Coping with Colic



When my first son was born he suffered with terrible colic...for around three months...he would cry for what felt like hours and he was very difficult to console...Nights of holding him..bouncing him in his baby rocking chair..pushing him up and down in his pram until the early hours of the morning...My son Zak suffered so much... I have vivid memories of taking turns with my husband at four o'clock one morning pushing the pram over the door way to bump him up and down..he would often fall asleep in his rocking chair or pram if we daren't try to move him....as he would wake up and would have to start over..so many a nights we left him to sleep in his rocking chair or pram..just so we could get some rest.. as we were exhausted...and as I was expressing milk I would also get up in the night to express...so I was physically and emotionally exhausted..

We tried everything..from gripe water to rubbing his back...rocking defiantly helped as did using fast flow teat...we muddled through until eventually he grew out of his colic..but it was an extremely stressful and difficult time.


What is colic
colic is not completely understood as normally babies still thrive well and are healthy and feed normally ,
there is no evidence that a colicky baby will suffer from any long term affects, Colic can start from birth and last up to three months or in some cases six months.

Symptoms

Red flushed faced baby

Baby cry's and is difficult to comfort

Normally occurs similar time each night

Baby will draw their knees up to their tummy and clench fists or arch back

This can be very distressing and difficult for the parent

Tried and tested tips

Always seek medical advice - contact your GP or Midwife to rule out any other conditions that may be causing the crying.

Feeding - try fast flow teats which can help prevent to much air being swallowed (slow flow teats can cause to much air to be swallowed during feeding), Also sit your baby upright during feeding...always ensure you burp your baby.

Baby massage -  find your nearest class and attend - there are so many massage techniques that can help..ask your midwife or Surestart centre for local classes near you.

Try anti colic bottles as they may help as they can help by reducing colic as much as 80%

Movement - pushing around in pram,bouncing, rocking can provide a great deal of comfort to your baby.

White noise - background sounds..vacuum cleaner..washing machine their are also CD's that can be purchased with white noise sounds.

Colic can be very stressful on the parent so share the stress with your husband/partner or friend or contact cry-sis for advice and support.

Always rest when your baby is at asleep.

For more advice and support contact http://www.cry-sis.org.uk/
They offer support to families with babies who cry excessively/sleeplessness or demanding babies.

This post was also a Guest Post on Babyhuddle.

Sudocrem Moose - Virtual Balloon Race



New Sudocrem Moisturising Mousse launches first... Facebook Virtual Balloon Race – Prize £750 cash

Sudocrem Mousse’s latest competition, the World’s first Facebook Virtual Balloon Race, is launching  this November and is offering one lucky winner the chance to get their hands on £750 in cash, just in time for Christmas too!
Entrants join the Virtual Balloon Race by visiting www.facebook.com/SudocremMousse clicking the Balloon Race App, then following simple instructions to release their balloon to the millions of potential sharers on Facebook. The aim of the game is to get as many ‘balloon shares’ as possible, the most ‘balloon shares’ wins the prize!
Sudocrem Mousse’s Virtual Balloon Race launches on 7th November 2012 and completed on 21st December 2012. It’s completely free and easy to play with a fantastic prize awaiting our winner!
Here is how it works…

Step 1 – If not already done so, entrants will need to ‘like’ the www.facebook.com/SudocremMousse page.

Step 2 – Entrants then select the Balloon Race app (only accessible via a web browser and NOT a
Facebook Smartphone app) and prompted to select a balloon design, then complete their contact details.

Step 3 – Once all of the above steps are successfully completed, entrants will be presented with a page showing a ‘big red button’ labelled ‘Release My balloon to my friends NOW’. The entrant will click to open up a frame showing all their friends with tick boxes next to each person. Entrants can then select ALL friends (automatically selected) or individual friends to send to - this way entrants’ balloon will immediately receive views!

Competition start date – Wednesday 7th November 2012
Competition finish date – Friday 21st December 2012
Competition winners announced – Monday 24th December 2012
The Prize - £750 cash.



Sudocrem Mousse

The sunscreen mousse is specially formulated to protect delicate young skin.  It’s missing many of the ‘nasties’ found in some conventional sun protection products such as colourants, perfumes and preservatives.
Four-star UVA protection offers a superior level of defence against the rays that contribute to longer-term damage. (Most skin and sun care experts recommend four or five star UVA protection as the minimum to look out for in a sunscreen).

The mousse format means that, unlike many high factor products, it’s quick and easy to rub in – perfect if you have wriggling, impatient little ones.
Using Proderm Technology®, designed for young children
and babies. Key features:
Hypoallergenic, paraben/preservative/perfume/additive free
Four-star UVA protection
Easy and quick to apply, even to impatient little ones
More effective than many existing cosmetic sunscreens
Absorbed into the skin to give long-lasting protection from UVA and UVB radiation
Also protects against irritation from salt, chlorine, sand and wind burn
More resistant to water and towel-drying than conventional sunscreens

Moisturising mousse

There are many reasons why your child might develop dry skin, from central heating inside the house to cold, dry air outside, from chlorine in swimming pools to chemicals in washing powder and soaps. Just like adults, some babies and children are simply more prone to dry skin than others.
Our new Sudocrem Kids & Babies Moisturising Mousse intensively hydrates dry skin from the moment you use it. It’s certified hypoallergenic, so you can be sure that you’re doing your best not to aggravate any existing irritation, and is free from artificial colours, perfumes, parabens and other preservatives. The mousse format makes it easy and quick to rub in so you get results fast.
A gentle, hypoallergenic super-nourishing mousse
For extra dry skin in young children and babies, using Proderm Technology®
Proderm Technology® is proven to gently soothe and relieve a number of different dry skin conditions
Contains camomile and aloe vera
Gentle enough to use everyday: hypoallergenic and free from colours, fragrances, parabens and other preservatives.
Fine, light texture leaves skin feeling intensely moisturised
Rapidly absorbed into the skin, leaving it soft and supple
Maintains the skin’s natural moisture balance, bringing effective, soothing relief
In clinical trials Sudocrem Kids & Babies Moisturising Mousse showed a superior hydration effect over 12 hours than a leading dry skin cream competitor

Both products available from Boots Chemist
£8.99 Sudocrem Moisturising Mousse / £14.99 Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse


1926 Wood Flooring - Park Adventurers Game


 

I wanted to share this amazing Downloadable Game Created by 1926 Wood Flooring called...
Park Adventurers.... which  is a game where you and your children can learn about wildlife in your local park. it includes trivia questions about objects commonly found in parks and other natural spaces.

Children will learn about natural habitats, British wildlife, litter and other facts about trees, whilst exploring their local park or natural play space.

There are also sections to stick on collected items, such as leaves and pine cones, and areas to colour in... with tree rubbings, as well as other fun activities that will keep younger children amused whilst learning about the world around them.

The game can be downloaded as a PDF from www.1926 woodflooring.co.uk/park-adventurers There is also a badge, which can easily be added to a parent’s blog, using a simple embed code. Alternatively it can be printed out to make a real badge or sticker to reward children once the game is completed

I'm really looking forward to sharing this adventure with my children...

For more Information please visit 1926 woodflooring.co.uk/park-adventurers



Mallzee - Making Shopping Social




I had to share this new exciting amazing shopping experience....Mallzee.....Mallzee allows you to create and experience a new revolutionary way of shopping online.Which is great for me... as I mostly shop online....

Users can create their own personalised shopping mall.... Mallzee... by picking their favourite brands and stores. The amazing software then finds products matching their personal style and showcases them in their Mallzee...

There are a number of aspects that make Mallzee social from the integration of Facebook chat to creating polls and browsing friends online wardrobes...

You can invite friends to your Mallzee, And what is amazing... is that Mallzee will pay you whenever you, or your Friends shop via your Mallzee...you can use this money to shop or donate to charity.
Currently Mallzee have over 200 brands well known brands signed up to Mallzee from
(Urban Outfitters, New Look, Feel Unique and St. Tropez .....to name a few).

I have already signed up in anticipation of Mallzee launch later this year...and I cant wait to get started....

Pop over and sign up for their exclusive prelaunch at www.mallzee.com and also more information  on the new online shopping experience. 

#SilentSunday




Signs...I'm Getting Older


My Son Showcasing My lovely Pink Trolley

Struggling with bags of shopping almost decapitating my fingers there was no way in my younger years of youth...would I be seen with a shopping trolley of any kind...I'd rather struggle along with bags of shopping..

Well not anymore...Now in my mid thirties, I see life much more differently ....A little older but a whole lot wiser .....No way I'm going to put my back out for a few groceries . If my hubby is at work and cannot drive me.. I will take my trolley on a shop....and I don't care...if I look old.... My attitude has changed..

Then I started thinking about...how I know I'm getting older...a few signs have began to linger..
I'm not ashamed...but rather proud...I have an abundance of confident compared to when I was in my twenties..so thought I would share my signs...I'm sure some of you will recognise some of them..:)

Signs You Can Embrace...Your Getting Old.

You dye you hair to hide the grey's

You need a shopping trolley when shopping

You are totally exhausted after a day out with the kids...desperate for some peace and a sleep...whilst your kids are full if energy

You can't catch that bus...without being out of breath

We try to maintain a healthy active lifestyle...but ate stumped by that chocolate cake

You want to be comfortable in your clothing/footwear

You talk and strike up conversation with total strangers about stupid things...especially whilst out shopping!!!

You are confident to complain and moan when things aren't what they should be...you are more confident to stand you ground.

You can take life in your stride

You give advice to others...after all you have been there done it

You think your invincible

A common phase...It wasn't like that in my days...when I was younger!!!

You fall asleep in front if the TV

Forgetfulness...Sorry what was your name again

You oooh and ahhh when bending up and down

If any of these ring a bell...welcome to getting older..But I'm sure a great deal wiser. :)

Popchips - Review


I was lucky enough to try out Popchips....Popchips are one of the fastest growing snack brands in america, and are now available in the UK... making it easier for snackers to spice up their snack life with the debut of its newest flavour' - Thai Sweet Chili. 

Never fried. never baked. Popchips are popped with heat and pressure to make a naturally delicious crisp with all the flavour and less than half the fat of fried crisps, fewer calories and none of the fake colours or flavours (or greasy fingers) that gives snacking a bad name. 

Thai Sweet Chili is available in Waitrose exclusively... in a handy share bag size (85g) rrp £1.89. 
Thai Sweet Chili joins five taste-bud popping flavours already available in store, including original, Barbeque, Salt & Vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion and Salt & Pepper. 

We all loved the popchips they were very tasty and didn't last very long in our house...every bite filled with a  a mild Chlli flavour with a hint of sweetness...I'm always on the look out for an heather snack alternative..and really loved these.
They contain less then half the fat or regular fried crisp no cholesterol saturated/or trans fats which is amazing.

Want some....Pop to your nearest Waitrose store or visit Popchips for more information http://www.popchips.co.uk/

SportShoes.Com - Review

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We were lucky enough to receive some absolutely fabulous Football Boots...Courtesy of Sportsshoes.com...
As soon as I went on the Sportsshoes.com website... I was amazed at the range of footwear at excellent low prices...of course it wasn't long before I was joined by my boys who...wanted to look at the Football Boots...

Sportsshoes offers a price beat promise...which means they will beat anyone who's cheaper.....which makes Sportsshoes the best value sports shop in the UK.... I will be shopping again and sharing Sportsshoes.com website with all my friends...

Sportsshoes.com offer over 3000 products, ranging from running shoes and football boots from leading brands, as well as football team kits together with a whole host of other running clothing, all at really great prices
Sportsshoes are Experts in sport since 1982 and have over 25 years experience in the sports industry and are always on hand for expert advice and to help you choose the gear that's right for you.
check out Sportsshoes.com for our sale for bargains on cheap running shoes and clothes as well as a vast selection of cheap football boots.
Discount Running Shoes, Trainers, Football Boots, Sportswear & Equipment from Sportsshoes.com
My boys have rarely taken off their football boots since receiving them as they love them... I have also been looking at some trainers for myself...I recommend you all take a look on Sportsshoes.com...
Defiantly something for everyone....
Check out Sportshoes http://www.sportsshoes.com/

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

This week has flown by....I can't believe how fast it had gone....Here are my reasons to be cheerful this week

I was lucky to attend an early screening if Wreck-it Ralph...it was a fantastic Disney movie ...we all had so much fun...we left the house at 9.00 am and returned at 5.45 we spend the whole day in Central London first at the Empire Cinema watching the movie and then at Pizza Hut and then at Covant Garden... it was a lovely family day together...we really enjoyed the movie and my boys now want to watch it again.... for more about the move visit -wreck-it-ralph-movie-review.html

By Monday I was absolutely exhausted and barely know how I got got through my days work.

It was also nice to visit my in-laws..I don't get to see them much ...so it was nice to catch up..and have a giggle.

Its now Thursday... so I'm looking forward to cosying up on the sofa with my boys watching the junior Apprentice with a bar if chocolate x Im soooo easily pleased x
Small luxuries of life are always the best :)

Have a fab weekend :)

PKTMNY - Financial Life In My Family




When I first heard about PKTMNY, I was curious and interested in the concept ...the fact my child could have their own personal pocket money account with access to their own card and to be responsible to manage their money was a bonus, I love the idea of my children having their own pocket money account .. as I like to encourage my children to be Independent.. but within limits that I can set..that's why PKTMNY is perfect choice.
I wanted to encourage saving and spending wisely for my children...as they recently had developed an attitude to spend any money they had, And I wanted to teach my children to take responsibility for their money... to enable them to save responsibly, and also to save for a pacific item...rather then feel the need to spend immediately..PKTMNY has had a very positive impact on my children's saving and spending desires...both of my boys have enjoyed making their wish lists and the fact that they can view their account and see how much money they have saved and how far they have to reach desired goal has been extremely positive. PKTMNY has defiantly changed how I and my children deal with pocket money...I can add chores which is great and my boys seem very focused and positive about having their own personal PKTMNY account. My eldest son will often look at his account to view his PKTMNY And check his wish-list goals. I can already see the benefits of having the PKTMNY accounts as my children are more focused on there pocket money and we are having lots of positive discussions on saving and spending wisely...so this is fantastic.
I want my children to learn and take responsibility of their pocket money and develop good habits when it comes to money...I can honestly say PKTMNY has given us the tools we needed to make this happen.


To find out more about PKTMNY please visit - http://www.pktmny.com
This is a sponsored post for Britmums..which is part of the PKTMY launch...All views expressed my personal thoughts and opinions.

Deep Heat Rub & Deep Freeze Gel - Review



Deep Heat Rub -  Provides fast relief from muscular aches and pains; you can use Deep Heat before exercising as part of your warm up regime, or 72 hours after an injury occurs to ease muscular aches. The rub uses heat therapy in a portable and easy to use format, and also contains eucalyptus oil and turpentine oil which help dilate local blood vessels, taking more heat, oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Deep Heat rub comes in 35g, 67g and 100g sizes with RRPs of £2.34, £3.54 and £4.69 respectively.

Deep Heat has always been used in our family for aches and pains one of an old trusted family favourite that I always have at home...as we are a family who like to exercise and keep fit so we love this product.
Deep Freeze Gel -  Is a fast-acting pain relieving gel that has a cooling action and analgesic properties. Use Deep Freeze Gel straight after injury as an ideal alternative to ice in the RICE technique; research shows that Deep Freeze Gel is better tolerated than ice for maintaining prolonged low skin temperature. Deep Freeze gel can also be used at various stages during the recovery of an injured muscle or joint.
Deep Freeze Gel is available in 35g or 100g sizes and has an RRP of £2.25 and £4.36 respectively.

This is fantastic product...My husband had been suffering with a stiff shoulder..after a injury in the gym...he has been using the Deep Freeze Gel and say's its soothing and is a great alternative to an ice pack.

Deep Relief, a topical pain relief product containing 2 active ingredients: ibuprofen and levomenthol. Deep Relief acts on both inflammation and interrupting pain signals; levomenthol stimulates the nerves that perceive cold whilst suppressing the nerves that perceive pain, so less or no pain is felt. 
The products are absorbed through the skin to help give a local inflammatory effect


Deep Heat/Relief and Deep Freeze Gel are available in your local supermarkets of chemist.

#silentsunday


Lush - Bloggers Press Day

I was lucky enough to attend Lush - Fresh Handmade Cosmetics.... Bloggers Press Day Event in 
London's Covent  Garden... Lush Store.
On entering the shop I was taken  by the most wonderful scents and smells that filled the air....I absolutely LOVE Lush products... and was excited to experience Lush Newest Product Line...

FUN - which is an amazing invention by co-founder Mo Constantine OBE who is more famously known for the invention of the Lush bath bomb...It has a playdough like consistency..Bath Time has never been so much FUN. With a gentle softening base of cornflour, talc and glycerine choose from five different types of FUN at only £5.00 for a 200g roll.


Fun is a four in one Multi Purpose Product

For Body - Mix well with water to a clay like consistency..Use directly on your body or on a sponge to foam and then rinse FUN off along with the stress of the day.

For Hair - Mix FUN well with water to clay like consistency. Lather into hair and then rinse thoroughly.

For Bath - Put small pieces of FUN under running hot water...then once your bath is ready..Relax and enjoy your bubbly FUN.

For Fun - Squeeze and mould onto all sorts of shapes...Great FUN to play with...soft malleable and tactile playdough like texture...so much FUN.

When you are finish having fun with your FUN....just wrap it back up into...its biodegradable cellophane.
FUN come in Five bright colour's and amazing scents.....
BLUE - Soothing Moroccan Chamomile & Lavender

RED - Sunny..Happy, Mandarin & Orange
GREEN - Uplifting, Zesty, Lemon & Lime

PINK - Sweet & Cheerful ..Benzoin & Tonka
We had so much fun...experimenting and creating objects and characters with the FUN...the FUN smelled amazing and when used in water left my hand soft and smelling lush...My boys will absolutely love to play and bath with FUN....endless playtime FUN.


If your looking for some FUN please visit your nearest Lush Store or Shop Online - https://www.lush.co.uk/

Not only is FUN so much Fun....each time you buy some FUN 10p of each sale will go to the....FunD...


The Fun - 10p from each sale of FUN goes to help children affected by the Fukushima disaster.

We had so much fun inventing and using our new patented soft bath product; modelling it into shapes, animals, voodoo dolls of the boss, etc, then seeing how many uses we could find for it, as a bubble bath, washing our hair, our clothes, our muddy bikes, etc.,etc,etc.   So when it came to thinking of a name for this new invention, we decided that it had to simply be called Fun.

We try to make sure we have a great deal of fun working here at Lush and it is something that visitors often comment on.   When you are having fun and making a product called Fun, it seems only right to try to spread the fun to places where there might not be quite so much of it.

With this in mind, we have decided that for the first year of sales of Fun, 10p  from the sale of each bar will go into a FunD, to be given out in grants to projects providing fun and recreational activities for children living in challenging environments.

Through our contacts in Japan and the previous work we did with NGOs in the areas affected by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster,
we are aware that the situation for children in the affected areas is still very far from having returned to the normal fun of childhood. The children of the Fukushima area in particular are severely affected – where very real concerns over radiation levels mean that playing outside is too dangerous.  Despite decontamination efforts, many school playgrounds remain off limits and outdoor play in streets and parks is not possible - meaning that children are playing alone in their houses on computers more and more whilst exercise, free running and mixing with peer groups is severely reduced.

We would like to target the FunD at this group; identifying charities, community groups and parent initiatives providing fun filled, group activities for children in the affected areas.

We will work with NGOs and groups in the area to seek out suitable projects to fund.  We favour small, grassroots community projects, initiated by locals, who are best placed to know the needs of their children and are able to organise locally.  We aim to provide money to enable them to lay on regular events where children can come together and have fun and enjoyment with their own age and peer groups. 

For more information on the FunD and Lush Products Visit  - https://www.lush.co.uk/



My Reasons to be Cheerful

Wow such a busy week so much to share so many reasons to be cheerful....


My husband went with our eldest son to the British museum...they had lots if fun...I think my husband should change career and work with kids as he seams to have the knack x


I went with our youngest son to his school trip to St Paul's Cathedral -  London - it was a fantastic day... very educational. I learnt a lot too...lots of history on the Great Fire of London.
I always love it when we can go on school trips with our boys...and share their day x

This morning I'm off to Convent Garden in London to the Lush Bloggers Day...I'm excited I love lush products...unfortunately I can only stay for a short time as I still have to go work. :(....never the less I cant wait...

Another fab reason...is this Sunday  I'm off with my beautiful family to a Film Premier in the Empire London Leicester Square to see ....Disney's...Wreck- it Ralph...which comes out in Cinemas next year 15th February ...I'm so excited and will share our day next week.x




Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Dentyl - Review



As a family who like to look after our teeth and protect teeth from tooth decay...I was more then delighted to review Dentyl mouthwash as it.....Protects your Teeth from dental decay and enamel erosion and is alcohol free..

Dentyl mouthwash Strengthens and protects your teeth from damaging foods and drinks with 
New alcohol free Dentyl Active Enamel Restore.....
It has an fresh mint flavour, and helped freshen my breath this alcohol free mouthwash contains double the fluoride level of other leading mouthwash brands. As a result, this means that Dentyl Active Enamel Restore can:

·         Help to strengthen tooth enamel by replacing lost minerals.
·         Help protect the enamel against acid erosion.
·         Help the enamel become more resistant to acid attack.

Enamel erosion is a significant yet preventable problem in the UK. Today, tooth decay is the third most common reason that children are admitted to hospital and this has risen by 13% over the past five years. More than half (55%) of adults in the UK also have one or more decayed teeth. Enamel erosion is on the increase, and this is partly due to modern day eating and drinking habits. Acid, which is primarily found in soft drinks, sports drinks, juices, wine and acidic foods can cause a chemical loss of minerals to the tooth enamel causing it to erode. 
Research has shown that carbonated drinks can double or triple the incidence of tooth decay. 

Fluoride therefore has an important role to play to help prevent enamel erosion as it hardens the outer layer of teeth, making it more difficult for bacteria to penetrate the enamel. The need for a product containing a good level of fluoride to help to protect teeth has much been needed and so Dentyl Active Enamel Restore was created.

What’s more, thanks to the clever Dentyl Active experts, Dentyl Active Enamel Restore’s unique alcohol free formula means that children can use it to help protect their teeth from enamel decay from as young as 7 years of age, unlike alcohol containing mouthwashes, which cannot be used until the age of 12. Great news for kids especially as the number of children with decay increases by 16% from the age of 8 to 12 years of age. 

Working Action:
Dentyl Active Enamel Restore Icy Fresh Mint also has the ability to lift and absorb 99.9% of oral bacteria plus debris, such as food particles, bacteria and plaque from the mouth. Like the rest of the Dentyl Active range, it is an innovative mouthwash formula with a distinctive working action. The advanced alcohol free formula consists of two stages, a water-based phase incorporating a special antibacterial agent (Cetylpyridinium Chloride - CPC), and an oil-based solution with natural essential oils, that has to be shaken well before use.

This shaking action combines the two mouthwash phases and creates a dynamic solution which is much more powerful than the two individual parts. The bacteria and debris adhere to the mouthwash solution and when it is rinsed out you can see the bacteria, food debris and other deposits on the teeth removed and highlighted as small, brightly coloured masses in the sink, proving that Dentyl Active really works.  And thanks to the special antibacterial ingredient (CPC) in Dentyl Active, it also helps stop bacteria from working  

absolutely love this mouthwash the fact that its alcohol free and is suitable for all the family...and you can see that is has actually worked...this will be on my shopping list from now.



Family Life


No one said is was going to be easy...but like most women I always craved for a family of my very own...and yes thank God...I have been blessed to have one...the laughs... giggles... tears... and tantrums and that just me...

As rewarding family life is.... its also extremely demanding...but would I change if for the world...
No Way....Like most mothers...we often look at our own childhoods and always want a little better for our own family...for me it's always been about good bonds and communication..I love you... is a word used on a regular basis in my house amongst  us all.

Often with another necessary word.....No...of course followed by reasoning ...when the kids are attempting to push boundaries...

So here are my Top Tips for an Almost Peaceful and Contended  Family Life

1- House Rules....have a list of rules...so you all know what's acceptable and what is not...

2 - Communication - Talk..Talk..Talk and Listen and share your day...ask your children/spouse about their day ..good communication = happy family

3 - Share responsibilities of the home - Encourage your children understand the importance to helping and contributing to the home - OK... I don't mean big daily cores but responsibility for there actions...making bed...tidying room and generally helping out.

4 - Enjoy each others company - ignore the negative things and praise the positive- that's for all....husband/wife including.

5 -Meal Times -as often as possible have a family meal together.

6 - Family time - watch a movie... go out together..link in and share an activity together and give opportunities for you children to choose activity.

7 - Couple nights... its important to keep you relationship with your spouse alive...one to one time together to build bonds..share experiences and come together.Even if its a cosy night on the sofa together watching a film.

8 - Never argue with your spouse in front of the kids...if your children do see you bickering... its important that you explain to your children that you were having a disagreement and everything is sorted - children thrive on stability so keep differences at bay..... there's always a time and a place.

9 - Encourage siblings to share and respect each other it's important to maintain positive bonds.

10 - Compromise - family life changes all the time...its important to be flexible to meet each others changing needs.


Reading Eggs


Myself and my two boys have been lucky enough to be part of an extended trail of Reading Eggs - which is a unique online reading program that supports you child's reading needs  at their individual reading level....Reading Eggs program  focuses on core curriculum Reading of Phonics and sight words and is designed by professional  experienced team of Teachers and developers....for children aged between 4 to 11 years old.
Reading eggs is animated and fun, with fab characters and games that will enhance and build on your child reading level...

When you first sign up your child your will take an assessment....to see assess their reading level, once that is complete your child will begin their individual lessons. (Each child will have there own assessment and reading level designated to their individual needs on their personal profile)


My boys are only a few weeks into the trail and are absolutely loving it...they are having fun and learning at the same time which is fab...They are Constantly asking to go on the computer and complete their levels...
I have had to assist them at times when they have got stuck, which I'm more then happy to do.

As a parent I'm extremely excited about Reading Eggs..anything that can be fun whilst helping my children develop there reading skills has to have a Big Thumbs Up.....from us all.
I have also downloaded the Reading Eggs I phone app so my boys can have fun and learn on the go.

You can sign up here...Trail reading eggs for two weeks...and see what you think.....
http://readingeggs.co.uk/
Reading eggs also has some wonderful Phone apps for Sight Words and Spelling
http://readingeggs.co.uk/apps

Making Memories

Impromptu Visit to Local Coffee Shop
It's funny as a mother.... And like most mothers.... I think it's extremely important to build and make memories for my children...it doesn't have to be extravagant....although very nice...but it's the small things to me that matter..

Those everyday occurrences or one off out of the ordinary things like going to the park.... hugs and cuddles...snuggling up watching a film... and off the cuff..unplanned visits to a local restaurant for lunch.

As a family.... who often so caught up in the goings on of the Day...Work...School....Clubs...Home Life there's can be very little time...that's why as a family we think its important to build bonds and create FAMILY TIME... as much as we can...after all...life is so short and I can already see my babies growing and changing...I hope and pray they will look back on our memories as a strong foundation of family life and emotional support for their future.

As a child growing up some of my fondest memories were the little things... going to the seaside... playing games with my mum and siblings....and it's funny how a smell or a feeling can take you right back to those fondest of memories of childhood.

I often capture our moments and memories in a picture... so we can look back and share our memories in the future and years to come. Its so nice when we all can chat about special moments and remember the past.

Brotherly Love

Memories are so important they remind us fondest moments in our life... x

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