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Author: Emma Wheeler

Travelodge – Value for money overnight family option

By Laura Mason The great thing about Travelodge is that there’s one in every town.  They’re pretty decent value for money and you know that the standard is consistent whether you’re staying in a remote location or in the throws of a bustling city. Travelodge Gatwick Airport Central A recent holiday with long haul flights from Gatwick resulted in the debate of where to stay the night before.  Instead of the clash with rush hour traffic on the M25, when travelling with children it’s so much simpler to leisurely arrive the evening before. This in turn prevents that early...

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Scarlet fever warning

Public Health England (PHE) are once again encouraging parents and nursery workers to look out for the signs and symptoms of scarlet fever in their children. While cases are not expected to reach their 2013/14 peak, rates in England are still likely to be higher than a decade ago. How to spot scarlet fever The infectious disease, most commonly affecting children aged between two and eight years, has seasonal rises from December to April. Eighty-nine per cent of all reported case last winter involve children under 10 years. Dr Theresa Lamagni, PHE’s head of streptococcal infection surveillance, said: “The...

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Magical Medieval Christmas at the Canterbury Tales

This Christmas the Canterbury Tales visitor attraction will be hosting a very special time-travelling adventure with Father Christmas! Running on the 16th and 17th December, the Magical Medieval Christmas will step away from the typical festive celebrations by sending Santa Claus back in time to the Middle Ages. It’ll be up to our children to save the day and bring Santa back to 2017 in time for his Christmas Eve deliveries. A completely unique experience, the adventure was created and written by Callum Donnelly. He’s a seasoned pro at entertaining little ones as his other credits include Cbeebies favourites...

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Exercise Cheats for Busy Mums

Let’s face it, being a mum means being busy with multiple jobs to do. So exercise often falls to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list and prioritising much needed ‘me’ time is tough. Being active has many health benefits, helps to make you feel more energised plus is essential for getting into shape after baby and feeling good about your new mumma body. Energy-boosting exercise cheats To all my busy mums with no time to exercise – here are 10 ways you can boost your energy levels by sneaking in these easy movements: 1.Help baby get to sleep...

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Best non-chocolate advent calendars for kids

Saying no to chocolate this year? Looking for more fun from your advent calendar? Here are 13 of the best non-chocolate advent calendars for kids of all ages. Playmobil Perfect for toddlers, this excellent advent calendar provides 24 surprises to help little ones count down to Christmas. Playmobil toys are extremely sturdy and last for generations, so we think this option is great value for money. £19.99 www.playmobil.co.uk VTech Baby Toot Toot Animals The VTech Toot-Toot Drivers advent calendar features a cute Toot-Toot Drivers sleigh, detachable SmartPoint trailer, Christmas decorations, mini Toot-Toot Christmas book and plenty more goodies. Suitable...

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