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Budget Halloween Ideas

Budget Halloween Ideas October 18th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

My daughter announced last year that she likes Halloween more than Christmas. No pressure there! Unfortunately, our budget does not extend as far as I’d like it to. I want to make Halloween extra special for her but it also has to be done a shoestring. Halloween can be an expensive business, especially as it always falls around half term. Costumes, parties, days out and activities all mount up. However, there are ways to make it special without spending a fortune. If you’re also looking for cheap or free Halloween activities, crafts and events then here are some ideas to … Continue reading Budget Halloween Ideas

How to Help Your Friend Through Baby Loss

How to Help Your Friend Through Baby Loss October 11th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

This year, Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place from the 9th to the 15th October. Sadly, one in four mums will suffer miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss at some stage. I am one of them. My second daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with a serious heart defect at my 20 week scan and she passed away only twenty four hours after birth. There are no words to describe the torrent of  grief and emotions we are left with. Our friends and family have been incredibly supportive and I am grateful every day to them for the love they give us. I … Continue reading How to Help Your Friend Through Baby Loss

3 Easy Halloween Crafts

3 Easy Halloween Crafts October 6th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

These three Halloween crafts are cheap and simple to make. Younger children will need help with the cutting aspects of the crafts, it will be better to cut everything out for them before you begin. All the crafts pictured were made by my eight year old daughter with a little help from me!  Halloween Lanterns  You will need: A glass jar Coloured tissue paper Googly eyes Black card Watered down PVA glue Electric tea light To make a pumpkin, cut orange tissue paper into strips and glue it to the jar (ensuring that you cover all of the tissue paper … Continue reading 3 Easy Halloween Crafts

How To Get Your Child To Open Up About Their School Day

How To Get Your Child To Open Up About Their School Day September 27th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

With the new school year now in full swing, many parents find extracting information about the school day from their children an excruciating process. The question ‘how was school today?’ is invariably answered with a ‘fine’, ‘good’ or ‘ok’. It’s often very difficult to get past these one word road blocks. As parents, we want details! We want to know that they had someone to play with, that they felt included, that they had someone to sit with it at lunch, that they understand their lessons and that they are happy. Yet all this information never seems to be volunteered … Continue reading How To Get Your Child To Open Up About Their School Day

It’s Like Living With A Six Year Old

Living with a six year old September 20th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

If you’ve ever seen the 1986 comedy film ‘The Three Amigos’ you’ll be familiar with Steve Martin’s famous line, ‘It’s like living with a six year old.’ When I was younger, my friend Gemma and I used to roll our eyes and say this every time we perceived someone to be behaving immaturely. Mostly, we just said it to each other and always in a stupid American accent. I spoke that line so many times as a teenager but it’s only now, twenty years later, that I actually know what living with a six year old is really like. I … Continue reading It’s Like Living With A Six Year Old

What’s Your Take On Gender Neutral Clothing For Children?

September 13th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

John Lewis’ recent decision to introduce gender neutral children’s clothing has divided the internet.  The store has removed ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ labels from children’s dresses, trousers and other clothes, replacing them with ‘girls and boys’ or ‘boys and girls’. In a statement last week, head of children’s wear at John Lewis, Caroline Bettis, said, ‘We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear.’ Gender stereotypes within children’s clothing has been … Continue reading What’s Your Take On Gender Neutral Clothing For Children?

Back To School Tips: How To Rock The Morning Routine

Back To School Tips: How To Rock The Morning Routine September 4th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

It’s no secret that mornings are often stressful and frustrating times for many parents. With children heading back to school this week, getting the little darlings dressed, ready and packed off to school on time can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help your mornings run as smoothly as possible: Get everything ready the night before Make up packed lunches, iron and hang up clothes and line shoes up by the door the night before. Make sure all school bags and sports bags are packed and ready to go. If you fall into the routine of prepping everything … Continue reading Back To School Tips: How To Rock The Morning Routine

Cooking With Kids: Yummy Pizza Base and Dough Balls

Cooking With Kids: Yummy Pizza Base and Dough Balls August 28th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

Most kids love pizza, but shop bought pizza bases often taste like cardboard. It’s really simple to make your own pizza bases and dough balls – the little people will love getting involved and creating something yummy to eat. My little helper had a great time with this recipe! Ingredients: 350 Strong Plain Flour (for making bread not the normal plain flour you use for cakes, pastry etc) 7g sachet of fast action yeast ½ tsp salt 2 tbsp olive oil 250ml warm water Tools: 1 large bowl 1 large mixing bowl Wooden spoon Cling film   Method:   Making … Continue reading Cooking With Kids: Yummy Pizza Base and Dough Balls

How To Reduce Your Energy Bills

How To Reduce Your Energy Bills August 20th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

As we move towards the end of summer and the days become slightly shorter, it’s inevitable that our minds turn to winter and how our energy bills will creep up. If you worry about how you’re going to manage the bills this winter, here are some tips for reducing the cost: Switch supplier It may sound obvious, but you can save a lot of money by changing energy supplier. Have a look on comparison websites to see how much you could save. Switching to the cheapest supplier could cut your bills by half. Make sure you check out comparison websites regularly … Continue reading How To Reduce Your Energy Bills

Matched Betting

Matched Betting August 13th, 2017 / Administration / 0 comments

This post was contributed by Jodie from Matched Betting Mum Last time I was here I was offering some money making tips to help boost your holiday spending. In that article, I mentioned that one of the best ways was to do matched betting. I’m really grateful to Baby & Children’s Markets for having me back to provide a little more information about what matched betting is. Matched betting doesn’t involve you betting or gambling in the traditional sense. Instead, it’s completely risk free. By following a set process, you place bets which cancel each other out. Therefore, instead of … Continue reading Matched Betting

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