ADVERT: Brilliant Brainz Magazine Review

How many times have you walked into a supermarket or newsagent with your children and they’ve asked for you to buy them a magazine? It’s a regular occurrence for us, and occasionally we do let our seven year old twins use their pocket money to buy a magazine each, however the problem I have is that they tend to buy the magazine just for the toy that comes with it not for the actual magazine itself. I imagine this is something a lot of children do! The thing that bugs me the most though is the cheap plastic toys that… [Read More]

Children See The Joy In The Simplest Of Things

The Easter holidays were really a revelation for me. Having started a new job a few weeks back this meant I worked Monday to Thursday until 12.30pm during the holidays. By the time I got home all I wanted to do was spend time with my children. I think this is something I previously took for granted. You see I used to work two days a week and then I was lucky enough to have the rest of the week with off the girls. Having less time with them now during the holidays has made me realise just how important… [Read More]

A Day Out At Amelia Trust Farm

During the Easter holidays our twin girls decided that they’d like to go to a farm. I’ve previously written about some of the farms we’ve visited such as Greenmeadow Farm, Cefn Mably, Warren Mill and Walnut Tree Farm. You can read my post, Seven Farms in and around Cardiff that you must visit for more information about these farms or simply use the search bar on the left to search for a farm review. One farm that I’ve heard good things about, but that we hadn’t yet visited is Amelia Trust Farm. However, our day didn’t start out at Amelia… [Read More]

Easter Holidays Week 1

The start of the Easter holidays last week has been full of fun! Although I worked Monday to Thursday last week (read more about this here) we still managed to do lots of fun things! On Monday after I arrived home from work we spent most of the day in the garden playing tennis, racquetball and volleyball! M asked for a tennis set for her birthday back in February and I managed to pick up a fantastic set from the Argos Chad Valley range. It has a net, tennis racquets and a soft tennis ball, badminton racquets and shuttlecock plus… [Read More]

Top Tips To Help You Cope With A Fussy Eater

Having a fussy eater can be one of the most frustrating things for parents, especially when you have spent time preparing a meal and a toddler simply refuses to eat it. Approximately 90% of children go through at least one lengthy phase of fussy eating, so Laya Healthcare has developed this handy guide to help you navigate this phase and get your child to try new things.  Eating habits and tastes are formed at an early stage therefore it is important to offer a variety of foods from the start. Learning to eat is like any other learning process, it… [Read More]

Chicken Pox Strikes Again!

Last year our twin girls, R and M, both had a very mild dose of chicken pox. My husband and I crossed our fingers that that was it. They’d been lucky by only having a mild dose and they’d never get it again. Hooray! Except it didn’t quite work out like that! Around three to four weeks ago, R, came out school feeling slightly under the weather. At first we put it down to a bug that was going around, gave her a dose of Nurofen and made sure she was drinking plenty. The following day, R emerged from her… [Read More]

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]

Review: Beatrix Potter Gifts by Enesco

(Helen) Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. My children are seven years old and they love Peter Rabbit. They always watch the show on CBeebies and they loved the Peter Rabbit film that was released last year, but did you know that we’re not only the fans of Beatrix Potter? It’s certainly no secret that the Royal Family are fans of Beatrix Potter too, and with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby due next month I thought… [Read More]