The school that the boys goes to have a school uniform policy and they are pretty strict with it. Grey or black trousers, red or white shirts or polo shirts and a red jumper or cardigan. They have to wear black shoes and PE kit is red shirts and a white T Shirt. I am a fan of school uniform for the following reasons: Uniforms cost less overall There is no worrying about what to wear each morning Children are easily identified as belonging to that school Encourages discipline Uniforms can be recycled and passed down. But I also feel that a uniform can detract from a kids unique identity, So I more »
Off days, we all have them. Well I think we all have them. I have had an off couple of weeks. The last couple of weeks of the school holidays have been something of a challenge for me. I contracted a virus which for some reason affected by joints and left me pretty much unable to walk. I am getting better slowly, but have walking sticks and a lot of pain. Now you can imagine this has been hard on all of us. I am really lucky that my boys are eight and nine and pretty capable kids. They have lots of friends that live nearby and have had a couple more »
For me and the boys the hardest part of going back to school is reestablishing a good bedtime routine and time after the more relaxed days and nights of the holidays, however, I find that with some planning and preparation I can ease the transition back to school with the ideas below. This makes going back to school so much easier for the kids and therefore, me.
Just because my kids eat school dinners doesn’t mean that they don’t need a packed lunch occasionally and I have been a fan of Grace at Easts Amazing for a long time. Her lunches looks fantastic and really aspirational, however, as you can see from the fab post from Grace below they are easily achievable with some planning using what you have in your home. Allow me to introduce myself – I’m Grace, mum of two boys, and I usually blog over at Eats Amazing, where I share ideas and inspiration for presenting healthy children’s food in new and exciting ways. I’m probably most well-known for the creative bento-style lunches that more »
I am a huge believer in school meals. My boys have both had school lunches since they started school and I firmly believe that there are huge benefits for kids from eating school dinners. Free school meals for infant aged children in England As from this September all infant aged children in England (reception, year 1 and year 2) are entitled to free school lunches. For me this would be a saving of over £900 (although my boys are older). This was piloted in Durham and was a big success. Children in the pilot areas quickly moved ahead of their peers elsewhere, by almost a term. Hungry children can’t concentrate and more »
Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about your back to school lunchbox ideas. On Friday 29th August at 1pm BST, please join us for the#CapriSunSchool Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing juice drinks and how they can be incorporated into your back to school routine and healthy lunchboxes, and giving you a chance to win prizes!
Did you know that you can turn a loo roll into a roket that actually flies. Seriously you can. Just read on to find out how! Now loo rolls are something that I have a lot of in our junk modeling box otherwise known as the recycling bin and as it isn’t bin day till next week, we thought we would spend the afternoon making our own loo roll rocket. But my boys do love to challenge me and they insisted that our rocket actually move! How to make a loo roll rocket that flies
I have blogged previously that we are not big fans of homework here in the mad house, however, I am aware that it is going to become a necessary evil for my boys in the years to come and we have made the decision that from this year (year 5, aged 9/10) we are going to encourage Maxi to learn at home and do any allocated homework.
How to you record your kids first day of school. Since mine have been small I have taken a picture of them all decked out in their uniform with a list of their likes. I love capturing all that first day excitement with my boys and it is a great way to see how much they have changed year on year. So I have put together a great roundup of ways to record that first day at school.
Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to co-host a party about taking care of your baby’s skin as well as their clothes. On Tuesday 26th August at 1pm BST, please join us for the #Mums4Tommys Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing how laundry detergent and fabric softener is an important choice for your baby, and giving you a chance to win prizes!
Along with Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family I am hosting a back to school link up for the next three weeks. We would love for you to join in with us and link up any back to school posts you may have over the coming weeks. At the end of the series we will be sharing with you are favorite posts and also pinning them to our back to school and all things school pinterest boards. We have a great selection of posts over the coming weeks to help you in the build up to the first day of school. If you do join in we would love for you to more »
Gardens are a great addition to the home; they allow kids to enjoy the outdoors and get valuable fresh air without being exposed to the dangers of the outside world. They are also a great way to introduce kids to the world of nature and perhaps even horticulture. Gardens however can be a dangerous place for kids if the right precautions are not taken. From the dangers of falling into ponds to harmful and poisonous plants there are many potential perils lurking in the garden environment. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your kids can enjoy your outside space without succumbing to any harm. Keep them from wandering off Firstly more »
I love crafting and art. I would do something everyday of I got the chance. This week we managed to grab a full day with Frugal Family and after spending the morning at the Skate Park we had a crafty afternoon decorating plain white pumps with fabric pens. This is the perfect craft for tweens and teens.
During 0ur recent weekend at Blackpool we stayed at Ribby Hall Holiday Village which is ten minutes outside of Blackpool and is amazing. For us it was much better than staying on a B&B or a hotel as we had the freedom to come and go as we likes, plus coupled with fab onsite activities and leisure pool it has something to suit every family. Accommodation