Think Beyond Pink: November 2014 – Patcham High top of the class for PSHE

Think Beyond Pink: November 2014 – Patcham High top of the class for PSHE

Here’s my November Think Beyond Pink column in The Argus newspaper. This time it’s about my visit to Patcham High School in Brighton and MP Caroline Lucas’ parliamentary bill for statutory/ compulsory PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education). If, like me, you think every school’s PSHE provision should be as good as Patcham High’s, join … Continue reading »

Guest post: Protecting your child from cyberbullying. Infographic by TeenSafe

Guest post: Protecting your child from cyberbullying. Infographic by TeenSafe

Thanks to Teensafe.com for the following guest post: Children today are growing up in a digital world, where their exposure to technology is progressively happening at a younger age. iPads are seen as fantastic tools for keeping kids quiet on long car rides or while dining out and a parent’s smartphone is sometimes used more often … Continue reading »

Think Beyond Pink: October 2014 – Ask.fm petition victory

Think Beyond Pink: October 2014 – Ask.fm petition victory

Here’s the online link to my Think Beyond Pink column in The Argus newspaper for this month, and a photo of the printed page below. It’s about Ask.fm being bought by US internet giant Ask.com and how we’ve claimed victory on our Ask.fm petition on Change.org. To follow the Love for Izzy Dix campaign, please Like … Continue reading »

Digital Parents Blog Carnival – September 2014

Digital Parents Blog Carnival – September 2014

Hello! And welcome to the latest Digital Parents Blog Carnival. This month’s celebration is a little different – it’s winging its way to you from the other side of the world. That’s right, the boomerang has landed in the UK for September’s collection of blog posts… I’m an Aussie expat Digital Parent living in Brighton, about … Continue reading »

Review: Imaginext Alpha Explorer Space Shuttle Playset… and space toilets

Review: Imaginext Alpha Explorer Space Shuttle Playset… and space toilets

During the school holidays, we took Gammon and Chips to the National Science Museum in London. It was a great day out, and we were all particularly impressed by the Exploring Space Gallery there. I’d never seen anything quite like it – the Apollo 10 capsule and a replica of the Apollo 11 moon landing … Continue reading »

Think Beyond Pink: September 2014 – Does Lego scientist set smash brick ceiling?

Think Beyond Pink: September 2014 – Does Lego scientist set smash brick ceiling?

Does Lego’s new female scientist set really smash the brick ceiling? When Lego announced in June that they were releasing a new line aimed at girls featuring female scientist minifigures, social media fizzed away excitedly for weeks like a bubbling lab experiment. The notably-devoid-of-pink set was the brainchild of Swedish geochemist, Dr Ellen Kooijman, who … Continue reading »

Review: Fisher Price Little People Happy Sounds Home

Review: Fisher Price Little People Happy Sounds Home

A while back, we were sent a Little People Happy Sounds Home for Chips to review from the lovely people at Fisher Price. Now I must say that, in the spirit of trying to win eco-brownie points with the universe, I try to buy my chunky plastic items as second hand goods from car boot sales, so it … Continue reading »

Think Beyond Pink: July 2014: #LetShoesBeShoes

Think Beyond Pink: July 2014: #LetShoesBeShoes

Hello dear followers. I thought I’d post up this month’s ‘Think Beyond Pink’ column for you, which was published in The Argus newspaper today. It’s about the recent #LetShoesBeShoes campaign against some very naughty and extremely medieval advertising by Clarks shoes. You can read about it here: And here are the actual point-of-sale posters so … Continue reading »

Ecooutfitters: ethical school uniforms that won’t cost the earth

Ecooutfitters: ethical school uniforms that won’t cost the earth

So, the end of term is drawing nearer, which means the start of the new school year will be upon us before we know it. Pencil cases will be purchased, lunch boxes bought and book bags acquired. But have you ever wondered how supermarkets such as ASDA and Tesco can sell their school uniform items for as low as … Continue reading »

Think Beyond Pink: My column in The Argus newspaper

Think Beyond Pink: My column in The Argus newspaper

What’s that saying about today’s news being tomorrow’s fish and chip paper? Well the tardiness of this post has meant this is quite literally true. You see, it’s taken me a while to get this blog post live as I’ve just returned from a holiday in Turkey, but I had an article published in The … Continue reading »

The hassle-free way to move abroad

The hassle-free way to move abroad

Whether you’re moving abroad for a work opportunity, to further your studies or simply to experience a different way of life, starting again in another country can be daunting. After the initial excitement from booking your flights and arranging your travel has subsided, the reality of how much organisation lies ahead of you can be … Continue reading »

Where do I come from? Why, Jamberoo of course!

Where do I come from? Why, Jamberoo of course!

The lovely community of people at my favourite mobile phone network, giffgaff, have launched an International Campaign to find out more about the best places to visit when you set off on an overseas adventure. And they’ve asked a selection of international bloggers in the UK to divulge the hidden gems of their hometowns. Well, … Continue reading »

Win a family ticket to Elderflower Fields Festival!!! 23-26th May

Win a family ticket to Elderflower Fields Festival!!! 23-26th May

A huge thank you to the amazingly lovely people at Elderflower Fields Festival who have given me a family ticket to their festival to give away. That’s passes for two adults and two children (under 5s are free) and is worth over £300! This is the third year for Elderflower Fields, and it’s set to … Continue reading »

Wow! I’ve made the BiBs shortlist in the Commentary category! #BiBs2014

Wow! I’ve made the BiBs shortlist in the Commentary category! #BiBs2014

VOTE FOR ‘GAMMON & CHIPS’ IN THE ‘COMMENTARY & CAMPAIGNS’ CATEGORY HERE. Well, knock me down with a feather and call me Susan! I’ve made the 2014 BiBs shortlist! Yeah!!! You can find me in the ‘Commentary & Campaigns’ category. Thanks so much to everyone who nominated. It really means a lot to me, because my … Continue reading »

Rainforest Adventure at Brighton Sea Life Centre

Rainforest Adventure at Brighton Sea Life Centre

Just before the start of the school holidays, we were lucky enough to be offered a free family pass to the Brighton Sea Life Centre for the opening of their new Rainforest Adventure exhibit. We love the Sea Life Centre in our household – mainly because Gammon has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of all things … Continue reading »

BritMums Carnival at Gammon & Chips: Come join the party!

BritMums Carnival at Gammon & Chips: Come join the party!

Well, hello there! And welcome. My BritMums Carnival hosting gig has finally arrived! Yeah! And I feel excited. Because this little shindig has a waiting list longer than a Welsh railway station sign. I’m so glad it’s finally here in all its glory. So, please make your way down the hallway, help yourself to a … Continue reading »

BiB Awards 2014: Commentary & Campaigns category

BiB Awards 2014: Commentary & Campaigns category

Yes, my dear followers, I’m going to be blunt about it – I have another favour to ask. It seems like hardly a week goes by without another round of blogging award nominations at the moment. But a huge thanks to each and every one of you who nominated me in the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ category … Continue reading »

BritMums Carnival – come join the party!

BritMums Carnival – come join the party!

Calling all blogging groovers! On Tuesday 8th April, I’m hosting the BritMums Carnival at Gammon & Chips. That’s right – we’re gonna be busting out the Party Rings, gulping down some Cream Soda, sprinkling Hundreds and Thousands on squishy white bread with margarine to make Fairy Bread and generally partying like it’s 1999. It’s a … Continue reading »

Our first visit to Westminster! Love for Izzy Dix

Our first visit to Westminster! Love for Izzy Dix

On Tuesday, Gabbi Dix and I made our way up to Westminster for the first ‘Love for Izzy Dix’ campaign meeting with the powers that be. We were there to see Gabbi’s MP, Dr Sarah Wollaston, the member for Totnes, to discuss next steps for our anti-bullying campaign. If you aren’t aware of our campaign, … Continue reading »

When hand-me-down toddlerwear gives up the ghost

When hand-me-down toddlerwear gives up the ghost

Here at Family Gammon & Chips, we’ve been so fortunate with the ‘hand-me-down’ clothes we’ve received for our kids. From the time Gammon was a tiddly little mite, my lovely nutritionist friend Karen has regularly popped round for a quick cuppa laden with bin bags full of very smart boyswear passed on by her two … Continue reading »