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Hunting for Chocolate

eggs hanging from tree

In the U.S., easter egg hunts are everywhere in the run-up to Easter.  The tradition starts at the top with the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn.  This year’s Easter Egg Roll is the 136th year of the event and will take place on April 21st.  Involving […]

Irish For A Day


We had glorious weather here in London yesterday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square.  London’s Trafalgar Square celebrations are in its 13th year.  They were instituted by former Mayor Ken Livingstone in 2002.  Previously, there was only a parade.  The first such parade was in 1958 […]

A Pyjama Party The Easy Way

nail polish cake

There are lots of nice things about having twins (especially now that they are older!) but, birthday weekend, is not one of them.  We either have to have their parties together or back-to-back to avoid hurt feelings and accusations of favouritism.  I’m usually exhausted by the end of the weekend! […]

What Are You Thankful For?

thanksgiving dinner

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the USA!  My favourite holiday because Thanksgiving just involves food, lots of it.  No presents, no decorating trees,  no Secret Santas etc.  Just the simple joy of overeating. We celebrate Thanksgiving the traditional way with turkey and all the fixings.  I also make my children (and […]

Family Skiing Holidays for the Non-skiiers

val d'isere

I think the skiing holiday tribe can be separated into three groups – the die-hard skier, the reluctant skier and the non-skier who goes along for the company.  I am definitely in the ski-so-long-as-its-not-too-hard category.  Mr. N, however, absolutely loves skiing and he wants our children to be good skiers. […]

Smashing Cakes

golf course cake

Have you heard of smash cakes?  They are hollow chocolate cakes that you smash with a hammer and the inside contains further goodies, such as small chocolates, gifts or toys.  It’s effectively a pinata cake. Smash cakes have grown quite popular in the United States for first birthday parties in […]

Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins Galore

North London has enough Americans to take Halloween seriously.  The Brits have joined in the fun too.  Jonathan Ross’s house is a perennial favourite with loads of children visiting.  This year he boarded up his house to go with the haunted house theme. Halloween is one of my favourite holidays […]


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