Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Survival tips for keeping your blog alive when on holiday

It’s probably the last thing on your mind when on holiday, but some bloggers, like me, who post every day, aside from the occasional weekend, like to ensure that their blog continues to run normally even when the blogger themselves are on holiday.

It’s not essential. You don’t have to blog whilst you’re on holiday. In fact a break away can be a great way to think up new posts and gain some new inspiration, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your blog content empty.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

My Sewing Project: My Little Pony Unicorn Toy!

M has become rather obsessed with unicorns lately! I think it has something to do with her watching Barbie and the Secret Door as there are unicorns in it!

She's also into My Little Pony and is always asking for it on the TV! Thanks Netflix!

With this in mind I decided to make M a unicorn toy using a Dolls and Daydreams pattern. Inspired by My Little Pony, I found some super cute fabric online that was perfect for the unicorns body!

I've made a number of toys using the Dolls and Daydreams patterns. They're all been super easy to follow, and I've learnt so much with each toy I've made.

The unicorn toy has been on my wishlist a while so it's fair to say I was very much looking forward to making this one!

I'm so pleased with how she turned out and I'm glad to say that M absolutely loves her too!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Taking toys to work!

Children are funny beings at times. I wish I could remember certain details about my own childhood, mainly how I felt about various different things such as my parents going to work and other similar events.

The reason I’ve been thinking about this lately is because for quite some time now our twin girls, who are four years old, have started to give me toys to bring to work with me. Of course I don’t actually bring the toys into work with me. 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

My Sunday Photo

This morning the girls woke up to two new dolls (dummy fairies) that I made them and they love them!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Binky Linky

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Apologies for the lack of comments from the hosts last week. It was one of those weeks where family time was a busy time, as it is, after all, the summer holidays. We will catch up we promise!

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.

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Holiday tips that are actually useful

Going on holiday with children needn’t be stressful. If you’re prepared, organised and have a plan that can go a long way to helping create a stress free atmosphere in the run up to your holiday. 

Having been on three family holidays abroad with my own children, and a few when I was growing up I have a number of ‘go to’ tips that I always use when getting holiday ready. We’ve also recently returned from Majorca so I thought I’d share my tips with you whilst they’re fresh in my mind! I hope they help and that you find them useful!

Invest in luggage scales

They needn’t be expensive ones! I bought one from my local pound shop, for, you guessed it, £1! On one of our family holidays I wrongly assumed that if our suitcase was a little on the heavy side, I could just pay extra at the check in desk. How wrong was I! I knew that it was over the weight limit, but thought that it’d be ok. I was told that I’d need to take some things out. 

Sounds simple enough, but when you consider that I’d padlocked the case and then couldn’t find the right key quick enough whilst under pressure from the numerous families with young children huffing and puffing behind me, it was a pretty stressful experience! 

This time around, I was prepared! Armed with my £1 luggage scales we managed to pack everything into three suitcases and zoomed through the whole check in process without any problems. The best £1 investment ever!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A visit to Castell Coch: The Fairytale Castle

This summer holiday I've been trying to think of new places to take our girls. We've done the usual farms and parks, so I wanted to try something a little different.

A few weeks ago I took the girls to Pughs Garden Centre to take part in their butterfly ball craft activity. We decided to visit the cafĂ© afterwards and discovered that you could see Castell Coch from the seating area. 

Peaking out from the surrounding woodland rather majestically, Castell Coch had caught our girls attention. 

"Mummy, what's that castle?" they asked excitedly!

It's funny as my sister got married there and the girls were actually her bridesmaids! That was almost two years ago now though so I wouldn't expect them to remember!

Castell Coch, the red castle, is more commonly known as the fairy-tale castle among locals and it's easy to see why.

So one warm, sunny, Sunday, my husband I decided to take the girls there for a visit. It's pretty easy to find and the entrance is quite noticeable so you shouldn't miss it. 

There's ample free parking available which is great. As we walked up toward the castle the girls were in awe of it! R commented that it was massive and M noticed the 'funny shaped' windows! 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Keeping kids safe when abroad

Taking your children anyway can often be a pretty daunting task. Depending on their age, their routine and in particular their mood on the day, your trip is going to go one of two ways. Either really well or really stressful!

Being prepared and organised can help, as can having a plan. Knowing what you’re going to do, where you’re going, how you’re getting there and what time you’ll get there by can all help in making your day run as smoothly as possible. 

It may just be a trip to the shops, or perhaps somewhere further afield. A farm, a park or a friend’s house.  These normal day-to-day activities usually go pretty well for the majority, the odd tantrum aside course!

However, when it comes to taking your children abroad, are you doing everything you can to keep them safe?

This post isn’t about scare mongering, but I felt it was an important one to write. Having recently returned from a family holiday abroad with our four year old twins, I have to admit I was pretty staggered at some of the parents attitudes towards their children. 

Now before I go into detail, I just want to make it clear that I’m not out to ‘parent bash’ or shame other people in the way that they parent. I just wanted to highlight the concerns that I had whilst witnessing some pretty scary scenes on holiday. 

The first incident happened in the buffer restaurant. A girl, who looked to be no older than three years old, wandered into the restaurant alone. She was crying and looked scared. One of the waiters picked her up and asked her if she could see her mummy or daddy. She shook her head. 

Monday, 15 August 2016

What do you wish your parents did differently?

Isn’t it funny how when we become parents, the things that our parents suddenly start to make sense? Not all of them of course, but certain things start to become clearer. 

I had a pretty good childhood, but there are certain things that I wish my parents had done differently. Maybe it’s a generational thing or perhaps something that they learnt from their own parents. Who knows!

I wish I was given more freedom to make mistakes. More freedom to develop a good social life and friends for life. When all of my friends were out partying, getting drunk and having sleepovers, my sister and I were home in front of the TV or hidden away in our bedrooms drawing or listening to music. 

That’s not to say I was a well behaved child. I’m certainly no angel and like many children I rebelled against certain things my parents did. 

I also wish that my parents had encouraged me to take part in activities outside of school. Perhaps a dance class, maybe drama or even some kind of sport. 

Now that I’m a mum I think it’s important that I learn from this and allow my children the freedom to make their own mistakes  so that they can learn from them. Something that I feel I wasn’t allowed to do. 

By giving our children responsibilities and by treating them as adults in their teenage years, you’re giving them a sense of purpose and a sense of who they are. You’re showing them that you trust them. That it’s ok to make mistakes, and that if they do, you’ll be there for them should they need you – note it’s important not to interfere no matter how tempted you are! That is unless they’re involved in something illegal etc.

I like to think that when my children are older I’ll allow them the freedom to make their own decisions about where they go and who with, what time they’ll be home and of course in how they act. Hoping that the way in which my husband and I have raised them will play a big part in this. 

I was curious as to how other people viewed their childhood and if they too wish their parents had done things differently. As such I asked some fellow bloggers for their thoughts and I found the results pretty intriguing.

Kara blogs at Chelsea Mamma and says: My parents idea of a good day out was locking us in the car whilst they went to the pub and got merry (and yes, they drove us home after). My idea of a good day out is taking the kids to explore somewhere new or an old favourite and the only time we go to pubs is to get something to eat!"

Sunday, 14 August 2016

My Sunday Photo

This picture was taken after a wonderful day out at a local farm!