land of Fantasies from CALAFANT. The Slow Toy Movement is the creation of Thierry Bourret, a man whose unfaltering passion to campaign for change has secured the success of this cultural movement, which began in 2011. Frustrated by the annual Christmas wish lists which included countless battery operated plastic toys that distract children with noises and lights, Thierry decided to alter the mind-set of those in the toy industry. The concept was met with great interest and with winners from USA and Germany this year the movement has undoubtedly captured the world. The disappearance of the more traditional, beautifully crafted wooden toys is at the heart of the movement and its award aim to highlight the real toys on the market that inspire children, will stand the test of time and offer true play value. Brand new for 2014, the team introduced the Slow Craft Toy, a new category that recognised craft toys that inspire and allow children to use their own creativity, but may not last a lifetime. The response to the 2014 awards was overwhelming. Not only was there an unprecedented amount of entries, but with the support of John Lewis and the signi cant panel of judges, this year s awards are sure to make their mark once again! Although there is a place for the technical and mass produced toys of today, the reaction to this movement shows there s certainly a need for real toys too!

Commenting on the exciting news announcement, Thierry Bourret said: The success of the Slow Toy Movement has been one of my greatest achievements and each year it continues to amaze me how much support we receive. The Slow Toy Movement and it s awards seemed to have taken on a life of their own, not only has it engaged industry experts, but our campaign has been mentioned in articles not only nationally but internationally too! It was my dream to have this level of appreciation for good quality, well-made toys that encourage traditional play and stimulate a child s imagination and I am just overwhelmed that this is now a reality. Not only has the 2014 awards uncovered eight wonderful products, we have also managed to team up with one of the country s loved department stores to help spread the word! I can only hope that the Slow Toy Awards has established its place rmly in the industry, so we can continue to bring the world s best toys to the toy boxes of children in the UK!

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Top Winter Driving Tips

By Kirsty Quartley, Garmin PND Product Manager

One thing we can always rely on is for the weather in the UK to be unreliable but with that in mind, why do we always seem to be so ill-prepared? We know that we are often prone to sudden bouts of perilous weather storms with gales of up to 70mph are already being forecasted but to avoid making a bad situation worse, here are our top tips for a safer season of driving this winter.

1.In the rst instance, always ask should you drive ? Where possible the obvious decision, if the weather looks treacherous, is not to drive. Ask yourself whether you really need to make that trip to the cinema or supermarket. However, if you really are low on supplies and have to go out, ensure that you reduce your speed rushing so that you get in and out in the fastest time possible is not a wise idea in adverse weather so take your time.

2.WARNING! Road sign ahead Road signs are often something we all snigger at but they are there for a reason so do take note, especially when driving in bad weather when you aren t able to see road surfaces and pedestrians and other road users as clearly. Take note: road signs are your friends.

3.Keep your distance Rain doubles your braking distance; ice and snow can decrease your stopping distance by 10 times so when driving in poor conditions, leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front. When anticipating coming to a stop, start to do so as early as possible to bring you to a stop at a safe distance. Braking early will also alert the driver behind you to do the same.

4.Put it away Particularly during bad weather there is enough to contend with on the road without having your mobile phone ringing and beeping! Switch your mobile onto silent and place it out of hands reach and your eyes view. If you re awaiting an urgent phone call ensure a hands-free device is tted so you can concentrate on steering safely.

5.Save your emergency contacts Although use of a mobile phone when driving is illegal and dangerous, it is a good idea to keep one in the car in case of emergencies or a breakdown. Try to always let someone know when you re travelling and when you should return in case of an emergency. Also, have other emergency contacts like a tow- truck or insurance provider saved in your phone should you need help ASAP.

6.Stick to busy roads yes, really It goes against all driving instincts (mostly avoiding tra c) but in poor weather, taking the main roads will be much safer to travel on for a multitude of reasons. If you were to break down on a single track road, in the countryside, with no mobile signal, you may be waiting for hours before someone else comes along to help you. In snowy conditions, the main roads are most likely to have been cleared of snow and been gritted so taking the busy route may prove the quicker route.

so taking the busy route may prove the quicker route. 7.Make sure you can see 360

7.Make sure you can see 360 degrees! It may sound obvious but make sure you can see! It is always surprising to see how many people drive around with their windshields only partially cleared! Before any journey, clear your mirrors and windows (back window and the windshield on the passenger s side) of ice, snow and mist so you can see all the way around. Always keep a scraper and de-icer in your car for this reason and change your wiper blades every 6-12 months as they do wear out. Before winter hits, make sure you put anti-freeze in your screen wash reservoir too. And for all those short-cut people out there, please do not pour hot water onto your windshield as it will most likely crack the glass!

8.Update your sat nav You ll be surprised at how outdated some nat navs can be and this can cause real issues in normal conditions let alone during more treacherous ones. Roads come and go, new paths are built, bridges are demolished so upgrade your sat nav or update your software before embarking on a new or lengthy route.

9.The ring of truth During the winter months and over the Christmas period, the crime rate increases as darkness sets in and provides cover for those out to see what they can get their hands on so don t leave tell-tale signs in your car. Leave your possessions out of sight and even avoid unwanted attention by wiping clean any ring marks left on the windshield from attaching your sat nav to it, as it could otherwise alert a thief to the fact that you most likely have a device worth stealing in your glove box.

10. Pack it up When bad weather strikes or an emergency occurs, make sure you have a toolkit of winter essentials to help keep you safe and get your car back to life again, here are the items which most drivers forget:

1. Hazard warning triangle

2. Spare tyre and tools to change a at

3. Ice-scraper

4. Spare bulbs

5. De-icing equipment (for glass and door locks)

6. Appropriate footwear in case you need to leave the vehicle

7. A torch and spare batteries

8. Jumper cables (for those who are clever enough to do so)

9. Blankets and additional clothing such as gloves or boots and some food and water

10. Consider carrying salt or sand to get out of an icy situation too

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The New Intestacy Law: Legal Made Simple!

Family Focus The New Intestacy Law: Legal Made Simple! Author: Mark Edwards, General Manager at www.rocketlawyer.co.uk,

Author: Mark Edwards, General Manager at www.rocketlawyer.co.uk, an online legal service providing businesses and families with easy-to-use, professional legal documents and affordable help from specialist lawyers.

The digital revolution has transformed the legal landscape so much so that nowadays, we really have no excuse for not creating a will any more. With online legal services like Rocket Lawyer, creating one is not only affordable (even free) but also far easier and much more convenient when we do come to draw one up. Citizens Advice recently revealed a 62% increase in people seeking online advice about help with legal costs so it is easy to understand the growing popularity of such online services. On the 1st October huge changes came into place, transforming the current intestate (dying without a will) law but common misconceptions that those you love automatically inherit your estate still exist. For example, if you are in a relationship but not married or in a civil partnership, your partner will not be entitled to your estate.

Remember your parents In the past, for those lucky enough to have an estate of over £450,000, if you didn t have a will, your spouse and blood relatives such as your parents could have received some of your estate. However since the 1st October, a spouse receives the whole estate - a sad reality for someone who may have actually liked to also offer a widowed mother some security for her retirement. This is why it has never been more important to create a will, to ensure that those you leave behind are looked after the way you intended.

Nominate executors Once you have created your will, you need to appoint executors people you trust to be responsible for making sure your wishes are carried out. You can appoint up to four executors and they can also be bene ciaries in your will. The role of your executors include making sure your funeral arrangements are in accordance with your wishes. They work out what your estate is worth and decide whether or not there is any Inheritance Tax to pay on your estate. They apply to the Probate Registry for the Grant of Representation of your will. A Grant of Probate is a document from the Family Division of the High Court

which con rms that your will is valid and that your estate can be wound-up in accordance with the terms of your will.

The digital age of creating a will The rules of intestacy is not the only change surrounding the topic of wills. The introduction of technology to the once traditional process of creating a will now means that more people than ever will have a say about what happens to their nances and assets at a time that is convenient and tting for their budget. An increasing number of people looking to create a will now do so online as a simpler, more convenient and more affordable means. Ideal for parents on a budget or those that want to create the document at their own pace. Creating your will online enables you to save and return to it at your leisure. www.rocketlawyer.co.uk offers a free will service for everyone over 18, just sign up to the one-week free trial and cancel before the week is up.

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Become An Apprentice On Cutty Sark! Join The Crew Of The World-Famous Clipper With Gamar s Stunning New Augmented Reality Game

Clipper With Gamar s Stunning New Augmented Reality Game Cutty Sark is about to sail again
Clipper With Gamar s Stunning New Augmented Reality Game Cutty Sark is about to sail again

Cutty Sark is about to sail again and you can join the crew! That s the premise behind the latest launch from pioneering augmented reality technology company Gamar. In this interactive game, children become the apprentice of Captain Woodget, Cutty Sark s most famous captain. The game enables people to become part of the crew; they can unfurl the sails, steer the ship, ring the bell and even catch mischievous monkeys! It s an opportunity for today s children to step back in time and experience what life was like for those who sailed on Cutty Sark over 100 years ago. Suitable for children aged seven plus, simply hold a smart phone or tablet near an object on the main deck and watch the display as the two instantly interact and become a reality. The Gamar software, which is able to interact with real-life objects and environments, triggers interactive, augmented reality gaming experiences that are then played through smart phones and tablets. It has been developed to create a fun learning experience that helps people discover more about their surroundings.

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About Captain Woodget s Apprentice The world-famous Cutty Sark has set sail on yet another epic journey with you on board as an apprentice. But this is no cruise. Your skills and effort will be put to the test. The crew needs you. The Captain trusts you. The Captain has personally requested you, his apprentice, to complete important tasks throughout the ship

that ensure life for all on board runs smoothly. But days are short and you need to be focused and smart to complete every task. The Captain will then judge your efforts. But be warned he s

a tough man to please! As you progress, you will gain valuable

experience to master each task the Captain requests proving you are indispensable to all on-board.

Lee Briggs, partner and creative director for Gamar, said: We re

delighted to be partnering Cutty Sark to give visitors an educational and enjoyable experience. The ship is world-famous and has

a place in the heart of the nation. We wanted to give people the

incredible opportunity to become part of the crew and experience life on-board, all through the power of the Gamar app.

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Braun and leading paediatrician Dr. Ranj share their top tips for surviving the cold and flu season this winter

top tips for surviving the cold and flu season this winter With the cold and u
top tips for surviving the cold and flu season this winter With the cold and u

With the cold and u season fast approaching, Braun has teamed up with leading paediatrician Dr. Ranj to advise parents on what extra measures they can take to limit the spread of common colds and u amongst their family members this winter.

There are precautions you can take to try and reduce the risk of your child suffering from cold or u, says Dr. Ranj. Washing their hands

is one of the best ways for you to limit your child s exposure to cold and

reason, Dr. Ranj has offered his top tips on how to manage a child s fever when it strikes.

Check 1) Make sure you know how to check temperature accurately and get your child used to it too. Making it into a fun game can make the process easier, especially if they re not feeling well. It is also a good idea to know your child s temperature when they are well so that you can interpret a temperature reading more accurately. Likewise, if your child gets upset when having their temperature checked, think about using a no-touch thermometer.

u germs. Soap and water is as effective as any antibacterial agent

out there. General health is also important to remaining t and well through the cold and u season. Eating a healthy diet, with plenty of naturally-present vitamins, fresh fruit and vegetables well help bolster a child s immune system. Likewise, rest and getting enough sleep - children require between 9 to 14 hours sleep depending on

2)

Hydration Babies will often feed more when they are hot, both for comfort and to stay hydrated. You may nd that they take less feed, but more often.

their age - is essential as it helps a child s immune system to ght infections. Preparation can also help, saving you time and worry if your child becomes sick. Stocking your medicine cabinet with cold and u medication, such as pain relievers or decongestants means

3)

For children that have been weaned, offer them cool drinks or ice- lollies when they are bothered by fever. This is a great way to help them feel more comfortable.

you can be prepared to relieve symptoms when a virus strikes. Also, make sure you have a reliable, accurate thermometer to hand. Being able to monitor and accurately interpret your child s temperature can help you better understand your child s fever and making sure

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Keeping cool Babies primarily lose heat through their head so when they are hot make sure their head is uncovered.

the right treatment is administered. Braun, which is the number one trusted thermometer brand amongst doctors , has recently launched two new thermometers, each of which contains innovative new technology that will make a signi cant difference in managing

5)

Older children will lose heat through sweating and so ensure they have regular drinks when they have a fever, to keep them hydrated.

6) Make sure that the room your child is in is a normal temperature

a

child s fever.

(around 18 degrees centigrade), so turn down the heating or

The ThermoScan® 7 ear thermometer with Age Precision®, is the

open some windows. However, it shouldn t be so cold that it is uncomfortable.

rst thermometer that allows parents to set the age of their child

(0-3 months, 3-36 months and 36 months to adult) while a colour coded display (green for normal, yellow for elevated, red for high temperature) helps them to interpret the reading quickly and reliably. Many parents are unaware that the de nition of fever changes with age - what is acceptable in a four year old can be classed as a high fever in a new born. The Braun ThermoScan® 7 also includes other great features such as the pre-warmed tip, which ensures the reading is accurate by not cooling the inside of the ear where the temperature is taken. It also includes the ExacTemp® guidance system which uses a light and a beep to let the user know that it is in the correct position. The second thermometer, the No touch + forehead thermometer (NTF3000), offers two modes - no touch and touch No touch allows parents to take a temperature reading by holding the unit up to 5 cm away from the forehead, which is great for when a poorly child is asleep or to avoid cross-contamination between family members. Braun has added the second touch mode so that parents can use the thermometer to take their own temperature reading. With superior accuracy, the Braun No touch + forehead features an innovative optical system which captures twice as much radiated heat than traditional forehead thermometers, giving precise readings every time in both No touch and touch modes. While preventative measures can decrease the risk of catching a cold or the u, research has shown that most children will suffer from eight to ten colds a year . While fever is a very common symptom amongst children, it can be a cause for concern. For that

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Do not use tepid sponging to cool your child down. This isn t very effective and may actually be counter-productive.

Medication 8) There are medicines that can help to reduce your child s temperature, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Make sure you always follow the dosage instructions, or check with a healthcare professional if you are unsure.

Medical opinion 9) Know when to seek further help. You should keep a close eye on your child when the thermometer reads elevated (yellow), and seek medical advice if it reads high (red), or if they have any other worrying signs (such as a rash, oppiness, breathing di culties, ts or signs of dehydration).

10) Any child with a fever that lasts more than 5 days should be checked by a healthcare professional.

ThermoScan® 7 ear thermometer with Age Precision® (IRT6520) is priced at £49.99 and is available from Boots. No touch + forehead thermometer (NTF3000) is priced at £52.99 and is available from Asda, Boots and all good baby specialist retailers. For more information, please visit: www.brauntherms.com

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Facebook & Apple Offer to freeze staff s eggs!

Facebook & Apple Offer to freeze staff s eggs! It was recently revealed that Facebook and

It was recently revealed that Facebook and Apple have offered to freeze the eggs of their female staff in an effort to retain talent and attract the best staff. While Facebook is offering female staff up to $20,000 to have their eggs frozen, Apple will pay for its female employees to go through the same process from January.

Oliver Black, founder of My Family Care (www. myfamilycare.co.uk), the company that helps companies such as IBM, KPMG and Shell, introduce family-friendly working practices says of the idea:

Companies that recognise and help mothers, families, parents and carers combine work and family are winning the war on talent. This looks like an amazing bene t from industry innovators BUT it s only great if it s matched by great working practices & bene ts that support employees that decide to press ahead with families earlier in their careers. It needs to be an added bene t not a demand.

My Family Care is the leading provider of family friendly solutions to companies in the UK and internationally. Their vision is to prove that the employee who combines career and family successfully can be the most engaged and productive member of any team. My Family Care services include their award winning Emergency Childcare, Consultancy & Training, Care Search, Backup Care, and Life Transition Coaching.

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GROUNDBREAKING UPDATE ABOUT THE FATE OF STEMS CELLS IN BREASTMILK STRENGTHENS BREAST IS BEST CAMPAIGN

New research presented in London this November explored the fate of stem cells in breastmilk and con rmed the migration and functional integration of these cells in the offspring. Having discovered stem cells exist in breastmilk in 2007 (Cregan et al, 2007), the Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group, one of the world s leading breastfeeding research teams, became committed to further understanding the signi cance of these cells, the role they play for the infant and the potential possibilities they offer. Dr Foteini Hassiotou who has been leading the study since 2010, unveiled her most recent ndings. Hassiotou explored hundreds of breastmilk samples and found live stem cells in them all it is thought these cells get there from mother s mammary tissue and blood but the big question is what happens to them once ingested? During studies with mice Hassiotou and her team were able to track the stem cells that enter the infant via the breastmilk and con rmed for the rst time that these cells are transferred into different tissues via the blood circulation and go on to become functioning cells. The groundbreaking research found that the cells survive in the stomach and even appeared in the gastric lining, meaning they enter the blood. They were found to have integrated into the liver and pancreas creating functional cells. They were also found in baby s brain having developed into neurons. Taking into consideration breastmilk contains anything from 10,000 - 13 million cells (per ml) based on an average daily intake of approximately 450-1300 ml, a breastfed baby ingests between 5 and 17 billion cells a day. Of these cells, 1-30% appear to have stem cell properties.

Of these cells, 1-30% appear to have stem cell properties. Dr Hassiotou spoke about what this

Dr Hassiotou spoke about what this means to the breastfed baby: The most important element of this work is that it reveals a completely unknown aspect of breastfeeding and breastmilk feeding, which is the transfer of cells and the function of these cells in the breastfed baby. Up until recently, breastmilk was considered to be mostly nutrition for the baby, but the most recent research on breastmilk cells provides strong evidence that breastmilk is much more than just nutrition and quite remarkably provides developmental support and protection. We are only just starting to grasp the importance of these cells for the baby and their capabilities. It is truly remarkable - they are transferred and survive the gut, they get into the blood and from there they are transferred to different organs where they integrate and become active cells, participating in the functions of the organs.

Hassiotou has discovered in no uncertain terms that breastmilk does in some way impact on baby s development, as well as their nutrition and protection, taking our understanding about the potency of breastmilk to a whole new level. Her discovery in terms of medicine is also truly exciting. Millions of pounds is spent on stem cell research each year and up until now the only way to access them is via unethical means (embryonic stem cells) or invasive procedures. In contrast breastmilk stem cells do not generate tumors, they integrate and become functioning cells, they can be accessed ethically and non-invasively and their source is plentiful. The ndings do not only strengthen the breast is best debate; the work has some fascinating potential applications. It could support research in lactation biology, lactation pathology, cancer biology, regenerative medicine and most importantly the role of breastmilk in the breastfed baby s development. For more information, please visit: www.medela.com

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Expert Top Tips For Treating Cradle Cap

For most new mums, their baby s skin is a thing of beauty. We love to smell it, touch it and keep it as soft as a newborn s bottom! However in their rst year many babies can develop cradle cap in the form of dry and aky patches of skin on the crown of the head. Cradle cap is commonly thought to be caused by a temporary excess of oil production from your baby s scalp, meaning dead skin cells are unable to shed naturally and instead cling to the skin. This can create what appears to be yellowish looking scales on your otherwise perfect baby. Dry and aky scalps can be extremely common in babies, it is usually only temporary and does not cause discomfort or itching - however there are things you can do to help. Justine Hextall, consultant dermatologist gives us her top tips for treating cradle cap.

Become a massage master Massaging natural oils, such as Colief® Baby Scalp Oil, into the skin can help to hydrate the skin and remove any excess akes. Simply just pour a little oil into your hands or directly onto your baby s scalp and apply gently in circular motions. Not only will this moisturise and soothe your baby s one scalp but it will create a relaxing and indulgent bath time routine, giving you lots of precious bonding time with your child. If you nd that your baby s scalp is particularly dry you can try using the oil as an overnight treatment, giving it extra time to soften and loosen the skin.

giving it extra time to soften and loosen the skin. Colief® Baby Scalp Oil is suitable

Colief® Baby Scalp Oil is suitable for use on babies aged from three months upwards, available at Boots, RRP: £5.99 for 30ml

Brush it away

To help remove much of the excess skin and akes you can try using a soft baby brush on the scalp. By using the brush in gently circular motions on your baby s scalp you will loosen any akes which will then shed naturally. You can even try using the brushing technique alongside your chosen oil, this will make the routine even more gentle and the scents from the oil will help soothe your little one.

the scents from the oil will help soothe your little one. Rub a dub dub with

Rub a dub dub with extra suds As it is thought that excess oil can cause the scaly symptoms of cradle cap, you can try increasing the frequency that you shampoo your little one Rub a dub dub with extra suds s hair. Many parents opt for a shampoo which s hair. Many parents opt for a shampoo which treats cradle cap however any gentle baby shampoo will do. Note that soap s can be drying on the skin so make sure that you rinse suds thoroughly to keep as much moisture in the skin as possible.

Milton Solo Travel Steriliser scoops TWO awards in Best Baby & Toddler Gear 2014 Awards

TWO awards in Best Baby & Toddler Gear 2014 Awards Milton, the leading expert in sterilising,

Milton, the leading expert in sterilising, is delighted to announce that its Solo Travel Steriliser has won two Best Baby & Toddler Gear 2014 Awards. It won the Travel Steriliser SILVER Award and also the CONSUMER CHOICE Award. Each product in the awards is also tested by a panel of real-life mums for genuine and unbiased results. This is the second award this month that the Milton Solo Travel Steriliser has won praising its portability and easy of use. The Solo is a single-bottle steriliser that can be used either in the microwave or with cold water. It can be used to clean and sterilise bottles, teethers, plastic toys, breastfeeding equipment and other small baby equipment from 2 minutes in the microwave and in 15 minutes for cold water. It is ideal when travelling or away from home.

Amanda from Norfolk who tested the Solo said What a fabulous idea, no more big bulky sterilisers to take away on holiday, with little one the age he is, now I only need one bottle at a time, so this is perfect and so easy to just slip in a small bag. I love it!

Great product for travelling with. Ideal for using when a bottle is needed at short notice, 2 minutes is very fast for a microwave steriliser. I d recommend this to my friends with babies said tester, Gayle from Buckinghamshire.

Take a steam

The Solo is available at Amazon, John Lewis, Kiddicare, Ocado and Superdrug RRP £10.99.

John Lewis, Kiddicare, Ocado and Superdrug RRP £10.99. There is a very simple way to combat

There is a very simple way to combat dry skin and that is by adding as much moisture to your environment as possible. Try using a warm humidi er once a day, this will help to restore moisture to your baby s skin and to reduce the dryness in the scalp.

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The Importance of Healthy Eating and Exercise

The Importance of Healthy Eating and Exercise
Wellbeing The Importance of Healthy Eating and Exercise Today more than ever before many of us

Today more than ever before many of us in the developed world are in danger of being overweight. With obesity quadrupling to nearly one billion in the developing world and 64% of adults in the UK being obese it seems that now more than ever there is a need for clear and concise information when it comes to health and nutrition as the rise in obesity will see a huge increase in heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. In my opinion it is more important to eat healthy than to exercise if you had to pick one, but obviously we don t and consistent exercise even if it is once a week is highly important too. The consumption of fat, salt and sugar, which has increased globally according to the United Nations, is a signi cant factor in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers, but I feel it should be explained that it is the wrong kind of fat, salt and sugar.

Monounsaturated (omega 9) and Polyunsaturated (omega 3) fats are very good for you, most people now know that omega oils are good for us and that Trans fats which are arti cially produced as a result of partial hydrogenation, which is a process used to convert liquid oil to a solid are bad for us. But there is a difference in opinion when it comes to Saturated fats. For over 40 years Saturated fat has been vili ed, accused of clogging arteries and causing obesity. This has been so widely accepted that when I am giving nutrition consultations and I advise people that they should add saturated fat to their diets I get looks of disbelief.

In fact when I ask new clients to keep a nutrition diary of everything they eat during the day, I see things like skimmed milk instead of full fat raw milk, no egg yolks and no steak, butter or cream.

We ve Made a Huge Mistake!

This one started in 1970, with the rst publication of The Seven Countries Studies. The research looked at the incidences of saturated fat intake and heart disease among 12,763 men from seven different countries, and showed a correlation between the two.

Unfortunately, the study was biased and it didn t take important

factors like smoking rates, sugar consumption, and exercise

levels, and it left out important information from other countries that contradicted the conclusions. Governments followed by making the supposed saturated fat-heart disease connection

a matter of public health policy an ideology which probably

culminated with the abominable food pyramid of the 1990s which recommended up to 11 servings of rice and pasta per day, and about as little fat as possible. The result is what we have today with more people here in the UK and worldwide over weight and suffering from ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. When it comes to healthy eating, it is clear to see that most of us are getting it wrong by not consuming the right fats, salt (consume Himalayan rock salt) and sugar. Fruit sugar as long as it is eaten as part of the fruit is ne to consume and in fact I personally eat about 10 pieces of fruit per day.

It is clear to see that there is a big jigsaw puzzle when it comes to healthy eating so we can ill afford to receive wrong information. We must consume the right fats (including coconut oil, olive oil, hemp seed oil, raw cream and butter), primarily have a diet of alkaline food which means a daily fresh supply of green leafy vegetables, berries and seasonal fruit, 3 L of water, a high intake

of minerals which means super foods (especially Maca, Cacao

and Bee Pollen). Once we address nutritional balance, the next thing to look at is exercise. There is obviously a boom when it comes to exercise trends such as high intensity workouts, circuit classes etc. My advice is to try to work out twice a week, consult an experienced trainer to set a safe exercise routine including a strength work out and another one tailored to your lifestyle needs which may need to be a high intensity workout. My personal favorite is going for walks. Walking is always overlooked as a workout but a 30 minute brisk walk on Sunday morning can keep you in shape along with your weekly workouts.

In conclusion, try to keep away from nutrition and workout fads

and adopt more of a common sense approach, our parents generation had it right.

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EXPERIENCED ELDERS ARE OUR CLOSEST CONFIDANTS

Wellbeing EXPERIENCED ELDERS ARE OUR CLOSEST CONFIDANTS Despite many believing the younger generation are too busy

Despite many believing the younger generation are too busy to spend time with their families, new research has found that Britons today value their relationships with their grandparents above most other relatives. A study conducted by leading multi-store gift card company, One4all, found that time spent with grandparents is highly valued by British adults, with a third (36%) rating them their favourite immediate relative above mothers (31%), fathers (24%) and siblings (7%). In fact, more than a half (54%) said they felt they could con de in an elderly relative more than their parents. Grandchildren reported that education and career paths were the subjects they were most likely to seek grandparents advice about, drawing on their vast life experience and wisdom for informed opinions. Other popular subjects discussed by grandparents and their grandchildren included family news and/or gossip (27%), reminiscing about family stories (24%), catching up on each other s news (22%), stories from their grandparents lives (17%) and news and politics (10%). 32% said they felt seeing their grandparents gave them the chance to take part in activities or visit places they wouldn t otherwise have done. However, despite grandparents being held dear in their hearts, grandchildren didn t fare well when remembering their birthdays, with more than half (56%) admitting to not knowing when they are, a fth (21%) saying they forget elderly relatives birthdays quite often , and only one in ten (13%) always remembering to give them presents. 78% admitted they felt bad about the fact they didn t know when their grandparents birthdays are, and two thirds said they d like to see their grandparents on a more regular basis.

Declan Byrne, UK Managing Director at One4all Gift Card said:

From this research, it is clear that grandparents share a special relationship with their children and grandchildren and continue to do so later in their grandchildrens lives. However when it comes to special occasions they can be overlooked by the younger generation, so families need to do more to ensure they are included. Doing something small to commemorate special occasions can mean so much to the older generation.

Once grown up, British grandchildren see their grandparents on average six times a year. The One4all gift card is available from Post O ces nationwide and online:

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O ces nationwide and online: www.one4allgiftcarduk.co.uk Internet Over In-Laws When It Comes To Parenting Advice New

Internet Over In-Laws When It Comes To Parenting Advice

New Live Chat Service Offers Toddler Nutrition Advice in Real- Time

Chat Service Offers Toddler Nutrition Advice in Real- Time Findings from toddler information resource,

Findings from toddler information resource, GrowingUpMilkInfo. com, highlight that parents favour the Internet over their own mum or mother-in-law when searching for parenting advice. The poll of 1,000 parents found that almost three in ve (57%) mums and dads turn to online resources before asking their own mum (51%) for parenting and toddler-speci c nutritional advice. Places parents turn to online include parenting websites, interactive live chat services and forums as well as social media channels.

The survey marks the launch of GrowingUpMilkInfo.com s new Live Chat service, which aims to tackle parents main frustrations when searching online for toddler-speci c parenting and nutritional advice. These include being bombarded by too much information (20%), concerns that the advice isn t suited to their child (18%), and a lack of speciality nutritional advice (16%). With Live Chat, parents can access advice that meets their toddler s individual needs, in real-time. This means that they no longer have to wade through reams of information to nd what they re looking for. The poll also revealed that mums are more likely to seek parenting and nutritional guidance, with three in ten dads (30%) admitting they turn to their partner for guidance when it comes to the topic of their child s wellbeing.

Child psychologist, Dr Richard Woolfson comments: Opening up access to tailored and immediate nutritional advice via an online Live Chat service is good news for parents. It means that despite the overwhelming amount of information online, nding reliable, speci c advice when you need is now only one click away. Ultimately parents want information they can trust, yet it can sometimes be di cult to verify the quality of advice on the web. With the new GrowingUpMilkInfo.com Live Chat service that is one less concern for parents to contend with.

The GrowingUpMilkInfo.com Live Chat function offers reliable one-to-one advice and support from toddler nutrition advisors. Providing a quick and easy way to get answers, the Live Chat team is supported by nutritionists and healthcare professionals.

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Memory box service allows customers to protect their most treasured moments

SpaceWays, the London based on-demand online storage service, has announced a unique concept offering memory boxes as part of a time capsule initiative to help store and protect people s most cherished memories.

Customers will have the opportunity to purchase a single box for a at fee of £180 per ve year block in an alternate way to celebrate landmark occasions and help keep treasured memories safe.

Rob Rebholz, co-founder of SpaceWays.co.uk says, Our time capsule service is extremely personal and allows people to safely protect the things they hold dearest. The idea behind the service is to bring people closer together and help celebrate special occasions in a unique way, whether it s a birthday, anniversary or moving house. For example, a group of London university graduates might choose to place their photographs, note books and sport kits in a box and book a 10-year period, so they can open their box on their 10th anniversary after graduating. Parents might choose to put their children s baby items in a box and book a 15-year period, so their son or daughter can open their memory box on their 18th birthday. We believe it s a unique and thoughtful way of giving long term gifts.

The time capsule initiative will provide customers with a special memory box certi cate with the dates the box was placed in storage. Anyone interested in the memory box service can select a regular box during checkout and upon payment enter one of the discount codes: MEMORYI9V for the ve-year period, MEMORY6SS for a ten-year period, or MEMORYYKF for a 15-year rental period. They will then be e-mailed with a bill for the entire rental period chosen (180 pounds for 5 years, 360 pounds for 10 years, 540 for 15 years). In case of any questions, the SpaceWays customer service team is happy to help out.

Rebholz says, Whilst it might seem like a high upfront cost, over the duration of the storage, customers can save hundreds of pounds for keeping their most prized items safe. A ve year box works out at just £36 per year. We want to reward people for protecting their memories in the long term .

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. For more information, please visit: www.spaceways.co.uk SCHOOL OF WOK SHORTLISTED IN COOKERY SCHOOL AWARDS! Teaching

SCHOOL OF WOK SHORTLISTED IN COOKERY SCHOOL AWARDS!

SCHOOL OF WOK SHORTLISTED IN COOKERY SCHOOL AWARDS! Teaching the art of Oriental and Asian cuisine

Teaching the art of Oriental and Asian cuisine in the heart of London s Covent

Garden, School of Wok has been shortlisted in two categories in the forthcoming 2014 British Cookery School Awards, the prestigious awards rst established in

2012. Founded and run by TV chef Jeremy

Pang, School of Wok has made the nals into the Best Specialist Cookery School and in the Young Rising Star categories. With the awards just weeks away, winners will be announced in London on 17 November. With a panel of judges which includes, among others, BBC Radio 2 s food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, Delicious magazine s editor Karen Barnes

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and Martin Johns, Development Chef at Kenwood, the company which is also the headline sponsor for the awards, the 2014 entries were well up on past years, with nalists having to compete even harder.

Jeremy Pang comments: Being a nalist in not one, but two categories is a real accolade for the team at School of Wok, and we are both thrilled and honoured. These nominations are a re ection of the dedication and unwavering passion that School of Wok pours into each class, each student, and each opportunity to teach .

Courses at School of Wok start at £65 for a Scoff & Quaff experience where participants learn to make a dish or two and then pair different wines with the complex Asian avours. There are also three-hour cooking experiences at choice, ideal for complete beginners or aspiring wok stars, as well as full day and full weekend courses for those wanting to delve into the fascinating intricacies of Asian cuisine. All courses equip the participants with a set of skills, from basic to advanced, to impress friends and family.

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This shortlisting comes at a special time for School of Wok, as they are about to launch a sister company The Oriental Culinary Institute which will train professional chefs in Oriental and Asian cuisine.

With more than 400 cookery schools now operating across the country, the British Cookery School Awards 2014 honour excellent cookery schools that go above and beyond to deliver a top-notch cookery school experience. Launched in 2012, the awards celebrate the important role that cookery schools play in driving Britain s passion for cooking good, home-made food.

School of Wok is at 61 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HG

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New design for Snoozebox, the world s leading portable hotel!

design for Snoozebox, the world s leading portable hotel! Snoozebox is a highly innovative concept which
design for Snoozebox, the world s leading portable hotel! Snoozebox is a highly innovative concept which

Snoozebox is a highly innovative concept which offers a unique experience, combining temporary hotel accommodation with all the mod cons and amenities of a hotel, from free wi to air conditioning not to mention comfortable beds and its own bathroom. This portable hotel allows guests to be at the very heart of the action, whether that s the Grand Prix or the Download Festival. And now Snoozebox, conceived four years ago as an alternative to conventional accommodation for festivals, sports events and special occasions, has launched a new, vastly improved design which will start to be seen at events in 2015.

Small but perfectly formed, the new Snoozebox rooms offer everything a visitor needs for a short stay at any event or location. Expandable units, mounted on trailers, provide six Snoozebox rooms per trailer which are just over 7.5 square metres in size (3.6m x 2m x 2m). The new design delivers additional room space through expanding sides. Two upper level room units, each offering two bedrooms, can be placed on top of the lower level, providing additional rooms. Once in place, the two storeys of Snoozeboxes are each accessed by stairs with a walkway leading to each room. Each room has four bunk beds cleverly stowed within the interior space which can be converted to accommodate

four singles, or a double and two singles or one kingsize bed. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with a toilet, basin and shower. The bathroom space has been designed as

a stylish wet room with a ared wall giving

a sense of spaciousness and freedom of movement, but also ingeniously provides

a dry hanging area for towels and clothes.

During the day, the Snoozebox hotel rooms convert to a living room with storage space, TV, free Wi , air-conditioning, heating and a safe. When guests rst enter the room, they are greeted with a nely upholstered sofa on one side and a contemporary desk on the other. The beds can be accessed with pull-down handles disguised as shadow lines rooms will have been made up into

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the bedroom con guration of the guests choice before they arrive. Snoozebox has

partnered with leaders in engineered mobile solutions and the award-winning design rm Tangerine together with logistic and deployment experts Procar International. The new Snoozebox has been engineered and manufactured by A. Smith Great Bentley coachbuilders and John Dennis Coachbuilders. When travelling, the room compresses to t a standard trailer. When the Snoozebox is set up at its destination, the rooms double in size as the sides are expanded; an integrated covered walkway is then set in place along both sides. The joy of Snoozebox accommodation is that it works perfectly for people who simply want

a comfortable base but intend to be out all

day at a sports event, festival or special occasion. Festival culture now appeals to such a wide range of people from teenagers to families, to festival veterans. The fact that tickets for many music festivals sell out on the rst day bears testament to the enduring popularity of these events; each summer new festivals are added to the calendar. The lure of life under canvas or in a yurt appears to have waned, especially given the vagaries of the English weather, and the standard of shower and toilet blocks at many events. A poll by Festival Census* found that people don t like to sacri ce comfort and would prefer accommodation which is safe, waterproof, with a ushing toilet, a warm shower, comfortable beds and a location close to the action. The community of Snoozeboxers has gathered momentum too. For example, like-minded visitors to Silverstone during the Formula 1 enjoy the opportunity to meet fellow petrol- heads and enjoy the communal hotel bar areas. Likewise, music festival visitors take advantage of the Snoozebox social space for a breather from the main stages during the morning and early afternoon. In Edinburgh, visitors to the Festival appreciate

an affordable base, close to the centre of the city. Visitors to a Snoozebox hotel will be greeted by friendly staff who will show them

to their room, explain how everything works,

will demonstrate how the beds become

sofas in the day time and will provide details about the restaurant and the social areas, along with any entertainments and are well informed about the event itself and can help guests get the most out of it. Lorcán Ó Murchú, CEO of Snoozebox says: Snoozebox

is about bringing an innovative new concept

Snoozebox is about bringing an innovative new concept to the hotel market. We put our guests
Snoozebox is about bringing an innovative new concept to the hotel market. We put our guests

to the hotel market. We put our guests right at the heart of the action, making their event experience bigger, deeper and longer. The Snoozebox Club is becoming quite the vibrant community of event enthusiasts.

Since its launch in 2011, Snoozebox has been at the heart of major sporting and cultural events, taking in a range of xtures within the UK such as motorsports, golf and rugby as well as major festivals such as Glastonbury, Edinburgh and Hay. In 2015, Snoozebox will be based at a host of UK events including the British Grand Prix, Isle of Man TT, Glastonbury, Edinburgh Festival, the Rugby World Cup. With the prototypes built, manufacturing plans are now underway and the rst next generation Snoozebox portable hotel rooms will start to debut at 2015 events in the UK. The new designs sport an impressive new livery featuring the Snoozebox ZZZ in strong black and silver on its eet of sleek new trailers. The existing eet of Snoozebox hotels will continue to be deployed. There are currently permanent Snoozebox hotels at Silverstone and the Eden Project in Cornwall which opened in October 2014. There are plans for further long-term Snoozebox hotels at locations including Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Snoozebox rooms can cost from as little as £99 per night to stay in Edinburgh during the Festival to £1599 for two people for four nights with breakfast and dinner each day for the British Grand Prix.

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SUZANNE SHAW BRINGS A RAY OF SUNSHINE TO WEMBLEY PARK AS SHE DANCES ON ICE

A RAY OF SUNSHINE TO WEMBLEY PARK AS SHE DANCES ON ICE On Friday, Dancing on

On Friday, Dancing on Ice star and actress, Suzanne Shaw, donned her skates at a brand new ice- rink at London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park, in aid of Rays of Sunshine, a children s charity which grants wishes for seriously ill children across the UK. Not only did the star bring back memories of her former Dancing On Ice win, when she took to the ice she also brought back memories to one very special little girl, Hollie, who had her wish granted to meet Suzanne in 2008 by the children s charity. At the age of six, Hollie, who is living with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), asked Rays of Sunshine to grant her greatest wish; to meet Suzanne Shaw. The star jumped at the chance to grant the wish and Hollie, who is a huge fan of Suzanne, got the chance to skate with her. This afternoon, now 12 years old, Hollie once again took to the ice with her idol. Suzanne also skated alongside some other special guests all who are bravely ghting serious illnesses. Suzanne comments: I m delighted to open Ice Skating at Wembley Park in support of Rays of Sunshine Children s Charity. I m thrilled to be able to share such an exciting moment with some very deserving children from Rays of Sunshine Children s Charity and loved seeing Hollie again. It was an amazing experience to grant Hollie s wish and

bring a smile to her face, so I was thrilled to take another spin on the ice with her.

so I was thrilled to take another spin on the ice with her. Ice-skating at Wembley

Ice-skating at Wembley Park will be at London Designer Outlet until 4th January 2015. To celebrate its partnership with Rays of Sunshine Children s Charity, London Designer Outlet s Ice-rink not only offers people the chance to skate right below the iconic Wembley arch, but also helps to raise funds for the children s charity. Norman Black, Head of Marketing at London Designer Outlet, comments: We re very excited to have welcomed Suzanne to open our hotly anticipated ice-rink and to support our charity partner, Rays of Sunshine Children s Charity. With Ice Skating at Wembley Park we have created the perfect setting for winter fun and entertainment, alongside the opportunity to pick up some festive bargains - with up to 70% off favourite High Street brands. And, uniquely in this part of London, our guests can dine and relax at our restaurants, coffee shops, and at our 9-screen cinema. Tickets for Ice Skating at Wembley Park are on sale now at www.iceskatingatwembleypark.co.uk priced from £10.50 per adult and £7.50 per child.

priced from £10.50 per adult and £7.50 per child. New Dad Books: Viral Blogger Al Ferguson,
priced from £10.50 per adult and £7.50 per child. New Dad Books: Viral Blogger Al Ferguson,

New Dad Books: Viral Blogger Al Ferguson, Releases a Parenting eBook with a difference

Al Ferguson, Releases a Parenting eBook with a difference When you re expecting a baby all

When you re expecting a baby all the advice in the world, doesn t really count for that much, because until it actually happens to you, you ve no idea what s it like. That s why Al has written New Dad Book of Secrets: Things you didn t realise you needed to know.

New Dad Book of Secrets is unique in it s approach. It s lled with tiny, short chapters designed to be picked up at any moment for a quick blast of comfort, encouragement, humour and a little touch of wisdom thrown in for good measure. It s cleverly written bitesize chunks of real life scenarios are poignantly aimed at the new or expectant dad. Forget the longwinded, patronising and stereotypical dad help guides; New Dad Book of Secrets is quick and easy to read whilst giving genuine helpful hints and tips to get through the early stages of having a baby. And all from a dads perspective!

Foreward by Double BAFTA award winning directer and Dad, Declan Lowney: Hands-on, Dad oriented advice that s what you ll really need, and the New Dad Book Of Secrets manages to

give you all of that and more in bite size chunks an easy to use book of tips and reminders to help you get through one of the most exciting and terrifying times of your life, Fatherhood. With this book by your side, you ll be better equipped to meet the challenges and triumphs of being Dad.

Al says this book, pinpoints key principles of dad-hood and re ne them down to unforgettable sound bites of wisdom that can be called upon instantly to inform a critical decision. And, as we all know, being a dad is full of critical decisions!

Since going viral in September and reaching hundreds of thousands of people world wide with his Baby Poo Photo Al Ferguson s blog, The Dad Network has grown signi cantly. With rapidly growing networks, The Dad Network is becoming one of the UK s largest parent blogs reaching hundreds of people each day. The blog follows the journey of having a new born whilst featuring posts from guest dads, product reviews and giveaways.

New Dad Book of Secrets is being released for sale on Monday 24th November 2014 for just £2.56 available on Amazon. (Just in time for Christmas!)

For more information or to purchase your copy, please visit:

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Prepare your child for the arrival of a newborn

Family Focus Prepare your child for the arrival of a newborn With a second royal baby

With a second royal baby due in April, Prince George will soon be sharing the limelight with a new baby brother or a sister. The introduction of a new sibling can be an unsettling time for an older child, regardless of their royal connections.

Indeed the creators of the UK s most popular baby dolls, Zapf Creation, found that 1 in 5* children act dubiously about the arrival of their new family member. Similarly, Zapf Creation found that second time parents often feel guilty for not spending enough time preparing their child for the arrival of a newborn.

The Zapf Creation research found that a large proportion (82%) of parents agree that their child playing with toys such as dolls is the most effective way to help prepare children for the introduction of a newborn. Life-life baby dolls such as Baby Annabell are the perfect tools to use to introduce a child to the needs of a baby sibling as they take care of their own bundle of joy. Through nurturing their own realistic baby doll, mini mummies and daddies will learn about a baby s needs through Baby Annabell s realistic interactions that include crying, babbling, sleeping and drinking. The latest doll is now even more realistic than ever with a new rocking feature to soothe crying.

than ever with a new rocking feature to soothe crying. day when baby Akira arrived home,

day when baby Akira arrived home, as we played at feeding, rocking and changing nappies. Baby Annabell s features are fantastically realistic and it was lovely to watch Kaya cradle and feed her own baby as I took care of Akira.

Kaya cradle and feed her own baby as I took care of Akira. Katy is in
Kaya cradle and feed her own baby as I took care of Akira. Katy is in

Katy is in good company, with 67% of parents saying they also included their rst born in new baby tasks such as preparing for bedtime and changing nappies, all of which can be practiced with their own Baby Annabell doll. Similarly, 31% of parents found that involving their rst child in activities such as going to the doctor during their second pregnancy helped to prepare them for what was to come.

Zapf Creation also found that introducing a doll at the same time as a newborn, perhaps as a gift from the new baby, was viewed as great way to build a positive bond, with 45% of parents agreeing. Furthermore, over half of parents (53%) said that playing with traditional toys such as dolls also encouraged their children s social skills and encouraged them to talk more which is especially important as often older siblings become more withdrawn following the introduction of a newborn.

To nd out more about the Zapf Creation® brand or the Baby Annabell® doll, please visit: www.facebook.com/ ZapfCreationUK or www.baby-annabell.co.uk.

This is something that celebrity blogger and Zapf Creation Mumbassador, Katy Hill knows well: When I was pregnant with my second child, I was naturally worried about how my daughter Kaya would cope with the big family adjustment. I found that role-playing with toys helped her to understand how to treat Akira when he arrived - she unwrapped a new Baby Annabell doll as a present from Akira when she visited me in the hospital! Playing with the doll helped Kaya to see what was going to happen day-to-

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SWIMMING WITH STYLE FOR LOCAL TOTS AS TWO FRIENDS MAKE THE DIVE FROM FASHION TO THE POOL

TOTS AS TWO FRIENDS MAKE THE DIVE FROM FASHION TO THE POOL Award-winning preschool swim programme

Award-winning preschool swim programme Turtle Tots arrives in En eld including the rst aqua- natal yoga classes in North London

Two local women from En eld have switched careers from the high-end world of fashion to teach preschool children in the local area to swim. Their newly launched swim classes will also encompass the rst aqua-natal yoga classes to be made available in London for pregnant women. Having purchased a licence from award-winning preschool swim programme Turtle Tots, The two friends have launched Turtle Tots North London delivering classes across North London.

Until recently, local mum Caroline James and her friend Lisa Stopher have been business colleagues at a major fashion label for the last eight years, but have decided to leave it all behind and pursue their dream of providing a quality, inclusive swim programme in the local area for babies, toddlers and mums-to-be. Caroline James talks about the new venture Being a mother, for me this isn t just about running swimming classes, it s about everything else that goes with it. We are here as a service, to help both parent and child build con dence in the water. I ve seen rst-

child build con dence in the water. I ve seen rst- hand how a parent who

hand how a parent who is afraid of getting into the water can have

a detrimental effect on how the child feels about it. Being able to

support them both as well as those mums who have yet to give birth, via our aqua-natal yoga sessions (which up until now, have

been relatively scarce in the area) is both exciting and rewarding. Lisa Stopher agrees We both have an extensive business background working for a major global fashion brand and we are looking forward to transferring these skills to the pool. It s

a

complete career change but with a genuine love for swimming,

it

is one that we are both embracing with open arms. We are

aiming to bring quality baby swim sessions to the local area and to help families develop a life-long skill that not only increases self- con dence but also helps babies to relax and sleep well too, which can only be a good thing for parents!

Turtle Tots North London swim sessions will be available at a variety of locations across En eld as well as Tottenham, Barnet, Camden, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, Islington and Stoke Newington.

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Family Focus Your essential guide to cutting the cost of Christmas 3. Give something handmade A

Your essential guide to cutting the cost of Christmas

3. Give something handmade A great way to save money and add meaning during the festive season is to make gifts yourself. Do-it-yourself Christmas gifts are proving increasingly popular and there are plenty of websites which provide ideas for inspiration.It might also be useful to get the kids involved in making decorations and cards, so you don t need to hit the shops for them. Tip: give something handmade it ll cost less and mean more

4. Give a Christmas IOU While Christmas is the year s costliest shopping time, prices can plummet in the January sales. If you re after a big-ticket purchase like a games console for the kids then it might make sense to wait. Give the kids a small gift and a Christmas IOU, telling them you re waiting for the sales. Tip: give a small gift and a Christmas IOU so you can buy the bigger presents a few days after Christmas, in the sales

5. Stick to a budget

While it can be di cult to do it s really important to decide on a budget and then stick to it. Calculate your budget by being realistic on what you can afford to spend and remember Christmas is just one day. Don t spend the majority of next

year paying for it.

Tip: set a budget and stick to it. Come

January, start saving a bit each week to avoid the post- Christmas money blues.

Be Money Ready offers tips and advice for saving, managing nances and living well on a budget.

Christmas is a time of fun and festivities, but it can also be stressful, especially if you re tight on pennies. More of us are nding Christmas an expensive time of year, which leaves many of us with overdrafts or debts to repay afterwards. Recent statistics suggest that 50 per cent of families will take until next June to clear their Christmas debts, with the average adult borrowing £685 over the festive period. With this in mind, it makes sense to nd ways to cut the cost of Christmas so we don t suffer a festive hangover. If you re thinking of cutting back this festive season, Lynette Nigh from www.bemoneyready.co.uk specialises in Christmas money saving advice and can answer your questions.

Christmas money saving advice and can answer your questions. 1. Spread the cost of Christmas Spread

1. Spread the cost of Christmas Spread the cost of Christmas by purchasing food and gifts

throughout the year taking account of discounts and offers. You can then avoid being hit in the pocket by making major purchases just before Christmas when prices are likely to be

in ated. Tip: buy food and gifts during the year to take

advantage of discounts and sales and spread the cost

2. Split the cost of food and drink

You can make great savings by splitting food and drink costs with people you re sharing Christmas with. Consider asking people to add to a Christmas pot or invite them to bring

a dish or drinks to add to the table. People won t mind

contributing and it can help people feel even more involved

in the day s festivities. Tip: split the cost of food and drink

with the people you re sharing Christmas with.

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It s official: the Shnuggle Moses basket is the best cot for newborn babies!

Shnuggle Moses basket is the best cot for newborn babies! We re so excited to tell

We re so excited to tell you that the Shnuggle basket has won the Best Cot Design category in this year s hotly contested Junior Design Awards! The Junior Design Awards recognise excellence in design, style and functionality. The Shnuggle basket s innovative design and range of safety features were noted by the judging panel of industry experts and celebrity parents, including Rachel Stevens. Shnuggle co-founders, Adam and Sinead Murphy, said: To win the Best Cot category is a fantastic way to nish off an amazing year for Shnuggle. As parents ourselves, we know that the Junior Design badge is an

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indication of quality, style and innovation. We re thrilled that the Shnuggle basket has been o cially recognised by Junior Design as a product that makes sleep time safer and cosier for newborn babies. The Shnuggle team are working on several exciting new products to be released at the start of 2015, so watch this space!

The Shnuggle Moses basket has been designed to ensure that baby gets the best sleep possible without being disturbed by the creaking that is a common feature of traditional wicker baskets. The material

allows it to be rocked silently without the rustling and loss of shape that is common

to other Moses baskets. A clever locking

mechanism ensures the hood stays up. The

hypoallergenic shell can be fully cleaned using warm soapy water, while the soft cotton dressings are machine washable so parents can be con dent that the baby

is in a clean safe environment. Those with

a history of allergies in the family have

reported that having a newborn in such a hygienic space has signi cant bene ts. The base of the basket has been specially ventilated to ensure a constant air ow. The basket s rigid material ensures that the shape is maintained. This makes it a safer sleeping place for babies, especially if there are already inquisitive pets or young children in the home. As it is 10% longer than standard Moses baskets, babies can stay in the Shnuggle basket for longer before they outgrow it and have to move into the cot. The Shnuggle basket is available in a range of vintage pastel shades, re ecting the desire of modern parents for beautiful baby furniture that complements the family home. More information on all the Shnuggle products is available at www. shnuggle.com.

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Family Focus What is Tiny Diner? Tiny Diner is a start-up with a social conscience, passionate
What is Tiny Diner? Tiny Diner is a start-up with a social conscience, passionate about
What is Tiny Diner?
Tiny Diner is a start-up with a
social conscience, passionate
about two things: fresh, organic
baby food, and the social well-
being and safety of women and
girls.
Restaurant-class, age-appropriate versions of adult ready
meals developed in conjunction with a nutritionist, baby food
expert and professional chef. In a nutshell, it is a premium
organic chilled baby food range for babies six months plus. The
meals are chilled and organic which means that they retain
the highest levels of nutrients as well as complex avours.
We believe food should be nurturing and wanted to develop a
range which would aid an infant s development from weaning
age. The women we had spoken to had expressed an authentic
alternative to homecooking. And so this became our goal. An
alternative to homecooking, it is designed for parents who want
the best for their children and gives con dence and traceability
where it is needed most. The convenient meals free up
parents for family time at the same time as developing infants
tastebuds. Once launched, every pound in pro t from Tiny
Diner will support the work of Eaves - a charity with a social
mission to expose and address violence against women and
girls. Tiny Diner will generate income and create training and
employment opportunities for women who have faced domestic
abuse, sexual exploitation and human tra cking.
Small beginnings, brighter tomorrow
In keeping with all of Eaves projects, the women that the charity
works with were their inspiration. Just over a year ago, some
of these women mentioned how di cult it was to nd baby
food that they would be happy to give to their babies. They
really emphasised fresh ingredients and meals that re ected
the food that they would eat at home. At the same time Eaves
as an organisation desperately needed a form of sustainable
income. After much discussion and collaboration we decided to
develop a social enterprise, making and selling baby food. We
were clear that we wanted 100% of the pro ts to be ploughed
back into Eaves and directly support the very women who had
inspired the idea.
We plan to launch our rst range of products before Spring next
year. For further information and to keep updated with their
launch please visit: tinydinerfood.com

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Christmas Focus

I have struggled to varying degrees with a

number of aspects of the Christmas holiday, in my life. I remember when I was ve or so I went off roast dinners for a couple of years- especially carrots and that god awful stuff I only see once a year: stu ng (still bleurgh). Christmas dinner is one meal you cannot hand back to someone. There s a whole heap of emotions bled into the construction of a roast dinner. People would be less offended than if their marriage proposal was turned down- it s the ultimate in rejection. Then there was me at maybe 10 when I was into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and became a Pagan. Seriously, tarot-reading, divining, spirit-sensing (belly dancing) pre-teen hippy sprite. Entirely uncomfortable with the religious content. Christians burnt witches.

That story about St Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland- the snakes were Goddess .

I kid you not. Christmas was a time of great grave existential crisis for me during my New Age. As a teenager I had a double whammy- sheer horror at being cruelly separated from my friends. Unbearable. You know when you ve matured more than

you re willing to let on to your family so in their presence you sit in near silence trying to disappear? And if you just could see your friends your tongue would burst into the most humorous and insightful commentary in the neighbourhood? That could just be me- I don t know. In addition to which- my blossoming social conscience was making the commercialism di cult to swallow.

It was with sheer horror I encountered the

greed and the planned obsolescence of so much trash that would no longer be in people s possession within months of the celebration. At no point in my life, however, have I ever entertained an ounce of cynicism for decorations. Any decorations-

Traditional - Real tree, holly, mistletoe other bits of evergreen foliage (in wreaths, wound around banisters (god that is beautiful), Poinsettia, brown things- like pine cones and cinnamon. White lights- I d love to see real candles on a tree like the Victorian s used (but I m not being the chump who tries that, as much as I love the re service ). Red, gold and green- lots of them. Ribbon- especially tartan- why is that anyway? Maybe there was a mass seasonal migration of the wealthy to fabulous country estates in Scotland? Angels and cherubs (awww) portraying the beautiful innocence inherent in the joy of Christmas (and the virgin birth ). Tinsel in this scheme has to be fat and decadent, overstuffed like the banquet itself. Busy trees, baubles all over the place- real glass ones are just gorgeous, cold and fascinating and birds are lovely.

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just gorgeous, cold and fascinating and birds are lovely. 36 Festive Fun By Elizabeth Hobson fake
just gorgeous, cold and fascinating and birds are lovely. 36 Festive Fun By Elizabeth Hobson fake

Festive Fun

By Elizabeth Hobson

fake trees now. They had a little white one speckled with silver that got handed down

to me. It is in photographs of me looking

about two- so it s twenty years old at least and reasonably bedraggled now but I nd enormous well-being bringing that out into the light once a year. We have a purple tree too- so wrong, so right. The boys are all pushing for a real one this year which

is ne, they re lovely, they smell divine-

but if anybody thinks we re not having the fake ones too they ve got another thing coming. I am so into making our home into

a

psychedelic festive forest-wonderland.

So

into that. I remember very vividly Nan

and Alan s skinny silver tinsel with stars attached. There was something in the way the stars quivered in the air that resembled the feathery ferns I admire so much. Brightly coloured baubles covered in cotton, divinely soft to the touch- and coloured lights, they re my favourite - but they have to be the right colours, they re getting quite hard to nd now, ones that are just right. L.E.D. s just don t have the warmth that I like.

Between me and you I simply cannot relate to the collective groans emitted as decorations

go up in November. When they re stocking

Christmas crap in-store at the same time as Easter Eggs I feel irritated- but as for lights and Snow Men and baubles and tinsel- why not have them up all year? I hung some golden leaves around my garden in October. It s all so pretty and cheerful and It s generous- that s the crux- people put it up with varying amounts of work then just leave their creations for everybody to see. Surely that is both beautiful and wondrous?

DIY ones - Paper chains are just the best. They are so freaking simple, two year olds can join in and create something so pretty, colourful and evocative. Surely everybody has some potent memory involving paper chains? Another effective idea for little kids is to cover triangles of cardboard in tin foil then get them to sprinkle glitter and sequins on. They look great with so little skill- especially when you get lights re ected on them. Pine cones- of course- another classic, so many ways to paint them- dipped in bright colours or delicately edged with white (snow) or green (moss), glitter always an option Hunting for pine cones is superfun too, fun and wholesome. Which is how I like Christmas. I also cut out pictures from magazines and cards and things, back them with card if necessary- and hang them from the tree. We have a HUGE collection of Father Christmases gathered as such, kittens in hats, The Beatles and a harem of pin ups. True. Debatably less wholesome- but at least in Christmas advertisements it s more en vogue to see a touch more meat on the girls than the rest of the year. Or is that just my imagination?

Rubbish ones - Lights that are missing bulbs, signs falling down, dust Tinsel and baubles that are in the process of or have shed their pretty colours. String-lights arranged meticulously into ambiguous shapes- they re clearly something- but what? Spray snow that s been applied amateurly. Adorable. And anything involving lewd humour- like Father Christmas depicted on the toilet or sexy Santa negligees (I wear mine every year). I love it all! It s about everybody joining in- and a lack of vanity (and possibly aesthetic awareness). A truly noble form of homage to the Season.

Gaudy - My favourite decorations of all time are the hanging foil machine-cut chandeliers. They take me straight back to my childhood in my Nan and Uncle Alan s home - which is the safest happiest place in my memory - obviously at Christmas which was still the best day ever at that point. They went through a couple of fake trees. I love

Happy Christmas and Peace on Earth x

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Christmas Focus A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS IN BELGRAVE SQUARE GARDENS WITH 2 X SCREENINGS OF FROZEN, PETTING
Christmas Focus A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS IN BELGRAVE SQUARE GARDENS WITH 2 X SCREENINGS OF FROZEN, PETTING

A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS IN BELGRAVE SQUARE GARDENS WITH 2 X SCREENINGS OF FROZEN, PETTING ZOO, DONKEY RIDES, MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS, MEET FROZEN CHARACTERS, CAROL SINGERS, CHRISTMAS CRAFTS AND MUCH MORE

BAD SANTA : EDWARD SCISSORHANDS : ELF : FROZEN + PIXAR SHORTS : GREMLINS : IT S A WONDERFUL LIFE : THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW : THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

To kick off The Nomad s Christmas season The Nomad and Blue Bubble Events create a Magical Christmas in Belgrave Square. On Saturday 6th December, the Nomad returns to Belgrave Square, one of this summer s popular new haunts, for a special Magical Christmas event. Located in the heart of Belgravia, the grand Belgrave Square Garden will become a wonderful Christmas

kingdom for all the family to enjoy. With an array of fun and exciting family activities including sleigh rides, Christmas crafts, a fairy wish garden, face painting, a petting zoo, carol singing, winter refreshments and the chance to meet Father Christmas, with Pixar short animations and every child s top lm choice, Disney s Frozen on the big screen, adding to the wintry atmosphere, plus a chance

this not-to-be-missed

to meet one of the characters from Frozen

Christmas extravaganza will be one the kids will cherish. This event will run in the gardens of Belgrave Square from 1pm to 6pm with 2 x screenings of Frozen. The rst screening taking place inside the marquee at 1:45pm and then again outdoors at 4pm with Pixar short lms screened in between. There will be hay bales to sit on but please wrap up warm.

While the screenings take place there are plenty of other magical Christmas activities to take part in .

Meet and greet the Frozen characters , walk along the red carpet to be met by some paparazzi photographers and have your photo taken with the Frozen backdrop! Little Donkey Rides festive trips around the gardens on the Christmas sleigh pulled along by the Christmas donkeys plus get the chance to feed and pet the donkeys. Petting Zoo with Tiny Tony the Pony, Meerkats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Mini Chickens, Ducks, an Owl and a Goose. Father Christmas in his Winter garden - an opportunity to meet Father Christmas and have your photo taken with him and receive a present don t forget your letters!

Winter Garden Craft be creative and make your own decorations, cards and festive masks in the arty craft area. Festive Face Painting become one of your favourite Christmas characters! Frozen faces, reindeers, Princesses - lot s of glitter, sparkle and fun. Meet Queen Elsa and join in some frozen storytelling and musical entertainment throughout the day! Winter Garden Refreshments Gluvine, winter treats and sweets to enjoy! Fun and festive Carol singing will bring an air of Christmas cheer to our Christmas garden!

Plus a few additional surprises on the day! All set within the spectacular, intimate Belgrave Square Garden. The Nomad Christmas season continues on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th December as The LookOut, Hyde Park will once again be transformed into an enchanting fairy-like Christmas cabin for four doses of Christmassy movie magic with Tim Burton s gothic fairy tale, Edward Scissorhands on the Friday followed by Gremlins, the darkly humorous story of mayhem and destruction at Christmas time. The Saturday brings another Tim Burton great, The Nightmare Before Christmas, followed by one of the best-loved Christmas lms ever made: It s A Wonderful Life. So step into Hyde Park and be drawn into a yuletide haven like no other. The LookOut, nestled among winter trees in the heart of Hyde Park, will be transformed into a magical venue for these festive lm screenings. Settle into the warm, tree house-inspired cocoon of The LookOut (with under oor heating!) to enjoy these Christmas treats, along with outdoor re pits, delicious hot wintry food and a glass of mulled wine (or spiced apple) on arrival - all included in the price of the ticket. For more information on additional events taking place throughout December, please visit: whereisthenomad.com where full details on prices and times are available.

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Festive Food & Beverages

I can t wait for Christmas Day and all the yummy food that we will be tucking into! There are so many options to choose from whether it be turkey, goose, duck, three and ve bird roasts (or even sh) that we thought we d look around and see what

speical offers were available!

Of course we can t forget the trimmings to go along with these wonderous meats so we ve found

some of the most scrummiest sauces, yummy side dishes and calori c puddings!

Whatever you decide to cook this Christmas, we hope you and your family truly enjoy it!

CHRISTMAS TIME - THE TASTIEST TIME OF YEAR, WHERE EVERYONE CAN OVER INDULGE !

THE TASTIEST TIME OF YEAR, WHERE EVERYONE CAN OVER INDULGE ! Hand prepared roast of Turkey,

Hand prepared roast of Turkey, Duck, Goose, Pheasant and Chicken layered with Pork, Clementine and Cranberry Stu ng. Topped with Bacon and a Port and Cranberry Glaze

£9.99 (1.58kg)

with Bacon and a Port and Cranberry Glaze £9.99 (1.58kg) Deluxe Chicken, Turkey & Duck layered

Deluxe Chicken, Turkey & Duck layered with a Pork, Apple and Cranberry Stu ng

£9.99 (1.58kg)

with a Pork, Apple and Cranberry Stu ng £9.99 (1.58kg) Easy to carve, free range three

Easy to carve, free range three bird roast, with hand-prepared goose, turkey and duck. Stuffed with orange and apricot sausagemeat and sage and onion sausagemeat, and decorated with a bacon lattice.

£19.99 (serves 12-15 people)

with a bacon lattice. £19.99 (serves 12-15 people) Tesco Finest British Lamb Crown With Spiced Apple

Tesco Finest British Lamb Crown With Spiced Apple & Courvoisier Brandy Stu ng

£36.00 (serves 5- 7 people)

Courvoisier Brandy Stu ng £36.00 (serves 5- 7 people) Aldi Specially Selected Roast Potatoes in Goose

Aldi Specially Selected Roast Potatoes in Goose Fat £2.29 800g

Specially Selected Roast Potatoes in Goose Fat £2.29 800g Waitrose Mixed Vegetables (onions, parships, potato and
Specially Selected Roast Potatoes in Goose Fat £2.29 800g Waitrose Mixed Vegetables (onions, parships, potato and

Waitrose Mixed Vegetables (onions, parships, potato and carrots 2 x 850g - £5.00

(onions, parships, potato and carrots 2 x 850g - £5.00 Tesco 12 Cocktail Sausages In Bacon
(onions, parships, potato and carrots 2 x 850g - £5.00 Tesco 12 Cocktail Sausages In Bacon

Tesco 12 Cocktail Sausages In Bacon 252G - £2.00

- £5.00 Tesco 12 Cocktail Sausages In Bacon 252G - £2.00 A luxurious, moist and rich

A luxurious, moist and rich fruit cake, laced with brandy, wrapped in almond marzipan and sweet icing - £6.49

brandy, wrapped in almond marzipan and sweet icing - £6.49 Gooey chocolate brownie cake covered in

Gooey chocolate brownie cake covered in chocolate ganache and nished with 5 sparkly chocolate rings £18.00

ganache and nished with 5 sparkly chocolate rings £18.00 The Three Wise Men - Condiment Gift
ganache and nished with 5 sparkly chocolate rings £18.00 The Three Wise Men - Condiment Gift

The Three Wise Men - Condiment Gift Bag (x3) £7.00

Baby Buzz Review:

The English

Provender Co:

We had the opportunity of reviewing a selection of the chutneys recently and they are absolutely gorgeous! From the rich Mint Sauce to the Sweet Tomato and Chilli Chutney, there is something to suit every course from the sumptuous roast to the simple sandwich! Just in time for Christmas!

Aldi Christmas Pate Bowls £1.49 each (per 100g)

Christmas! Aldi Christmas Pate Bowls £1.49 each (per 100g) Waitrose smoked salmon and gravadlax platter 545g

Waitrose smoked salmon and gravadlax platter 545g - £22.00

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FESTIVE DRINKS AND NIBBLES FOR CHRISTMAS

& Beverages FESTIVE DRINKS AND NIBBLES FOR CHRISTMAS The perfect after dinner treat! Collection 36 Handcrafted
& Beverages FESTIVE DRINKS AND NIBBLES FOR CHRISTMAS The perfect after dinner treat! Collection 36 Handcrafted

The perfect after dinner treat! Collection 36 Handcrafted Cranberry & Clementine Mini Mince Pie Selection £15.00 www. marksandspencer.com

For those that can t partake in a little tipple, this is a delicious alternative! RRP £2.99 | 75cl bottles www.shloer.com

Tyrrell s limited addition Merry Crisp-mas pack crammed full of red and white crisps! £2.19
Tyrrell s limited addition Merry Crisp-mas
pack crammed full of red and white crisps!
£2.19 145g - seriously delicious!
www.tyrrellscrisps.co.uk
£2.19 145g - seriously delicious! www.tyrrellscrisps.co.uk I absolutely love Carluccio s especially their Panettone,
£2.19 145g - seriously delicious! www.tyrrellscrisps.co.uk I absolutely love Carluccio s especially their Panettone,

I absolutely love Carluccio s especially their Panettone, hmmmmm, this year they haven t disappointed and have a fabulous range of yummy goodies perfect for Christmas!

Grappa e Bicchierini £19.95 Caffe Coffee Box £29.95 Biscotti £16.95 400g www.carluccios.com

Schweppes have a fabulous arrange of mixers and juices which make great mocktails and cocktails!
Schweppes have a