Monday, 21 May 2018

Not Too Old To Be Mum - Mary

This week’s "Not Too Old To Be Mum" is with Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One

First of all congratulations on your baby. How old were you when you had your baby/babies?
I'm what is apparently now classed as a 'geriatric' mum - I was 41 when my son was born in 2009.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your main reasons for having a child(ren) after the age of 35?
I'm Mary, just turned 50 and a Mum to one 8 year old boy. I've run Over 40 and a Mum to One for five years now, sharing my adventures with my son. I was always very career driven and although I loved being an Auntie I'd never really considered having children of my own.  All that changed when I got divorced at 39 after being with my then husband for over twenty years.  I questioned everything that I'd believed in and realised that I could have so much more.  I met someone else, he didn't have children either and we decided that if we were going to have a family we'd need to start trying sooner than later.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

7 Stunning Tips for Creating Grown Up Space in a Crowded Family Home!

When you have a family your life becomes much more chaotic and stressful. As the kids grow you find you have less and less space at home, and this can be an issue. You don’t want to deal with living on top of one another all the time, as this can lead to more stress and problems. Also, as parents, you spend so much time tending to the kids that you often forget to make time for yourself.

It’s important for parents to have space to unwind and relax, and just enjoy a bit of their own time away from the kids. However, as the home becomes more and more busy (and stressful), this might become more difficult to do. So it might mean getting creative and coming up with ways of creating more grown-up space in the crowded home. Here are some excellent ideas for how to get your adulting fix right now!

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Friday, 18 May 2018

Funny Places Kids Fall To Sleep

As parents we can be drawn into buying all sorts of rockers, swings, soothers and sleeping aids, all in the effort to get our children to sleep a little longer. Because no matter how much sleep they get, we are always exhausted and sleep is a distant memory of the past.

But all our effort seems wasted, when they fall to sleep right where they are, as you'll see with these 20 little ones below.

1) Playing had obviously gotten too much!!

Leah - Home Family Life

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Super Fun Summer Crafts for Kids

Who doesn’t love a good craft session with a curious kid? As summertime is quickly approaching, we as parents are always searching for things to do with our little ones. Here are a few fun and artsy things to do with your kiddo. The best part about them- they can all be done in the sun! If you need more idea check out our Pinterest.

Rock Painting
Rock painting and pet rock creating is a super easy activity for you and your little one. All you need is a little bit of paint, some googly eyes, and a lot of imagination! When you’re finished, you have the most interesting and most low-maintenance pet ever!

Melted Crayon Art
This cool craft requires some help and supervision from an adult. However, the result could end up being quite the conversation piece. After having your kiddo arrange old crayons on the canvas board, just simply leave the masterpiece in the sun!

Marshmallow Paint
One of the best parts of finger painting is getting messy. What’s even more fun is being able to eat the paint! A grown-up will need to create the paint mixture with melted marshmallows and food colouring.

Flower and Veggie Stamps
One of the best parts of summer is being able to pick flowers. Go flower or veggie picking with your kiddo, then have them create patterns by dipping them in paints and making stamps with them on paper!

Popsicle Stick Sculptures
This craft will require a lot of popsicles. Get to snacking on popsicles with your little one and save all the sticks. Have fun building houses, picture frames, and making cool pictures!

Milk Carton Bird Feeder
Bird watching can be a lot of fun for you and your child. Have all the birds come to you by creating a neat bird feeder with a milk carton and some paint, markers, and feathers. Don’t forget the birdseed!
Fairy Garden
Tis the season to spend a lot of time outdoors soaking up the lovely sunshine. Get some various sized terracotta pots. You’ll need some moss, a tiny house, a little fairy, some magic toadstools too! Smash some of the pot, then fill with soil. With the broken pieces create a ‘steps’ effect. Make sure any sharp edges are safely under the earth to protect tiny fingers. Succulents also work really well here. Make use of all the levels you have created within the pot.

Butterfly Feeder
You’ll need a plastic bottle (an empty sauce bottle with a hole in the lid), cotton ball, rubber bands, flowers (the brighter, the better), twine, water, and sugar. Wrap a rubber band around the bottle, with the string make a handle around the bottom of the bottle. Add all of the extra rubber bands around the bottle too, evenly spaced. Tuck all of your flowers in the rubber bands to cover the whole bottle. Mix your sugar and water (yummy butterfly food). Pour the mixture into the container. Place your cotton wool ball inside the lid of the bottle and pull a ‘wick’ through the hole. Ensure it is wet and smells sweet with the sugar mixture. Then just hang it up outside!

Before you start any DIY craft project make sure you have the tools you need from a reputable source like toolden makita.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

How Healthy is Your Home Really?

Home might feel like the safest and coziest place in the world, but actually there are lots of ways that it could be affecting your health. When we spend so much of our free time at home, it goes without saying that this needs to be a safe and comfortable place, and so here are some things to consider.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Not Too Old To Be Mum - Liberty

This week’s "Not Too Old To Be Mum" is with Liberty from Liberty on the Lighter Side.

How old were you when you had your baby/babies?

I had my first baby when I was 30, second when I was 32, third at 34 and fourth at 36.

Tell me a bit about yourself and your main reasons for having a child(ren) after the age of 35?

I had a notion when I was young that four was a good number of children to have. I have no idea where that came from as I am one of five. But after our third baby we seriously toyed with the idea of whether we should have any more children. Our last had been a very challenging baby, in her first year she hardly ever slept for longer than 40 minute stretches and the exhaustion put a strain on our marriage. There were so many other factors to consider too. We’d no longer be able to use a standard sized car and there would be further financial burdens to factor in later on. Pregnancy had taken its toll on my body and I was worried that it was going to exacerbate problems I already had. I was getting older (I was 35) and I was scared about another delivery too. I finally had peace about our decision to not have any more children and then six weeks later I discovered I was pregnant! We were in shock for a few weeks (shed some tears) until we came to terms with it. She was born 3 weeks after I turned 36. Of course, now we have absolutely no regrets about having another baby, she is such a funny, sensitive and creative soul, it’s a delight having another little person in our family to love.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Tools That Every Homemaker Should Have In Their Shed

Any homemaker will agree, the key to a successful home is having the right tools to hand. While it takes more than just tools to create the home of your dreams, without them you wouldn’t be able to achieve what you set out to do. Is your tool set looking a bit tired and in need of refreshing? Or are you starting out new and want to know what kind of tools to keep on hand? Check out this handy list of tools that every homemaker should have in their shed.

Photo by Jack Douglass on Unsplash

Monday, 7 May 2018

Not Too Old To Be Mum - Justine

This week’s "Not Too Old To Be Mum" is with Justine from Lil Jem and Baby E.

First of all congratulations on your baby. How old were you when you had your baby/babies?
I was 34 when I fell pregnant, 35 when I gave birth, to my daughter. An only child. 

Tell me a bit about yourself and your main reasons for having a child(ren) after the age of 35?
I was 27 when I met my husband. Previous relationships weren't stable /loving enough to even consider having children. Three years into our relationship we were ready to try for a baby. Due to fertility issues, we ended up using IVF. After the first attempt failed, we finally got lucky when I was 34.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Butlins Holiday: On a budget

We recently took a family holiday to Butlins on one of their Just for Tots weeks. To read my full review click here. We wanted to get away, but knew we needed to do it on a tight budget. From doing a bit of research and planning, we were able to get the holiday for free and just had to pay out for fuel and food. We did spend a small amount on entertainment, and we ate out one evening, but these could have easily been avoided. Here's how we did it.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Butlins Just For Tots: Our Family Holiday

When I was getting close to the end of my pregnancy with our 2nd baby I said we should plan a break away when our baby is a few months old. I thought it would be nice to have something to look forward to, because lets face it having a new born isn't easy. And this time we'd have a toddler and a new born to deal with and I knew I could probably do with a break. We considered our options and in the end Butlins in Skegness seemed like the best option.
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