• 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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  • 5 Minute Halloween Ideas

    It’s Halloween and you have no time to spend crafting, baking and turning your home into the perfect eerie destination. Don’t stress we’ve got you covered. Here are some quick and easy Halloween ideas to get you and yours ready for some spooky fun! Easy Costume Ideas for your Kids These Halloween costumes can be put together at the last min...

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  • Puppies and Parenting

    This week on our blog, Melissa from the Parent Practice asks the question what does raising a puppy and raising a child have in common? Here are her thoughts: My only child has just turned 12. For the last 6 years she has been repeatedly asking for a sibling - in the form of a dog. After years of promises and procrastination we finally adopted Oz...

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  • Don't Pick Your Parenting Battles

    Don’t pick battles with your children. Battles are between enemies and result in a win/lose situation. If you win, your child loses. We often forget this when we talk about not letting our children ‘get away with things’ and not letting them win. Parents do need to provide discipline for children because their frontal lobes are not yet fully...

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