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]

Family Camping Essentials and Tips

This year we’re planning our very first camping trip. It’s something we’re all very excited about! I have fond memories of camping from when I was a child. It’s something we used to do fairly often. Our twins are seven years old and we’re yet to take them camping, but that’s all about to change this year! The thing is though, I know nothing about camping other than we’ll need a tent, sleeping bags, something to cook on and that’s about it! I recently turned to the blogging community to ask them for their help! In particular I wanted to… [Read More]

Getting the family outdoors

This summer my husband and I have decided that we’d like to try and make a really big effort to spend more time outdoors as a family. There are so many benefits to spending time outdoors such as better mental health and reduced stress levels. We have so many ideas as to how we can encourage the whole family outdoors. The first thing we’re doing is ditching the car on the school run when we can and walking instead. Naturally this is better for the environment for lots of different reasons, but it’s also better for us. It means we… [Read More]

5 Ways for New Parents to Manage Anxiety

Becoming a parent should be an exciting time in your life, however, with a new baby to look after at home, it’s natural for you to feel some anxiety. There are all sorts of worries and pressures that are placed on new parents, from whether your baby is eating enough, sleeping enough or crying too much, and every little aspect can feel magnified. Here are five ways for new parents to manage stress and anxiety. Communicate with Your Partner Bringing a baby into the world will understandably change your day to day routine. If you live with your partner, there… [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]

Digitally Distracted Parents

This is a subject that sadly, far too many parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins etc can relate to. In this blog post, I’m going to focus on parents. When you think back to your childhood, what do you remember? Specifically, what do you remember about the time you spent with your parents? Were they present? Were they engaged in conversation or play? For many people, I hope, the answer to those two questions will be yes. Looking at my own childhood, I fondly remember playing games with my parents. Perhaps a board game or hide and seek for… [Read More]