Guest Post – 5 party planning basics for a kids birthday party

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Planning an all-adults party may already seem like a daunting task, but wait until you find yourself setting up a children’s birthday party. Unlike a regular soiree, there are just so many factors to consider when putting together a birthday party for kids. Choosing a theme, setting up an age-appropriate menu, keeping things intact when kids get into a ruckus—the list goes on!

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The best types of investment for your family

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I think deep down we all know that materialistic gratification can only last so long as new things will lose their shine and we will lose our interest. Never was a truer word said when it comes to kids and new ‘stuff’. There are some things we shouldn’t spend so much money on and instead of buying items that will eventually be obsolete, spending it on something that will make lasting memories is far more valuable.

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Fun ways to teach your child about nature

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Children have wild imaginations and they also love to be able to learn more about the world and everything that lives within it. As a parent you have a great chance to teach your child about nature and the beauty of the planet from a young age to help them be more caring and considerate as they grow older in the years to come.

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One door closes; Muddling through Motherhood, Baby to pre-school years

I’ve sloped off gradually from blogging over the last few months in a bid to focus more on self care, achieving other life goals and just, well, living away from a laptop a little more. However I knew the day would come when I couldn’t not write this blog post. more “One door closes; Muddling through Motherhood, Baby to pre-school years”

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The Rollercoaster Ride of Parenting: Good, Bad and Ugly

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As you look back on your time as a parent you are presented with a whole host of different ups and downs. The rollercoaster ride that happened from day one, and that’s still happening now takes you on quite a journey. There has been laughter, tears, upset, heartache and smiles, as you watch your little ones grow up.

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The Adventures of Dangermouse; Bonding over baking

There’s no doubt about it that this Autumn has seen a real shift in the dynamic of our household. With the Mouse having started a new five mornings pre school in September, and most of her friends starting school, our cold and often wet weather afternoons have all too often resulted in ‘chilling out’ indoors. Which I can’t lie, is often two hours spent cuddled up with the Mouse happily watching kids TV  or playing with her toys and telling me to go away. more “The Adventures of Dangermouse; Bonding over baking”

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A different story – Primary school applications for siblings

Just a few weeks back sidelining at gym club I overheard a couple of Mums discussing primary school open days. Frantically discussing pros and cons, like and dislikes, Ofstead reports and catchment areas. It immediately transported me back to the autumn of 2015, when I was in a muddled mess trying to work out what the hell to pick as our three primary school choices for our eldest daughter. more “A different story – Primary school applications for siblings”

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Sideliner Siblings

With each day that passes in our hectic lives it’s all too easy to overlook how things are changing at a rate of knots. Days turn to weeks, weeks to months and months to years, with a seamless transition through the phases of having a young family. And then, every now and again something stops you in your tracks and makes you look back at how far you’ve come.  more “Sideliner Siblings”

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The Benefits of Encouraging Your Child to Play Outdoors by Buying Them a Scooter

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I don’t need to remind you of the constant battle us mums have in trying to get their kids to put down their games consoles and head outdoors.

It’s hard work.

However, that doesn’t make me any less aware of the importance of trying to get the kids to embrace outdoor living in one form or another. more “The Benefits of Encouraging Your Child to Play Outdoors by Buying Them a Scooter”

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Little White Lies of Parenting…the blogger edition

Back in January 2017 I hit publish on a post…“The little white lies of parenthood”. It’s occurred to me that as I’ve continued on my journey of raising girls, I’ve raised a few more urban myths along the way.

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