29.12.21

7 Tips for Taking Care of Skin in the Winter


It’s important to stay on top of your skincare all the time, but you might notice that during the winter, things can get especially difficult. There are so many different skin concerns that come up during the wintertime that you don’t have to deal with during the rest of the year. Especially if you struggle with dry skin or breakouts, the winter can be A dreaded season. However, there are plenty of ways that you can take a little bit better care of your skincare throughout the winter season. Whether you are already a skincare guru or you simply want to learn the best tips and tricks that work for you, here are a few of the best ways that you can care for your skin a little bit better as the weather gets frightful.

8 Tips for Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal tunnel syndrome doesn’t discriminate — even if you don’t think you’re the type of person to struggle with it, you may find that it can creep up on you. Whether you experience a lot of pain on a regular basis from carpal tunnel syndrome or you feel like it might be coming on slowly, there are definitely things you can do to avoid and prevent it. While some of them are habits you can get in the swing of, others are techniques you can incorporate into your routine right away. Here are some tips to help you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.

23.12.21

Our New Years Eve Plans


Can you believe that we will be waving goodbye to 2021 in a matter of days? It doesn’t seem like two minutes since we were saying happy new year, making resolutions and hoping that the year ahead was going to be better than the year before – well that didn’t exactly go to plan did it? Here’s hoping that 2022 will be better for everyone.

There’s been a lot of changes for us this year, some good, some not so good but on a whole we can’t complain. We’re all healthy, happy and very much together and that’s more than some of our family and friends who haven’t been so lucky this year.

21.12.21

Easy Ways to Update Your Teenager’s Bedroom

It can be a difficult period for your child when they transition from a child to a teenager. It can cause many an argument between us the parents and them as they think they know better than we do.

They are trying to find themselves and in doing so you may notice that they change the way they look, the friends they hangout with and the things that interest them. Their bedroom might still be childish in appearance, and they might want to change it. This can be a parent’s nightmare especially if money is tight. But it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to update their room and there are many ways you can update their room to give it a makeover that they would love.

Is A Shared Ownership Mortgage Right for You?


Getting on to the property ladder is hard, especially if you are young or a low-income earner. But thanks to a number of government schemes, it has become a lot easier in recent years. If you are a first-time buyer, you can now take advantage of schemes to help you save for a deposit, to finance your home with low-interest mortgages, alongside the Help to Buy and shared ownership scheme.

20.12.21

Is it Expensive to Stay in London?


This could be an incredibly short piece. Yes. Yes, it is expensive to stay in London! This is a fact often announced by travel agents, estate agents and wincing tourists who did not do their research before checking into a pricy hotel for their London stay. Having said that, there are ways that you can mitigate the costs of staying in London so that you enjoy a wonderful holiday that does not cost so much that you cannot afford another holiday next year! Let's take a look at these.

What Bed Would Father Christmas Sleep In?


Father Christmas doesn't sleep on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, but he sleeps like a rock the rest of the time!

What bed does Santa sleep in? He sleeps in a rustic wooden bed shaped like a sleigh, sometimes with a carved headboard.

His bed is made from birch or pine, just like his magical sleigh, and it's topped with exotic furs and knitted throws to keep him nice and warm. Santa sleeps next to Mrs Claus, planning ideas for new toys all year.

6 Ways to Foster Independence in Your Children


Independence is the ability to make good decisions and take responsibility for yourself. It’s an important skill that every adult needs to thrive, and children can start learning this skill when they’re still very young.

As a parent, you have an essential role in helping your child learn to do things for themselves. However, in the everyday business of life, it can be easy to overlook this training or be unsure where to start with your kids.

Here are six ways that you can begin to foster independence in your children:

 

1. Make Time

Opportunities for encouraging independence are found every day, but many families are too busy to make the most of them. A busy schedule with no downtime leaves little time for learning. For instance, it’s hard to let your child tie his own shoes if you’re running late for school or an activity.

To better prioritize teaching independence, consider dropping an activity or two. Then, look for opportunities to let your child do things for themselves. Making their own bed, picking up their own toys, and even washing their own dishes after a meal can help kids develop a sense of independence and confidence in themselves.

2. Encourage Them

Children are very sensitive to verbal feedback, and they’ll notice if you feel impatient, frustrated, and disapproving. A key part of supporting them as they learn independence is to be patient with them and praise their efforts. You may have to rewash some dishes or do another pick-up when they’re done cleaning their room, but it’s important to still express pride in their effort.

As adults, it’s easy to forget how difficult things were the first time you tried them. Children can take us back to our own early experiences and remind us that everything was once new for us too. Part of building resilience in your kids is reminding them verbally that they are capable and you believe in their ability to get things done.

3. Give Guidance

There are many ways to teach life skills, and each child will respond uniquely to different kinds of guidance. However, the best teaching methods combine support with a push to help kids climb out of their comfort zones. Parenting is a delicate balancing act between protecting your children and allowing them to try new things and grow through experience.

For example, some parents have their kids use training wheels to learn to ride a bike. Others put their children on a bike at the top of a hill and then let them figure out how to ride on their own. While neither of those teaching methods is “wrong,” a better solution may be to help your child get started and then let them try out what you’ve described. Guidance can reduce frustration and give children the confidence to go out and try new things on their own.

4. Step Back

One of the best ways to teach independence is to stop doing everything for your child and give them space to take care of themselves. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you stop meeting your child’s needs – there are many things young children simply can’t do. However, children can start to grow in their independence by performing small tasks on their own throughout the day.

A good way to practice stepping back is to teach your child a new skill every week. These skills can be things they do for themselves or some small way they help you around the house. Some examples are tying their shoes, dressing themselves, brushing their teeth, picking up their rooms, wiping the table after a meal, and helping you rake leaves. Kids love to do adult things, and practising will help them learn.

5. Allow Failure

Many children are afraid of failure. They worry about what will happen if they don’t perform a task well, so they’re afraid to try new things. In adults, this is called perfectionism – if it’s not perfect, it’s not good. As a parent, you can teach your kids that this is simply not true.

Failure is a foundational part of learning, and it’s how you respond to failure that matters. A positive response to failure is known as resiliency, and it’s one of the most important predictors of future success in adults. Help your kids normalize and even celebrate failure, and then teach them how to try again. Removing shame and any feelings of inadequacy from failure will help your kids to thrive as independent adults.

6. Share Stories

Another way to teach independence to your children is to tell them stories about brave, resilient people. Children are looking for role models, and stories offer many characters who model bravery, intuition, strong decision-making skills, and courage. Stories can also teach children new ways of being independent, such as what to do if you’re bitten by a snake and how to respond if you get lost.

Building skills in the day-to-day helps kids develop the psychological muscles they need to grow in independence. However, stories can add a motivating factor to the way kids view independence – they can adopt the qualities of different characters during tough moments. Stories can also help kids learn to value independence as a good character quality in their own lives.

Raising Resilient Kids

Independence is a skill that can be taught, like using silverware and knowing where to look before you cross the street. With a little guidance and a lot of patience, you can help your kids begin to develop into resilient, self-reliant adults.

Use these six tips to get started, and remember that learning is a process. Your children can learn independence, but they’re also used to relying on you as a safety net and protector. Take this process one step at a time, and watch for results. You may be surprised by how much you learn about yourself along the way!


*This is a collaborative post*

17.12.21

The Ultimate Mum's Day Out in London

London is a city that never sleeps but it’s a great place for busy mums to relax, enjoy time with friends or to even get some much needed time alone. Whether you are planning a weekend in the city or just a day trip there is plenty to see and do.

16.12.21

Should you try and make additional money while travelling?


Some travellers make money as they adventure around the world. They may get a part-time job abroad at a local bar or school. They may set up a freelance business so they can expand their portfolio and fund their travels. There are plenty of ways to make money as you travel, but the question is – should you?

Travelling around the world is an opportunity to experience different cultures, cuisines and people. You might not want to spend time working – when you could be off on a new adventure. On the other hand, more money would allow you to travel to more places and stay in better accommodation.

How to Deal With Winter Back Pain Naturally


If you have back pain, you might find your symptoms get worse in the winter. However, you can’t let it slow you down when you have holiday gatherings to attend and sidewalks to shovel.

What can you do to cope with the ache? Here are seven ways for how to deal with winter back pain naturally.

15.12.21

10 Ways to Get Out of a Rut After Your Divorce


Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, and can leave the participants in a perpetual funk once it’s over. Here’s how to get out of this rut…

14.12.21

5 ways to make your bedroom extra cosy this Winter

Winter nights are long and cold and it seems like a long time before the lighter nights and fairer weather of spring returns especially once Christmas and New Year have been and gone.

We spend more time in our homes during the winter months so it’s important that its warm, comfortable and inviting.

On cold evenings I love nothing better than a lovely warm bath followed by snuggling up in a blanket with a hot chocolate, my kindle and a film on in the background. Sometimes I’ll watch downstairs other times I’ll take my hot chocolate to bed and get comfy in my bed – I won’t lie I love these nights the best as I feel more relaxed and sleep better too.

13.12.21

How to Find Your Personal Interior Style


After an extended period of time spent indoors, its understandable to feel like your home might need a refresh. Where this previously might have meant expensive interior design specialists to realise a vision, the democratisation of interior design and the rise of Instagram and Pinterest mean that homeowners have more resources available than ever before to take their home’s décor into their own hands. But you might be struggling to figure out what makes you tick design-wise. Look no further – here we’ll discuss ways to think about your new interior, and how to decorate it.

10.12.21

Is Buying A Used Car Safe For Your Family?


Buying a new car is one way to make sure that nobody else has already used and abused it. However, a lot of parents just don’t have the spare money to afford a new car for their family, when they’re also paying for all the other expenses that come with having children. Is it safe for families to buy a used car that someone else has already driven?

7.12.21

Maintaining Your Mental Health This Winter


Winter is upon us and it’s a time of year when the days are darker, the weather is colder and our mental health can take a dip. It’s common for people to struggle with poor mental health during the winter season, experiencing seasonal depression, fatigue and irritability, not to mention stress and anxiety over the festive period. Luckily, there are things you can do to make sure you stay positive and keep your mental health in good shape during the winter months. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure you’re maintaining good mental health this winter.

6.12.21

The Benefits of Reading for Children


Reading exercises the brain and teaches children more about the world that they live in. It allows them to develop the vital skills that are needed throughout school and can boost their academic performance in more ways than one. We have teamed up with an independent girls school in London to share more surprising benefits of reading for children.

5.12.21

Helping Your Child Develop their Critical Thinking Skills


Critical thinking skill is the skill needed to analyse, problem-solve and evaluate information by considering different perspectives. It can help your child to make better life decisions and equip them to be a powerful leader one day. A private school in Beaconsfield has shared an excellent set of tips on how to help your child develop their critical thinking skills.

Helping Your Child Transition from Nursery to Big School


The move from nursery to big school can be a scary one and not just for your little one. There are many changes that your child will need to get used to like putting things away after themselves, new faces and potentially longer hours away from mum. A childcare provider in Kew has shared a list of handy tips to help your child transition from nursery to big school.

4.12.21

Understanding Your Child's Learning Style


In the 1970s learning styles became very popular as a way of ‘hacking’ our learning, to help students retain more information from their classroom lessons and consistently too. While there are several out there, there are 3 main ones that we all recognise and can identify with. A nursery in Somerset shares more on understanding your child's learning style, what to look out for and what you can do to support their studies.

3.12.21

Win A Christmas Prize Worth Over £750

Are you counting down the days until Christmas? We are and we can't wait until the big day arrives. We were supposed to be moving house in the next two weeks but that has fallen through so we are in full Christmas mode. Although we won't be spending the day as we normally would (my husband is working over the festive period) we are planning to make the most of it and we plan to make sure the boys know the importance of Christmas - spending quality time with your loved ones. 

After a long two year wait his son will be coming over to spend some of the festive season with us and his brothers are beyond excited to get to see and spend quality time with their oldest brother. They are all console and games mad so I don't think we adults will see them much - well until we open the chocolates and dish up the buffet food (who doesn't love a good buffet at Christmas).

2.12.21

Things to Consider as An Airbnb Host

Staycations have become popular again in recent years. It’s never been easier or cheaper which only adds to its appeal. In fact, holidaying in the UK has come a long way since I was a child. When I was younger you either camped (which we did a lot) stayed in a caravan or if you had the money you stayed in a hotel. Nowadays you can rent cottages, apartments and even someone’s spare room for the duration of your holiday.

30.11.21

Christmas Aromatherapy for Sleep


Aromatherapy is a non-medicinal sleeping aid that helps you relax. If you struggle to sleep, essential oils could help you nod off. Lavender oil is the best-known ingredient, but several Christmas aromas are just as good.

Christmas is a hectic time of the year, but it’s also one of the most enjoyable, and scents like cinnamon, gingerbread, frankincense, and peppermint can evoke memories of good times to help you unwind and get a good night’s sleep.

22.11.21

Christmas Gifts Ideas for Adults

Buying presents for adults can be tricky. Luckily for you, we have a few gift ideas that might help you decide on that perfect gift. Below you will find gifts for adults to suit all budgets.

20.11.21

5 Steps for a Relaxing Spa Night at Home

A calming bedroom

While our main priority as a mum is to take care of our little one(s), it is equally as important to remember to take care of ourselves. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup! So, take a night for yourself from time to time for some self-care and give yourself the opportunity to really recharge.

For the ultimate relaxation, opt for a spa night in where you can do all of the things you probably don’t have time to do on a regular basis. If you have a hard time getting into the relaxation mode to start, give yourself a 5-minute journal time where you write down anything and everything on your mind. Then, close your journal and switch into relaxation mode.

7 Ways to Make Your Evenings Less Stressful


Whether you work or take care of the home all day, you deserve relaxing evenings to focus on yourself. When your head is so clouded by stress over various things, you have no real-time to decompress and unwind from the day’s situations. Even if you can’t eliminate all stress, you can minimize it to have less stressful evenings at home.

19.11.21

The Benefits of School Trips for Children

A school child carrying a backpack

School trips are designed to test a child’s skills in a range of ways that will benefit their overall experience and diligence, as well as taking kids out of the classroom to learn about something completely new! In this guide from an independent school in Abingdon we take a look through the benefits that school trips have for children.

Teaching Your Child to Respect Other Cultures

 

Learning about cultures across the world is a really exciting way to teach your child about the wonders of the world and how many different customs, traditions and celebrations are held across the world. Not only that, but it teaches children about perspective and broadens their horizons as they learn. If you’re keen to teach your child about the cultures of the world, take a look at this guide from this private school in Ireland.

18.11.21

Supporting Your Child Through Their Exam Period

A multiple choice exam paper

When it comes to exams, whether it’s a small test in class or GCSE and A Level revision, there’s bound to be a lot of stress on your child’s shoulders. For children this age it’s often crunch time, and can be a lot of unwanted stress to handle if they’re not fully prepared for what’s to come.

The Best Hair Tips For Busy Mums

A woman running her hands through her long blond highlighted hair

No wonder, life is so blissful and incredibly busy with children that many mums don’t get time to take care of themselves. Simply put, mums make tons of compromises, whether it's about losing the shape of their body during pregnancy or going through postpartum depression. Lucky enough, the hair doesn’t have to go through a bad day.

Of course, you might not be able to get the same amount of time to get ready in the morning, as you used to in the past. You’ll want to quickly get ready and save plenty of time, so there are several ways to do this. In this feature, we have shed light on the best hair tips for mums.

12.11.21

How to Keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy

A girl about to bush her teeth

Brushing, flossing, dental visits and so much more — there are so many moving parts that come along with bringing your little one to the dentist and ensuring that their teeth are healthy as they grow and develop. Of course, you want that glowing gold star from your dentist, but the most important thing about keeping your child’s teeth healthy is setting them up for a healthy future and keeping them comfortable in the present. Even though there are some basic tips that it can help to keep in mind, there are a few different ways that you can stay on top of your child’s oral health and hygiene. Here are a couple of them.

7 Health Tips for Your Children This Autumn


Autumn is a season of change. The leaves are turning new colours and dropping to prepare for the winter. Animals are stocking up on food to last through the winter. And, of course, the temperatures are steadily decreasing.

Another thing this season brings, though, is illness. More people tend to get sick in the Autumn, whether because of allergies or the flu. Germs have an easier time spreading because the colder temperatures and longer nights keep everyone indoors.

11.11.21

Post-COVID Holidays Abroad: All You Need To Know To Prepare


The holiday season - and school break - is around the corner. And, if you are thinking about making the most of the recently lifted travel bans around the world. You are not the only one. Today, most families have received their vaccine doses, and the availability of a new Covid-19 treatment is making us all feel a lot safer. After spending many of your weekends exploring the Yorkshire coastline, you can now enjoy a holiday abroad.

4.11.21

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children of All Ages


This year we are planning on having a small family Christmas, we always try to make sure our boys know its presence and not presents which is the most important thing but this year we will be making sure that the message is heard. That hasn't stopped them from producing lists as long as my arm but this year they will be able to see family and friends who we couldn't visit last year. 

If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for a child then you have come to the right place. We have put together a list of toys and products that we think would make a great gift this Christmas for children of all ages. 

1.11.21

Gift Ideas For a 7 Year Old Girl

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Now that Halloween is over, the focus in our house turns to the remaining birthdays in the family and Christmas which is fast approaching. One relative I find hard to buy gifts for is my niece. Her birthday falls just a few days before Christmas and I always struggle with what to get her for both occasions. She loves anything pink and is really creative. My go-to gifts are Harry Potter or Make-up related as she loves both of these so in some ways she’s easy to buy for. But as there is so much for her to choose from even she struggles to make a list. If like us you struggle to find the perfect birthday gift or Christmas gift for your daughter, niece or granddaughter. I have a few suggestions that you might like below.

27.10.21

Get a Free Pair of Tickets To The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show Worth £24


The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show will be making its long-anticipated return between 5-7 November 2021 at Harrogate Convention Centre to provide inspiration and ideas for your property projects and ambitions. Whether your build is just getting off the ground, or your rooms are in need of some final touches, this year’s Northern Show has you covered.

How To Prepare Your Dogs For A Cold Winter


The winter season is well and truly here. The weather turned cold, the rain started pouring, and the muddy dog walks were in full flow. Dog walkers need waterproof shoes, a winter coat and multiple layers to stay warm in the colder season. Your dog might also need a little extra attention in the winter months.

26.10.21

Great After School Activities for Teens

Teenagers can be a difficult group to entertain – their interests have likely changed since they were kids, and they’re at a stage where they’re trying to carve out their identity and find people who share their likes and dislikes. But how they spend their downtime can actually contribute towards this a lot, so finding after school activities that will help them grow while also being fun and entertaining is the key. 

24.10.21

I’m Grateful for the Little Things in Life...


Sometimes things happen in life that make you sit back and re-evaluate all the silly little things that you worry and stress about. If the last few weeks have taught me anything it’s to not take anyone or anything for granted. It has been a worrying time here in the last few weeks and I can honestly say that I am ready for half term and a few lazy days over the next few weeks.

So where do I start…

19.10.21

How to Decorate your Garden this Christmas

As the festivals approach, we gear up for party time. Christmas is that time of the year when you meet and greet your friends. So, if you are all prepped up to make your Christmas special, you must do something out of the box. Apart from the food, if there is something that catches the eye during Christmas, it is the décor. In this article, we are going to highlight some of the key ways to decorate your place and make it festive ready.

7 Yoga Poses for Leg Strength


Do you want to sculpt shapely legs? You don’t have to do millions of squats or join a gym. Why not turn to one of humankind’s oldest known exercise forms?

Yoga offers multiple poses that empower your lower body. Here are seven positions for leg strength to add to your daily routine.

18.10.21

Choosing The Right Flooring For Your Home


I think that choosing flooring for your home is a hard task. There’s so much choice and there’s so much that you need to take into consideration. We all know that flooring can be a big expense, so you want to make sure that you make the right choice at the start. We also know that you get what you pay for in terms of quality so you want to make sure it will last especially if you have a young family, pets or spend a lot of your time at home.

Can Walking 10,000 Steps a Day Really Help Your Mental Health?


One of the most popular pieces of exercise and wellbeing advice over the last decade or so is that you should be aiming to walk 10,000 steps every day. Fitness devices start you off with a 10,000 step goal and many offices set up competitions and fundraising based on this gold standard. But can walking 10,000 steps a day really help your mental health?

14.10.21

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Home Is Secure


Unpredictable things happen all the time. You never know if your house is going to be the target of a burglary or a natural disaster out of your control. Fortunately, while you may not be able to predict when or if these things will happen to you, you can take steps to avoid damage coming to the most precious things in your life.

Simple Sauces to Make Dinner Time Easier


Are the kids tired of eating the same old sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes night after night? If you’re being honest, you’re probably sick of them, too. Yet, finding new recipes takes a lot of time and effort - not to mention trial and error. How do you add some variety to the menu without overhauling your pantry and your Pinterest board? One word - sauces.

Experiment with new flavours, dress up old favourites and add some spice to your life with easy-to-make sauces that are way better than anything you’ll find at the grocery store. All you need is a few minutes and a handful of fresh ingredients to make one - or all - of the following.

13.10.21

11 Surprisingly Efficient Family Vehicles


Are you in the market for a new automobile? If you care about the planet and your pocketbook, you want to find the most fuel-efficient model available.

You have more options than ever before. The introduction of electric and hybrid technology provides all the family and cargo space necessary without guzzling gas. Here are 11 surprisingly efficient family vehicles from which to choose.

12.10.21

Helping Your Child Find a Love of Science from a Young Age

Science is a huge part of every child’s education, whether they learn from others or take their own approach to learning more about the subject. There are so many strands to science that your child could be interested in just one area, or enjoys learning about a whole range of elements to science.

5 Outdoor Learning Activities for Children

Stuck for activities to do in the great outdoors? Here are a few learning activities you can try with your child, courtesy of this private college in the UK.

11.10.21

How to Raise a Respectful Child

Respect is one of the core moral values that children become aware of as they grow older. As an essential trait that many people should aim to follow, teaching your child early on how to be respectful is key for developing strong-willed, kind and caring individuals.

Top Tips for Teaching Your Child Problem Solving Skills

For solving problems it can be a lot for your child to handle if they’re unsure of how to handle it. If they have a disagreement at school, or they’re struggling with a certain subject at school that’s becoming an issue in terms of grades, then helping them through the process will give them the core skills to be a key problem solver.