Glamping at Somerset Yurts – review ad

*PHOTO HEAVY* Over Father’s Day weekends, we were lucky enough to be invited to stay over at Somerset Yurts in Taunton by Emma and Mark. I was excited from the outset but Ed needed a little more convincing. Having had a couple of less than desirable camping experiences in the past, he wasn’t overly keen on trying again with the kids. However, after a little persuasion and a compromise (we asked if we could stay in one of the two {Read More}

Saving for Your Child’s Higher Education Starts Today

*Collaborative Post* If there is one thing that has secretly played on my mind in the few and far between quieter moments that us mums get to call our own, it’s the rising cost of higher education tuition fees. Seems to me like every time I turn on the news there’s a story about more and more people going into apprenticeships as a result of having been put off from higher education because of the mountain of debt they stand {Read More}

Don’t Panic! Holiday Tips for New Mums

*collaborative post AD* It’s getting to that time when you’ll be thinking about booking your summer holidays, but what if you’ve just had a child or have decided to take your little one away for the first time? It adds a whole new dynamic to your planning and can be a little bit daunting. Where to start? Don’t worry, check out these first-time tips for your next getaway. Safety First There’s no chance you’ll be able to enjoy your trip {Read More}

What’s the perfect age to take kids to Disney World?

We I have been thinking about when to take the children to Walt Disney World, Florida since before they were born! I know it sounds more than just a little odd but I absolutely loved my experience of Disney World when I was a child and I knew that when we had children of our own, I would want to take them too. I want to share the magic I felt with them while they experience the magic themselves. But, {Read More}

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}