Sunny Days and A Tropical Garden *A Collaboration With Marks and Spencer
Well looks like we have got what we wanted finally, a good stretch of summer sunshine! With no beach nearby my two have to do with the back garden with a paddling pool, watering can and sand pit (I hate sandpits FYI, but when it comes to children these things are worth their weight in gold). They will spend as many as weekends as possible in Kerry over the the summer with a choice of beaches near my parents house, but in between its Costa Del La Back Garden.While I sit in the garden writing this, the forecast says it's hotter than Greece, some even say the Caribbean…sure who needs a holiday and clear blue water, sandy beaches and pina coladas on tap when you can have plastic paddling pools, cold water from the garden hose, sand all over the house from the sand pit and putting up the parasol, just in case you need to shelter from the rain!!
Moving house is famously an incredibly stressful time, add kids into the mix and there are more complications, but moving to a new house, in a new country, with children? That can be a little overwhelming! However, moving can also mean the beginning of a new chapter in your life, and a whole load of new adventures to share with your family. Here are some tips on making this transition as stress-free as possible.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a big believer in children spending as much time outdoors as possible. Today, far too many kids spend the majority of their time stuck inside watching television.
If you are lucky enough to have a garden, you should be encouraging your children to spend as much time outdoors as possible. That being said, I know that getting kids to go outside isn’t always easy. However, if you transform your garden into somewhere that is family-friendly, they will be happier to spend more time out there.
Hello! We are back with "What We Wore", our 2nd post in the series. You can see the first one here. It's just a very quick post with all the direct links to what the kids wore and sometimes, very rarely but sometimes, "What Mum Wore". If I can't find the direct links or they are sold out items, I will find an alternative that is similar. Everything is always up on our Instagram page, but this post will take you to the direct page of the item!
Hello….I've decided to start a new series on "What We Wore" but really it's going to be mainly what the kids wore. I generally have everything up on my Instagram page, but with this I can add direct links to each outfit or something similar if it has sold out! There may be the odd "What Mum Wore", but mainly it will be the kids, because, you know, my money is in their wardrobe (or if I'm honest more so Amelia's wardrobe).
I've ditched the socks and boots and so very close to doing the same with the kids, but it's that inbetween time is'nt it? One day it's all suncream and sundresses, straw hats and sandals, the next the socks, cardigans and closed shoes have to be taken out from the back of the wardrobe again….but we can still get ourselves ready, for what is meant to be a long hot summer (don't they say that very year??) So the holiday shopping for summer clothes has begun….always great to have that glass half full and stay optomistic.
Whether you are having a staycation or travelling abroad this summer for the school holidays, the kids will need some new clothes, especially if they are like mine, and all the items you kept from last summer, now look like they will only fit their teddies and dolls. This year, I've started early, I want to try to buy just a few items, that I can mix and match, dress up for those nights out and be also everyday wear, lets be all cool and call it a kids capsule wardobe! Packing for a family of four can be stressful at the best of times….and 9 /10 left up to the nurse/cook/cleaner/teacher/nappy changer…..thats me, MUM! So, buying a few items that can be mixed and matched together, saves space, saves money on baggage when flying and saves one giant headache for that said nurse/cook/cleaner/teacher/nappy changer.
Marks and Spencer Kids Holiday Essentials are now all in store and up on their website. They recently asked us to pick our favourites from this seasons collection, and having bought from them before and know the quality of their clothing…..sure it would have been rude to have said "no".
My style for both kids is simple and classic and Marks and Spencers do just that, making choosing my items a hard job. Sun hats were at the top of my list, my kids are pale, very pale and protecting their heads and faces is my priority and their stylish straw hats are perfect.
There was once a journalist who described earnings of £80,000 a year as'chicken feed' in London.Simply put, anyone living in London – well, any normal person living in the City of London can tell you that £80,000 a month isn't chicken feed. However, a point has been raised. How many people are actually happy with their monthly earnings? Even those who are banking in £80,000 and over might feel a bit shortchanged! We all want to get a bit more from our earnings. However, money doesn't grow on trees, if you want more, you'll have to earn more. That's how it goes.
Good morning! Summer has finally come and we have spent the weekend out on our bikes. I posted a video of us out on the new Dungarvan to Waterford Deise Greenway, an old train line that has been converted into a cycle/walking path extending 23km with more to be opened soon. You can read all about the Greenway here and plan your journey. I have been inundated with questions, so thought I would put a quick post together. If your wondering when it's safe to take kids out on the back of your bike, or in a bike taxi, you can read all about that here.
I have to say that we have been lucky with two very easy children when it comes to food, they are the polar opposite of fussy, but while they are great eaters, neither slept through the night until they were 18 months….so really you can't have it all! Amelia is definitely the more adventurous one. She will try anything.
For those who haven't been blessed with the best of eaters, shall we dare say "fussy eaters ", Laya Health Insurance have come up with a great post on some tips to help you (see below).
You may love your kids, but you definitely don't like all the mess that comes from having coloring books, soft toys and endless plastic blocks lying around. Just because you've got little ones doesn't mean that your house needs to turn into a giant nursery / playpen luckily there are ways to keep the place tidy while still being proud parents!
No one wants to come home and find scribbles on the walls, permanent marker over important papers or crayon smudges on cream furniture. Kids love being creative so give them a place where they can show off their artwork! Buy a multitude of colored frames and then encourage your children to paint pictures, sketch, or take photos of the things that they love before arranging a family art exhibition. Not only will the various shades brighten up neutral walls but your kids will love creating artwork that'll be displayed for months on end.
Studies show that large families benefit from the extra space that comes with open plan living as it makes people feel connected, but not overcrowded. A dining room/lounge combo feels cozy while the open plan layout leads to a more relaxed, laid back atmosphere that encourages people to mingle freely. Think about your color scheme and whether you want your rooms to complement or contrast with each other. Family rooms are great places to inject color so why not go for bold primary shades like blue? Buttercup yellow? Or even bright red if the room's big enough. Don't forget about younger family members, include some comfy bean bags and Goldilocks chairs as well as the seven-seater L-shaped sofa.
Under Sink Storage
Bathrooms don't need to be messy and kids bath time toys can all be put into plastic storage boxes when they're not in use. Cheap bathroom suites are often better when you've got kids as items such as toilets are less costly to replace if the handle's become busted through enthusiastic over flushing. Avoid babyish decals and instead go for stylistic seahorses, shell stencils and even beach scenes that are classic and perfect for family bathrooms. Choose brightly colored towels instead of those with cartoon characters on and keep all shampoo together in a sleek, stylish shower caddy.
We all know that kids make a mess so instead of soft, easily stained fabrics why not have tougher, more durable furniture? Use something such as plastic sheeting over a table to protect it, such as a sheet from Simply Plastics.There's no law that says you need to use indoor furniture, and outdoor picnic tables, decking rugs, and comfy garden chairs are often much harder to break or stain due to their weather-resistant properties. While most marks will come out in the wash, try to avoid material made out of silk, leather or suede and instead go for more child-friendly fabrics such as heavy wool or thick linen.
Places To Play
Kids need somewhere that they can make their own and a playroom is an ideal space for children to learn, explore and have fun! Don't worry if your house isn't big enough for one as you can always pop up some curtains up that'll then act as an impromptu hideaway.
Keeping Your Home and Buisness Secure When Your Away
Returning home from any holiday, be it that log awaited honeymoon, that first break away together, a first family holiday or a much needed weekend away, can be gloomy time, but returning from a memorable time away and learning something has gone seriously wrong at home can be downright devastating
A house or apartment left empty while its owners are traveling is a tempting target for criminals. So like all the other holiday preperations you take on, it's imperative that every traveler take certain key steps to keep his or her home safe and sound while enjoying their