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Christmas: How to Decorate with Holly Becker

When it comes to decorating your home for Christmas, we called in the expert: Holly Becker – the woman behind the award-winning design blog, Decor8. Her new book, Decorate for a Party, has the answer to every entertaining style dilemma…including Christmas. Read on for an extract……

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Sleep, anyone?

Hello, we’re Natasha and Alex and we are obsessed with sleep. Show us a mother of small (or smallish) children who isn’t. I’ve yet to meet one. In fact, I’ve discussed at both a school drop-off and pick-up this week. We just – literally – cannot get enough; even if you are blessed with good sleepers, somehow you’re always left wanting more. Which is why we’re dedicating this week to the pursuit of sleep.…

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How to…be an awesome aunt by Rosie Jones of Roses and the Stars

"Aunts aren't gentlemen!" proclaimed P.G.Wodehouse. No, they're much more fun that that. Aunt to 11 children, ranging in age from 2 months - 19 years, Rosie Jones, who has previously worked for Bonpoint and Trotters, is an expert in Aunt Amazingness. Over the years, she's bought so many gifts, that she's a master of the art of Excellent Present and has now set up a new online boutique Roses and The Stars offering a great range of gifts for kids and their mothers (always good to be in with the mother....) So, other than being great with gifts, what else does it take to be an Awesome Aunt? Over to Rosie...…

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How to…throw an awesome party

A few weeks ago, Camille, a chic French party planner and founder of A Little Party Box, a fab company specialising in gorgeous themed party boxes gave us 5 great tips on how to throw a children’s party. Not ones to let the kids have all the fun, we wanted in on the action, so we asked her back to tell us how to throw the perfect grown-up party. From flowers to music, she told us exactly how she’d do it….…

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How to….throw a fabulous children’s party

When it comes to children’s parties, I like to keep things relatively simple. You could – and people do – go crazy, when in reality, most children are just happy with having their friends there, a cake (mine are all bought from M&S), music and games. However, there are a few things that can turn an ok party into The Best Party Ever (well, until their next one next year) and please a few aesthetically-minded adults by doing so. In a bid to find out the secret to throwing a corking good shindig, we turned to Camille, founder of A Little Party Box, a fab company specialising in – you guessed it – party organising AND a gorgeous range of themed party boxes full of beautiful bits and bobs such as Birthday bunting, table centrepieces, balloons and food trays. We particularly love the look of their Circus and Pirate boxes and are waiting with eager anticipation to see their new Summer party box, which will be out soon. Camille – party planner extraordinaire – has given us 5 great tips for throwing a children’s party – all affordable, all fun and all very easy to do….…

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How to….accessorize your bathroom

Why yes, this is a thing. You may not call it accessorising – to be honest, I don’t usually either – but adding nice, aesthetically pleasing objects to your bathroom to make it just that tad more inviting/spa-like/luxurious is definitely worth doing. Most of these things (soap dishes, toothbrush holders etc) are necessities, so by upgrading them you have a very affordable way to change the whole feel of your bathroom without splashing the cash……