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Summer 2016

Editor’s Letter The Family Summer holiday is this issue’s theme; one which no longer conjures up images of cramped chalets and cabaret, but instead of wanderlust and festivals, gypsy caravans or deserted beaches – all with baby most definitely not in the corner! Butler to the Royals Grant Harrold, tells us how to pack with a valet’s finesse, and travel writer Global Mouse gives us inspiration for adventuring. Bompas and Parr open up their bizarre world of jelly-wonder and Fiona Kirk shares tips on getting into that bikini (maybe one of Imogen Thomas’ Chasing Summer’ range..?) The elegant Jasmine Guinness is our cover star and the shoot took place in the pouring rain at London’s Kenwood House – described by Jasmine as ‘a heavenly place to go with children’, which once belonged to her ancestor Edward Cecil Guinness before he bequeathed it to the nation. Between outfits, Jasmine wore her Selfish Mother sweatshirt in aid of Women For Women International - (follow her on Instagram and you’ll see…)

Editor — PS Slick Mummy magazine is free- but if you like it please share it with a wonderful mother – or give a small donation to a charity helping the parents of the world.


Slick Mummy CONTENTS 06: Curated By Clare: resident magpie Clare Heal tells us what we should be quacking about… 07: Jasmine Guinness talks couture and colouring in. 10: In Search of Stress Free Travel: experts spill their tips for harmonious holidays. 12: Last Days of Summer: hot kids fashion, but put a jacket on. 16: Becky Mantin: tells us what she did last Summer. 17: Thrill Your Jellyvision: we chat to Sam Bompas of jellymongers Bompas & Parr. 18: A Family Friendly Festival: we learn about the Larmer Tree. 21: Janey Holliday: tells us how to be ourselves, only better. 22: What’s in Your Changing Bag? Imogen Thomas lets it all spill out. 23: How to Fake a Pregnancy Glow: when you’re just not feeling that bloom. 24: Grant Harrold, the Royal Butler, tells us to mind our p’s and q’s. 26: Fiona Kirk helps us get into that bikini, like, now… 29: Wild Hendry, London’s Youngest Blogger, gets stuck at Gatwick… 30: Sticky Fingered Chefs make Ultimate Brownies. 31: Clever Clogs Products: everyone loves a smarty pants… 32: Caitlin Hayward: our columnist takes to the skies. 33: Ten Minutes With… travel blogger Global Mouse 35: Boutique Focus: nursery décor from Mini Maison. 36: Behind the Design: the Pacapod team share a few secrets. 38: A Cajoled Dad: Matt Rowntree gets a dog. 39: The Lowdown: dreamy Stateside scent brand Pinrose. 40: Little Black Book: shop, shop, shop.


Sarah Benn, Firgas Esack, Caitlin Hayward, Clare Heal, Rich Hendry Photography, Wild Hendry, Janey Holliday, Kara Kyne, Becky Mantin, Matt Rowntree, Ren’s Kitchen.


Megan Davies & Phil Dobinson


Jasmine Guinness and Phil Harper at English Heritage

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Our culture culture magpie Our tells us us what’s what’s bright and tells shiny this this summer. shiny

GOING DOTTY DOTTY Yayoi Kasama’s exhibition exhibition at at the Victoria Miro Miro galleries galleries will will have you seeing seeing spots spots in in the the best possible way. way. Spots Spots and and pumpkins. pumpkins. The The 87-year-old 87-year-old artist’s artist’s two two trademarks trademarks are are here here in in abundance abundance to to energetic energetic and and eff effervescent ervescent eff effect. ect. Free Free entry entry too! too! Victoria Victoria Miro, Miro, Wharf Wharf Road, Road, N1 N1 and and George George St, St, W1S. W1S.

Follow Clare Clare on on Twitter Twitter Follow @clarenceheal @clarenceheal

PREBOOKING PREBOOKING After some some holiday holiday reading? reading? Then Then After I recommend you enter The World I recommend you enter The World Of Simon Rich, the new collection Of Simon Rich, the new collection of stories and other writing from of stories and other writing from the absurdly witty American the absurdly witty American

£7.99, Serpent’s Tail £7.99, Serpent’s Tail

Attending Port Eliot Festival feels Attending Port Eliot Festival feels like being let in on a joyous secret. like being let in on a joyous secret. It’s an absolute gem of an event, set It’s an absolute gem of an event, set in the grounds of a Cornish estate. inTotally the grounds of a Cornish estate. family friendly but with plenty Totally family friendly but withitplenty of late-night adult hideouts, has ofthe late-night adult hideouts, it has vibe of an otherworldly garden the vibe of anas otherworldly garden fete. There’s much emphasis on fete. There’s as much on poetry, literature, art,emphasis science, nature, poetry, literature, art, science, nature, fashion and food as on music with fashion and food as on music unexpected diversions roundwith every unexpected round every corner. This diversions year’s programme has corner. This year’s programme has way too many highlights to mention way too many highlights to mention but I’m particularly looking forward but I’m particularly looking to NZCA Lines, Nina Stibbe,forward a “Food toFight” NZCA Lines, Ninaby Stibbe, a “Food quiz hosted Polpo’s Russell Fight” quiztaking hosted by Polpo’s Norman, part in someRussell craft Norman, taking some craftin workshops andpart “wildinswimming” workshops “wild swimming” in the estuary.and 28th – 31st July. the estuary. 28th – 31st July.

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For a different kind of beach For a different kind of beach book, photographer Gray Malin’s book, photographer Gray Malin’s gorgeous collection of aerial gorgeous collection of aerial photos brings summer to the photos brings summer to the coffee table, whatever the weather coffee table, whatever the weather

£19.99, Abrams £19.99, Abrams

More info: More info: CLOVE LOVE CLOVE LOVE I thought I was over tasting menus I thought I was over tasting menus – so po faced! – but the ever– so po faced! – but the changing one served upeverby Isaac changing one served uppresented by Isaac McHale at Clove Club is McHale atwit Clove is presented with such andClub warmth. Not to with suchdeliciousness. wit and warmth. to mention TheNot lovely mention deliciousness. The lovely things they’re currently doing to things they’re currently doing to English asparagus are well worth EnglishClove asparagus are well worth trying. Club, Shoreditch trying.Hall, Clove Club, Shoreditch Town £65 set menu. Town Hall, £65 set menu.

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Jasmines JasminesToy ToyStory Story Designer, model andand mother-of-three Jasmine Designer, model mother-of-three Jasmine Guinness chose Kenwood House as the location Guinness chose Kenwood House as the location for for herher cover shoot andand tellstells us ‘it a a cover shoot usis‘itsimply is simply heavenly place to go children.’ AndAnd sheshe heavenly place to with go with children.’ should know; thethe beautiful estate waswas formerly should know; beautiful estate formerly owned by her ancestor Edward Cecil Guinness, owned by her ancestor Edward Cecil Guinness, who bequeathed it toitthe nation. who bequeathed to the nation. OnOn thethe dayday of the shoot it pours withwith rainrain but but of the shoot it pours Jasmine’s spirit isn’t dampened, cosying up up Jasmine’s spirit isn’t dampened, cosying between shots with herher ‘Selfi sh Mother’ sweatshirt between shots with ‘Selfi sh Mother’ sweatshirt (‘it (‘it is THE softest andand comfi est,’est,’ sheshe quips). is THE softest comfi quips). Though sheshe might be gracing the the London party Though might be gracing London party circuit by night, by day you’ll fi ndfiJasmine circuit by night, by day you’ll nd Jasmine at Honeyjam, the toyshop she owns with her at Honeyjam, the toyshop she owns with her business partner andand BFF Honey Bowdrey. business partner BFF Honey Bowdrey.

SM: Owning a toy shop sounds likelike something SM: Owning a toy shop sounds something outout of aofmagical Christmas movie; is itisactually a magical Christmas movie; it actually bloody hard work? bloody hard work?

JG:JG: It’sIt’s very hard work, retail is hard work, very hard work, retail is hard work, between the stock and the endless admin… between the stock and the endless admin… Luckily I have a very good business partner Luckily I have a very good business partner and we divide and conquer all the tasks. It is and we divide and conquer all the tasks. It is a dream job; it’s really good fun, we set it up a dream job; it’s really good fun, we set it up because we thought there were no toy shops because we thought there were no toy shops we want to go to, so we just decided to do we want to go to, so we just decided to do it - and it’s gone good. We wanted to create a it - and it’s gone good. We wanted to create a small local toyshop for local families… small local toyshop for local families… SM: Do your kids love the sort of traditional SM: Do your kids love the sort of traditional toys you stock? Or do they prefer Nintendo? toys you stock? Or do they prefer Nintendo? JG: We’ve had the toyshop for ten years now JG: We’ve had the toyshop for ten years now and my children are fourteen, ten and five, and my children are fourteen, ten and five, so they have all benefitted growing up with so they have all benefitted growing up with traditional toys; they have vastly improved traditional toys; thought they have vastly improved their independent and creativity and their independent thought andMy creativity and toys have given them inspiration. 14-yeartoys have given them inspiration. My 14-yearold loves his iPad but actually this Christmas loves his actually hisold favourite toyiPad was but ‘Cat’s Cradle’this andChristmas my his favourite was ‘Cat’s Cradle’ and five-year-old gottoy ‘Snakes and Ladders’; wemy all five-year-old got ‘Snakes and Ladders’; we all played it all through the Christmas holdays. all through the Christmas Forplayed them itit was all about having a real holdays. laugh For them it was –allhaving aboutreal having a real laugh with their parents fun together… with their parents – having real fun together… SM: How do you divide your time between work SM: How do you divide your time between work and family? and family? JG: Honey and I realised that we were in the JG:all Honey and Iday realised we were in the shop day every for sixthat months solid; shop day every day for six months then ourall husbands rebelled! Now Honeysolid; does ourrun husbands Now thethen school and I amrebelled! here later, weHoney drop does the school run and I am here later, we our kids off in the morning; it doesn’t last drop our kids in the morning; it doesn’twon’t last forever, youoff know? Maybe the business forever, you know? Maybe the business won’t grow as quickly but kids are more important grow as we quickly but kids are more important and I think are right to make that decision… I think are right make that decision… it isand easy to bewe carried awaytowith a business is easy to be carried away with a business butitkids come first. but kids come first.

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SM: Are you designing at the SM: Are you designing at the moment? moment? JG: I am designing for Honeyjam! JG: I am designing Honeyjam! We have a range for of baby knitwear We have range of babypram knitwear such asaold-fashioned such as old-fashioned pram coats; they were my favourite coats; were myyou favourite outfitthey for my kids, just throw outfi t for just throw on a pairmy of kids, tightsyou and they look ongreat! a pairAlso of tights and they look scalloped shawls like great! Also scalloped shawls like grannies used to knit, but we grannies used to knit, but we make ours from cotton so they make ours from cotton they will go in the wash andso they come will in the wash We andalso theyhave come in go great colours. a incollaboration great colours.with We Merrythought, also have a collaboration with Merrythought, who make handmade teddies; we who make teddies; design forhandmade them – and Honey we is an design for illustrator them – andand Honey is an amazing painter… amazing illustrator and painter… SM: What’s the secret to managing SM: What’s three kids?the secret to managing three kids? JG: Endless patience; you are JG: Endless patience; you are outnumbered. My secret was that outnumbered. secret that I had big gapsMy (four and was five years) I had big gaps (four and fi ve years) so my first child was nine when somy mylast first child wasObviously nine whenhe’s was born. my last was born. he’sa a great help, but Obviously when he has a teenage great help, butitwhen he has a with strop is impossible teenage strop it is impossible with the other two…And I’ve set myself the two…And I’ve school set myself upother for three separate runs… upThree for three separate runs… is really tricky school – there’s lots Three is reallytotricky – there’s lots of counting ten (she laughs). of counting to ten (she laughs). SM: You obviously have an Irish SM: You obviously have anconsider Irish heritage, do the children heritage, do the children consider themselves Londoners? themselves Londoners? JG: My kids think of themselves JG: kids think of themselves asMy Irish and Welsh, they are very asheavy Irish and Welsh, they are very on the Celtic genes, all very heavy on the Celtic genes, all very pasty… pasty… SM: Are you a strict parent? SM: Are you a strict parent? JG: I am actually very strict, I JG: I am actually very strict, I believe in manners, they cost believe in and manners, they cost nothing they make a world of nothing and (as they a world difference mymake dad used to of say). diff erence (as my dad their usedclothes to say). My kids have to put My kids have to put their clothes away, tidy up – I’m strict but away, tidy upthe – I’m stricttobut fun; that’s secret a happy fun; that’s the to a we happy medium, butsecret obviously all tip medium, but obviously we all tipan the balance sometimes…I was the balance sometimes…I was anof only child and my parents kind only childon and kind of OD-ed mymy notparents being spoiled… OD-ed on my not being spoiled… SM: Is your parenting style SM: your parenting style inflIs uenced by your own mother? influenced by your own mother? JG: My mother is Irish so she used JG: is Irishthat so she used toMy saymother lots of things I can’t torepeat… say lots Like of things I can’t ‘eat itthat or wear it’ and repeat… ‘eat itthing or wear it’ and ‘there’sLike no such as normal’ ‘there’s no such thing aswhich normal’ – so everybody’s odd, is – fiso everybody’s odd, which is to say ne… My grandmother used fine… My grandmother used to say ‘never complain, never explain’. ‘never complain, never explain’.

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We move on to chat about family We move on to Jasmine chat about family holidays and shares some holidays and Jasmine shares some anecdotes… anecdotes…

JG: We have family holidays in JG: We have in half Ireland andfamily Wales:holidays we spend Ireland spendThe halfUK terms and on aWales: farm inwe Wales. terms on a farm Wales. Thebut UK in summer is soinbeautiful… inthis summer is so year we arebeautiful… renting anbut RV and this year across we are the renting an RVDenver and driving US from driving the US to LA –across throwing it allfrom up inDenver the air! toAnd LA –Greece, throwing all up in the air! weitlove Greece. And Greece, we love Greece. SM: And do you have any tips for SM: And do you have any tips for long journeys? long journeys? JG: (thinks) Lots of board games JG: (thinks) LotsFor of board games and pencils… my youngest and mymoment youngestis a mypencils… lifesaver For at the my lifesaver at thebut moment is anever Hansa penguin, you can Hansa penguin, but you canbook never go wrong with a colouring goand wrong withit’s a colouring book pencils, such a nice thing and pencils, it’s such niceagree. thing to do and luckily theakids toCreativity do and luckily the kids agree. is so important. Creativity is so important. We ask Jasmine about her unique We ask Jasmine about her unique personal style… personal style…

SM: Do you wear your trademark SM: youon wear trademark redDo lippy the your school run? red lippy on the school run? JG: Oh god no! It’s my mask, if I JG: Oh god It’s my I don’t haveno! it and I’m mask, scruff yif no don’t it and I’m scruff y no on one have bats an eyelid, especially one an eyelid, especially on thebats school run. I save it for special the school run. I save for your special occasions when youit‘put face occasions when ‘put your face on to meet the you faces you want to onmeet…’ to meet faces want to I’mthe crap withyou makeup but meet…’ I’mlots crap makeup I’ve had of with practice with but red I’ve had lots of practice with red lipstick. lipstick. SM: Do you still have your wedding SM: Do you still have your wedding dress? dress? JG: It’s still in the cupboard from JG: It’swedding, still in the cupboard from the it still has grass the wedding, stillit has grass fit stains on it! it But will never stains it! Butthat it will neverI loved fit again.onI loved dress; again. I loved that dress; I loved wearing it, Jasper Conran made wearing it, Jasper Conran it. It weighed tonnes; silkmade chiffon, it.really It weighed chiff heavy,tonnes; way toosilk tight – on, Otis really heavy, way too tight – was nine months old – oneOtis day I’ll was months old –dye one day I’ll getnine it out again and it black get out again and dye it black oritsomething…The best part orwas something…The best part dressing the page boys and was dressing the boys and and I bridesmaids. Mypage husband bridesmaids. husband and I love CountryMy and Western, they love Country and were dressed asWestern, cowboysthey in jeans were as cowboys in jeans anddressed denim skirts… and denim skirts… Jasmine Guinness was shot on location by Rich Jasmine Guinness wasbyshot onKyne. location byup Rich Hendry and styled Kara Make by Maria Hendry and styled by Kara Kyne. Make up by Maria Comparetto (Emma Davies Agency). Comparetto (Emmavintage Daviesyellow Agency). Jasmine wears: and black polka dot

Vintage trench coat from a Vintage trench coat £35 from a selection at Rokit, selection Rokit, £35 Jasmine wears:at vintage yellow and blackjumper, polka dot dress, Stylist’s own; Black Bella Freud £280 dress, Stylist’s own; BlackArmani Bella Freud Black gown by Giorgio £830jumper, £280 Black gown by Giorgio Armani £830 Front cover: nude corduroy trousers, £160, nude

With special thanks to English With special thanks to English Heritage Kenwood House. Heritage Kenwood House.

Front cover:waistcoat, nude corduroy trousers, £160, nudewith corduroy £90. And nude silk blouse corduroy waistcoat, £90.– And nude silk blouse with lace neck detail, £169 all by Sessun lace neck detail, £169 – all by Sessun

Jasmine’s Jasmine’spick pick ofofHoneyjam Honeyjamtoys… toys… Honeyjam Bella Bunny Honeyjam Bella Bunny “Mohair hand made very special “Mohair hand made very special bunny to last a life time. Carefully bunny to last a life time. Carefully made in England by Merrythought.” made in England by Merrythought.” 1000 Colour Puzzle 1000 Colour Puzzle “This is as challenging as “This is as challenging as it sounds! Each of its it sounds! Each of its 1000 pieces is a slightly 1000 pieces is a slightly different colour, you different colour, you are left with a beautiful are left with a beautiful and very satisfying full and very satisfying full colour spectrum.” colour spectrum.” Djeco Magic kits Djeco Magic kits “Très chic magic kits, “Très chic magic kits, beautifully designed, they beautifully designed, they come in boxes that look like come in boxes that look like books and so can be secreted books and so can be secreted about your room.” about your room.” Fairy Garden Fairy Garden “Lay out and grow a really fairy garden! The “Lay out and grow a really fairy garden! The fast growing seeds deliver satisfying results fast growing seeds deliver satisfying results within a week…” within a week…”

Lottie Dolls Lottie Dolls “A real Honeyjam must have for all “A real Honeyjam must have for all young girls. We love them because young girls. We love them because Lottie is based on a real 9 year old Lottie is based on a real 9 year old girl and wears no make-up or heels! girl and wears no make-up or heels! She is also into karate and pirates She is also into karate and pirates as well as ballet and horses…” as well as ballet and horses…” Rosie Flo Fashion Show Rosie Flo Fashion Show “Rosie Flo keeps coming up “Rosie Flo keeps coming up with more brilliant ideas! with more brilliant ideas! We love this fashion show We love this fashion show which you can colour in and which you can colour in and assemble easily. Cleverly engages children’s assemble easily. Cleverly engages children’s imagination and creativity. Great to bring on imagination and creativity. Great to bring on holiday.” holiday.”

With special thanks to With special thanks to English Heritage Kenwood House. English Heritage Kenwood House.

Honeyjam is at 2 Blenheim Crescent, Honeyjam is at 2 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 1NN or order online from London, W11 1NN or order online from

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In Search Of

Stress - free Travel If your family holiday reality is so far from peaceful and relaxing that you have recurring nightmares of being on the run from Baron Bomburst with the kids piled into Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, then maybe some of our insider tips from travel experts will help…

We understand that travelling with children can be challenging, so we have a few tricks up our sleeves to make flying an enjoyable experience. Kids will struggle to get bored with our on-demand in-flight entertainment, which includes child-friendly films, TV shows and games, along with our fun activity packs and toys. Parents can also call on our cabin crew to assist with children for some relaxation time. Food wise, we have special meals to cater for all ages and for those lucky enough to travel in Suites, First or Business Class, ‘Yummy!’ is our exclusive children’s inflight meal pre-order service, so rumbling tummies can definitely be banished. Mark Davey, Sales & Marketing Manager, Singapore Airlines The Caribbean has so much to offer children, and as a true Bajan and mother of two I should know. For me, the joy of the Caribbean comes in its relaxed vibe which is just perfect for little ones. One of my favourite islands (and perhaps I am a little biased) has to be Barbados, the cool trade winds take the edge off the heat for children and make it ideal for some family bonding time courtesy of traditional Caribbean games on the beach. Mullins beach on the west coast is one of my favourites, the ubiquitous Caribbean white sands and turquoise waters with pretty painted huts dotted around, roped off swimming areas, plus the essential beach bar! In my experience, most children just want relaxed, carefree time with those that they love and for this, you just can’t beat the Caribbean. Jamie Lee Abtar is founder of Your Caribbean Travel which offers authentic, tailor made holidays to the Caribbean

Don’t book where the hoards are heading Spain is the most popular destination this year for British families, but don’t just think about the which will be busier than ever this year.


Southern Costas,

Don’t book where the hoards are heading – Spain is the most popular destination this year for British families, but don’t just think about the Southern Costas, which will be busier than ever this year. Galicia on the Atlantic West Coast with its wild untouched beaches is the Norfolk of Spain, famous for its unparalleled seafood and breath taking landscape. With temperatures a few degrees lower than in the South, it is much better suited to young children. Consider travelling by car and taking the ferry to Bilbao or Santander – you’ll see much more of Spain and discover hidden gems like Medieval villages nestled in the countryside on your journey West. Louise Hodges, TravelZoo’s EU Head of Communications (pictured below)

Aden + Anais toddler star print towel, Caudalie grape water, Green People edelweiss sun cream

Little Life Disney Dory swimbag, Sunuva watermelon print wet/dry bag

Hippychick toddler poncho in red/white, Weleda Calendula weather protection cream, Kikki K adventure journal

Stick to the mantra: “Less is more, LESS IS MORE!” It’s so much easier to travel with a few layers for the flight that you can also wear on your holiday. And if traveling from one climate to another, dress in layers. When my kids are head to toe in Smalls to travel in, I know they will be comfortable and happy, taking them from the icy cold UK winter right through to toasty warm New Zealand and all the air conditioning in between! Total travel happiness.” Emma-Jane Adam is the co-founder of Smalls, makers of superfine merino base layers. Choose accommodation that’s not too fussy. Most places take a deposit against loss or damage which you don’t want to lose. Respect for property of course, but your holiday should be relaxing. Mary Rose runs The Applestore Retreat holiday cottage and gypsy caravan - www.


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Becky Mantin And The Great Juggle Struggle Trials & tribulations of a working mum of three

little fold down bunk beds, the pop up

The mindset that says, let’s take this

sink, the sight of the mountains out

slow is what it’s all about.

of the window when I woke at first light. As a parent now, I think mum was bonkers to do that with, then

We’ve fallen into a nice habit of

just three, children – but I’m so very

spending some time in the first few

pleased that she did.

days of the holidays – usually at mealtimes – writing a holiday wish list. This can be anything from ‘play in the tent’ to ‘go to the Dinosaur

I remember too, taking the big ferry

Park’ or ‘make a digger cake’ or even

from Portsmouth to Bilbao and then

a simple ‘ have a picnic’. It’s good

a three day road trip through northern

to have some easy ones like ‘go to

Spain to finally arrive at our villa set

the zip wire playground’ that can be

in the vineyards in Portugal. Mum and

checked off with very little parental

Ah Summer Holidays!

Dad decided to just take it as it came

effort and also some wet weather

That heady anticipation. The last few

on the road trip and had deliberately

ones like ‘cinema at home’ where

days watching DVDs during class.

booked nothing – which worked out

you choose a film, make tickets and

The final assembly. And then the

well one night (an amazing castle type

popcorn and turn the sitting room

freedom. Staggering out of school

hotel with never-ending views) and

into a darkened cinema. (I find it

weighted down by the contents of

less well the next night - (an extremely

really helps to focus the mind on

your school locker, a stinky ‘hasn’t

suspect B&B in a remote village with a

good behaviour if a list of treats is

been washed since the last holiday

fiesta going on outside ALL night and

blue-tacked to the kitchen wall!)

and is about to sit mouldering in the

some highly dodgy noises going on

hall all summer’ PE bag - and a huge

in the only room not occupied by our

sense of the unknown. The giddy

family! Yikes!). Freewheeling a few

magnitude of weeks and weeks of

days of a holiday with four teenage

staying up late, no alarm clocks. Or

girls may sound foolhardy but I’ll never

Over Easter, we collected a few

homework. Or anything at all. I can

forget us coming across pop up café

momentos – train tickets from the

still taste it!

by the side of an amazing creek. The

steam train, some painting from a wet

only food on offer was freshly caught

day art attack and then stuck them,

Somewhere within those now

fish, cooked over a spit on a big open

along with the wish lists and inevitable

rose-tinted weeks would come a

fire and eaten with fingers along side

photos into an ‘adventure book’ –

week or two away. I was incredibly

still warm, fresh local rolls rubbed

an activity in itself and a lovely, low

fortunate that my parents – both

with garlic, and a cold beer pulled out

pressure record of family times.

keen travellers – took us four girls to

a barrel of ice. Perfection.

We’re all going on a….!

far-flung parts during my childhood.

Just for the record though, I might

And it was important to them that

The point is that, in these overscheduled

leave the ‘go to Italy by train on my

we had a real sense of the distance

times; adults, children – even grunting

own with three small children’ off

rather than just hopping on a plane

teenagers, need that decompression

the list for a few years though…!

all the time. I remember, aged about

time. And it really doesn’t matter

Happy holidays!

five, taking the sleeper train all the

whether you’re a five hour plane ride

way to northern Italy – the joy of the

away or five minutes down the road.


Follow Becky on Twitter @BeckyMantinLtd

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Jelly-Vision Slick Mummy chats to jellymonger extraordinaire Sam Bompas (of Bompas & Parr) about gaffer tape, Peter Andre and ‘the jelly finger’…

You’ve said before that your love affair with jelly began at one of Harry (Parr)’s dinner parties. But do you have any ‘jelly memories’ from childhood? Our eyes were opened to a whole new world when people asked us if we did Jelly and Squash parties. The whole relationship with jelly was a logical thing, we went ‘round Borough market and thought they had a great selection of savoury things but not many sweet things; we felt that jelly held the key, but it turned out we couldn’t afford the jelly moulds so we started to use architectural techniques … My mother did make really good jello, there’s always something nostalgic about slapping a jelly on the table. What is it that is so magical about jelly? It has a wonderfully rich English heritage, it was one of the two things that the Brits did better than the French jelly and roasts. Have your installations ever resulted in any health and safety fails? We’ve actually become extreme health and safety experts, but we have had a few near disasters. We created a chocolate climbing wall using four tonnes of chocolate (Peter Andre used it to overcome his fear of heights) and during a final moment whilst clearing out the chocolate to refresh it one of our team turned the pump the wrong way, causing a tidal wave and putting the fish in the ornamental lake as risk of death by contamination. Luckily the theme park were able to step in to the rescue and contain the flow.

We’ve also experienced what is known as ‘jelly finger’ which occurs when you have been unmoulding hundreds of jellies and have had your hands in hot water, at the mercy of tiny cuts from the mould and then exposed to sugar and acid. Bartenders get it too – your fingers start to rot. If you were a contestant on ‘Ready Steady Cook’ what would you bring in your £5 food bag? Gaffer tape is always an essential, and bin bags. Once you have those you can craft anything. After than we’d bring some sort of exotic fruit from an ethnic food shop – the sort where you’re not sure what it is or what the inside might look like – and finally platinum grade gelatine – anything lower grade and you can really taste the animal… Are you still planning to move an iceberg? Yes, it’s the ultimate dream, we just need the budget. Other dreams include making edible edifices; the whole concept of climbing the greasy pole comes from when teams used to compete for meat … But we’re in a happy place right now, we tend to find that what we want to do we are able to realise quite quickly. We’re making a ‘sausage family tree’ at the moment, tracing it back. We have a regular online feature called ‘Gin Friday’ where we suggest a cocktail hour tipple. The cloud of gin and tonic you created might be a little beyond our capability to mix at home... Actually my favourite cocktail is the Hanky Panky, it’s a good one, it really gets you… It’s basically a gin martini with a dash of Fernet Branca… And finally (we had to ask...) Do your parents ever think you should get a ‘proper job’? My parents are super supportive, even though they think it’s ridiculous. But actually I think they dine out on it… My poor brother and sister though are brilliant lawyers and sometimes overlooked when people are asking what I’m up to next. My parents were some of our earliest helpers, my dad was there cleaning up at 4am after we did the jelly wrestling. My mum is a bit like Martha Stewart – if Martha Stewart wasn’t really scary and hadn’t, you know, done time – she is very inspiring. She teaches an art class to kids and one parent asked her for proof that her class was worthwhile. She showed them my website… — Bompas & Parr’s bar Alcoholic Architecture is open now in Borough Market, London SE1. Follow them on Twitter @bompasandparr


A Family Friendly Festival If the idea of taking kids to a festival makes you shudder then read on… Larmer Tree is a boutique, family-friendly festival set in the magical Larmer Tree Gardens on the Wiltshire/Dorset border. The line-up has something for all ages – plus this year children under ten go free. Anna Harriott is the curator of Larmer Lawns, the dedicated family area. She filled us in on why this festival might be the one to tempt parents into dusting off the tent and the disco boots… What considerations go into making Larmer Tree Festival family friendly? We’ve always had activities for children and our designated Family Area first opened twenty years ago, so family is embedded into the way we programme. We have an abundance of activities, shows and areas across the site that are perfect for families - from the shady, relaxed Lostwood, to the bonkers Street Theatre, to the buzzing Family Lawns, which offers back to back shows and workshops. We’ve remained a small festival which means there’s a sense of space and I think that’s why we’ve become so popular with families over the years. We also have a designated family camping area so you can meet like-minded people and let your children be their vibrant selves amongst the support of other families. We have a children’s cafe on our Family Lawns that sells smaller portions for smaller prices and their menu is designed to be child friendly. With this in mind, we also have Live Lunches on the Family Lawns where everyone sits down together and encourages their children to have a good meal whilst listening to top notch musicians. This year we’re excited to have ‘Spring to Life’ - I love their music so I’m expecting that to be a really atmospheric moment on the Family Lawns…


What can we expect this year from the Larmer Lawns? Our Family Lawns are a mini community and a hub of activity that includes multiple performance and workshop spaces, an all-day craft tent and our under 5s area called The Nest. This year I’m really excited to be working with Kitcamp, who are bringing their fantastic den building kit. I knew as soon as I saw Kitcamp that it was right for our Little Larmers, as it’s all about creative play and constructing! We also have some beautiful Family Theatre in our indoor venue. I’ve booked the relaxing, mesmerizing show ‘Meadow’ for Sunday morning so if parents are feeling like a quiet 45 minutes then the whole family can come and enjoy it. The Nest is really special because we work very closely with Odstock Day Nursery who’ll be running a baby tent, a toddler tent and an outdoor forest school with local company Muddy Wellies. There’s also a beautifully decorated baby changing tent, which is a lovely space to put your baby down for a while. It’s a very relaxing tent - in fact, I once found my husband and 2 children asleep in there! I could go on but to finish I must mention the Bubble Boogie Disco, which is when I see the Lawns at their best, buzzing with families who are chatting, laughing, dancing and popping bubbles. Who doesn’t like bubbles?! This year we have Rainbow Gecko doing a pre disco spectacular bubble show! OK I’ll stop now but there’s loads more…

What do your own children love most about the event? My children (two and four years old) love the setting, especially the peacocks. The festival is set in a Victorian Pleasure Garden where there are winding paths, secret areas to find, site art to be discovered and macaws flying overhead - it’s magical. They also love the shows. I find it amazing how happily children sit for live performance and there’s an abundance of that. I also see them respond to the social side of festivals and being with my husband and I when we’re in festival mode, we ditch the timings of home and find our own rhythm as a family. What would you say to entice a former festival lover who hasn’t yet taken the plunge to go with their kids? I’d say that if you felt revived by going to a festival before kids then go and get some more of that for yourself now and share that experience with them. There are times when it’s tiring but a festival is a place to watch your children blossom, be inspired, be worn out and enthralled. Our kids get what we get from festivals; they make friends, relax, go with the flow and enjoy being part of a tribal, friendly and magical get together. It’s worth it! Just make sure you pick a family friendly festival. What are your family-festival packing essentials? I’d say take more nappies than you think you need, a picnic blanket and wellies, even if it’s sunny as grass is dewy in the mornings and wet canvas shoes is no fun. Remember that festivals have loads of shops and places to get essentials so don’t worry, you’ll be able to find or borrow most things that you need.

Larmer Tree Festival runs from 13-17th July 2016 – tickets and info at

Pictured on page: Baby Banz ear defenders, original glitter finish wellies from Hunter Boots, mini butterfly kite from Natural History Museum shop, Eastpak x House of Hackney backpack



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Be the boss of your own life. Being a Mum - whether you’re a stay at home Mum or a working Mum- can often mean that you’re pulled from pillar to post with family commitments and domestic to do lists. The constant juggling act can take its toll on your energy or mindset and without even realizing it, women tend to put everyone before themselves. One thing my clients repeatedly tell me is “I feel like I’ve lost control of my life!” — Well the good news is you can always get it back and here’s how:

What do you want for yourself?

Let things go.

Lighten Up

Ask yourself ‘What do I want?’ - Really

This means to do lists, the washing

Have fun with all this and enjoy the

think about what you want out of your

that’s not done, external noise and

journey to the new ‘in control’ you as

day, week, month, year or even life.

opinions of others that stress you

much as possible. We can all make

What do YOU want to be, have or do?

out. The fact you’ve not got your

changes in a positive stress-free way, so

Write it down, create a bucket list and

pre-pregnancy body back yet, the

take the pressure off and smile as much

plan when you’re going to do it. Get

self-criticism, criticism of others,

as possible. A really good language tip

really excited about it and get behind

that you’re not as productive as you

is put ‘YET’ at the end of any statement

yourself to make it happen. Another

used to me, that you’re tired, the list

you make regarding change. ‘I don’t

good question to ask yourself is ‘What

is endless for many Mums. Whatever

have the work-life balance – yet”, “I don’t

do I need right now that would make

it is you’re feeling that weighs you

have the body I want – yet”, “I haven’t

my life significantly better, easier, more

down, just LET IT GO! (Use the Frozen

worked out how to fit my business

interesting, more enjoyable?’ From

sound track to help you if you must!)

around my children – yet”, this simple

better childcare, to getting a part time

But get that negativity, anxiety, worry

add-on tricks your mind into believing

job, getting fit, doing less, setting up

and frustration OFF your body and out

that you’re in control. And when

a business, sleeping better, asking for

of your mind. Free yourself and feel

you’re in control, you can relax more.

help etc. Take command and be

instantly more in control as a result.

Finally, being in control does not mean

super-empowered as a result. No

controlling others. This is impossible.

one else will do it for you, you must

Find your inner confidence.

Focus on what you can control (you,

pioneer this yourself.

Nearly all Mums I coach loose

your thoughts, your responses, your

confidence when becoming a Mum

actions) and let go of trying to control

Look after you.

and it can take decades to get it back.

others. You’ll be amazed at how much

In an aircraft, you’re told to put your

Re-igniting your inner confidence is key

more energy you have when you just

oxygen mask on before your children’s

to taking command of your own ship

focus on you.

and there is a very good reason for

again. Learn to lower your fear, trust

this - if you’re not OK, the people you

your ability, look at what your strengths

love aren’t OK. So many women fail

are (and forget the weaknesses which

to understand that they are the most

most women put waaaay to much focus

important people in their children’s

on). Look what you can do not what you

lives. A healthy, happy and balanced

can’t, get to know yourself again and

mother who has the right support

OMG you must believe in yourself. You

around her with good energy and a

are amazing, remind yourself of that

positive mindset will have a family

more. Do you say well done to yourself

that flourishes as a result. The very

as much as you do your children? If not,

best thing you can do for your children

that’s a good place to start. Confidence

and/or partners is look after yourself.

is a skill and it takes practice, but

Be a little selfish and think about what

every woman’s confidence can be self-

the best version of you looks like. Inspire


your children to live a life with more self-care.

Janey Holliday is a lifestyle coach and women’s health expert with 15 years experience. She is a single Mum of three and runs — which helps women improve their life online.

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What’s in your changing bag...

Imogen Thomas? TV Personality and entrepreneur Imogen Thomas has recently launched her new swimwear capsule collection Chasing Summer, designed for curvier women. Mother to Ariana and Siera, she shares the contents of her changing bag with us…

I have to have my little changing mat which I’ve taken out of my Joolz changing bag, Metanium baby cream, my Sainsbury’s nappies (I’ve used every brand nappies out there and these ones are the best) Johnson’s wet wipes, Aptamil milk, baby hat, a babygrow and a vest. I will always have a couple of snacks for my oldest Ariana. I swear by the Metanium cream. I’ve used all sorts really but keep going back to Metanium. It’s yellow going on so it can be a bit messy but it does the trick quickly.

In my bag I always have lip-gloss and eye liner. I don’t wear make up most days, however I always have these in there as a must. I also carry around a hand cream as they get washed constantly and I need to hydrate my hands so often.

When we travel, I have to make sure before anything I have Siera sorted. I always make sure we have enough of her milk, and nappies and wipes. These are all the essentials that can’t be gone without. Ariana has her own little Frozen bag and I pack her a sandwich with all kinds of snacks. I always put a little bit of chocolate in for her too. After all it is the holidays…

I’ve got all sorts of changing bags, but because I have a toddler as well; I keep going back to my everyday gym bag which is from Sweaty Betty. It’s so big and looks super cool with everything ; whether it be heels or trainers. I put Siera’s little Cath Kidston bag in it for her essentials.

Everyday snacks would be fruit; mostly apple or banana. And PomBear crisps, fruit shapes and water for Ariana. She loves water more than juice. Siera isn’t quite into toys or bears right now; she will grow into that. Ariana won’t leave the house with one thing; she has to bring at least four toys with her every time. If she had her own way, she would take more. It takes us forever to leave as she wants to take everything.

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Her favourites are her Frozen figurines and My Little Pony. She also has a miniature pink car she loves to take everywhere and a little small mermaid. In my bag I find all sorts. Ariana throws everything in. The bag is mainly made up of her small toys these days, she also likes to pick her own little Cath Kidston bag in mine and insists on me carrying it. She’s a little terror but she definitely gets away with everything… Bag pictured is the Joolz Geo Earth in Parrot Blue.

How to fake a pregnancy glow... If your pregnancy is to be in any way documented (be it the cover of Vanity Fair or a stop frame animation of your burgeoning bump) you might be currently wishing you didn’t look quite so haggard. Far from radiating a halo of life-bringing beauty, your skin is flaky and your hair is so frizzy you look like the kid they picked on to do the Van de Graaff generator experiment in Science class. Nevermind; thank goodness for faking it, eh? Pale purple has long been a make-up artist’s remedy for models who have been dirty stop outs. A lavender wash over the eyelids gives them a level of peppiness that you’d otherwise be achieving via a double shot macchiato – Charlotte Tilbury’s Glamour Muse palette contains four blendable shades. (And don’t just limit purple to eyeshadow: remember the Duchess of Cambridge’s lilac pashmina as she emerged from hospital after a bout of hyperemesis gravidarum..?) Some BB creams can seem quite heavy-going when your complexion isn’t blooming well playing ball but Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying one can be layered up from a light dot of conceal to a full coverage - and it sloshes your skin with vitamin C to boot.

Origins Drink Up Intensive is another goodie to dunk one’s face in somewhere during the nightly routine of toilet trips, tossing and turning and taking your toddler back to his own room. A great blusher and a fool proof brush is another handbag essential. Proto-col’s Summer Shimmer in Apricot Swirl has the sort of warm, light reflecting quality that probably ought to have an Instagram filter named after it and applying with Bobbi Brown’s Blush Brush is like nuzzling your face with a cute fluffy bunny. Dispense with thick mascara; it’ll only streak when you inexplicably start blubbing during ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’, but keep Dr Paw Paw Original Balm handy to dab on banshee eyebrows, plump up lips and give your tootsies some TLC (whilst you can still reach them…) Finally, if pregnancy hormones are playing havoc with your sense of smell and a waft of your regular Chanel is like sharing a lift with a surfeit of skunks, swap it for the pure and simple Rain cologne from The Library of Fragrance. Evocative of a tropical downpour, you’ll be delicately scented right up until your waters break… Twenty Three

Slick Mummy chats to...

Grant Harrold The Royal Butler Grant Harrold is the UK’s official etiquette expert and a former Royal Butler and a member of the Royal Household of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. He shares his thoughts about children’s manners, flip flops and gin.

GH: “How do you do”, I’m Grant Harrold…

female guest is on the hosts right and most senior male on the senior females right. All other guests are seated

SM: What sort of things is a modern day butler

accordingly with couples normally split up.

expected to do? GH: A modern butler needs to be able to lay and serve at

SM: After what hour is it acceptable to drink a

tables, act as a host, look after guests, valet clothes, drive

gin and tonic?

and run errands, run a household and the household staff

GH: Any respectable house offers pre lunch drinks from

which includes chefs, housekeepers and caretakers and

12.30pm and evening drinks from 6.30pm. I therefore

have some cooking skills. The butler school teaches all of

suggest the rest of the world adjusts their clocks to GMT.

the above and we also teach people how to be gentlemen and ladies through our etiquette class which features at

SM: How should one’s children address the parents

the start of our course.

of their schoolfriends? GH: Children should always refer to their seniors by their

SM: In terms of etiquette, is the old saying that

titles. It is of course the decision of the senior person if the

‘children should be seen and not heard’ still relevant?

children can use their first name or last. This is of course is

GH: We live in the 21st century and of course we have

a sign of respect and good manners.

all evolved, however the rule of being seen and not heard I personally feel is still relevant in certain social

SM: What are the correct shoes to wear for a ‘smart


casual’ invitation? GH: Wear what is comfortable and appropriate depending

SM: What are your pet hates when it comes to children’s

on the event however never wear flip flops or trainers and

bad manners?

try to resist wearing Wellington boots as we are not going

GH: A pet hate of mine would be when children don’t say

in fancy dress as Paddington bear. I suggest perhaps a pair

‘please’ and ‘thank you’ even after prompted.

of brown brogues for men and a pair of heels or wedges for ladies.

SM: How are children’s good manners encouraged in a Royal household? GH: Children are encouraged by the example of their parents, grand parents and of course by the household staff, who spend a lot of time with the children.

SM: What is the correct way to act when someone steals our place in a queue...? GH: Ask politely if they realise that there is a queue and normally the person will apologise and join the back of the line. SM: Who should sit where at a round table...? GH: As with any dining table the rule is the most senior

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Grant’s tips to pack like a valet… Firstly, make sure the suitcase is clean and in good condition. Place the shoes in first which are the heaviest items. Place them on their sides and around them place the underwear, socks, handkerchiefs, cuff link boxes, toiletry bag and any small items like books etc. Now place a piece of acid free tissue paper on top as a divide between them and the next layer.

Next it is jumpers which are placed

tissue paper and then we would

evenly around the area so as to

have ties and bow ties or waistcoats.

distribute the weight. Another piece

Then we have another piece of

of tissue paper on top, then it is

tissue paper placed on top and then

trousers including dress trouser for

on the final layer it is blazers or

black tie etc, which are carefully laid

sports jackets, and black tie jackets

in the same way you would hang

which are folded in half and placed in

them, making sure creases are still

carefully, then we have the final piece

in the correct places, again distribute

of tissue paper on top.

them around the area. Most importantly wherever you may On the next layer we have t-shirts or

be going this summer have a lovely

polo shirts which you place evenly

time and remember to mind your p’s

around the area then a piece of

and q’s, which of course means mind

tissue paper on top, then we have

your manners and etiquette.

shirts which are placed upside down to protect the collar and placed

in the same manner as previously

mentioned. Yet another piece of

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Want To Get Into That Bikini? Follow nutritionist, author and fat loss mentor Fiona Kirk’s tips… alcoholic and fizzy of an evening, make it

•If you are faced with an all you can eat

an extra dry sparkling wine or champagne

buffet, start with a salad or a light soup -

(generally less than one teaspoon of sugar!)

this tactic seriously reduces the amount you are likely to be able to hoover down

Often Throughout the Day? It seems the jury is going to be out on this one for some time to come! I recommend you play the card that best suits you. A small but protein and fat-rich smoothie or a small bowl of natural yoghurt with berries, nuts and seeds works in the morning, a small pot of hummus with a selection of crunchy, raw vegetable sticks or half an avocado filled with mashed tuna works mid to late morning, a mug of beef, chicken or tofu broth and a couple of rye crackers

for the remainder of your lunch or dinner.

Stay away from cocktails - they may be fabulously refreshing and exotic with umbrellas and who knows what all adorning your glass but many are loaded with sugar. Go for a gin or vodka martini instead.

3 Meals with No Snacks or Small and

Play Careful with Starch.

or oatcakes with nut butter makes a

Breakfast on eggs with lean bacon or

satisfying lunch, a chunk of hard cheese

smoked salmon and grilled tomatoes

and a fresh apple or pear keeps energy

and/or mushrooms rather than

levels high mid to late afternoon and it’s

cereals or toast and you are unlikely

hard to beat a grilled fillet of fish with

•Don’t let your family convince you that

to experience hunger pangs or energy

a selection of stir fried vegetables or a

you have to have dessert. Every holiday

dips until lunchtime. Lunch is the best

warm and delicious salad for dinner.

destination offers delicious ice creams

time to add a little starch as you have

And… if by chance your stomach rumbles

and stunningly-beautiful-looking-and-

a number of energy-draining hours still

late evening, have a mug of hot chocolate

hard-to-resist local pastries, cakes and

to get through so go for a filling bowl

(just melt a few pieces of very dark

puddings but you have to say “no”

of soup with beans, lentils or rice with

chocolate into soya milk and whizz until

most days. Have black coffee or a mint

plenty of vegetables and some protein

beautifully frothy - it’s a real winner for a

tea instead and promise yourself that

(fish, chicken, tofu, game etc) and a

good night’s sleep!)

perhaps on a couple of nights of a two week holiday you will indulge and

mixed green salad then dine on grilled

savour every bite!

or baked seafood, lean red meat, game,

•Drink around twice the amount of water

poultry or vegetarian protein with a

you usually do if you are holidaying

colourful mix of steamed, roasted or

in the sun - even the mildest bout of

•Hit the local markets wherever you are

stir fried seasonal vegetables and if

dehydration can cause water retention

and stock up on locally-harvested olives,

a snack attack threatens mid-morning,

and bloating.

nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables and

mid-afternoon or late evening, have a

graze on these when you need a wee

small carton of gut-friendly, natural

energy-boosting snack.

Greek yoghurt topped with a few berries and a handful of fresh nuts

•Ask your partner to take over the

and seeds.

children’s’ early morning and/or bedtime routine as often as you think you can get

Stay well away from fizzy drinks other

away with and go for a walk/jog/run/swim.

than sparkling water and champagne!

You will benefit not only from the heart

If you crave a few bubbles, add a splash

and mood-boosting aerobic exercise but

of natural fruit cordial to a glass of

also from the ‘time out’ which makes for

sparkling water or go 50:50 with fresh

a happier holiday for all concerned.

fruit juice and if your day has been full-on and you want to treat yourself

For recipes, diet advice and to find out

to a stress-relieving glass of something

more, head to

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Wild Hendry’s Wild World

Hello, Wild here, London’s Youngest Blogger. Are you having a good summer so far? A few months ago I got invited to the launch of the Diono Radian 5 car seat at the Transport Museum, which got me thinking about all the places we go in the car. Now my mum and dad just get in the car and go ‘moan moan moan’ at the traffic but for us kids once we are strapped in the important things are being able to see (in case Mummy needs help with directions) and having cool stuff to do (so we don’t have to listen to Daddy singing along to Justin Bieber). My brother and I got to try out the LeapPad Platinum from Leapfrog, which is a super cool tablet and you can take pictures, make films, play games, look after your pets and watch your favourite programmes. The battery lasts so long that you can play the same game from London to Edinburgh – over and over. It’s really quick to load stuff and simple to swipe the icons of what you want. Even my brother can put Peppa Pig on by himself and he’s only two. We also went on an aeroplane recently, on a trip to Sète in France. We had to wait at Gatwick for three hours but actually me and my brother were the only people in the airport not grumpy about this – especially as we got to watch planes out of the windows and eat food from Pret a Manger. There’s also a Kid Zone soft play area at Gatwick which gets my approval – and at Montpelier airport there is even a climbing castle! Sète is full of boats and also lots of places that sell pancakes and ice cream, which is basically all the food you need on holiday, isn’t it? Bonne Vacances, wherever you go adventuring… Follow Wild on twitter @RealWildHendry or online at

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Sticky Fingered Chefs The staff at seaside café and catering company Ren’s Kitchen take making yummy food very seriously. From show-stopping wedding cakes to a banquet of canapes, from homemade bread to incredible gourmet burgers – the ‘Ren’s touch’ has won them a cult following with gastronmomers of all ages…

Head chef Ren shares their recipe for Ultimate chocolate Brownies -

· · · · · · ·

400g soft brown sugar 110ml vegetable oil 110g butter 110g cocoa powder 190g plain flour 3 large eggs Chocolate: 275g dark chocolate plus 100g for chocolate chips · 100g Hazelnuts · 2tbsp vanilla essence

· Mix brown sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla into a bowl and mix until fluffy · Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl over hot water, and stir into cake mix. · Fold in the chocolate chips, hazelnuts, dried cherries, a shot of rum, or whatever else is your particular favourite, and spoon into a 12’’ linen baking tray. Cover with greaseproof, and bake at 150c for approx. 30 mins.

· These brownies are lovely and gooey in the middle when served warm, or will firm up when chilled- and they last for ages in an airtight container… (Unless I get to them first!) Find out more: Thirty

Clever Clogs Products The Kid Kanteen is a stainless steel bottle with a medical grade silicon teat, for those babies born to take on the rugged urban jungle. Durable and practical, not to mention aesthetically pleasing, this one is a surefire hit with hipster Dads too. Phillip Notheis at Klean Kanteen explains ‘,In a category filled with glass and plastic offerings, a stainless steel baby bottle is relatively unique, in it of itself. Many plastic bottle brands claim to be BPA free and non-toxic. While that may or may not be accurate, when it comes to the safety and health of kids, earth-based (rather than man-made) materials like stainless steel and silicone inspire confidence. Kid Kanteen products undergo some of the most rigorous consumer products testing (we meet and exceed multiple high-bar standards globally such as FDA, CPSIA, California Prop 65 and REACH) available, carry a Strong as Steel™ guarantee, help reduce our collective reliance on plastic, and provide opportunities to make healthier choices. We believe in living a Klean lifestyle – sometimes all it takes is a simple solution. #BringYourOwn’

Nana’s Manners is a set of ergonomically designed cutlery to aid the correct use of a knife and fork. Reception teacher turned product designer and children’s confidence coach Kathryn Baldrey elucidates —

“As a teacher I have used, pencil grips, training scissors, easy grip rulers, yet there is no cutlery out there that works this way. Coming home from work one day I told my husband, as it doesn’t exist, I was going to design the cutlery children need myself!” ‘Nana’ was inspired by my mother, now ‘Nana’ to my children. In my childhood she was always hot on using a knife and fork correctly, often commenting on the inadequacy of the available children’s cutlery. Many years later, having my own children, she’s commented that the situation seemed pretty much the same, despite advances in so many other child’s products. The most important part of the design was that the handle shape needed to be intuitive for children. I moulded the shape myself from children’s modelling clay to start with, taking my design to an agency that were able to digitalise it. We were then able to produce 3D prints. In reaching the final shape we

Little Lust item-

must have produced at least 4 stages of amended

Squidge & Pip character

prints. Each time I tested it on groups of children,

sensory teethers, designed

refining the design until I was satisfied it was the perfect shape. We’ve worked hard to find a

to be grabbed, chewed, gummed and loved. They

manufacturer that will produce a high quality

make great adult stress

product that will withstand many cycles in the

toys too!


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Lovely Little Things Our regular devotion to delicious bits and bobs that the kids can just darn well keep their sticky mitts off…

Kenneth Turner candles are beautifully scented and

Zealous Flower EDT from Bronnley is the quintessentially

come in a decadent glass vase. The ‘Bubbly’ fragrance was

English floral brand’s foray into the eclectic; ruffling a few

apparently inspired by an alfresco chic ladies’ lunch with its

petals and winning over a ‘less cultivated’ following with a

notes of rose, jasmine, pear and patchouli. Makes a lovely

heady mix of amber, vetiver and pink pepper.

centrepiece for a dinner table – or keep it to yourself on your dressing table.

The English Soap Company’s bath soaps should not just be bought as an emergency present for that ‘tricky to shop for’

The Dreamday Pattern Journal from publishers

great aunt, but stocked in one’s bathroom cupboard as they

extraordinaire Laurence King is a must for those of us

last for ages and smell divine. Fill the tub, lather up, lie back

who scribble our thoughts, forget-me-not lists and the

and think of ‘Gardener’s Question Time’…

children’s wishes for Santa in notebooks (what do you mean someone invented an app for that..?) The journal

If you spent your teenage years refusing to take tatty

combines blank pages for bon mots with patterned pages

festival wristbands off then you’ll be tickled by the

for recreational colouring in. And we won’t judge you if

Love Bridge Range from Thomas Sabo, which have a nod

you go outside the lines…

to finger-woven friendship bracelets and can be engraved with significant festival dates or free-spirited slogans.

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How to Handle a Short Haul Flight…(sort of) Caitlin Hayward is the director of theatre company The Pantaloons.

We arrived at Stansted; which has to be one of the least baby friendly places in the world, second only to a Las Vegas casino (more on that another time). The people at security were po-faced, scary and made me feel like a criminal because I forgot to put the Sudacrem in their ridiculous see-through bag. Grumpy bugger. At least the shops will cheer us up. No. They won’t. Surrounded by over-priced yet supposedly under-priced make-up brands and perfumes, all at toddler hand height, made for a constant “No, come here, you don’t need makeup setting spray with added contouring colours” (who does) with a sales woman standing with a fixed, soulless smile my way, making me feel inadequate. Let’s instead sit down in one of the many seats that Stansted have no doubt provided. Or not. As it was half term, I was somehow talked in to going to Scotland to visit my parents’ pension pot house on the

The seats at the airport are few and far between, probably

idyllic Scottish island of Islay. Since my husband was

so you can go and spend money on Mulberry handbags,

working, I caved in under my mother’s promise of “we’ll

but there was literally nowhere for us to sit. After a ten

help lots and the kids will have a ball with all the space”

minute walk with the circulation in my arms being cut off

and I’m a sucker for seafood of the bottom feeding variety.

from carrying Bud, pushing Wilbur’s buggy and also various

It was agreed we’d fly up and meet my accommodating

bits of hand luggage, we saw the throng of people ready to

parents at Glasgow airport, for us to then bundle into my

board. I decided to try my luck and ask the check-in lady if

father’s car: a contrary three-year old named Bud; a jolly

people with little kids boarded first; no. I should have got

one-year old called Wilbur; my Mother, who over-packs;

here earlier and queued, she said in a monotonous voice,

my Father, who enjoys lots of driving over tiny single track

whilst Wilbur was screaming and Bud was hyper-active.

roads; and me. Eventually we got on the plane, which Bud, luckily, Now the part of this trip that I was dreading the most was

approved of. Wilbur hated being restrained in his seatbelt

the aeroplane. Not just because we were travelling by the

and screamed and screamed. Actually, make mine two

blue and white ‘low-cost’ airline who slap on extras left

miniature bottles of Prosecco and allow the ground to

right and centre, but also because Bud is the sort of kid

swallow me up. He cheered up once the aircraft started to

whom if he decided he didn’t like the plane, god help us all.

move, much to the joy of the business man in front of us. The flight was eventually over and we had survived. My

“I was also slightly concerned that people would judge me drinking a £10 miniature bottle of Prosecco at 10.00am”

parents were there to meet us at the airport, we bundled into the car and set off for what was actually a fantastic mini break in the sunshine. My parents did help with the kids and they really did have a ball. I ate too many langoustines and, for the first time in two years, managed to read more than a chapter of a book. I didn’t want to leave… Follow Caitlin on Twitter @ThePantaloons

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10 minutes with Global Mouse Travels If you follow this award winning travel blog you’ll be familiar with the adventures of Nichola West and her three children. We caught up with them for a chat about making the world their oyster…

We’re in awe of your amazing family trips, were your children born

iPad time, some Play-doh to take on a journey. That said we still hear

with wanderlust or do they ever put up any resistance?

those dreaded words, “how much further is it?” - sometimes when we’ve

Ah thank you! To be honest in the beginning we found it really hard.

just set off!

Before we had kids we travelled lots, especially to Asia but once we had our first child we thought long haul trips were out of the question. Then

Is there a luxury item that you always travel with?

I won a competition to the Cook Islands (some beautiful small islands

I try to travel with the least amount of luggage as possible - often we

about four hours from New Zealand) and of course we had to go for

go hand luggage only, so I don’t take a huge amount. A camera is

it. Once we took that trip - which involved around 24 hours’ worth of

obviously essential and I now take a great mini travel hard drive so I can

travelling with a one year old and I was six months pregnant - we didn’t

upload photos on to that as I go.

look back. Now we’re travelling so much that our children absolutely love it and are often found looking at one of our fun atlases or wanting

Do you struggle to fit trip dates around term dates?

to talk about the next place we are going to travel to. We try to ensure

Yes, sometimes. It can be frustrating to be stuck with very

there’s enough time for them to do the things they enjoy - theme parks,

set times to go away but also it gives me time to plan each trip properly.

swimming pools, fun restaurants mixed in with some museums, art

We also travel a fair bit around the UK at weekends so it rarely feels like

galleries or tours that we like to visit, so we’re all happy.

we’re standing still for long.

What destinations would you recommend for a family adventure?

Where will you be jetting off to this Summer?

I have a few favourites, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling.

I am still planning the summer so not 100% sure where we’ll be. Last

One of our favourite trips was to Russia which was particularly great

year we visited Malaysia and Borneo which had the perfect mix of

as it was so surprisingly friendly - I’m not entirely sure what we were

city life, jungle and some relaxation at the beach too, so I’m hoping to

expecting but it certainly wasn’t the constant friendliness we got

recreate that somewhere else in the world!

everywhere we went. I think Italy is another great location for a family holiday - we were in Puglia last year staying at the beautiful Masseria

And what’s the first thing you do when you get home from a trip...?

Torre Coccaro and spent a glorious week learning how to make our

First thing is throw the washing in the washing machine, have a

own pasta, visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites and exploring the olive

sandwich (strangely it’s the one food I really miss when travelling!) and

groves. We’ve also become really fond of skiing and seeing the children

take a hot bubbly bath and then often I’ll find my eyes wandering over

master this skill (way better than I can) has been wonderful - we

to the stack of guide books and my mind starting to tick over, planning

were on a fabulous ski trip to Norway with Crystal Ski earlier this year

the next trip.

and fell in love with this beautiful country. There are lots more I could recommend, we’ve unearthed some fantastic places for family travel. How do your children cope with long journeys? Surprisingly better than they often cope with shorter journeys! I think it’s all about the planning and if we’re taking on a big trip we break journeys down with snacks, maybe a magazine or sticker book, a bit of

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Boutique Focus­­: Mini Maison

Joanna Riding tells us how she built her business whilst breastfeeding and how she covets pink flamingos.

How did Mini Maison come about?

a big range, that there’s one to fit most colour

I’m an organiser by nature and so when I


found out I was pregnant the first time around I immediately started planning a (gender

Tell us about the collaboration with

neutral) nursery. I found so much inspiration

Children with Cancer UK?

online of geometric prints and bold colour

I’ve worked alongside lots of charities in

combinations, particularly on Pinterest. But

the past, often undertaking fundraising and

when I turned to the shops that were easily

organising sponsorship and high profile

available to me in the UK, and in a price range

events, to raise money and awareness. So

I could afford, all I could find were beige teddy

when it came to setting up my own business,

bears and pastel monkeys, so I really shopped

it felt like the natural step for me to work

around and had some stuff shipped in from

alongside a great cause. I showed the team at

overseas. It meant that I spent A LOT of time

Children with Cancer UK my proposed designs

What advice would you give to a first time

researching and buying from all over the

and they loved them, and we felt that the

parent designing a nursery?

place, cobbling the look together that I had

fit between the final product and the cause

My first piece of advice would be to access as

in mind. I bought some items from overseas,

worked well. ALL of the profits from the sale

much free resources as you can! The internet

paying hefty shipping charges and one of the

of the prints go to Children with Cancer and

is a wonderful thing, and with the help of

main products arrived 6 months after I bought

that’s something I’m really proud of, because I

blogs, Pinterest and Instagram there is a

it, once my baby boy was already born!

feel that to donate a small percentage is just a

wealth of inspiration just waiting to capture

bit of a cop-out.

your imagination.

When baby number two arrived, fairly quickly

I would also advise that if you’ve spent lots

after number one, I used the looonnnng night

How do you source the products you stock?

of time and effort to make your home a

feeds to research and plan, and I quickly

Our products are sourced from a variety of

reflection of your personality, don’t stop

realised there was a shortage of shops that

places. We work with some small businesses

with the nursery… don’t worry if your ideas

catered to décor of the bedrooms of babies

in the UK, often run by mums like myself,

aren’t particularly ‘baby-ish’, embrace your

and young children, in the UK. This was the

fitting it all in around naps and pre-school.

personal style and make your baby’s bedroom

beginning of Mini Maison… all of the important

We also source from great, international

a comfortable and enjoyable place to be.

seeds were sown with a baby attached to

designers who just ‘get’ children’s interiors

Remember… your baby isn’t going to be a

my boob!

and make some really design-led stuff. And

baby forever. Are you really going to want to

our final source is from ourselves! We work

redo the wallpaper in two years when your

Which are your best selling items?

with local manufacturers to produce some of

baby isn’t so keen on teddy bears and is more

Hands down, the A Little Lovely Company

our own products, such as the prints. We’ve

into cars?! The products we make and stock

Lightboxes, I think because they’re so

got some new products coming this summer,

at Mini Maison are modern and most will last

versatile. I’ve seen people use them as night

including baby changing mats and some

well into childhood…

lights, for birth announcements, for recording

hilarious Alternative Baby Milestone Cards

their baby’s milestones. And brilliantly, they

that document the ‘if you don’t laugh, you

look great in the more grown up areas of the

might cry’ moments.

Shop online at

house too. We bring ours out for every special occasion. Our collection of baby mobiles are also proving to be really popular gifts, and they come in a selection of different ‘themes’ to fit most colour schemes. Our prints are also selling really well… we print them on high quality, FSC paper and we use a specialist art printer to supply us with them all. They are great as gifts but there’s also such

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Behind The Design—

d o p a c a P e Th g a B s g n i Hast Since i nve ntor and e n Jacqueli trep re n ne Wag eur g ett bega 2008 t n P a he rang capod i e of exc n eptiona bags ha l chang ve becom i ng e the li b usy pa fesave r re nt. W of man e disco y a ve red m b rand a o r e a bo u nd the t the design of the ‘H one of t astings he late ’st in th e range.

The Hastings comes in four colourways: Navy stripe, sand stripe, mocha and driftwood. Its capacity is 25 litres + 8 litres extra including pods. RRP is £69.95, buy online from or from retailers nationwide.

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Pacapod offers parents a unique 3-in-1 ‘baby organisation system’. Tucked inside each PacaPod bag are two individual and detachable feeder and changer ’pods’ for storing baby and toddler feeding and changing items – keeping the two items hygienically apart.

Did You Know... · The Pacapod concept came about whilst Jacqueline was on a cycling holiday…

· The Pacapod company strapline is: ‘No matter where you wander, everything is in its place’.

· Celebs such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Zara Phillips own a Pacapod…

· The Hastings Bag is loved by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her new son Jesse.

· There are over 19 award winning bag designs...

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The Cajoled Dad The countrification of an urbanite

So I grew up in and

I’d grown up in London where everyone walks the streets

around London.

or travels the buses and Tube with heads down, listening

When I wasn’t living in London I lived in other big cities

to music, or reading a book. And god forbid you if you interrupt me. But after a while it becomes amusing and often interesting. Conversation is good for soul after all.

around the world-

And why not wave at other people to thank them for the

Paris, Madrid,

kindness? I might as well have the horn removed from the

Sydney and so on.

car for all the use it gets. I now freak out Londoners when I go back to the big smoke

I never really got on with the countryside. It was too wet,

by smiling at them and saying ‘hello’. It’s quite amusing

muddy and quite frankly, messy. It didn’t fit with my

to see the same reactions I once had. I now have my first

uniform of Converse trainers and designer jeans. Friends

pair of wellies since I was a child. I have consigned the

mocked me for my reluctance to even join them for a

Converse to the wardrobe with them only coming out in

weekend in the country.Yet when my wife and I knew our

the height of summer. I even have a pair of walking boots

second child was on the way we also knew that our party

for walks in the woods at the weekend. With our family

flat in South London was no more. It would never be a

dog. The first I’ve ever had. On both counts.

suitable home for a family of four. We were already overrun with nappies and struggling to find space for buggies,

Who would have thought it? A Londoner born and bred.

cots, sterilisers and car seats.

Resisting the temptation of the countryside right up until I could no longer deny its inevitability.Probably helped by

Reluctantly, and if I’m honest, kicking screaming a little, I

the fact that we were able to convert our two bedroom flat

agreed to move down to the South West of England where

in London for a 4 bedroom house with big garden (and

my wife hailed from. A place that I’d happily visited at

smaller mortgage).

weekends but had never imagined would become ‘home’. And to be honest? I wouldn’t change it for the world. As For starters there were lots of rules.

much as I love London, nowadays I have the same feeling towards it as I had towards the countryside 6+ years ago.

My London style of driving was apparently not welcome.

It’s okay for a weekend but I can’t wait to get home at the end.

Honking my horn, however gently, at the miscreant behaviour of country bumpkin drivers was absolutely out. ‘Everybody knows everybody’ I was told and I will be branded the ‘aggressive wa*ker’ from London in a heartbeat. Plus I have to wave at everyone when they’ve given me space to drive past on narrow country roads. Even if it’s my right of way. And aside from changes required to my driving style, so to my social etiquette needed to develop. Strangers will happily strike up conversations with you. Everywhere. The first time it happened, when I was in a queue in M&S with my then 18 month-old son, I was totally thrown. Once I realised someone was talking to me, my initial reaction was ‘who are you and what do you want? You mentalist.’

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Follow Cajoled Dad on Twitter @mattrowntree

The Lowdown... Pinrose

Stateside scent range Pinrose launched online in the Spring of 2014 with the goal to change the fragrance shopping experience into something playful, scientific, and modern. Pinrose co-founders Erika Shumate and Christine Luby met at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2011 and bonded over all things scent related, fractal geometry, and improv comedy. The two entrepreneurs launched Pinrose after a trip to a department store’s fragrance aisle left them overwhelmed, frustrated, and sticker shocked. We chatted to the women behind the brand…

What makes Pinrose so special? Pinrose removes the headache from the traditional trial and error process of finding great fragrances by leveraging technology, scent research and social science. Pinrose developed a proprietary quiz that predicts with more than 75% accuracy which of their fragrances each shopper will love. This data-driven technology taps into a user’s sensory preferences for certain colours, shapes, sounds and textures, then takes these choices and maps them onto the olfactory spectrum using research from the neurological phenomenon synaesthesia. Running these results through an algorithm that has been tested by over 250,000 users, Pinrose then matches each customer to a set of complementary scents. Which are your bestselling fragrances?

Please tell us you have plans to retail in the UK...?

Secret Genius, Merry Maker, and Treehouse Royal.

Our dreams are big and we would jump at the chance if the right opportunity presents itself!

And which ones do you personally wear? Erika: With the official start of summer around the corner I love to wear

And finally, if Slick Mummy Magazine was one of your fragrances,

Tambourine Dreamer layered with Garden Gangster. It makes for a

which would it be...?

fresh blend of citrus and florals that’s light and airy - perfect for warm

It would definitely be Merry Maker - a calming citrus based eau de

sunny days.

parfum that is safe for mothers to use with babies and offers an array of calming and soothing benefits. Pinrose approached master perfumer,

What has been your biggest challenge, running the business?

and new mother, Christelle Laprade to design the fragrance especially

Christine: In the early days, we as business partners and best friends

for pregnant women and new mothers that offers aromatherapeutic

had to figure out how to disagree. When you are friends with somebody,

qualities to ease unpleasant pregnancy side effects, promote bonding

there usually isn’t much conflict. When you become business partners,

and help de-stress mother and baby. Merry Maker is an aromatic, yet

you make so many decisions so quickly that conflict naturally arises.

gentle perfume with natural scent notes, each safe for newborns and

That is actually the best part of having a co-founder: Two smart brains

chosen specifically for their soothing qualities. Merry Maker offers

allow for the best solutions to emerge. But at first — at least for me —

mothers a dreamy and elegant fragrance to enjoy throughout their

those early disagreements were stressful because everybody reacts to

pregnancy and share with their newborn.

conflict differently and I only know what I am thinking. So we created a framework on how to disagree: 1. Be overly communicative. If something is bugging you, speak up. 2. Check your ego at the door. Conflicting opinions should never be taken personally. 3. Trust one another to empathize and always listen to both sides

And your proudest moment to date? Erika: Our recent segments on QVC were such huge moments for our brand. We love to see the positive experience customers have discovering our brand and to see it happening right in front of our eyes was so exciting! What’s on your moodboard right now? Christine: Our big goal this year is to bring our first candle into the world so we’ve been brainstorming packaging for it. Last year, we created a candle for my wedding, and it was truly the best candle ever. The same candle is what we will be releasing this spring — and it’ll be appropriately named “Best Candle Ever.”

Find out more at

before coming to a decision.

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Little Black Book Loved something on our pages? Here’s where to snaffle it… Olive Loves Alfie Scandinavian

· Joolz · Kenneth Turner

and British clothing for children,

· Kiehl’s

including Salt Water sandals

· kikki K

· Klean Kanteen · Laurence King · Little Life · Molly and the Wolf · My Little Pony nationwide, see

· Accesorize

· Nana’s Manners

· aden + anais · Baby Banz · Bellarose at · Bobbi Brown · Bronnley

Leapfrog create award winning tablets and gaming toys for kids, including the LeapPad Platinum for 3-9 year olds.

Chasing Summer swimwear designed for curves, including the Milan bikini £27.99 · Natural History Museum · Origins · Pacapod · Pinrose

· Cath Kidson

· Proto-col

· Caudalie · Charlotte Tilbury

· Ralph Lauren

· Claud Butler · Coconutgrass · Country Road Smalls layer your little ones in softest merino for breathable warmth The Library of Fragrance make

quirky scents including Gin and Tonic and Snow

· Squidge and Pip · Sunuva · Dr Paw Paw

· Sweaty Betty

· Eastpak x House of Hackney

· Thomas Sabo

· English Soap Company

· Tiger

· Green People

· Tommy Hilfiger

· H&M

· Weleda

· Hippychick

· Zara

· Hunter Boots · John Lewis

Forty SS16 Collection Baby, Boy, Girl & Gifts

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Issue 2 Summer 2016 Includes: Jasmine Guinness, Imogen Thomas, Larmer Tree Festival, Bompas & Parr, Fiona Kirk, Becky Mantin, Janey Hollida...