• Entertaining Whilst Parenting

    Top chef and author of Homemade Takeaways, Rob Allison, gives his top tips on how to entertain whilst parenting: Every now and then we all lose the plot and think it’s a good idea to invite other grown-ups into our chaotic toddler ruled world for a dinner party. Although it is totally illogical to add pressure to our already stretched resource...

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  • What to Wear on the Slopes

    WHAT TO WEAR ON THE SLOPES If you are taking the kids skiing for the first time, the bottom line has to be if they are cold or uncomfortable they will put more energy into whining than skiing. The other consideration is that, unlike adults, kids won’t think twice about charging head long into a giant snow drift or rolling around to make snow ang...

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  • Now Stop Crying!

    NOW STOP CRYING ! Have you ever listened to the words of this popular Christmas song? You may have had your fill of it over the recent Christmas period. You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He's making a list And checking it twice Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice Santa Claus...

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  • Boxing Day Clearance Favourites

    Boxing Day Favourites Firstly we hope you all had a lovely Christmas. This year we thought we'd share with you some of my girls top picks from our Boxing Day Clearance. So here are the items on their wish lists: First up is Sophie with a gorgeous Marie Chantal dress - it took me ages to persuade her to wear it at first, but now she loves it, espe...

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  • Christmas Calm

    Keeping Calm with the Family at Christmas Ah Christmas…’tis the season of losing your cool! Very often mums look forward to Christmas with mixed feelings. We may have a John Lewis ad image of Christmas in mind but we know that the reality can be a planning and logistical nightmare together with the frenzy leading up to the end of the school ...

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  • Party Hair Hacks

    With our party wear boutique now open, I thought now would be a good time to talk about party hair. Hair is a BIG conversation in our household and I have to confess I slightly dread the girls coming at me in the morning armed with an array of bobbles and clips. They then, very sweetly explain some complicated style they have seen on one of their...

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  • Pinterest Competition

    For your chance to win all you need to do is create a board for yourself or someone you love with at least one of each of the following:   Something you Want Something you Need Something to Wear Something to Read   You must include one item from www.halfpintchic.com and include the #halfpintchicxmas to be in with a chance of winning. T...

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  • How to Order Restaurant Wine

    About Will The Wine Expert I have been involved with the UK wine trade for about 10 years now. Before that, I worked in the restaurant business in the states. I really enjoyed that part of my life but by the time I moved back to the UK, I was over the late nights and  working weekends so I needed a change. Working with wine was what I enjoyed th...

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  • 5 Things Not To Say To Your Kids Teacher

    Now obviously it is important to have an on going dialogue with your child’s teacher and studies have shown the importance and benefits of parents being involved in their education. However, there are times when our desire to ‘help’ isn’t always ‘helpful’. So here are 5 conversations the teachers we spoke to would rather not have. &nb...

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  • Fast & Fun Ideas for Fireworks Night

      Having just recovered from half-term and Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night is now upon us. We love a party but inevitably don’t have much time for planning or prep. So here are some ideas for food and games that help make light(er) work of it all. Food Hot dogs Possibly not the most original of ideas but what kids really love is being able to ...

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