TOP TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD

Whether your child is about to begin school for the first time or you’re looking for the best secondary school for your child, this is an important time in your life and it’s common to feel some anxiety around the decision. 


5 WAYS TO POSITIVELY REINFORCE YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT

As a parent, you have a lot of responsibilities and one of them is to ensure that you are looking after your child’s development. If you fail to do this, then they can run into issues later in life and that’s something that you definitely want to avoid. Social development is particularly important as this is the way that a child is able to interact and connect with the world around them and the people in it. You might be wondering if there are ways to boost your child’s social development. Here are some of the best possibilities that you can explore. 

POTTY TRAINING | 4 MONTH UPDATE

It’s been 4 months since I decided to start potty training Nila . If you’ve not read my last few updates I will leave them linked below :)


WIN £20 SMYTHS TOYS VOUCHER | MOOSE TOYS GIVEAWAY


To celebrate the launch of the the Moose Toys Failfix fashion dolls that we have recently reviewed and are amazing by the way!.


HOW TO RAISE A CONFIDENT CHILD

Raising a confident child is at the top of most parents’ wishes for their children. It tops their desire for most other attributes.

BECOME THE ULTIMATE STYLE SAVIOUR | FAILFIX FASHION DOLLS


When it comes to dolls, the girls are crazy on them . They love nothing more than to get them all out , set up a scene and get stuck in with their role playing .

Alessia was kindly gifted the latest Fail Fix dolls to test out and she couldn’t wait . She had actually seen the advert on the television and had already had her heart set on putting them on her Xmas list! :)

The dolls vary and there are quite a few to collect . We got sent the Dance Stylz  doll and Kawaii Qtee, who Nila decided to fall in love with!



Each Fail fix doll set includes :

  • A pair of shoes
  • A surprise outfit 
  • A pair of earrings
  • A beautiful necklace
  • A magic spa mask
  • A removable failed face


It’s make over time!,Let’s get this party started!.

First we found all the treasures that were hiding in their hair : shoes , earrings and a necklace. The girls love blind bags so this was so much fun for them and makes the fail fix dolls even more unique.



Pop on the magic mask and give your dolls a good hair brush and brush out the disaster! .This can take a while but the hair ends up super soft once it’s brushed . Dancer Stylz  has really cool braids in her hair and Kawaii Qtee has lovely rainbow pink strands in hers.



Now it’s time to reveal the surprise outfit which is hidden with a ‘pretend, dressing gown robe. The girls loved Dancer stylz’s dress, super cool! Plus they both do dance so now want the same dress as her :)

Pop off the magic mask to reveal the magical transformation!




The dolls are super cute once transformed and are ready to rumble . We absolutely love these fail fix dolls and can definitely say they are such a new cool step up from dolls which are going to be an absolute hit .



The girls have asked for all the other ones from the collection for Christmas and have been mixing and matching all the different accessories when playing , they are hooked.

They retail at £19.99 and can be found in Smyths Toys


-Gifted items in exchange for an honest review

OUTDOOR PLAY = HOURS OF FUN

When it comes to days out , our go to is always the park . It’s the girl’s favourite place and it always lets them burn off all that energy that’s been building up at home :)


A SUNDAY WELL SPENT | CINEMA ARCADES AND DINNER OUT

Today we have had such a fun filled day . We don’t always go out on Sundays as they are usually our day of staying in or going for a walk before dinner .


LESSIE’S FIRST DAY IN YEAR 7 | NEW SCHOOL & NEW YEAR

This morning I have had the worst knots in my stomach sending Alessia off to school but she has been looking forward to this day all through the holidays and could not wait to get to school this morning.


AFTERNOON TEA | MUMMY DAUGHTER DAY

With Lessie going back to school next week I wanted to take her out  on her own and have a mummy daughter day as lock down has been extremely tough on all of us but I think Alessia has really struggled .


She is definitely a peoples person and loves being around all her friends so when lock down hit , I could see her going into her shell more and more each week .

So with only a week to go until school starts , I booked us in for afternoon tea which both of us have never had before and we were really excited !.

The teapot in Milton have also been taking part in the eat out to help out so it was really affordable and the pictures on the website looked incredible.



We arrived and out came  the array of goodies - a big pot of  tea , sausage rolls , pork pies , salad and nachos to start with.  I love my tea and I actually drank the whole pot :) Alessia opted for apple juice instead .

We giggled so much and talked about school and what else we needed to get before the big day . She has been so excited for school and she is actually changing schools this year which is even more nerve wracking but she is full of excitement.

We discussed any worries she might of had and if there was anything she wanted to ask the school before starting . We have a transition afternoon just before she starts so anything she wants to ask she can then .



Out came our tray of sandwiches , cakes and scones , and lots of fresh strawberries. We had cream cheese sandwiches, tuna and pickle and cheese . They were delicious and we were getting so stuffed by this point , we didn’t know what to finish up with :)

We asked for a take away box and took the rest of it home to have for dinner that night which was lovely of the lady to let us do.



We finished the afternoon off with a bit of school shopping and it was such a lovely day . Having three children , I really try and make the time for one on one days or little trips out as it really does mean so much to them and it also gives you that little special time with each other.

We are all set for school now and have really enjoyed the summer holidays.

WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN SETTING UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS

When setting up your own business, there are lots of things to consider. For example, choosing a company name, advertising your services and having the right equipment to run your business efficiently.

HELPING YOUR CHILD PREPARE FOR THE SCHOOL BUS

If your child is about to start taking the school bus, it is important to teach them what to expect and familiarise them with the route. 





EXPLORING STEM SUBJECTS WITH YOUR CHILDREN

Exploring STEM subjects with your child will help them to develop a number of key skills for their future. But what exactly is STEM? - STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. 

TOP TIPS FOR TEACHING YOUR KIDS MATH

You don’t need to be a genius to give your child a good head start at maths. Simply incorporate maths into your everyday activities at home and you will soon help your child to develop their numeracy skills and enjoy mathematics.

STEM FUN IN THE SUN WITH KID K’NEX


When I was younger , my brother and I loved anything that you could build with . It kept us amused for hours and one thing we loved most was K’Nex.


HOW TO BE MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

Parents can help children to develop a lasting love of learning by simply showing an interest in school work and becoming more involved in their child’s education.

TEACHING YOUR CHILD TO BE MORE MINDFUL

There are many benefits in teaching your child to be more mindful. Mindfulness can be used to aid relaxation, increase concentration and even boost creativity.

LEMON DRIZZLE LOAF

Lemon drizzle has got to be one of my favourite cakes and we have made it SO much over the past few months I thought I would share our recipe as I know a lot of you are loving our baking posts here :)


MY SUMMER LOVES

This summer definitely isn’t what I thought it would be , thanks to a virus that has completely turned the world upside down , even so, I am determined to not let it bring me down and still try and enjoy life with the girls as much as I can :)


SO SAND DIY BALL KIT | REVIEW

Anything to do with sand or slime then the girls are all over it and can not wait to get stuck in !.


CHEESECAKE IN A BOWL

One of my favourite desserts ever is cheesecake , I absolutely love it and it would be the first thing I order for my pudding when we go out for dinner .


ROCKPOOL | COLLECT SHELLS BEFORE THE TIDE COMES IN | REVIEW

We’ve just come back from a weeks holiday in Hemsby, Norfolk and we are definitely missing it already. We love the beach and the sea , it’s one of our favourite places to go.


WIN A PASS THE BOMB FAMILY BOARD GAME

Games over the summer holidays are definitely a must aren’t they? Especially if the rain decides to join us !


PASS THE BOMB | ARE YOU QUICK ENOUGH? | GAME REVIEW

Games are definitely underrated these days , and it’s such a shame as we really love settling down on an evening with a board game , it’s one of our favourite things to do.


OUR SUMMER HOLIDAY IN HEMSBY

Hemsby is somewhere we visit often , it isn’t to far from where my parents live in Norfolk and it’s a lovely little getaway for a family holiday and we really enjoy it there .

4 FUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS :)

Summer is here and kids will be out of school and back home once again. Unlike previous summers, this year will likely be more subdued with parents taking extra precautions to keep the little ones safe.

SINGLE SEX VS A CO-EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL

When the time comes for you to choose a school for your child, you may be torn between a single sex school or a co-educational one.



A PARENTS’ GUIDE TO GCSES


When the time comes for your child to start thinking about which GCSEs they would like to study, there might be an element of confusion and anxiety within your family. This is perfectly normal as it’s a big deal for young people.


DOBBLE 360 | REVIEW

Dobble is a game we have wanted for ages and they’ve brought out a 360 version , which looks even better !


5 FANTASTIC FEMALE FERTILITY FACTS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW

Since fertility is such a sensitive subject, it isn’t discussed as often as it perhaps should be. In fact, many would argue that young people are not given a thorough enough education around fertility and some of the struggles that people are faced with when trying to conceive. 

LESSIE BUG TURNS 11

Today Lessie bug turned 11 and we’ve celebrated her birthday in Hemsby- which seems to be a tradition of ours :)


HELPING YOUR CHILD DEAL WITH THE BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES


After months in lockdown, many children in the UK are probably starting to dread going back to school. Not all of them, of course, as lots of kids are suffering with boredom and missing their friends. 

LAST DAY OF YEAR 6

So yesterday was Alessia’s last day in year 6 . I can’t actually believe Year 7 is just around the corner .The years just seem to be flying by and I wish they would slow down.


HOW TO RAISE A RESPECTFUL TEENAGER

All parents want their children to grow up to be respectful members of society. As our children become teenagers, they start to become independent and push boundaries, and ensuring their remain respectful of the rules and others around them becomes a little more challenging. 

AD | SUMMER HOLIDAYS COVERED THANKS TO SWIZZELS

With only three more days left of school , that only means one thing - operation summer holidays prep!.


STRAWBERRY FARM

Strawberry picking has been on my bucket list since Kadiann was little and we have never actually been. We’ve grown our own most years but taking the girls strawberry picking has never happened.


FINDING A NEW BED FOR BUDDY | COLLABORATION

When it comes to fussy dogs then I have got to say my mum and dad’s dog buddy is so fussy. Especially with his bed!.


A WEEKEND GETAWAY IS AT THE TOP OF OUR LIST!

One thing Mezz  and I really enjoy is having that quality time together , whether it’s our date nights or a  night away somewhere to just be us , we love it and had made quality time together as a couple a priority last year .


QUIRK! A FUNNY GAME OF SOUNDS , ACTIONS & LOTS OF MISCHIEF! | REVIEW

One of Alessia’s favourite kind of game is a card game , she loves card games and we can be known for spending hours playing them once little Nila is in bed.

AD | KEEPING THEM PEARLY WHITES EVEN WHITER WITH COLGATE

When it comes to self care , there are a few things that are on top of my list . The usual things we all have on our lists are things like having time out with a hot tea and some biscuits away from the children .

FIRST WEEK BACK AT SCHOOL SINCE LOCKDOWN

This week we made the decision to send Alessia back to school for the last month of year 6. I have been so indecisive with the decision and weighing out all the pros and cons , and it was the best decision we have made.


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