I was tagged by Laura at Laura’s Lovely Blog to come up with a list of six things that annoy my other half, Graham. I *think* I was supposed to list things that I think I do that annoy him, rather than ask him outright, but I cheated. I thought he may struggle with this one. Turns out he could list a lot more than 6…
Harrison has spent his life being photographed, and seeing me take photos. Whenever he had the chance, he would get our iPhones and take pictures. I think photography is a fantastic skill to have, and we obviously wanted to encourage him, so we bought him a VTech Kiddy Zoom Digital Camera last Christmas.
As regular readers will know, a couple of weeks ago we went on our first camping trip. We were horrifically disorganised, but managed to borrow all the bits and pieces we needed.
The one thing we didn’t have was any sort of lamp or light, apart from a torch. A torch is great for finding your way around, but we wanted something a bit softer, to pop in the tent at night for the kids if they woke up. We were sent out this cute teddy bear mood night lamp from PK Green Shop, which was perfect. Continue reading
Three months ago if you had asked me if I wanted to go camping, my answer would have been a big fat NO! I honestly couldn’t have thought of anything worse. Then we were invited to go camping with Graham’s sister, Kelly and her wife Shenade. The kids begged us, and so we booked up to go for two nights.
Living in a rented house means we don’t get much of a say over decor. In our last house were able to replace the carpet (thank god Graham is a trained carpet fitter), but in this house we have a laminate floor. A laminate floor is brilliant when you have kids – it’s easy to clean – no worrying about spilt drinks or splashes of paint, but it can also be very cold, and a little bit sparse looking. The most practical, cost effective and easiest way of adding a bit of warmth and personality to the room would be to add a rug. It also means you can change them if you do have the opportunity to redecorate, and if you move house, you can take them with you.
When it comes to jobs we all love to hate, picking up the kids toys is right up there. In fact, according to a survey published earlier this year by Bright and Beautiful Home, picking up toys and clothes is the task most-hated by mums in the UK. One of the things that makes the constant toy clearing so annoying is the fact that dolls, balls, Lego bricks and colouring books seem to spread themselves across any surface in every room, especially the floors!
Did you know that a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK? We all know that certain times of the year, such as the summer or Christmas are prime times for burglaries to take place, and that there are certain areas of the UK that are more susceptible to burglaries, but did you know that being a renter increases your chance of being burgled? Legal and General have written an article about lifestyle choices that can make homes particularly attractive to criminals, and it makes for some interesting reading.
Last week, we went on our very first camping trip. I’ll be blogging about it later this week, but I can safely say we all loved it, and are hoping to make camping a regular thing.
Because we were complete camping virgins, we had very little in the way of equipment. We were given a tent and some air beds, borrowed some fold up chairs off my brother. We were going with Graham’s sister in law, who is an experienced camper so she had all the cooking stuff (thank god!).
The one thing we needed was sleeping bags. My brother had a couple we borrowed, and we were very kindly sent out a Vango Starwalker Sleeping Bag to review.
We are huge fans of Organix snacks here – Harrison and Alex loved the carrot sticks and sweetcorn rings when they were babies, and now Benjamin is enjoying them all.
The latest addition to the range is the Organix baby biscuits, which we were sent to try. They come in three flavours: creamy vanilla, strawberry and banana.
Happy Saturday! I hope everyone has had a good week? We went camping for the first time this week, and absolutely loved it! Watch out for some tips for camping with kids next week.
We had some fantastic posts link up last week – thank you to everyone who joined in. It was so hard to pick our favourite but we loved Nipper and Tyke’s tips for getting children to walk down the road – if you haven’t already, check it out here.
I’m 30 in October. It’s not old, I know, but sometimes I feel it. I’m kind of hoping that when I’m in my 40’s and 50’s I hit a
mid life crisis second wave of youth and energy.
How do you know when you’re on the fast track to thirty? Well, your life may be a little bit like this…
Laura from Mind Mood Mommy and myself were over the moon to see six people join in with our very first #SuperparentSaturday last week – not bad for the first one! Thankyou to everyone who joined in and commented. They were all fab, but we particularly loved Nigel from DIY Daddy’s top ten dad tips – go and have a read if you haven’t already!
I always did the back to school thing as a student and then as a teacher – now I am doing it as a mum, and man, does it feel weird!! We will be going to get Harrison’s school uniform in the next couple of weeks, and making sure he has everything he needs to start the new school year.
He will be starting in Reception, so technically doesn’t need any back to school stationery, but just like me, he LOVES pens, pencils, notebooks, folders – a wander around Staples or WH Smith together would be our idea of heaven. At last count, he had eight notebooks on the go (almost as many as me!), and a pencil case full of pencils and pens. He loves to sit down and write notes, and draw pictures in his books, and he takes them everyone.
I never normally mention the ‘C’ word until at least November, and I do tend to leave present buying to the last couple of weeks. Because Christmas was a bit of a blur last year with Benjamin being so poorly, I am determined that this year is going to be fantastic, and that means getting a little bit more organised. I’ve already started pinning ideas for presents, and looking out for bits and pieces as we go along.
One thing that I love buying are personalised gifts, especially for the children.We have reviewed Penwizard personalised books before for Harrison and Alex, which we loved and are still firm favourites at bedtime, so when we had the chance to review a personalised copy of The Snowman and the Snowdog, I was reall pleased – it was time Benjamin had his own book!
Pass a rugby wall around the world for your chance to win!
Allianz have teamed up with Saracens RFC and are honouring and celebrating the 2015 Rugby World Cup with the ‘Pass Around the World’ campaign.
The idea is to encourage people to film a short video clip of a rugby pass, and upload it to the Pass Around the World website. All the videos will then be linked together to show one continuous pass – hopefully around the world!
I can’t believe that this is the third ‘Lovely Things’ I’ve joined in with on Laura’s Lovely Blog. This year really seems to be flying past!
July saw Harrison receive his first ever school report (which was fantastic!) and finish nursery, ready to start in Reception in September. He is really excited about his new class and his new teacher. It’s going to feel weird with him being at school all day!
Babies can be expensive little things – clothes, nappies, milk – and furniture.
Many parents choose to keep their children in their room with them for the first few months in a crib or a moses basket, before moving them to a cot when they have outgrown it. This is usually the point when most parents decide to move their child into their own bedroom.
Our goal is always to help our children learn their own language, so that they can read, write and communicate effectively. However, learning at least a few key words and phrases of another language is important, especially now that we live in such a multicultural society, with so many different languages spoken around us every single day. At primary school, children will do ‘modern foreign languages’ (MFL), and at secondary school will learn a language up to at least GCSE level. Most schools offer French, Spanish or German, but languages such as Mandarin are becoming more common options now. You may think your preschooler is too young to learn a language, but you can start introducing it at a young age – here are a few top tips for teaching your child a new language:
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