Halloween at Home

HALLOWEEN AT HOME  With social gatherings at a minimum, there are still ways to make this Halloween fun and spooky…   This half term break can be a great opportunity to get crafty together, enjoy activities and get gaming as part of a week-long Halloween celebration.   Get Spooky! Dress up your house with lots of DIY decorations to build excitement ahead of Halloween.  Hobbycraft have lots of easy craft ideas that start from as little £1 including gothic paper chains, colour your own skull sun catchers and lots of ghostly ceramics that can be painted.  Dressing the house, especially if on lockdown or self-isolating, adds a real thrill at a time when you most need it.  Just don’t forget the exterior to show off your handiwork with the neighbours.   Scary Movie Get together on the sofa and cuddle up for a family-friendly scary movie to help get into the spirit of Halloween.  Is there anything better than the classic that is The Adams Family?! Nibble on toffee apples while sipping a mug of Whittard of Chelsea’s new limited edition Toffee Popcorn flavour White Hot Chocolate, a buttery sweet melt in the mouth delicious treat.   Pumpkin Parade! The timing of Halloween this year means most children are off school in the lead up to the weekend date allowing a whole week of crafting to get stuck in to! One key activity during this time has to be pumpkin carving.  Check out Pinterest for lots of stencils and inspiration to design your pumpkin.  Remember pumpkins don’t have to be all scary faces and ghouls, try revamping your pumpkin and...

Review – Samsonite Spinners

SAMSONITE  Spinners Laura Mason reviews the Samsonite children’s range to see if this well known brand can live up to expectations for her little travellers…   While adults have been toting beautiful Samsonite bags for years, lesser known is its illustrious children’s range.  Presenting an ever-expanding collection of collaborations with big named brands from the likes of Disney and Barbie, the stylish children’s range is filled with both colour and fun…which makes sense as the last thing they’re off to is a boring business trip! Pioneers in luxury travel luggage, Samsonite’s children’s range comprises of charming school backpacks, toddler ride-ons and suitcases.  As you expect from a premium product, the cases are carefully crafted with premium materials, and from previous experience I can testify that their hard and soft shell suitcases easily withstand the test of time (and manhandling) required to protect your worldly goods when it comes to travel. Grace (aged 8) and Noah (aged 6) each chose a Spinner suitcase opting for a Marvel Iron Man and Disney Minnie Mouse design, a welcome move away from our black, plain cases that are really overdue an overhaul.   The Disney Minnie Mouse design features an embellished signature Minnie-ear print paired with neon Minnie ears and bow, while the Marvel Avengers case ingeniously features a 3-D Iron Man outline that has the appearance of breaking out of the case.  With these unique designs, they are definite head turners and the cases are easy to spot on any carousel!     The Spinners are available in a range of sizes with the smaller size at 55cm just meeting requirements with most...

What’s On this Autumn

WHAT’S ON Our Top Autumn Events 1. The Snow Centre – Hemel Hempstead  Can’t wait for your skiing holiday, or just desperate to see the snow? The country’s largest indoor ski slope is the perfect place to get some early season ski lessons in, or to hang out and soak up the mountain vibe!  Families can book lessons together or ride the Ringo Slide (advance booking recommended) – and there’s an alpine-themed restaurant and “Shuss Bar” to get the après mood going. thesnowcentre.com 2. Churchill War Rooms Stand in the footsteps of Churchill and feel history at your fingertips. These underground emergency headquarters in Westminster were used by Winston Churchill’s wartime government. The Churchill War Rooms, part of the Imperial War Museum, consist of 24,000 sq m of blast-proof rooms, 10m below street level. Construction started in June 1938 and was completed just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. They were closed in 1945 and in 1984 opened to the public along with a Churchill Museum. Here you can see where Churchill and his War Cabinet met and step back in time in the map room – which remains just as it was on the day the lights were switched off in 1945 – all of which is brought to life with an excellent audio guide. Open daily from 9.30am – 6pm, including Bank Holidays. Last admission 5pm. Adults: £18; children aged 5-15: £9. www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms   3. November Scoff ‘n’ Stroll, Roald Dahl Museum, Great Misseneden Enjoy a guided Roald Dahl countryside walk followed by an afternoon tea packed with sandwiches, scones and cakes. Stretch your legs and fill...

CROATIA, SAILING, CITY BREAK AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

Croatia, Sailing, City Break and Everything in Between Words by Jo Hollingsworth This summer we were invited by family friends to spend a week sailing with them in  Croatia. Never having seen Game of Thrones (shhh !) we had absolutely no preconceived ideas of what Croatia would be like and had never considered it as a holiday destination -the prospect of 4 adults and a gaggle of children ranging from 4-16 years old crammed into a boat for a week evoked mixed feelings (mostly bad !) As a contingency we decided to tag on a week in Split in the event that an extended recovery period was needed!   As it turned out sailing was arguably one of the best ways to explore Croatia. The archipelago is home to over 1000 islands (many of them uninhabited) so you are never far from land which makes sailing with children a breeze as a shore break is never far away, and there are around 50 inhabited islands each with their own unique reasons  to visit. Although staying overnight on the many uninhabited islands is not allowed, during the day you can visit if it’s safe to anchor, and channel your own Robinson Crusoe. The sheer number of inhabited islands makes it impossible to do justice to, so like most travellers we picked just a handful to explore. From the sea the coastline is rocky and smudged dark green with dense pine forests, the air perpetually thick with the sound of crickets. The gentle breeze provides a respite from the heat which averages 25 degrees with 13 hours of sunshine in July,...
Eborian Competition

Eborian Competition

Beauty Competition   As featured in our Spring Issue you can now WIN your own set of Eborian CC Face (15ml) and Eye Cream (10ml)! Entry is simple, just follow the @TheLittleBookMagazine instagram account to make sure you see our posts regarding this competition then all you have to do is tag a friend onto our social media post and follow the @erborian_uk Instagram account.   Winner will be chosen at random and notified by 30th May. Competition closes on 29th May. Social Media Terms and Conditions The promoter is: The Little Book Magazine The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of The Little Book Magazine and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via https://www.instagram.com/thelittlebookmagazine/ Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified. Closing date for entry will be 29th May. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows: Tag a friend onto our social media post and follow the @erborian_uk Instagram account.   The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms...
Sustainable Interiors

Sustainable Interiors

SUSTAINABLE Interiors   The overriding theme this year is for sustainable and natural materials. When it comes to decorating the home, the emphasis is on choosing designs that are classic and longer lasting, rather than something you’ll get tired of quickly. TLB showcases the dominant trends alongside some key style notes and home accessories.   Image: Shop the look: Mexico woven bedding, from £75 for a double, Shani tassel cushion, £45, hammered mango tray, £20, luxe medium glass, £5, French Connection. This year sees the launch of the first bedding range by French Connection and it perfectly fits into this lovely tactile trend, based around slow living with the emphasis on natural materials. This look is all about creating a cosy feel, mix your textures and team with tactile throws and cushions. ElizaMay Pottery Image: The Jug and Vase collection by Eliza May Pottery provides a timeless collection of pieces that are so versatile you’ll find yourself using them for all sorts of day to day things. Filled with wild flowers they epitomise sustainable living and we love the fact that each piece is lovingly made by hand in Eliza’s Cotswold studio. Available in sizes large, medium and small from £5 www.elizamaypottery.co.uk Organic style ceramics both plain or with subtle patterns and an artisanal element will be popular this summer. Look out for embossed jugs and vases and fill them full of pretty blooms and foraged stems. Colours to look out for are all the naturals plus blush pink and jet black. Image: Shop the look: Cage easy fit pendant, £45, cereal bowls, set of 2, £10, melamine bowls, set...