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How worried are you? How Stressed? If the answer is "More than I have ever been in my life", then you are normal.  Research has shown that as we get older we get more worried. But there is good news, things then get better. They say that half your life is ruined by your parents and then half your life is ruined by your kids. Today we have "The Sandwich Generation", people who are looking after both their kids and their parents. It's a result of people living longer and starting families … [Read more...]

July/August Offers!

WIN £100 to spend on www.farmdrop.com Farmdrop is the ethical grocer delivering local, sustainably grown food direct to your door. To enter, simply complete your details here: www.farmdrop.com Competition closes 31st August 2017 WIN Dinner for two at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley Marcus Wareing's eponymous restaurant is located within the illustrious surrounds of The Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge. One of London's most acclaimed restaurants, Marcus combines two … [Read more...]

They call it puppy love…

Have you been the subject of a prolonged campaign by your partner and kids to get a dog? If so, you’re not alone! But are you ready for this new ‘leash’ of life? Dom Makin, founder of The Dogfather, South West London’s premier dog-care provider, offers a few words of wisdom for families thinking about inviting a four-legged friend into the house. In my eight years of running a professional boarding and dog-caring business, I’m often asked what sort of dog would make the best family … [Read more...]

The future of food shopping

Do you want a convenient, cost-effective way to deliver your family food fresh from the farm? Imagine feeding your family fresh, ethically produced food every day. While living in London, working full time or running around after kids, that can feel like an unrealistic option for many busy parents. Wandering leisurely through farmers’ markets to discover an exciting new Cheddar, or sourcing organic, free-range pork for the family roast from a small-scale, mixed farm might be the pinnacle of our … [Read more...]

Happy, Healthy, Home? Balham Literary Festival 2017, 8th to 11th June

There's something for everyone at this year's Balham Literary Festival, so wend your way to The Bedford for some page-turning talks, writers and workshops, plus a pop-up bookshop from Dulwich Books. Balham Literary Festival returns this year with a striking line-up of speakers, including founder of Wahaca and 2005 MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers, distinguished neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, former ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock, and Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Kathryn … [Read more...]

Bubble – On-demand app Baby sitting App

I love South West London. I came here as a student – living in Tooting when years had 19s in the front of them - and then, after some time dotted around the country, I landed near Lavender Hill. That was nearly 17 years ago and I’ve kept an SW postcode ever since. Back ‘in the day’, with the future Mrs M often leading the way, there would be regular tours down the Northcote Road – the Holy Drinker, Babel, etc – hanging right up Battersea Rise to Le Bouchon. Or occasionally find ourselves lost … [Read more...]

Top 10 Tips to Reduce Risks and keep your child safe

Child Safety Week is a great annual reminder to us all to take a fresh look at our surroundings to minimise potential hazards and ensure we are one step ahead of our child’s developmental milestones. It is exciting to see how quickly children grow, and revel in new developments such as reaching, rolling over, crawling, standing, walking, climbing, opening bottles and turning handles. However, each of these new abilities herald a new potential danger and it is vital to stay one step … [Read more...]

Balham gateway to laughs

Looking ahead to this year’s Balham Comedy Festival. Sometimes a year passes by so quickly you barely notice it. I can’t believe that it’s already 12 months since I was writing about the Balham comedy festival’s 5th anniversary, and we’re almost at the launch of this year’s event. Being local to Balham, I like that we have a festival that each year manages to attract such high-profile acts to perform in a room that quite frankly looks like something from a budget Arthurian epic. I know … [Read more...]

In conversation with Shannon Leone Fowler

From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took—through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond—to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand. What made you decide to become a marine biologist? How did your relationship with the ocean change after Sean’s death?  My grandpa was a physical oceanographer at Scripps Institute in San Diego, California. Growing up, I spent summers on the beach there, … [Read more...]

Fab Iphone Workshop with Emily’s Family Workshop’s

I have just finally got round to upgrading my Iphone. I’d been putting it off for a good 6 months in part because I simply couldn’t find the time to go to the shop to sort out a new contract and partly because I was really comfortable with the Iphone I had. It wasn’t happy though as it was slowly losing the will to live (battery wouldn’t hold its charge).  Armed with my new phone, I was delighted to find myself invited to one of Emily’s Family Workshops focusing on all things Iphone. Perfect … [Read more...]

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