We are now three weeks into our new routine. Going back to work after 10 months off was hard. I’m currently working 3 days a week until December when I move back to the full 5 days a week. So not looking forward to that. I think 3 days is the perfect balance for us.
That first Monday was hard. It broke my heart to leave her. I knew she would be fine with my parents though. When I went to pick her up at 4pm her little arms and legs were going and she practically jumped into my arms. She cuddles into me laughing and smiling away. It was an emotional moment.
The second day was much better. Baby girl is loving being spoilt by my dad – her papa. He makes her laugh and giggle all the time. This second week is now easier. We are into a good routine now. Getting up at 5:15am is hard but we all go to bed early.
A couple of months back the lovely people over at Wilf Books were just starting up their children’s books sharing box scheme and asked if they could guest post on my blog. I think it’s a great thing that they are doing so I accepted. You can read that post over here: How can we help our children learn about sharing?
So Wilf Books is run by Callum and Amelia who believe in the value of sharing. Their aim is to recycle and redistribute children’s books to those that will love them the most.
Now the subscription box business is up and running, they have kindly let me review a box with baby girl. What I loved about opening the box was the carefully hand painted postcard made out to baby girl. It really gave it a personal touch and I honestly now believe that Callum and Amelia are putting their heart and soul into this. To make it a success. I wish them tons of luck.
The books were carefully packed in tissue paper and hand tied with string.
Heading into London can be a wonderful break for you and the kids. After all, there is so much to do in the capital. London can also be the ideal destination for a romantic weekend away while the kids are with the Grandparents! We’ve put together an awesome guide to the best city in the world for couples and kids. Choose your own adventure!
With The Kids
There are so many awesome things for the kids to do and see in London. One of the most popular attractions continues to be the waxworks at Madame Tussaud’s. The models on show are regularly updated to feature the most current versions of the most popular celebrities. This means you are pretty much guaranteed to find characters your kids know and love. Just a few doors down are some great family restaurants. Many are themed. You might want to eat in the jungle, complete with lifesize models and sound effects. Or maybe one of the sports-themed restaurants is more your thing?
For a good view, try the London Eye. This all-weather ride lifts you up above the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament. On a clear day, you can see pretty far. The famous BT Tower is visible and so is St. Paul’s Cathedral. And how often do you get to look down on the Westminster Palace? It’s not the cheapest attraction but its location is handy for art galleries and centres of culture along South Bank.
St. Paul’s Cathedral image at Flickr
Growing up around animals on a small holding gave me such a love for nature and all widlife. This time of year as Autumn is here and Winter is creeping upon us give a thought for the birds in your garden. It’s cold and food is getting harder to find, so why not set up a bird feeder in your garden?
It can be fun activity as well for getting your kids interested in activities in the garden. I remember when I was little mum used to have a cute little pair of robins that lived in the trees in the garden. We used to leave out seeds and fat balls. I loved hearing them singing away.
So when the lovely people at Boxwild contacted me asking if I would love to review one of their gift boxes that they do. I thought it would be a great idea to start attracting more birds to our garden this Winter.
We got sent the Bird Feeder Gift Box to have a look at. They also do the fatty box and various bird seed subscription packages and wildlife subscription boxes.
Every mum starts to panic when it’s time to organise their kid’s birthday party. After all, you have to entertain a bunch of kids for a couple of hours. And it’s tricky to find activities that they will all love. And you need to keep within budget at the same time! You might be surprised to know the average birthday party can cost around £100! Therefore, you need to make sure it’s something that your kid will love for that price! Here are a few top ideas for your child’s birthday party that you need to see.
Take the kids swimming
If you have a swimming pool close by your home, you should think about organising the birthday party there. Swimming is a fun activity that the kids can all do at the same time. They will have so much fun splashing around in the pool for an hour or two. For larger parties, you might even want to hire the pool. You could even arrange for the centre to provide food and drinks for the kids after they have been in the pool. That way, it saves everyone coming back to your home after swimming! With swimming, it’s best to invite the parents along as you will struggle to keep an eye on all the children at once!
Since becoming a parent I have often thought about baby girl’s future. How can we create a Bright Future for our children? We have been set a challenge by Unilever called #brightFuture to discover little things as a family we can do to change the future for the better.
At the heart of the Unilever brightFuture initiative is the goal to unite communities and encourage small changes in everyday life that have a positive impact on the world.
Here are some of our little things we have changed to help make our world a better place and to shape a bright future:
- Turning the tap off when brushing teeth
- Re-using boxes and bottles/jars
- Composting fruit and veg peelings
- Turning the TV off and not leaving it on standby
- Remembering to turn off lights when leaving a room
- Meal Planning, so we don’t buy food to waste.
- Only use reusable bags