Me time, self care, self love or whatever you call it is so important. I am regularly reminded by my dear husband that you can not pour from an empty cup and that rituals that support our emotional, mental, and social health are key. These do not have to be expensive or convoluted, in fact, some of the most effective for me are simple, easy and inexpensive.
At the end of 2018, I attended a conference at Instagram about Teenagers and social media, specifically teenagers and Instagram. I am not going to lie, it has taken me all this time to try and process the thoughts that came out of the event and also from my experience of parenting one teen and one soon to be teen boy. Plus add that to the fact that I once was a teen and a pretty tearaway one at that (I hope my boys are better behaved than I was)!
I am a sucker for making art as a family and love things that we can display seasonally, just take a look at our family art christmas tree to see what I mean. This family fingerprint heart art canvas is so simple to make and is perfect for making together as a family. How to make a fingerprint heart canvas
Choosing the best dog for your family was produced in partnership with Legal & General Choosing the best dog to join our family was one of the hardest decisions we ever made. I am not going to lie, it filled me with dread. I was worried that we would make the wrong decision and I would be left to pick up the pieces and that it would really change 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.
One of the hardest things about being a mum for me has always been managing the guilt. You know… the ever-present mum guilt that comes as a side order with everything. Have to go away with work, you guessed it I feel guilty at not being with the boys, guilty at the having too much screen time, guilty at not making them eat more vegetables. You get the picture.
OK I am going to admit I am not a doner kebab person at all, in fact I don’t think I have ever had one – I have tried a little, but I was veggie for 14 years, but all the men of the house LOVE them. So i decided to have a go at making our own fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab. I had seen lots of recipes for slow cooker meatloafs made from beef mince, so knew that it would be pretty OK, what I wasn’t prepared for was just how much the family enjoyed it.
Food glorious food. I have a love/hate relationship with feeding my family. I adore cooking when I have time and the inclination but being responsible for providing a meal every night sucks the joy out of it. We have got a bit stuck in a rut when it comes to food and I have been sticking to tried and tested meals that I know everyone will eat. When I posted about this on Instagram so many people agreed with me and for me it is all about family meal planning.
Once a week we sit down as a family and talk about what we loved about that week’s menu and what we want the following week. It has started to become a real family affair as both the boys are now preparing and cooking at least one meal a week. I am a sucker when it comes to stationery, so I have gathered together some fabulous free meal planning printables to share with you.
I am a big fan of Christmas Crackers, I love the excitement and anticipation of pulling a cracker at Christmas. So why not make Christmas Day go with a bang by making your own Homemade Christmas crackers. They are super simple to make and you can add your own unique gifts, jokes and party hats in order to personalise your Christmas Day. I know it is super easy it is to pick up a ready-made box from any supermarket, however, in order to get gifts that my family will use and not just tat they are often expensive and really wasteful. I love how making crackers adds some wow factor to Christmas more »
Decorating with Teens is a paid collaboration with Dulux Easycare. One of my aims as a parent is to give my children life skills. One of those is decorating. I remember painting with my Dad and Grandad from a very early age. I had a boiler suit that I used to wear and remember one disaster when I got gloss paint in my long brown hair which meant it had to be washed in white spirit and smelled for what seems like weeks!
What is not to like about this fingerprint Christmas tree ornament made from air drying clay? Anyone that knows me will tell you I am a big lover of creating Christmas ornaments from air drying clay and that I also a fan of using fingerprints to create keepsake decorations such as these Fingerprint Christmas Tree Ornaments. In the past, we have made fingerprint snowman ornaments and also heart ornaments. I have seen Fingerprint Christmas Tree Ornaments made with salt dough, but I wanted to use white air drying clay.
Festive Cleaning Hacks is a paid post in collaboration with Regina Blitz as part of their #TheChristmasClean and #TheStressofMess campaign. Does getting and keeping the house clean at Christmas cause you stress? Well, it turns out you are not alone, as according to research carried out by Regina Blitz 63% of UK residents admit they miss out on family time during the festive season because they begin to tidy the house at least a week before the big day. Well, I am here to shares some fabulous festive cleaning hacks to reduce the amount of time they spend cleaning the house in preparation for Christmas.
How to choose a family-friendly villa in Bali is paid collaborative post. So, you’ve got your tickets booked – you are coming to Bali this next holiday and you are bringing the kids along. Wonderful! Want your family island stay to be fun and relaxing for all of the family members? What you need is a private pool villa – a place that you can call your home for the whole duration of your stay on this beautiful and exotic island.
Try these fun family Christmas party games with your church, friends, at the office for a work party at school for a class party, or even at an ugly sweater party! I can’t wait to try these for family night this Christmas season! Every year we have a big Christmas Eve get together with my best friend. Between us, we have six boys aged from seven to fourteen. As the years go by we have gathered us a great selection of kids Christmas party games that our boys love. As much as we love all the games we normally play we need to up our game and find some more family Christmas party games as we have been hosting for more »
How Parents protect their Children from Laser Pointers – Lasers are not Toys is a paid collaborative post in conjunction with RoSPA. As the mum of a tween and a teen, I am well aware of the lure of lasers. Both of my boys have at some point asked for one and we have had to sit them down and explain that although lasers are fabulous things and have some brilliant uses such as in medicine and industry that they are not toys.