All posts filed under: Family life

Siblings – 2016 – April

I’ve spent a long time thinking this past week, mostly about my blogs and my social media presence in general. My overall intention is to start spending less time generating more content. I am bored with spending all day glued to a phone or an iPad, wasting time whilst waiting for inspiration to hit. I no longer want to be that parent at the park with one eye permanently on their phone “just in case” I miss something. In reality, what I am missing is right there in front of me – my children and their fleeting childhood.    Emails can be dealt with during school hours and blogging can commence once the children are asleep at night. I really would like to be more productive and to be posting daily, perhaps scheduling extra posts on less busy days. With a huge interest in social media management as a career option, I obviously cannot quit social media altogether, though I do intend to spend more time researching and creating content for my work accounts on …

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An Easter Break Well Spent

This Easter break has been one our of busiest school holidays to date. The children are now both of an age where they have the stamina to enjoy full days out without tiring too easily and both enjoy being outdoors, which we have fully exploited. The weather has been typical of English springtime – grey, chilly and wet at times, but bright, sunny and warm when it mattered. We have been to the zoo, walked up 153 steps to the top of a lighthouse, practised a new skill at a roller disco, had an Easter egg hunt in the grounds of a stately home, toured a castle, enjoyed a mini break, eaten breakfast with the Easter bunny, cuddled lambs at the farm, been to the cinema, eaten waffles bigger than our heads, climbed a “mountain”, scaled endless trees, run around gardens and parks, splashed in puddles, survived the hell of soft play, had a sleepover with a friend, thrown pebbles into the sea, been thrilled by funfair rides, played crazy golf with family and even …

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Roald Dahl Day – Golden Ticket Costume

My children adore Roald Dahl stories. It all started with the audio books – bought primarily in the hopes that they would encourage the boy to stay in bed instead of getting up ten times before settling (they work pretty well). Quickly, my children realised that they love the stories and the music that goes with them, the voices of the readers and everything else. We bought the books to go with them and read chapters before bed and listening to more. On top of this, Miss J has spent a term at school learning about Roald Dahl – not just the stories but the man behind them. So, this Roald Dahl Day, we were keen to make an effort.  Year 2 (Miss J’s year) are dressing up today, as characters from Roald Dahl stories. Weeks ago, when we heard about the opportunity, Miss J wanted to go as an Oompah Loomah and had seen the costume she wanted online. However, as we had three other dress up days this month, including World Book Day …

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Mother’s Day Activites at Squires Garden Centres

I am never really sure what to say when my children ask me what I would like for Mother’s Day, but continue to ask they do (particularly Miss J who is keen to make a fuss of me, thoughtful lass that she is). I am not one for material gifts as such, not from my children anyway. I far prefer the homemade touch – a card they’ve made themselves without prompting trumps any lavish gift picked up in a mad panic the day before. I think that is why I so love the Mother’s Day activity that Squires Garden Centres have come up with this year – a container of flowers that your little ones choose and put together all by themselves.    We were invited to preview this activity last weekend and I now have two beautiful tubs of flowers on my windowsill, for which I am very grateful. The children’s experience began with a mooch round the garden centre to choose their own ribbon and flowers. The boy wanted blue-ish colours whilst Miss J …

Different Childcare Options Explained

Having a baby is really exciting and becoming a new parent is often what most people describe as the most happy and fulfilling time of their life. However, once your paternity and maternity leave has ended, you’ll need to start thinking about choosing some childcare for your baby in order for you to go back to work and provide for your growing family. If you’re not sure which option to go for when choosing childcare, read on. Nannies and Childminders If you’re not sure about sending your child to nursery and would prefer for them to receive one to one care, you may like the idea of employing a nanny or a childminder to look after your baby whilst you’re working. Most nannies and childminders work independently either from their own home or will visit yours, so you can be sure that your child is being cared for in a loving, homely environment. An alternative option to a nanny or childminder is to hire an au pair through a site such as Aufini. Au pairs …