17 February 2018

Candy Grand'O Vita GVS1610TH 10KG Washing Machine Review


Having a large family means that we go through tons of loads in the washing machine each week. As soon as one if washed and dried, another if going in. So this meant when our washing machine decided to go on strike a few weeks ago, we were left wondering how we were going to wash the mountains piling up. 

That's when AO.com came to our rescue and offered us the Candy Grand'O Vita Washing Machine which meant that we could get back to washing in no time at all. What I love about AO.com, is that they have next day delivery, and you can choose to have the appliance installed and old one recycled too. This means that you don't have to go long without an appliance and can get straight to using it as soon as it's been delivered.

15 February 2018

Educational Toys For Pre-School Children

A couple of week ago, J turned 3 year old. This got me thinking about wanting to get him more toys that work as a dual purpose - for fun, and for educational purposes. It seems there has been a shift in this direction in recent years and now most toys for pre-school children are aimed at giving young children a fun toy to play with whilst teaching them basic subjects. 

So this post is showing off some of the educational toys that J loves, and that I think are fantastic for pre-school children...

14 February 2018

Footwear For All Seasons With Footway


I'm not gunna lie, I probably have more pair of footwear than I care to admit. The amount of shoes I need to find spaces for is ridiculous so I have to alternate them around each season to fit in the shoe cupboard.

I'm not really a heels and lipstick type of girl, biker boots and trainers are more my thing, and so when Footway asked if I wanted to pick out a few pairs of shoes from their site, I bet you can guess what I went for. 

Footway is an online shoe store, selling great shoes to 11 countries. The most important things for them is quick shipping and a great shopping experience. As I scrolled their website to check out their options, I realised just how easy they have made it. No fiddling with sidebars, and searching for shoes to find them not in your size. As soon as you enter their website, it asks what size you are looking for (options for men, women and kids) and then brings you all the available shoes in that size. No messing. No fuss...

12 February 2018

Coping With My Child's First School Residential

Next month my eldest son is going to be off on his first residential trip with primary school, he is eight years old and it’s the first time he will be away from home without family around him. I honestly thought I would be fine with it as I am generally so busy with life, my blog and the other two boys that I didn’t think I would give it a second thought.

I have avoided the school Facebook so I didn't have to think about it and hid from conversations in the playground as the other parents ensure they have everything the children will and generally tried not to think about it too much.

9 February 2018

Nature Is The Best Way To Nurture Children In Education


Outdoor education doesn’t just engage children in the curriculum or everyday play, it teaches life skills too. Mother Nature is a great teacher and getting kids outside to learn and early years play is good for their brains and their bodies. 

School is very important, but it's not the only setting where your children can learn. Contact with nature is more essential today given that children are spending nearly 8 hours a day using entertainment media and only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own. 

We are at risk of losing an entire generation’s appreciation for how nature works and our love of nature and learning outdoors needs to remain healthy and productive.