Wednesday, 25 May 2016

How to Create a Playful Nursery


Toddlers and small children spend a lot of time in their nursery. Not only will they sleep in it but they’ll also spend hours in there playing with toys and teddy bears. So it is important that the nursery decor is bright and vibrant. This will create a great, playful atmosphere, one in which they will want to spend all of their time. So how do you create such a fab nursery? Here is how you get the playful interiors down to a T.

Pick A Theme

Decorate the nursery according to a theme. If you have a daughter, she may want the walls covered in paintings of her favorite Disney princesses. Boys are usually big fans of dinosaurs and monsters, so thin about painting some of their favorites on the walls. If you have both a boy and a girl, try to think of a gender neutral theme. Zoos and animals are excellent choices. Animal Wall Art can help you achieve this look. Whatever theme you choose, buy some cuddly toys that match this theme. For example, if you opt for a princess theme, but some royal teddy bears and dolls.

Think of Storage

You will need lots of storage space for all your child’s toys! But that doesn’t mean you have to go with boring old cupboards and chests of drawers. There are lots more fun ideas! If you want to keep clutter down to a minimum, buy your child a bed that has drawers underneath it. If your daughter has lots of jewelry for playing dressing up, make her a cool, homemade jewelry box. Boys can keep all their toy cars in a large car-shaped toy box!

Use Colorful Fabrics

Fabrics are great for making the nursery feel both bright and cozy. One of the best ways to get creative with fabric is to use it up on the ceiling. If you cover all of the ceiling in a pleated fabric, it will give the appearance of a tent. So your kids can play make-believe that they live in a large tent, perfect for pretending they are in a fairy tale! If you place some fairy lights in the pleats of the material, it can create a cool, soft glow. This can add an extra magical effect to your design!

Incorporate Music

Music has a great effect on kids. When they are babies and toddlers, calming melodies can help them drift off to sleep. You’ll be able to find teddies and toys that play lullabies in most toy shops. Place them in your child’s cot or bed to make sure they get a good night’s sleep. Older children will love dancing to music, so it’s a good idea to place a child’s CD player in the nursery. Having music on in the background while they are playing can prevent them from getting too agitated on their own while you are busy in another room.

Decorating a playful nursery suitable for boys and girls is incredibly easy. Just follow these steps!

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A Quick And Simple Mum Guide To Being Summer Ready

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Summer is fast approaching and as a mum this can send us into overdrive. That means gorgeous summer outfits for the kids, and plenty of sun cream. But what about us? Surely we should be summer ready as well. So I thought I would share with you a quick mum guide to getting summer ready. It promises to make you super prepared so you can enjoy the warmer days with your family.

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Time to get your legs out

Summer is calling which means we need to pay attention to those areas we forgot during the Winter. That’s right it is hair removal season. Of course, summer means we want to wear more suitable clothing for the warmer days ahead. Which naturally means our legs will need the most attention. You could consider shaving, which can be one of the quickest methods. Or there is waxing or laser hair removal. The choice is yours. But you will be thankful for being prepared as we never quite know which days are going to be warm in the UK.

Let’s be prepared on the personal hygeine front

Hotter weather naturally means we will feel more sweaty and a little bit horrible at times. Why does the heat do that to us? So it’s best to be prepared by considering products from sites like www.aquariushygiene.com. You may also want to consider purchasing a stronger deodorant. Just to keep us all in check and smelling like roses. As a mum, we don’t get much time to rest and enjoy the sun, so we may as well appear less mithered by taking care of ourselves.

Get your makeup essentials sorted

You may not want to wear a full face of makeup, but you might prefer something on your face. So now is the time to consider your makeup essentials for the summer months. A good investment would be a decent BB cream which is a light base. Some even have added SPF protection which is a great bonus. You could add a little bronzer to your cheeks for some definition, and you will be good to go. Don’t forget the waterproof mascara. You don’t want panda eyes while dealing with a paddling pool situation.

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A maxi dress or skirt will be your go to clothing

A maxi dress or skirt is a comfortable summer essential for your wardrobe but looks super stylish. You can team the skirt up with a plain t-shirt or vest top keeping you cool. A maxi dress is very easy to put on and looks great with some flip flops. Very casual, but still looking good.

Don’t forget your sun cream

Finally, don’t forget the sunscreen for yourself. Why do we spend so much time making sure our kids are protected only get burnt shoulders ourselves? A great tip would be to apply it first thing before you get dressed. It could be in replace of your normal body moisturiser. This will at least add some protection. Just remember to add a bit to your arms throughout the day.

I hope this guide get’s you summer ready. Now all we need is some sun.
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Funky Giraffe Bibs Review and a Giveaway!

Milo goes through dribble bibs like there's no tomorrow and whilst dribble bibs are readily available in the shops, alot of them aren't really styles that grab or enthrall us so when Funky Giraffe Bibs got in touch asking if we'd like to review for them, I jumped at the chance.

Funky Giraffe specialise in bibs that are quirky and different, yet affordable.

I ordered 6 bibs and it was so hard to choose them as there is so much variety! We opted for skulls, guitars and aliens as they're all things are family are into!



The bibs arrived within 2 days from ordering and upon opening the package I was amazed at the quality. I find that generic bibs from the supermarket and other places tend to be a bit thin, but these are lovely and thick, yet lightweight.

Even though these were specifically for Milo, Dex (who's three) also took a liking to them and loved all of the different prints.

The colours are so vibrant and definitely make Milo look snazzy! They fit around his neck just right too. Previously we've had bibs that are either way too tight or so loose that there's no point him wearing a bib at all, but these were perfect.




Even after a couple of washes, the bibs have still kept their lovely colour.


Milo loves the bibs, as you can see from the photo. Apologies that it's not the greatest quality. Milo is at the age now where he's constantly on the move so it's hard to get a decent photo of him!



For my Australian readers, Funky Giraffe also have an Australian site which you can purchase their bibs from which means that you don't miss out!

How would you like to get your hands on some Funky Giraffe bibs? Funky Giraffe are kindly offering my readers the chance to win 10 bibs (either for a boy, girl or neutral.) All you need to do is fill in the Gleam widget below. As ever all steps are optional but some give you more entries than others. Good luck. :)



Funky Giraffe Bibs Giveaway

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Fun Ideas That Any Toddler Would Love

When it comes to entertaining a toddler, you can sometimes become a little stuck about what to do. They don’t have the longest of attention spans, and also may be prone to making messes. It happens, when you have a toddler in your life, you learn to relax about things like that. So I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some ideas that your toddler would love. Perfect for rainy days indoors, or summery days outside.

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A nice walk in the country

Getting outside is one of the best ways to occupy your little one. They get lots of fresh air, which will do wonders for their sleep, and the opportunity to use up some energy. You don’t have to venture too far. Just somewhere with a bit of an open aspect that you feel safe to let your little one roam free. Under your supervision of course. They will love the independance. They also get the chance to see different things. Like new flowers, or watch the clouds. You may even get to spot planes or wildlife.

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Painting

Most kids love to get messy and creative. Painting is the perfect way to do that. Set your little one up with some coloured paints, lot’s of paper and different brushes to use. It would be recommended to pop a little apron on your little ones to protect their clothes. Also, you may want to put some newspapers down or some extra protection around your little ones work area. Just incase it gets a little messier.

Organised toddler groups

Getting to organised groups is great for both you and your little ones. It’s a chance for your toddlers to socialise with other children your age. It’s also a chance for you to get to know some other mothers in your area. This can be a lifeline for you when it comes to arranging play dates or having someone to talk to. There are some great options to consider. Clases like Little Squigglers for example. Sometimes it’s nice to head out to places and do these things in an organised environment. You and your little ones will love it.

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Sensory play

Sensory activities can be quite educational and a lot of fun for your toddler. You could theme them for the time of year and make them seasonal. There are many ideas online on websites like Pinterest. They normally include things like water play, brightly coloured objects and different textures.

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Movie afternoons and den making

Finally, if you are after an activity that it is a little more relaxing, then you could build a den or tent in your living room and have a movie afternoon. You could sit all comfortably with some snacks and enjoy a few quiet minutes relaxing.

I hope these ideas inspire you to do more things with your toddlers. Sometimes it is just the simple activities that they will have fun with the most. That, and just spending time with you. Have fun.




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Monday, 2 May 2016

Look In My Letterbox #43

Hey everyone. I took a couple of weeks off due to ill health, but I'm back with a new LIML! As ever I'm linking up with Alice Megan here

Freebies

This was a So Post freebie. I love the So Post freebies because it means I get to try more expensive things that there is no way I'd be able to buy. Haha.


Another So Post freebie. I've wanted to try this for ages! I can definitely say that my face felt so cleansed and refreshed after using it!



Wins

Two sample Smashbox mascaras from a competition. :) There was 5 winners of the full sized products and then 1000 runners up won sample sizes. Having tried these already, the primer is amazing!


Did you have anything nice through the post last week?

-Anni-


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Cool Ways To Spend Summer Days With Your Family

Is there a better feeling than having free days during summer to spend with the people you love the most? I don’t think there is! If you’re trying to make plans for the coming summer, the ideas in this guide should help you out. Sometimes, it isn’t about how much money you spend or how far you travel. It’s about the quality time you get to spend together. Take a look and see what you think!

Hiking

Hiking with your family can be fun, educational, and healthy. It’s a really good way to spend a summer day together on a budget too! You could even buy a book to work through together all throughout the summer. You’ll get fit and explore new places.

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At A Theme Park

Theme parks are pricy, but if you go just once during the summer it’ll be worth it. You make great memories, and every family deserves a splurge every now and again. If you are the kind of family who love days out like this, purchasing a ticket for the year will save you a fortune, and you’ll get access to multiple parks!

Trampolining

Trampolining is not only fun, it’s such a good way to stay active during summer. Head to a trampoline park with your family to see what all of the fuss is about, and you’re unlikely to be disappointed.

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Zipwiring

Spend a day in the woods doing obstacle courses and zipwiring through the trees! Probably not for the faint hearted families, but those that love adventure will love a day out like this!

Relaxing In The Sun

For a cheap but relaxing day together, simply relax in the sun shine. You can do this in your own garden, in a nearby field, wherever you like. Take a blanket, some books, maybe even some snacks. It could turn into a full blown picnic or BBQ if you really wanted. This sort of things doesn’t have to cost a penny, but it gets you out of the house!

Creating Fun Things

Explore your imagination and have fun by creating cool things together. Gather up all of your craft supplies and see what you fancy making one day. You could even plan to make a canvas, jewellery, whatever you like. Maybe you want to create a fun recipe. There are endless amounts of things you can come up with!

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Gardening

Gardening not only crosses a summer job off the list, it’s also a good way to stay healthy. Kids nearly always enjoy helping out with things like this. Even if you only give them little jobs, they’ll have fun in the garden and get a healthy dose of sunshine. It can strengthen their immune systems too. If you have the space, encourage them to care for their own little patch of garden. Maybe you could grow some flowers or vegetables with them. It’ll be educational too!

Focus on having a stress free summer and just getting in that quality time. You’ll all benefit from it!
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Monday, 25 April 2016

My Guide To Getting Ready For A Day Trip

Whatever the ages of your children, it’s always fun to get out and about with them as often as you can. Even if you usually spend more time at home, a day with good weather can tempt you out into the car. But before you head off, there are lots of things to prepare for your family fun day out. And if you have babies and toddlers with you, you may have more to do than you think!

You may have spent more days indoors watching family movies than heading out on the road to fancy theme parks and other attractions. But no matter how challenging it is to get out there, it’s important to do what you can as often as you can. Your kids are only this age once after all! Start by making a list of all the things they usually use in a day. This might include nappies, potties, toys, beakers, bibs, wipes, and baby food.


It’s important to maintain their routines while you’re out if you can. Naps are really important, but finding a spot for that kind of rest can be a challenge. You can find a list of service stations online that will give you the chance to stop and let them have a lay down. Meal times and feeding shouldn’t be changed too much if you can help it either. And if you’re driving, you’re going to need to rest too.

Before you head anywhere, it’s worth doing a few checks on the car. The last thing you want is a breakdown or problem on the road when you have children in the back. Check there is plenty of screen wash. Top up the fuel, and make sure your tyre pressures are right. If you’re not confident your tyres are up to the journey, then order new ones from a mobile tyres company. It’s better to be safe than end up in a collision. Finally, check all the lights are working as they should.


Drinks in the car are a really good idea. Snacks in the car can make a bit of a mess. It’s usually best to stop at snack time and meal times rather than keep passing back things to nibble on. Kids can suffer indigestion just like grown ups. They can’t move around in the back of the car, so they definitely need plenty of breaks to prevent discomfort. Children can also vomit when they’re in the car, especially if they’re eating on the move. This can be incredibly unpleasant for all of you and can force you to stop where you don’t want to.

For a really great day out, try not to travel too far all in one go. Break the journey up, and let the children stretch their legs. You might provide games, tablets or DVDs in the car as you travel. This can help relieve boredom. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at your destination and the kids will have a great time. Plan ahead, and you can enjoy the day too.


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