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When I found myself gripping the faded front car seat whilst clutching a sweaty, hot four-month old in the oppressing Boracay, Philippines humidity, I knew something had to change. I swore I would never, ever bring a Mountain Buggy Terrain and cover, hugely-oversized suitcase on wheels, baby change bag, two sets of carry-ons, a handbag and backpack anywhere every again. Now, said baby is 28-months-old with close to 40 international and domestic flights clocked up. Baby number two has just completed a mere two flights (not being as ambitious with this one) and I’ve learnt through numerous trials and errors, some invaluable lessons.

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A half term holiday that incorporates a ‘celebration’ like Halloween makes entertaining the kids much easier. It’s simpler if you can make a loose plan balancing getting out and about, organised activity camps, meeting up with friends, arts and crafts and so on. Here's a few ideas...

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A Lasting Power of Attorney provides reassurance that arrangements are in place so you can take future control of your own health and financial affairs. Lasting powers of attorney are important to everyone, no matter what age you are.

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World Mental Health Day is an appropriate time to think and discuss all aspects of mental health and what can lead to depression and anxiety. Children and teenagers are hugely at risk with the pressures of modern day life and Cyberbullying is just one aspect of the struggles so many of them will face. Here's an article to give you more information...

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Food therapy looks at all aspects of the child’s eating including their motor skills, behaviour/learning, sensory needs, medical history and nutritional factors to fully assess and work with children with eating difficulties. Therapists work with your child introducing new food at their pace making it fun as children learn to interact with food through exploring and playing with food. Children will work through the steps to eating by firstly learning to accept the food in the room, in front of them, touch it, kiss it, lick it and eventually tasting and eating the food.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is important to know how your breasts look and feel normally, so that if you notice a change, you can present to your doctor. Most women’s breasts change during the month and many women find self-examination difficult or daunting. I therefore recommend a few simple ways of regularly checking your breasts.

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I am often asked by my clients how they can achieve an organised family home when other family members are not on board (indifferent/ obstructive)? Over the last eight years I have worked with many families to support them to declutter and organise their homes. I also help them to set up easy to manage systems that can help maintain a clutter-free home.

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This summer has been glorious but we really need to learn how to make it look easy!

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Whether you want to get the children out in the garden more or you're looking for an activity to bond over, creating a garden project is a great way to spend quality time together! Here's one to get you started...

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As the weather heats up, your kids are sure to be enjoying an ice lolly or two, so instead of binning the finished sticks, why not refurbish them for some garden fun?

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