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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Helping Your Child Perform Well At School


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We all want our children to perform well at school and most schools take pride in their ability to work with parents to identify and nurture their pupils’ potential. Below are a couple of tips from a private school in Hertfordshire on what you can be doing at home to help support your child to perform well at school.


A sign that reads 'love to learn' on a large pencil shape on a concrete wall


Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The Importance Of School Trips


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School trips are an essential part of your child’s learning. They not only help to consolidate and contextualise the learning that has taken place within the classroom but they give your child the opportunity to explore and extend their understanding of what is being taught in a completely different environment. This helps bring leaning to life!


School backpack laid out with supplies spilling out and shoes placed at the side


New Home, Too Much Space: Tips For Furnishing A Larger Property


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For most families, the need for more space is one of the most significant influencing factors on the decision to move home. However, while more living space will always be appreciated, the initial stages of making the most of a larger property can actually be a little trickier than you may expect.

Moving boxes and house plants piled up, with other moving items

Monday, 24 June 2019

How To Identify Your Child’s Learning Style


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As parents we are actively keen to support our children’s development as best we can in order for them to reach their full potential and for them to experience success. The question is, how can you identify your child’s learning style in order to best support their learning journey? 

A private school in New York have put together the following information and advice to help.


Coloured pencils in a pen pot with a classroom in the background


Sunday, 23 June 2019

Why Are The Foundations Of Your Home So Important?


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Just like in relationships or family life, solid and well-built foundations are vital to the strength and durability of your home.

The foundations of a home are important for a number of reasons; they support the weight of the building, they provide strength against the elements and they help to isolate the structure of the building from any moisture in the ground.


Brick wall, half painted red with a heart drawn on it in black

In order to protect your home from damage and maintain its value, it is essential that your home is built upon a strong foundation. 

Read on to learn more about the importance of house foundations from the experts at Screwfast Foundations Limited…


Saturday, 22 June 2019

Why You Should Install Outdoor Lighting


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There are many benefits to adding outdoor lighting to your home. Outdoor lighting can help to improve the safety and security of your property, as well as extend the use of your garden well into the night.

Read on to learn more about the benefits of outdoor lighting from the team of expert designers at Inspyer Lighting


Outdoor lighting hanging on a string along the side of a house


Friday, 21 June 2019

The Benefits of Artificial Grass


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Grass is a beautiful feature to any garden; however it is also high maintenance and sensitive to changing weather conditions. This is why artificial grass is becoming such a popular choice for many homeowners, especially parents who don't have the time to mow! If you’d like a low-maintenance lawn that looks fantastic all year round, then artificial grass could be the answer!



Here we take a look at some of the many benefits of artificial grass….


Thursday, 20 June 2019

How to Study Medicine at University


The NHS has been a big part of our families lives. Caring for my sister and her premature twins, our fertility treatment and Mum's cancer treatments have all shaped and changed our family. Throw in fixing of breaks and sprains, hip and knee replacements, and our family has definitely had our share of NHS care and treatments!


Cuddly bear wearing a surgical mask and stethoscope

What if you or your child decide to study medicine?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Summer Crafting Essentials


With the summer holidays just around the corner, many parents are probably wondering how they’re going to keep their little ones entertained every day for six weeks. Of course, if the weather permits, summer is a great time to explore the great outdoors, visit the seaside and have picnics in the park.


Child painting stones and turning them into monsters with googly eyes

Summer is also a good opportunity to get creative with the kids, especially on days when the sun lets us down. Here are some great tools you’ll need if you plan on exploring your artistic talents with your children this summer:


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Understanding the Key Stage 4 Curriculum


If you’re a parent, there have probably been many occasions where you’ve reflected on everything you’re supposed to know about your child’s education and its left you feeling quite overwhelmed. Maybe you and your little ones are getting ready for Reception like we were last year, or maybe they'll be prepping for SATS or GCSE's, either way it can be hard to know how to best support your child through the process. With a big step for your child's future being GCSE's, I have teamed up with a Sixth Form in Hertfordshire to help parents of Key Stage 4 aged students so that they can have a better understanding of the overall curriculum and how it works.


Pile of notepads with pencils, pen and a rubber on top



Friday, 14 June 2019

Tidy Stuff - Toy Car Storage


We've all got 'stuff'. Whether it be books, shoes, handbags, collectables or toys, a house can soon become cluttered. A good declutter is often the way to reduce down the stuff in your home but parting with things can be hard.

Personally, I'm a fan of the Marie Kondo method and if it hasn't got a use or doesn't 'spark joy' it goes either to be recycled, upcycled, donated or binned. But what about the stuff you're left with? How do we store it and where do we keep it?

Well, my tidy stuff posts provide the answers and we've already covered how to store bras, keeping the cupboard under the sink tidy and the best ways to clean and store Lego. Now it's time for toy cars! 


Toy cars lined up

Toy cars provide our little boy with hours of fun but he has hundreds, mostly hand me downs from Daddy and they can easily be untidy! So, how do we keep toy cars tidy? Here's some ideas!


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

I've Launched An Etsy Store!!


We've had a lot going on recently and part of that is that I've been quietly working on a little side business. I'd been considering creating an Etsy store for a while and have had one in the past when I was making candles. 

My idea for a new Etsy store though was a little different and I wanted to provide cute and funny printables. Prints that I create but buyers can print at home. 


Flatlay showing a couple of notepads, a pen with hustle on the side and a desk sign that says 'girl boss'


Monday, 10 June 2019

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas


I've already shared the personalised gift we've bought for the Daddy of our house, along with three craft ideas, but if you're still a little stuck as to what to get Daddy for Father's Day here's five gift ideas. 


Father and little boy holding hands on a beach and walking towards the water


Friday, 7 June 2019

3 Easy Crafts You Can Make For Father's Day


Father's Day is just around the corner! If you're on a budget or just looking for a handmade gift, here's three Father's Day crafts that you can make with the kids!

Starting with a special canvas.


A small canvas, which has been painted by a child and reads 'daddys tools'


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

June Giveaway!


It's a brand new month, so it's time for a new giveaway! I've picked this one specially for the Disney fans among you!


I recently discovered that 2019 brings a big anniversary for one of my favourite Disney movies! The Little Mermaid is celebrating 30 years since it's US release. Can you believe we had to wait a whole year for our favourite mermaid to swim over to us in the UK, as it wasn't released here until October the following year!!


The adventures of Ariel and her friends were a huge success all around the world and she remains to be a favourite princess for many. 


For a little celebration I'm giving away two books that tie-in to The Little Mermaid.



Two books laid out, both with black covers and showing Ursula from The Little Mermaid


Monday, 3 June 2019

Reliving The 90s With The Spice Girls!


Flashback to the 90s..........the Spice Girls are the biggest band on the planet, we all have our favourite Backstreet Boy and mousse in our hair. Scrunchies are a big deal. The boys want to be David Beckham and we want to date him (a la Posh Spice). You might have even had a pair of platform trainers!!


Clueless is the biggest lighthearted movie of the decade and we all wanted Cher's rotating wardrobe! Quentin Tarantino delivers hit after hit, and then there's big action movies with Speed and the groundbreaking The Matrix. Se7en, well that scarred us all for life.


The whole country went football crazy during Euro 96 and football star Gary Lineker went from England squad to selling us our favourite crisps.


Being at comprehensive school during the 90s meant my time was spent with my best girls, making up dance routines, picking which Spice Girl I was going to be that day. I really, really wanted to be in a girl band! We wrote songs, picked band names and our line up changed regularly. Members mostly left when they discovered boys!! 


Flash forward to 2019 and the Spice Girls have returned for us once again and to celebrate they've teamed up with Walkers to find their greatest fans!



Sporty Spice, Ginger Spice, Baby Spice and Scary Spice standing in a regular kitchen



Friday, 31 May 2019

The Importance of Outdoor Learning



Outdoor learning offers a variety of benefits to young children and it’s undeniably an essential part of their education. Most importantly, it teaches children that learning can happen both inside and outside of the classroom; there is something to learn in everything around us. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum actually insists on outdoor experiences on a daily basis. Taunton School explore the advantages of outdoor learning below. 

Pair of blue wellington boots paddling in water over pebbles

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

May Giveaway


I'm sure I say this most months but where does the time go? We've had a lot going on lately and all of a sudden it's half term, nearly the end of May and we're half way through the year!

Realising it's so late in the month I thought I'd skip May's giveaway, but then I spotted these cute little books from The Works. 


Small notebook with 'school leavers' printed on it

Monday, 27 May 2019

Personalised Father's Day Gifts With I Just Love It


Regular readers will know I love a good gift. Whether it be unique or thoughtful, I always put a lot of effort into my gift buying.

Big birthdays, Christmas, and since becoming parents, Mother's Day and Father's Day are a big deal for us. With Father's Day just around the corner I was keen to find something special for the Daddy of our house. So, when I Just Love It reached out to me I was excited to see what they have to offer. 

Created in 2008, I Just Love It offer a range of gifts with a personal touch for the special people in your life. Asked to pick an item from their Father's Day range I had a scout round their website and found the perfect gift for Father's Day! This personalised garden beer trug!


Wooden beer drug with 'Daddy's Emergency Beer' written on it

Friday, 24 May 2019

5 Ways To Show Appreciation To Your Child’s Teachers


Teachers spend every day of their lives shaping the future of our young people. They work hard for their students to help them grow and develop by encouraging and influencing them throughout their education. With this in mind, it’s hugely important for students and their parents to show gratitude towards teachers so that they know how much they are appreciated. This is particularly important at the end of the academic year, when many students move into different tutor groups or even different schools altogether. I have teamed up with St Catherine’s School to prepare the following list of ways you can show teachers you appreciate them.

Teachers desk with books piled up and an apple on top, crayons alongside them and ABC blocks

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Dining Room Design Ideas


Dining rooms can be a little tricky. Ideally, you want to have enough space for everyone to eat comfortably, maybe with space for extra guests, and in most cases child friendly. But when it comes to upgrading your dining room, where do you start?


A dining table with glasses, a plate and a plant upon it with a light hanging low over it

Monday, 20 May 2019

How To Budget For A Day At The Disney Parks


We all know that going to Disney is expensive. Whether it be Disneyland Paris or Walt Disney World Florida a day in the parks can be expensive. A Casey's Corner hot dog here, a Mickey cookie there and the odd bit of cotton candy all add up. 


Little boy high-fiving Buzz Lightyear


Friday, 17 May 2019

Picking The Best Broadband Deal For Your Family


Whether or not we’d like to admit it, the internet is a huge part of our lives. Breaking news, social media, gaming, shopping, so much of our lives are powered by getting online.

Small table in front of a window, with a laptop, a lamp and a selection of plants on it


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

4 Signs Your Child Is Unhappy At School



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Life can be full of ups and downs; everyone can feel unhappy sometimes including our children. It can be extremely worrying when you are unsure how your children are feeling especially when they are away from you at nursery or school. 

Mid shot of children in school uniform walking to class


Monday, 13 May 2019

Easy Ways We're Practicing Phonics


Starting school can be a big transition for children and learning to read and write is a big part of that. Many children find it easy to to get to grips with their new learning experience but lots find it hard.


Flatlay showing a chalkboard with abc written on it, surrounded by crayons, chalks


Friday, 10 May 2019

5 Ways To Reduce Your Weekly Shopping Bill


The cost of your weekly shop can soon add up and we've cut down lots on our budget since I went self employed. In this post I'm sharing five ways you can reduce your weekly shopping bill.


Shopping trolley being pushed down an aisle


Wednesday, 8 May 2019

19 Books For 2019 - Mumboss by Vicki Psarias


At the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself that over 2019 I would read 19 books. To be honest it hasn't exactly got off to the best start!

I've read one! But one is a start, right? 

Being unwell recently, along with a few nights away in the caravan, have forced me to put down my phone, sit down and enjoy a little read.


Copy of Mumboss book laid out next to a plate of biscuits and a cup of tea


Monday, 6 May 2019

Clear Signs You Are Ready To Invest In Property


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As you all know I'm a bit addicted to the Rightmove scroll! Lately, though the reason for this has changed a little. Yes, I'd love to move to a bigger house but we've decided that if we do move it has to be THE move to the home of dreams. The reason that I continue to scroll is we are seriously considering buying a property to rent out. 

This will be what I deem a super grown-up move for us, but I already know from my previous employment within the housing sector that taking on an investment property is not something to be done lightly.


Small outline of a house next to piles of silver coins, and a jar of coins with a plant growing out of it



Friday, 3 May 2019

5 Ways I Manage My Fibromyalgia


Fibromyalgia is a strange illness. One day your fine and the next you're off your feet, hardly able to move. Bad days can vary from migraines to stiff joints, IBS to exhaustion, and it takes a while to get yourself feeling normal again.

Having suffered with Fibro for a couple of years, I have a couple of ways I help to manage the chronic pain and illness that it brings with it. 


Piece of paper with Diagnosis and Fibromyalgia written on it, with medication and tablets laid around it


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The Breastfeeding Journey That Never Was


Breast is best. Fed is best. Bottles share the parenting load. Combo feeding is better in the long run.

When you're pregnant a lot of these statements are thrown around. Whether it be friends, family, your midwife or Barbara who lives down the road and you sometimes see in Tesco, everyone has an opinion on breastfeeding. Modern approaches, traditional methods, when I was pregnant with JJ I heard every single one of them!

But what if you want to breastfeed and you simply can't? 


A pile of muslins, breast milk bags, breast pump and bottles, the latter of which are all empty.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Our Favourite Baby & Toddler Books


We love a good book and since JJ was a tiny tot he's loved being read to. Whether it be at home or nursery, out and about or at Granny's, he will often have a book with him. We even have a selection of his favourite books in our caravan for when we're away!

Like many kids though, JJ would get obssessed with a book and we would read it over and over for a week. This lead me to create our Book of the Week posts, where I shared our current obsession and there's some very random choices.


Shot of a child's feet with a book nearby as they sit on a sofa


Friday, 26 April 2019

Woolsthorpe Manor


Regular readers will know that we love a good day out and many of our adventures come in the form of a trip to National Trust properties. We've been members of the National Trust since a trip to the Lake District a couple of years ago and we try and use our passes at least six times a year.

We are frequent visitors to Belton House and not far from there, and similar travel difference from home, is place we'd never been too, Woolsthorpe Manor. A new place seemed a great way to start our adventures for the year.

Set in a Lincolnshire village, Woolsthorpe Manor is a 17th century manor house and childhood home of Sir Issac Newton. 


Exterior of a stone manor house, with tidy and flower boarders in front of the house


Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Essentials For Crafting With Kids


So, you want to get more creative with the kids. Get the paints out. Turn toilet rolls into amazing things. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or someone that has never crafted before, either with or without the kids, there's a couple of things you may need to get you started!


Table showing a pot of paints, crayons and paintings


Monday, 22 April 2019

April Giveaway!


It's a little late in the month but lets have a last minute giveaway shall we!

I've decided to go with an item that many of you can make use of! A voucher for one of the biggest online stores in the world, Amazon! 


Mobile phone showing log on screen for Amazon


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Seaside Spotters


We Brits love to be beside the seaside! Whether it be winter or summer, a shock February heatwave or a late summer day, a little bit of good weather sees people flock to the beach and revel in the sunshine.

Lots of you love the sunshine and you love my spotting activities for the kids too, so lets combine the two!

So, can you spot.............

The beach
Coastline showing the gravel beach, sea and pier


Monday, 15 April 2019

3 Budget Parent Dates For Under £20


Recently, Daddy and I have started to spend a little more one on one time together. Once a month he's taking a day off work and whilst Joseph's at school we go on a little day date together.


A couples hands making a heart shape


Friday, 12 April 2019

5 Free Things You Can Do With Kids


Having kids can be expensive, especially when you're keeping them entertained during the school holidays. Sometimes everything you look at seems to have gone up in price or got very expensive and I know from experience how it feels to sit scrolling through your phone at things to do with the kids only to realise you can't afford them.

So, here's 5 free things you can do with kids.

A trip to the park
Most kids love a trip to the park but if you're regulars at the local swings your kids might not feel all that excited. 


Little boy dressed as Captain America playing on a park


Wednesday, 10 April 2019

30 Minute Quiet Time Activities To Do With Your Child


So, you're kids are over excited about something, hyper after school, wired on sugar after a friends party, or maybe they simply want your attention, but they are loud and need to settle down.

Maybe you've had a long, tiring day and you'd like to have a few minutes of quiet time too, or maybe you just want to sit alongside your child, cuddle them and do something together.

Well, here's a few things you and your child can do together for a quiet 30 minutes.

Puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles are something I used to do a lot of as a child and our son also took a shine to them from a very young age. 


Little boy and his Dad doing a puzzle together on the floor


Monday, 8 April 2019

5 Budget Easter Activities


Easter and half term are here, or just around the corner dependent on where you live! Whether your little ones are always asking for snacks, need constant entertainment or you've got the additional childcare costs, half terms are expensive!


Colourful speckled eggs in a nest set on the grass


Friday, 5 April 2019

Easter Tray Bake


As a cake lover I always find a bake for most occasions! Last year's Easter creation was very yummy so I thought it was only right for another new one, and here it is!


Tray bake sliced and on Easter paper plates and napkins

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Tidy Stuff - Bras


Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head. No, not coconuts! Boobs! If' you've got them the chances are you've got bras too, but whether they are big or small, bras can be a bit fiddly to keep tidy and organised. 


Bras laying neatly in a tray as a pair of hands lifts one out


Monday, 1 April 2019

5 Things You Need To Know Before Going To Disney With Under 5's


So, you've planned, or you're planning, to go to Disney and you're taking your little ones on the most magical adventure.

I've already written about planning your trip, how to get the best interactions, what you need for a day in the parks and our favourite rides. I've even shared our first experience of taking a toddler, so with these posts and everything else you've read online you're probably all prepared.


Smiling redhead boy close up to the camera, with a Mum and Dad and Mickey Mouse in the background


Friday, 29 March 2019

The Dishes You Should Have Mastered By The Time You Turn 30


Cooking is often seen as a basic life skill and something that we all need to learn, and it's not just for the enjoyment of food. Being able fill your tummy and nourish yourself is part of being what I call a proper grownup! Not being able to cook will cause you to rely on takeouts and convenience foods, which are usually filled with all the bad stuff and aren't good for you.

Ideally by the time you're an adulting adult of 30 you will have mastered some of the basics of cooking and enjoy it. You may have even mastered a couple of signature dishes that are your go to when cooking for friends or family. But if you're reading this and thinking I'm not quite up to that level yet don't worry! As long as you can master these dishes you are off to a good start in the kitchen!


Flatlay of cooking ingredients on a wooden chopping board with a knife, set next to a pan and a tiled background


Wednesday, 27 March 2019

3 Budget Ideas To Get Your Little One Involved In The Garden



It’s March and following the equinox on the 20th, many people now say it is officially spring! The nights are lighter, the days brighter and air a little warmer. I’ve even started to hang washing out on the line so it must be warm!!

For many, and if budget allows, we start to think about holidays, school breaks and enjoying the outdoors. This year things will be low budget for us and we plan to have some time away in our little old bargain caravan!

We also plan to have a lot of time out in the garden and hope to spend some time entertaining friends and having a tipple or two! Every year we say we are going to make use of our garden and keep it weed free and well maintained but we never do! Now, with a four year old to entertain we’re finally acting like proper grownups and have made an early start. As mentioned in my Prepare Your Winter Garden For Spring post, we’ve cleaned and spruced, jet washed and scrubbed, weeded and cutback and planted seeds and bulbs. We still have some maintenance to do and, if I can get it cheap enough, I’d like some comfortable garden furniture but we are almost there.


Water pouring from a watering can over baby plants


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Getting Mother's Day Crafty With Stampin' Up


Mother's Day is just around the corner and if you're the crafty kind that's lots to craft and make. With cards, scrapbooks or a piece of artwork by the kids, there's lots to try.

But if you're wanting to try something new and take your crafting up a notch, stamping is an easy route to take. My mother in law is a big stamper and card maker and has a room full of supplies and although I've scrapbooked with her before, I've never made cards.

With a gifted bundle from Stampin' Up I've been able to get creative and make some cute little cards for Mother's Day.


Flatlay of stamps, pens, handmade cards


Friday, 22 March 2019

5 Things You Need To Battle The Chickenpox

Disclaimer - I'm just a mum trying her best and am in no shape or form a medical professional. If you're concerned about your child's health please seek professional medical advice.

It'll be no surprise to those of you that follow me on Instagram that my latest blog post is about chickenpox!!

Just over a week ago we spotted the first few spots on JJ as we started to get ready for his friend's birthday party. As the afternoon went on there were more and more and soon enough they were everywhere! We had a really scary experience with JJ a few months ago were his temperature was out of control and he was monitored through the night by a GP via the 111 service and was very nearly admitted to hospital. With this in mind I was keen to get things under control and keep him as well as possible.

Using advice from the NHS website and from those that had recently had it themselves or children had, we complied our essentials for battling chickenpox.


Flatlay showing porridge oats, calamine lotion, calpol, lego magazine and dvd and a pair of socks


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

How To Get Your Home Ready For Spring


Spring is here and it is at this time of year when we start to think about a big spring clean or making some home improvements.  

White jug filled with tulips with some laid along side it


Monday, 18 March 2019

March Giveaway!


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

The team at Danilo have kindly gifted this month's prize, a Peppa Pig calendar from their My First Calendar range. 


Flatlay of children's calendar


Sunday, 17 March 2019

My First Calendar


Since starting school back in September, JJ has become a little obsessed with the days of the week. Is it P.E. today? Is it the weekend yet? What day is scooter day? But when is Friday? We seem to have the same conversations everyday about where we are in the week, and then there's the seasons! When is it summer? Is it warm enough for shorts? It goes on and on!

So, when I heard Danilo had created My First Calendar range to help little ones get to grips with the days of the week, months and seasons, I was extremely excited! Could this bring the end of the what day is it and what are we doing today questions?!!




Wednesday, 13 March 2019

RedKangaroo


Trampolining parks are quickly growing in popularity and are a great place for kids to burn off some energy! Having never had a trip to a trampoline park, we were excited when RedKangaroo invited us for a bounce at their Nottingham branch.


Outside of a warehouse type building with the signage 'red kangaroo'