Category: "Our Journals"

  • Do you really know your family?

    As we approach the centenary of the armistice that brought an end to World War I, it made us realise how many of the real stories from the war are already lost.  Diaries have been found by some families telling the story of what is was really like to be involved, but if those people were here now, what questions would be asking them over our dinner?  Sadly, in this case, it is too late. Our...

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  • Well I wasn’t expecting to wake up to this one …

    I have led from you to me for the last 10 years and with never a dull day. Growing as an entrepreneur having left the security of the corporate world was both exciting and scary at the same time and the ten years we have been trading has also seen the World face the largest recession since records began. Challenging times but also ones that saw us learn every day and move from strength to strength...

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  • 8 tips to make #WalktoSchool Week fun and healthy

    As #WalktoSchool Week kicks off, we’ve taken a look at all the benefits of getting those little legs walking, rather than jumping in the car to be chauffeured. Why not take part and join over a million pupils and their families to celebrate walking to school? Research has shown that the benefits to children are profound – challenge everyone in your school to walk every day during Walk to School Week and make a real difference...

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  • Secrets of health and happiness: worms and walks

    At last the sun is shining and everyone’s getting excited and motivated. The health campaigns have kicked off, and we are all being urged to get fit and in touch with nature. But where do you start? Health and wellbeing campaigners are an opportunistic bunch. They like to catch us at our most vulnerable. The terrifying thought of the flesh-baring holidays provides the chance to get us motivated for fitness. And once we see a little sunshine...

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  • The secrets of paper and pen passion

    This week we’ve been salivating about all things stationery with the help of World Stationery Week and the London Stationery Show. Kerri Littlefield tells us why the pleasure of paper and pens pushes so many buttons… Why sketch, when you can use your phone to video? Why bother with a diary, when you can use iCal? Why write when you can type out your ideas and thoughts? We have the answer – it's because stationery is...

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  • 7 outdoor family activities to awaken your senses

    As the Wildlife Trusts prepare to launch their 30 Days Wild campaign to get us all outside soaking up the freshness of Spring, we’ve chosen our top picks of simple ideas to get you and your family excited about the outdoors, using all of your senses… 1. Go on a sound safari Explore all the sounds of your neighbourhood by organising a sound safari. From sirens, wind, planes and diggers, to birdsong and dog barks. They...

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  • How to build your own storytelling empire

    Except for a fortuitous few, writers used to tell tales of desperation and poverty as they clawed their way up the greasy ladder to become a published author. Kerri Littlefield considers how things have changed. Enter ‘The Storyteller’… With the London Book Fair celebrating it’s 45 year anniversary this week, it’s astonishing to reflect on how the book industry has changed over the years. In the olden days of publishing becoming a successful author was down...

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  • How 16 messages for a child as she grows can help you live a better life

    While we can complete journals for our children’s journey to date, what can we leave our children for their future should we suddenly depart? Helen Stephens ponders… For those who watch the BBC series “Call the Midwife” I couldn’t help to be moved by the last episode of the latest series, which saw Sister Evangelina pass away peacefully. However, it wasn’t just this scene that resonated with me, it was also the voice of Vanessa Redgrave...

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  • 6 reasons why mother was right about teenage skinny dipping

    Research* shows that teenagers’ happiness (girls’ in particular) plummets as they reach the teenage years. So, what advice would you offer your teenage self to get through those rollercoaster years? Kerri Littlefield has a go…. As my daughter reached 13 I started to see more of myself in her. The good bits, the bad bits. I also started to remember how tough it is to be a teenager and how the old saying of school days...

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  • Things about eating a dandelion your kids don’t want you to know

    What’s your earliest childhood memory? According to scientists*, childhood memories from aged 0-3 years old are lost forever once the child reaches seven years old. Interesting, but how do we know a memory is our ‘earliest’? How do we choose which memories to keep? And what have dandelions got to do with it?! As Spring emerges and I’m feeling more in touch with nature, I’m mindful of family summers passed. I often measure the passage of...

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