Daily life, advice and reviews from an everyday mummy.

When life throws you lemons, make grapefruit juice. Then sit back and let the world wonder how you did it. 

This is how I feel about parenting really. So many trials and challenges, it is rarely straightforward. These constant battles, particularly the ones we feel we have to prove to the world enable us to show our strength and worth as good parents. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but nobody told us about the judgements and ongoing need to prove our love. 

The naivety and calm of our children should be emulated by ourselves and we should be proud of what we have achieved. Let them judge, let them wonder. 

Mothercare Sale Haul

My boys desperately need a wardrobe overhaul! With spring finally here, we needed a bit of colour in our lives. The Mothercare sale started today and so I thought I’d show you what I got.

Blue Joggers – £3.50

Red vegetable top – £3

Yellow caterpillar top – £2

Pants – £1 a packet

There was a lot more I could have bought but the sizes available were hit or miss! Happy shopping!

Freezing February sums it up really. Its cold, it rainy and its miserable outside. Spring is just around the corner and you’re counting down the days till its warmer again. The fresh smell of daffodils is something I’m longing for.

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In the meantime there’s young chidren to entertain who are quickly getting cabin fever and need to run off that energy.

Here’s a few rainy day ideas to keep them busy:

  1. Rainy days does not mean that beach days are out of the picture. Dress them up in waterproof suits and wellies and theres plenty of splashing to be done and rockpools to explore. And the best bit is the hot chocolate waiting at the end in the local cafe.

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2. Muddy puddle Jumping. The obvious. All thats needed is old clothes, waterproofs and wellies. Children love this and finding the biggest puddle is always the best thing to do!

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3. Race the raindrop. Pick a raindrop on the window and see which one gets to the bottom first. My boys love a bit of healthy competition and this activity keeps them entertained for ages.

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4. Rainbow pavement. A twist on the normal chalk drawing. Draw some lines and pictures with different colour chalks on a slightly inclined pavement and watch the chalk flow off downhill into a lovely rainbow pattern.

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Enjoy the last part of winter and check out pinterest for some more great ideas for the children this summer!

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So it’s been a while since I’ve been here. I can’t believe we are already nearly into February!
I’m currently 2/3rds in to a masters degree and I’m wishing away time till I finally finish and qualify as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. However on the other hand, I’m wanting time to slow down as my boys are growing way too fast! My 5 year old is nearly 6  and comes out with more and more advanced things each day, I often think how did he become grown up and knowledgeable about the world. I remember the days where his naiviety meant I could shield him from the world. My 2 year old is as cheeky as ever, tests my patience most days but would not change him, I now look at him and think when did he leave all his baby traits behind and become a ‘proper boy’?!

Life is definitely going by too fast, you blink and your children are grown up. I wonder if I have done enough, been there enough and gave them what they have needed to grow up into a well adjusted adults. I haven’t made any proper new years resolutions this year, but a main goal for the year is to make as many memories as possible and offer as many opportunities as I can to my children. Heres to 2017!

 

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2016 was good to you and 2017 brings you more achievements and adventures!

October.. how is the year going so fast? We have some great things planned for this month and I have a milestone birthday! Bye Bye to my twenties!

My boys are most excited for Halloween. Last year was the first year we properly made some decorations and they had the experience of trick or treating!

I’ve been browsing pinterest for some ideas of crafts for the boys and I thought I would share some of the great ones I found!
Let me know if you make any of them and if you have any others that your children love to make.

1. Ghost Feet Pictures

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2. Hanging Ghosts

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3. Paper Plate Silhoettes

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4. Marshmallow Pops

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Bepanthen Bedtime Challenge

Bepanthen kindly asked us to take part in their Bedtime Challenge.


We’ve been using Bepanthen for 2 weeks now and applying it as part of our bedtime routine. Each evening, my boys have a bath with Aveeno bath and body wash and moisturised with Diprobase, we have then been applying Bepanthen to Charlie’s bottom. Although Charlie hasn’t suffered badly with nappy rash, he does have sensitive skin and at times his nappies cause reactions to his bottom.

We’ve found the cream itself really easy to apply, its not too thick and washes off really easily. Some creams we have used in the past are very sticky and hard to get off between nappy changes.

It’s also a fairly neutral odour and didnt seem to bother Charlie when I applied it to some nappy rash that appeared one evening. Some we have used sting when applied but there was no reaction.

We only applied thin layers of the cream and that was all that was needed to protect his little bottom, which is great as a small tube will last a long time!

Bepanthen is the only leading nappy care product to meet all the 9 Gold standards of an ideal nappy care product and with Charlie suffering with eczema and sensitive skin it has been great to find a product that not only protects his bottom but also cares for it with pro-vitamin B5.

WHATS GREAT ABOUT BEPANTHEN?

  • No unnecessary ingredients
  • Free from potentially toxic ingredients
  • Maintains optimum moisture levels
  • Enhances the natural protection of the skin

WOULD WE RECOMMEND BEPANTHEN?

We have had no problems with this cream and it cleared up nappy rash really quickly. We have had problems in the past with creams causing reactions on Charlie’s senstive skin, but Bepanthen has proved to be efficent and naturally suitable for babies and toddlers. We would highly recommend Bepanthen Ointment!

 

 

**This post in an entry for #Bepanthen Bedtime Challenge, sponsored by Bepanthen. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Bepanthen or www.bepanthen.co.uk

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