MY INTENTIONS AND HOPES FOR 2022

 I stopped doing the whole new year resolutions and new year new me thing a long time ago.


REFLECTING ON 2021

 I’m in bed with a glass of wine and can honestly say this year has definitely been a whirlwind / for most of us hasn’t it really .


BOXING DAY DINNER HITTING THE SALES AND ALL THE GAMES

 Boxing Day is definitely underrated. Christmas Day is done and dusted and we also have a lovely Boxing Day too.


CHRISTMAS DAY 2021

 Merry Christmas everyone . I hope you’ve all had a lovely day and are enjoying the festive holidays :)


WINTER WONDERLAND 2021

 Winter wonderland, oh we have missed you. It’s our Christmas Eve tradition and last year it wasn’t here due to covid and honestly , it felt so strange .

ALL THE CRAFTS HOME ALONE 2 AND DINNER OUT


Today has honestly been such a lovely day. I officially signed off all bits for work yesterday evening so we are in true Christmas holiday mode.


REUSABLE PADS GIVEAWAY | TRADE TO AID REVIEW

Having a house full of girls ,we are no strangers to the time of the month. Hormones all over the place and bars upon bars of chocolate- that’s how we roll in this house. 


EARTH AND WHEAT BOX | REVIEW

When it comes to food, as a family we love trying out new things , whether it be recipes or something a little different that we haven’t heard of before.


CHRISTMAS ROAD TRIP TO NANNY & GRANDADS

We managed to fit in a weekend trip to Nanny and Grandads and it was so needed.


FLOWER THE ELF



 The girls won some elf’s at the arcades and Flower the Elf decided to come alive and join us for the last day at Nanny and Grandads.


PROJECT CHRISTMAS

 I have definitely been flapping over the last few days with Christmas. I am finally getting better but Nila is now coming down with something again.


AQUA PLANET | THE PERFECT SWIM BAG

 Since joining the gym and getting free access to the swimming bath, the girls and I have really enjoyed our swim sessions.


THE ULTIMATE WATERPROOF TRAINERS | LOOM FOOTWEAR

 With being an avid walker and loving the outdoors, I can go through quite a pair of trainers. I have a mountain of running trainers,walking trainers and even hiking boots for my travels but one think they all lack is keeping my feet dry.


AD/ CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS WITH JAQUES OF LONDON

I have finally finished the children’s Christmas bits and can stop shopping. I am definitely that person that shops til they drop, I just can’t help myself, but I’ve made a list and ticked it all off and now I am done :)


AD/ FEEL AMAZING WITH IDENTITY LINGERIE

 It’s no secret that I am an absolute advocate for self love and self care. Doing things that make you feel good and keep your heart happy is what I strive to do everyday.

WINTER WALKS & CHRISTMAS CRAFTS



I am still really poorly with a chest infection but I’m trying my hardest to keep the festive spirit and try and feel Christmassy as much as I can for the girls.



LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

It’s the count down to Christmas now , are you all sorted?, I don’t think I am ever completely sorted until Christmas Eve!.I have done a little round up for any of you that are last minute Christmas shopping, like me :).Hopefully these will give you a little inspiration and help you out when on the hunt for them last minute presents .



AD / CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS | FEMME LUXE

 I honestly can not believe how fast this year has gone. December has hit and Christmas is literally just around the corner and I can not wait!.


CHRISTMAS NETFLIX WATCH LIST

 Netflix is definitely my go to and I love that they bring out their seasonal stuff so I can add it to my watch list and this months is giving me all the festive vibes and I am SO excited for Christmas.


AD/ DOES YOUR BOILER NEED REPLACING?

It has finally hit December, and of course that means Christmas prep and getting ready for the big day but It is also that time of the year where the the heating gets cranked up full whack and we are constantly trying to keep warm.

HORRIBLE HISTORIES CHRISTMAS BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

 Anyone else absolutely love horrible histories?.The girls love it and it has got to be one of the best shows for teaching children as well as making it really fun and super funny!!.


AD/ THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THERAPEUTIC PARENTS LAUNCHES RESOURCE WEBSITE FOR SCHOOLS

When it comes to Children, we try our best to protect and care for them and give them the best start in life, it’s our duty isn’t it.


AD | MORE SAUSAGES | EVERY DOGS DREAM

Christmas isn’t that far away now and I know I haven’t quite finished with the girls’ presents yet, are you all done?. One thing we do get them every year is books, we are a family of book worms and new books for Christmas are a must!.


BIDDULPH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

 One thing I really missed last year was all the light switch ons, the local Christmas markets and everything that we usually do at this time of year was cancelled.


MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET 2021



 Last year Kadiann and I were absolutely gutted we didn’t get to go to Manchester and visit the Christmas market. We had been keeping our fingers and toes crossed that this years one was here to stay and it is!.


CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY


Who is ready for Christmas?, i am slowly getting there but still need to get a few bits for the children and other family members. I’ve rounded up some gift ideas for the whole family so who ever else you still need to buy for, I’ve definitely got you covered in this gift guide.


PLAN THE PERFECT FAMILY GETAWAY THIS CHRISTMAS

I absolutely love this time of year, Christmas for me, is definitely all about making memories and sharing time with your loved ones.


AD / CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

 I have been slowly ticking off the children’s Christmas wish list over the past few weeks and slowly but surely I am definitely getting there :) .Are you ready for Christmas? Or are you still shopping?, I’ve done a round up of some lovely Christmas gifts for children that might inspire you or help you out whilst browsing this year .


HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP THEIR VOCABULARY

 Vocabulary is needed to communicate effectively and can help your child to express themselves clearly to others. Whether it be presenting valid arguments or how they feel by enriching their speech and writing skills. We have teamed up with a nursery in Islington to share ways that you can help your child to develop their vocabulary.

 


Have Conversations with Your Child

There are 4 types of vocabulary. Vocabulary that is needed to listen, speak, read and write. To build your child’s vocabulary it’s important to speak to them and engage in conversation.  Even if your child isn’t at the stage where they are able to respond or understand, this can help them to build their listening vocabulary. 


By building familiarity with words that are used, your child will soon develop their speech. This vocabulary will then help them when learning to read and write. Start by describing the environment around them and usphysical objects to help them understand what words mean and build connections.

 

Broaden Your Child’s Vocabulary with Synonyms

Once your child has grasped their first words, expand their vocabulary by using synonyms. Use words like glad’ instead of happy or exciting instead of fun.

 


Reading Is the Fastest Way to Learn New Vocabulary

Getting your child to lead story time and read out loud can help them to discover new words and allow them to ask you about what they mean. 


The context that they are in can help them to understand more about when they are used and their spelling. To help your child incorporate these words into their spoken and written vocabulary, you can ask questions following story time to see if they remember their meanings.


 

Word of The Day

Tools such as word of the day can help your child to discover new words. Up to 365 a year in fact. To be effective, you can set your child on a task to use a word at least 3 times in their day to help them remember and create a word wall of all new words learned.

 

HOW TO RAISE A COMPASSIONATE CHILD

 Compassion allows us to develop meaningful connections with those around us and helps us to lead healthier lives too as acts of kindness release endorphins. The brain’s natural painkiller and stress reliever. We have teamed up with an independent boys school in Hertfordshire to share advice on how to raise a compassionate child.

 


HOW TO MOTIVATE YOUR CHILD TO LEARN MORE

 We all know that as much as mum nags, children need to have a desire to learn to improve their engagement and performance at school. We have teamed up with a nursery school in Tavistock to share tips on how to motivate your child to learn.


 

AD/ WINTER JUMPER MUST HAVES | FEMME LUXE

Whether you love the Autumn time,the crisp, cold air, fallen leaves and enjoy the colder season, or you absolutely hate them, the winter months have definitely hit the UK and are officially here. With that comes the difficult task of what to wear.


5 UNIQUE HOBBIES FOR CHILDREN

 Hobbies allow children to explore their passions, find hidden talents and develop skills that they wouldn’t otherwise probably be able to build at school. 


HIS AND HER CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

When it comes to buying for the other half , it can either go two ways can’t it ?. You know what they like so it’s an easy one ,or they have everything you have thought of buying them so they say surprise me, and that’s where the trouble starts :)


STOCKING FILLER IDEAS FOR ALL THE FAMILY

When it comes to stockings, they have got to be one of my favourite things about Christmas morning . We come downstairs and the first thing we open are our stockings.


AD/ CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR MUST HAVES


Just a few more weeks until the first of December hits , have you got your advent calendar sorted?, which one have you gone for ?.If you are still a little indecisive then I’ve done a round up of some of my favourites this year and definitely a must have!.


PRIVATE DINING AT SEA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 The holiday season should be an eagerly awaited opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. For many individuals, however, a great deal of extra time and effort can be added to an already busy schedule. Preparing for a round of household guests and dinners could become a rather demanding endeavour .



DO’S & DONT’S OF HELPING YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNE SYSTEM STAY STRONG

 Is it possible to fortify the immune system, so it's ready to take on those pesky invaders? Some studies indicate that yes, it is. 


AD/ 3 AUTUMN DRESSES YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE | FEMME LUXE


I am definitely feeling Autumn now October is here , are you?. The really dark mornings , but as the day goes on , the sun comes out and there’s that crisp to the air , I absolutely love it !. The leaves have fallen and it’s just one of my favourite times of the year .


AD / AUTUMN WARDROBE ESSENTIALS | FEMME LUXE



When putting together a list like this , I always hesitate to use words like essential or must haves because we are all different and have our own styles and favourites for this time of year, so definitely take my list with a pinch of salt and see this as magazine page in one of your favourite magazines, with all the autumn must haves I think would be a hit for us this :)

 


AD / LEARNING FUN WITH PEPPA PIG | TRENDS UK

It’s definitely no secret that Nila is an absolute mad Peppa pig fan, she has been from the get go and loves her ever growing Peppa toy collection.


AD / THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFTS THIS YEAR | WICKED UNCLE

It is official! , the 1st of November , and that only means one thing , operation Christmas. I know quite a lot of you have already started buying some brilliant children’s presents ,but I really do like to enjoy Halloween and once November hits , it is all about tinsel and the latest Christmas playlist  :)


PUMPKIN PICKING AT THE LITTLE COW SHED

 It has been a typical autumn day here today . The sun has been shining , with that little Autumn crisp in the air, it has been so nice.


IS YOUR TRAVEL LAPTOP BACKPACK RIGHT FOR YOU?

 High-quality laptop bags are especially useful when you are  entering and exiting airports or traveling by bus or rail terminals. Additional pieces of luggage can drag you down.



5 HOME IMPROVEMENT IDEAS FOR WINTER

 As the nights draw in and the days become colder you might be thinking what you can do to prepare your home for the winter whilst retaining its best features. Here are 5 ways you can improve your home ready for the cold months, from this cements business in London.



TOP TIPS FOR UPDATING YOUR KITCHEN

 Looking for ways to give your kitchen a new lease of life or to modernise the space? If you’re stuck on inspiration for your kitchen, or think your kitchen needs an update, here are some top tips from a bespoke fitted kitchens company in London to help you look at ways to update your cooking space.




HALLOWEEN MUST HAVES FOR THIS YEAR

 If you don’t know by now then ,we love halloween , it’s one of our favourite times of the year and we definitely go all out .With lockdown last year , the girls missed out on trick or treating and we have been trying to do as much as we can this year just in case - you never know do you!.


WHY ARE CHORES BENEFICIAL TO CHILDREN

 Chores are given to children for a number of reasons, of which all help a child’s development, their level of responsibility and developing a strong work ethic. 




HOW TO KEEP YOUR BABY SAFE AS THEY TRANSITION THROUGH DIFFERENT MILESTONES


 Parents are often anxious about when their baby is transitioning through various milestones. For example, what should I do when they start crawling? Is it safe to let them walk? How can I keep them safe in the car seat? These are all essential questions that every parent needs to answer, and we're here to help.


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AD / CRAZY CROCHETS & QUIRKY QUAVERS | LEARN THE PIANO | BOOK REVIEW

 Since a child I have always loved music . It was definitely a passion of mine , singing , dancing and learning to play musical instruments.


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