I’m not going to lie; I’m not one to strictly limit tablet screen time with the boys. If I want a lie in, I’ll use it; if I need a break, I’ll use it; if they ask to watch whilst eating lunch, I’ll usually let them. (As long as we’re not sitting as a family – they’re not allowed their tablet then). They don’t watch television as much as they used to, and if they do then it’s usually a chill out time with us.
Since we’ve been living in the countryside they play outside a lot more than they used to. Before that, we had a communal concrete yard so it wasn’t that great for them. But now we have three different areas in which they can play, and we often go for walks along the river bank. There’s a certain place along there, that they pretend is a boat and they are fishermen! Read more
With this lovely summer weather, there really is no excuse not to be keeping fit and active over the summer months! The warmer and longer days make it easier for you get out and enjoy lots of different, fun activities so your summer exercise does not have to be boring at all! Here are a few tips to help you have a more active summer. Read more
As I’ve been a stay-at-home mum ever since Jacob was born, we’ve never really had the need for childcare for working hours; as I’ve always been there. Of course, both boys have gone to either nursery or pre-school once their government funded hours have become available; but obviously these are only for so many hours a week. Noah still only attends for a half day, two days a week, and two full days.
Since I’ve started working from home I do find it difficult to concentrate and be productive when I still have Noah here (and both boys during the holidays!). The main work related issue I have is when I am invited to attend events and meetings; I often find it difficult due to pre-school hours and no other childcare so usually have to decline. Read more
The Mum’s have had their day, now it’s the turn of the Dad’s; it’ll soon be Father’s Day! I always struggle with what to buy for men, and with helping the boys choose something for Daddy. If it was left to them, he would just end up with toys – though I don’t think he’d mind, actually!
If you struggle like me, then you might want to check out some of the selection below. There’s something for a variety of budgets and interests. Read more
Summer really is just around the corner. There are probably so many things that you need to get sorted out but this can be difficult when you work full-time. You may also find it difficult when you have kids because they will take up a lot of your time in the day. If you want to get around this then you can find out whatever you need to know below.
Saying Goodbye to Winter
Winter is over, so now it’s time to shut the door on it completely. You can never hope to make your home fit for summer if winter is lurking around. You need to try and update your home with much lighter colours and you also need to welcome flowers and even new plants for the garden. Now is the time for you to start preparing for all things like this and it can make a huge difference to the way that your home feels.
There is nothing worse than going out to buy some ice-cream because it is way too hot, only to find that your freezer is just way too full. It helps to clear out your freezer so that you can make way for the summer food and it is also the best time for you to try and clear out all of the built-up ice as well. When you are able to do this, you can easily get the whole family excited and this is one of the many reasons why so many people get this job done when summer comes along.
Clean the Patio
When summer arrives, you will want to sit outside in your garden. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you don’t put the effort into cleaning your patio then the whole thing won’t feel as satisfying. If you can’t be bothered to do any of this then it may be worth looking into a patio cleaning service. They can take care of the whole thing for you and you’d be surprised at how easy it is for you to get everything done.
If you have an air conditioning unit then you will know how useful this can be in summer. If you haven’t cleaned it out in years however then dust can build up and this can spread bacteria throughout your home. You may even find that the whole thing causes you and your family to experience allergies or you may even come down with a cold as a result. This is the last thing that you need when it’s nice and warm outside, so if you want to avoid all of this hassle and stress then one thing that you can do is hire someone to do it for you or try and clean out the vents yourself. You will be glad you did and it can make all the difference to your home.
So as you can see, summer preparations don’t take long, but they really can help you to enjoy the sun more.