Thursday, 18 July 2019

Top Tips For Planning A Family Road Trip.

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Summer is here, the sun is shining and lots of us are counting down the days until some time in the sun. Whether that is here in the UK or somewhere abroad lots of us will be planning road trips this summer and when you have kids in tow its always best to be prepared.

So I have put together this handy list of some top tips to help you plan your next road trip and to make it as easy and stress free as possible!

Helping Your Child Prepare For School

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Whether your child is just about to start school or will be heading back into a new year group or new school in September it can seem like a daunting and stressful time. Children are often anxious about all of the changes ahead and us parents are often stressed trying to get everything organised in time.

As a mum of two school age children I can totally relate! But over the years I have come up with lots of ways to help everyone get prepared for school so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the summer holidays without all the stress of worrying about September!

Here are some of my top tips -

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Family Friendly Camping Spots in the UK to Visit This Summer.

My husband has always loved camping, he had been trying to convince we for years that we should get a tent. I managed to hold him off the idea, but last year I finally caved after the kids all ganged up on me too and insisted camping was amazing and that we should definitely get a tent! 

So off we went down to our local Go Outdoors store to "look" at tents. Now I was pretty insistent we were just looking, however an hour later my husband comes back to the car, a massive cheesy grin on his face and a trolley full to the brim with a tent and camping gear! So I guess that means we were official now a family who did camp right?

Well actually we were pretty clueless when it came to places to camp and what we would actually need! Yes we had the tent but that was where it ended, so we spent the best part of last year researching and looking up what we needed, top tips and most importantly the best place to camp with kids.

So with lots of research, advice and the help of some fellow campers here is my list of the top 10 family friendly places to camp right here in the UK!

Holmsley Caravan and Camping Site - New Forest National Park

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Holmsley Caravan and Camping site is based within the New Forest national park and gives you the chance to get back to basics with forest camping. The site has all of the amenities you could need for a family camping trip such as toilet and shower block, on site shop and takeaway and a play park.

There is also the added bonus of being in the New Forest with animals such as ponies and cows to see roaming and lots of beautiful walks to enjoy and wildlife to discover.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Teachers Gift - Gift Guide

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Summer is finally here and the sun is making an appearance which is lovely right? This also means that school is almost over for another year and as sports day come to an end and both teachers and children start preparing for the end of the year, us parents are trying to find the perfect way to say thank you to the teachers who do such amazing jobs with out children.

I know that gifts for the teachers might not be for everyone but for me personally I think its a lovely way to end the year and to say thank you for all the hard work that teachers put in. I mean as a parent myself my TWO children often drive me to the brink, so anyone who can stand in front of a class of 30 kids, keep their cool and with so much love and care for 6+ hours a day deserves a special thanks I think!

So I have out together a list of some lovely teachers gifts I have spotted this year to help you out when choosing a gift for your child's teacher this year.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Mess Free Play with Playfoam **REVIEW**

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Evelyn is a huge fan of messy play, even her 9 year old brother has been known to join in with our messy play games so its something I try to set up quite often. However since having a new carpet fitted I am always really wary of what sensory/messy play we can do in the home on rainy days or days when we want to get out of the sun.

So when I heard about Playfoam, a fantastic squishy "foam" that is relatively mess free, I was so excited to give it a try with the kids, not least because it promises lots of fun but without the mess!

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

A Party Fit For A Princess!

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A few weeks ago Evelyn celebrated her 5th birthday and to celebrate she had a party full of all the things she had been asking for in anticipation of her birthday. At the very top of her list was a real life princess, so I was over the moon when I discovered Princess Appearances with Tamara to make Evelyn's dream party come true! 

From the very first enquiry message, right up until the day of the Party Tamara was fantastic. She was so friendly, helpful and approachable, she was available to answer any questions, queries or changes I had in mind whenever I needed which really put my mind at rest when planning the party. 

Hatching a Pixie! - Hatchimals Pixies **REVIEW**

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Evelyn is a huge fan of Hatchimals from the giant hatching Hatchimals Eggs through to the Mermal Magic CollEGGtibles. She has loved each of the series that have been released and is a big fan of collectible the adorable little characters that hide inside. 

So Evelyn was so excited to find out that Spinmaster, the makers behind Hatchimals have a brand new range that has just been released, Hatchimals Pixies and they are just as adorable as previous Hatchimal series!