3 common childhood health conditions (and things you can do to help)

3 common childhood health conditions (and things you can do to help)

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When it comes to getting poorly, my Alex is a bit of an expert. Alex has been in and out of hospital with chest problems ever since he was 3 months old.The illness that keeps dragging Alex back into hospital every time he gets a cold is very common, it’s called viral induced wheezing and can vary in severity each time. Bronchiolitis and viral wheezing are very common childhood health conditions but, fortunately, can be easily treated with the right medication.  It is not nice at all when your little one is poorly, it’s one of the worst things to go through as a parent: seeing your baby in pain. There are many illnesses though that are extremely common in children but can be treated fairly easily if diagnosed quickly. In today’s guest post you will learn about three very common childhood health conditions and what you can do to help your little one if they ever develop any of these illnesses. View Post

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5 reasons my sons are my little super heroes {featuring awesome new Spider Man toys from shopDisney }

5 reasons my sons are my little super heroes {featuring awesome new Spider Man toys from shopDisney }

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As a mum with two sons I know A LOT about super hero characters. I feel like if I went on Mastermind I would be a fool not to choose Marvel as my specialist subject. At present, Leo loves pretending to be Thanos from Avengers and Alex chases him around the house shouting ‘Hulk Smash!’ in his deepest most threatening voice – it is very funny to watch. Spider Man has always been a firm favourite for both boys though and they really love playing with all their Spider Man toys. My favourite super hero isn’t Spider Man or Iron Man, Captain America or Black Panther or anyone from the pages of a comic book. My favourite super hero, well super heroes, are my two boys. My sons are my heroes and here are 5 reasons why I feel that way. View Post

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Ways to make parenting easier by embracing technology

Ways to make parenting easier by embracing technology

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Hands up if you love technology. Hands up again if you are totally embracing technology to make your life easier as a parent. I am not even ashamed to say I rely on technology to make my life with kids more manageable. Whether it is popping Netflix on my phone while we wait for our food to arrive in a restaurant, using Google to help me out with my latest parenting dilemma or using a fancy clock to make sure the kids stay in bed in the mornings – I love technology! Hurrah for all the clever people who have invented these things that we all use on a daily basis to help us navigate the crazy parenting world more smoothly. Today I have a guest post all about how being tech savvy can make parenting easier. There might be a few things on this list you’ve not heard of or used before so I hope you find it useful. View Post

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3 simple ways to beat summer holiday boredom

3 simple ways to beat summer holiday boredom

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The summer holidays are here! We are into week 2 now and so far so good but I am already running out of ideas (and money!) on how to keep the boys entertained. This summer holiday is going to be particularly challenging as baby Tilly is here so getting out and about isn’t as easy when you have a newborn tagging along too! If your kids are already starting to whinge about being bored, here are three simple ways you can beat the summer holiday boredom. I hope this guest post gives you some inspiration and you no longer have to hear cries of ‘I’m boooored!’ from the kids. Good luck for the next month or so my fellow parents – you got this! View Post

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6 simple things you can do to relax once you become a parent

6 simple things you can do to relax once you become a parent

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I am about to become a mum for the third time. I am pro mama now, a veteran mother some might say (I wouldn’t but some people might!). Something I have learnt during my almost six years as a mum is that parenting is really bloody hard at times and we all need a break occasionally. I know that making time to relax and just breathe for a second can be so difficult once you become a mum, especially when you have a newborn baby in the house. Although it really is wonderful, becoming a parent can be really stressful, the sleep deprivation and constant crying can leave you feeling pretty miserable and run down and that is why finding time to relax is SO important. I have a great guest post for you today, it is all about finding ways to relax once you become a parent. I hope you find it useful and please remember that making time to relax does not make you a bad or selfish parent. You can’t pour from an empty cup, remember? View Post

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Less sugar and less snack guilt – enjoying Mr Kipling fruit slices with 30% less sugar {WIN a hamper of Mr Kipling goodies!}

Less sugar and less snack guilt – enjoying Mr Kipling fruit slices with 30% less sugar {WIN a hamper of Mr Kipling goodies!}

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What is it with kids and snacks? I swear my boys would snack all day long if I let them. The mere mention of the S word and I have them both running to the kitchen, trying to raid the cupboards in search of their next fix. I try my best to give the boys healthy snacks like pieces of fruit, vegetable sticks or a piece of peanutbutter on toast or something similar. Sometimes though, these kids of mine want a treat and I am more than happy to occasionally satisfy their sweet tooth. When it comes to a sweet treat, as a family we love the Mr Kipling range of cakes and slices. It turns out we are not the only ones as the new 30% less sugar Mr Kipling fruit slices have recently won Product of the Year for 2019 in the kids food and drink category. We were recently sent some of the Mr Kipling fruit slices to try, read on to see what we thought and to be in with a chance to win a hamper of less sugar (aka less Mum guilt!) Mr Kipling fruit slices for you and your family to enjoy. View Post

Encouraging your kids to dress themselves – tips from a mama of kids that hate getting dressed!

Encouraging your kids to dress themselves – tips from a mama of kids that hate getting dressed!

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I love being a mama BUT I don’t love some of the day to day tasks that come with the job. Changing nappies is obviously top of the list, then there is trying to get a fussy eater to eat their tea and persuading a grumpy toddler that their toothbrush isn’t poisonous and getting them to brush their teeth – to name but just a few. Another mundane, often frustrating, part  of our daily routine I don’t enjoy is getting the kids dressed. What is it about little kids and running around in the nuddy?! As soon as I take my boys clothes off it is like mission impossible getting clean ones on them so they are ready for the day. Alex is only two so he is still a bit of a lost cause in the getting dressed department but, at five and a half, Leo is more than capable of dressing himself, he just needs lots of encouragement. Recently, to take the stress out of our mornings I have been trying to encourage Leo to get himself dressed, it is hard work and you need buckets of patience but I feel like we are getting there slowly. Here are my tips for encouraging your kids to dress themselves – hope you find it useful. View Post

Is it ever ok to go on holiday without your kids? – 5 reasons all parents SHOULD have a child free holiday

Is it ever ok to go on holiday without your kids? – 5 reasons all parents SHOULD have a child free holiday

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People can get a little bit judgmental sometimes, can’t they? A couple of years ago I wrote about needing a break from the kids and, oh wow, did some people get angry about it when it was shared on a popular parenting Facebook page. Apparently if you don’t want to spend all your time with your kids then you shouldn’t have had them in the first place. If you need a break then you must be an awful parent. If you are daydreaming about a weekend away from the kids then you don’t deserve to have them. Umm, what?! I totally believe that us parents are at our best when we have had a little break from our child rearing duties. Having a break is not selfish and sometimes a bubble bath or an hours naptime where you can drink a hot coffee in peace just isn’t enough. With all its demands, it is no wonder many marriages feel the full strain of family life and sometimes couples become just ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’, the couple they once were almost completely left in the past. Like there are people who will bestow their negative opinions on you for wanting some me time, there are also people who will be left horrified at the mere idea that a couple is contemplating a holiday abroad without bring their children too. What do you think? Is it ever ok to go on holiday without your kids? Well, the husband and I have just come back from a child free weekend in Venice so I think you know what my answer is going to be. YES! All couples need a child free holiday once in a while, don’t believe me? Here are five reasons why. View Post

Can we please all stop freaking out about Momo now? – common sense online safety tips for parents of young children

Can we please all stop freaking out about Momo now? – common sense online safety tips for parents of young children
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or decided to take a break from the online world this week then you’ve probably seen a lot of creepy stuff doing the rounds on social media. I sort of wish I had taken a social media detox this week so I didn’t have to see the freaky face of Momo fifty times in a row every day on my Facebook and Twitter feed. If you don’t know, The Momo Challenge is a game that allegedly encourages young people to perform dangerous acts, self harm and, eventually, commit suicide. It’s not nice, in fact, it’s down right disgusting that there are people out there creating these things and purposefully using them to target vulnerable children. I think we all need to start calming down a bit though, it is a scary time to be a parent with the internet always present in our children’s lives but, when it comes to Momo, I think we need to stop freaking out (myself included!). In this post I’m sharing some common sense internet safety tips to help you feel better equipped to deal with the rise of the Momo challenge and, most importantly, your kids being online in general.
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Everything you need to know about your kids sharing a bedroom

Everything you need to know about your kids sharing a bedroom

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A few months back Oli and I did something crazy, we moved both the boys into the same bedroom. I know, what were we thinking? Well, there was actually a reason behind our madness; Leo’s old bedroom is a converted garage and let’s just say the builders had obviously never heard of insulation because it is freezing in there. So, when winter arrived we made the bold and brave decision to move our five year old into the same room as our two year old. We are a good few months into the boys sharing a room now and it’s been a bumpy transition but I think we are getting to a place where bedtimes are getting easier again. Are you considering putting your children into the same bedroom? In the post I am sharing everything I have learnt since my kids started sharing a bedroom, I hope it helps you prepare for what can be a tricky transition for everyone. View Post

To the woman in Tesco, how dare you judge me

To the woman in Tesco, how dare you judge me

** Mum, Nan, anyone else who doesn’t like bad language, either don’t read this one or do so knowing it is scattered with a fair few F bombs. You have been warned. **

To the elderly lady in Tesco,

Firstly, sorry to refer to you as the ‘elderly lady’ but I, obviously, don’t know your name and the fact you are, to put it bluntly, old is your most defining feature to a stranger like me. I want people reading this to know that I am not about to verbally take down a sweet little old over the internet. You are not all white curls, cuddly smiles and tottering about with a Zimmer frame, are you? When you spoke to me, it was clear you are very sound of mind and know what’s going on around you. For these reasons, my reaction to you is the same as it would be to anyone of any age who spoke to me the way you did. I refuse to let the fact you are probably over seventy be a valid excuse for the way you chose to go out of your way to make me feel like a rubbish mum this morning. View Post

How to help your toddler drop their nap (and not lose your mind in the process!)

How to help your toddler drop their nap (and not lose your mind in the process!)

I feel a change coming. As with all stages of parenting, nothing stays the same for very long. I can sense a shift and, if I’m honest, it’s a change to our routine I am totally not ready for. Alex seems to be dropping his nap – noo! It is getting harder and harder to encourage him to have a sleep in the day and while there are still the odd occasion where he will snooze for a couple hours in his bed or drop off in the car, they are becoming very few and far between. I knew the demise of the nap was imminent, Leo dropped his regular nap when he was two and a half and Alex is now two and three months. I knew my time of having some peace and quiet in the day was running out. The transition from nap to no nap can be tough on everyone: us parents lose out on time in the day to get things done without a child hanging off our legs and our toddlers tend to lose their shit around 5pm because they are so exhausted and ready for bed. If your toddler is showing signs of wanting to drop their nap too, I have put together this post full of tips and advice from other parents to help you navigate through this often tricky process without too much drama. Remember, the end of naptime doesn’t mean the end of the world, you just need to give your daytime routine a bit of a rejig – you’re going to be fine. View Post

Just one of those days

Just one of those days

Yesterday was just one of those days. You know the kind, where everything just seems to go wrong and you feel like things just keep going from bad to worse to epically shit. The day itself started off fine, we weren’t late for school, Alex and I had a nice time at toddler group and my nan took us out for lunch in town. As far as Wednesdays go, yesterday started off pretty nicely. It was once I picked Leo up from school that things started to go very very wrong. View Post

Keeping your child’s school uniform safe with Stikets personalised clothes labels

Keeping your child’s school uniform safe with Stikets personalised clothes labels

When Leo started his new school back in May last year he had three school jumpers. Want to know how many he has now not even 12 months later? One. He has one school jumper. There seems to be a black hole in that school from which school uniforms can never return but Leo losing most of his school uniform is partly my fault too. I didn’t label them. I did scrawl his name onto the label with pen but obviously not well enough to survive the multiple washes they had to endure. Once Leo took his jumper off at school it was only going to be a matter of time before they got lost or taken home by someone else by mistake. Luckily for me, Stikets got in touch to ask if I would review their personalised iron-on labels. It looks like I can save Leo’s last school jumper from the school uniform eating black hole after all! Here is my review of the Stikets labels, they are easy to use, completely customisable and can handle as many trips through the washing machine as your little ones uniform can. Stick around to the end of the post for your chance to WIN your own pack of Stikets labels. View Post

Tired mama? Follow these tips for a great night’s sleep

Tired mama? Follow these tips for a great night’s sleep

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Who’s tired? I’m sure every single one of you reading this just nodded your head whilst simultaneously yawning and rubbing your sleepy eyes. There is no job more exhausting than being a parent and I am sure all of us could do with an extra hour or ten of shut eye each night. This guest post is one that all you tired mamas are not going to want to miss, it’s full of really useful tips and tricks on how you can get more sleep. If your baby is sleeping through the night but you are still struggling to get a decent kip, try out some of these tips and see if they can help you drift off to the land of nod – I’m sure they will. View Post