5 Family Friendly Things to Do in Portugal


Portugal’s beautiful beaches, fabulous food, and warm weather make it a popular destination for family holidays; and with so many different towns and cities, there’s something every traveller. So if you’re planning your next get away but aren’t quite sure where to go, why not make Portugal top of the list? Whether you’re travelling as a family or seeking a grown-up holiday location, Portugal has so much to do. 

Here are just five fun activities to do as a family.

Ride the Lisbon Tram

If you have a child that loves transportation, riding the Lisbon tram will be a treat for them. The E28 tram is an adorable little piece of local history that will take you around some of Lisbon’s narrowest streets. Just be aware that this popular tourist attraction is also used by commuters, so it may be a good idea to avoid rush hour to avoid annoying the locals.

Explore the Caves of Grutas de Mira de Aire

If you have adventurous little ones, then make sure to visit Portugal’s largest underground network. Discovered in the 1940s, the formation of these caves date back 150 million years (keep your eyes out for dinosaurs) The beautiful lighting and atmospheric music will make this an afternoon to remember, and you don’t even have to worry about climbing back up, there’s even a lift to return you to the surface!

Visit Pena Palace

Take your little ones to visit a castle as colourful as a Disney palace. Pena Palace is located in the beautiful Sintra Hills and looks like it has been taken right out of your favourite fairy tale. With a family ticket only costing you €33, it makes for the perfect day trip to suit any budget.

Admire Portugal dos Pequenitos

Located in Coimbra, Portugal dos Pequenitos is a fantastic miniature park consisting of tiny versions of Portuguese homes and landmarks. A family favourite since the park opened, it’s a wonderful chance for your children to learn about parts of Portugal you might not get visit during your trip.

See the Wildlife at Lisbon Zoo

Going to the zoo is always a popular choice for keeping children entertained, and Lisbon Zoo is no exception. Lisbon Zoo opened its doors in 1884 and is currently home to over 300 species from all over the world. With everything you could possibly want to see, from elephants to tigers, there’s so much to keep them entertained.

The staff at Lisbon Zoo are committed to their conservation work and are more than happy to chat to you about their mission to keep natures incredible animals from extinction. And, if a family holiday isn’t enough? Consider making it permanent with one of the stunning homes available from Property Lisbon - with a good education system, low crime rates and an outstanding healthcare programme, Portugal is a popular spot for families looking to relocate.

What are your favourite things to do in Portugal?

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Laminate vs Engineered Flooring: Which is Better?


If you want the look of real wood in your house, but aren't sure whether to go with laminate or engineered wood flooring, hopefully this post will help you with your decision. There are minor factors to consider when choosing between laminate and engineered wood. Engineered floors are built from many sorts of woods that are joined together to make a precise flooring framework. Laminate flooring is similar to engineered flooring in that it is made up of layers, but it starts with an high density fibre core and is then covered with printed layers. Both include a fitting mechanism for simple installation.

But how do you decide which one to go with?


Although there are special offers on engineered wood flooring, if you're on a budget, laminate flooring is still the cheapest alternative. There are several laminate flooring available now that seem genuine and are of good quality. Don't skimp on quality because you're saving money. Walnut laminate, oak and beech, and a variety of other elegant styles are also available.


The most durable of all wood flooring is laminate. It includes a pre-applied lacquer to help maintain the boards in good shape. Solid wood, on the other hand, is the least durable. Depending on the circumstances of the rooms in which it is put, it will compress or expand. When the wood is moist, it expands and warps, and when it is cold, it contracts. Engineered wood lasts longer than solid wood, but not as long as laminate.

Over time, all flooring solutions will show indications of wear and tear, such as fine scratches or dents caused by certain shoes or heavy furniture. Brushing and cleaning with a moist mop on a regular basis will help avoid small dust scratches, while taking extra care when moving furniture will help prevent damage.


Engineered wood flooring allow you to repair scratches that have developed over time. Gently sand it down and refinish it. Repairing laminate on the other hand is tough. You'll almost always have to replace the entire board instead of just the damaged area. Engineered wood may be sanded and re-sanded several times - the number of times determined by the veneer's thickness.


Did you know that engineered wood is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options available? Slow-growing hardwood trees (such as oak and hickory) are used rarely since the core layers are made of fast-growing plywood. When you consider how many trees are used to make solid hardwood floors, the environmental repercussions are apparent. Engineered hardwood is the more environmentally friendly option.

Resale Value

Homebuyers are well aware that laminate are the cheaper option, especially if it isn't at the top of the laminate scale. Engineered wood, on the other hand, increases the market value of a property. So, if you're planning on selling your home soon, keep that in mind!

Did this help with your decision?

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4 Ways to Make Parenting Easier (Hopefully!)


As a parent you’ll probably know that your job as a mother or father is a 24/7 thing. As soon as you found out that you’re going to be a parent, your life changed forever. And as soon as the baby was born, you became fully responsible for another (albeit little) person. Although mine are still under the age of 10, I know that even when they’re grown up, you’ll still have all of the same feelings and worries. The good news though, is that you absolutely can make this job so much easier for you. Here are just four ways how...

Set a Good Routine

Life can feel 10x harder in the mornings - especially the cold and dark ones we're experiencing now in Winter. And if you aren’t ready for the day and you feel as though you’re going to be sluggish, then parenting is going to be a slog. To help combat this it's a good idea to get into a solid routine and make sure mornings are the easiest they have ever been. Set a time, get the right coffee that suits you (here's a guide to the Lavazza coffee range – a wonderful recommendation for this kind of thing), and don't skip breakfast as this is the best way to get energy for the day ahead.

Ask for Help

You’re not going to be able to be a superhero every single day. There will be times where you need a break as everything has got too much. This is where friends, family, and even professionals come in. Don’t feel guilty (or embarrassed) about having breaks and asking for help. If things get a little too hard, be sure to talk to someone and open up on what’s happening. A problem shared is a problem halved!

Keep Fit and Healthy

If you’re okay to go in terms of your physical body, then your parenting ability will be so much better. This is not just by eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting enough exercise though. Make sure you take care of yourself and do what you can to be the best possible individual and role model. This could even include taking time for yourself and being able to let off steam. A happy parents = happy children.

Teach the Basics from Early On

Do yourself (and your children) a favour by teaching them classic manners and some of the most fundamental aspects of life from as early as possible. If they’re really young, then they won’t be able to grasp a lot of things that you say just yet, but consistency really is key when it comes to 'good' behaviours and manners. Get older children involved in chores around the house to help you out (while teaching skills along the way), and make sure everyone is respecting the home by tidying up their toys or belongings as they go too.

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Our Month - November 2021


After last month's monthly round up post being so late, I thought I'd get ahead of myself with November's post! We started the month by celebrating Bonfire Night. A low-key affair this year as we had already seen fireworks back in October, but we did enjoy some sparklers in the garden and some mini 'cricket' fireworks -small but mighty for sure!. Then it felt as soon as it was over the weather changed, and we were thrown in to proper Autumn with dark mornings and nights (thanks to the clocks) and super chilly days.

Jack and I managed to enjoy a child-free day at the start of the month, whizzing up to Bluewater to tackle as much Christmas and birthday shopping as we could, before picking the littles up from school. We don't get much time just the two of us now he works 5 days a week, so it was lovely to have this time - and super productive too! Of course I had to pick up my first Christmas Costa of the year whilst we were there too (Terry's Chocolate Orange Hot Choc if you were wondering).

Unfortunately the middle of the month took a bit of a turn, with Indiana actually testing positive for covid! Thankfully she wasn't too poorly with it (a few days of headaches seemed to be her symptom), and I'm even more pleased that the rest of us didn't manage to catch it. It did mean I had all three littles home for almost a week, which was definitely hard work after them being back at school for so long. Indie seemed to enjoy the home learning set though, and I must admit I did enjoy the few lazy mornings we had together.

Luckily Indie's isolation ended just before her birthday, so we were able to celebrate our beautiful girl properly! We did presents, had birthday pancakes with all of the toppings and then she spent the day at school. I made sure to get her a birthday badge to wear so everyone could give her birthday wishes, and the whole of year 3 ended up singing to her apparently. We then came home for birthday cake before dinner at Pizza Express. She then had a little bowling birthday party with a few friends at the weekend. Such a lovely few days and Indie said she had the best birthday. I started this blog when she was a few months old and now she's 8!

We ended the month by getting into the festive spirit... putting up our Christmas tree! We're not usually this early, but as the 1st December was midweek this year (and because the littles were practically begging) we thought we'd just go for it. Of course we had to visit the garden centre to see all of the lights and pick new decorations first, and this year they picked a unicorn, a robot and a cat. Totally Christmas themed right?

5 Luxury Additions to Improve your Home


Everyone deserves a home that they can proudly call their own. And when you introduce lavish luxury to your interior design, you’ll have a home that you’re excited to return home at the end of each day. You don’t need to consult with a professional designer to get that luxury look though - you’ve probably watched enough 60 Minute Makeover and DIY SOS over the years to know exactly what you like and what you don’t! So if you want to impress your friends and neighbours, then why not try one (or all) of these ideas to improve your interior design. 

Black and White

Nothing says sleek and stylish quite like the contrast of black and white. A great place to introduce this is in your hallway, as it’s the first place that your guests will see when they enter your home. Ditch the carpet and paint the floors and stairs white but the banister and skirting boards black (ditch the carpet because a white carpet, especially in a room with so much footfall, is a recipe for disaster isn't it?).

High-End Touches

Small, high-end touches are perfect for making your home just that little bit more special, and materials such as hard wood, gold, and marble are the perfect addition to any room. In fact, if you find a gilded mirror on your hunt through antique shops and car boot sales, you’re on to a winner. Not only will the frame look fantastic, but a mirror is a great way to make your space look larger.

New Furniture

Tattered and torn furniture can really drag down the aesthetic of our homes. Why not invest in some fancy furnishings stocked by the suppliers at SM London. The splendid sofas brought to you by these experts will give your rooms the luxury feel that you’ve always dreamed of. You can even go one step further and add soft furnishings to the new furniture (pillows, blankets, etc), to add that extra level of luxury.

Floor Length Curtains

High ceilings are fantastic signifiers of luxury. However, not every home is blessed with them. If your ceiling height leaves a little to be desired, fear not, there’s a great hack that will easily trick the eye. Rather than just having curtains that cover your window, instead, you should move the rail to the ceiling and get drapes that drop to the floor. This way your ceilings will look much higher than they really are. Clever right?

Custom Shelving

Bespoke units are a fantastic indicator of luxury too. From beautiful bookcases to wardrobes that possess the wow-factor, experts such as Sharps Bedrooms can help design the décor of your dreams. When you invest in custom selves, you’ll be able to turn even the most awkward alcove into a usable, stylish storage solution. And after all, the only thing better than luxury is useful luxury!

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Christmas Gift Ideas for 5 - 10 Year Olds | Christmas 2021


 The products featured in this post were sent for inclusion in this gift guide, however all opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

It's that time of year again when I can finally start sharing all things Christmas! And after last year's festive period being so different and disappointing, I think I'm going to try and make this year as Christmassy and special as ever! For my third and final Christmas Gift Guide this year I'm going to be sharing some products that I think would make perfect gift for older children and 5 to 10 (and beyond). Hopefully this gives you some inspiration this festive season.

Science Optical Illusion Set

First up we have this fun Optical Illusion Science set - sure to excite young minds and keep them busy! Made in Italy, the box contains a whole selection of products including 3D cards and glasses, a periscope, spinning top and puzzle. Lisciani is a worldwide educational company that has designed developed and produced games for children for over 30 years. 

Kuhn Rikon Children's Knife Set

My little ones love to help out in the kitchen, but of course their safety is always on my mind. This fun knife set by Kuhn Rikon has been designed to be safe for children (and its design is super cute too). The set contains a knife with straight edge, a knife with a serrated edge, and 'duck snipper' scissors. They are made of strong Japanese stainless steel, making them sharp enough to cut soft food, but safer than adult knives. They also feature 'ears' to act as hand guards to keep little fingers away from the cutting surface. 

Tybo Tie-Dye Set

Tie-dye seems to be a popular craze at the moment, so I know this Tybo XL 'tidy tie-dye' set from Tybo would be a big hit this Christmas. The kit includes everything you need to create fun and colourful tie-dye designs in a mess-free way! All you have to do is load up the mixing chamber, add the dye (there are 6 dyes included), and then turn the handle to transform items such as t-shirts, hoodies and even jeans. 

Science Mad! Chemistry Lab

A gift for slightly older children, this Chemistry Lab set from Science Mad! would made a great gift for inquisitive minds. The lab set is well equipped with a selection of 10 different chemicals (however you do need to supply household items such as salt, vinegar, etc for some of the experiments). There are more than 80 experiments to enjoy so your child really can go wild with this one!

The Adventurer’s Activity Journal

Personalised gifts are such a lovely idea for Christmas, as they really do add that extra special touch. The Adventurer's Activity Journal by BookBlock is packed full of ideas to get little minds thinking and creating. The journal takes the reader on a journey across the globe, to learn about new cultures and countries in a fun and exciting way. There are 192 interactive pages including puzzles, crafts and games throughout, and even stickers to add when a task is completed too. The cover is personalised with your child's name too so it really feels like a special book for them!

Red Letter Days Experiences

With three children of varying ages and only a small house, there's only so many presents and gifts we can add to the collection each year. That's why we love to ask for days out or experiences as gift instead - and Red Letter Days have a whole host of fun days out that both children (and their grown ups) can enjoy. We are currently a Harry Potter obsessed household, so I know Parker would be over the moon to receive this The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour and Afternoon Tea voucher.

The website is super easy to use as you can filter not only by the recipient, but also by budget and age, making it really easy to find a suitable gift. From animal experiences, climbing at GoApe!, and even a chocolate experience day with Hotel Chocolat - there's so many to choose from! Vouchers have to be claimed and booked by the recipient, so they can pick a suitable date for them to go too.

Skid Markz

If you have a child that finds the word poo hilarious, then this one is for them. A fun and silly game for all the family, Skid Markz combines drawing with crazy instructions, to create works of art that your fellow players have to guess. There are 100 'bone cards' with 400 'doodle words', so the game can be played again and again without getting repetitive (a big flaw with other games on the market). Are you a 'poo-caso'?

Personalised Artwork by Emma's Botanicals

If you're looking for an extra special gift for a loved one, then these prints from Emma's Botanicals would be a great choice. Emma hand paints the flower or plant of the month of your child's birthday, so if your little one has a December birthday for example, you can ask for Holly like the artwork pictured. The artwork is beautifully presented and of incredibly high quality. Such a special gift!

Tomy Mache Magic

Another creative gift, the Mache Magic from Tomy allows children to create unique paper mâché crafts by just using toilet paper and water - how easy is that? You don't need to buy or use messy paste or batteries, and everything else is included to get creating straight away! Simply add layers of toilet paper, twist & press, leave to dry over night, and then once dry it's time to decorate. The box contains instructions and ideas of what to create, but I think this is a great gift for encouraging self expression and creativity.

Prints from Ink & Drop

If you're buying from a child who already has plenty of toys, then why not treat them to some gorgeous prints or canvases from Ink & Drop. They create high-quality, beautiful art prints in a range of styles and price ranges - there's something for everyone! I loved these fun animal canvases for younger children, and I think any of their children's designs would look fab in a child's bedroom or playroom. Sizes range from 21x30 to 100x150 and you can choose from a range of frames too, including these clever magnetic wooden hangers that are really easy to use (these come as standard with canvas prints).

That's Magic! Big Box of Magic Set

If your child likes to entertain and amaze, then this That's Magic! Big Box of Magic Set would be a perfect gift for them. The bumper set comes with (nearly) everything they need to perform 325 amazing illusions and tricks - some everyday objects such as cotton thread, a spoon and pencils and paper will be needed for certain tricks. The easy tricks are supported by online instructional videos, so your budding magician can perfect their craft before giving you a spell-bounding performance!

Double Ditto Game

Double Ditto is a fun party game that older children and adults will love to play together - ideal for around the table at Christmas! The player picks a card, reads it out loud and then everyone has to quickly write down 2 answers that they think the other plays will write. The fun then arrives as everyone has to read out their answers to see if there's any matches - who knows what crazy, funny or even rude answers could be shard! There are 400 category cards so it's a perfect game to play again and again.

Ladybird Books

Books always make fantastic Christmas gifts, and these two new releases from Ladybird books would make a fantastic choice this year. My Skin, Your Skin by Laura Henry-Allain MBE (and illustrated by Onyinye Iwu) is a really powerful book, created to help children and adults have meaningful discussions about race and anti-racism. The book also explores how important it is for children to celebrate their achievements and greatness. Such an important book to have in any child's bookshelf.

Everything Under the Sun by Molly Oldfield is a beautiful collection of 366 questions asked by children from around the world. We all know that children ask everything weird, wonderful and sometimes unanswerable, so this book aims to answer some of those questions in a fun and joyful way. A lovely touch with this book is that famous faces have also got involved - you can find out 'where ideas come from with award-winning illustrator, Rob Biddulph. Find out why you taste things differently when you have a cold with Michelin star chef, Heston Blumenthal. Learn about everything from how astronauts see in the dark to what the biggest dinosaur was with experts from the Natural History Museum'. I know this one's going to be a big hit!

ReaXion Xplode Game

ReaXion sets take dominos to the extreme! The tiles are built in an innovative X shape and are light weight with thicker edges, making them easier to set and up and use. The shape also allows them to be connected together to make epic set ups - made even more extreme with the use the linX connectors to make even larger constructions. This Xplode set contains 150 tiles, 75 linX, 2 cubes, 2 spinners and 4 wheels, so there are hours of play to be had!

If you're looking for more inspiration, why not check out last year's guides here and here!

Our Month - October 2021


I am really disappointed at myself for how incredibly late this round up post for October is. But as I always say.. better late then never I suppose! When I look back on October the main focus for me is always the Halloween build-up, and the excitement of Autumn activities and adventures over half term. Especially as Jack managed to book the week off again, which really does make all the difference.

Of course I cannot mention October without starting with mine and Jack's wedding anniversary. We celebrated six years together on the 2nd October - both giving each other allll the sweet treats as the traditional gift for 6 years is sugar. We did have afternoon tea booked as well, however Jack didn't actually do too much research (typical man, right?), so it turned out the restaurant was actually in a retirement village. We almost wet ourselves with laughter when we realised, and then quickly went for a lovely pub lunch instead. An anniversary to remember for sure!

The rest of the weeks and weekends leading up to half term were a blur of school, ballet, rugby and trying to squeeze in some autumnal fun. Life really is just so busy when you have little ones and jobs to work around, especially with Jack starting his university course alongside too. We did make the most of some late October sunshine though with a gorgeous walk at Scotney Castle, and even managed to visit the Museum of the Moon exhibition when it came to our local area too! Not forgetting we went to Hastings to enjoy their bonfire night celebrations, just a little early, but still lots of fun.

Most of our fun was of course had over half term though. We went on our annual pumpkin picking trip - this time deciding to visit Lower Ladysden Farm, where we've been to pick strawberries for the last few years. We had two really fun Halloween days outs - one at Kent Life Farm (where the littles got to trick or treat, enjoy a tractor ride and a really funny science show), and another at Chessington for their Howl'o'Ween event (where we rode lots of rides, watched spooky shows and the littles even got to hold some creepy crawlies). I took Indiana out with her bestie for a halloween afternoon tea, we had a family party for all of the cousins at my sisters house and of course carved our pumpkins too. Parker even lost his second tooth which topped off his week!

October was also the month that another little member joined the cousin crew. My beautiful niece Margot was born on the 27th, with the chubbiest cheeks and so much dark hair. Parker is absolutely obsessed with her already, and although the girls aren't too bothered yet (surprising for Lilah who loves her baby dolls), I can't wait to watch them all grow up together.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Under 5s | Christmas 2021


 The products featured in this post were sent for inclusion in this gift guide, however all opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

It's that time of year again when I can finally start sharing all things Christmas! And after last year's festive period being so different and disappointing, I think I'm going to try and make this year as Christmassy and special as ever! For my second Christmas Gift Guide this year I'm going to be sharing some products that I think would make gifts for younger children - babies up to age 5. Hopefully this gives you some inspiration this festive season.

Magnetic Dress Up Toy

I wrote about Wicked Uncle and the fab gifts they have for older children a few weeks ago, but they also do amazing gifts for little ones too. The fun magnetic set from Floss & Rock comes with two wooden figures (a unicorn and a dragon) plus 40 magnetic pieces to dress them up for their adventures! There's even a reversible scene included to really get your children's imaginations buzzing. These sets also come in different themes such as dinosaurs and pets!

Baby Bare Bubbles Toiletries

These gorgeous toiletries from award-winning skincare line Baby Bare Bubbles would make a great gift for a younger baby. Their luxury baby and toddler products are dermatologically tested and paediatrician approved, and only use high quality ingredients. I received this gorgeous wash-care set that includes a supersoft hooded bamboo baby towel, a washcloth, and a bottle of their bubble bath, shampoo and body wash all-in-one. The bath towels are incredibly soft, and the bath product is "rich in vitamins, shea butter to help nourish, soothe and deliver moisture, avocado oil to help protect your baby's skin barrier, oats to calm irritated skin and lock in moisture, dandelion and purple coneflower for their natural healing properties" - such a lovely gift for a new baby.

Orchard Toys Games

I honestly think you can never have enough Orchard Toys products! They have such a big range of fun and educational games for a whole range of ages, and they are such good quality so last a long time too - plus Orchard Toys will also replace a certain amount of lost pieces from games which is such a lovely service! We received the Christmas Eve Box which contains both a fun game and a puzzle, as well as the Pigs in Blankets pairs style game. Our three are aged 3 - 8 and all of them enjoy these games which I think is so rare with games, so I would 100% recommend adding these to your children's Christmas lists this year.

Super Sand

Supersand is the original modelling sand made in Europe from natural materials. The unique formula is super soft and the best part is that it doesn't dry out! This allows little ones to create and make again and again, using the mould included with the sets (or free-style with their imagination). This original set contains classic shapes to make cones, cubes and more. The sand is non-staining and sticks to itself to help make the clean up process easier for us grown ups too.

Jaques of London Wooden Toys

We absolutely love wooden toys in our house, so I was over the moon to receive these items from local company Jaques of London. They the oldest games company and sports manufacturer in the world, that has been passed down from father to son for eight generations! Use this code here to receive 15% off your order.

The first product we received was the super sweet Dinosaur Car Park. The car park track itself is made entirely out of wood, and the set also includes 4 wooden cars and 6 colourful dinosaur toys. Not only is the product sturdy and well-made, but it's so bright and eye-catching too. The design of the track introduces children to early physics through observations of forces, movement and the effect of gravity. A great toy for imaginative play and a great size for little hands!

The second product we received was the Toolkit & Bench Wooden Construction Toy. The wooden bench contains everything needed for little hands to get their hands busy and moving. Children can develop their fine motor skills when using the tools to turn screws or hammer bolts - a great toy for little ones to develop their imagination as well. Once again the toy is well-made and of really high quality, and it comes beautifully presented in it's box with a ribbon. 

Frugi Pyjamas

A brand new pair of cosy pyjamas would make such a lovely gift for a younger (or older!) child, and Frugi have such a lovely selection to choose from this year. Made from GOTS certified organic cotton, Frugi's clothing is super soft and of such high quality. The sleeves and trousers are cuffed to keep little ones super warm and snug, and they've even thought to print the label straight onto the product to stop any scratchy labels.  My favourite part of Frugi's clothing though is just how bright and colourful their designs are - they really do have something for everyone!

Headu and Ecoplay Games

Headu is an educational toys and games company based in Italy, and they have a fantastic range of items that under 5s would love this Christmas. Their games, puzzles and toys are made with high quality materials, and have been designed to help promote, develop and harness your little one's natural talents through play. I love that you can see what skills your little one is learning just by looking on the front of the box, and just how colourful and bright they are too! Headu have also created a new range called Ecoplay, which is full of eco-friendly, artistic toys for little ones.

The How We are Made game gets children to fit cards in to their matching slots to discover the parts of the body, senses, facial expressions are more. The Play Farm set teachers children about animals and their environment - an open game for learning and fun. 

Doddl Children's Cutlery + Accessories

A great practical gift for under 5s are these sets from Doddl. Their Cutlery Sets were specially designed to help children learn to use cutlery, as well as helping them to develop crucial motor skills along the way! We used their cutlery set when our youngest was weaning and saw first hand how much easier they are for little hands to hold and grip. The sets are available in green, pink and purple. Their Children's Plates have been designed to make little ones feel as is they are using a grown up plate, but with practical elements included - the back is slightly raised and the front is wider to help keep food ON the plate, and the bottom is grippy so it stays in place!

If you're looking for more inspiration, why not check out last year's guides here and here!