• 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…

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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…

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    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…

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    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.…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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 .…

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    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…

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    Adults Christmas gift guide

    We have been sent the below products for inclusion in this gift guide. All opinions are my own. Year upon year I’m finding it harder to buy gifts for the adults in my life. Mainly because they are in a position to buy themselves the things they want. So I like to find them things that maybe they haven’t used before or things that would be a bit more of a treat for them. So take a look below at some of the bits I think would make a perfect gift. Self care gifts As parents finding time to look after yourself can be hard . This is why for…

  • Collaborative

    Moving house checklist: what you will need to do on the run up to moving

    This is a collaborative post We moved house before the summer . The run up to it was one of the most stressful thing I have done . Having two kids adding to the mix made for a fun time ! I would pack a box and they would unpack it. They would then ask for their ‘favourite toy’ which they hadn’t played with for months. Which resulted in me unpacking more boxes to find this one toy that they didn’t even want that badly it turns out. There are however something I’m glad I did which made things less stressful so I though I would share with them with…

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    Win a Cadbury’s Christmas party pack with wow free stuff

    We have been sent the Cadbury’s Christmas party pack for free. In return for sharing with you the wow free stuff giveaway Right I’m going to come out and say it . It’s nearly CHRISTMAS!!!!! Yes I know it’s only October but for us we don’t celebrate Halloween. So as soon as October starts I start thinking about Christmas. Plus the fact that I have both kids children’s Birthdays in the festive period . I really need to be on my game . Be organised if only to make my life easier and less stressful. Can you believe I actually brought my first Christmas present in July. Which for me…

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    Help with energy bills for a family home

    This is a collaborative post Having a family and a busy home means there’s never a dull moment. It’s chaos, but it’s wonderful too. Despite it being extremely rewarding, there are drawbacks, the main one being money. Let’s face it, kids are expensive!energy bills go through the roof once a little one comes along. If you need help with energy bills and keeping a lid on your monthly outgoings, here are some simple yet valuable tricks to save money. Replace your old appliances It may seem daunting to think about buying new home appliances, but the money you’ll save in the long run completely outweighs the initial investment. Older models of ovens, fridges, dishwashers,…

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    A quick guide: taking a baby outside on a windy day

    This is a collaborative post As Autumn has already caught up with us, we are likely to encounter some very blustery days in the upcoming months, therefore when it comes to taking your newborn baby outside in these conditions, it’s important that you dress them up right so that they are comfortable for the entire trip. Let’s look at some of the top tips to make sure your little one is kept warm in the blustery conditions: A Myth: Wind causes ear infections As there a lots of myths surrounding this topic it is important to clear up that having a baby out in the wind will not result in them getting an ear infection. This is because the location of an…