• Blog entry

    School readiness : What children actually need to be able to do.

    With Ava starting school in September we have started to do things to ensure she is ready for school . Now when I say school readiness most people think . Being able to write their name and all the academics aspects. Well I’m in fact not bothered about the academic side of things . Not because she is a super clever child but because that’s what schools are for . To teach children how to read and write and all the other educational things. When I say school readiness I mean these things below Being able to wipe her bottom. Being confident to ask adults for help. Using her cutlery…

  • Gift guides

    Valentines gift ideas for all types of budgets

    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so it’s time to get a gift for your loved one . I know not everyone is a big fan of Valentine’s Day but when your an adult it’s nice to have a treat . it’s very rare that I buy myself a treat and if I do I feel really guilty that I have done. So Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get a little something . If you don’t have a partner or your other half isn’t into buying gift for Valentine’s Day why not treat yourself . I know that’s what I’m going to do and try and do it guilt…

  • Blog entry

    How to use Amazon Alexa to organise your life

    Organising your life can be hard especially when you are a family. With birthday parties, clubs and playdates to keep on top of. I was finding that I would agree to do things pop them in my diary and never look at them again until it was too late. Not that long ago I completely forgot it was my friends little ones birthdays until she rang to ask me to pick something up on the way. AHHHH we were all still in our pj’s and no way near ready to leave the house. Something had to happen to make me more organised. My phone calendar clearly wasn’t working for me.…

  • Reviews

    Sileu menstrual cup review from a mom of two

    I was sent the Sileu menstrual cup, Sileu clean and carry case for free in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I have been thinking a lot recently about using a menstrual cup. For many reasons really, one because they are environmentally friendly . Also because after reading up on them it became apparent a lot of women have found that their menstrual cramps are less painful and they generally find their period a more pleasant experience. Since having my children my periods have become progressively more painful. I have times where I’m worried about leaving the house due to leaking. It was just really started…

  • Blog entry

    Childhood eye issues- waiting for a hospital appointment

    Last week we got a letter that I have been waiting for, for a while. So in November we started to notice that Ava’s eyes were . How do I put it …… not as they should be. Basically no matter how hard she tried to look straight at me her one eye would look to the side. Between the adults in our family we described it as her eyes were a little wonky. To start with I wasn’t sure if she was putting it on. As she would laugh and then do it. Then as the weeks went on I started to notice that she was doing it more…

  • Netflix 2020
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    What to watch on Netflix January 2020

    Over the recent months I have found myself watching more and more programmes on Netflix. Netflix has so many different programmes to choose from . Which is perfect as what I want to watch changes depending on what mood I’m in . There are also a range of programmes that look amazing on thx certified 4K display TVs which is something I know Jordan appreciates. I thought I would share with you some of the programmes I have enjoyed watching recently . It’s a very Random bunch of programmes but each one I really like for different reason. What I’m watching on Netflix January 2020 Shooter Like a lot of…

  • Collaborative

    Getting our garden ready for the summer

    This is a collaborative post. I know it may seem like it’s too early but I’m starting to think about my plans for our garden this year . This is the first year that I will have a garden to keep on top of all year round. Just looking into the garden now I can see that the last couple of months have transformed it . From a fairly nice looking garden. To a garden that’s in some serious need of some tlc. We have a lovely tree at the bottom of the garden but as soon as the weather changed all the leaves fell off. Which has made for…

  • Collaborative

    Easy ways to refresh a house

    This is a collaborative post. Over the Christmas period we refreshed some of our downstairs painting . Now it wasn’t in dire need of doing we just wanted something that looked a bit fresher. Also as we have moved from a house that was magnolia all the way though we wanted in our new house to not have as much magnolia. Cause if I’m honest I’m a bit bored of it and also there are so many different colours out there that we could use. So after some searching on the internet we can to the joint decision that we would go for a soft grey colour. I had, had…

  • Collaborative

    Big family decisions and how to prepare your children

    This is a collaborative post Family life isn’t always easy and sometimes things don’t go as you had planned. You may end up moving house or even divorcing your other half and have to involve divorce solicitors. New siblings may join the family or maybe a special pet to finish off your family. when making big family decisions children must, be considered so that you don’t end up causing them unnecessary distress . Sometimes it can’t be helped to create some disruption, and doing our best is all we can do, but Preparing our children for significant changes, and communicating effectively will always make things easier. Explaining Explaining what is…

  • Blog entry

    How to add a reading snug to your home

    Since moving to our new house all the children’s books have been up in Ava’s bedroom . The only time we look at these books are at bedtime. Reading though the children’s progress reports from nursery made me think that I need to make these books more accessible to them. So that they can explore the printed materials by themselves. I wanted to make a reading snug. I wanted this area to be like a snug . A place they could feel calm away from their toys and the telly . A space where they could sit and relax and enjoy looking at all the lovely books that they have.…

  • Blog entry

    Children’s nightmares about monsters and spiders

    Ava used to have nightmares pretty frequently when she was younger. She would wake crying and it would take us ages to calm her down. She was at the age where she couldn’t really communicate what it was that was making her upset. So we just cuddled her and reassured her that everything was okay and not to worry. These nightmares haven’t happened for a long time now. They seemed liked a distant memory that was until last night. Last night was the worst nightmare I have witnessed her having. The fear on her face was horrible to see. As a parent there is nothing worse than seeing your child…

  • Collaborative

    5 Creative Ways to Manage Your Money

    This is a collaborative post When did you last take a good look at your money management skills? Do you know what your current account looks like? For many of us, our salary comes in and goes out again just as quickly, and it can be so easy to get into the routine of paying off bills without thinking of the biggerpicture. There are over three-quarters of Brits in employment – the joint-highest proportion since 1971. That’s a lot of people having to manage their salaries. As one of these people, do you think it’s time to take charge of your finances and get creative with your bank balance? If…

  • Blog entry

    Green homes: a step-by-step guide to installing a water butt

    This is a collaborative post Not so long ago the only butts in most gardens were… discarded cigarette ends (not the other butts we’re more accustomed to on a day-to-day basis!). However, more recently there has been a growing trend in trying to be more energy efficient in the home – and the trusty Water Butt provides anyone with a drainpipe the opportunity to reduce their water rates, even just a small amount. How much money will I save with a water butt? An article published on thisismoney.co.uk estimates that using a hosepipe in the garden can cost around £1.50 per hour – using approximately 1000 litres of water in…

  • Collaborative

    Getting your car winter ready

    This is a collaborative post With the winter months coming it’s important to make sure your car is ready for the bad weather. You will thank yourself for getting organised when it’s an icy school morning and you have everything you need. Check your tyres One the most important things to do to get your car winter ready is to check the tyres. Check to make sure that they are in good condition.Although the minimum tread level is 1.6mm, during winter it’s advisable to have 3mm of tread on your tyres to help with traction and grip. Also make sure to check your tyre pressure. As this is the cars…

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    AD childcare.co.uk for finding childcare,jobs in childcare and for promoting your childcare setting

    AD: I have been asked to honestly share with you all what I think about the childcare.co.uk website. All words are my opinion. If you have Read my blog for a while now you will know that I work in the childcare sector. After having Ava I really had to think long and hard about whether she was going to come to work with me at the nursery I worked at. I didn’t know what to do at first .I didn’t know if her being at the same nursery was going to be beneficial or whether it was going to be detrimental to her. As she wasn’t going to have…

  • Blog entry

    How to find the best broadband deals

    When we moved house I took the opportunity to look at if we could save money on any of our household bills. Even if you can save a few pounds on each bill it really does make the difference. Just think the extra money could go on days out . Or give you a bit more financial freedom. One of our biggest outgoings was on our Tv and broadband. So this was one of the first areas I looked at. Here are some of the things I took into consideration What deals match my household needs Some broadband deals may look amazing but If you’re a family that uses a…

  • Blog entry

    Does Santa Bring all the presents in your house at Christmas ?

    Flicking though Facebook the last few days I have seen a lot of posts about what we tell children about Santa. Does Santa bring all the toys children receive for Christmas or does Santa bring them a few bits and the rest come from parents. The first few post I skipped past not really thinking too much about it . Then I stopped and actually ready one that Ami from Through Ami’s Eyes had wrote. She made a point that I had never thought of before and that was. One of the reasons why she doesn’t tell her children that Santa bring all the toys is because. Some people aren’t…

  • Blog entry

    Picking the right primary school for our daughter

    One of the biggest decisions we are going to have to make for Ava is going to happen very soon. That is what primary school we will send her to. I cannot believe that this is a decision I’m going to have to make very soon. I know it’s a cliche but it really doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since she was born and it has gone so fast ! Ava at the moment goes to nursery three days a week and she loves it. She has loved going to nursery since she was little . I have never had to crying goodbyes or the not wanting to go .…

  • Blog entry,  Reviews

    Christmas Eve boxes made by The Enchanted Wood Company

    I’m actually really excited about this Christmas. Mainly because it’s the first year I feel Ava actually understands what happens. She talks very often about the things she would like to ask Santa for. Also that she’s not going to cry when she she’s Santa this year ! Yer I bet lets see hey when we go and see him what she does. A few years ago I wrote a post about Christmas traditions which included a wide range of traditions that families do. One that came up a lot was Christmas Eve boxes. These have really grown in popularity over the last few years. I’m seeing more and more…