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How to find a babysitter at short notice

Jump to a section: How to find a short-notice babysitter bubble’s Express Book Getting comfortable with a last-minute sitter How much does a last-minute sitter cost? Summary We’ve all been there. You’re in the midst of a hectic day when you get a call from a friend, “still on for tonight, hope you haven’t forgotten?!” “Of, course – as if I’d forget.” You lie. Now, back in your pre-parenting years, this wouldn’t have been a problem – you’d get home, change and head on out. Today, however, is different. There are extra mouths to feed and little people to get

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Face painting: a go-to-guide

Let’s face it – whether it’s at parties, fetes, Halloween or weddings, our children are ALWAYS drawn to Face Painters. We suspect they may have a sixth sense, or they know that as parents, we love nothing more than a long, gruelling queue. We have been to countless events where we have had to wait, whilst one Face Painter works his way through a succession of children, until finally, our beloved kids get their go. It’s normally at this point you realise that the face painter is nearing exhaustion, and his face paints have been getting progressively worse as he

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2 For 1 Cinema Tickets. Just don’t fall asleep…

We’re teaming up with Picturehouse Cinemas… We all make sacrifices when our kids come along. Sleep. Reading. New clothes. The gym. A quiet pint. The radio we like. The TV we watch. A tidy home. Airport shopping. Half the food on our plate. And perhaps hardest to take of all, the cinema. Countless parents I know, myself included, go months, even years without going to the cinema after having kids. Why? Because what was once the easiest way to have a great night out quickly becomes difficult to justify. The expense; tickets + food + babysitter, the hassle of finding

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5 things to do in London this summer

We’ve just had the hottest day in June for more than 40 years. Some loved it, others hated it; almost everyone talked about it. Whether you like it or not, summer has arrived, and it did so in formidable fashion. So here are 5 awesome things to do in London whilst the sun has his proverbial hat on. Some you can do with your kids; others you may need to book a sitter for – speaking of which, we know an app that’s good for that… 1. THE BEACH BRENT CROSS With the long summer days upon us, what better

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3 top London brunch spots

We all love brunch. Fact. Brunch caters to everyone. Fact. From early birds who sweat it out in the gym in the morning, to night owls who need a hit of coffee at 10am, brunch has it all. Pancakes. Eggs. Bacon. Avocado. 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

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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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How to deal with a 1 year old heckler!

Hatty Ashdown – a comic and mum from South East London and MC of Screaming With Laughter, the original London lunchtime comedy club for parents and babies – describes the perils of mixing comedy and kids. “Everyone knows dealing with a heckler is one of the biggest challenges for a stand-up comic – well, how about when that heckler is 1 year old! I took over running Screaming With Laughter from comic Lucy Porter (the one off the telly) earlier this year, and MC’ing these shows is different to any other gigs I’ve done. It’s an amazing, unique challenge as

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5 cool things for entrepreneurial London parents

Spring Budget aside, there’s never been a better time for parents to be starting their own businesses, or making the leap to self-employment, particularly in London. Whether you work freelance, have started or are thinking of starting a business, or you just want some space to think about your life goals while networking with likeminded people, there is definitely something on offer for you. Google Campus for Mums (& dads) Currently accepting applications for its 10-week course starting in May, Google Campus has been designed for parents who have a business idea or are in the early stages of launching

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10 daytime date ideas for busy parents

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking to parents about how they manage to find time together as a couple without the kids. One thing we’ve heard again and again is that parents are ditching elaborate nights out in favour of taking an hour or two to themselves during the day when the kids are at school/nursery anyway or when they can leave little ones with a sitter without worrying about bedtime. Here are our favourite daytime activities in London in case you want to jump on the trend too: Listen to beautiful music There are several free lunchtime

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5 things to do in London without the kids

Christmas time in London is fantastic when it comes to family activities and things to do with the kids. Though it’s also a pretty great time to do some things without them…Here are our top 5 picks. Cuddle up in an igloo The Coppa Club has installed eight heated igloos on their terrace for the festive period. They’re walk-in only, so one of the few festive experiences you don’t need to book months in advance. Right on the banks of the Thames, and made from transparent plastic, they’re the perfect place to sit back and watch the world go by.

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