The Hotlist – The Best Things to Do in December

The Christmas season is well and truly here. Here’s what to do, see and watch this December. Good TV season – We. Love. You!

See London’s Christmas Lights In Style

Small Car Big City
Small Car Big City

A brilliant gift or experience to share with a loved one. Small Car BIG CITY offers unique city tours in British Classic cars. We particularly love their Festive Light Tour, which takes you around the capital in a chauffeur-driven classic Mini Cooper.
See the city, the lights and sights, with blankets, hot cocoa and Christmas songs on the stereo. There’s also pit stops for mince pies, to see more lights and to shop some of London’s best shops.

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Watch these…

Hannah Waddingham Home for Christmas, Available now, Apple TV
Hannah Waddingham Home for Christmas, Available now, Apple TV

One to have on while you wrap the presents. Hannah has the most incredible voice and this easy watch offers a calming festive feeling made for hours sat on the floor covered in sellotape.

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Genie, Available Now on Sky Cinema
Genie, Available Now on Sky Cinema

From the makers of Love Actually and Notting Hill comes a festive film that is sure to lift your spirits. Available to watch from today on Sky Cinema.

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Family Switch, Netflix, 30th November
Family Switch, Netflix, 30th November

A must-watch if you loved 13 Going On 30 in your younger years, as Jennifer Garner returns with another body-swapping comedy. Starring alongside Ed Hems, against a Yuletide backdrop, the married couple with three children have their family life suddenly flipped into chaos by a supernatural body swap. A little silly but some much-needed respite from all the festive madness.

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The Velveteen Rabbit, Available now on Apple TV
The Velveteen Rabbit, Available now on Apple TV

One for older kids or if you read the book as a child and want to feel nostalgic. This is a beautiful festive watch that will reignite the magic in you.

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Tabby McTat, BBC1, Christmas Day
Tabby McTat, BBC1, Christmas Day

Who doesn’t love a bit of Julia Donaldson at Christmas? Little fans of The Gruffalo will be enchanted by her latest BBC adaptation, which follows a busker’s cat named Tabby McTat, as they navigate life’s twists and turns. You’ll recognise voices from the likes of Jodie Whittaker and Rob Brydon in this charming and heartfelt tale.

Nigella Amsterdam Christmas Special, December 2023 Date TBC
Nigella Amsterdam Christmas Special, December 2023 Date TBC

The dulcet tones of Nigella return for a Christmas special, this time, taking us on a Yuletide trip to Amsterdam, where she spends most of her Christmases. Expect Christmas fairs, artisan food shops, recipe ideas and Nigella’s unwavering charisma.

Inside M&S, ITVX, December 14 at 9pm on ITV1
Inside M&S, ITVX, December 14 at 9pm on ITV1

Following on from the inside at M&S series comes their Christmas special and we’re here for it.

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Go to The Flicks With Friends

See Saltburn
See Saltburn

Need a night out with friends but think a wine and shot fuelled evening might actually finish you off? Why not head to the cinema instead. A welcome break from your milk stained couch and you’ll be tucked up in bed before midnight with a very full cup. Our current pick is Saltburn – a beautifully wicked tale of intrigue that explores the complexities of class, wealth, and the allure of a world where nothing is as it seems.
And the cast, is excellent!

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Plan Something in For You

Join a Mum Club Christmas Event
Join a Mum Club Christmas Event

TMC hosts have your social events covered for December, from wreath making to champagne brunches. Giving mums the break they need. We’re here for you every step of the way.

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Get Your Festive PJs On

Matching PJs
Matching PJs

We find the whole matching PJ thing a bit cringe but this cheesy but cool print from M&S will sway even the most cynical humbugs. And if you want your pooch to be part of the picture, there’s even an option for pets.

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One For You
One For You

From the King of Rock ’n’ Roll to sparkling fruit and veg and elegant swans, Karen Mason’s charming bauble-decked silk pjs are an investment but will come out for years to come. Pop them on your Christmas list.

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For The Kids
For The Kids

Make Christmas Eve all the more special with The White Company’s sweet Christmas scene pjs, available for from sizes 1 to 12.

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Take the Kids Caroling

Carols For Kids at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (2nd - 23rd December)
Carols For Kids at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (2nd – 23rd December)

Don’t fancy tackling the crowds at Winter Wonderland? Head to St Martin-in-the-Fields instead as they host Carols for Kids at their fairy-light-filled Church. Lead by the stunning St Martin’s Voices choir, the family-friendly concerts are designed with little ones in mind, so they last just 45 minutes on a Saturday morning and include songs for little ones like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, as well as some traditional carols such as Away in a Manger and Once in Royal David’s City.


Book into a Retreat That Looks After You (and the Kids)

Parenthood Retreats, Luxury Family Hotels
Parenthood Retreats, Luxury Family Hotels

The idea of heading off to a retreat sounds great but in reality, childcare is often an issue. But thank fully the Luxury Family Hotel group have teamed up with Bugaboo to bring you a range of different retreats led by parenting experts like Anna Mathur. It’s an opportunity to make time for yourself while your little ones are entertained in the Ofsted registered creche. The package also includes dinner, breakfast and a few more surprises.

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Take Care of You

Make time for some self-care
Make time for some self-care

A quick pampering session can do wonders for the soul. And whether it’s a face or foot mask Patchology have a great array of treatments that you can stock up on and enjoy at a time that suits you.

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Listen to This…

Gregory Porter, Christmas Wish
Gregory Porter, Christmas Wish

Put down the Michael Bublé this year and listen to a Christmas album from double Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Gregory Porter instead. Expect a soulful and sophisticated track list of new tunes and old favourite from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Perfect background music for a Christmas cocktail party or to do your Christmas wrapping to, mulled wine in hand.


Fill Some Hours With a Festive Activity

Gingerbread House Kit, £22.50, Honeywell Bakes
Gingerbread House Kit, £22.50, Honeywell Bakes

Need some activities for slightly older children? Ours definitely won’t look like this. But it will help fill a few hours while they make a wonky walled icing covered monstrosity, that we’ll tell them is wonderful.

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Read this…

The Book You Want Everyone You Love* To Read by Philippa Perry Amazon £10.99
The Book You Want Everyone You Love* To Read by Philippa Perry Amazon £10.99

A follow up to her magnificent and – in our opinion – only “parenting” book anyone needs to read, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did), is psychotherapist Phillipa Perry’s warm, witty and practical new book. Let her guide you into becoming a happy, healthier person with strong and meaningful relationships across all aspects of your life.

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See a Panto at The Cinema

CBeebies Robin Hood, UK Cinemas from 1st December
CBeebies Robin Hood, UK Cinemas from 1st December

If you forgot to book festive theatre tickets this year, do not worry as CBeebies and Children In Need are bringing a brand new Robin Hood panto to cinemas around the UK. Filmed live at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales, the adaptation will bring Nottingham’s most lovable rogue to the big screen with plenty of family fun, crazy costumes and ‘he’s behind you!’ cheers. Plus, some original extra scenes and fun added in just for cinema goers.

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Change Children’s Lives

NSPCC’s Walk for Children
NSPCC’s Walk for Children

The NSPCC’s Walk for Children is back on 22 December! For children suffering abuse, the winter nights can feel dark, long and lonely. That’s why the NSPCC is encouraging friends, families and colleagues to walk 5k and raise money on the longest night of the year.
Sign up now and use code MUMCLUB to get 25% off your registration fee.

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TMC Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Mulled Wine


To slow cook:

2x 750 ml Bottles of red wine (Rioja or Merlot)
125 g Light brown sugar
1 Large orange, peeled zest and juice
8 Cloves
4 Star anise
4 Cinnamon sticks

To serve:

2 tsp Vanilla extract
100 ml Brandy (optional)
1 Large orange, cut into slices


1. Put the slow cook ingredients into the slow cooker on HIGH for 2 hours of LOW for 3-4 hours.

2. Before serving, remove the spices and orange zest that have been cooked (if you wish!) Use a sieve or slotted spoon to do this.

3. Then add the extra ingredients and serve.

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No One Told Us This Would Happen After Birth

From the nearly pooing ourselves at breakfast to crying over spilt coffee. These completely normal side effects were not on our radar!

So, we spoke to the health and mental health experts at Kari Health to find out how you can deal with them and how normal they are.

That We Might Shit Ourselves

We were warned about the bouncy castles and trampolines. But no one told us we’d need a poo – like now! But how normal is it to experience anal incontinence? And what can you do to stop it?

Louise Hinton, Lead Nurse at Kari Health says, “It’s extremely common, actually 1 in 5 women experience a level of anal incontinence after a vaginal delivery, ranging from a few embarrassing “accidents” to lifelong OASI (Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries). This will be temporary for some as they recover control after pelvic floor trauma, which can stem from pushing or stretching during labour. But for others who suffer nerve damage or sphincter injuries, it could be permanent. Your pelvic floor looks like the number 8 and controls both your vaginal opening and anus. Doing pelvic floor exercises is vital to reducing the chance of this happening and improving the condition. Faecal incontinence can be worse if you don’t eat enough fibre, drink too much alcohol and caffeine and don’t stay hydrated. Some women will have a dietary trigger, which can worsen it, and some will have no warning whatsoever. Establishing a bowel habit can help, but not in all cases. If you are experiencing anal incontinence, speak to your GP, Midwife or Health Visitor and ask for a referral to a physiotherapist who can help with pelvic floor injuries. You can also talk to an Obstetrician/Colorectal surgeon who deals with sphincter injuries and nerve damage to see what can be done.”

That We’d Cry at EVERYTHING!!

We knew we’d be tired, but on teary day 3, we even cried at the Postman. How normal is it to feel these low emotions? When will you feel this way? For how long? And when should you worry?

Kari Health‘s Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist Chloe Pollock says, “Also known as ‘baby blues’, low feelings commonly occur 3-5 days after birth and typically last 2ish weeks. You might experience unexplainable crying over small triggers, significant mood swings or be noticeably irritable. There may also be higher worry and anxiety. Roughly 80% of mothers will experience this, and it’s due to changes in hormone levels, tiredness, changes in routine and feeling overwhelmed. Simple things like eating well, resting as much as possible and doing something you love can all help. You might not be getting enough sleep, but you can look after yourself with self-care.

Stay Connected
Stay Connected

Try and reconnect with your partner too. Find the time to check in with each other so you feel supported. Ask for help, whether it’s cooking, cleaning, or running errands – don’t try and do it all! Stay connected and speak to someone! It doesn’t have to be a professional – just someone who is non-judgemental who can provide a space for you to talk and offload. Attending a Mum Club event is a great way to improve your mood and speak to other mums in the same boat as you. If you’ve been experiencing symptoms for over two weeks, consider speaking to your GP/medical professional, and remember you’re not alone.

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Nurture Yourself
Nurture Yourself

Pregnancy + New Mother Support provides you with the recommended daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals needed throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, as advised by the UK Department of Health.

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That We’d Feel Like a Rusty Bucket

We expected a certain level of repair (*especially in certain areas! No guesses where necessary). But overall, general immobility was not something we were prepped for. We ran during pregnancy, but why do we feel too clunky to even think about it after birth?

Louise Hinton, Lead Nurse at Kari Health, says, “It’s so normal to feel clunky after giving birth. And many women find that they continue to look pregnant for a few weeks. This is because it takes this time for the funds (the top of your uterus) to descend back into the pelvic cavity. It is an excellent idea (for weight loss and mental health) to do exercise post-partum. However, waiting until 3 – 6 months post-delivery is advised to allow for any internal and external healing. Running too soon can cause incontinence, injury or prolapse. So please don’t rush! Extra caution is needed to avoid injury for those who did not run pre- or during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the hormones relaxin and progesterone increase, allowing your ligaments to become looser to accommodate and support your body shape and size change. It takes 6 – 12 months for the ligaments to return to normal, so therefore some women find exercise more difficult post-partum, especially high impact or core strength workouts.”

Give Your Body a Helping Hand
Give Your Body a Helping Hand

Bone + Muscle Support is a botanical blend with vitamins and minerals for bone, teeth, joint and muscle support.

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That We Might Not Instantly Love Our Baby

We talked and sang to our bumps like our pregnancy yoga teachers told us. And to be honest, we expected our babies to be the ones with a bonding issue – not us! But is it normal to not feel maternal love instantly?

Kari Health Psychotherapist Chloe Pollock says, “Bonding can be immediate for some, but for others, it can take time. And this is entirely normal. The process isn’t linear. You may find the attachment grows as you provide care for your newborn. Having a c-section or having a traumatic birth, which meant you did not get to see your newborn straight after birth, can make the bonding process challenging. Post-partum depression can also impact the mother’s ability to bond with their child. Challenging family dynamics can also be a factor. Bonding occurs in many ways, like skin-to-skin touch, feeding time, breastfeeding, and general care like bathing or rocking them to sleep. The love you have for your child grows and grows, and it’s ok if you don’t feel an instant rush of love. If a few months have passed and you still feel a lack of connection, speak to your GP or Health Visitor, and they can determine if a psychological or health issue may be playing a part in the challenges.”

That We’d Be SO Sweaty

Motherhood is one hell of a journey! And in those early days, we seemed to be leaking from every orifice. But why the sweats and a high temp? And when should you worry?

Nurse and Midwife, Jasmine Sneyd says, “Hormone levels are high during pregnancy, and after birth, they decline. This fluctuation and your body’s attempt to regulate itself leads to night sweats. The most apparent sign of post-partum night sweats is waking up from sleep drenched or soaked in sweat. It’s completely normal and should only last a couple of days. You might get a mild fever when you first start producing milk, and it happens because the breasts can swell too much and become inflamed when your milk starts to come in. However, there are a few reasons why you might have a high temperature after birth, and it’s always best to get checked out by your GP or midwife, especially if you’ve had a c-section.”

Give Your Body Some Extra Support When Breastfeeding
Give Your Body Some Extra Support When Breastfeeding

It won’t fix the sweats but Breastfeeding Support is formulated for mother and baby, to support at a nutritionally demanding time. A botanical blend that helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue, support cognitive development and helps maintain bones and teeth.

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That Our Periods Could Bring Us New Levels of Agony

Many women say that when their periods finally returned, they were heavier and or more painful. But why? Will they be like this forever? And is there anything you can do?

“Some women mistake heavy periods post-partum for the very normal phase of Lochia. Lochia is heavy at first but gradually subsides to a lighter flow until it goes away”. Some women experience heavier periods because their uterine cavity is bigger after having a child, so more endometrium is produced each month to shed. However, many women experience much lighter, shorter periods. If your periods are much heavier, more painful and longer following childbirth, it is advisable to see your GP.”

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If you’re really struggling with periods taking a supplement like Premenstrual Support is designed to regulate hormonal activity, support skin health, promote a positive outlook and maintain energy during and in the run up to your period.

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That We Wouldn’t Want Sex *for a Laaang Time

We knew it would take a while to get ‘it’ back, but we didn’t realise we’d lose our want and need for anything sexy. Why does this happen? Can you get it back?

Midwife Jasmine Sneyd says, “When one resumes personal and sexual relationships is a very individual and often cultural decision”, so please don’t feel there’s a rush. “Due to hormone changes during pregnancy and after birth, vaginal dryness may occur. It is important to have a postnatal check-up so you can discuss any concerns with a Midwife but try not to worry as it does take time. When you want to have sex and you’ve been given the go-ahead, a lubricant can moisten the area if you’re experiencing dryness. And your pelvic floor exercises are essential in this area too! As they can help with sexual health by bringing a good blood supply to the area.” And all of the things that help improve your emotions can also help here! If you’re happy and well-nourished, you’ll be far more likely to want to get it on with your partner.”

That Our Hair Would Make Us Look Ridiculous

We’re not sure what was worse, the fallout or the regrowth. Why does it happen? How long does it last, and is there anything you can do?

Midwife Jasmine Sneyd says, “Again, due to the pregnancy and afterbirth hormone changes, some mothers may experience hair loss. It is considered completely normal and usually begins within five months of giving birth and then tends to slow down. It often corrects itself as time passes, and there are different thoughts on why this may happen. Good nutrition will help. And you can make sure your body receives the proper nutrients required for healthy hair. Some professionals may advise additional supplements to support your diet. Try to be gentle with your hair and avoid harsh shampoos and hair dyes until things improve.”

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Why You Need to Know About Kari Health

Kari Health is a Women’s Health Platform that is changing the way women view and care for their health. Designed and run by a team of women’s health experts, you can find expert advice, and articles as well as solutions for your health. Kari Health covers topics other platforms may not.

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Recipe of the Week: Christmas Robin Cake Pops

“Booths are making Christmas seriously easy this year, with an incredible food range that can be pre-ordered or bought in store – they also have tons of easy to follow recipes on their website.
And these (*impress everyone) cake pops are so easy to make. You can even do it with the kids or pre-make some on your own and then let them go wild with a few!”


1 Booths Madeira Loaf Cake
200g tub ready-made vanilla buttercream
300g milk chocolate
100g ready-made red fondant
100g ready-made white fondant
50g ready-made yellow fondant
1 pack candy eyes
1 pack food colouring gels
Paper straws


1. Crumble the sponge between your fingers until you get a fine breadcrumb consistency.
2. Add the buttercream and mix until it comes together.
3. Mould the cake mix into round balls, using a small ice-cream scoop to make them evenly sized. Freeze the balls for 1 hour.
4. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie and cool to 30°C, use a temperature probe to help you. This will temper the chocolate and give a nice snap to the texture.
5. Press each cake ball on to a straw and dip into the melted chocolate until they are fully coated, then allow to set (they will set quickly).
6. Using some of the white fondant and food colouring gels, create your desired wing colour and cut them out.
7. Dip the cakes into the melted chocolate again and decorate with the fondant and decorations, using our robins as inspiration.

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Head to Booths for more incredible recipes

The Best of Booths This Christmas

“Whether you’re after a feast fit for all the family, a starter to rival all celebrations past or a decadent dessert, Booths have a delectable range of the tastiest options available for this upcoming festive season. Here are some of our favourites…”


We’re obsessed with this cake. It has layers of soft chocolate fudge sponge filled with rich milk chocolate ganache frosting, topped with a milk chocolate dome. Kids will love to smash the dome to find the Christmas surprise!


The perfect amount for a small family. Ideal if you’re spending it on your own and too tired to cook! Let Booths do it for you with this delicious spread.


The best way to ensure a fuss-free dinner with perfectly cooked moist turkey. This premium panettone stuffed turkey breast is easy to carve and has been slow cooked in its natural juices and finished with a muscovado glaze for a sweet, tender, melt in the mouth result.


Need to cater for different dietary requirements? Make things easier with these delicious handcrafted vegan puff pastry rolls. They come in three flavours of chickpea & lentil, tandoori spiced chickpea & lentil and yummy mushroom.


An award-winning pudding that will make a statement on any Christmas table. The delicious choux pastry wreath is filled with chocolate mousse, British whipped cream and salted caramel sauce. And it’s topped off with mouth-watering chocolate fudge icing and dark and white chocolate shards.


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To view the full festive range and place your order in time for Christmas visit 

There’s more in store…

“Don’t forget! There’s a huge range of gifts, wines, beers, spirits and fantastic treats in store to enjoy!”


Reviewed By Us: CuboAi Plus Smart Baby Monitor

Reviewed by Andi Venardos, Brand Partnerships Assistant

Pro IconPros

Simple to set up

Easy to use

All controlled from an app and app can be shared with up to 7 people

HD night vision, true cry detection, danger zone alerts, temperature control and breathing sensor.

Free standing mobile stand, floor stand and crib mount included

Con IconCons

Expensive, but worth it

App is a paid feature (1st year is free)

Overall thoughts

I was a little dubious about a baby monitor that costs as much as my first car.  But it is an all singing all dancing piece of kit and we use it religiously and rely heavily on it. It’s easy to set up, avoiding any post natal meltdowns and most importantly very easy to use! 

What is it? And how do you use it?
What is it? And how do you use it?

From telling you the temperature of the room to sending lullabies to sooth your baby it really has everything. You can – if you want to track your babies sleep, although if like me you’d rather not know this function can be turned off. The best bit is that it’s controlled from an app on your phone which doesn’t take a coder (or a divorce) to set up! It’s a BIG yes from us. 

Was it good value?
Was it good value?

100%! The initial cost is a bit of a sting but we have absolutely got our moneys worth and at the end of the day, you can’t put a price on the safety of our baby.

Would you recommend it?

Most definitely, and I have already recommended it to all of my friends.

Product Inclusions & Specs

– CuboAi Plus Smart Baby Monitor
– Mobile Stand
– Floor Stand
– Crib Mount
– Free App! 1-Year of CuboAi Premium
– Breathing Motion Detection w/ AI Mode
– High Accuracy AI Mode
– Non-Contact
– AI Covered-Face & Rollover Detection
– True Cry Detection
– Cough Detection
– Body Temperature Detection
– Sleep Analytics
– Built-In Lullabies
– Auto Photo Capture
– Event Tags on 18-Hr Playback
– Danger Zone Detection
– Multiple Cameras

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What to Wear This Week

Need some new outfit inspiration? From the most stylish casual wear to the items to get when you actually want to make an effort. The Mum Club team bring you their favourite looks of the week…

Andi Loves…

“I’d wear this almost anywhere. From lunch to brunch and even dinner with my husband.” TMC Brand Partnerships Assistant, Andi Venardos.

Harley Loves…

“I’m all about comfort + style and this look ticks all the boxes.” Harley Waller, Affiliates and Admin Coordinator

Luzaan Loves…

“Red is the colour of the season. I’m wearing this jumper daily as well as my very on trend silver flats.” TMC Style and Content Creator, Luzaan Shaw.

Lydia Loves…

“I’m obsessed with this trench, it’s classic but comes in an oversized style which is stylish and great to chuck on when you’re in a hurry.”

Jessica Loves…

“I’m loving this girlish school skirt style that’s in fashion atm. But I’m making it look more grown up with a well tailored coat and high end looking accessories.” TMC Co-Founder, Jess Lawes.

Lauren Loves…

“This jumper is the cosiest thing I’ve ever felt. I’ll be wearing it all winter, on the school run, at home and maybe even in bed!” TMC Co Founder Lauren Webber

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Reviewed By Us: eufy RoboVac 30C Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Reviewed by: TMC Style and Content Creator, Luzaan Shaw

Pro IconPros

Very quiet compared to manual vacuum cleaners

You don’t have to lift a finger

Vacuum’s hard floor and carpet

Stays within borders you set

Drop-sensing technology to avoid falling downstairs and off ledges.

Con IconCons

You’ve got to empty the 0.6-litre bin quite often.

You need a regular vacuum to do the stairs.

Overall Thoughts

‘Robo’ has been a game-changer for me and my family. It’s like we have a live-in cleaner – a really cute one. We (I) used to drag out the vacuum every other day with the kids constantly making a mess. And now we’ve got this little guy scheduled to clean at 4:00 AM daily, and he hustles for about an hour and 20 minutes before heading back to charge downstairs. The only downside is you have to empty the 0.6-litre bin quite often. But it’s not really a huge deal. The vacuum has sensors that help it avoid the top of the stairs. Plus, he’s best buds with Alexa and Google Home, which means I’ve saved myself from early wake-up calls by telling Google to turn him off when he gets stuck on cables in the morning after forgetting to clear the floors before bed. The vacuum is also really sleek to look at, and we’ve stashed the charging station under a cabinet, so you don’t even notice him hanging out there.

Was it good value?
Was it good value?

Absolutely, especially if you buy one in the upcoming Black Friday sales.

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Would you recommend it?
Would you recommend it?

My Sister-in-law has one, and that’s where I discovered it. I have been recommending it to everyone! I think for mums especially, who already have so much on their plates. This is an absolute game-changer. I wish I got it sooner.

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Product Specs

•Model Number T2118211
•Colour ‎Black
•Product Dimensions 32.5 x 32.5 x 7.25 cm; 2.7 Kilograms
•Capacity 0.6 litres
•Power / Wattage 1500 watts
•Compatible Models ‎ Alexa
•Special Features Scheduling
•Item Weight 2.7 kg

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Recipe of the week: Chicken and Ham Puff Pastry Pie

Mrs Jones’s Kitchen’s creamy chicken and ham pie is a firm family favourite. Made with a single layer of pastry on the top, it is lighter in calories than a pie with a pastry top and bottom – and there is no danger of a soggy bottom!


1 tablespoon olive oil
4 chicken thighs
1 tablespoon plain flour
200 ml stock chicken or vegetable
100 ml milk
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
125 g ham roughly chopped
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic crushed
2 sprigs fresh thyme
black pepper
1 egg beaten, optional – for glazing top of the pie, or milk
Pre rolled puff pastry


1. Season the chicken thighs with salt and black pepper.
2. Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in a pan over a medium heat and fry the chicken for 5 minutes each side, until golden.
3. Remove from the pan to a plate.
4. Add the other ½ tablespoon olive oil to the pan and cooked the onion for 5 minutes until soft.
5. Add the crushed garlic and fresh thyme and cook for 1 minute.
6. Stir in the flour.
7. Add the stock, milk and mustard and stir.
8. Chop the chicken into bite size pieces. It will still be a little raw in the middle, don’t worry, it will finish cooking in the sauce.
9. Add the chopped chicken to the sauce and simmer for 30 minutes.
10. Pour into a 17 x 26cm (6.7″ x 10″) dish and cool. Once cool, add the chopped ham and stir to combine.
11. Preheat the oven to 200˚C fan /220˚C / 392˚F convection / 428˚F
12. Lay the pastry over the chicken filling and using a sharp knife, cut around the egdes of the dish, leaving a slight overlap.
13. Use any scraps of pastry for decoration, fixing them to the top with a little beaten egg or milk.
14. Cut a couple of slips in the top of the pastry to let the steam out.
15. Brush the top of the pie with beaten egg or a little milk and place into the oven for 30 minutes, until the pie is golden brown on top and bubbling at the edges.

Original recipe taken from Mrs Jones’s Kitchen

Real Life Stories: What it’s Really Like To Adopt

A TMC reader reveals the process she went through and what it feels like to finally have her happy ending.

“My husband and I have always had a relaxed attitude to life. After all, it took us 11 years to get married.”

“And as many people do, we assumed that we’d try and have a baby, and it would just happen. However, after eighteen months of trying, we grew to realise that IVF might be our only option. But two cycles and a frozen embryo later, we reached a point where my body, emotions, and bank balance, couldn’t take it anymore, and we decided to stop the process and grieve for what could have been.”

But What if it Wasn’t Over? What if We Adopted?

“After great consideration, we found ourselves at an open evening for potential adoptive parents. The talk seemed to be designed to scare a few people off, but it did the reverse for us. And even my slightly hesitant husband was now incredibly keen. So, on we went.”

Our first big step was to have a one-to-one meeting with a social worker to assess if they felt it was suitable for us and to give us a chance to ask questions. At the end of the meeting, we were told that we were the type of couple they were looking for.

At last! Our first positive outcome on the road to parenthood!

That evening we reflected on everything and agreed that if there were ever a point one of us changed our minds, we would have to walk away from the process. We were either both 100% in, or not in it at all.   

The Adoption Process…

After completing application forms, a full medical, submitting references and DBS checks, we were ready to begin stage 1 of the approval process. Stage 1 involved completing quite a bit of homework and attending training sessions over several evenings with other potential adoptive parents. The stuff we learnt, was emotional to say the least.

Fortunately, we passed through this and moved on to stage two. This consisted of eight meetings over three months, where everything and anything you can think of was discussed. And, before we knew it, we were sat in front of a panel of ten people who would decide if we could be parents.

After a few simple questions and a short interlude, we were given a unanimous YES!

I immediately burst into tears. At last! We were finally getting closer to what we’d always wanted. That evening, bubbles were popped, and glasses were clinked. But little did we know that the hard part was just about to start.  

Finding a Match…

Initially, there was a flurry of children presented to us, but we had to be realistic about the type of child we could support and sadly, none fit our criteria. We even tried using a site called Link Maker, which helps parents find a better match, but the competition was huge, and as time passed by, it began to feel like this would never happen for us.

That was until we met our fairy godmother, aka our new social worker. We told her that we’d recently shown interest in a little boy, but we hadn’t heard anything back. So, she got straight on the phone and convinced his social worker to read our profile. After that, it just snowballed. Both sides agreed it was a great match, and before we knew it, we were attending the adoption panel meeting.

I couldn’t hold back the tears. All the emotion of the past six years came flooding out. The answer we’d been waiting so long for. We were a match! And we were about to become a family. It was the best gift I’ve ever received.

Now all we needed to get through was the longest wait to meet our beautiful boy.

Meeting Our Son…

Finally, the day came, and as soon as I walked into the lounge at his foster parents’ house and saw him in person for the first time, I knew he was our boy. I didn’t have time to cry because he was in my arms. It was as if he’d been waiting for us too. Over the next ten days, we spent more and more time together. Until the final day. Moving in day!! The start of life as a family of three. The date was Friday the 13th but it the luckiest day of our lives.

My Advice to Others

I hope this helps anyone who is considering adoption, going through the approval process or waiting for their little one. To this day, we still think about the children we said no to and hope they have now found a forever family. I have only scraped the surface of our experience, as it is a challenging journey and not one to be taken lightly.

It will test you but don’t give up and it will happen for you. There were times when I didn’t believe it would for us, BUT it did! 

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Can’t Mum Without – Nicola Kilner

The juggle is real! As we’re all very aware.

So what items make your mum life that bit easier?

We spoke to The Ordinary and DECIEM CEO and Co-Founder, Nicola Kilner, to find out her life, style, and mum must-haves.  

How I Save Time
How I Save Time

“Using FamCal helps my husband and I stay organised with commitments and who is doing what/where, and when. Our eldest daughter, Mila, started school this September, so I have a ritual of preparing everything the night before to save any morning panics. You can never predict if you might have a night with wake-ups etc… and be tired in the morning rush.”

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How to Make Skin Look Less Tired
How to Make Skin Look Less Tired

“I’m lucky to have a great skincare wardrobe to choose from. My everyday staple is The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc %. To me, this is the product that makes my complexion appear so much clearer and brighter. It was the product that really transformed my skin and made me feel comfortable not wearing foundation.”

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My Favourite Stylish Baby Item
My Favourite Stylish Baby Item

“It is a splurge, but I used my Artipoppe carrier so much with both of my children. My three-year-old even goes in it now. I loved having one that looks great as well as being super comfy and easy to use.”

Artipoppe Carrier
My Favourite Place to Stay With the Kids
My Favourite Place to Stay With the Kids

“We love a staycation in the UK. We recently visited CBeebies, which the kids loved. We’ve found that whilst the kids are little, we tend to enjoy active holidays a little more, whether that is a city break or we’ve been lucky to do Disney too. The children are still a little young to enjoy being in the pool all day, so we prefer being more active at this stage of their lives.”

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An Item That Made the Newborn Stage Easier
An Item That Made the Newborn Stage Easier

“I chose to breastfeed and, from my experience, found it helped with soothing, was easier for night feeds and meant no sterilising. When we did combi feeding, the Minbie bottles were great to help with nipple/teat preference. With both our children, my husband and I had a routine where I would do the night wake-ups, and he would then take over 6-9 am so I could get some deep sleep in. The level of deepness I would sleep in when my body was not listening out for a child always amazed me.”

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What I used for Post-Partum Hair Loss
What I used for Post-Partum Hair Loss

“The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Hair Density Serum was also a huge win for me when coping with all the baby hair post-birth.”

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How to Deal with Mum Guilt?

“I think it’s more Mum sadness than Mum guilt. It’s not guilt, as I believe I have the right balance for what is needed, considering all factors. It’s sadness that I don’t get to savour every moment. This is contrary to much advice out there, and I say it only to show a different viewpoint of what works for me, but I don’t factor much ‘me time’ in, and I’m happy with that. Children are young for a limited time, and I know there will be a time they choose to spend it with their friends and on their own activities over time with me. So, then I’ll have extra time to read the books I want, choose massages, go to the gym etc… So, at the moment, most of my free time out of work I dedicate to spending with them.”

Best Tip for Working Mums

“Having the right support system around you that suits your lifestyle and schedule. I use working in a global position to my advantage. I can do calls with our team in Toronto/New York in the evening when the children are asleep, and in turn, I’ll take the time to do school pick up or take my youngest to playgroup etc… I believe the one good thing that came out of the pandemic is a more flexible working style. My husband and I are also good at doing bedtime and then going for a quick dinner to catch up every week, whilst one of our mums looks after the children when they sleep.”

Best Advice for New Mums

“Firstly, I think we shouldn’t underestimate the pressure on parents today. Not only is there pressure to have it all, but also constant pressure from social media. I open my feed and see continuous reels of parenting advice. Whilst some can be very helpful, it’s also important to remember the reels we see on parenting advice don’t know us, they don’t know our child, and they don’t know our situations. You have to figure out what is right for you and your family, and what is right is likely to change often. I also read a great quote that says happiness is a measure of reality relative to your expectations.”

Advice on Parenting with Your Partner

“There are things my husband is great at and things he is less so at. And vice versa for me. And whilst we can all try to improve on what is needed to make us a happy functioning parent, I believe being equal isn’t about both being good at everything but accepting your strengths. And where you both need help. Basically, I have learned to accept I’ll always be better at packing the kids’ bags and expecting differently will result in my unhappiness, but I also never have to drive on any family trip, which to me is a fair trade-off.”

Stocking Fillers (That Aren’t a Load of Sh*t)

From troublesome toddlers to the teeniest member of the family, these are guaranteed to put a smile on their faces and ensure your home isn’t filled with more meaningless bits.



Gift the real boss of the house with our edit of stocking fillers, from relatively mess-free crayons to adorable personalised pressies. There’s even aesthetically pleasing Paw Patrol merch – if that’s a thing?!


From festive baking kits to tasteful transfers, these stocking fillers for younger children will keep them busy until the schools go back.

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Reviewed By Us: Naturalmat Baby The Coco Mat

Reviewed by: TMC Brand Partnerships Assistant, Andi Venardos

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100% natural and organic, chemical-free

Comfortable and breathable

Sustainably handmade in Devon

Hypoallergenic & fire retardant

Bedbug and dust-mite resistant

Overall Thoughts

Naturalmat Baby’s The Coco Mat ticks all the boxes – safe, chemical free and comfortable. When creating my son’s nursery, I wanted to do everything in my power to ensure he slept well – not only for his physical and cognitive development but also to help my husband & I get some rest too.

Is it worth the money?  
Is it worth the money?  

Definitely – I believe this is one of the most important purchases I’ve made for my son. The fact that it’s handmade, chemical-free, non-toxic, naturally fire retardant, hypoallergenic and comes with a five-year manufacturer’s guarantee just proves the mattress is an investment for his health and quality of sleep. He’s safe, secure, and comfortable at night – and it’s made an enormous difference to his sleep.

Would you recommend it?
Would you recommend it?

Without a doubt – especially for those who have children who suffer from allergies. Not only is the mattress incredible quality, but the customer service I received was second to none.

Product Specs

– Mattress depth 8cm (approx.)
– Handmade in Devon
– Materials: Organic coir, organic wool – Excellent customer service
– 5-year guarantee
– Complies with all standards (BS7177, BS 1877 Part 10, BS 5852-2:1982)
– Chemical-free, non-toxic, and naturally fire retardant
– Hypoallergenic
– Quilted cover is removable and machine washable at 40°c (delicate/wool cycle recommended).
– Standard size mattress available within 3-5 days and made to measure around 10-15 days

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Where to go When It’s F*cking Freezing

We’re big fans of autumn, Christmas, and all the festivities. But come January, we’d rather be anywhere else.

We say swap the layers for loungers with a much-deserved parent-pleasing holiday courtesy of the family travel experts at Tiny Travelship…

The Maldives

Yes, it’s expensive but the sapphire seas and blinding white sands of the Maldives are something to dream about during night-feed fantasies. And if you’re serious about it, January is a great time to go as it is blessed with highs of 27c, a cooling breeze, low humidity, and minimal rainfall. And it’s a lot more kid friendly than you’d think! *Hold the baby! Sea turtles we’re coming for you.

The Best Places to Stay in The Maldives With Kids

The Fantasy Desto
The Fantasy Desto

Luxury hotels are two a penny in the Maldives. However, few resorts combine sustainability, reef protection and a seamless no-need-to-lift-a-finger service, like the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau. The Zen-inducing spa, eco-friendly Kids Club (4+) and thriving marine scene (complete with resident Manta Rays) really puts it above the rest of the fantasy fray. *Go now before they start school!

InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau
The (Slightly) More Affordable Family Stay
The (Slightly) More Affordable Family Stay

Ok, it’s still not cheap but this is straight off a postcard, and amidst a sea of honeymoon hideaways, the Conrad offers a genius family-friendly solution as the resort is split into two private islands, one for tiny travellers (with a brilliant Kids Club for 3+) and one for adults only.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

St Lucia

A week (or two) in St Lucia will break you out of any winter slump. Drenched in rum and sunshine, February offers dry skies, warm waters and fabled sunsets. Suiting both experience-seekers and horizontal-holidayers, St Lucia has it all. Not only does it provide clear cobalt waters and sunkissed shorelines, but there are also towering piton peaks to hike, jungles to explore and a wealth of waterfalls and wildlife to fill your camera roll.

The Best Places to stay in St Lucia With Kids

A Home from Home (But Better)
A Home from Home (But Better)

You’ll find both traditional rooms and spacious whitewashed villas at Windjammer Landing. Which allow broods to make themselves at home with fully equipped kitchens, separate sleeping spaces and private pools. Plus, the legendary Kids Club (4+) is one of the most beloved in the country.

Windjammer Landing
Best For Ultimate Luxury
Best For Ultimate Luxury

Sugar Beach is one of the most super luxe beachfront boltholes, where some rooms have their own private Jacuzzi, plunge or infinity pool.

Sugar Beach

Tulum, Mexico

Swap your bed socks and blankets for barefoot strolls on a heaven-sent holiday to Tulum. You’ll find some of Mexico’s best beaches and most talented chefs in this neck of the jungle. Between sunbathing sessions, there are ruins to explore, cenotes to swim in and jugs of mezcal to be drunk. *This can be a slightly trickish one to get to, so make sure you pre book a transfer with your hotel.

The Best Places to Stay in Tulum With Kids

Kind on the Purse Strings
Kind on the Purse Strings

Tempted by Tulum but have a smaller budget to stick to? For a seriously kind on the purse strings stay (with prices starting from £90 a night), head to Hotel Tiki Tiki, an in-town alternative with Palm Springs vibes.

Hotel Tiki Tiki
Family Friendly *but Luxe
Family Friendly *but Luxe

Tucked between the jungle and a crystal-clear coral reef, Jashita offers a Tulum twist on family-friendly hotels, expertly bridging the gap between grown-up vibes and tot-tastic facilities. There may not be a Kids Club, but the spacious suites and secluded shoreline (which is the safest and shallowest around) majorly tick our parent-pleasing boxes.



Love it or (think you) loathe it, Dubai’s extreme child-friendliness is unquestionable; you can pre-book car seats in taxi apps, there are highchairs in all restaurants, hotels stock baby paraphernalia, and you’re never far from a boredom-busting waterpark. Effectively having only two seasons (hot and hotter), temperatures pleasantly sit at around 24C in January. For a faff-free winter fly-and-flop, it’s a no-brainer.

The Best Places to Stay in Dubai With Kids

The Best Family Stay
The Best Family Stay

Sprawling Jumeirah Al Naseem is the Middle East’s answer to Sani: 5 pools, a complimentary Kids Club, a pristine private beach, over 40 restaurants and even its own water park!

Jumeirah Al Naseem
For Those Unsure on Dubai
For Those Unsure on Dubai

Torn between Dubai and the tropics? Head to Anantara, on the corner of the Palm, for the best of both worlds. With the only over-water villas in the UAE and Thai-inspired buildings, this cultural melting pot offers serene seclusion away from the maddening crowds.



Looking to escape the bitter cold but can’t face spending ten-plus hours in economy? Don’t underestimate the parent-pleasing power of a mere 3-and-a-half-hour flight with tiny travellers in tow. With highs of 22C, Morocco might not be our first beach break choice this time of year, but it’s perfect for a spot of sightseeing and shopping underneath a sunny sky.

Best Boutique Bolthole, Marrakech
Best Boutique Bolthole, Marrakech

A stylish sanctuary proving Pinterest dreams can become a reality. Offering the best of both worlds, this hidden hideaway is footsteps from the main city sights, yet the owners have done an incredible job of creating an oasis of peace and tranquillity – not an easy feat in this non-stop neck of the woods.

Le Riad Yasmine
Best for Sandy Beaches, Essaouira
Best for Sandy Beaches, Essaouira

Looking for a slower pace of life? With wide sandy beaches and a more manageable souk, Essaouira is considered by those in the know as the most family-friendly city in Morocco. The unique set up at serves guests spacious self-catering riads with hands-on help and hotel amenities; think a heaven-sent hammam, tennis, volleyball and roaming resident turtles.

Rebali Riads

Tiny Travelship’s Top Tips for Long-Haul Family Flights

“Whilst the thought of being stuck in the sky with a travel companion prone to meltdowns might not sound like the most fun you’ve ever had, we’re here to reassure you there’s no need to fear the flight.”
“Planes basically act as giant white noise machines, and the younger the babe, the easier it is to travel.”
“That being said, if you’re looking for an extra helping hand, we always recommend roping in the grandparents (and ‘accidentally’ booking seats far, far away). If you’re feeling super boujee, splash the cash with The Air Nanny, an in-flight childcare chaperone. Finally, for the ultimate ease, book a transfer directly with your hotel *and don’t be afraid to ask for photos of car seats. Happy holidaying!”

The Air Nanny

What is Tiny Travelship? is a brilliant website packed with parent-pleasing stays all visited and verified by a fellow family. Making booking your next trip easy, you can filter holidays by the age of your children, weaning and sleeping requirements, distance from the airport, and the details important to you. 

You can also give them a follow on Instagram for daily inspiration, itineraries, insider reviews and the chance to share your recommendations.