nsm Family: Help a South African School, Book Donation Drive – sign up your school!

How sweet, simple and great is this idea?

Enlist your school in getting families to donate unwanted English text, maths or science books to the Help A South African School Book Donation Drive.

The charity will provide a box and also collect it, filled - free of charge – schools just need to apply for a collection box by next Friday, May 11.

What better excuse to have a good Bank Holiday bookshelf blitz with the kids?

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nsm Food: it’s a wrap! Healthy lunchbox ideas with Hass Avocados

How lovely does this lunchbox look? …

… and, I’ve got to say, nothing LIKE the sort of thing this mama whips up during the school run morning spin.

But the guys at Hass Avocados from Peru – the most popular sort, thanks to their yummily creamy, nutty quality – insist that making a wrap like this is super-easy to pull off (even in a blur).

Here’s how!  Read more.

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nsm Fashion: London calling! NEW London Stripe Pyjamas by The Little White Company

Love this cute alternative to the Union Jack for a pair of patriotic pjs!  …

Featuring city landmarks and icons including The London Eye, a black cab and Tower Bridge, don’t you think The Little White Company has got it spot in with its new London Stripe Pyjamas?

A great colour combo, and a fresh change from flying the flag!

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nsm Beauty: Darcey Bussell revealed as the ‘face’ of new skincare range by The Sanctuary!

It’s been a busy week for Darcey Bussell. Not only has the mama of two just been announced as a judge (replacing Alesha Dixon) for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, today The Sanctuary Spa revealed that she will be the ‘face’ of a new skincare range, launching in July.

I interviewed Darcey years ago for a fitness magazine. We met in the rehearsal rooms at The Royal Opera House and she was just lovely – totally down to earth – and a complete sport when our photographer suggested shooting her on a motorbike, in leathers, for a laugh. She went for it – and the pics were fab.

Nonstopmama will have more on the new products, targeted at women in their forties plus, closer to launch this summer. But, in the meantime nonstopmama says ‘Encore, Darcey!’ – bring on the glitter and the glamour!

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nsm Homes: having a flashback with the new Cath Kidston Petal Sun Lounger!

Oh my gosh – does this new sun lounger from Cath Kidston spark Seventies flashbacks with anyone else? ….

It so reminds me of the sort we had in the back garden when I was little.  And turned upside down to make into dens. And inevitably managed to break …

Lovely, isn’t it? Although it’s pitched at this summer’s happy campers and festival goers, I’m tempted to get one for the garden for old times’ sake!

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