Murder investigation: Heaver Estate. Snoring husband unbearable: help. Beach and skiing holiday advice

Dear NappyValleyNetter, It started out as a silly game over the Christmas holidays. I'd send the children out with Mr NVN for some last minute groceries  and, on their return, they'd knock on the door and pretend to be the Ocado man. And invariably there'd be some silly "substitutions". So an orange was replaced with a Terry's Chocolate orange, flowers with a bag of flour and olive oil with, yup you've guessed it, an olive (in this respect I suppose they follow the same logic as … [Read more...]

Positive Parenting Course in The City, First Aid for Teenagers and a school Open Days round-up: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Take me to La La Land.  If you haven't seen it yet, you've probably heard the opening scene is fabulous, uplifting, big grin-inducing and oh so colourful.  The perfect antidote to a damp-around-the-edges London.  A bit like life around here really; never mind the chilly wet stuff that falls from the skies occasionally, behind closed doors and even in the great outdoors you'll find all sorts of … [Read more...]

Bed bugs hit SW London. Warning: TV delivery scam. Grief: helping my au pair with loss?

Dear NappyValleyNetter, "When do I get my trust fund?" We had been enjoying a family breakfast when my eldest dropped this bombshell like it was the most natural question in the world. My husband, judging by the bright red colour of his face, felt rather differently. After asking "what trust fund?" (he was almost squeaking by the question mark) he proceeded to give her a long lecture about entitlement and making her own way in life. As opposed to taking this on board my daughter … [Read more...]

Get fit at Flip Out, free Upbeat Music Popkids event and 25% off half term stays at Gitcombe:Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! How are the new year's resolutions going?  Still going?  Or gone?  It's the 12th already so if you made it into double figures, you've done well.  I can't imagine a grey January without chocolate or wine, so my resolutions tend to be of the fitness, healthy eating (wine and chocolate are full of antioxidants) or 'be a more patient parent' variety. Should you need ideas or inspiration to brighten … [Read more...]

2016 Poshest baby names revealed. Secret Cinema for kids: local launch. Skiing with kids?

Dear NappyValleyNetter, I know I haven't fully mentally embraced 2017 as I'm still dating my cheques 2016. Luckily, with the advert of Chip & Pin, it's only the odd payment to the Thai Garden that I'm rewriting, which tells you all you need to know about the progress of my New Year's resolutions. This, however, is going to have to change. Last Friday evening, despite much yelling gentle calling up the stairs I couldn't get hold of Mr NVN to find out if he wanted his usual Pad Thai. My … [Read more...]

Sushi at Skylark, Jane Wake’s free Pregnancy Pilates Masterclass and Nurturing Mums on Northcote Road: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! A fresh new year is here.  Out with the old and in with the new? Or stick with the old because it works and you love it, and add something new to liven things up.  Whatever works for you - you're a multi-tasking juggling act after all!  Visit our calendar regularly to keep an eye on what's on and please keep on posting your classes, events, fairs, shows and more via that little pink 'Post your … [Read more...]

Balham restaurant burglar: photo. Baby shower gift list: poor taste? Help me lose last two stone.

Dear NappyValleyNetter, "But we got our own back!" New Year's Eve was spent locally with friends and although it was a relatively late finish Mr NappyValleyNet and I were pretty well behaved. Which is more than can be said for my children and their cousins. Our babysitter was wonderful but he was a little stricter than some of the more maternal on our rosta and my youngest took umbrage to being sent to bed before Big Ben's chimes. "But I promise we deleted all the dating profiles we created … [Read more...]

Santa’s Elves’ Workshop at Eddie Catz, The Little Gym Christmas Camps and a free new year Pregnancy Pilates Masterclass with Jane Wake: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! So here it is.  Merry Christmas!  Everybody's having fun.  Well, nearly everybody. Some of us are still running round like headless chickens, wrapping like mad (and I'm not talking Tinie Tempah), queuing to collect at the PO, dashing into shops for last minute things, and still somehow finding the time to look after the children and keep up with work.  You've nearly made it; the finish line is … [Read more...]

Prince Harry shopping in Nappy Valley! Ferrari crash in Battersea hurts six. Wandsworth schools to lose funding

Dear NappyValleyNetter, We're LIVE! The NappyValleyNet crowd-funding campaign is underway and we've *just* started sending out the details to those who might like to invest. So top of my Christmas list is international expansion, tons of new features and eventual world domination (insert James Bond baddy laugh!). If you would like to join us on the journey (that sounds a little X Factorish but you know what I mean) then please do email me by clicking here and I'll ping you details straight … [Read more...]

The White Christmas Fair, Winter Wonderland Grotto at Eddie Catz and The Lego Trail at The London Wetland Centre: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNe

Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! This week feels a bit like the closing scenes of the cooking action on MasterChef.  Slightly frantic, very messy, hot and bothered, and a voice in my head counting down the last few days before the children break up.  Who knew there was so much to do? I suppose we all know really, and each year I promise myself I'll get organised sooner rather than later. And now later is here. Oh dear. For a … [Read more...]

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