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The joy of a simple night off from parenting, and a revelation after 16 years

WHEN you work full time and have two children, there’s not much time left for a break. It’s all go during the week, with mornings spent trying to get everyone ready to leave the house, nursery drop-offs and driving to work, and evenings are taken up with preparing tea, trying to convince little people to Read More

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Gaining confidence and making the most of the winter sun

AFTER nearly six months I feel like I’m finally getting into the swing of getting out of the house with two little people – and even being spontaneous. For a while I only went places with both Santi and Ezra if Stew was with us or if we were meeting friends so I wasn’t alone. Read More

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Changing our baby’s name after he was registered

CHOOSING your baby’s name is a huge deal, but what happens if you choose the wrong one? Apparently, one in five mothers regret the name they gave their child, and six per cent feel so strongly about it that they actually go on to change their baby’s name after they are registered. Confession time: we are Read More

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Meeting Father Christmas at Hamleys Cardiff

I’M not usually one for getting into the Christmas spirit before December, but this weekend we had an offer that made us dig out the festive jumpers a week early – we were invited to meet Father Christmas at Hamleys in Cardiff. The store was launching its Father Christmas experience, so we took Santi and Ezra along Read More

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Eurocamp adventures part 1: Flying to Nice with a baby and toddler

THE perfect family are at the airport. A well-dressed mother who has clearly been watching YouTube tutorials on halo braids, a chilled out father wearing chinos and a shirt, and two super cute children – one a toddler and the other a baby around three months old. As they wait for their flight to Nice, Read More

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A family visit to Cardiff Bay Beach

THIS week we’re having a staycation in Cardiff. It might only be an hour away from home, but it’s nice to have a change of scene and more time to do things in the capital that we wouldn’t normally get the chance to. The first thing on the list was Cardiff Bay Beach to play Read More

What's on Carmarthenshire summer 2016

What’s on in Carmarthenshire: Family friendly events for summer 2016

THE summer holidays are upon us, and the thought of entertaining the children for six long weeks is a daunting task for many parents. But there’s lots going on around Carmarthenshire to keep little ones busy whatever the weather. Here’s a guide to indoor, outdoor, chilled out and active events to add to your calendar… Read More

What the boys wore: Stars and stripes

THE weather hasn’t exactly been summery for July, so sadly all the lovely shorts and t-shirts I optimistically bought have stayed in the wardrobe and we’ve been in trousers and long sleeves. I did a big Zara shop for Santi a couple of months ago, and bought two rompers / dungarees that were intended to Read More

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Three weeks in: Ninjas, nits and a newborn

WHEN picturing your life after having a baby you might imagine cosy evenings all snuggled up on the settee watching Disney films. What you don’t expect is to be watching your husband apply nit lotion to your toddler at 7.30am on a Friday while watching Bing get indignant about something ridiculous yet again. But that’s Read More