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Mum’s Home Office

Working from home has its pluses and minuses. It is great to be around for the family, but often you can end up working in spaces that are less than ideal. My ‘home office’ is right in the centre of the home, so I can be on hand if any of the kids needs me, but on the down side it is hard to get peace and quiet to make calls. I know one mum who ran her home office out of a bread bin in the kitchen.

So, I’m going to be looking at products which can help you create a great workspace for you. And one of the first ways to make sure that you have a great workspace is to keep the kids out of your stuff! I don’t mean that you have to erect an extra stairgate – although that might be an idea – but you do need to stop them stealing your stationery and hogging the pc. I’ve been trying out the Silver Cross Doodle, to give my 3 year old his own place to draw alongside where I’m working.

It is beautifully made and has a central pouch plus four cups to hold pens and pencils. Plus, if I can wrest it away from the three year old it will make a great highchair for the baby as the chair clips on top of the table.

Ours is blue, and I’d love to show you a pic of J working away at his own desk … but he has taken the card out of the digital camera and bent the pins so I can’t. I have yet to find the perfect product to keep the kids out of my office…. but will continue to look!

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Last chance to win a chocolate making kit

Do you love chocolate? The CHOC Chick Starter Kit is the ideal first step to making chocolates.

With enough ingredients to make around 80 chocolates, the Starter kit is ideal if you just want to see what all the fuss is about and also make fantastic presents! CHOC Chick Kits include non-roasted raw cacao powder, raw (cold pressed) cacao butter and a white sugar replacement, agave syrup. And because you make the chocolate at home, it’s really up to you which extras to add (obviously no preservatives or E numbers required!).

If you’d like to win, visit www.chocchick.com and find out how many different size kits are on sale. Then email antonia@acpr.co.uk with your answer and CHOC KIT COMP in the title by midnight 10 January

December competition from ACPR: Win a Choc Chick Chocolate Making Kit

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Do you love chocolate? The CHOC Chick Starter Kit is the ideal first step to making chocolates.

With enough ingredients to make around 80 chocolates, the Starter kit is ideal if you just want to see what all the fuss is about and also make fantastic presents! CHOC Chick Kits include non-roasted raw cacao powdStarter Choc Kiter, raw (cold pressed) cacao butter and a white sugar replacement, agave syrup. And because you make the chocolate at home, it’s really up to you which extras to add (obviously no preservatives or E numbers required!).

If you’d like to win, visit www.chocchick.com and find out how many different size kits are on sale. Then email antonia@acpr.co.uk with your answer and CHOC KIT COMP in the title.

No More Tired Winter Skin

Youth GlowYouth GlowGet set for Spring with youth glowTM omega face complex. This natural face oil will give your skin the boost it needs. Forget tired, winter skin; try a luxurious ‘facial in a bottle’ every morning and night on your face and neck.

This light weight, fast absorbing oil, rich in essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants, promotes smooth, soft skin and improves elasticity and hydration. And at just £16.95 a bottle it is a treat you can’t afford to miss.

Like all of the Mambino Organics range, youth glowTM omega face complex is packed with natural ingredients for the maximum benefit for your skin:

  • Evening Primrose oil – maintains healthy skin cells
  • Hazelnut oil – balances skin oil production
  • Rosa Mosqueta – rich in vitamin C promotes skin healing
  • Sea Buckthorn fruit oil-restores skin’s elasticity

Mambino Organics are available from www.mambinoorganics.co.uk and a range of stockists.

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Review of Special Educational Needs: A Parent’s Guide on Best Bear

A Parent's GuideOne of my recent books has just had a great review on www.bestbear.co.uk. Best Bear member Bea reviewed this book. She says,“My daughter has learning difficulties and is due to start school next year, so the timing of this book could not have been more perfect. I am just starting the statementing process for her, and this book has helped me understand more about the support that will be available at school and the what will be included in her statement.”

Bea continues, “I also really liked the checklists throughout the book which are useful for diagnosing specific problems and for writing notes/reports about her development. I also felt that there were lots of practical ideas and suggestions of things I can be doing at home to help my daughter. The book looks at a wide range of educational needs including autism, vision and hearing problems, dyslexia, dyspraxia and global developmental delay. It gives ideas of where you can go for additional help, support and information (12 pages of contacts at the back of the book!) together with details of how professionals such as Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists can help. I think this book would be worthwhile reading whether you just have some concerns about your child’s development or schooling, or whether you have a named diagnosis already. One to keep for future reference I think.”

Find out more about what Best Bear said about the book.

Contribute to a New Book on Pregnancy

Hollie Smith is looking for parents who are happy to share brief comments, tips and anecdotes via email for a pregnancy book, to provide real-life perspective on subjects such as stretchmarks, scans, and swollen ankles.

If you’re pregnant, or you’ve had a baby recently, she would love to hear from you. She says, “How it will work is this: I will compile a big email group, and send out fairly regular (but not an inundation, I promise) emails, posing questions such as, ‘How big did your boobs get?’ and ‘When did you first feel it kick?’ etc. Continue reading