Join the NSPCC and take on Messathon: the messtastic obstacle course! (Discount code included)

I love a good run and it’s something I try to encourage my children to do too. They’ve already watched me run a few races and we’ve even been on a few runs together around our local area. They even took part in a family fun 1k run a short while ago. I think it’s so important to encourage children to get active and that’s why I wanted to share with you the NSPCC’s Messathon! As per the title of this post, it’s a messtastic obstacle course! There are three dates set across Surrey, Bristol and Aldenham. Families with children… [Read More]

Caboodle Everyday Changing Bag Review

As a mum of twins my changing bag is fit to burst. Although my girls are three years old I still use a changing bag everyday and it’s always full, with hardly any room to spare. With that in mind it’s important to me that a changing bag is both spacious and durable. The contents of my changing bag usually consists of: Folding portable potty  Two complete spare changes of clothes (2 pairs of leggings, 2 tops, 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of knickers) Two drink bottles Some snacks (crisps, fruit etc) My purse and keys In addition to… [Read More]

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! The girls had so much fun… [Read More]

Top tips to help teach children the time

1. Encourage children from an early age to count. Counting will help children to understand the concept of time such as seconds and minutes. When your child can count to 60, it’s a good time to start exploring time in more detail 2. Talk to your children about the time. Explain to them when things will happen. For example: “At one o’clock we’re going to the park” or “We’ll go to the park in ten minutes” 3. Invest in a child friendly watch. The Watch Hut is a good place to start looking. Ensure the watch face is clear and the… [Read More]

We went to Techniquest!

If you live in Cardiff there is no doubt in my mind that you will have heard of Techniquest. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Techniquest is the UK’s longest established science centre. They have various exhibits which they build themselves and once a month they have a toddler day. As the name suggests on toddler day Techniquest opens its exhibition floor up for children to take priority.  They have additional activities, including story time, colouring and craft tables, all aimed at encouraging young children to take their first steps in science. In the summer of 2013,… [Read More]

Our Cardboard Castle

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 February challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest. Tots100 and Center Parcs have teamed up to challenge bloggers to get crafty and think of a fun indoor game you can create as a family, made from things you find around the house. Enter the cardboard castle! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for quite a while. Mainly because we have a stack of various sized cardboard boxes sitting in our porch waiting to be recycled. I often get a huge piece of cardboard… [Read More]

Our Dream Garden

We love summer time here in our home, but to us playing in the garden is an all year round activity.  The picture above was taken one cold afternoon in our garden.  Our twins love running around barefoot in the summer and come winter we’ll wrap them up warm and kick a ball about! We bought a small activity frame for our girls to play on in the garden, but as they get older I would love to transform our garden into a more fun play area for them. My dream garden would include the following An area for growing… [Read More]

Messy Play: Gloop

There’s nothing more I love than getting creative and crafty with our twins. We have our very own crafty box filled with all sorts of delights! From foam stickers, crayons, finger paints, glitter and feathers to play dough, stamps and fuzzy felt!  After reading a recent post from the lovely blog, Being Mrs C I thought I would invest in a ‘Tuff Spot,’ also known as a mixing tray. Commonly used by tradesmen to mix cement these also double up wonderfully for use in messy play. One rainy day, I decided to make gloop with the girls. Gloop is a mixture of… [Read More]

Toddler Crafts: Toilet Roll Cheerio Rattle

Today’s crafty activity is very simple to make. It’s quick, easy and won’t cost much! What you’ll need 1 cardboard toilet roll tube per child 1sheet of A4 paper Sellotape A handful or two of Cheerios or similar cereal To do: First up simply tear the A4 sheet of paper into 2 strips (per toilet roll). Next you will need to Sellotape 1 piece of torn up paper to one end of the toilet roll tube. This is to stop the Cheerios falling out! Step three is to put a handful of Cheerios into the toilet roll tube and then… [Read More]