Should we invest more in creating new memories?

Memories have the power to make us laugh or cry, to make us smile or worry, to help us make our future decisions but do we invest enough time in this digital age in making new memories? According to the research from Sunlife, making a memory is a complex process that involves acquiring, storing and recalling information. The power memories have over us can be so strong that we actually make decisions based on these memories but sometimes we are {Read More}

What You Never Imagined Having Children Would Look Like

*Collaborative Post* Image Credit If Hollywood has anything to answer for, it’s the unrealistic expectations that it sets upon people for how the Perfect family life should be, but the truth is, that for the vast majority of parents out there, it’s nothing like the perfect family dynamic at all. Though, what is perfect? Here’s the thing, maybe it’s our collective expectations as a society that needs to change. If we look back to our grandparents generation, they never would {Read More}

Why Spelling Tests Are Ineffective (for most!)

As an English teacher myself, you’d think that I would love spelling tests along with any other literacy based homework. But I don’t. I hate spelling tests. I find spelling tests are ineffective and here’s why. For a week, each evening after school we sit and go over the spellings in Isabella’s little red book. I always start by asking her to just try her best so I can see where she’s at before we begin. Inevitably, at just 6-years-old, {Read More}

Guest Post From Hubby: The reason I chose to get a vasectomy at 35

I suppose I was very lucky in some people’s eyes to have the option of getting a vasectomy at a relatively early age. My wife and I had have been blessed with two health kids; a girl and then a boy a few years later. So, once we’d got through the sleepless nights stage with our youngest (and let’s just say that took longer than we ever imagined), the conversations started about whether we wanted another child or not. We {Read More}

Top tips for growing your child’s confidence

Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy, both during their childhood and into adult life. Confidence in children may not seem like a big deal for some, but the more confident your child is, the more likely they are to try new things, take on challenges, and have a successful career later in life. Take a look at these five ways you can help to grow your child’s confidence. View mistakes as crucial for learning Everybody makes {Read More}

Stikets Name Labels : Review

The end of term is approaching and that means only one thing for parents – new school uniform. At some point over the summer holidays you will no doubt be ordering or buying new school uniform for your children because they’ve either outgrown, lost or simply ruined the expensive logo embroidered uniform you have to buy. Sometimes you can’t help having to buy new items, especially as children seem to grow so quickly but if you’re replacing items that have {Read More}

Indoor activities to do with the kids

Yes, I know it’s been warm recently and you probably don’t want to be thinking about indoor activities, but I’ve found over the summer so far that there are still days where being inside is necessary or (don’t hate me for saying this!) you’ve had a little bit too much outside for one day. It’s important to have a backup over the summer, particularly for those times when the weather forecast looks a little uncertain (it is Britain after all!). {Read More}

Why two is enough for me.

I always thought I wanted three children; both my husband and I come from families with three children and three just seemed to be the magic number. However, now I have actually been pregnant, gone through childbirth and have my two beautiful, strong-willed, independent children, I can quite honestly say that two is my magic number.  In a way I think it helps that we have a girl and a boy – that way you don’t second guess and wonder {Read More}

Octonauts Remote Cotrol Gup-K: Review

If you have a fan of Octonauts in your house, the Octonauts Gup K won’t fail to disappoint. The Octonauts Remote Control Gup K is the ultimate swamp utility vehicle and will provide your little adventurer with hours of fun. Used as a standalone toy or as a wider part of the Octonauts set, the remote-controlled Gup K races along with a really simple to use remote control; so simple in face that my 18-month-old can use it. As well {Read More}

Sweet Cherry Publishing: Review – Dr Hedgehog, The Diaries of Robin’s Toys and A Case of Good Manners

Reading is an important activity in our house. Both children (and adults) love reading and I try to foster this love of reading by offering them a wide range of books to choose from. When Sweet Cherry Publishing got in contact to see if I wanted to review any of their books, I was delighted. We were lucky enough to have been sent Dr Hedgehog 3 Book Collection, The Diaries of Robin’s Toys and A Case of Good Manners to {Read More}