Camping, Festivals and Days Out. A Summer Spent Outdoors

This year my husband and I have decided that we’d like to spend as much time as possible outdoors as a family. With so many young people spending the majority of their time indoors on their phones or games consoles, we’re trying our very best to encourage our children to embrace the great outdoors. Being outdoors has so many wonderful benefits from improvements in mental health and well-being, as well as physical benefits such as improved blood pressure and of course the chance to exercise. Of course we can’t always be outdoors when the weather is really bad, but a… [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]

2019: The Year of Family Camping Holidays

As per the title of this post, 2019 is going to be the year that we as a family will embrace camping! I have fond memories of camping when I was a child. I remember my parents having a practise run in the garden of putting the tent up, taking it down and packing it all away again. In all fairness it was a lovely big tent. I don’t recall how long it took to put up. My sister and I were probably off playing and running around whilst out parents took on the tent building challenge! I don’t even… [Read More]

Top Tips When Going Camping With Children

Camping should be fun and exciting, and rightly so. Children go to summer camps in most Western countries. Adults and teenagers also want to participate in such activities. Many interesting and fun activities are organized for these camp trips. In hot climates, camping usually takes place in the cooler months, and summer riverbank campsites are a popular choice for schools. Children always look up to going camping and they expect to have a lot of fun. They value happy memories of these camping activities. Here are tips you need to incorporate when going camping with children: First, make sure you… [Read More]

The reality of raising an indoor generation

Growing up, I’d spend the majority of my childhood outdoors. I’d either be in the park with my friends, or playing in my back garden until bedtime. Sadly, children nowadays spend less time outdoors than ever before. The only time you’d find me indoors was to eat lunch and dinner, and to sleep. There’s a lot to be said about our current generation of teenagers. While they’re more health conscious than ever before, we have to ask the question, at what cost does this come? Reality TV shows lay bare a generation of ‘beautiful’ people who appear to have it… [Read More]

Get the Kids Outdoors this Summer with the Chad Valley Range from Argos #GoodToGo #PlayPanel

Finding ways to encourage children to put down their iPads and get outdoors can be challenging, but thanks to Chad Valley and their range of over 400 toys for babies, toddlers and younger children, that’s about to get easier! As part of the Chad Valley Play Panel, a network of parenting bloggers from all over the UK, we’re here to put the Chad Valley range of toys to the test and give you our unbiased opinion on their wide range of toys. These toys include inflatables, mud kitchens, sports sets and more! In order for us to put these toys to… [Read More]

Cabin Fever Cures

Image from Pixabay Every parent with a newborn, or even toddlers, is at risk of going insane. We’re sorry, but it’s true. You sit in day after day, watching the same episode of a kids program time and again. You have next to no adult conversation. And, the work is endless. But, if you start going insane, how do you think your little ones feel? It gets to the point where you’re desperate them to start school so you can get some life back. But, when the times comes, you’ll miss them like nothing else. So, it’s important to make… [Read More]

Do you let your children play naked outside the home?

This topic has arisen quite randomly and rather out of the blue. I’m part of a journalist story request group on Facebook and one of the journalists was looking for two people. One who allows their children to play outside naked, whether it be in the garden, beach or perhaps the local park, and another who would never allow their children to play naked outdoors. Being honest I am part of the group that would never allow their children to play naked outdoors. Yes, on occasion, M, who loves to be naked has sprinted into the garden with no clothes… [Read More]

Growing Strawberries Indoors and Outdoors

Back in April I planted some strawberry plants indoors and outdoors. 2015 has been the first year that I have made a proper effort toward growing my own fruit and vegetables. I’ve planted tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, spring onions, herbs and salads. My girls have enjoyed helping to plant the seeds and water the plants with me. They’re really looking forward to being able to pick the fruit and vegetables when they’re ready. As mentioned above I planted some strawberry plants indoors in a medium sized pot and some outdoors in a large strawberry planter.  I was curious to see if the ones… [Read More]

To entertain or not to entertain? That is the question!

Over the past two and half years I’ve found lots of different ways to entertain my children. When they were babies simple things such as talking and singing to them worked, as well as pulling silly faces and making funny noises. Like most parents we also invested in a cot mobile – which we never used – along with a variety of toys that made sounds or had flashing lights on! Now that our children are almost three, I’ve been looking at the ways in which I keep my children entertained and I’ve been questioning it. That’s not a bad… [Read More]