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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

44 Cats


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Kids are often little creatures of habit. The same snack after school, the same cuddly toy at bedtime and the same TV shows on repeat. With multiple TV channels and lots to choose from you'd like to think they'd watch lots of different things but no!

It's exactly the same here, and as we are on festive overload our TV watching is also Christmassy, but even for a Christmas superfan like me it can be a bit much! I probably shouldn't start so early!

As a bit of light relief we've been watching 44 Cats!

4 cartoons cats with different cool styles

Monday, 9 December 2019

Sunday, 8 December 2019

A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide ~ For The Card Game Family (Age 6+)

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Welcome back to A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide. 

I've already given a pick for a board game and now it's the turn of a card game for the family! My pick for A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide for the family that loves card games is Tetris Speed!


Tetris Speed box card game with the insert and cards showing


Friday, 6 December 2019

Teaching Your Kids To Respect Other Cultures

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If you want your child to respect and celebrate diversity it’s important that you help them learn about different cultures. The more they understand about traditions, religious beliefs and other customs, the easier it will be to appreciate that all people are different. Our 5 year old son has asked a lot about who does and doesn't celebrate Christmas recently and I've felt it's important to know that not everyone does. 

Here are some useful tips from a Catholic Girls’ School on how to help your youngsters accept and respect other cultures.


Different sized hands of different races piled on top of one another

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide ~ For The Board Game Family (For Ages 4+)

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Welcome to A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide!

I've already shared a gift for the super social friends, the interior lovers and the stylish and sustainable family, now it's time for a gift for the family that love to play board games together.

My pick for A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide for the family that loves to play board games is Shark Chase.


Board game box showing a cartoon shark chasing different sea creatures


Monday, 2 December 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 23


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas!!

It's week 23!!! Where have the weeks gone!!! 


Festive scene with a tree and gifts and week 23 in text across the front

Sunday, 1 December 2019

A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide ~ For The Stylish & Sustainable Family

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Welcome to A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide!!

Here, I share a range of gifts ideal for a range of family members and friends. We've already had gifts for the super social friends and the interior lovers and the next recommendation on A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide is for the stylish and sustainable family.

If you have a family member or friend that loves fashion and is often sporting a cool t-shirt, Soeurs Mode is the brand to do your Christmas shopping with.


Woman holding a Christmas gift, whilst wearing a Christmas tshirt


Friday, 29 November 2019

Family Christmas Traditions


I never thought I was one for Christmas traditions but looking back it seems I always have been.

When I was little Christmas Eve's were spent with family at my Nanny's (Grandma's) house. Christmas Day was quiet but with the older relatives visiting us and Boxing Day was different again with all of my siblings, their families, a lot of food and even more noise!

As we've all got older though our traditions have changed and we now get together before Christmas and enjoy Christmas Day and Boxing Day in our little units instead. With this in mind I'm always looking for ways of making our Christmas, with just the three of us, extra special and something that our son, JJ, will hopefully look back on fondly.

Here's a few traditions I've started or will be starting with my family, along with a few suggestions from my blogger friends.


Red bell bauble with Merry Christmas on the front hanging on a tree


Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Dear Father Christmas Printables


Following on from the Dear Santa printables I shared earlier, it's now time for the Father Christmas alternative!!

Print off and let your little one write to Father Christmas and give the from Father Christmas letter in return.

Dear Father Christmas..........


Dear Father Christmas letter


Dear Santa Printables


Christmas is nearing and it's time to write those letters to the big man in red!! If you've not got round to it yet these printables are ideal for you.

There's a neat letterhead for you to use to write to Santa and a response letter too! 

If Santa is called Father Christmas at your house, don't worry as they'll be an alternative letter going up for you next!!

Dear Santa...............


Dear Santa letterhead printable


Monday, 25 November 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 22


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas! 

We are now into week 22!!! Christmas is less than a month away!! If you've been joining in from week 1 you'll now be well on your way to an organised Christmas!


A festive scene with a Christmas tree and gifts with the text week 22 across the centre

Sunday, 24 November 2019

A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide ~ For The Interior Lover

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Welcome to A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide! 

The second item on my Christmas gift guide is for the interior lover. Maybe a family member or friend that's renovating their home or someone that's spent ages looking for the perfect item to finish a room.

One way to make a room bigger, make it lighter and add a focal point is to add a mirror. So, if you have someone who is missing something in their newly decorated room, a mirror could be the perfect gift for them this Christmas.


Silver framed mirror above a sink with wall lights either side


Friday, 22 November 2019

Top Tips For Leaving Your Kids Home Alone

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Leaving your kids home alone for the first time can be incredibly daunting, both for yourself and for them. Knowing when to leave the young people in your home unsupervised can depend on various circumstances, so it is up to you as the parent to decide if your child is ready and also ensure they are suitably prepared. Read on for some advice from a pre prep school in London.


Small toy house


Thursday, 21 November 2019

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Christmas At The Snowdome

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Those of you that have followed me on Instagram or Facebook for a while will know that last November we visited the Snowdome to take a look at their Winter Wonderland and we were super excited when they asked us back again this year!

Situated in Tamworth, the Snowdome offers year round skiing and snowboarding, as well as swimming, clip and climb and more! From mid-November to New Year's Eve part of the Snowdome transforms into a Winter Wonderland.


Winter Wonderland logo

Monday, 18 November 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 21


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas!!

It's week 21 and with every passing day we edge nearer to Christmas. Hopefully, with the help of A Very Snowy Christmas, you're well on the way to being super organised, prepared and on budget!


A festive scene with a tree and presents with week 21 in text across the centre.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

A Snowy Christmas Gift Guide ~ For The Super Social Friends

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The Christmas preparation is well underway and as we get into full swing of wrapping and buying presents, it's time to kick off my Christmas gift guide. So, many of you loved my recommendations last Christmas, that I thought I'd do it again.

Starting this year's Snowy Christmas Gift Guide is a gift that's ideal for your super social friends, That Song


Flat lay showing the cards and box laid out


Friday, 15 November 2019

Exploring STEM Subjects At Home

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STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) can open up fantastic opportunities for students, both in terms of a future career and simply on a personal level. Lots of subjects fall under the ‘STEM’ umbrella, from physics and engineering to medicine and biochemistry. Each of these subjects help students develop highly transferrable skills that they can carry through all aspects of their lives. These skills include things like the ability to work as part of a team, think critically and solve problems.


Boy sitting at a table with an open notebook, next to an ipad and homemade robots



Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Helping Your Child Resist Peer Pressure

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Peer pressure is something that all children, and even many adults, are faced with from time to time. It’s important for parents to teach their children that it’s ok to say no. Here are some tips from a co-educational school in the Cotswolds to help you explore peer pressure with your child and teach them to avoid it.


Parent and child holding hands as the sunsets over flowers behind them


Monday, 11 November 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 20


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas!!

This week is week 20 and as I write this we only have 44 days until Christmas!! 


Festive scene with a tree and gifts with Week 20 in text across the front

Sunday, 10 November 2019

ColourMazing

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We love creative play and crafting, and our 5 year old son will sit for hours happily colouring, cutting and sticking. So, when he spots something new and creative he's always up for giving it a try and when the ColourMazing boxes were gifted to us to try, he was excited to get crafty!


Two boxed and one packet ColourMazing set, packaging shows the ink and designs of the characters to colour


Wednesday, 6 November 2019

How To Be More Involved With Your Child’s Education


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Believe it or not, research has found that the more involved a child’s parents are with their education, the more likely they are to succeed in school. With that said, you’re probably wondering what more you can do for your youngster. A private school in London have put together the following advice to help get your started.

Pink, purple and blue crayon laid out with faces  drawn on to look like a family


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

A Clean Family Home ~ Top Tips To Keep On Top Of Mess

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Staying on top of the cleaning in your home when you have the responsibilities of looking after your little ones (and yourself) as well as working or providing for your family can seem pretty much impossible. Turn your back for a couple of seconds and your children can successfully flip a room upside down and leave it unrecognisable amongst clutter, mess and grime. Not only is an untidy house stressful, it also poses several potential risks to your family that might otherwise have been avoided, such as bacteria infections or illnesses from particularly dirty areas, or cuts and bruises from trips and falls. So, if you’d like to know more about how you can have a clean and tidy family home, then read on to uncover some of the best top tips to help you get started today!



Monday, 4 November 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 19


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas!! It's week 19!!! 

Halloween is done and dusted! Mariah is warming up and Buble is about to come out of his cave!! The shops are ready and thanks to our weekly tasks so are we!! 

This week's task involves getting the kids involved in our Christmas prep!


Christmas tree and festive scene with week 19 across the front

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Being Creative With DesignBundles.net

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Creative handmade and homemade pieces are a great way to bring personalisation and individuality to your home.

Whether you create them yourself or buy from crafty types, they can make your home standout from the rest. I often find that the pieces or ornaments that I like the most or get compliments are those handmade items.

Flatlay showing picture frame, sunflower design on paper, glue and scissors

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Tips For Bloggers ~ How To Get More Views

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Blogging is a fantastic tool for sharing your expertise and generating more traffic to your website. However, it can feel quite demotivating when you invest your time into a blog post that no one is reading. 

Driving traffic to a website is a big challenge for bloggers, but there are plenty of clever tactics you can use in order to see results. Read on for some helpful advice from an award winning digital agency in North London…


Open laptop on a wooden table next to twinkle lights and a metal cup


Monday, 28 October 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 18


Welcome back! It's week 18 of A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas and it's time to talk about Christmas clothes!!


Festive scene with a Christmas tree and gifts with week 18 in text across the centre.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Preparing Your Child For The School Bus

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We're a full term into the school year and now you're back in a routine you might be considering letting your children having a little more independence, especially if they have started secondary school this term or are in their last year of primary school.

One way of doing this is by letting them make the journey to and from school. If the walk is a little long for them or involves walking along busy roads, you may want to consider letting them get the bus. If your school runs a bus service or there's a regular bus that most of the children use it's a good opportunity to let them practice their independence.


A toy yellow american school bus and a red doubledecker bus


Friday, 25 October 2019

My Favourite Bathroom Interior Trends

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Those of you that have been reading my blog or following me on social media for a while, will know that last year we had a lot of work done to our house. New windows, carpets, a bit of decorating and a new bathroom were all on the spruce up plan.

There was a lot of mess but the cleaning wasn’t the hardest part. The simplest jobs and decisions turned into the most difficult ones. I thought picking a bathroom would be the easiest part! I was wrong! Very wrong!!

Twin sinks with gold accessories and mirror


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Eyeball Jelly


Lots of you loved the Eyeball Cakes and Brain Jelly I created last year for Halloween. So, I thought I'd combine the two strange and spooky creations and great this Eyeball Jelly!


Jelly with eyeballs


Monday, 21 October 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 17


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas! It is week 17 and this week we're looking at preparing your home for Christmas again.


Festive scene with a christmas tree and gifts with the text week 17 across the centre

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Exploring Creative Writing With Your Child

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Creative writing is a fun way for children to practice their creativity and develop other important academic skills. Children have wonderful imaginations, which parents can help to nurture using these great creative writing tips from Orchard House School


Hand holding a pen and starting to write in a lined notepad near some pencil sharpenings

Friday, 18 October 2019

What Do With Pumpkin Leftovers!!


With pumpkins in season over the autumn months they are a key part of Halloween celebrations. The supermarkets and greengrocers are full of them and many of us will buy one to carve with the kids. 

When carving a pumpkin though, the mushy filling can often go to waste but what can you do with it? Well, here's some ideas on what to do with pumpkin leftovers!


Woman's hands holding a pumpkin

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Marzipan Pumpkin Bites


I love a good themed treat and Halloween is a great reason to create a new tasty recipe. These cute little bite-sized treats are great for a Halloween party or a simple spooky treat.

They are quite easy to make and don't take too long either!

Picture of plated pumpkin bites surrounded by real and ornament pumpkins


Monday, 14 October 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 16


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas!!!

As we enter week 16 it's time to discuss Christmas shopping!



Sunday, 13 October 2019

Slap Ninja!

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We're are incredibly lucky to be sent another great game to review! This time it's Slap Ninja!

When I heard we'd be getting the chance to review Slap Ninja I was really looking forward to it, especially as this is one of the many items that our 5 year old, JJ, has ticked in a certain toy catalogue for Christmas!


Boxed toy ninja game with a large over sized hand with a chop action


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Shaun The Sheep Bookstagram Tour

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We're super excited for the latest Shaun the Sheep movie, Farmageddon and it's on our watch list for half term fortnight!

Along with the movie there's a great selection of books being released and over on Instagram I'm hosting a stop on the bookstagram tour! If you're not familiar with online book tours I'll explain! Over a week or two, bloggers and Instagrammers host a spot on the tour with a review and today it has been our turn!


Little boy holding a selection of Shaun the Sheep books


Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Thunderbirds Are Go!!!

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If you have children that are TV fans you'll probably be well aware of the new Thunderbirds animation series! It's a favourite of our 5 year old son and it's one of his first picks when he has tablet time. 

As he was already playing with Daddy's vintage Thunderbird toys there was lots of excitement when the new series started and again when a brand new range of toys were released!

When Bandai and the Thunderbirds team offered us the chance to try the toys it was an obvious YES!!


Two large action figures, along with three thunderbird vehicles and a mini figure

Monday, 7 October 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 15


Another week has passed so it's time for A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 15!!

This week we're looking at two items you need to buy before it's too late!


Text week 15 across a festive scene of a Christmas tree and gifts

Friday, 4 October 2019

My Happy Journal

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My Happy Journal  is a beautifully designed children's activity journal, created to promote a positive mindset and gratitude skills. It is full of inspirational ideas to spur on our little ones imagination. 


A bright yellow journal surrounded with pencils and crayons


Wednesday, 2 October 2019

October Giveaway!!


It's a brand new month, so it's time for a brand new giveaway!!!

Regular readers will know that last month I reviewed the EcoPanda Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads and loved them! Now, it's your chance to try them too by entering this month's giveaway!


Monday, 30 September 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 14


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 14!!

The week's seem to be passing so quickly and there's signs of Christmas popping up in the shops and on the TV. So, what's next for planning? Well, it's time to talk food!!


Festive scene with a Christmas tree and gifts, with week 14 in text across the centre

Sunday, 29 September 2019

A Parent's Perspective - Home Education


When I was younger home education was extremely rare. Often seen as something that was more popular abroad than here in the UK, home education was usually for children unable to attend mainstream school due to health or behaviour. These days though it's a little different and home ed is becoming more and more popular, with more children being educate at home.




Friday, 27 September 2019

A Sustainable Change - EcoPanda Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads

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I love trying products and sharing my reviews with you, and as I talk more about sustainability and making simple changes, I'll be looking more at eco-friendly products and alternatives.

I'm starting by making a change from the usual cotton pads to these EcoPanda Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads.


Flatlay showing a cardboard box with the Bamboo logo and panda printed on the front and the caddy


Wednesday, 25 September 2019

5 Tips For Managing Building Work With Kids Around!

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Upgrading and renovating your house can take a lot of organisation at the best of times, but throw in kids, school runs and the mess and it can be even harder!

When we had work done last year, I was working a 9-5 and had our son to take back and forth to nursery, so I know too well how difficult it can be to balance things!

So, here's 5 tips for managing building work with kids around!


A drill, nails screws and other DIY items laid out


Monday, 23 September 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 13


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas! It's week 13 and it's time to do a little more scheduling so get the diaries back out!!


Festive scene with tree and presents with week 13 across the centre.


Friday, 20 September 2019

Townend


Set in Troutbeck Valley, in the Lake District, Townend, offers an insight into the farming life of the Brownes family.


Exterior of an old farmhouse


Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Zuru Smashers Dino Eggs With Smyths Toys


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I don't know about your kids but our son, JJ, loves pretty much anything dinosaur related! So he was super exited when he first tried the Zuru Smashers range last year.

When we heard about the new dinosaur themed range the excitement reached fever pitch! As our box of gifted Dino Smashers arrived there were squeaks of joy and JJ was excited to get smashing!


Flatlay showing egg shaped toys, one large and a selection of boxed smaller ones

Monday, 16 September 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 12


Holidays are coming, holidays are coming................

Yes, Christmas is soon creeping up on us and we're already into week 12 of A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas!

So far we've wrote our lists, checked them twice, cleared our freezers, started our shopping, cleared out hiding spots, had a declutter, ordered our crafty bits, booked to see Santa, the panto and arranged nights out and much more!

What's next? Food of course!


Christmas scene with tree and lights and gifts round the tree with week 12 text across the centre

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Teaching Your Kids To Respect School Rules

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Rules are a huge element of school life and children must try their best to respect the rules if they hope to do well throughout their education. Children, however, are not born knowing how to follow rules and just like reading and writing it's something that has to be taught.

Here are some tips on how to achieve this from an international school in Spain.


Pencil pot full of crayons