Blockbuster movies turned into bedtime stories

Click here to download the stories It’s National Storytelling Week! To mark the occasion, we’ve turned last summer’s biggest blockbusters into bedtime reads for little ears. Charlize Theron’s ass-kicking Atomic Blonde and the twenty-years follow-up Trainspotting 2 are among the titles we’ve adapted. But worry not, the content could not be further from bone-crushing fights and drug heists – instead, the stories take the main plot of each film and apply a kid-friendly twist… FOUR GO HOME TO SCOTLAND (Trainspotting 2): A tale of four mischievous friends who are always up to no good. When one of them plays a prank …

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3 top London brunch spots

Fact: we all love brunch. Fact: brunch caters to everyone. From early birds who sweat it out in the gym all morning to night owls who need a caffeine hit, brunch has it all. Pancakes. Eggs. Bacon. Avocado. We repeat, everything. So here’s 3 of our favourite brunch spots in London. Enjoy! 1. HALLY’S CAFÉ, Parsons Green Fancy going on holiday without having to pack your bags? Of course you do. Walking into Hally’s is just like that. It’s light, bright and serene. It’s as if someone took Hally’s from a sunny beachfront in California and placed her in Parsons Green. …

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3 London restaurants we’re loving

Okay, your babysitter is sorted (using bubble, obviously), it’s Friday night, the feeling’s right, and you’re craving heavenly food and scintillating service. Well stop preaching – because we feel the same. Many call Paris the food capital of the world… others say New York. Well we think London is up there with the very best. Where else can you find such incredible diversity? We’ll tell you – nowhere. And with this multicultural melting pot comes great food, lots of it. Yes, finding amazing food in London is easy – it’s choosing where to go that’s the hard part. So here …

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WIN our Ultimate Parent’s Christmas Hamper worth £500!

We’ve teamed up with some friends to offer you an absolute whopper of a competition this Christmas: We’re giving away an Ultimate Parent’s Christmas Hamper worth £500! To enter, all you need to do is like our Facebook or Instagram page AND comment on our Facebook or Instagram giveaway post – it really is that easy. So, what’s in the hamper? TIBA + MARL BACKPACK Tiba + Marl have been redefining the staid tradition of baby changing bags since 2015 and boy, have they been doing it in style. Parents are no longer having to make the time-honoured compromise of function over …

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Screaming with Laughter – we did, and so will you!

Right. Imagine this – an oasis where parents gather, watch upcoming comedians and, get your head around this one, are encouraged to bring their babies. As a matter of fact, not bringing your baby would be considered a rather strange and conspicuous thing to do. All but a dream we hear you say… NEWSFLASH: it’s here, and it’s in the form of ‘Screaming with Laughter’; a place to bring your little ones, watch rib-cracking comedy, and, most importantly, unwind. We loved the sound of this idea, decided to sponsor one of their Balham events, and believe us, we were not …

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Screen time for kids – what’s right, wrong and recommended?

Jump to a section: Screen time: a bad thing? Official recommendations The benefits & wider picture Screen time: a redundant term? Content & Context Tips for parents Summary FACT: parenting is hard. Take the summer holidays for example, 6 weeks of being a constant source of entertainment for the little ones – it’s tiring, especially when paired with work and all of the other things life throws at us. It’s times like this when the calling call from the big (or little!) screen is at its most tempting. Tablets and TVs have, we say cautiously, lent some parents a helping …

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London’s most explosive firework displays this Bonfire Night

The clocks have turned their backs on us: it’s dark when we wake up for work; and even darker when we get back. Not to mention the painfully crisp autumn air… Well, it’s not all doom and gloom, as Bonfire Night is fast approaching! So, gloves on and sparklers at the ready, as we all prepare to gather round, etch our names in the dark, and watch an explosive display of mesmerising colours. If you’re out and about in London this week, we’ve got some must-visit firework shows for you to check out that are sure to end with a …

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Getting kids healthy – food hacks and our top tips

Jump to a section: Is there a childhood obesity crisis? Getting kids healthy – the obstacles Healthy food hacks for kids Other tips for getting kids healthier Summary Over the last few years, the healthy and fitness industry has exploded. From Lucy Bee’s Coconut Oil to Joe Wicks’ world domination, we are now, like never before, inundated with cookbooks, fitness DVDs and lifestyle blogs aiming to change the way we eat, exercise and feel. This is all well and good for us grown ups, but what about the little ones in our lives? We can’t, as much as we would …

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Win a Big Fish Little Fish family ticket!

We hope you’ve got your dancing shoes at the ready, because we’re teaming up with family rave pioneers, Big Fish Little Fish, to give one lucky person a FREE family ticket to one of their dance floor extravaganzas. If you haven’t heard of BFLF before, your traditional family weekend is about to change. Say goodbye to quaint walks in the park and hello to some acid house infused parachute games. There’s music from top DJs, craft and play areas, face painting, bubbles and much, much more.  It’s an arena for us, the post-rave generation, to relive our glory days in the …

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8 top tips to keep the kids amused

Let’s be honest. Whilst we love our kids to bits we could all do with a bit more quiet time. So for National Quiet Day, we’ve devised a list of 8 top quiet saves to keep the kids calm and occupied, using items that you either already have around the house or are easy to pop in the shopping trolley. 1. Paper bunting All you need is string, paper and colouring pencils. Cut the paper into triangles (your job is now done). Ask the children to prepare the bunting for an event that you may have coming up such as …

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