Did you know that as of 4th October 2018 the Childcare Voucher Scheme will close to new entrants? Will this affect you? Many parents and of course future parents to be will lose out on vital childcare support. After this deadline, parents will be unable to join the Childcare Voucher Scheme, this will of course see working families receiving less support for childcare.
Being a working mum myself (on maternity leave) this decision could affect us as a family, so I’m joining the campaign to #SaveChildcareVouchers. If you want to help support this why not lobby your MP to keep the scheme open alongside Tax-Free Childcare. Meaning all working parents can choose the support that best suits their individual family needs.
My two and half-year old happens to be a Peppa Pig fan, much to her Dad’s dismay! We do watch it while he’s at work and she knows all of the characters. Her favourite being Peppa of course. The last few months we have been learning new words and phrases. She is like a sponge picking things up all the time. Just this week she has learnt her own name and goes around introducing herself. It’s very sweet to watch. She is starting Preschool next year so being asked to review Peppa’s Laugh and Learn Alphaphonics is a great start to her phonics and I’m sure will prepare her well.
With Autumn arriving I like to do a sort of Spring clean and refresh the home ready for the Winter months. By doing this it makes the home more cosy and snuggly ready for the colder months. It’s also a fantastic time now that Summer has been and gone to research and update the decor and soft furnishings. I love to browse online for home interior trends for ideas. So while I have been doing my research I’d thought I would share with you what I’ve found for the Autumn Winter home living trends 2018.
Autumn/Winter Key Home Decor Trends 2018
This has to be my favourite trend I’ve found so far. I think of Autumn as wandering through the woods seeing all the marvellous colours and textures around me. All the browns, oranges, russet, plum and damson colours. These are in fact the key colours this Autumn.
Texture wise it’s all about dried flower arrangements, woods, woollen chunky knits from giant knitting, and rustic country linens. The theme can be shown to be sort of like hibernating, the feeling of contentment and hygge – creating a happy home. Hygge style.
After the wonderfully hot dry weather we have had this Summer then a little rain, has brought up all the weeds in my garden. Everything was looking brown and dry. When the damp rain came the weeds, grass, and plants came to life. It always seems the weeds grow faster than the rest! So I was excited (yes I do get extremely happy when it comes to my garden) to get the chance to try out the Roundup Telescopic Wand with Total Gel.
Kills weeds that are hard to reach. Gel wand extends up to 86cm. No more bending down to treat weeds. Compatible with Total Gel, Path Gel & Tough Gel. Contains glyphosate. The unique gel formulation can be simply dispensed through the click of a trigger and ensures all of the weedkiller is applied accurately onto the target weed leaves. Ideal for flower beds, vegetable plots and lawns.
When we were kids Stickle Bricks were a big thing. We played at home making rockets, planes and houses from the multi coloured bricks. I even have a distant memory of playing with them at primary school. Now they are back bigger than ever for the next generation to play with. Playtime with the Stickle Bricks Fun Tub has been big in our house this past week.
For Little Hands with big imaginations!
My daughter honestly thought it was Christmas when they arrived. I wish I caught her reaction on camera. Opening the Stickle Bricks Fun Tub was very exciting. We also received the Stickle Bricks Fire Engine and the Stickle Bricks Little Builder to have a look over.
I have a 2 and a half-year old who is obsessed with sticker books. Trouble is not only does she stick the stickers in the books but on the windows, sofa, table, my arm doors and god knows wherever else! I do love finding her new sticker books though. It keeps her calm and quieter for a while so I get 5 minutes peace and quiet. When we got sent the Hey Duggee Sticky Stick Sticker book from Ladybird to look at I knew it would be one of her favourites.