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
Summer; the time for lots of family trips with the kids, and making sure your bag is well stocked to keep everyone going throughout the day. Of course, the boys always want to take their own bags for their drinks and any toys that may just fancy a trip too…
Also, the time for getting ready to go back to school. Uniforms, shoes, and of course a backpack for their bits & bobs. Come September, Noah will be going to preschool for fifteen hours; including a full day on a Friday so he’ll need to be well stocked then with a change of clothes or two (got to love toilet training!), and a packed lunch.
Fortunately we are already sorted for both of the above with Noah, as the lovely people at Trunki sent him one of their brand new Toddlepak Backpacks to try out!
Anyone who knows me will probably know that I love planning parties and celebrations. My first job for planning any type of party is coming up with a theme, and then it’s the invitation. I think that the invite really gives the first inkling of what a party is going to be like, so I always match it with the theme in some way. Read more
My boys love the occasional ‘special juice’ which sometimes contain a lot of added sugar, so they don’t have them all of the time. Just as a treat every so often, which I don’t mind. But when Bensons The Juicers got in touch with me to see if the boys would like to review some of their Joosed! Junior juices, I had a read up on them and thought they sounded healthier than others. Pure fruit juice, mixed with spring water. That’s it.
Our fruit is shaken from the trees, not stirred in a factory. Den-making and tree climbing is tiring! If you need to catch your breath after catching the baddies, this is the best sidekick for your adventure. Sweet and zippy to the core and mixed in British spring water: drink this goodie and play longer.
- Made from pure Spring Water and real fruit juices.
- Full of fruity goodness and NO ADDED SUGAR, and therefore better for you.
- Joosed! uses only the finest natural ingredients, selected because they taste so good.
- Joosed! drinks are 100% free from preservatives or artificial flavourings.
- One of your 5 a day.
I absolutely love planning parties; I think my favourite one so far has to be the joint one I planned for the boys earlier in the year, with a dinosaur theme. Don’t get me wrong, it would be so much easier and less stressful to host a party somewhere, where everything is provided and taken care of for you. But I love the satisfaction of knowing I planned something from the off, and I just love getting creative.
I do like products that make planning a bit easier though and last year for Jacob’s 3rd birthday I reviewed some minion partyware and pre filled party bags from Party Bags & Supplies. They went down well with both J and the party-goers and I thought they were really good value for money. Read more