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By Tessa-Lynne Davies on 01/10/2014 06:54
It has to be said that on a typical year, I can normally account for almost every day of magic and mayhem, fun and fiasco, the highs and the lows when musing retrospectively. But looking back on this year since the twins were born, I actually don’t know where the time has gone at all! This last twelve months of motherhood to two new babies has been an absolute joy as they are- thankfully- sweet natured and generally calm little fellows, but I could never have predicted that my workload would decide to fly into overdrive from virtually the moment they’d appeared and fill every living minute since!
By Tessa-Lynne Davies on 19/08/2014 14:24
After the unmitigated mayhem that had been June, I had been anticipating an equally crazy July. Boxing gloves and full body armour at the ready, I charged into the final weeks of school term determined to keep my sanity with the beautiful light of the summer holidays in full view. The weeks flew by at a rate of knots as the two older boys attended a never ending relay of school sports days and end of year shows for parents to enjoy. Despite ticking along with copy edits, news reports and articles, I was able to show full support at all events along with the babies. We even managed the odd balmy afternoon of picnicking with friends and blackberry picking for a teatime crumble as a treat. The babies, now 10 months old, chattering and aware of everything, found all this excitement enormously entertaining and took full advantage of everyone’s attention whilst we were out and about.
By Tessa-Lynne Davies on 14/07/2014 15:13
When we last met at The Melting Pot, I had a chaotic time just kicking off, with increasingly active twin babies and quite a few commissions on my plate to deal with.
By Tessa-Lynne Davies on 10/06/2014 15:18
Despite the constant ongoing reminders that spring has sprung and the sun has finally emerged from behind the floods, I am still buried deep in the recesses of my office, laptop and printer whirring away at full productive pelt. At the bottom of each foot, I have a baby; each beaming at me from a low slung bouncer and each being rocked by a foot to keep them quiet and grinning in order for me to concentrate. I am temporarily glad I didn’t end up having triplets as I would have run out of feet!

By Louisa Jones on 13/05/2014 08:42
I have three daughters, I’m an experienced gardener a freelance writer and partway through a degree.
Gardening is becoming a lost art, lost somewhere in the increased use of televisions, computers and the dreaded mobile phones.

By Yvonne Wells on 12/02/2014 10:43

It goes without saying that the first day of school can become quite a dramatic affair – not only for the children involved, but also for their parents, anxious to leave their beloved offspring to deal with the educational reality on their own. A careful preparation for the big day will ensure that the child's first steps towards independence are easy to cope with for both parties involved. Here's a comprehensive selection of some necessary steps to follow in order to make the first day of school more exciting and less stressful.

By Steph Wilson on 21/01/2014 17:01
Did you know that the majority of toddlers seriously injure themselves at home? Falling down the stairs, banging their heads, pulling objects off surfaces on top of themselves, we’ve all known children to do at least one, if not all, of them. As parents, how can we make our family home safe for our children? You will often see stair gates, locks, catches, plastic or foam padding on table edges, and these are all wonderful injury prevention tools. But are there further preventative measures we can take?
By Tom Bowers on 14/01/2014 15:17
If you are currently looking to buy a new pushchair or pram, then it is important that you know what type would be best suited to your needs, before you go out and start browsing the shops.

If you’re fully prepared with the knowledge of exactly what you’re going to do with it and where you’re going to be taking it, you will be better equipped to buy a pushchair that suits you down to the ground.

By Wendy Shand on 08/01/2014 10:52
The 5 most common pitfalls when holidaying with your little ones, and how we at Tots strive to prevent any of them from ruining your family holidays!

The challenges of holidaying with children vary enormously depending on the age of your children.

By Ruth Harding on 29/10/2013 12:39
Winter is here and outdoor play is often not an option. Fear not, there’s plenty going on indoors to help keep your little one entertained.
How about decorating their bedroom together? Sounds challenging, but your really don’t have to be a DIY expert and your toddler will love helping. If you're stuck for ideas or the thought of attempting to put wallpaper up fills you with fear, our guide is here to help!

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