Chloe’s Baby Shower

Woman and her pregnant daughter in the garden at a baby shower with baby related decorations around the main picture

On July 7th I threw Chloe a baby shower. I had very little time to prep and plan and I was on a low budget, but I think that it went well. I planned for an afternoon shower, 2pm – 6pm. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves which was the main thing. It was especially difficult for me as I had never even been to a baby shower before let alone host one! This is where Pinterest is so handy!  The[Read more]

Meet the blogging mummy: Anna

guest post

As part of The Big Mummy Blog Share this week I am featuring a fellow mummy blogger! Meet Anna Parker from Travel with Penelope and Parker. She is a mummy blogger from Winchester. When did you start your blog? About 5 or 6 years ago, I started and established it as a travel blog. Why did you decide to start blogging? We travelled a lot and people kept asking me for recommendations and such like, so I started a travel[Read more]

Why you should encourage your young child to swim

Baby swimming under the water

Learning to swim Every parent wants to help their child with the skills that will take them through life safely and confidently. Being able to swim should definitely be on the list. Having swimming lessons from a young age means that your child should know what to do if they ever find themselves unexpectedly out of their depth in water; it’s also a fun hobby that will help them to learn new skills, make friends and develop stamina. Finally, it[Read more]

Have an organised start to the day

Mornings can be chaotic, especially when you have children to contend with as well! I am not a morning person so I knew that I needed to take action to help my mornings run more smoothly. There were many occasions in the past when I would be up late, not be able to find things that we needed and I would be dressing the girls and find that they had stains on their outfits or the outfit I wanted to[Read more]

My top ten best lunch boxes

With the children back to school in September here in the UK, many parents will be shopping for school supplies so here are my top 10 of the best lunch boxes available from Amazon.    Affiliate links are at the bottom of the page and cost you no extra, but help to keep my blog going.          1) Sistema Lunch Slimline Quaddie, 1.5 L – Blue/Green I love this as it is great value and I really like[Read more]

Christmas first aid kit.

Every year I make up a Christmas first aid kit which is basically a box containing everything I think that we will need in case of any minor illness or injury over the Christmas period so that I do not have to be running around to buy things should we fall unwell. The contents of this box need to be tailored to your family, but to give you an idea I have listed the contents of our Christmas first aid kit below.[Read more]

Summer record sheets.

This is an idea I had when my older two girls were little and we have done it ever since and it’s so simple to do! Every summer holiday I get a sheet of plain A4 paper and write on the top ‘Summer record sheet’. I then draw a line for them to write in the date and then I get them to write about their day, high lighting things that they have particularly enjoyed. I get them to draw[Read more]

Do you ever surprise your children?

Yesterday we surprised the children when they got home from school with a trip to the seaside. It was so lovely to see their faces when they realised that instead of our usual routine of homework and chores that we were instead going out for some family fun and the whole surprising the kids is something that I do like to do now and again.                                               I know that on the whole children need routine and structure and to be[Read more]

Bedtime antics!

How do you get your kids to go to bed at night is a question that I have often been asked over the years and the main answer to that question is consistency!! I know that you are probably thinking that you’ve heard that before, but I think that when you are experiencing problems getting your child to bed you can often feel overwhelmed and add that to tiredness and stress and it can often be hard to look at things[Read more]