Tuesday, 17 September 2019

CHILDREN: The First Week of Starting School - Highs, Lows and Everything In-Between

CHILDREN: The First Week of Starting School - Highs, Lows and Everything In-Between
Starting school. The milestone dreaded by many and one that is truly life changing, whether you like it or not. I have spent the last year or so getting myself wound up about this September and Isabella, my first baby, starting school. I just couldn't see life without her at home with me, especially as she was the one who made me a mummy in the first place. I didn't know motherhood without her there all the time and she didn't know life without me there. We spent the summer trying to squeeze in as many special memories together as we possibly could. After my second daughter, Poppy, was born I had a tricky time personally, but we had finally found our feet as a team and I just wasn't ready to let that go. I wanted to dig my heels in, scream and shout and not let the education system take my daughter away from me five days a week. I knew it was best for Isabella and she spent the summer so excited for September to finally arrive, but the run up was completely the opposite for me. However, we are now over a week into school life and a lot has changed, I've learnt a lot and Isabella has learnt a lot too.
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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

PARTY PLANNING: Throwing a Rose Gold Hen Party

PARTY PLANNING: Throwing a Rose Gold Hen/Bachelorette Party
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Throwing a Hen Party (or Bachelorette Party if you're in America) is such an honour and exciting event to be part of; the love and thought that is poured into the planning makes this one of my favourite parties to throw. At the end of this year my sister-in-law is getting married, so this summer we threw her a very special Rose Gold Hen Party and it was just incredible. The planning process was very much a team effort amongst her friends and family, which was such a lovely way to do it and meant that it didn't all land on one person's shoulders. 
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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

CHILDREN: The Ways I Have Been Supporting Isabella in Readiness for Starting School

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Isabella starts school this September and as sad as I am about this milestone already being here we have been doing quite a few things over the past year really to support the transition between home/nursery life into school life. Perhaps one of the most helpful things we did was to reduce her hours at nursery and enrol her into the Pre-School that is attached to what will be her Primary School. I know this won't be an option for many due to schools not having pre-schools or working hours, but if it is I would highly recommend looking into it.
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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

SUMMER: Why you should go to Gloworm Festival with Interplay

SUMMER: Why you should go to Gloworm Festival with Interplay
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Family festivals are becoming more and more popular, as they pop up around the country offering families endless fun for a whole weekend. Many now offer camping too, so you really can make them into quite the adventure. Gloworm Festival is one that has been on our wish list since becoming parents, so we were beyond excited to be going this year as Interplay Ambassadors. If you're not familiar with Interplay then they have a number of very popular children's brands, including My Fairy Garden, FabLab, Fuzzikins, My Living World, My Mermaid Lagoon, CraftBox Charm Jewellery, Technokit and the revolutionary new Face Paintoos. At Gloworm Festival 2019 Interplay sponsored the Creative Play Zone, which was filled with FabLab Style Labs, Fuzzkins and Face Paintoos. An absolute must-visit for anyone at the festival, especially to help get into that festival vibe style!
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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

PARENTHOOD: Supporting the Transition to Siblings Sharing a Bedroom

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If I'm honest I never really thought any of our children would need to share a room, perhaps because I never did with my siblings but either way it just wasn't something I saw for our family prior to having children. But then we had two daughters, Isabella and Poppy, relatively close together (there's a two year two months age gap between them) and their bond blows me away every day. Don't get me wrong they have their moments, but on the whole they love nothing more than being together. When I do get time one on one with either of them they spend the whole time asking for each other, regardless of how fun the activity we're doing is. I have two brothers, so have never witnessed or had any experience of what a sister bond is like but already I can tell how fiercely strong it is. They'll argue over the same toy, but the moment one needs the other they are there with a hug or kiss. It's been and still is such an honour to witness their relationship flourish as they grow older, which is partially why we made the decision for them to share a room together.
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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

CHILDREN: 37 Ways to Prepare your Child for Starting School

CHILDREN: 37 Ways to Prepare your Child for Starting School
Starting Primary School is such a big milestone for both child and parents, but how is it best to prepare? I think a lot of us would instantly assume that supporting our child with phonics, writing words/numbers, reading and all things academic is the best way and although these can be important there are a whole host of other skills that are really important to learn prior to starting school.
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