Tips for hosting your child’s birthday at home

Our twin girls will be six years old next month, and they’ve asked to have a birthday party at home this year. As daunting as this sounds, I’m actually really keen on this idea. However I’m more than aware that I’ll need to organised and put a few rules in place. For example certain rooms will be off limits and I’ll definitely have to empty our living room of valuables and toys that we don’t want broken or to go missing. There are many benefits of having a children’s birthday party at home. For starters, it won’t cost the earth… [Read More]

It’s relentless, but hang in there!

Becoming a new parent is terrifying. You may have read lots of parenting books, asked your friends for advice and searched the Internet for information, but the first time you’re handed your new bundle of joy, everything you thought you knew about babies, goes straight out of the window. It’s nothing like they say it will be, and whatever approach you take may well work one day, but the next day the chances are it won’t work again. Babies needs are forever changing, from one minute to the next. They’ll go through so many ‘phases’ before they’ve even turned one,… [Read More]

Our Christmas 2017

Christmas is such a magical time of year, even more so when you have children. Watching their faces light up when they help to put the decorations up, adorn the tree with tinsel and hang their stockings on Christmas eve. Listening to them talking about what to put out for Santa and his reindeer, and of course, trying to get them to go to sleep quickly on Christmas eve and to stay asleep! Our girls usually wake up anytime between 6am and 7am on a typical day. I was hoping this would be the same on Christmas morning, but that… [Read More]

Why are photos so important?

A few weeks ago I was watching a film on TV. One particular scene showed a forest fire moving quickly towards a village. People were frantically collecting their belongings and I started thinking about what items I would save first if I had to quickly leave home for whatever reason. Yes, I know, pretty random thing to think about, but there you go! My mind thinks strange things now and again! Anyway, obviously after my children and husband, in terms of belongings, the first things I’d grab would have to be our photo albums. They’re full of photos from when… [Read More]

Being five years old means…

I was stood in our home a few days ago listening to the sound of my five year old twins talking to one another, and it dawned on me that being five years old must be pretty amazing. Here’s why! Being five years old means… You don’t have to worry about leaving the tap running after brushing your teeth or washing your hands It’s acceptable to use your hands to eat gravy covered broccoli from your plate without judgement You can sing as loud as you want and dance as silly as you like, and everyone will think you’re cute… [Read More]

Exciting Kids Birthday Party Ideas Near London

Throwing a kids birthday bash that outshines all the others is a personal parenting goal! Wanting to give your little one the best of the best is normal, but it can also be difficult on a tight budget. So, before you go smashing up your piggy bank bear in mind these affordable party locations. Whether you’re worried about beating the success of last year’s party or simply want it to be perfect, it’s a big deal. So, make yourself a brew and stop worrying, we have found some of the best kid’s party ideas in and around London! Go Ape,… [Read More]

Fun Festive Christmas Resources from Twinkl

I’m a big advocate for home learning. Why should the learning and fun stop when the kids leave school? For that reason I absolutely love Twinkl. Twinkl is an online educational publishing house, producing teaching materials for children of all ages. You can get instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, at teaching ideas! However, with Christmas just five days away, I’ve been looking through their festive resources and thought I’d share them with you! You can view their Christmas Primary Resources online here, and you can also find Welsh language resources here…. [Read More]

Cool Maker Sew N’ Style Machine Review

It’s no secret that I enjoy sewing, so it comes as no surprise that my five year old twin girls are following in my footsteps with their love of sewing too. When I get my sewing machine out, our girls are keen for me to show them what I’m doing. They also love pressing the foot pedal down and helping to feed fabric through the needle. They’re both very enthusiastic about sewing so when I was offered the chance to review the Cool Maker Sew N’ Style Machine I jumped at the chance. Aimed at children aged six+, children can magically… [Read More]

Chad Valley Play Chef Toy Kitchen Review Plus Win a £75 Argos Voucher!

As part of the Chad Valley Play Panel we’ve been sent some wonderful toys to review from the Chad Valley range which are all available online from Argos. You can read our previous reviews here and here. This month we received the Chad Valley Play Chef Toy Kitchen to review, plus we have a £75 Argos voucher to giveaway! The Chad Valley Play Chef Toy Kitchen is perfect for those who are tight on space. This kitchen is a great size. It won’t take up your whole front room, yet it’s the exact, perfect size for two children to happily play… [Read More]

Handwriting on the decline among Children

It might not come as much of a surprise that handwriting is one of the skills that’s been on the decline over recent years. With the rise of technology such as ipads, tablets and smart phones, there isn’t such a need for children to be writing as much as they used to. It’s a little worrying as it’s such a vital skill especially for adult life and it also comes with added benefits such as helping with relaxation and focus. There are plenty of statistics surrounding handwriting, and National Pen have put together a few along with some tips and… [Read More]