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Author: Emma Wheeler

Best non-chocolate advent calendars for kids

Saying no to chocolate this year? Looking for more fun from your advent calendar? Here are 13 of the best non-chocolate advent calendars for kids of all ages. Playmobil Perfect for toddlers, this excellent advent calendar provides 24 surprises to help little ones count down to Christmas. Playmobil toys are extremely sturdy and last for generations, so we think this option is great value for money. £19.99 www.playmobil.co.uk VTech Baby Toot Toot Animals The VTech Toot-Toot Drivers advent calendar features a cute Toot-Toot Drivers sleigh, detachable SmartPoint trailer, Christmas decorations, mini Toot-Toot Christmas book and plenty more goodies. Suitable...

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The Magic of Storytelling takes over Longleat’s Festival of Light

As the temperatures drop and the crisp winter months move in, the dark skies make glittering lights look even brighter. Longleat’s annual Festival of Light takes full advantage of its naturally magical backdrop to bring something special to the festive season. Taking place from November 5 until January 7, 2018, the theme of this year’s event is The Magic of Storytelling. Set in a ‘Once upon a time’ land of wonder and magic, anything is possible and new surprises lie around every corner. Days out at Longleat Longleat’s Festival of Light offers a double whammy of fun. Each day ticket entitles guests to...

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Exercise Cheats for Busy Mums

Let’s face it, being a mum means being busy with multiple jobs to do. So exercise often falls to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list and prioritising much needed ‘me’ time is tough. Being active has many health benefits, helps to make you feel more energised plus is essential for getting into shape after baby and feeling good about your new mumma body. Energy-boosting exercise cheats To all my busy mums with no time to exercise – here are 10 ways you can boost your energy levels by sneaking in these easy movements: 1.Help baby get to sleep...

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Wearing bulky coats in car seats can put children at risk

Parents trying to keep their children warm during car journeys may unwittingly be putting them in danger, say car seat safety experts have claimed. Strapping a child into a car seat when they are wearing a bulky winter coat could prevent the safety harness from fitting tightly enough. The average puffy coat or jacket could add up to 4 inches of slack between the child and the harness. In the event of a collision, this could cause a child to be thrown forwards or ejected entirely from the car seat. Heavy winter coats can also make it easier for...

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Magical new festive event will bring Audley End to life through light  

This Christmas, as twilight falls across the historic Audley End House & Gardens near Saffron Walden, something magical new event will begin. Enchanted Audley End From Friday 15 – Saturday 23 December, the gardens of the stunning Jacobean mansion will be filled with lights, colours and sounds as part of English Heritage’s brand new ‘Enchanted’ season. From lanterns strung through the boughs of ancient trees, to fairy lights that lead visitors into an enchanted wonderland, Audley End is all set to become the scene of a dreamlike winter fairy-tale. The Christmastime event will celebrate the mansion’s rich history using...

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