The Ultimate Back to School Resource 17/18 3

Are you thinking about the children being back to school yet?  Some people have been planning for this since the kids left school, others sit in denial about the holidays ever ending and other wishes h the holidays were much shorter or never happened at all!.  Whichever person you are we have a post for you in our ultimate back to school resource.  Whether it is your children first day of preschool or last year of senior school you will find some amazing tips and ideas to make the transition back to school simple for you and your children.

Back to school

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer 2

Earlier this year I worked with Highland Spring to bring you some tips on keeping your kids hydrated at school, easing the home to school transition and hel[ping kids cope at school.  I have learned over the years that water and hydration plays a big part in my kids’ behaviour.  Not only during school time, but also over the summer and how it helps them be #BraveByNature.


It is OK to have mixed feelings about the school holidays 2

it seems that parents are firmly split down the middle when it comes to the summer holidays.  They either love the lack of routine and early wake-up times or they hate them and find trying to cover all the bases intolerable.  However, I think it is OK to have mixed feelings about the school holidays.


Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler - Adult Colouring

Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler – Adult Colouring

How gorgeous is this free Kokeshi colouring sampler from my friend the talented Tasha Goddard?  As I get older I really do relish the chance to switch off and unwind and one of my favourite ways is to colour in.  Over the last couple of weeks, I have taken my colouring sampler with me when I take the boys swimming and it has really been fun to do.


Free Summer Colouring Bookmarks 4

These free summer colouring bookmarks will really brighten up any summer reading that you do.  They are perfect for any summer reading program and are a fun addition to a rainy summer day.  They would make the perfect addition to any book you might gift too.

Free Summer Colouring Bookmarks

Free Printable Summer Screen Rules - Encourage a balance with screen time and technology this summer with these simple summer screen rules.

Summer Screen Rules – Free Printable 5

It is no secret that I find balancing screen time challenging. My boys would quite happily spend some days on their Xbox or screens all day.  So this summer we are implementing some summer screen rules for my sanity! Now I realise that this might not be for everyone, in fact, one of my besties doesn’t feel the need to implement screen times rules in her home. As always you know what is best for your family and this is what I feel is best for mine.


Family Heritage Activities for Kids

Finding new and exciting things to do with your children can be challenging. However, there are unique ways to spend family time that are fun and educational. One way is to assist your children in developing an interest in the history of your family. This is something my boys are keen on doing after watching Who do You Think You Are?


How to navigate the first day at school 6

It is so hard to believe that this September Mini will be starting senior school and my years as a primary school parent are over.  It is even harder to think that I have been navigating the first day of school since 2008 when Maxi started pre-school.  So that is nine years of first days at school.  Eight of them at Primary and one year of Seniors for Maxi.


Top tips for choosing school shoes for tweens and teens 14

I can not believe that as of September I will have two children in Senior school.  For the boys that means a change in school shoes.  Now they need to be more grown up and have laces.  However, as much as the boys’ new school shoes need to look grown up they have to survive and be suitable for growing feet. So Ecco has sent us some of their back to school range to try out.


This rich 4 ingredient chocolate shortbread recipe is easy to prepare and keeps for several days in an airtight container. Perfect for cooking with kids.

Chocolate Shortbread with Salter Cook – Cooking with Kids 21

I am passionate about getting kids in the kitchen and getting them cooking, and anything that makes that easier and simpler is great by me. So when Salter asked us to take a look at their revolutionary Salter Cook range, which includes the Salter Cook 10kg Pro Bluetooth Kitchen Scale and the Salter Cook Bluetooth Cooking Thermometer that links to their cooking app, we decided to adapt one of the recipes we found on the app and make chocolate shortbread.


Top Tips for going to  Festivals with Tweens – Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2

It seems that the summer has happened it you haven’t been to a festival and now the boys are older (11 and 12) we are back to really enjoying festivals as a family.  We used to regularly go to festivals BC (before children) and never missed a Reading Festival for 13 years!  Rather than do a big festival with the kids we have been loving going to smaller and independent ones. This year we have been looking forward to visiting Nozstock The Hidden Valley.


Startrite Shoes Stand the Test of Time 1

It has always been a challenge to find shoes for Mini.  He has wide feet and needs to have lifts in his shoes.  Since he was walking we have always ended up with Startrite Shoes.  I have written about how and why we love them in the past, but this year I have decided to show you.


When you panic about pregnancy nutrition 2

So, I am going to talk about pregnancy and I feel that I need to add a full disclosure here – I am not pregnant, can not get pregnant and will never be pregnant again in the future. However, I have been pregnant numerous times in the past and have two happy healthy boys.  This post is a paid collaboration with nutimum Pregnancy bars #nutrimumadvert #Ad #Nutrimum.

When you panic about pregnancy nutrition

7 Simple Changes you can make to get your home ready for summer

Getting your Home Summer Ready

Do you do anything to prepare your home for summer?  It seems as though the weather can not make its mind up here and it feels as though we are going from lovely warm weather to torrential rain.


Over 150 Low cost and no cost summer activities 11

Summer holidays, you either love them or hate them.  I am never sure about which camp I am in.  I love spending time with the children but do worry about the cost of summer activities.  I relish not having to get up each morning and giving up the school routine, but I don’t like hearing the words “I’m Bored”  That is why I came up with the bored jar (about four years ago).


Top 7 Tips To Help You Find The Perfect Mattress

Top 7 Tips To Help You Find The Perfect Mattress 2

Can you believe we spend roughly one-third of our lives asleep, which makes it extremely important that we have a quality mattress?  If you’re like me, you’re probably barely managing to juggle your work schedule, your house chores, and your children— which are stressors only made worse by a terrible night’s sleep.  


Ultimate summer activities lists and bored Jar lists 36

We long time I’m Bored Jar users and I wouldn’t be without one.  With the summer holidays coming now is the perfect time to put together yours and we have an amazing selection of summer activities that are perfect for your bored jars.


5 Genius Laundry Hacks with New Persil Powergems 8

One of the things that I find so challenging about motherhood is the constant laundry.  It is never ending especially with two boys which are just noise with muck on.  Add football and cricket kit to the regular weekly clothes and it can become overwhelming.  There is nothing more disappointing that putting a load of washing in and then finding that it is still dirty after the wash. So here I am going to share my top 5 Genius Laundry Hacks and also review a new innovative laundry product.


5 simple tips to get mum in the picture 7

Last year I talked about how I need to be more present in family photographs.  How as the families main photographer and keeper of the camera that I tended not to be in many images.  So I wanted to update you on how I was doing and also reiterate why mums need to get in the picture.  I am also going to share with you some amazing family photos that we had taken.


A great value tablet for Summer - Amazon Fire Tablet

A great value tablet for Summer – Amazon Fire Tablet 8

When Amazon asked me to take a look at the Amazon Fire Tablet their timing could not have been more perfect.  Mini broke his wrist playing football on his last day of primary school!  This has proven something of a challenge for my sporty kid who normally plays football and cricket during the summer and never really sits still.  We do have a family tablet, but it is bigger than the Fire and a little heavy for him to hold and manipulate with his wrist in a brace, but the Amazon Fire Tablet has proven a great hit.




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