Thursday, 22 June 2017

Getting Your Child Into A Routine: Loving Mummy or Mean Monster?

For as long as I can remember as soon as we announced our pregnancy we were inundated with friends and family keen to pass on their words of wisdom on what is best to do for baby.

We’ve heard many things, sleep when baby sleeps; which never happened because as soon as you have five minutes to yourself you think ooh I’ll just have a quick tidy up or a cup of tea, then before you know it baby is awake again. We’ve also heard you need to teach them who is boss, the baby must fit in around your life and schedule and not the other way around; well that doesn’t really work either. I mean you cant really tell your baby not to do the stinkiest poop ever whilst you’re at the hairdressers or riding the bus because its not convenient for you!

There is however one thing that we did manage to succeed with, a routine. I don’t know how it happened but I’m sure grateful we have it.

I now hear a lot of people say to us oh my god, you mean they’re in bed AND ASLEEP? ALREADY! But its only just gone 7pm, how did you do that?! Sometimes this is said with sheer awe and hands on knees bowing down to us praying for us to give them the miracle answer that has made this occurrence happen, other times it sounds judgy and jealous as hell, like I’m some strict regimented mum.

 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Cardiff Museum Dinosaur Exhibition

Well an exciting few weeks Cardiff has had with the #DinoOnTheLoose Dinosaur Exhbition

First we had a beautiful new statue of Welsh Dino Father Thomas H Thomas unveiled and then can you believe it after just 48 hours something mysterious happened, the statue was destroyed, leaving a trail of devastation behind including a huge dinosaur poo! In the middle of the city centre!


Then to top it all off some strange creature only went and smashed the shop window displays!

We finally discovered just what exactly had been going on when Cardiff Museum revealed it was in fact a lively dinosaur protecting its babies! There were even giant dinosaur footprints right on their doorstep!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Aquabeads Animal Playset Review

The Aquabeads animal friends set is a great addition to your collection and retails at £4.99
In this set you can create a whole host of wonderful little characters including; turtle, horse, frog, chicken, duck and more. 

This set comes with over 600 different colour solid beads which I think is an absolute bargain for the price! 



Monday, 8 May 2017

Scope: Mindful Monsters

Scope is a disability charity. They exist to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

They recently got in touch with me about their new product 'Mindful Monsters'. You can find out more about the campaign here.

Mindful Monsters is a set of activity cards which give parents a new and exciting way to help little ones develop important life skills through mindfulness, while spending quality time together.








The cards are quick and easy activities that parents and children can do anywhere.

Research shows mindfulness in families has many benefits;


  • More resilience in day-to-day life
  • Improved focus
  • Better understanding of their emotions
  • A sense of calm
  • More positive thinking - promoting kindness and gratitude
Each card has its own theme. Included in our pack the themes are; Creativity, relaxation, positivity and concentration.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Our Week So Far...

I'm not usually one for writing these kinds of posts, but this week has been a bit of a game changer for me. I can sometimes suffer with anxiety and this normally shows itself when I'm out with my children, although usually my husband is with me. 

My daughter is 4 and my son is 3, and sad to say I rarely take them anywhere on my own. I have honestly been too scared. My usual excuses are my youngest doesn't listen, they don't stay together, what if one runs off I'll have to leave the other to chase them back.

We'll I don't know why or where my confidence came from this week, but I decided to brave it!

Starting with small steps I took them only over the road to the park. Okay sounds easy enough, but I normally drive to a park down the road as it is enclosed so they cant run off.

This park I went to this time though is much more open and busy. I was scared I wouldn't be able to cope on my own with them, or that people would stop and stare. I was wrong.

We had the best time, and we stayed for well over an hour. My children surprised me. They didn't run off. In fact when they couldn't see me, they panicked and searched for me, I called them over and they were fine. They stayed together, they listened and I felt calm!



Monday, 10 April 2017

Ten Happy Things

I was recently tagged to do this post by Sarah from boorooandtiggertoo. Life is so busy that you can sometimes forget to reflect on the positive moments that make you happy. So here are my Ten Happy Things.

My Children
I suppose this is the most obvious one. I have a 4 year old daughter and 3 year old son who could not be anymore different! My little girl can be quite shy and overly sensitive about things. She normally likes me or her daddy by her side when we are in new situations. She has a quirky personality, often amusing herself and all of us, she loves to rein act school lessons at home where she is the teacher. She loves music and dancing. My little boy is my cheeky monkey, but he gets away with a lot. He is full of energy and you’ll rarely see him still! He loves play fighting (which his sister does not), climbing anything and everything, bugs and he has no problem talking to people he doesn’t know! For someone who once said they’d not really mind if I never had children I couldn’t imagine my life without them now, they really are my world, my everything.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Aquabeads Cinderella Set Review

Bring a bit of Disney into your world with Aquabeads Cinderella Set. 
Create Cinderella's slipper and her horse drawn carriage as well as your very own rings to wear. 



Aquabeads sent us this set to review. The contents include:

  • Cinderella Slipper
  • Three Template Sheets
  • Layout Tray
  • 12 packs of coloured beads
  • Two Ring Bodies
  • Water Sprayer
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