Showing posts with label #familylife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #familylife. Show all posts

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Should You Get Your Child Christened?

Having your child christened is something that a lot of parents decide to do without really knowing why. 
It is one of those traditions that people follow because they think it’s expected, even if they don’t necessarily believe in the religious aspect of the whole process.
For some parents, it’s not a difficult decision to make; if you’re strongly religious then you’ll likely want your children baptised but if you are not as strict with your religious beliefs then it might be a bit more difficult to decide whether you want to go through with it or not.
If you’re struggling to make a decision, here are a few things to consider.

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It Doesn’t Have To Be Religious

One of the main things that puts people off having their baby christened is the fact that they aren’t religious.
It seems odd to officially induct your new child into a religion that you don’t follow yourself. However, the religious aspect is only one part of it. 
In general, a christening is a way to officially name the child and celebrate their birth with your friends and family. 
Lots of people these days are opting to have what is called a naming day instead. All of the celebrations are still there, but without any of the religious elements. 
So you can still have a big party and get lots of great christening presents from places like Saffron Bells. That way you can still enjoy the process without feeling strange about it. It will also be a lot cheaper because you have more choice over the venue, rather than being limited to an expensive church.

The Child Doesn’t Have A Choice

Perhaps the biggest reason to decide against a religious christening is the fact that the child doesn’t get a say in the matter. Deciding on a religion is a very big choice to make. It isn’t just as simple as getting christened. 
When you choose to follow a religion, you are making serious decisions about your lifestyle that will affect you forever. 
If you have your child christened, they may feel as though they are being pushed in a certain direction and that unnecessary pressure may cause tension. As they get older, if they decide that they don’t want to follow a religion, they could end up resenting you for having them christened because they have that label even though they aren’t religious.

It Can Help With Schooling

It’s a sad reality, but finding good school places these days often takes some pretty drastic measures. 
It isn’t uncommon for people to move house to be nearer to a good school and improve their chances of getting in.
Religious schools are often some of the best ones out there, but they have strict rules about who can and can’t get in. 
Most of the time your child will need to be christened before they’re even considered so it might be worth having it done, if only for completely practical reasons.
Some parents feel uneasy about this because they feel like it devalues the whole thing, but if you can put those concerns aside, it can really give your child a head start in life.  

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

4 Tips To Prevent A Small Living Room From Feeling Cluttered

The living room is often the most-used room in the house. It’s where you bond as a family, sitting down to enjoy one another’s company after a long day separated by work and school. 
Even if you don’t have the biggest space available to you, it’s still a central and important focal point of your home.

While living rooms tend to be on the larger side when compared to the rest of the house, they might not always feel like they have all the space that you - and your family - need. 
One of the biggest reasons for this is that there is a tendency among most families to overstuff their living room, creating a cluttered look in what should be a calm and reasoned sanctuary from the world.


If that’s something you want to avoid, then look no further than these valuable tips to stop the clutter piling up…


#1 - Limit Decorative Touches

If you’ve only got a small space available to you, then it’s important that you don’t overfill the room with decorative touches and knick-knacks
Lovely as these pieces are, they can quickly result in the feeling that the room is closer than it actually is, crossing into the living space.

If you do want to have lots of nice decorative pieces, from the modern trends to timeless pieces like those you can discover when you visit this website and take a look at the delights on offer, then keep the decor on the walls. 
Space on shelves and bookcases can help create the illusion of space even where there is none, so don’t stock them too high with decorative goods.

#2 - Pull Furniture From The Walls

For an instant visual trick that makes your room look bigger, pull the furniture from the walls by an inch or so. This is particularly effective if you choose furniture that is not solid, but shows the space beneath it, creating a roomier effect. Definitely one to keep in mind the next time you’re furniture shopping.

#3 - Use Blinds, Not Curtains

Curtains can be wonderful at adding texture to a room, but also take up more space than you really want to be giving away in a small room.
Use blinds instead, which fit into the recess of the window and don’t intrude onto the interior of the room. This might sound like such a small change, but if you try it then you will be surprised just how big of a difference it can make.

#4 - Use Tricks With Paint

The idea of an accent or feature wall is nothing new in home design, but there’s a trick you can use that makes it even better. 
Paint the wall farthest from the door in a white, or very light colour. All of the other walls should be a shade or two - at the very least - darker. This helps to create a feeling of continued light spreading through the room and lasting onwards - making the space look far bigger and, as a result, far less cluttered.


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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

What's Been Going On With The Mini Beasts.....

I've been away longer than I thought and said I would which lead me to questioned myself if blogging was what I really wanted to be doing.
It all seemed to be turning into a bit of a chore.

I'm still undecided but I wanted to come back and do the reviews that I have outstanding, as they are really cool and try and do more personal posts to see if I can get back into the swing of it.

In this post I'm going share how I'm getting on after the miscarriage and what the boys have been up too.
It's a bit of a heavy photo post but I know some of you guys like that!


My parents came to visit after they got back from South America and they bought the boys these awesome lama hats. 
The twins are now desperate for it to become cold so they can wear them to school.

Whilst my parents were here we had a big storm with thunder and lightning and the boys all went crazy for it and started dancing around in the rain and waiting for the lightning bolts to flash up in the sky.


Noah went off on his first holiday without me, and spent the half term in sunny Portugal with his Auntie Jenni and Uncle Ben.
He had a great time away and hardly missed us at all.


We have started taking Ru to parent and toddler swimming and he seems to be really enjoying it. 
I thought it would just be parents and toddlers just enjoying the pool without other people in it, but its  like a little swimming lesson and helps babies and toddlers get used to being in the water.
Ru has always been a bit iffy when it comes to the pool but he really enjoyed his first class.
We will be going back next Monday for another one.


Whilst Noah was away in Portugal we tried to make sure we did some fun things with the twins and Ru.
On the days that Ru was in nursery we took the twins to the arcades on the beach front and gave them  £5 each. Oscar and I both hit the jackpot on one of the ticket machines and each won 100 tickets and Alex took a liking to the 2p machines.

In the end we managed to win over 600 tickets and the boys each picked 3 things from the prize shop.
Afterwards we got some chips and ate them on the beach front.



We popped down the road to the Animal Gardens and the boys enjoyed running around the maze finding all the stamps they needed to collect in order to win a badge.
We had great fun until Ru decided it would be a good idea to kick sand into my eye.


With all the lovely weather we've been having we decided it would be a great idea to buy the boys a paddling pool.
We found this one on amazon and the boys were very impressed with it.


It's ridiculously cold in there and the boys can only really manage to stay in for 10 minutes before there lips turn blue.
I don't mind it too much, but I can sit down in it and the water comes up to my chin, where as the boys are too small to be able to sit down in it with their heads above water.
Hopefully when its summer, the sun will be able to heat the pool up just a tad so its more enjoyable for them.
If not it will be a summer of going over to Nana & Gramps house to use their heated pool.


The twins have just had their 5th birthday.
We gave them their presents early, so they could learn to ride the bikes before they had a sponsored trundle at school (the day after their birthday.)


They loved their full faced helmets that Nana & Gramps bought them and they took to their bikes like pros.
Alex took right off zooming around the garden and Oscar tried to peddle backwards for the first 10 minutes but then it clicked.


After a few days of riding round the garden we took them out to ride around the house, Ru went on his balance bike and both Jon and I had trouble keeping up with them.



Another big thing happened recently ...... Rupert had his first ever proper haircut and this was the end result.


He was so good and did everything the barber told him to do, it took nearly half an hour to chop all his hair off but he didn't once moan or want to get down.
I didn't plan for his curls to be all cut off but he could hardly see and was itching his head a lot so I decided I would just go for it and I am in love with it.
He looks even cuter than he did before.
We kept it long on the top, as we didn't want to take his wildness away too much, we still wanted him to look like Ru and I'm very pleased the barber actually listened instead of doing his own thing.
Ru likes his new hair too, and tells everyone all about it.


I'm started to feel like I have myself back together, I kinda lost it a little after the miscarriage and just felt like I couldn't be bothered with anything or anyone.

My body had failed me, and that just made me fall to pieces.
I am a mum, making babies is what I do. If I couldn't do that what really was the point.

I let the boys homework slide, I was angry and I was a total a mess.
Jon and I argued. 
Mainly I shouted at him then at the boys for just being them.

Having the break from social media and the blog I was able to spend time being the mum I should be to the boys and have enjoyed just being with them and taking in the love that they give me everyday and not asking them to pose for all different sort of pictures.
It was nice to be natural and not to have to put on some sort of a show.

I have got our routine back in order and their homework is back on track.
Noah is proving to me that he is further ahead than his school think and the twins are doing amazingly well with their reading and writing.

Ru is going to be attending the schools nursery full time from September, so I have started to look for work.
 I'm ready for a new challenge and I'm ready to get back into the work environment.
I have been doing the mum role for nearly 10 years now and I feel I need to step into a new challenge and push myself to be the very best at another thing. 
It's time for me now and I always said once the boys were all in full time school and happy that, that would be the time for me to start working.

I have sent my CV out to a few companies so fingers crossed I hear something back sooner or later.

I am happy to be back putting some love into the blog and I'm enjoying sharing pictures on Instagram again.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Don't Throw Your Kids In The Deep End Of Finances


How do you handle money issues with your kids? 
Do you give them responsibilities with their own money. Or, do you provide them with everything and one day, chuck them in the deep end of financial independence. 

It seems almost logical to suggest the best way is to start them off early and let their independence grow. So, what steps should you be taking? 
 Pocket Money There are plenty of parents who disregard the idea of pocket money. 

Oh, they’re just going to spend it on silly things. But that is that is essentially the point. Eventually, they’ll stop spending small amounts on silly, meaningless, cheap items and save for something they really want. 

Essentially, by giving your child pocket money, you can show them the importance of budgeting and saving at a very early age. Independence You also want to think about giving your children a little independence with any money they save. If they want to buy something you know is a waste of money, consider letting them purchase it anyway. 

Let them learn from their own mistakes rather than protecting them. Again, it’s a learning curve about how they use their finances. Proper Savings Finally, you might want to think about setting them up with their own bank account. 
Doing this, they’ll feel like you trust them and will take pride in their independence. Thus they will not spend frivolously and that’s exactly what you want. 
You can read more about children and finances in the infographic below.
 
Infographic credit: Cash Float

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Our Easter Weekend In Photo's

With having spent the first two weeks of the boys Easter holidays stuck indoors thanks to the chicken pox, it was lovely to get out for the Easter Weekend.

We went to Jon's parents for a nice lunch and an egg hunt.
Jon's sister and her family came too, so it was nice to spend the day with all the family.


Jon's mum had been super busy organising two egg hunts. 
One for the twins and Ru and one for Sam and Noah.



The younger boys had to run around the middle part of the garden hunting out 8 plastic eggs, then once they had them all they had to piece together the puzzle which was inside the eggs which would then point them in the right direction of their eggs!






Then the older two had a quiz sheet which lead them to different points all over the garden.
They then ended up with a bunch of random letters, which they had to put into a word.
Luckily for them Jon gave the answer away and they didn't have to work their brains too hard!



After the eggs were demolished the boys all went in the pool and hot tub!
Hard life or what?!?!


The boys are little water babies and really enjoy splashing around.




Even Ru loved hopping around in the hot tub!


After all the hot tub fun we then had an amazing dinner and a few glasses of wine.

Our Monday was spent heading into Kings Lynn to get my eyes tested.
Which resulted in me having to order new glasses.


What did you guys get up to over the Easter Weekend.




Monday, 6 March 2017

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Our Weekly Meal Plan.

I'm getting back into meal planning after a few weeks of being rather unorganised.
So I thought I would share with you whats on the menu....




Monday
Chicken & Bacon with Pasta in a homemade tomato pasta sauce.
Tuesday
 A mild Chilli and Rice, with green veg on the side.
Wednesday
 Sausages, Mash and peas ( a dinner that Noah hates, but I still keep trying).
Thursday 
 D.I.Y Pizzas,  a fun dinner that the boys all love doing and eating.
Friday
 Meatballs and Spaghetti.
Saturday
 Spanish Chicken with sweet peppers.
Sunday
 Roast Dinner.

I always find that when I do a meal plan, the boys have more of a varied diet and aren't constantly eating spaghetti Bolognese.

They are always up for trying new things minus Rupert, so when ever I cook up something they haven't had, they usually tend to gobble it all up!

It's always encouraging when they ask for seconds, and it pushes me on to cook up more interesting things for them.

I'm also trying to get the boys to snack more healthily, they love their fruit and veg but having biscuits and crisps in easy to reach places they always tend to reach for them.
So with this weeks shop I've bought more snacking veg and fruit and will put the non healthy snacks somewhere its not so easy for them to reach.


What are you having for dinners this week?



Sunday, 19 February 2017

Feeding The Ducks


Today we decided to test the waters and see how Oscar handled going out for the first time in a few days.
It's back to school tomorrow and we still aren't 100% sure if he's well enough to go back.


A trip to feed the ducks and a play in the park seemed like a perfect way to test the waters.

After we spent the morning breaking up our stale bread we dropped Noah off at Sam's (withdrawal symptoms had kicked in) and we headed off to the duck pond.

The ducks here are really friendly and as soon as you step out the car they are heading towards you to see what you have bought them.




The boys loved watched them gobble up the bread, I'm sure Ru wanted to try and stroke some of them at one point.











Once the bread was gone, we sat and watched them for a little bit longer and then headed off to the park, which is just around the corner from the duck pond.










They all had fun and Oscar handled it well, though he's taken himself off to the quiet room to have a lay down, so we shall see how tomorrow goes!


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