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Ask the Expert - Sarah from The Physiotherapy Centre, Liverpool talks ‘Pelvic Floor and Stress Incontinence (Featuring Diary Doll)

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Summer Holidays Activities (Follow us on Facebook for a daily guide)

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Well, my eldest daughter Eden has just completed her Reception year at Primary School and she is very excited to be becoming a ‘Big Year One’ pupil in September. Me on the otherhand, I feel like I blinked and my baby has become this intelligent five-year-old. The tiny fragile little girl I waved off last September with a tear in my eye as she heading into ‘Big School’ will now be one of the bigger ones. And just to add to the emotion, my second daughter Bethany will be starting at Preschool there too in September! The time really does fly and I urge you to enjoy every second. So, the school holidays are upon us and I am really looking forward to having all 4 of my girls together to have some fun together and make some memories. This issue has some great ideas to keep your little ones entertained over the summer months. I also encourage you to follow our Facebook page facebook.com/ mummyandmemagazine for a daily timetable posted throughout the school summer holidays (there were so many fantastic activities that we couldn’t accommodate them all ‘in print’). See you in September for our Autumn issue in conjunction with the Baby & Toddler Show (Manchester) - Make sure you get your tickets!

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here are many changes that take place during pregnancy, one of which is that your breasts prepare for their role in making milk. From about 20 weeks into your pregnancy, your breasts will produce a rich mixture of proteins, vitamins and substances for fighting infections, this is called colostrum. This is usually a yellow/golden colour.

may wish to use a scarf or shawl over your shoulder. Breastpads will also help to absorb any milk you may leak.

Your baby’s instinct is to breastfeed, this instinct is particularly strong after birth, therefore it may help if you spend time cuddling your baby on your chest with your skin against theirs. Skin-to-skin can be done after a Caesarean section as well as a vaginal birth. But if you are unable to have skin-to-skin with your baby post-birth, you can do this at a later stage. Don’t expect breastfeeding to happen straight away, some babies don’t (perhaps due to sleepiness affected by the pain relief drugs used in labour). A midwife should be on-hand to assist you should you want help.

After birth, your baby feeding will send signals to your breasts to produce milk. At around 3-4 days, the colostrum changes into a whitish milk. This milk is more creamy (higher in fat) and more satisfying for your baby. The more your baby feeds, the more milk you will produce. Once they have finished If you feed for just Once out of hospital, many women do not feeding on one breast, 1 day the antibodies feel comfortable feeding in public places. offer the other. in your colostrum will Some department stores such as John provide natural immunity If feeding is comfortable Lewis, offer ‘feeding rooms’ that offer a and your baby is from infection and will help relaxed and more private environment your womb to contract content after feeds, they for breastfeeding Mums to be able to feed. are likely to be feeding towards normal size. Meeting other breastfeeding Mums can help correctly and getting too. There are many NCT groups or groups enough milk. Check your offered by your local Children’s Centre to baby’s nappies to make sure help support breastfeeding Mums. that they are having wet and soiled Here you will have the chance to nappies throughout the day. It is If you feed for share experiences with others, also advisable to see how much 6 weeks your baby and often a trained Breastfeeding weight your baby has gained is at less risk of chest Support Worker will be present after the first couple of weeks. infections for up to 7 years! to address any problems or Your Midwife or Health Visitor For you, breast-feeding concerns you may have. should offer this when they means you can go out and visit your home. After you have You can breastfeed for as long as about without bottle been discharged by your Midwife, you and your baby want to. The feeding equipment. there should be a local clinic or (*NCT) World Health Organisation (WHO) Children’s Centre offering a and the UK Department of Health weekly weigh in session that recommend giving solely breastmilk for you may wish to attend. the first six months and then continuing to breastfeed whilst introducing solid Getting yourself measured for a food. WHO recommend continuing to few nursing bras will help you feel breastfeed for at least two years due comfortable when feeding. A great to better health outcomes. However place to find the right style for you is long you decide to breastfeed is www.bras4mums.co.uk who offer a entirely up to you and your baby. full range including; Bravado, Cake Lingerie, Emma-Jane, Carriwell, For advice and support, the Hot Milk and many more. There National Childbirth Trust (NCT) are also many nursing tops on offer a helpline, you can reach the market that help make feeling them on 0300 330 0700 and easier too. Even stores such as they will be happy to assist H&M and George at ASDA offer with any queries you may have very reasonably priced nursing including continuing to feed tops! For discreet feeding when returning to work. when out and about, you

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This issue, Physiotherapist and Company Director of ‘The Physiotherapy Centre’ (Liverpool) Sarah Johnson discusses Pelvic Floor and Stress Incontinence* *Also featuring research and information from ‘Diary Doll’

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t’s a taboo, in fact almost a secret subject, one that affects so many women and yet no one wants to talk about it because it’s embarrassing! We are talking life’s little leaks, or stress incontinence. The N.H.S explains: Stress incontinence occurs when the pressure inside your bladder as it fills with urine becomes greater than the strength of your urethra to stay closed (the urethra is the tube through which urine passes out of your body). Any sudden extra pressure on your bladder, such as laughing or sneezing, can then cause urine to leak out of your urethra. (www.nhs.uk/Conditions/ Incontinence-urinary)

Am I alone having this problem? “More than 9 million women in the UK are incontinent and many suffer in silence because they are embarrassed. The average time a woman waits to seek treatment for incontinence is 7 years.” Has pregnancy caused this problem? “Pregnancy & delivery are risk factors for developing incontinence (particularly delayed second stage of labor, multiple vaginal deliveries and forceps delivery). Many women

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also have other risk factors present prior to becoming pregnant (e.g obesity, being a smoker). This does not mean that every woman will develop incontinence after have a baby. Infact, 1 in 3 women experiences pelvic floor dysfunction and not all of them have been pregnant and had babies”. I didn’t do my pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy, now I have this weakness am I too late? “The NICE guidelines recommend a trial of supervised pelvic floor muscle training of at least three months duration as first line treatment for women with incontinence”. Some incontinence postnatally is normal right? “Although common, it is not ‘normal’ and I urge any woman suffering with incontinence to book an appointment with their GP and/or seek treatment from a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist”. The Physiotherapy Centre in Allerton, Liverpool offers a professional Women’s Health Service with specialist staff trained to provide pelvic floor rehabilitation. For more information call 0151 724 2060 to speak to our friendly and supportive team.


Celebrities Carole Smillie and Annabel Croft have joined forces to create their own DiaryDoll brand of award winning, technical underwear developed to help women of all aged with those little leaks, and build confidence back into their lives. They are so committed to the cause, they have formulates partnerships with both the Bladder & Bowel Foundation, and the ACA (Association of Continence Advisors) who are both delighted to find a pretty product available like DiaryDoll, and to finally get these issues recognised and openly discussed. Carole Smillie comments ‘The scale of stress incontinence is extreme and women should not be suffering in silence because they are embarrassed to talk about their incontinence issues’. Smillie continues, ‘Stress incontinence can have a severley detrimental impact on day-to-day activity. We are so proud that DiaryDoll has given confidence back

65 Booker Ave, Liverpool, L18 4QZ 'We see many pain As physiotherapists weuncomplicated, bring our free pregnancies. However, extensive knowledge of anatomywe , are also experienced in treating antenatal fitness and evidence based practise spinal and andofcan offer a range of topelvic deliverdysfunction you a selection Women's physiotherapy Health Services under oneinterventions' roof.

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Call for  Info

SK10 2LW

01625 378  081

Must Book

L13 6QJ

0151 233  4770

Drop In

Garston Children's  Centre

L19 8JZ

0151 233  6868

Liverpool Central  Library Discover  Zone

L3 8EW

0151 233  3069

Outside H&M,  Golden  Sq Warrington

WA1 1QB

Museum of  Liverpool

L3 1DG

0151 478  4545

FREE

Dingle Lane Children's  Centre

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

Frodsham Children's  Centre

WA6 7PZ

01244 976210

Call for  Info

Tuebrook Children's  Centre

L6 4BX

0151 233  3830

Drop In

Picton Children's  Centre

L7 6HD

0151 233  1200

Drop In

Hurdsfield Children's Centre,  Hulley  Road

SK10 2LW

01625 378  081

Drop In

Speke Five  Centre

L24 0TW

0151 486  9719

Drop In

CH65 2BY

0151 337  6365

Call for  Info

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Call for  Info

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

WA5 1SB

01925 446  244

Garston Children's  Centre

L19 8JZ

0151 233  6868

Walker Art  Gallery Liverpool

L3 8EL

0151 478  4199

FREE

Calderstones Park

L18 3JB

hollywagstaff@ thereader.org.uk

Must Book

WA4 1RE

01925 570  870

Drop In

L15 4LE

0151 233  6870

FREE Drop In

CH44 7AN

07702 023  731

Call for  Info

SK10 2LW

01625 378  081

Drop In

L9 1AW

0151 530  1066

FREE

Centre Museum of  Liverpool Lady  Lever  Art  Gallery, Port  Sunlight Kingway  &  Upton  C  Centre University  of  Chester Ash  Grove   Children's  Centre Hurdsfield  Children's Centre,  Hulley  Road Stoneycroft  Children's Centre

FREE Call  for  Info FREE Drop  In

Friday September   2nd All  Day

Yo Ho  Ho  Pirate  Island

Thoroughout the   Day

Reel Stories  Family  Fun  Week (Film  related  activities) Baby  Club  Drop-­‐In  with Health  Visitor Stay  and  Play  (0-­‐5  years) Drop  In

09:00am -­‐  11:45am 09:15am  -­‐  10:45am 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am

Health Visitor  Drop  In

Infant Feeding  Clinic Breast/Formula  Feeding  Issues Well  Baby  Clinic: 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am Weigh  &  play 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am

09:30am -­‐  11:15am 09:30am  -­‐  11:30am 09:45am  -­‐  10:30am 09:45am  -­‐  11:00am 10:00am  -­‐  11:00am 10:00am  -­‐  11:00am 10:00am  -­‐  11:00am

Weight &  Advice  Clinic Breastfeeding  Support  Group Baby  Little  Explorers Under  18months Bambis  Feeding  Group Advice  &  support All  Kinds  of  Play Confident  Walkers  -­‐  5  years Bosom  Buddies  Breastfeeding Support  roup Toddler  Time

Portside Children's  Centre Egerton  Street Seacombe  Children's Centre Dingle  Lane Children's  Centre Great  Sankey  Children's Centre,  Liverpool  Road

The Storybarn  Reader  Session www.thestorybarn.org.uk Toddler  All  Kinds  of  Play Drop  in  for  carers  of  18ms+ Baby  Club  Drop-­‐In  for  Parents/ Carers  and  Babies Makaton  Signing  for  Babies (Grp  for  Under  5's  with  D.S) Smile  Group: Self  Help  Group  for  P.N.D

Westy Children's  Centre Tinsley  Street Wavertree  Children's Centre Seacombe  Children's Centre Hurdsfield  Children's Centre,  Hulley  Road

10:00am -­‐  15:30pm

Rice Lane  City  Farm

Rawcliffe Road,  Liverpool

10:00am -­‐  17:00pm

Activity Rooms  @  Lady  Lever

10:00am -­‐  11:15am 10:00am  -­‐  11:30am 10:00am  -­‐  12:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  12:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  12:00pm

FREE

Siblings Welcome FREE Call  for  Info

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Lady Lever  Art  Gallery, CH62  5EQ 0151  478  4136 FREE WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK | Port  Sunlight


10:00am -­‐  15:30pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:30am  onwards 10:30am  -­‐  17:00pm

Rice Lane  City  Farm

Rawcliffe Road,  Liverpool

L9 1AW

0151 530  1066

FREE

Activity Rooms  @  Lady  Lever

Lady Lever  Art  Gallery, Port  Sunlight

CH62 5EQ

0151 478  4136

FREE

Sudley House,  Mossley  Hill

L18 8BX

0151 478  4016

FREE

L3 8EN

0151 478  4393

FREE

M3 4FP

0161 832  2244

FREE

Childhood and   Small  World  Playrooms Eye  for  Colour  Exibition 3rd  Floor Imagine  it,  Make  it,  Move  it 3  years+ Little  Liverpool  Sessions (Tickets  at  Desk) Pop  Bottle  Microscopes Science  Workshop  7y+ Calderstones  Urban  Beach Free  Beach,  Rides  Chargeable Radio  City  St  Johns  Beacon Viewing  Gallery  over  Liverpool

11:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Little Explorers  (18m+)

11:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Storyteller Fran  O'Boyle

Cherubs Breastfeeding  Group +  Health  Visitor Blacon  Adventure  Playground 11:00am  -­‐  18:00pm &  City  Farm Parent  &  Toddler  Group  1-­‐5yr 12:30pm  -­‐  14:30pm Soft  Play,  B  Castle  &  More!

11:00am -­‐  12:30pm

13:00pm -­‐  14:00pm

Storyteller Fran  O'Boyle

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Little Stars

13:00pm -­‐  15:30pm

Bumps to  5  years Parent  Led  Group

13:30pm -­‐  14:00pm Bookstart  Story  &  Rhyme  Time

World Museum Liverpool Museum  of  Science  & Industry,  Manchester Museum  of  Liverpool

L3 1DG

0151 478  4545

FREE

Museum of  Science  & Industry,  Manchester

M3 4FP

0161 832  2244

FREE

Calderstones Park

L18 3JD

Liverpool City  Centre

L1

facebook.com/ Calderstonesbeach Under 5's  FREE Adults  £5.50

FREE Rides £1.50 No  Need   to  Book

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Call for  Info

L3 8EW

0151 233  3069

FREE Drop In

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

Drop In

CH1 5UU

01244 371  129

FREE

L17 1AG

0151 280  7757

L3 8EW

0151 233  3069

SK11 7TD

01625 374  484

Call for  Info

CH45 5HU

0151 630  2731

Drop In

L11 0BS

0151 233  3069

FREE

WA5 0JG

01925 636  856

Siblings Welcome

WA6 7PZ

01244 976  210

Drop In

Seacombe Children's Centre Liverpool  Central  Library Discover  Zone Knutsford   Children's  Centre Kipling  Road,  Blacon Greenbank  Sports Academy,  Greenbank  Ln Liverpool  Central  Library Discover  Zone Ash  Grove   Children's  Centre New  Brighton  Children's Centre Croxteth  Library

Baby All  Kinds  of  Play Birth  -­‐  Confident  Walkers Breastfeeding  Support  Group Drop-­‐In

Little Stars  Children's Centre Frodsham  Children's   Centre

14:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Great Outdoors  

Garston Children's  Centre

L19 8JZ

0151 233  6868

14:15pm -­‐  15:15pm

Storyteller Fran  O'Boyle

Liverpool Central  Library Discover  Zone

L3 8EW

0151 233  3069

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm 13:30pm  -­‐  15:30pm

£2.50 1st  ch £1  add  child FREE Drop  In

FREE Call  for  Info FREE Drop  In

Saturday September  3rd All  Day

Yo Ho  Ho  Pirate  Island

10:00am -­‐  10:30am

Little Readers  Book  Club

10:00am -­‐  11:15am

The Storybarn  Reader  Session www.thestorybarn.org.uk

10:00am -­‐  15:30pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm

Outside H&M,  Golden  Sq Warrington Marmalade  Skies  Tea Room  &  Play  Café

16

FREE

L18 1LG

0151 280  3935

FREE

Calderstones Park

L18 3JB

hollywagstaff@ thereader.org.uk

Must Book

Rice Lane  City  Farm

Rawcliffe Road,  Liverpool

L9 1AW

0151 530  1066

FREE

Activity Rooms  @  Lady  Lever

Lady Lever  Art  Gallery, Port  Sunlight

CH62 5EQ

0151 478  4136

FREE

L18 8BX

0151 478  4016

FREE

L3 8EN

0151 478  4393

FREE

M3 4FP

0161 832  2244

FREE

Childhood and   Sudley  House,  Mossley  Hill Small  World  Playrooms Eye  for  Colour  Exibition World  Museum 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 3rd  Floor Liverpool Imagine  it,  Make  it,  Move  it Museum  of  Science  & 10:00am    17:00pm | -­‐WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK 3  years+ Industry,  Manchester 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm

WA1 1QB


10:00am -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:30am  onwards 10:30am  -­‐  11:00am 10:30am  -­‐  17:00pm 11:00am  -­‐  12:00pm 11:00am  -­‐  18:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  16:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  16:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  16:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  16:00pm

3rd Floor Imagine  it,  Make  it,  Move  it 3  years+ Little  Liverpool  Sessions (Tickets  at  Desk) Pop  Bottle  Microscopes Science  Workshop  7y+ Calderstones  Urban  Beach Free  Beach,  Rides  Chargeable Rhymetime

L3 8EN

0151 478  4393

FREE

M3 4FP

0161 832  2244

FREE

Museum of  Liverpool

L3 1DG

0151 478  4545

FREE

Museum of  Science  & Industry,  Manchester

M3 4FP

0161 832  2244

FREE

Calderstones Park

L18 3JD

facebook.com/ Calderstonesbeach

FREE Rides £1.50

Walker Art  Gallery Liverpool

L3 8EL

0151 478  4199

FREE

L1

Under 5's  FREE Adults  £5.50

No Need   to  Book

WA10 1DY

01744 676  954

Drop In

CH1 5UU

01244 371  129

FREE

L3 4AQ

0151 478  4499

FREE

L3 4AQ

0151 478  4499

FREE

L3 4AX

0151 478  4499

FREE

L3 8EN

0151 478  4393

FREE

Liverpool Museum of  Science  & Industry,  Manchester

Radio City  St  Johns  Beacon Liverpool  City  Centre Viewing  Gallery  over  Liverpool The  Big  Friendly  Read: St.  Helen's  Central  Library Big  Colour  In Blacon  Adventure  Playground Kipling  Road,  Blacon &  City  Farm Bee's  Knees Seized  @   Bee  related  crafts  &  Activities Mersey  Maritime  Museum All  Hand  on  Deck Merseyside  Maritime Learn  about  famous  phrases Museum,  Liverpool Collage  Creations International  Slavery  Museum,   Inspired  by  Faith  Ringgold Albert  Dock World  Museum Shadow  Puppets Liverpool

Sunday September   4th Outside  H&M,  Golden  Sq Warrington

All Day

Yo Ho  Ho  Pirate  Island

10:00am -­‐  11:15am

The Storybarn  Reader  Session www.thestorybarn.org.uk

Calderstones Park

10:00am -­‐  15:30pm

Rice Lane  City  Farm

10:00am -­‐  17:00pm

Activity Rooms  @  Lady  Lever

10:00am -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm 10:30am  onwards 10:30am  -­‐  17:00pm 11:00am  -­‐  18:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  16:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  16:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  16:00pm

WA1 1QB

FREE

L18 3JB

hollywagstaff@ thereader.org.uk

Must Book

Rawcliffe Road,  Liverpool

L9 1AW

0151 530  1066

FREE

Lady Lever  Art  Gallery, Port  Sunlight

CH62 5EQ

0151 478  4136

FREE

L18 8BX

0151 478  4016

FREE

L3 8EN

0151 478  4393

FREE

M3 4FP

0161 832  2244

FREE

L3 1DG

0151 478  4545

FREE

M3 4FP

0161 832  2244

FREE

facebook.com/ Calderstonesbeach Under 5's  FREE Adults  £5.50

FREE Rides £1.50 No  Need   to  Book

CH1 5UU

01244 371  129

FREE

L3 4AX

0151 478  4499

FREE

L3 8EN

0151 478  4393

FREE

L3 4AQ

0151 478  4499

FREE

Childhood and   Sudley  House,  Mossley  Hill Small  World  Playrooms Eye  for  Colour  Exibition World  Museum 3rd  Floor Liverpool Imagine  it,  Make  it,  Move  it Museum  of  Science  & 3  years+ Industry,  Manchester Little  Liverpool  Sessions Museum  of  Liverpool (Tickets  at  Desk) Pop  Bottle  Microscopes Museum  of  Science  & Science  Workshop  7y+ Industry,  Manchester Calderstones  Urban  Beach Calderstones  Park Free  Beach,  Rides  Chargeable Radio  City  St  Johns  Beacon Liverpool  City  Centre Viewing  Gallery  over  Liverpool Blacon  Adventure  Playground Kipling  Road,  Blacon &  City  Farm Collage  Creations International  Slavery  Museum,   Inspired  by  Faith  Ringgold Albert  Dock World  Museum Shadow  Puppets Liverpool Titanic  Fashions  &  Fortunes Merseyside  Maritime (Dress  Up  fun) Museum,  Liverpool

L18 3JD L1

WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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Monday September   5th

Stay &  Play  'Walkers  &  Talkers' 09:45am  -­‐  11:00am 18m  -­‐  4years

Claughton Children's Centre Lache  &  Handbridge Children's  Centre Leasowe  Nursery  School &  Family  Centre Sutton  Children's  Centre Ellamsbridge  Road Westy  Children's  Centre Tinsley  Street Ash  Grove   Children's  Centre Parklands  Children's  C Little  Sutton Hurdsfield  Children's Centre,  Hulley  Road Dingle  Lane Children's  Centre

09:45am -­‐  11:45am

Twins and  Multiples  Group

Blacon Children's  Centre

10:00am -­‐  10:30am

Rhyme Time  (15m  -­‐  3yr)

09:15am -­‐  10:45am

Messy Play  0-­‐5  years

09:15am -­‐  10:45am

Stay &  Play

09:15am -­‐  11:15am

Knit &  Knatter Socialise  &  Learn  New  Skills

09:15am -­‐  11:30am

Childminder Playgroup

09:30am -­‐  10:15am

Baby Sing  Along Birth  to  Walking  -­‐  Drop  In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay and  Play

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay and  Play  Drop  In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Childminder Drop  In

CH43 9HG

0151 488  5948

Call for  Info

CH4 8HX

01244 977  791

Call for  Info

CH46 2QF

0151 639  8923

Term Time Only

WA9 3PY

01744 822  160

Call for  Info

WA4 1RE

01925 570  870

Call Beforehand

SK11 7TD

01625 374  484

FREE

CH66 3RL

0151 337  6324

Call to  Check  if   on

SK10 2LW

01625 378  081

Drop In

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

FREE

CH1 5DB

01244 976  225

Drop In

CH45 5HU

0151 630  2731

Julia 07789 867  589

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

FREE

CH41 7AL

0151 670  9974

50p per child

L3 8EL

0151 478  4199

FREE

CH46 2QF

0151 639  8923

Drop In

CH62 5EQ

0151 478  4136

FREE

WA5 1SB

01925 446  244

Drop In

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1945

FREE Drop In

WA4 6PS

07773 382  016

Call for  Info

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

FREE

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

St John's  Tots

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

New Parent  Group Meet  the  Health  Visiting  Team

New Brighton  Children's Centre Church  &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre St  James  Centre Birkenhead Walker  Art  Gallery Liverpool Leasowe  Nursery  School &  Family  Centre Lady  Lever  Art  Gallery, Port  Sunlight Great  Sankey  Children's Centre,  Liverpool  Road Seacombe  Children's Centre St  John's  URC  Church  Hall Wilderspool  Causeway Knutsford   Children's  Centre

10:00am -­‐  15:30pm

Rice Lane  City  Farm

Rawcliffe Road,  Liverpool

L9 1AW

0151 530  1066

FREE

Activity Rooms  @  Lady  Lever

Lady Lever  Art  Gallery, Port  Sunlight

CH62 5EQ

0151 478  4136

FREE

L18 8BX

0151 478  4016

FREE

0151 478  4545

FREE

10:00am -­‐  11:00am 10:00am  -­‐  11:00am

Bosom Buddies  Breastfeeding Support  roup St.  James  Jolly  Tots Parent  &  Child  Group

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Toddler Time

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

A-­‐Z of  Breastfeeding Support  Play  Group

10:00am -­‐  11:30pm 10:00am  -­‐  11:30am 10:00am  -­‐  11:30am

10:00am -­‐  17:00pm

Art Play  for  Under  5's Bosom  Buddies  Breastfeeding Drop  In  Group Homestart  Breastfeeding Support  Group

Childhood and   Sudley  House,  Mossley  Hill Small  World  Playrooms Little  Liverpool  Sessions 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm Museum  of  Liverpool (Tickets  at  Desk) UNESCO  World  Heritage   Meet  outside  Pumphouse  Pub,   10:30am Waterfront  BuggyTours Albert  Dock Jingle  Jangle 10:30am  -­‐  12:00pm Breck  Road  Library Stories,  Rhymes  &  Craft Radio  City  St  Johns  Beacon 10:30am  -­‐  17:00pm Liverpool  City  Centre Viewing  Gallery  over  Liverpool Fun  with  Stories Westy  Children's  Centre 10:45am  -­‐  11:30am Confident  Walkers  + Tinsley  Street Baby  Bounce  and  Rhyme St  James  Centre 11:00am (18  months  and  Under) Birkenhead | WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK Blacon  Adventure  Playground 11:00am  -­‐  18:00pm Kipling  Road,  Blacon 10:00am  -­‐  17:00pm

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L3 1DG CH62  4XB L5  6PX

harriet@experienc e liverpool.com 0151 233  3069

Call 075544 18983 FREE

L1

Under 5's  FREE Adults  £5.50

No Need   to  Book

WA4 1RE

01925 570  870

Call Beforehand

CH41 7AL

0151 670  9974

FREE

CH1 5UU

01244 371  129

FREE


Confident Walkers  + Baby  Bounce  and  Rhyme 11:00am (18  months  and  Under) Blacon  Adventure  Playground 11:00am  -­‐  18:00pm &  City  Farm 11:15am  -­‐  11:45am Rhyme  Time  (Under  4  months) 11:15am  -­‐  11:45am

Under 5's  Storytime

12:00pm -­‐  14:00pm

Tots Café

12:30pm -­‐  14:00pm

BAMBIS Breastfeeding  Support Group

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Blossom -­‐  Young  Parents  Grp

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm 13:15pm  -­‐  14:45pm 13:30pm  -­‐  14:30pm 13:30pm  -­‐  14:30pm

Drop In  Child  Health  Clinic Baby  Weighing  &  Advice Messy  Rascals  with  bookable Sensory  Room All  Kinds  of  Play Confident  Walkers  -­‐  5  years Merry  Music  Stay  &  Play

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm Messy  Play  (0-­‐5  years)  Drop-­‐In 13:30pm  -­‐  14:30pm

Positive Play

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Story, Song  and  Rhyme  Time

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Rainbows Group Supported  by  Autism  Together

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play  0-­‐4  years

14:00pm -­‐  14:45pm

Baby Sing  Along Birth  to  Walking  -­‐  Drop  In

14:00pm -­‐  14:45pm

Music session

15:30pm -­‐  16:15pm

Multi-­‐Sensory Play

15:30pm -­‐  16:15pm

Soft Play  Physical  Skills

Tinsley Street St  James  Centre Birkenhead Kipling  Road,  Blacon New  Brighton  Children's Centre Chester  Library Northgate  Street Speke  Adventure  Playground

CH41 7AL

0151 670  9974

FREE

CH1 5UU

01244 371  129

FREE

CH45 5HU

0151 630  2731

CH1 2EF

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favourite characters from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all. Director Patty Vincent says, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.” Tickets are available from

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The entire Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this brand new production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.” In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and

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ne of the most special events in a person’s life is the welcoming of a new life. Baby Showers are held in all parts of the world and although there may be variations in its practice, the purpose is the same - to prepare for and celebrate the birth of a new baby. A Baby Shower is a type of party where guests honour the Mummy-to-be and bring gifts for the baby. Usually, the Baby Shower is done before the baby arrives, however in some cases the shower is given a few weeks after the baby is born. That way the shower becomes a welcome party for the baby too. Baby Showers are becoming increasingly popular in the UK with ‘Gender Reveal’ and ‘Couple’ baby showers included! It is often down to close friends and family to organise a Baby Shower on behalf of the Mummy-to-be. The problem then is that the ‘organisers’ spend most of the time before, during and after the shower getting everything prepared and organised leaving little time for them to actually enjoy themselves too. Nappytastic is a fantastic company who believe that having a baby is an extra special gift which should be celebrated and cherished. In hiring Nappytastic to run the Baby Shower for you, they take care of all the planning of the celebration; from invitations through to decorations and even to actually hosting the event to make sure the Mummy-tobe and those who are close to her have a luxurious and wonderful experience. Nappytastic have an initial Baby Shower Consultation to discuss the individual needs and requirements of the day. Once Nappytastic have all the information they require, you simply leave the magic up to them. They will send out

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Baby Shower invitations to all guests with a theme chosen by you i.e. Pink/ Blue Umbrellaphants, Happi Tree, Gender Reveal, Shower of Love and many more. Depending upon the Baby Shower package chosen, packages can include; Exclusive Nappytastic Nappy Cake, Baby Shower Invitations, Themed Table and Room Decorations Tableware, Table Linen & Centrepieces, Delicious Cold Buffet, Baby Shower Treats (drinks, popcorn etc), Cupcakes, Mummy-to-be Sash, Favours for each guest, Baby Shower Games & Prizes, Nappytastic Baby Shower Hostess (3 hours), Full service set up and take down.


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With with my sister’s due date fast approaching, I was “starting to panic about organising her a Baby Shower. This was her first child, so it was important that she felt really special and had a truly memorable experience.

Nappytastic offer a beautiful range of Nappy Cakes and Baby Shower accessories, which is why I had been initially attracted to the company. I didn’t know that a Baby Shower service existed so when I noticed that Nappytastic offered this service too I was intrigued to find out more. The YouTube video of one of their events looked fantastic so I quickly got in touch with them to discuss my sister’s Baby Shower. They listened to my requirements and also offered some fabulous suggestions too. They offer packages held at Barca, Castlefield in Manchester. However we are based in Liverpool so an alternative venue was sourced locally. Having everything taken care of, it was great to simply turn up on the day with my gift and be able to focus on my sister (and of course my children who attended the event too). As we had hired a simple church hall, I wasn’t expecting too much from the decorations as I knew Nappytastic would have some work on their hands with the location. However, I was completely ‘wowed’ by how stunning the room looked and the great lengths they had gone to create a beautiful setting. The personal touches made things extra special and were keepsakes to treasure. Our Nappytastic host was absolutely lovely and everyone was kept entertained by fun games and activities (and the prizes were brilliant!). Our Baby Shower guests included a couple of young children through to elderly Grandparents and everyone had a smile on their face the whole time. I can wholeheartedly recommend Nappytastic, my sister was truly pampered the whole day and we all had so much fun. I was able to enjoy the occasion without stressing about organising the event and for the cost you certainly get value for money. My sister and all her guests had a wonderful day and it was lovely for my sister to have such a luxurious experience to celebrate a wonderful moment in her life.

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celebration and if necessary take spare clothing or accessories if you feel you may need them. It is often a good idea to enquire what provisions have been made for children ahead of the event. That way you can plan their outfit accordingly. It is pointless putting your child in their best clothing if they are going to be taking part in messy activities, or if it means that they will be restricted from play.

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here is an old show biz phrase “never work with children or animals” due to how unpredictable they can be. Whether you’re planning a celebration centered around a child, or an occasion when a child has a particular role to play, there is no disputing the fact that this can be a stressful experience. However, a special occasion should be an enjoyable one and children can certainly bring a lot of enjoyment too. To avoid unnecessary stress, the best piece of advice is ‘preparation’. American President Benjamin Franklin once said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” and where children are concerned, this is most definitely the case. If you are attending an occasion with your child(ren) i.e. a wedding celebration, being prepared will enable you to enjoy the day. Long services can make some children bored and when a child is bored they are more likely to get into mischief. To avoid this, take quiet activities that your child can participate in that will not cause disruption to the ceremony. Books and colouring activities are great items to pop into your bag and have on-hand when you see your child getting restless. If your child has been invited to the occasion, your host will understand if they make mild disruption. But equally, you should use your judgement and if you feel your child is making too much disruption, then you should consider taking them outside until appropriate for you both to return to the event. Children are notoriously messy, with this in mind try to dress them appropriately for the

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Often at celebrations the food is planned for a particular time. If you can find out this information prior to the event, it may be useful in order to alleviate your child becoming agitated due to hunger. You may also wish to pack some small nibbles for your child and taking a bottle of water (particularly during Summer months) is a must! If the celebrations are due to continue past your child’s bedtime, you may wish to consider leaving early or taking your child’s sleep attire with you for them to change into, finding somewhere quiet and comfy where they can rest. Don’t forget your camera! Whilst you certainly shouldn’t spend all over the occasion hidden behind your phone/camera, special occasions offer fantastic photograph opportunities to capture a special moment in time. If you have dressed your child up for the occasion, early photographs are always best to ensure they are still looking how you want them to. Make sure you get in on the photos too, they are memories for your child to treasure as they grow up. Ultimately, enjoy the celebration!

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n a recent survey of over 2,000 parents with children aged between 4 and 10 years, it was found that parents in the UK spend an average of £320.50 on a children’s birthday party. Furthermore, two thirds of UK parents throw parties for their children every year. The survey conducted by Vouchercloud.com as part of ongoing research into the amount of money that gets spent on British children. Initially, all respondents were asked ‘Do you typically throw a birthday party for your child every year?’ to which almost two thirds of respondents, 65%, stated ‘yes’. All of those who stated yes were asked why, with the most common responses being ‘my child loves parties’ (88%), ‘my child asks to have a party’ (44%) and ‘it means my child gets more presents’ (38%). Similarly, all of those who stated that they didn’t throw a birthday party for their child every year were asked why, with most parents confessing that annual parties are ‘too much organisation to take on every year’ (47%) and that they ‘can’t afford the expense’ (41%). According to the poll, 71% of respondents admit that they usually plan to cut back on costs next year but, of these, 81% confess they rarely stick to this as they want their child to have the best party of the year compared to their friends. Chris Johnson, Head of Operations at vouchercloud.com, commented: “Children between 4 and 10 years old are far too young to appreciate the value of money, never mind the gesture that’s being given, and we’d even go so far as suggesting

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there could well be an ulterior motive of competing with other parents from the schoolyard. Children so young don’t need the best of everything – you can host a party at home, invite a few of their closest friends and put together some simple party games; they’d have just as much of a good time!” ____________________ MUMMY AND ME 3 TOP TIPS For keeping the costs down:

1. Shop around - there are plenty of

discount stores and online retailers that can help keep the cost down. Planning weeks in advance will also help spread the cost as you can purchase items gradually in the run up to the event. 2. Get creative! Save money with a ‘do-ityourself’ birthday party. If you’re creative you could make the decorations, birthday cake and other items yourself. Creative thinking can also save money i.e. could the entertainment be making crafts that the children can then take home as their party favour? Have a look on Pinterest for inspiration. 3. Join forces! Does your child have a friend with a close birthday? Why not plan a joint party to save money?


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Annabel Karmel’s Summer Salads

A healthy breastfeeding recipe for mums. It’s good to keep a salad like this in the fridge to dip into as a healthy snack any time you feel hungry.

Salad is light, refreshing and perfect for summer days.

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AVOCADO & PINE NUT SALAD INGREDIENTS 50g/2oz pine nuts 100g/4oz French beans, halved 2 plum tomatoes, halved and cut into slices or 100g/4oz cherry tomatoes 200g/7oz mixed salad leaves 1 medium ripe avocado 2 hard boiled eggs, each cut into 6 wedges 100g / 4oz tinned sweetcorn

Dressing 2 tbsp light olive oil 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp caster sugar 1/2 tbsp soy sauce salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD Lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan until

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lightly golden. Blanch the beans in boiling lightly salted water for 3-4 minutes or until just tender. Make the dressing by whisking together the oil, vinegar, caster sugar and soy sauce and season to taste. Stir in the blanched beans and the tomatoes and sweetcorn. Arrange the salad leaves in a dish, cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and skin, cut into thin slices and arrange on top of the salad leaves with the eggs. Spoon over the tomatoes, beans and dressing, and finish by scattering over the pine IDEAL FOR nuts. BREAST

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For Bab y POPEYE PASTA INGREDIENTS 200g fresh spinach, washed or 100g frozen spinach 30g Annabel Karmel's Mini Pasta Shells 15g butter 2 tbsp milk 2 tbsp cream cheese 4 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated

METHOD Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Carefully wash the spinach and cook with just the water clinging to its leaves in a saucepan or microwave over a low heat until tender.


CHERRY TOMATO & MOZZARELLA SALAD INGREDIENTS

This is a really tasty baby pasta recipe to make if you want to introduce your baby to spinach. Mixing tiny baby pasta shapes into your baby’s food is a good way to add texture. Try using Annabel Karmel Organic Pasta Shells.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small frying pan and sauté the cooked spinach.

4 tbsp olive oil 1 large red onion, sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tsp caster sugar 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 cooked chicken breasts, sliced 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped 3 tbsp sweet balsamic vinegar 250g fine green beans 300g cherry IDEAL FOR tomatoes, halved or quartered if large LUNCH 50g mixed salad leaves BOXES

Mix together the dressing ingredients, and pour over the salad before serving

Dressing

METHOD

Combine the spinach with the milk and cheeses and chop finely in a food processor. IDEAL FOR Mix with the cooked pasta. BABY 9-12 MONTHS My children love this salad with chicken, crunchy green beans and cherry tomatoes. The caramelised red onion and balsamic vinegar adds a delicious flavour. It’s also good for lunchboxes.

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Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, until golden and crisp. Leave to cool, then add to the salad.

4 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 ½ tsp caster sugar

Gently press out the excess water. If using frozen spinach, cook according to the packet instructions.

INGREDIENTS

3 little gem lettuces, shredded 125g mini Mozzarella balls (or 1 ball of Mozzarella, cubed) 175g sweet cherry tomatoes, halved 2 slices thick-sliced white bread, cubed salt and pepper 2 tbsp olive oil

Spread out the bread cubes on a baking sheet, season and drizzle over the oil.

Preheat the oven to 220C / 430F. Arrange the lettuce, Mozzarella and tomatoes in a bowl.

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and mix together and then add the remaining oil.

METHOD Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and garlic and fry until soft. Add the sugar and stir until lightly browned. Spoon into a bowl. Add the shallot, chicken, basil and balsamic vinegar. Season

Steam the beans or cool in boiling salted water for 4 minutes until just cooked. Drain and refresh in cold water and slice in half. Add the beans and tomatoes to the cooked onions and chicken. Lightly toss together and season. Arrange the salad leaves on a plate. Spoon the chicken salad over and gently mix together.

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WRITTEN BY REGULAR COLUMNIST NEIL SINCLAIR A.K.A

MISSION ADVENTURE GET ACTIVE WITH YOUR KIDS Need to keep the kids active this summer? No problem for Commando Dad. Former commando and father-ofthree Neil Sinclair wants to instill a love of activity in our kids. New book ‘Commando Dad: Mission Adventure’ is a follow-up to bestselling Commando Dad: Basic Training, read by HRH Prince William and Andy Murray. Discover the tried-and-tested Commando Dad approach to parenting and teach your young troopers to be the best they can be!

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ou need to look lively, lads. Remember what it felt like to be a child, when you anticipated adventure around every corner? The excitement you felt when you woke up to find snow had fallen overnight? Or discovered an empty swing? The accomplishment of building a den? What happened? You grew up. And that is what is happening to your own little troopers. Right now. In fact, less than 7,000 days from birth, they’ll be 18 and making their own way in the world. Which brings me to the first rule of Mission Adventure: Acting Grown-Up Is Not Appropriate In All Situations. Obviously, you need to be a responsible adult when it comes to the safety, health and well-being of both yourself and your unit. And to live in the modern world you will have to be grown-up in virtually all situations. But not every situation. I am calling upon you to recapture your inner adventurer. Because if you can teach your troopers that life can be full of fun and adventure - even as an adult - they you’ll not only be entertaining them while building a whole host of important skills such as communication, creativity, cooperation and teamwork, but also giving them the means to a more fulfilling future. Because play and adventure isn’t just for troopers - it’s a key stress reliever and bonding activity for adults too. When I was a commando in Operation

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Desert Storm my buddy and I came under sniper fire at a water point. Luckily, we were unharmed. We didn’t go back to camp and wallow about what could have happened we went back to be the butt of all the jokes about coming under fire from the worst shot in Iraq. In doing so, we weer able to laugh about it - rid ourselves of the stress and anxiety and get up the next day and do our jobs effectively. If all of the above weren’t enough of a reason, then consider this: you are setting the stage for the next generation of Commando Dads (and Mums). Now when I say ‘adventure’ I don’t mean you have to climb the Eiger (I have. I wouldn’t recommend it as a first activity). Adventure doesn’t necessarily require spending money (most of the activities in my new book ‘Commando Dad: Mission Adventure - Get Active With Your Kids’ cost nothing but time) or having special equipment. Adventure can be found in the everyday. You can make the walk to school a spy mission or Follow My Leader. And don’t forget that childhood presents a lot of opportunities for your troopers to do things for the first time, which can be an adventure in itself: riding a bike, swimming, watching live sport (even better if their Commando Dad is taking part!) or live music, paddling in the sea or catching a train, to name but a few. But you can also create more traditional adventure, from building a den, to making a fire, to exploring rock pools. These adventures can help your troopers to experience risk


(albeit in a safe environment with you in charge) and in so doing to build their selfconfidence and independence. But first: You Need To Fill Your Adventure Armoury And my new book ‘Commando Dad: Mission Adventure - Get Active with your Kids’ can help. It’s filled with good ideas and tips and tricks about how to entertain and adventure with your troopers. I’ve tested them in the field with my own three, and also as a teacher and childminder. They were a forgiving audience, and your troopers will be too. In fact, when it comes to having ‘successful’ adventures, the only thing you need to remember is to make sure you’re engaged and doing it with them, and that your focus stays on the task in hand. You are their hero. If you engage with them, you will enhance the most everyday tasks into amazing adventures. You cannot fail. Now, I live in the same busy world as you and know how hard it can be to block out all distractions, but I promise you that if you can carve out real time to be with your troopers it will pay dividends, because: The Most Effective Tool In Your Adventure Armoury Is Your Undivided Attention

That’s not to say there won’t be the inevitable setbacks and occasional failures with your adventures, of course - from not being able to control the weather, to not having what you need when you need it, and everything in between. But these will provide you with a golden opportunity to show your troopers how to deal with disappointment. They need to know that failure is a key element of success at any endeavour - imagine if the first time they had fallen over they decided to abandon learning to walk! Encourage and help them with a challenging task, but don’t do it for them. Let them experience the challenge and how sweet it feels to finally conquer something that was once too difficult. It will help them build resilience, a very valuable skill for them to carry into adulthood. The fact is, you only have a short time with your troopers - you owe it to both of you to make as many of those days as adventurous and fun as possible. Think of this as an opportunity to relive your own childhood (or in some cases, create the one you wish you’d had). Only this time it will be better, because you are in charge.

Let the adventure begin!

The return of i-Spy books! i-Spy, the iconic spotting guides, are to be relaunched, complete with fully updated images and information ensuring they are as relevant to today’s world as they always have been. There are currently over fifty i-Spy books, including i-Spy Nature, On a road trip, Cars and At the Seaside. Relaunched in time for the summer holidays, i-Spy books are co published by Collins and Michelin and are available from 1st July 2016 at £2.99

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