Author Archives: Kate

Spoonful of Sugar

I’ve always been sceptical of the link between sugar and hyperactivity. And this post reinforces my scepticism. The author writes about a study that proves that when mums thought their children had eaten sugar, they believed their kids became hyperactive. Even if they didn’t. Also, that if children were told that sugar made them hyperactive, […]

Leaf Art

Sound the season change klaxon! I reckon we’re approaching optimal time to make autumnal art. Red and orange leaves are littering our parks, and sunny days mean they haven’t yet turned to mush. They’re perfect for little hands to make into stunning art. I love the work of Mehdi Mo’eeni, an Iranian illustrator who creates […]

Great Halloween Costumes for Twins

Dealing with the day-to-day grind of baby twins is pretty full on. More than pretty full-on, actually. But one of the huge perks is that you get to dress them up in hilarious matching outfits. I don’t need the excuse of Halloween to put them into skeleton babygros or pumpkin hats; that’s the kind of […]

Tin Can Xylophone

Making instruments with kids means double the fun. First you get all the pleasure of putting together your own customized music-maker. And then you can bash it really loudly! And form a band with your mates! We adore this tin can xylophone – team it with a couple of home-made maracas and a kazoo, and […]

The Lunch Bunch

You know what I’m obsessed with? Even more than poking through plush houses on Rightmove, or finding out what British TV shows I know various members of the cast of Game of Thrones from? Looking at other mum’s lunchboxes. Sure, it’s an exercise in self-flagellation (you cut those watermelon stars every morning?), but it can […]

Hello. I Love You. Will You Please Go Away.

One of the most difficult aspects of having kids for me, wasn’t the pushing, the nappy changing or the sleepless nights, but dealing with a steady stream of guests. I had had a rough couple of births, and ended up with stitches in all quarters. In hospital, I didn’t really notice visitors; I was dosed […]

Wings of Desire

I might be slack, but I’m a huge fan of home-made fancy-dress costumes. Shop-bought outfits are fine, but most of them look like they cost about 10p to put together, and that they’ll burst into flames if your kid stands even vaguely near a radiator. So I’m going to give these super-cute wings a go. […]

Baby Routine? No Routine?

Before I had my twins, baby routines seemed like an abstract concept. Like a map for a country I’d never visited. I knew they existed, but if I saw one of these timetables, my eyes would skim over it, like they do a broadsheet’s financial pages. Then the babies landed. I had no idea if […]

Uniqlo Gets Kids Clothes Right

Oh man. If I had infinite amounts of cash, I’d dress my two in every item of clothing that Uniqlo Kids produces. The outfits are super-tough, beautifully designed, and there’s not a spindly giraffe or pastel hue in sight. The new collection looks like it’s designed with stuff that kids actually get up to in […]

Of Kids and Ancient Stones

We’re just back from a trip to see Grandma in Wales. While we were there, we took time out to visit Arthur’s Stone, or Maen Ceti, a Neolithic burial tomb dating back to 2500 B.C.. It’s on the beautiful and atmospheric Gower Peninsula. Although the last henge A and D saw was Jeremy Deller’s Sacrilege (a life-sized, […]

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