Thursday, 28 June 2018

"Mummy, Please Can I Have Bra?"

“Mummy, please can I have a bra?”. Not what I was expecting my eldest to be asking for in the hottest week of the year. Most people are doing their best to wear as little as possible, but my 6 year old wants to wear more clothes. I can’t be alone in thinking it’s absolute madness than a 6 year old wants a bra (or crop top). And why does she want one? It appears the answer is peer pressure.

Happily wandering around in just pants last summer

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The Best Dairy Free And Vegan Ice Creams

Once upon a time you would have to seek out specialist shops if you wanted to find ice cream which was dairy free or vegan, today there is a huge range commercially available. I'm no longer surprised to find at least one option in small supermarkets and the choice from Ocado is truly impressive. I’m finding new varieties all the time so I will add to this list as I try them. It's a hard job, but I'm committed to the cause!

A tub of the ice cream with the lid off

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Our 30 Month Development Check and What The Health Visitor Said

Little had her 30 month developmental check today despite only being 28 months old. I wasn’t sure what to expect, not because of the check it’s self (I know it's a run through of the questionnaire they sent and a few checks to make sure I was telling the truth), but because it was with a Health Visitor I hadn’t met before. I have been rather wary of Health Visitors ever since one told me to leave my 6 week old baby to cry it out. As a tired new mum I lasted 5 minutes before deciding I didn’t care what the expert said, I would trust my instincts instead. So I went into my appointment prepared for a battle as I know my gentle parenting views aren't always popular.


Friday, 8 June 2018

Finding A Tradesperson With Local Heroes

What makes you feel like a grown up? At 36 I may have been an adult for a while, but there are some events which make me feel like a proper adult. Like when I was allowed to leave the hospital with my first little human, when I received the keys to my first home and when something goes wrong in our house and I am the one responsible for getting it fixed. My first instinct is to call my Dad and ask him to help, but I have to accept he can’t fix everything and sometimes I need someone else to rescue me: a tradesperson  

***This is a collaborative post with Local Heroes, but all thoughts are my own***

An electrician wearing a hard hat working on a plug socket

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

A Private Space For A Shared Bedroom - Dream Tents Review

My daughters (aged 2 and 6) share a bedroom. They have done since Christmas and most of the time it works pretty well. We have a 3 bedroom house and with the hope of 3rd child on the way it made sense to move the girls in together. Plus I hoped to stop my eldest shutting the door in her sister's face yelling she couldn’t go in HER room. I have discovered there are three main problems with them sharing a room: firstly it is constantly an absolute mess, there are so many toys in there and neither girl could be considered tidy. Second, both girls at times want their own space, understandable as I do too. Thirdly my eldest doesn’t go to sleep until far too late and the only way to get her sleepy is for her to read in bed, which requires a light on. We were sent a Dream Tent to review and I was interested to see how we got on and if it could solve any of our sharing a bedroom challenges.

A view of the top bunk of a bed with a pop up bed on one end with tie back doors

Monday, 4 June 2018

Where next, Teddy? Personalised Book Review And Giveaway

Have you noticed how children can become more engaged with a book when they relate to it in someway? When the lead character shares their name and looks a bit like them they definitely show an interest. You might be lucky enough to stumble across a book which seems to be about them, but if you don’t want to leave it to chance there are a number of companies that will print a book personalised for your child. “Where next, Teddy?” is a beautiful personalised book we were sent to review by Chapterful where your child goes on a bedtime adventure with a teddy bear.


Friday, 1 June 2018

How To Make Your Garden Child Friendly In All Weathers

Entertaining the kids can be a tough job at times as some days they just never seem happy with anything. It’s often best for everyone if you can get outside and the easiest place to go is in the back garden. As we live in Britain with it’s unpredictable weather I have been looking at ways to make my garden not only child friendly but suitable for all weathers. I’ve found a few things that do that perfectly. 

A large display area with artificial grass, games, a tent, stepping stones and stage area