The Blue Peter moment …

For all nonstopmamas who never got their Blue Peter badge, here’s our big moment to shine (or not. My ‘arty-crafty’ efforts as a Sunday School helper suggest otherwise. Most five year olds are better at sticking and cutting out than me).

As promised last week, here is the special ‘how to’ video made to mark Fairy Liquid’s 50th anniversary, featuring Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq. Lights, camera, old washing up liquid bottles at the ready …

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Wet, wet, wet

Mac by Mini BodenCall them April Showers come early. Whatever, sending children out in something lightweight but showerproof is definitely the order of the day. So why not go cheerily bright and bold?

Nonstopmama’s favourite picks include this traditional-with-a-twist mac by Mini Boden (from Waterproof jacket by Kozikidz£34, for ages 2 to 13, at and the funkily striped, 100% waterproof jackets from fab Swedish label KoziKidz (£38), for boys and girls. Its website,, has a whole section devoted to practical but great-looking “Rainwear” – very realistic for the UK market! Who says keeping dry has to be ‘blah’?

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Here’s one they made earlier …

Fairy Liquid 50th Anniversary special editionNostalgia trip alert! We don’t know when the original Fairy washing up liquid bottles were phased out, but growing up in the Seventies, the tall white and green bottle for “hands that do dishes” was always sinkside in our kitchen. So, for old times’ sake, nonstopmama can’t pass up the special, 50th Anniversary edition bottle.

The flashback doesn’t finish there. Just in time for the Easter hols, Fairy has made a series of webcasts featuring former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, demonstrating how to make bunny table decorations and a rocket (an old favourite), using old Fairy Liquid bottles. We’ll be showing you them here on nonstopmama next week. Now, if they’d brought back Lesley Judd …

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Fight the frizz

TIGI Bed Head Small TalkIf TIGI discontinued its Bed Head Small Talk, we know many a curly-haired nonstopmama who would stage a (frizzy) protest. Now there’s an image. This is one of those genius, not shouted-about gems that, once discovered, there’s no going back, such is its fabulousness.

While it’s billed as a ’3-in-1 thickening, energising and styling cream’, don’t be put off (few curly girls need help in the poufing-up department – quite the opposite). No, what this brill, bubblegum-scented stuff does is help detangle and tame just-washed tresses and make it possible to wash-and-go without your hair drying into a giant frizzball later on. It defines curls and waves, adding a bit of healthy-looking spring, with no hint of crispiness. Sorry to sound like an infomercial, but we think it’s that good. Small Talk costs £12.45 a bottle (which lasts ages), at TIGI salons nationwide (for your nearest, go to or tel: 0844 844 0944).

nonstop tip: with frizz-fighting serums and creams, try applying them while your hair is still wet (just after rinsing out your conditioner) and then comb through. This trick can make a big difference in helping to detangle curly hair and distribute the product more evenly.

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Dress up for Great Ormond Street!

Peter Pan Week at Great Ormond Street HospitalOK, time to dig out and dust off the Peter Pan video – the Fifties original can still be found on DVD, at Amazon – and get inspired. From, 26-30 April, Great Ormond Street Hospital is asking children to ‘think happy thoughts and take part in Peter Pan Week 2010′! The week will culminate in an attempt to achieve a Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest number of people dressed as Peter Pan’, and the charity is hoping to get as many nurseries, primary schools and youth clubs on board as possible (for more info and to register, fly over to, or tel: 020 7239 3182).

Walt Disney's Peter Pan on DVD, at AmazonTo help schools and families get into the spirit of Peter Pan Week, Great Ormond Street has lots of fab ideas and a fundraising pack available (there’s even a series of videos on the website – see them here – showing you how to make your own costume, presented by Kirsten O’Brien of BBC’s SMART. Very cool.). Suggestions include fairy cake bakes, organising a hunt for treasure with Captain Hook and Peter Pan-themed Mufti days (save these for 30th April, to take part in the record-breaking effort!).

All funds raised will help Great Ormond Street to achieve the target of £160, 000, needed to build two new en-suite bedrooms in the cardiac centre of the hospital. This would transform the currently cramped rooms, providing enough space to accommodate life-saving equipment and a spare bed for parents, so the family can be together in hospital. We can’t think of a better reason to join in the fun.

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