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Ten Ideas for Spring Cleaning Kids’ Dirt with CIF!

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As a Mother with limited abilities as a housewife, I decided I could do with some tips on cleaning so I’ve done some research and put a list together. Here are ten ideas to get me started on the Spring Cleaning – with particular reference to kids’ dirt.
Please feel free to join me!

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Anti-Diet Coaching Comes to Portishead

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A new nutrition consultancy service is now available in Portishead offering the opportunity to ditch diets for good! Dr Rebecca Hiscutt is a weight loss specialist and registered dietitian who provides help and support to help people lose weight whilst enjoying food.

Find out more about Rebecca’s Anti-Diet service and a forthcoming weight loss evening of cake, coffee and food talk in the article!

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Dirty Dancing at Bristol Hippodrome

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A new tour of the UK hit show Dirty Dancing has launched at The Bristol Hippodrome.
Does the show live up to the film?
Is Dirty Dancing suitable for children?
Click through to read the review.

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Portishead gets ‘behind’ Sport Relief!

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On Monday 10th Feb Sport Relief swept into Portishead in spectacular style. Have a look at the fun we all had and find out how Portishead got ‘behind’ the fundraising challenge. Warning – contains bottoms!

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Part Time Job Vacancy with LIKEMYMUM

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Are your children grown up?

Are you looking for a part time role, flexible hours?

LIKEMYMUM Ltd specialies in placing mature Mums (and Dads) with families who are looking for someone to look after their children before or after school. Interested? Then click through for more details about a new job opportunity.

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Skylanders Stink Bomb – New SWAPForce Character

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Skylanders Stink Bomb, one of the newest SWAP Force characters is surely the Smelliest Skylander in all of Skylands. You can learn more about his unusual powers here!

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Happy Days Musical Review – Bristol Hippodrome

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I went to watch Happy Days at Bristol Hippodrome with fond memories of the TV show, but would the Fonz still be cool all these years later?

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Robin Hood Costume for World Book Day

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World Book Day. A valuable date in the academic year, but is it just a bit too much hassle for busy parents?
This year I did it the easy way!

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An Award Winning Blog?!

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I’m quite shocked and extremely flattered to discover that I’ve been nominated for a blogging award for Practically Perfect Mums, but to have any chance of getting through to the next round I need your help!

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New Lake Grounds Play Area and Press Photo Shoot

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Great news! The new Lakegrounds play area is now open!
The Lake Grounds Play Equipment Group and the Town Council are asking for local residents and children to come down and view the play area, show your support and have photos taken for the local press.

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Oliver the Musical in Portishead

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Oliver The Musical is coming to Portishead in April. It promises to be a colourful and fun production for families and tickets are already selling fast!
Click through for details of where and when you can buy along with available discounts.

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Congratulations! You Raised £20,000 for Sport Relief!!

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We did it! Team Honk Relay reached its target to raise £20,000 for Sport Relief.

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NCT Nearly New Sale in Portishead

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Your chance to hunt for some bargains for the little ones at the next NCT Nearly New Sale in Portishead

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Team Honk Bristol – Clifton

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Bristol’s contribution to the Team Honk Relay, aiming to raise £20,000 for Sport Relief, promised ferry travel, juggling across the Avon and a Zumba flash mob. I couldn’t resist popping across to check it out!

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Sport Relief Team Honk Relay Portishead & Bristol

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Sport Relief in the form of Team Honk Relay is due to hit Portishead on Monday 10th February. This is an event you won’t want to miss. We are bringing six horses through Portishead High Street with riders in High Viz jackets. There’ll be runners in big red pants and a chance for the little ones to pass the baton and be part of the 3000 mike relay race and help in our bid to raise £20,000 for Sport Relief!

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Center Parcs Fun Winter Facts Infographic

Winter is well and truly in full swing and it’s tempting to turn our backs on the outside world and stay indoors, but if you take a moment to look outside, you might notice that it’s alive with activity. There are squirrels scurrying around and foxes hiding in the undergrowth.

Center Parcs have produced this infographic for children to help them understand more about the nature we see around us.

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Events Calendar Portishead & Beyond

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Welcome to the new look Events Calendar for Portishead and beyond. Click on the link and have a look round. I’d love to hear what you think.

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West Side Story Review – Bristol Hippodrome

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We’ve heard great things about West Side Story so I couldn’t wait to take my seven year old son to see it. Here’s our take on the experience.

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Sport Relief and Team Honk head to Portishead

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As the nation gets into shape for the Sport Relief weekend, Practically Perfect Mums will be joining forces with a huge team of bloggers, friends, local businesses and supporters in a 3000 mile race in a bid to raise £20,000 for Sport Relief. Fancy being involved? Then read on.

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Our Top Presents for Children this Christmas

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When you’re buying presents for your children it can be so hard to get the balance right. These are the presents which really worked for our three.

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Goodbye 2013 and Happy New Year 2014!

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Happy New Year 2014! Would I say 2013 was a failure or a success?

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The Rise of Energy Consumption – an Infographic!

Click through to see an infographic about how technology can help us keep tabs on our energy consumption.

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White Christmas at Bristol Hippodrome – Review

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It’s not even the end of November so I make no apologies for not being immersed in the Christmas spirit quite yet. This week though, we’ve been to see the first ever showing of White Christmas at the Bristol Hippodrome, so there’s a kickstart into the festive season right there! Click through for more information.

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Missfit Exercise Classes

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Sam Blackmore-Squires is the brain behind the up and coming Portishead exercise brand, ‘Missfit’. She has a B Ed honours degree in Primary teaching and is a level 2 fitness instructor with qualifications in Exercise to music Adapting exercise for post/ante natal clients (Level 3) Circuits/Bootcamp group training Boxercise/kickboxercise/Boxercise Kids. She’s also CRB checked, has emergency […]

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Why Choose Water Babies?

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Here at Water Babies there’s not much we don’t know about baby and toddler water confidence, safety and swimming – and that in turn will help with your baby’s emotional and physical development. We think that’s pretty handy in a world that’s 80 per cent water.

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Clifton Lido Review

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My review of Clifton Lido in Bristol – It has a heated outdoor pool, steam room, sauna, hot tub, bar and restaurant, but this is certainly different to any spa I’ve been to before!

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Mandy’s Make Cafe Meets Minecraft

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When I had my first child I quickly realised that there were two things would help me function throughout the sleep deprived baby years. Coffee and cake. As he started to grow I discovered there was hardly anywhere with any sort of facility to get the children out and let them do something. Now we have Mandy’s Make Craft Cafe. After opening the little craft cafe in the Precinct a few months ago, Mandy asked us along to try out a craft session so we went down to investigate. . . .

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Spin into Exercise!

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Over the holiday I was so busy with the children, I did virtually no exercise. In fact, it would appear that I only did things which made me put on weight. I’ve been walking around for the last few weeks in long tops to cover up the fact that I can no longer do my jeans up. Something has to be done, but is this the answer?

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Walkers Mighty Lights Crisps Review

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Writing a blog over the last couple of years has led to our family being offered some interesting and varied experiences, which contribute to making this something I would struggle to give up. I certainly haven’t done it for the massive financial rewards! Lots of everyday activities are a potential writing opportunity for me and […]

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Time for Big Bed?

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Moving your little one from a moses basket or cot into a ‘big bed’ is a natural childhood progression, but it’s not always the easiest of transitions. Here are some of the positives and negatives about our experiences and tips about what worked for us.

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Premature Baby Store

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It’s exciting to see how many family friendly businesses are choosing Portishead as their base. Local Mum Louise has just set up an on-line shop to meet the needs of premature babies. Practically Perfect Mums would like to wish her the best of luck in her new venture, The Prem Baby Store. Click through for more details and a link to the store.

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Stay and Messy Play – New at Portishead Children’s Centre

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Sensory play can improve children’s language development, help develop early maths skills, develop fine motor skills and help improve social skills. Best of all the little ones love it! Click for more details about Stay and Messy Play – New at Portishead Children’s Centre.

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PlayStation Vita Mega Pack Review

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The 15 Hour PlayStation Vita Mega Pack Road Test.

This summer we tested out a Sony PlayStation Vita Console with 10 game Mega Pack. The long car journey to our holiday in central France would offer our boys the perfect opportunity to test the appeal of this new console. As parents we lived in hope that the new toy might reduce back-seat boredom and bickering!

Well, we can dream can’t we??

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Cycletots courses for September!

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I was very excited when a couple of weeks ago my four year old learnt to ride his bike without stabilisers. Following one of the Fox Cycling courses designed especially for little ones his confidence soared and we’re looking forward to family cycle rides in the near future. Bookings have now opened for the Level […]

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Music with Mummy and Jolly Babies

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The popular Music with Mummy and Jolly Babies sessions resume on 6th September. Click through for more details about the classes and to claim your free trial session.

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2013 – All Pants and Hot Air?

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Sometimes you just have to love living in Bristol, don’t you? Our very own Balloon Fiesta, just a few miles from where we live, happens to be Europe’s largest ballooning event. How handy is that?

During the four days between 8th – 11th August 2013 over 150 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes will take off from Ashton Court Estate with half a million visitors gathering to watch.

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Summer of Gromit – Free Film Screenings

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Gromit fever has spread throughout the region with fans’ photos popping up left right and centre. If all that running around following the trail has left you somewhat weary, why not grab a picnic and head to At Bristol’s Millenium Square to enjoy a free screening of three Wallace and Gromit films on the big screen? Click through for full details.

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North Somerset Children’s Centre Summer Holiday Sessions 2013

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Stay and Play continues during the summer at Portishead, Pill, Long Ashton & Backwell Children’s Centres. Click through for the full programme.

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Favourite Places to Eat in USA, Canada & UK

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A couple of weeks ago I had a bit of fun writing a review of our favourite places to eat in and around Portishead. With the recent investment into trendy new local bars and restaurants, it’s getting ever easier to leave the car at home and wander down to the High Street or Marina for a meal out, rather than travelling farther afield, but I’m pleased to clarify that there is also a bigger plan which reaches quite a distance from our town. Practically Perfect Mums is linking up with other reviewers from various parts of the UK as well as Canada and the USA to offer personal restaurant recommendations from writers around the globe. Take a look at who’s involved!

Here’s the rest of the list so far. Bon appetit!

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Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge at Somerset Libraries

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School’s Out and the Summer Reading Challenge 2013 is on! Calling all parents and carers of four to 11 year olds – news of a free activity available through the library to help keep your children occupied during the summer holidays! Look out for Creepy House – on the way to a library near you […]

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Our Top 10 Places to Eat in and around Portishead

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As part of the brand new Social Fabric Restaurant blog hop, we’ve chosen 10 of our favourite local places to eat in and around Portishead – based on location & atmosphere, food & drink, value for money and customer service.

I wonder if you agree with our selection?

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Free Spin Classes & Taster Sessions

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Since opening a month ago, Fox Studio Cycling has created quite a stir in Portishead with their state of the art spin studio at Kestrel Court and as a very valued reader of Practically Perfect Mums, you get to try a spin class for free! Click through for the voucher code.

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Things that could go wrong on your wedding day

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Things that could go wrong on your wedding day
Two Years On.

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‘H’ STEPS back into role of JOSEPH at Bristol Hippodrome – Review

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running touring musical of all time. So what’s all the fuss about?

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Practically Perfect Market – Buy & Sell

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Do you have baby equipment which you haven’t got round to selling?
Could you do with earning some cash for the clothes your children have outgrown?
Would you like to grab a local bargain?
Then come on in to Practically Perfect Market 2 where Listing an item on the site is FREE

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Practically Perfect Market 2 – Buy / Sell / Donate Children’s Toys, Clothes & Equipment HERE!

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Apparently not everybody in the world is on Facebook (although it sometimes seems like it) so some people have been unable to access the Practically Perfect Market – Portishead Facebook page. In order to remedy this oversight I’ve decided to set up a 2nd space for buying, selling and donating babies and children’s toys, clothes and equipment right here on the site. The idea is just the same – a FREE friendly space to buy, sell, give away or request baby and children’s items,

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2nd Portishead Appeal for Beaver, Cub & Scout Leaders!

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Founded 19 years ago, 2nd Portishead is a thriving Scout Group which has grown to include 7 sections. – 3 Beaver sections, 2 Cub sections and 2 Scout troops. Being a part of this active organisation is tremendous fun and it encourages youngsters to develop in many ways.

Their waiting list is so long that they would like to open another Cub Scout Pack and offer this opportunity to more boys and girls and this is where you, my fabulous community spirited readers come in . . . .

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Bristol Zoo Rediscovers Dinosaurs with DinoZoo 2

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Following the success of last year’s DinoZoo, Bristol Zoo has welcomed back T-Rex, along with 11 new dinosaurs, to form the basis of this season’s exhibit, DinoZoo 2!

Practically Perfect Family was invited along to the launch event on Friday evening, so off we went, armed with our three mini critics to check out the new exhibit – well, it would have been rude not to wouldn’t it? ;)

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Gordano Sports Centre

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Did you know that Gordano School Sports Centre is open to the public? They offer health and fitness classes, children’s parties and a sports activity programme during every school holiday. Click through for more details.

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Longleat Review – ‘Britain’s Best Days Out’

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Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is one of Britain’s top family destinations. If you haven’t visited lately you may be due a visit. My review suggests how you can make the most of your visit and offers some tips on keeping costs down.

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Lego Hero Factory Savage Planet – Review

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Our friends over at Warner Brothers have been kind enough to send us a bundle of children’s DVDs for us to put through their paces. Our latest package includes Ben 10 Destroy all Aliens, LEGO Hero Factory Savage Planet, Tom and Jerry Tricks & Treats and Scooby-Doo! Big Top.

Practically Perfect Mum admitted to a shocking lack of knowledge of this particular genre and turned the job over to one of her expert product testers – in this case four year old Zu.

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Tools to Develop Your Child’s Language Skills – A Review

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According to Kate Freeman of children’s communication charity, I CAN, there’s a ‘golden age’ for learning to talk – before 5½. Evidence has shown the early years to be a vital time for supporting all children’s communication, as well as a time to identify any difficulties and put support in place to improve a child’s overall life chances. In this article we look at some tools and techniques which could help develop our children’s communication skills and an excuse for some one to one time with our little ones!

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Fun Easter Activity at Lake Grounds

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Easter Fun with the play rangers. See poster for full details

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Portishead Easter Egg Trail with Great Prizes!

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Looking for something to do with the children over Easter holidays? How about this Easter egg trail which is taking place in some of Portishead’s shops and venues? There are some lovely prizes up for grabs including brunch for 4 at the Lido, a 10 session pass at Hub, a family pass at The Playport and of course some shoes. Take a look at the poster for more details.

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How long do you spend talking to your Mum?

On average I probably talk to my Mum for about 49 minutes a week. How do you compare with the infographic?

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Ladies Night at High Down Junior School

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Fancy some well deserved pampering? A special event just for the ladies is being held at High Down Junior School to include wine, a fashion show and something called Bowen therapy which I’m assured is very effective! All welcome. For full details click through to the post.

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Portishead Youth Centre Easter Holiday Scheme

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Portishead Youth Centre is running its successful Holiday Scheme again for the Easter holidays. Click through for more details.

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