How to Teach Children to Tell the Time

Our twin girls recently turned seven. They’re both clever, kind, caring girls who have a natural thirst for learning. I’m always amazed at the things they tell me they’ve learnt in school. In particular when they showed me some multiplication they’d learnt in school, I was amazed at how easy they’d found it. Like many children, R and M, have a number of watches. Some have a digital display, others an analogue display. Naturally they find the digital display easiest to read in terms of telling the time, but I thought I’d try to teach them how to tell the… [Read More]

Encouraging Children to Read with the Right Books #AD

Reading is something that’s always been important to me. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a love for books. My very earliest memory of reading was when I was in primary school. I remember our teachers asking us to bring our favourite book in for show and tell. I was, and still am, a massive Enid Blyton fan so naturally the book I took into school was Enid Blyton’s ‘The Naughtiest Girl in School’. That’s the very first book I remember falling in love with. I’d read it over and over again, and every time I… [Read More]

#GIFTED Mud & Bloom Subscription Box Review

As a busy parent finding ways to encourage my children to connect with nature can be hard. During the weekdays we’re all pretty busy with work, school and after school activities. This means I don’t get a lot of time to plan out any activities for the weekend. However Mud & Bloom recently sent me their April monthly subscription box to review and it’s full of easy and fun activities to engage children in nature. As an added bonus they’re also educational. Mud & Bloom was created by Anja in December 2017. As a mum of three, Anja is passionate… [Read More]

On the go sandwich wrap review #GIFTED

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post called Simple Swaps for a Zero Waste Life. In that blog post I shared simple every day swaps that anyone can make in order to reduce the amount of single use plastics we use. I touched upon lots of great swaps such as swapping paper kitchen towels for reusable bamboo kitchen towels, swapping plastic bottles of shampoo for package free shampoo bars and using food wraps instead of sandwich bags, cling film or foil. All of these, along with the other swaps mentioned in that blog post, are great eco-friendly things… [Read More]

ClassDojo: Helping Parents Find Out What Their Children Do In School Since 2011 #AD

Like many parents I’m keen to know what my children do in school. I find that the best time to talk about this is when we’re all sitting down as a family over dinner. I ask my children what they do in school, who did they play with and did they learn anything. Sometimes my children indulge me with this information, but most of the time I get the standard response of, “I can’t remember”. I’m sure this is something many parents hear! If you’re like me and you wish that you knew more about what goes on in the… [Read More]

Simple Swaps for a Zero Waste Life #GIFTED

Something my husband and I are keen to do this year is reduce the amount of single use plastic we use. You can read more about what we hope to achieve and how in our ‘A Zero Waste Journey‘ blog post. In this blog post I wanted to share with you some simple swaps that can help you reduce the amount of single use plastic you use. Food Wraps Every day for school my children have sandwiches which my husband and I would put into plastic sandwich bags. At the end of each week we’d go through 10 plastic sandwich… [Read More]

I Tried Reusable Sanitary Pads and they’re a Game Changer! #GIFTED

In an effort to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle, I’ve been keen to try reusable sanitary pads for some time. It’s estimated that the average woman will use and throw away in excess of 10,000 sanitary pads in her menstrual lifetime. The sad thing is that many of these sanitary products end up in our rivers because they’re being flushed down the toilet. Just a few weeks ago, the below tweet popped up on my timeline and I was shocked for a number of reasons. The main question I had to ask is how can any grown women think that… [Read More]

Ripple Living Zero Waste Shop in Cardiff

Following on from my blog post (which you can read here) last week about how we’re trying to embrace a more environmentally friendly, zero waste life, I thought I’d pay a visit to Cardiffs first ever zero waste not-for-profit shop, Ripple Living. Started by Sophie after watching Blue Planet II in 2017, she was deeply shocked to see the devastating harm humans were having on our planet. Ever since then, Sophie decided to start her own zero-waste journey by making small changes to help lighten her personal plastic footprint. Ripple Living is all about conscious consuming; from our food to… [Read More]

Why You Should Foster Your Child’s Creativity #AD

After you have a child, you will slowly but surely see them start to develop their own interests and passions. This is an exciting time in any parent’s life. As a parent, you want to promote strong educational tracks for your child such as interests in math, science, and reading. In additional to these kinds of pursuits, you should also encourage your child’s creative side. Studies have shown that when children have access to a reliable creative outlet that they are excited about, it helps them in different stages of their early development. Engaging in creative activities also helps them… [Read More]

Online Essay Writing Service as The Best Way For Academic Success

Writing essays is no easy feat. It’s something that the majority of students dread doing and in some ways that’s understandable. The pressure put on students today to perform well and produce high, quality, accurate essays is phenomenal. When you factor in the lack of time that students commonly talk of, it’s no wonder that so many students feel anxious and stressed at the thought of having to write their essays. There are many different things that students in particular will need to consider when writing an essay. First is the topic, although this is usually a given based on… [Read More]