Sunday, 30 September 2018

Tips for Less Mess When Baby Led Weaning

Having been through the baby led weaning process twice now I’ve found a few ways to reduce the mess and making cleaning up as easy as possible. There will still be mess and allowing your baby to explore the food is really important whether it’s through squishing, smearing, dropping or eating, but you can definitely make it less messy. Give your child the chance to make a mess when you have time, but follow my tips for reducing mess for the days you just can’t face all the cleaning.

A laughing baby covered in food
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Saturday, 29 September 2018

How To Choose A Changing Bag and the Skip Hop Forma Backpack Review

How do you choose a baby changing bag? It’s one of those items you will use every day for a year or more so it needs to be functional, but you also want it to reflect your style and personality if you are swapping it for your favourite handbag. Find out what I think it’s useful to consider and how the Skip Hop Forma Backpack I was sent to review measures up.

The skip hop forma backpack surrounded by baby items
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Friday, 28 September 2018

Making Your House A Home, One Item Of Furniture At A Time

It can be a challenge finding the right furniture for your home. Even if you once loved what you had, as your home evolves with your family and your lifestyle, gradually your selection of furniture will need to reflect these transformations. Furniture you used as a student isn’t often suitable for your family home. Similarly your sense of style and decor develops with time so the items you brought from your parents’ house when you first moved in may not work any longer. The old desk that used to stand in your bedroom when you were a child has probably seen too many winters to be of much use today and even if it is still standing you can’t make it work in your interior. You might have been given a few old pieces when you first moved in, but you’ll want to replace them in time when you can afford it. One of the most difficult, but rewarding, things you’ll have to do as a homeowner is source the appropriate furniture.

Old chest of white and green drawers with one open
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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

A Raindrop Themed Low Mess Craft Activity For Children

Summer days are made for being in the garden, but as the days get colder, wetter and darker my craft box replaces the box of garden toys by the back door. This year I have been easing myself in gently with a low mess sticking activity that was enjoyed as much by my toddler as my 6 year old. Little ones enjoy the different colours, textures and all the glue whereas older children will use the shapes to make patterns and pictures.

A toddler putting PVA glue on a white sheet of paper
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Letter To My Eldest On Her 7th Birthday

You are feisty, strong, curious and stubborn. You don’t listen and you sing your own song. You drive me mad and you enjoy doing so. I am so proud of you. I am proud of how beautiful you are, how smart, how curious you are of the world. You have so much love for the world, for music, for art, for reading, for people.

A young girl sitting behind a white iced birthday cake in the shape of a 7 getting ready to blow the candles out.
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Monday, 24 September 2018

The European Escape: These Are The Places To Add To The List

Finding the right holiday for your whole family might feel tricky at times. You want to ensure that everyone involved has an amazing time, while also making the most of the time you have and the destination you have chosen to visit. I think it is important to introduce your children to all sorts of cultures and countries and with Europe being on the doorstep it is one of the best areas in the world to really witness a different culture and vibe. I thought I would share with you five locations to add to your family 'must do' list. I hope it provides you with some inspiration.

Stock photo of the Palace of Westminster at night across the River Thames
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Dear Teacher, your homework is ruining our weekends

Dear Teacher,

I don’t want to fail my daughter and I don’t want to feel I am failing as a mum, but it can’t be right for homework to cause so much distress for our family? I want another way, a better way, a way where learning is fun. So if I start sending in a letter week after week saying the cat ate the homework please trust I am thinking of my daughter’s mental health as well as my own. It is not laziness or forgetfulness and I am not critical of your methods, but this homework thing really isn’t working for us.

A young child writing with lots of pencils
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Friday, 21 September 2018

Making The Best Use Of Limited Space In A House Full Of Children

Living in my small 3 bedroom terrace house you’ll find me, my partner, my two daughters, my cat and in a few short months a baby will be here too. My eldest has requested a puppy for her birthday, but that really isn’t an option and neither is moving to a bigger house or getting an extension. The limiting size of our 4 walls means we really have to think carefully about how to make best use of our space. 

A white cabin bed with drawers underneath and a desk attachment with title text over it
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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Why Luxury Hampers Make A Great Christmas Gift

What do you get someone for Christmas who is impossible to buy for?  Over the next couple of months I will be sharing lots of present ideas to inspire you, but I’m going to start with a great gift which is perfect for every adult: a luxury Christmas hamper. Why do I think a food hamper makes such a great present? Let me explain… 

A hamper, mug, glass bottle and plate
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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Review of Cocobelle Baby Coconut Oil and Suggestions for Use

We were sent a jar of Cocobelle Baby organic coconut oil to review. The label describes the “100% organic premium cold-pressed virgin coconut oil” as “lightweight, non-greasy and mild”. With the expected hint of a coconut smell this natural product can be used sparingly and still leaves skin feeling soft so the 250g jar should last a long time. The pretty packaging will complement most nurseries, it's BPA free and can even be recycled after use. But what can you use this organic coconut oil for?

A jar of Cocobelle baby next to a teddy, a muslin and a blanket.
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Sunday, 16 September 2018

How To Be Nice To Other Bloggers

Let’s face it, in life you can choose to be a nice person or you can be mean, but being nice will probably make you happier. When it comes to the blogging community, particularly parent bloggers there can be a huge amount of support for each other, but it can be pretty cut throat too. I always find that the nicer I am to other bloggers the more I get back. Kindness breeds kindness as it were, and even when it doesn't it just makes me happy to know I am helping others so I thought I would pull together a few ways we can all help each other.

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Searching For Age Appropriate Music For Under Tens

My eldest is soon to turn 7 and I am busy searching for presents. It’s an interesting age because she can now read well which gives her an independence when it comes to following instructions and opens up a whole world of what she can explore on her own. She loves to read, dance and listen to music so one of the presents I was hoping to buy her is some more music. We have a children’s party music album and she loves the Little Mix song Black Magic from it. Little Mix have lots of young fans so I thought I would buy their most recent album “Glory Days”. Having had a little listen I realised I made a big mistake.

Me pulling a worried face hiding behind a Little Mix glory days CD
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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Fingerlings HUGS Review

Do you remember Fingerlings? They were one of the must have toys last Christmas and they are still popular with pandas, dragons, unicorns and sloths joining the collection of interactive monkeys which hug your finger. Bella and Boris, two or the original Fingerlings designs, have now been super-sized and made from soft plush. They are called Fingerlings HUGS and we were sent one of the new WowWee products to review. The Fingerlings HUGS are super loveable like their little siblings and they even chatter just like them too, but they are much bigger. We were sent Bella the Hug and she has been an instant hit with the whole family.

A girl hugging a pink long limbed cuddly monkey
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Monday, 10 September 2018

Little Tikes Stem Jr Review: Builder Bot and Tornado Tower

Little Tikes have long been a popular brand in our house (and garden) so I was keen to get my hands on their new STEM Jr range when I heard about it. The products take the principles from science, technology, engineering and maths to make educational play for pre-schoolers fun. We were sent the Builder Bot and Tornado Tower (both aimed at 3 years and up) to test out with my daughters, but how did they get on?

The Stem JR toys in their packaging
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Friday, 7 September 2018

BRIO Play & Learn Musical Caterpillar Review

My youngest has always loved music, we started taking her to music based baby groups from just 3 months old and she was entranced. Even now whenever she hears music she starts to dance. Unsurprisingly musical toys are a favourite for her so her attention was caught by the BRIO Play & Learn Musical Caterpillar we were sent to review as soon as I put the blocks in. I think the toy is great too because it doesn’t just play music, but it encourages a toddler's problem solving and memory skills.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Stunning Compact Beach Towel Review And Giveaway From Tesalate

Over the last few months I have been swimming a lot. From going to the gym to help my PGP, swimming with the girls on holiday, splash park and even paddling in the sea I feel like most trips out have required a bikini and towel. Once upon a time taking a swimming kit out (especially for the whole family) would require a HUGE bag, but not any more as you can now get really compact towels. I was sent a beach towel to review from Tesalate and I’m pretty confident they sell the most beautiful range of towels available.

A colourful towel, flip flops and sunglasses on sand
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Monday, 3 September 2018

Our Summer 2018 journal

My eldest’s only homework this summer was to complete her summer journal. I understand in theory it's a good way to encourage memory, logical thinking, writing and drawing, but it’s also good way to make parents repeatedly nag their children to get it done. It should be a lovely book to look back on and remember the summer, from the ordinary days to the extraordinary. M's is somewhat lacking in content though so I thought I would create my own version, one which fortunately doesn’t rely on my art skills or handwriting.

two children on an aeroplane, one is playing on the iPad, the other is writing in a magazine and listening to her ipod
Flying to France
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