7 Great Ideas for Children’s Parties

Every mother wants to be able to throw the best party for their child. Year after year, parents try to create the biggest and the best parties, spending too much money and feeling far too stressed. Have you ever thought that it could be more about the special little touches that bring magic and fun to the day?

You don’t have to go OTT and try and throw a lavish party for your children to have a good time. After all, is a 5-year-old really going to know whether your table cloths were brought from Asda or John Lewis? Cut down on expensive venues, tableware and food and spend the money of memorable touches instead that really will help to ensure your little one has the best day ever.

Childrens party

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#LuckyLinky Week 18

Hello and welcome back to #LuckyLinky week 18.

Thank you so much to those of you that linked up last week!

As you all know I love to enter competitions and have been doing it for years, much longer than I have been blogging! So we want to see all your lovely competitions all in one place. It will make it much easier for all of us who love to enter competitions and for compers who want to find new and exciting competitions.

#LuckyLinky Week 18

The Competition Linky to get your competition more entries with NO comments required!

We run from Monday to Sunday and all bloggers are welcome to add any and all competitions they are running!

 Join Katie (MummyinaTutu) and I in a competition frenzy!

Each week we retweet your posts if you tag us in your tweet (@mummyinatutu & @rachelbustin) and will also enter each and every competition ourselves!

We will also add your post to the #LuckyLinky Competition Page over on Facebook! Please remember to put a badge on it and use the #LuckyLinky hashtag to spread the love.

 

Rachel Bustin

 

#LuckyLinky Rules:

1. Add the #luckylinky badge to the HTML / Text portion of your post. If you need any help linking up, read the fabulous Linky Guide from Cuddle Fairy or tweet us (@mummyinatutu @rachelbustin).

2. Please do 1 entry on both hosts competitions (if we’re running any) and 1 entry on the 2 competitions after yours (if you want to do more then great!)

3. Retweet 2 competitions of your choice using #LuckyLinky (It helps if you have your twitter handle in your social sharing buttons)

4. Link a maximum of 2 competitions per week.

5. By entering the link you are agreeing to be added to the email reminder list. (You can request to be removed at any time!)

Thanks for linking up!  Katie & Rachel

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our facebook page LuckyLinky Competitions if you fancy entering a few yourself!

 


Bibetta Star Changing Mat Review

Baby girl is growing quite big now, so having a standard size changing mat is not as useful as it used to be. When Bibetta asked me if I would like to try out their Star Changing Mat which is on the larger side to normal, I thought why not?

My first impressions was that it’s very soft and warm to touch and of course being made from neoprene (wetsuit material) that it will be waterproof. Perfect for those little wee accidents!

Bibetta star changing mat

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Brushing a Toddler’s Teeth – The Big Family Brush Up

It’s been such a long time since I did an update on baby girl, in fact her last one was at her 11 month Health Visitor checkup.

She has grown and developed loads in the past 5 months, the most noticeable thing is her pearly white smile with those gleaming white teeth.

Ever since baby girl’s first teeth popped through, I have been religiously teaching her that she must brush her teeth everyday. It’s a big part of our routine now. She has two little bottom front teeth and then her two big front teeth and not forgetting those two top front pointy teeth, so six milk teeth altogether.

I love how white and perfect they are, and I want to keep them that way!

Baby girl has her special first soft toothbrush and first toothpaste kept together in her little pot on the bathroom sink. She loves to brush her teeth.

I ask her around 6:30pm,

“Are you going to bed now?”

“Yes” she replies.

“Shall we go and brush your teeth?”

“Pleeeasee” she replies and then off she toddles to the bathroom.

Brushing teeth

I hold her up to the bathroom mirror and we brush her teeth together. She is so good at opening her mouth for me to brush her teeth at only 17 months old. I always pretend to brush my teeth with her so she will learn to understand that it’s what we all do. She is into copying everything I do at the moment!

Like any other toddler, I’m sure, she will try and eat the brush and suck the miniscule amount of toothpaste from the brush! I try to make it a fun game for her and not turn it into a chore.

She is now wanting to hold her brush herself and she does try to brush her teeth, it’s so cute!

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How Decking Can Transform Your Garden

Decking is a great way to enhance your garden. It can make your outdoor space look better, and give you more capacity to enjoy it. You can use your decking area to house a seating area, or fill it with attractive plants to make it a focal point. If done right, decking can add value to your home, but if it’s done badly, the opposite could be true.

Think About Purpose

Decking can be used for several different purposes, so in the planning stages, its important to consider what you would like to use the decking for. Would you like to use it as a place to relax? Perhaps as a space for entertaining? Or do you wish to use it for storage, as an alternative to a garden shed? Knowing the function of the decking can help you plan – you can make sure there is enough space for a table and chairs, or leave room for a fire pit.

Plan

There are lots of different things to consider when you’re thinking about where to place your decking area. You don’t want it to overpower the space, so the size of the decking is a factor. However, small gardens can still use decking; you just need to plan efficiently. You’ll also need to think about the sun – for instance, if you want to use your decking area to relax and you build it in an area that is blocked by the sun; you won’t get the desired effect. These are all things to consider before you get to work with building the decking area.

decking area

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#LuckyLinky Week 17

Hello and welcome back to #LuckyLinky week 17.

Thank you so much to those of you that linked up last week!

As you all know I love to enter competitions and have been doing it for years, much longer than I have been blogging! So we want to see all your lovely competitions all in one place. It will make it much easier for all of us who love to enter competitions and for compers who want to find new and exciting competitions.

#LuckyLinky Week 17

The Competition Linky to get your competition more entries with NO comments required!

We run from Monday to Sunday and all bloggers are welcome to add any and all competitions they are running!

 Join Katie (MummyinaTutu) and I in a competition frenzy!

Each week we retweet your posts if you tag us in your tweet (@mummyinatutu & @rachelbustin) and will also enter each and every competition ourselves!

We will also add your post to the #LuckyLinky Competition Page over on Facebook! Please remember to put a badge on it and use the #LuckyLinky hashtag to spread the love.

 

Rachel Bustin

 

#LuckyLinky Rules:

1. Add the #luckylinky badge to the HTML / Text portion of your post. If you need any help linking up, read the fabulous Linky Guide from Cuddle Fairy or tweet us (@mummyinatutu @rachelbustin).

2. Please do 1 entry on both hosts competitions (if we’re running any) and 1 entry on the 2 competitions after yours (if you want to do more then great!)

3. Retweet 2 competitions of your choice using #LuckyLinky (It helps if you have your twitter handle in your social sharing buttons)

4. Link a maximum of 2 competitions per week.

5. By entering the link you are agreeing to be added to the email reminder list. (You can request to be removed at any time!)

Thanks for linking up!  Katie & Rachel

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our facebook page LuckyLinky Competitions if you fancy entering a few yourself!