How I use Amazon Alexa in the Office

Like many people, I have an Amazon Alexa smart speaker in my house. In fact, I have several dotted about the house as well as in my car. There’s an Echo Spot (the small one with the screen) in my bedroom, an Echo Dot (the small round one) in each of the children’s bedrooms (they … Read more

The Best Family-Friendly Rainy Day Activities

The children have gone back to school, the leaves are starting to turn, the days are getting shorter and we are on the verge of Autumn. That means that we are going to be having a lot more rainy days in the coming months. If your children are anything like mine then they need things … Read more

Amazingly Easy Salt Dough Recipe

If you have children, you will have come across salt dough at some point in your life. This versatile modelling dough can be used to create long-lasting sculptures that are gently baked in the oven to set it solid. Here is an amazingly easy salt dough recipe to get you started. *Disclosure: I only recommend … Read more

9 Forest of Dean Dog-Friendly Places

Like millions of others, during the lockdowns, a furry friend has recently joined my household. Since then I’ve been on a quest to find Forest of Dean dog-friendly places to visit that are great for children too. Whether you live in the area or are on holiday in the Forest of Dean with your dog, … Read more

The Only Stir Up Sunday Guide You’ll Ever Need

Stir up Sunday is the last Sunday before advent in the Anglican Church and takes its name from the Book of Common Prayer which begins “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people”. This is the traditional day to make, or ‘stir up’ the Christmas Puddings (also known as figgy … Read more

Perrygrove Railway

Perrygrove Railway in Coleford, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire is an absolute gem of a family tourist attraction. It is a narrow-gauge railway that runs both steam and diesel engines, a complete journey takes about 30 minutes. When you buy your ticket you can ride the trains all day but there is so much more to … Read more

Top Fifteen free Summer Holiday Activities

With the long summer holiday well underway, many of us are now at the stage where the inspiration for entertaining the kids is running thin. Days out and trips to the cinema are extremely costly and there’s only so many times you can visit the park and the library or listen to wails of “I’m … Read more