Saturday, 18 April 2015

5 Weekend Activities to Keep the Kids Entertained

Knowing how to keep children entertained at weekends and during the holidays can be a tricky task for many parents, especially when many kids are bored staying at home. According to the Daily Mail, a recent poll revealed that grumpy children say ‘I’m bored’ more than 200 times over the summer holidays. If you’re running out of ways to entertain your children over the weekend or during the holidays, below are some simple ways to keep them busy.

Get crafty with card

Children love a craft project, especially if they know it’s going to be seen by a lot of people. Use your time with the children wisely and make handmade birthday cards for family and friends. The kids will love being creative and designing the cards and it means you won’t have to go out and buy expensive cards for everyone all year! Plus, friends and family will really love the thought. This idea is also perfect for Christmas and Easter holidays. You can give them old cards to cut up along with stickers, glitter, foam letters and googly eyes from Craft Superstore.

Bake cakes

Baking is not only great fun for children, it can also help them to develop self confidence and teach them necessary skills such as measuring ingredients and cleaning up after themselves. Whether you’re baking a big cake, some cupcakes, biscuits or scones, tell the kids they can polish them off at the end and they’ll certainly be super eager to help you and get started straight away!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Binky Linky


This linky is your chance to link up your favourite post of the week. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and to raise your blogs profile.

I'm your host!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

National Tell A Story Day

National Tell A Story Day is on April 27th 2015. Mecca Bingo have challenged me to come up with my very own story in aid of National Tell A Story Day.

The Dinosaur Roar

Thump, thump, thump went the dinosaur's feet as he jumped and galloped through the big, tall trees.

Thwack, thwack, thwack went the dinosaur's tail swishing to and fro.

Sniff, sniff, sniff went the dinosaur's nose. 

Where's my roar? My dinosaur roar?

It must be here somewhere. 

I'm sure it's here somewhere!

I can't find it.

It's not under the leaves or in my cave. 

Not under my favourite stone or by the waters edge.

Have you seen it?

You must have seen it!

Where is it?

Strawberry Planter Review

I’ve written a lot lately about gardening and growing our own vegetables and fruit. It’s something I’ve been keen to do for quite a while.

I’m currently growing carrots, potatoes, spring onions, tomatoes, salads and some herbs.

The lovely people over at Suttons recently sent me a strawberry planter to review. According to their website they’d send me a planter and 12 healthy strawberry plants.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Updating your spring/summer wardrobe

It's always an awkward phase I feel. That time in between winter and summer known as spring!

One day it's lovely and warm with a pleasant breeze, the next it's raining and blowing a gale like nobody's business!

It can be hard to decide how to dress in the mornings just by looking out of the window or opening the front door to 'feel' how warm or cold it is.

In winter I stick to boots, jeans and jumpers, long-sleeve tops and cardigans.

In summer I like to wear sandals, dresses, vests and skirts.

The thing is with spring, you never really know what the weather is going to do. Here are a few times for transitioning your winter wardrobe in a spring ready sensation that can be carried through to the summer:

  • Swap knee-length for cute, colourful ankle boots. They'll still keep your feet warm and look on trend, without having to feel too overdressed for the time of year
  • Swap heavy jumpers and cardigans for light ones such as these nice cardigans I found online. They suit any wardrobe because they can be worn over dresses or short sleeve tops and they're practical too

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Bedroom Decor

When we moved house almost two months ago now I knew that I wanted to put my own stamp on the place. We’re currently renting and have been for almost 10 years now. In previous homes we've never really decorated or made a place our home so to speak.

Of course we’d given the walls a lick of paint (once!) to freshen it up a bit, but I always had the attitude that I don’t own it so I don’t want to spend my money on it!

Now that we have children and a new lovely home – the nicest we’ve ever lived in! – we wanted to make our mark. We’re hoping that our current home will be our home for many years to come. 

Bloggers - You need to read this! Interview with a PR/Digital Marketing Manager

Bethanie is a PR/Digital Marketing Manager in a creative search agency. She's also a blogger and she lives in Newcastle.


What is your ideal blogger and what makes a blogger stand out and get noticed?

An ideal blogger for me is someone who has a combination of what I believe are ‘good' qualities. 

The first is an up to date blog with a good balance of natural and sponsored content (same goes with banner ads). The second is being friendly, and time-aware. Third is passion for it - if I send you an email offering something for review, I’d expect a ‘hello’ back, not just a list of products you’d like to receive (this is a rarity!) 

My favourite bloggers are the ones that are updating me regularly and tell me when the post is live! I also love a good natter with a blogger and finding out a bit about them and their lives, good or bad. I have been known to send pictures of Ryan Reynolds when someone is having a tough time. 

Monday, 13 April 2015

Looking back on our fun family Easter

Easter has been and gone in a blur. 

It’s the first year that R and M have really understood the concept of Easter.

I planned ahead what I wanted to do and got everything ready.

I bought some plastic eggs from a pound shop – the kind which can be opened up to allow you to fill them with chocolate – and I also bought them a plastic Easter basket each.

I also bought some Easter decorations and crafts such as make your own Easter cards, paint your own egg and egg box etc!

Looking after your children's teeth

Teaching children to brush their teeth can sometimes feel like trying to get blood out of a stone. Words of encouragement and leading by example are good ways to help motivate children, but what else can you do to help children understand the importance of looking after their teeth?

When I was growing up I'll openly admit that I didn't brush my teeth everyday. I don't know why, I guess it was just a teenage thing?

Nowadays I brush my teeth everyday and I would never dream of not doing so!

I have had some teeth whitening done as my teeth were a bit stained from drinking tea, but aside from one crooked tooth in the front, my teeth are in pretty good condition.

My one crooked tooth doesn't overly bother me, but I have been thinking recently about getting it fixed.

Procedures such as Invisalign i7, which is an exciting new treatment designed for patients who have very minor orthodontic issues such as crooked teeth, are available at very reasonable prices nowadays.

With all the modern technology we have around it's easy for us to get that 'celebrity white' smile, but children should be able to maintain their pearly whites into old age just by taking good care of them.

Here are some tips for looking after your children's teeth:

Sunday, 12 April 2015

How does your garden grow? A green-fingered post about growing your own!

I like to think that when it comes to gardening I’m quite green-fingered. I like to grow my own fruit and vegetables, although I wouldn’t say I’m an expert. I have been known to turn to the internet for advice now and again!

Did you know that recent research carried out by Lightbulb Direct has found that LED lighting is proven to help the growth of indoor plants and fruits - with strawberries having their 'juiciness' increased by up to 15% when the correct type of LED is used.

With this in mind Lightbulb direct recently sent me some gardening goodies including a strawberry plant, an LED bulb and lamp so that I can grow my own indoor strawberries.

I’ve never grown strawberries before, but I always remember when I was growing up my parents had a lovely ceramic strawberry planter in the garden. I used to pick the strawberries off it in the summer and eat them in the garden!

The first thing I did with the strawberry plant was take it out of the packaging and put it into a jug of warm water to moisten the roots. It’s advised you do this on the packet instructions for an hour or two.

Next up I filled a ceramic pot up with some compost. The pot I used has holes in the base to allow for the water to drain away. It’s important to also have a tray to go under the pot as we’ll be keeping the plant indoors so we don’t want the water to pour out onto the floor!

I then planted the strawberry plant and positioned on a sunny windowsill in my conservatory with my LED lamp shining onto it.

It’s only been a week or two, but the plant is growing well indoors. I do have some strawberry plants which I recently planted outdoors so it will be interesting to see how the indoor one progresses in comparison to the outdoor one.

I’ll keep you posted!

It’ll be so nice when the strawberries start to grow. My girls can enjoy them as I did when I was a child!

Have you grown your own strawberries? Was it easy?

If you have an indoor garden share your images with #BulbsforBulbs to win a gardening hamper.

For the purpose of this review I was sent a strawberry plant and gardening goody box. All opinions and views are 100% my own.
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