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Retro Kids Fashion – Buckle My Shoe Vintage

A lot of mainstream clothing for young girls lacks imagination - far too many shades of pink and boring floral prints. I often end up buying boys clothes for my girls in a lot of shops, as their ranges tend to be larger and the designs more interesting. There's also that crushing feeling when you…

Old MacDonald had a Farm (just off the M25)

The old curmudgeon in me used to quite enjoy the fact that we didn't own a car, mainly because the idea of going to places like Peppa Pig World or The Making of Harry Potter used to fill me with dread - hell is other people, right? However, now that we're paying through the nose…

Adventures in A&E

Rugrats, by their very nature, get under your feet. In fact, they get everywhere. I was washing my hands in the downstairs toilet the other morning after a particularly arduous nappy change and my baby daughter Scarlett was crawling around on the floor, trying her best to get into the toilet bowl and unfurl the…

How to stop kids ruining your holiday

Last month we took our first holiday abroad as a family. To mark this monumental occasion, we decided to push the boat out a little bit and grab a week of winter sun in Dubai – cocktails on the beach, luxury hotel bars, shopping malls with aquariums built inside them, the whole 5* shebang. However,…

Martha does London Zoo

As an animal lover I'm slightly ambivalent about zoos. I love getting close up to magnificent beasts but at the same time, when you look deeper into larger mammal's eyes, you do sometimes sense a modicum of sadness; it's clear they just want to be free, bounding around the Serengeti, instead of being gawped at…

Scandos do it Better

From progressive politics and flatpack furniture, to crime drama and tax-financed welfare programmes, those nice liberal types across the North Sea just seem to do everything a bit better than us, including parenting. I spoke to Anna Ekman at Swedish company BabyBjörn about the ethos behind the brand, how they choose their designs, and how they're one…

Martha’s First Cinema Experience: Peppa Pig

Today was a rites of passage. It was my daughter’s first visit to the cinema, and I wanted it to be special. As pathetic as it sounds, some of the most pivotal moments in my life have involved sitting on my own in a darkened room, popcorn in hand, surrounded by a bunch of total…

Baby carriers revisited

Baby Carriers. What’s a sartorially conscious father supposed to do? Does practicality ever meet style halfway? Many friends and acquaintances will be well aware of my aversion to the very notion of a baby harness. In fact, I wrote a newspaper article about it because I was so adamant that they're a step too far.…

Inspirational Women

It may not surprise those who know me, but I’ve always been in touch with my feminine side; and it doesn’t just manifest itself in wearing a lot of pastel pink during summer. I grew up in a one-parent family and my mother I spent a couple of years in a rehab with about eight…