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Tilly & Friends iOS App Now Available!

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iPad Apps for KidsThe first ever Tilly and Friends game app based on successful CBeebies TV series and picture books by award-winning author Polly Dunbar is now available on the Apple App store priced at £1.99p.

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Featuring characters created by leading children’s author Polly Dunbar, rich art and animation from the successful CBeebies TV series and the voice of Alex Kelly (who plays Tilly in the show), the Tilly and Friends app allows children to play along with Tilly, Pru, Tumpty, Doodle, Hector and Tiptoe in a fun series of 32 mini games.

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Five ideas for festive family fun


things to do in London at ChristmasThere’s never a better time for family fun than at Christmas, but it can difficult to fit it all in. However, with the kids on their school holidays it’s worth making the effort to get some festivities in the diary.

They don’t need to be expensive, they might only take an hour or two, or they might be things you’ve talked about doing for years and never quite find the time for. Here are five ideas to make the run up to Christmas even more special:

Get enchanted at Harry Potter World

There’s something for everyone at the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tours. Kids and adults will love it equally, and even non-Potter fans can appreciate the amazing sets and special effects.

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My Fashion Fix in Zara


Zara must have fashion buysToday I managed to nip off and do a few final bits of Christmas shopping which was good as I was still searching for the odd gift.  The one thing with Christmas is that  you get so caught up buying for everyone else it’s easy to forget you need a little treat to see you through the Christmas chaos and to pick up your festive cheer.

I woke this morning feeling really good.  Two nights good sleep had refreshed my body and my mind and a conversation with a friend yesterday had reminded me that sometimes you have to take a chance on something and see where the wind takes you.  The morning sunshine was fresh, bright and the wind invigorating and cleansing.  It was a beautiful morning and after good mooch around the shops and getting those final few gifts I headed into one of my favourite high street stores Zara.

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Review of the Jackpot City Birdhouse for the home

#38277 Jackpot City Birdhouse 19.95

RSPBHave you noticed the huge decline in bird numbers over recent years? The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) has recently completed a survey into the numbers of different species of birds that have been spotted in UK gardens. Sadly the 2013 survey has only confirmed what was already believed, that the numbers of birds are still declining.

Starling numbers have declined by 16% since 2012 and house sparrows, which once were a very common bird, are now in the red list and their numbers have declines by a further 18% over the last year. It isn’t all bad news, the populations of some birds such as the jay and the fieldfare have increased.

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