Friday 31 May 2019

The Importance of Outdoor Learning

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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

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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

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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.