Sunday, 24 July 2016

Silent Sunday : 24th July 2016

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

What they wore #58: a wishlist

Trying to get the kids to stand still for 5 minutes to snap a couple of pictures is tough at the best of times. Throw in the hot weather and its like mission impossible: clothes are half on, half off, socks are discarded and they run past like a mini whirlwind. So, for this week's what they wore, I thought I'd share some items from my latest window shop for the girls.

H&M Striped Jersery Dress

My love for stripes continues with this dress. It should be fairly cool for summer and come the cooler days it could be teamed up with some thick tights and a long sleeve tee underneath - Striped Jersey Dress - H&M 

H&M Cotton Shorts

Loving this tropical print, perfect for the heatwave - Cotton Shorts - H&M
Mothercare Ice Cream Swimsuit
Also ideal for the heatwave, pop a swimsuit on and they can run in and out of the paddling pool all day long - Ice Cream Swimsuit - Mothercare

bluezoo Girls' pink dinosaur applique pyjama top and shorts set

I'm already a big Blue Zoo fan but the combination of dinosaurs and traditionally 'girly' colours is really appealing to me. The girls hate being too hot at night so shorts are a must for them - bluezoo Girls' pink dinosaur applique pyjama top and shorts set

Brantano Sandals

Finally on the list, these Frozen sandals. I feel like I have to add these wouldn't necessarily be my first choice as I've seen enough Frozen stuff to last me a life time but E loves it and these would be ideal for running around in the garden in - Sandals - Brantano

Its dangerous ground, window shopping, the girls really don't need anything else but there's so many pretty things I'm tempted to get them... step away from the laptop Kate!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

"I hate big school Mummy...

.. and never want to go again"

Yesterday was an emotional one. It was E's last day at nursery before she starts big school in September and it isn't something she is looking forward to.  

E doesn't like change. It makes her anxious, she complains of tummy aches and it takes a while for her to adjust to anything new. When her key workers have changed at nursery it has taken her a while to get used to it and to get settled again So we've been discussing big school with her for months now. We've been telling her how she will be going with all her friends and what an exciting time she'll have, how much she'll learn and what she'll do. We've been reading stories about starting school, watching the Topsy and Tim episode and showing her the school on their website. We've brought some of her school uniform and she's helped to pick things and try them on and she's chosen her new lunch bag. When she's got upset and told us that she doesn't want to go to big school we've listened to her and told her that we understand she doesn't want to but we all have to and that we think she'll like it when she goes and not to worry about it until closer to the time.

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(September 2014, when she started nursery)

Last week saw her having her taster sessions. I started preparing her for it the weekend before and she had swung between excitement and not wanting to go. The first morning didn't start well, with complaints about breakfast and stomach ache but we got ready and dropped T off at nursery before we made our way there.  She was very clingy before she went in and cried before being guided in by the teaching assistant. When she came out she said that she had enjoyed herself but was very quiet, until we got in the car and she said to me ' I hate big school Mummy and never want to go again'.  She wouldn't go into any detail but spent a good hour and a half that night crying about having to go and telling me that she didn't want to, that no one would play with her and she didn't like it. 

The following day saw the four of us go to a teddy bear's picnic. It was less stressful and less formal but there was obviously a lot of people there as it included all the new starters as well as the rest of the school but it was really nice. It took E a while to warm up to everyone but she was OK with it.  

There was another taster session which she was not happy about and clung to me as they tried to guide her into the classroom. I made a reasonably swift exit after giving her a kiss and telling her I would be back soon and leaving her with the teachers. I watched from the fence where she couldn't see me and felt heartbroken as she looks so small - she's one of the smallest (and youngest) - and she was sobbing on the teacher's lap.

We also had a story time session where all the parents went in with the children for stories and nursery rhymes. Again, she started off clingy sitting with me but by the end of the session she was sat next to the teacher, answering questions and pointing things out in the story.  There was also a mass exodus to the toilets, so she knows what to expect there!

E's birthday is towards the end of August meaning that she will have just turned four when she starts school. Whilst we could have kept her back a year we felt that she is ready for school, as did the nursery. She's bright and there's something like 15 of them from the nursery just in her class alone so she has lots of friends there with her. Not only that but many of them are also aware that she's shy and ask her if she's ok.

The biggest issue is she doesn't like change and unfortunately I can't do anything about her having to go to school.  Do you have any tips for helping with the transition to big school? I'd love to hear from you.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Awesome Ways To Make Long Car Journeys More Comfortable For The Kids

With the summer holiday season almost upon us, I thought I would use today to focus on one of my pet hates; the long car journey. It’s a means to an end, of course, and there is an element of excitement as you get nearer your holiday destination. But, let’s face it, when it’s super hot, and the kids are getting agitated in the back, there is an element of hellishness to car journeys. So, if you fear your upcoming long trip, read on. I’ve pulled together some of the best advice from around the web so that you can give your kids a more comfortable travelling experience.

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Drive at night
Your best bet when taking kids on long car journeys is to drive through the night. This has two big benefits. First of all, they should sleep - so no distractions or disturbances, and you can drive the whole way without trouble. The second is that they won’t disturb their sleeping patterns. As every parent knows, it is so easy to disrupt a child's sleep pattern, but incredibly difficult to realign. When you drive through the day, you will find yourself praying for your kids to go to sleep. But, you will end up paying for it over several nights once you reach your destination.

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Sun shades
Sun shades are great for keeping the sun’s glare out of your car. But, they also reflect light, which is going to keep the interior cooler. We all know how irritated the heat can make kids - and there are health concerns to consider, too. A good sun shade will reduce those issues by a significant amount.

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Suspension and tyre improvements
Kids hate being knocked about in the back of a rickety old car. And, they will soon start taking out their frustrations on you! There are solutions, however. If you can afford it, try having your car’s suspension and wheel balancing improved. It can be expensive, so get a quote first - but it will lead to a super smooth drive for every passenger. If that’s out of your budget, try swapping your old tyres for some new, high-profile tyres. You don’t have to spend a fortune, here. Even affordable upgrades such as Nexen Tyres can help make your journey a lot more smooth.

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Games, games, and more games
You will be lucky if all your children sleep through the entire journey. So, make sure they have plenty of entertainment to keep them happy. Tablets are a bit of a gift for car trips. I don’t like the kids using them too much around the house, but the car is a different ball game! Just set up a few games so that they can entertain themselves - you might be surprised at how peaceful your journey is. You can’t beat traditional games, either. Kids love you getting involved, so make sure your I Spy is up to scratch. Bring plenty of books and imaginary play toys, too.

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Plan your pit stops
If you are driving by day, make sure you give your kids the chance to get out and stretch their legs every few hours. It can break up the monotony of the journey, and even twenty minutes of them running off steam is beneficial. Some service stations are better than others, for this. The more forward thinking stop-offs have soft play areas, which can be a blessing. The trick is to plan beforehand where you are going to stop so that you can give everyone a break - including yourself.

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Don’t forget to dress your children in super comfy clothes. In general, the cooler they are the better, as it can get hot and stuffy in the car very easily. Pack some blankets, too, just in case it does get a little chilly. The more comfortable your kids are, the longer they will keep calm - it’s as simple as that.

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Healthy snacks
Finally, make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks on board, to keep hunger at bay. Your best bet is to pack sugar free snacks, to keep those sugar rushes at bay. Cheese, nuts, fresh fruit and sliced veggies in a cool box is the best way to go. Try to avoid overfeeding the children, though, as it can make them feel bloated and uncomfortable. Stick to the ‘rule of ‘little and often’ and you should survive!

As you can see, long journeys don’t have to be a nightmare. These tips should help you keep the kids comfortable and help smooth out any issues that many parents face.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

A day trip to the seaside

Last week work had a delivery to make to the gorgeous seaside town of Sheringham in North Norfolk, approximately 50 miles away from us. As we could fit it all in the car and still have room for a pushchair and child seats my MiL and I decided we would do it and then take the girls for a day out. 

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As a general rule, we've never driven that far with the girls because E has suffered with travel sickness since she was approximately 9 months old but she's now old enough to take some medication and its been such a revelation!  

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After we made our delivery we parked up and made our way through the town down to the seafront, stopping on the way for buckets to collect shells and treasures. Of course, because I hadn't been before, I didn't know that it was a stony beach rather than sandy so the girls were most disappointed that they couldn't make sandcastles. Try as we might, we couldn't find a single shell either, so Mummy failed on both counts!

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The girls were absolutely shattered by the time we got back to the car, having walked down to the seafront, quite a distance along it and then back up to the car.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love being by the sea and our trip was no exception. Even with the children running around, I can't remember the last time I felt so relaxed and at ease with everything. There is something almost mesmerising about the smell of the sea and the sound of the tide, with the stones being dragged out and the waves crashing back down. When you look at people as you walk by, you can see those that are there regularly. From the family setting up lunch outside their chalet to the pensioner sitting with a hot drink and sketchbook beside him. As we walked along the front, I could see someone sat in their garden, overlooking the seafront and felt a pang of envy at having such a beautiful location. 

Many of my childhood memories relate to times at the seaside so inevitably my thoughts turn to those times, when life was much simpler and family were people you could look up to and trust. I often end up feeling quite emotional and sitting on the beach, as I watched the girls see who could fill their buckets up with stones the fastest, was no exception. 

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I'm rambling here. Saturday was a rough old parenting day and left me pining for the seaside so I'm already plotting my next visit, I'm thinking when T's at nursery and E's at school I might make a trip...
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