Gift Ideas for Kids (Age 5-10) Christmas 2017

Gift Ideas for Kids (Age 5-10) Christmas 2017

If you're searching for the perfect gift to surprise the little people in your life this Christmas, then look no further! We have scoured the internet, gift shops and toy stores far and wide to find presents that will keep on giving long after the holidays have passed. From captivating books and toys to feed their imagination, to games that the whole family can enjoy. With the help of this gift guide, you're bound to find a gift that is as unique as the child it's for. 

The Ultimate Crowd Pleaser - Black Bean Quesadillas

The Ultimate Crowd Pleaser - Black Bean Quesadillas

This quesadilla recipe by Leon founder Allegra McEvedy, has become a Sawkins family favourite. It's incredibly tasty but also super quick and easy to make, we're talking 20 minutes from start to finish! Add a bowl of tortilla chips and an avocado salad into the mix and the result is a gorgeous meal that's "naughty" enough to make it a brilliant  (and much cheaper) alternative to ordering in a takeaway.

The Mother Hub Meets: Style Mum

The Mother Hub Meets: Style Mum

Style Mum (aka Pascale Banks) is one of our all-time favourite Insta crushes! We've been huge fans of her stunning Instagram account for a long while now, which is brimming with effortless style and tonnes of fashion inspiration. Pascale studied at the London College of Fashion before starting her blog, which she manages alongside a busy job in the City (as well as being a mum of twin boys).

Style it dark: snug room makeover

Style it dark: snug room makeover

I recently posted a photo of what my family have come to call our "snug room" over on Instagram. Following the post, I got lots of questions about the room, the paint colour, accessories etc so I thought, why not write a little blog post about it?! Hopefully it will give anyone hoping to "style it dark" in their own home a gentle nudge into "the dark side!"  

What's On: London's best shows for the whole family this Christmas

What's On: London's best shows for the whole family this Christmas

It's almost that time of year again... eek! We all know how fast the weeks can fly by in the run up to Christmas, and how quickly the holidays can disappear, so this year I'm determined to plan ahead and get a bit of culture into the kids over the festive season! 

I've been looking at what London has to offer in terms of family-friendly theatre over Christmas and as usual, it doesn't disappoint. Take a look below at my top picks for the season... from toddlers to teens - there's something for everyone. Perfect for a special family outing, or even a Christmas present for kids who have it all!

Easy autumn craft activity for kids

Easy autumn craft activity for kids

As a parent, the very mention of the word "CRAFT" can bring on a bit of a sweat. It conjures up images of paint-splattered toddlers, pipe cleaners glued to walls, and a light dusting of glitter over everything except the "masterpiece" for which it was intended! A crafty chaos if you will. As for kicking back and enjoying a cuppa while the kids get creative, well forget it!

You can imagine my glee then when a couple of Saturdays ago, I put together a little "free from" (*free from glitter and paint and pipe cleaners) craft idea for my daughters that they both absolutely loved!  If I'm honest, it looked like so much fun that in the end I couldn't help but join in too. 

MONTHLY STYLE FEATURE: THE NEW SEASON EDIT

MONTHLY STYLE FEATURE: THE NEW SEASON EDIT

New season = new wardrobe! With the kids back at school and a definite chill in the air, it’s time to hunt down the key pieces you’ll need for the autumn months ahead. It’s all about finding the perfect items to suit both you and your lifestyle, but with where to start?! With stores packed with new season stuff, the search for the perfect autumn purchases could be overwhelming. But have no fear! We've asked our fashion contributor, Jo Sawkins, to give us a low-down on the latest wearable trends, including her new season must-haves, which are guaranteed to keep you ahead of the style game this autumn.

The Mother Hub Meets: The Flower Arranger

The Mother Hub Meets: The Flower Arranger

The Mother Hub Meets: "Queen of Flowers", Sapphire Bates, aka The Flower Arranger. We first met Sapphire at The Mother Hub launch event last December and were immediately struck by her passion, drive and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. It's hard to believe that Sapphire was just 21 when she launched her own floristry business, The Flower Arranger. And now, just a year and a half later, she has built a stunning brand, an impressive social media following and some of the most insanely beautiful floral arrangements we've ever seen!