kids films

The Christmas Comedown and the Autistic Child

We’re one week into the new year, and still suffering from the Christmas comedown in my house This year we did things differently. We didn’t go overboard with Christmas related activities. There were no trips to see Santa. No mad dash to visit every single friend we have beforehand. No so-called treats in the way of milk and glucose syrup dressed up as chocolate. There was no advent. No mass hysteria counting down the days, minutes and seconds until the 25th arrived. Rather than get caught up in what other people were doing, we did what was best for us. …

gift ideas

Gift Guide: The A to Z of Gift Ideas for Kids (aged 3-8)

Pinch punch everyone, happy November. It’s hard to believe that we’re already staring down the barrel of the Christmas countdown, but time flies and here we are. Never was there a more pertinent phrase when you are raising children than the days are long but the years are short. I’ve had a few ruthless clear outs lately, which got me thinking about all the toys my kids have enjoyed over the years. So I’ve put together this A to Z of gift ideas, just in case you’re in need of present buying inspiration over the holidays (and beyond). In the …

Vegan Gluten Free Nut Roast

Vegan Gluten Free Nut Roast

I’ve been making this super easy, super tasty, vegan gluten free nut roast for years now and always get asked for the recipe around Christmas time. Yes my friends, we can no longer bury our heads in the sand, it’s happening next month! This is the type of dish that sounds much more complicated than it actually is, which means brownie points for the cook and happy guests all round. It lends itself well as a side dish or as the main attraction if you’re catering for vegetarians. It’s versitle too, if you don’t have the nuts listed below you …