Bluewater has always been a second home to the Muddling through’s, like many other families in Kent and neighbouring counties, and never more so than at this time of year. With a wealth of shops and restaurants it’s the ideal place to tackle all your Christmas to do list under one roof. But, this year we added Bluewater to our Christmas traditions list with just one thing on our agenda; to spend quality time as a family enjoying the build up to the festive season. Something that perhaps can get a little lost amidst ALL of the stuff that needs to be done. more “Family Festive Fun at Bluewater Ice Skating this Christmas”
Avid readers of my blog (ha ha who am I kidding) may remember back in the spring we were sent a couple of Baby Born toys for the girls to review. Now, I can’t lie and tell you honestly that all the freebie toys become much loved parts of the muddling through family, BUT I have to report that Trixie and Noah (as they are now known) were THE TOYS of 2018 in our household. more “New Threads for Trixie and Noah @zapfcreationuk Baby Born dolls clothes review and Baby Born Soft touch doll #Giveaway”
As soon as Halloween strikes midnight and the trick or treat sweets have been scoffed (or hidden in our excessive case) it would seem it’s all systems go for folk to start declaring their organisation, or lack of, for the big C. Yes there may only be two pay days to go, and Christmas is officially ‘next month’, but I, like (hopefully) most of you, haven’t yet bought a single Christmas present. more “Nobody Panic, it’s only Christmas – Home inspired Christmas gift guide”
Despite being a summer girl through and through, I have no shame in admitting that this time of year brings out a totally different side to me. One who loves to get all of the blankets, onesies and slippers out by dusk; candles lit and mood lighting twinkling. Saturday nights are all about a big family meal followed by Strictly and popcorn, and there is something so lovely about cosying up as a family in the warmth while the cold weather sets in out in the darkness. more “Snuggle Up Season with CoolClobber #Review #DiscountCode”
Emmeline Pankhurst would be spinning in her grave as I reveal that in our home, the lions share of the cooking falls under my watch. Despite a few attempts for us to spread the load, the fact is that logistically, it’s all too easy for the responsibility of putting food on the table to lie with me. more “Your turn to cook… ft @thaitasteuk easy Thai Curry Kits”
Like most kids, our daughters have been obsessed with The Greatest Showman since they first laid eyes on it. Needless to say, I knew they would jump at the chance to see a real live circus, in an actual big top with breath taking stunts, hilarious clowns, and a whole dose of #DontTryThisAtHome. more “ROLL UP ROLL UP @ThePaulosCircus comes to town”
Cruises were once associated with the older crowd, but they are becoming increasingly popular with all ages; more and more families are starting to discover the benefits of taking a cruise over a standard beach holiday. So, why are cruises more popular now than ever before and what kind of entertainment can you expect to enjoy on board? more “Going on a Cruise with the family”
Children are curious and inquisitive; they can’t simply wait to learn about everything in this world around them. If you have kids, you’ll have noticed their ability to start shooting questions at you about anything that slightly catches their attention. The best way to satisfy their curiosity is to let them play with educational toys from a young age, to allow their mental agility grow with them as they develop into budding little learners. more “Why should parents buy sustainable toys? Featuring Everearth toys”
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”
Like any set of tired parents, Dad Muddling Through and I relish the occasional grown up night out, free from the wants and needs of our gorgeous, but somewhat demanding daughters. One of our favourite occasional nights out these days is a curry and escape room – a fun night out which is less about getting mortal and hitting the clubs, but brings a giggle and a bit of action (pardon the pun) around our evening. I guess nights out look a little different these days, and it’s more about enjoying a change of scene, something different, and sharing different experiences together (which don’t always revolve around being Mum and Dad). more “WHODUNNIT? Everything you need to know about #CrimeSceneLive at The Natural History Museum @NHM_London”