Life, Mum

Chocolate Free Easter Egg Fillers

I know it’s only one day.  I know it’s lovely to celebrate as a family and yes, chocolate eggs are traditional at Easter but do we definitely need to be overloading our kids with sugar? I think it’s perfectly okay for children to have a small chocolate Easter egg but why not mix things up a little and do an Easter Egg hunt with different prizes for a change? Continue reading “Chocolate Free Easter Egg Fillers”

baby, Life, Mum, toddler

No More Nappies (an update on developing toilet use habits)

I previously wrote a blog post about how I wasn’t going to potty train my 2 year old and I am now happy to say that our lovely little bundle of fun is not wearing nappies during the day any more. He is 3 and a half years old and due to start school in September shortly after he turns 4 so it does come as a welcome relief.

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dental, Diet, Mum

The Sweet Problem in our Children’s Diet

A new Change4LIfe campaign has been launched in the UK regarding the choice of healthier snacks for children which aims to help combat childhood obesity and reduce the daily intake of sugar.

From a dentists point of view this is great! We really want kids to have less sugar, especially as the number of tooth extractions on children under the age of four is steadily increasing (further info)

So how much sugar is too much?

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2nd Time Around: 10 Things I will do Differently with our New Baby

Our little girl took us by surprise and arrived two weeks earlier than anticipated which meant that I ended up missing my last day of work and starting my maternity leave earlier than expected.  I was going to have a couple of weeks to get myself sorted and prepare for her birth whilst spending as much one on one time as possible with our son.  As so often happens in life, events didn’t quite go to plan so I was left hurriedly buying some newborn sleepsuits on the way to hospital!

Looking back at the time around our son’s birth I feel I learned a lot from the choices I made in the early days, especially during my maternity leave. There are a few things that I would like to approach in a different way this time.

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Life, Mum, toddler

Bluestone Resort: Our Free Range Family Adventure

We booked our trip to Bluestone early in 2017 having heard from some friends about it’s existence and about how good it is for families.  They have returned to Bluestone with their son for the last 3 years and after hearing of their recommendation we decided to book a break in October 2017 which happily coincided with their next stay.

Part of the reason we wanted to go in October was to tie it in with my husbands and my birthdays at the start of October and with Z having another year before starting school we thought we would take advantage of an out of school holiday break.

At the time of booking we didn’t know I would be 34 weeks pregnant when we stayed at the resort.

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baby, Mum, pregnancy

My Downloadable Hospital Bag Checklist

As I’ve now entered the third trimester of my second pregnancy, my thoughts have started to increasingly wander to its inevitable conclusion.  Also, we moved house a week ago and I’ve started to come across some of the items that I plan on taking to hospital for the big occasion as I slowly empty the boxes that have overtaken my living space. As I am one of those people who likes to be prepared and because I don’t want to lose any of my essential items I have started to put them all together in what I suppose will eventually be the bag that tags along with me when I head to hospital to give birth.

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8 Benefits of the Bednest: A Review

*Please note that I am not receiving any monetary compensation/free equipment/anything else in return for writing this review and the links included in this post are not affiliate links. This review is based on my own genuine opinions regarding this piece of baby equipment and has not been endorsed in any way*

We got a Bednest for my son when he was around 2 months old. I wish that I had known about it earlier because I would have definitely used one from birth. In fact, as soon as we got it, I sold the Moses basket!

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dental, Mum, pregnancy

Looking After Your Dental Health During Pregnancy

Looking after your teeth is essential at all times but it is of particular importance when you’re pregnant. Many people blame pregnancy for the deterioration of their gum health, the development of cavities and even the loss of teeth and this may be true, indirectly. It is likely that the increase in dental health problems during and after pregnancy are probably due to a change in oral health habits and diet during pregnancy and therefore is entirely preventable.

Read on to find out how you can prevent your own dental problems from developing as a result of pregnancy.

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Mum, toddler

Should we be more like our toddlers?

I have a 2 year old son who is strong willed, high energy, tenacious and loud. He never walks anywhere but prefers to run everywhere instead. He hates to be restrained and he makes A LOT of noise! He is exhausting!

To many people he is a ‘naughty child.’ He doesn’t listen, he rarely does as he’s asked and he laughs when I raise my voice.

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Top Ten FREE Things To Do with Toddlers

Entertaining an energetic toddler with a short attention span can be quite testing at times so it is useful to have a few ‘failsafes’ in your pocket for when your little one needs entertaining and you’re low on ideas.  Sometimes it’s not possible to get outside, although I am a great believer in ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes’ or money is tight which limits the options available.
I’ve included my top ten for things to do in these circumstances, they may not suit everyone but they work really well for us.

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