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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I LOVE the internet, I love all that it has given me. It has enabled me to carve out a place for myself, a career that fits around my family. However, it really can be a double-edged sword. As much as it is filled with wonderful advice and inspiration, it also makes me regularly question myself and sometimes like today it makes me want to RAGE!
We love festivals and used to regularly go to them BC (before children) and then started visiting them again last year with the kids. I love that my boys are a little older at 11 and 12 and can now stay up and really enjoy the whole festival vibe. However, it is a little (make that a lot) different to just going to a festival on your own and you certainly need to pack more! Make sure that you have a fab time at festivals with this comprehensive festival packing checklist
Moving is stressful enough as it is. But if children are involved, that stress increases significantly. For your kids, it can be an emotional roller coaster as it is both exciting and scary. With so much uncertainty, your kids will be anxious, which as a parent, is bound to make you worry as well.
Have you been dreaming of beautiful, wide-open spaces, filled with light and beauty? We all do, from time to time, but have you been tempted to take the plunge, grab the sledgehammer and make your dream a reality? For many, home improvement is a fun project to tackle head-on, and for others, it’s a hassle to get over and done with as soon as possible. Whatever your situation, here are some tips to save time, money and hassle on your project!
I hate cleaning but love a clean house. There is something about having a tidyish and clean house that makes me feel calmer and more content. However, as a Mum to two boys and a dog it can be challenging. I am also keen to use green cleaning products due to my cancer history and the fact that I have a genetic predisposition to cancer (BRCA 2) and the fact that there is a 50% chance that the boys might have the same spelling mistake.
Children are curious little things, and while that’s exactly what makes watching them grow through their initial years such a memorable experience, it’s also one of the main reasons as to why they often end up hurting themselves. A few cuts and bruises are perfectly alright and part of the growing up process, but as parents, we need to be extra careful and make sure that their innate curiosity doesn’t lead to a serious accident.
Summer can mean a lot of things. Sun, adventure and above all, fun. However, here is a slight downside to all that enjoyment in that allergies are rampant. Sneezing, sniffling and lack of sleep can lead to increasingly grumpy children! Thankfully, I have some top tips from Joy Richards sleep specialist with online bed retail business Happy Beds to help with sleeping during allergy season that may ease those pollen induced sniffles just enough to squeeze in some much needed shut eye.
I hate that this is something that I have to even think about, but I am a big believer in communicating and talking and we really would be in a better place if people just talked more rather than resorting to acts of terrorism, so how should we talk to children about terrorism?
Choosing the right dog to join our family was one of the hardest decisions we ever made. So I am collaborating with Pedigree to talk about how we choose the best dog for our family. I am not going to lie, it filled me with dread. I was worried that I would make the wrong decision and would be left to pick up the pieces and really cause issues in the family dynamic. Having a pet is a big responsibility and It really scared me, but I also knew that as a family we would all benefit from having a dog.
I am a football Mum. In fact, Maxi has been playing football for a team at the local football club since he was five years old. Over the years I have seen a massive transformation in grass roots football and now at our Football Club there are as many girls teams as there are boys and this makes me ever so happy and proud to be working with SSE to publicise how they are the energy behind women’s football.
One of the most important things you will ever do as a parent is choose someone to look after your child when you and/or your partner aren’t around. It’s an emotional time for any parent to decide to leave their child, so you obviously want to make sure that you find the right person for the job. Trust is key, but how can you know you’ve made the right choice and feel completely comfortable with leaving your child in their care?
As the children get older finding a holiday that suits all the family can be hard. We discovered on our recent Family Friendly Villa Holiday that Mallorca was an amazing place for all the family. Our boys are 12 and nearly 11 and both love being active, but Mini loves history whereas Maxi not so much. MadDad is not a sun lover and would prefer to be active rather than sit by a pool. Me, well as long as I am not cooking I can deal with anything!
Did you have the perfect birth? If you asked 100 mother’s this question, I bet most of them would say they didn’t. But what is the perfect birth? For each person, it differs. If you had asked me before my boys were born I would have said “one where the mum and baby are both healthy” as I am sure lots of first time mums to be would.
Before our trip to Mallorca with James Villas we had never been on a villa holiday. Now we are converts and I can safely say that it is something we will be repeating in the future. Our recent family friendly villa holiday was a real treat. It allowed us the comfort of a traditional Mallorcan home with its own pool and left me safe in the knowledge that my sometimes loud boys would not interrupt anyone.