Tuesday, 27 June 2017

3 Steps Towards That Once In A Lifetime Family Holiday

As a parent, you may find that you don't spend as much quality time with your kids as you would like. This is not for want of trying - but all too often, life just gets in the way, and family life becomes driven by routine. 
Shaking up that routine, however, can be a huge benefit for both parent and child alike. Modern families operate very differently to the way they did thirty or forty years ago - the notion of eating dinner together has vanished from a huge proportion of households, and the rise of technology has meant that young children are spending less time outside and more time in front of a screen. 

Parents also spend more time working, commuting and ferrying their kids around - and even Mum deserves a break too! That's why a big family holiday can be the best way to reconnect with your kids among the madness of everyday life. 
It is also something on many people's bucket lists: to take their kids away on a once in a lifetime trip that they'll remember forever. 
But pulling off such an excursion is easier said than done. There's a lot of money involved, and you want to make sure you pick somewhere that appeals to everyone (something that's quite hard if you have kids of different ages). 
However, if have faith in your planning abilities and you're dead set on giving your children the holiday they always dreamed of, here are a few ways to bring that dream to life.



Get your finances in order

There's no shying away from the fact that ANY family holiday costs a lot of money. But if you want to do something special next year, you'll need to start rethinking the way in which you handle your finances. 
The first thing to consider is where the bulk of the money is going to come from. You may already have a tasty savings pot, or perhaps you were fortunate enough to come into some inheritance a few years ago. If this isn't the case, however, you may need to get a little more inventive. 
One such way you can access the money required to fund such a trip is by looking into home owner loans.
Unlike other loans (questionable payday lenders, we're looking at you!), a home owner loan is secured against your property, making it altogether more reliable.
A lot of people use their home owner loan to see their kids through university or to reinvest back into the house, but there's nothing to stop you putting some of the funds towards a vacation either.

Pick something suitable

Trying to find a holiday that means everybody's requirements can be a pretty complex process. Your youngest might want nothing more than to go to Disneyworld, but you know full well that your eldest would sulk the whole time if your holiday revolved around talking animals and princesses. In this instance, you may want to try and meet in the middle; for example, booking a vacation to America and traveling through South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. 
That way, you can visit Disneyworld for those who are interested, but your whole vacation doesn't revolve around it. Don't be afraid to think outside the box, either. 
Africa may not be the go-to option for family vacations, but it boasts some surprisingly beautiful beach resorts, and taking your kids on safari is something they'll never forget.





Set some rules in place before you leave

Holidays are all about having fun and relaxing. 
So, the last thing you want is for your children to be fighting the whole time you are there, or for there to be a sour atmosphere in the air. 
This type of behavior can have a knock-on effect on the whole holiday, which in turn can leave a bad taste in everyone's mouths. When you start planning the excursion, sit your children down and explain that you will only be going on the trip if they promise to show good behaviour.

Making efforts to change any bad behavior before jetting off will help you feel calmer about the whole thing. Also, make sure you are prepared to deal with all the eventualities that traveling with kids can bring. A screaming child on an airplane is no fun for anyone, least of all the parent of said child! So bring plenty of onboard entertainment to keep them occupied throughout the journey. 
Laying down the ground rules and being prepared simply means you will have more chance to sit back and enjoy your well-deserved break.





*Collaborative Post.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Hiding From The Sun With Fuzzy-Felt.

Last week was sooo hot that we often found ourselves hiding away indoors.
During one of our hide out sessions we decided to open up the Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt pack that we were sent from John Adams


Inside the box you get,
Over 70 assorted felt shapes,
Ideas Leaflet
Felt play board.


Ru loves Paw Patrol and he needed no instructions on what to do with the felt pieces, he instantly started making pictures with the different pieces.



He really enjoyed making different pictures and showing me the end results.

The felt shapes stick nicely to the play board and they're is a nice selection of different pieces to choose from.



Ru spent a good half an hour making up different scenes and chatting away to himself whilst he did so.
Making up little scenes and playing with the Paw Patrol team.


It was the perfect activity to keep Ru entertained whilst we kept him in from the sun for a bit.
The twins have also had a play with it and both enjoyed it as much as Ru did.

We've never had a Fuzzy-Felt toy before, but I certainly will be buying more when looking for Christmas or birthday presents.


Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt is suitable for children aged 3-6yrs.
Fuzzy-Felt is one of Britains best loved toys!
You can buy this Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt from amazon for £12.99.





Weekend Vibes..

It wasn't a weekend filled with excitement but I thought I would share what we got up too.

With Jon's back still healing we are very limited to what we can do, as he isn't allowed to be in a car or walk too far, but we tried to make it as fun for the boys as we could.

Saturday

We put up our new framed posters in the lounge, we recently had a re-jig in the lounge and are trying to put our own stamp on it rather than have it looking like it came out of the Next catalogue.

So both Jon and I picked one of our favourite films and found a poster ....
Mine is My Neighbour Totoro and Jon's is The Goonies.

The lounge is really becoming how we both want it to look.
One of the best things about the lounge is that there are no toys in there!


The twins had a party to attend in the afternoon, so I took them off and left Jon with Ru and Noah.
The party was over the road at the lavender farm, so before we went into the play barn I got the boys to take a picture next to the rows of lavender and of course they couldn't pose nicely, they both had to dab...


I also managed to get a quick snap of a bumblebee as we headed off towards the barn.
I'm going to have to go back with my camera and see if I can capture some better pictures.


The boys had a nice time at the party and were both ready for bed by the time we got back home.
They ate their cake and goodies from their party bag whilst the rest of us had dinner.
Once the boys were all in bed I cracked on with my cross stitch as I was determined to finish it before we settled down to watch Dr Who.



Sunday.

After the morning tidy up, I sat down with the boys and we had a bit of a Lego session.
They had been given a couple of sets for their birthday and Rupert found my Wonder Woman set that has been sat on my bedside table forever.






We then sat down and played a few games which I had been sent, but you'll find out about those in another post.

Sam came over and kept Noah entertained and the twins and Ru sat down to watch Goosebumps, one of their favourite films at the moment.

When they weren't playing games with me or in their rooms they were in the garden on their bikes.

Whilst the boys were busy in the garden I decided that I would put up all my cross stitch projects up on the kitchen wall....


It's a work in progress as I have more kits in the post.
I'm really enjoying my new hobby.

Once dinner was finished and Sam had gone home we sat down and did some homework with the boys.

As you can see it wasn't really that exciting but the boys all had fun just chilling and playing.