• children,  christmas

    Christmas Gift Ideas For Children

    As much as I love Christmas as an adult, it really is the most special time of the year for Children. So, in this gift guide I am focusing on some Christmas gift ideas for kids of all ages. As ever, keep the page bookmarked as I will come back and add things as we get nearer to the big day. Original Squishmallows Squishmallows are a modern phenomenon. A soft toy that is absolutely beloved of kids of all ages, they are also brilliant as they could be used as a pillow or cushion on long journeys, making them brilliant if you are heading off by plane this Christmas.  There…

  • education

    Creative Fabrica Is A Teacher’s Best Friend

    In the days before Fashion-mommy, I had another career, that of a primary school teacher. It was a role I loved but it was not without its problems, one of which was the endless amount of planning involved in creating fabulous lessons and the resources to go with them. Even the most practical of lessons needed some sort of worksheet, question sheet or assessment sheet to show the pupils level of understanding, but finding, or even creating your own, was often time consuming, time that could be better spent elsewhere. But Creative Fabrica, and more specifically its Teachers Club Card, is a service and resource that can take some of…

  • theatre

    Beauty And The Beast At The Old Rep

    This year’s seasonal offering at Birmingham’s Old Rep Theatre is a new twist on an old classic. Beauty and the Beast is a much loved story that has been ‘Disneyfied’ in recent years, but now the BOA Academy have twisted it once again, combining the classic fairy tale with modern day issues that centre on belonging, peer pressure and the perils of social media. This has created a fantastic show that appeals to all ages, and is wonderfully performed by its young, talented cast. In our modern times a group of ‘mean girls’ rule the school society with a nasty fist. Their main victims are those that don’t fit in…