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

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Great Things To Do With The Kids This Spring For Free

Whenever spring rolls around, parents will start to look for different things to do that will get their kids outdoors. You could take advantage of the nicer weather by planning out a day trip as a family, or you could have the kids out in the garden simply burning off some extra energy.
However, there can be times when it may get a big pricey to occupy the kids.

With the average cost of raising a child from age 13 through age 19 being thousands of pounds, it is easy to understand that the top ares for spending will circulate around the holidays and different recreational travel activities. There is even more spent on this area than there is on personal tech items.

What are some of the best things that you can do with your children each spring without having to spend any money?

Look For Free Kids Day Out Events In Your Area

Wherever you live, you will find that there are plenty of great, free things that you can do with your kids if you are able to search carefully. The internet will always be your friend and a quick search like looking for 'free activities in' and your area will bring up a wealth of great resources that you can use. For example, a quick search on some of the free things that there are to do in Yorkshire brought up a great guide on the different free kids days out all around Yorkshire. This is a very handy tool that you can use to find stuff to do for free where you life.

Museums That Are Free And Family Friendly

A museum is always a nice way of educating both yourself and your children, while also being entertained. You will find some incredible free museums all around the UK that are well worth investigating. As a matter of fact, some of these are the best free attractions for families anywhere around. If you are lucky enough, you may find one or more free museums that are near you where you can take a full day to make plenty of memories with your children that will last for a lifetime. If you have not taken the time to visit these, you simply must plan a day out. The different museums that we recommend include:

·       Natural History Museum, London
·       The Science Museum, London
·       Tate Modern, London
·       National Portrait Gallery, London
·       The Royal Armouries, Leeds
·       The National Media Museum, Bradford
·       Victoria & Albert Museum, London
·       The National Railway Museum, York
·       The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

There are a number of smaller museums all throughout the UK that may be free, especially those that are taken care of by a local authority. Many museums like these will have activities that are child-friendly during the school holidays. It will be worth it to keep an eye on the websites for the museums to see what events are scheduled. The free museums and the different free things that you can do with the kids will make for a wonderful option on any rainy spring day.

Another smart tip for getting a good deal of value from the family budget is to enjoy a picnic whenever you can. Many of the free family attractions will make money by selling food and drinks to customers. However, if you are allowed to take your own food items, you should. The food and drinks available in family attractions can be very expensive, so even just bringing your own drinks and a couple of snacks can save you money.

Freebie Sites For Crafts

There are many free stuff sites on the internet like that offer kids freebies including arts & crafts like the Toucon box which will entertain your kids for hours.

Hit The Garden

Spring can be a wonderful time to show your children all about gardening. Even younger children will be able to help with watering, repotting different plants, and weeding. Older kids can prune plants or dig over some of the vegetable and flower beds.

Gardening is a great way to show your kids the link between land and what will go on the dinner plate, making for a wonderful activity that may not be completely free, but could pay for itself in what you end up producing. You will also see that the child who may not eat greens now, could find a bit of an appetite for the items that they were able to help grow in the garden.

To save money, you could be able to get some free seeds and plants in a number of places. Signing up for newsletters from different gardening companies will give you news on deals that you can really take advantage of. You could look for groups for seed swaps that take place in your local area, with Facebook being a nice place to start.

Visit The Park

Nicer weather will mean getting out and getting reacquainted with your local parks.
The more awareness that there is around the different benefits that come from outdoor exercise brings about more investments to develop and grow the parks. Improved playing areas, better playgrounds and new equipment for outdoor recreation are all available that you can enjoy with your children for free.

You can easily find a lot of wonderful things to do with children in your local parks. Think about padding in a pool, feeding the dugs, kicking a ball around or cycling for a while on the paths. There are even downloads that you can use to check off the different free nature trails, or look for nature scavenger hunts to tackle with the kids.

Are you looking to do something that is high energy?
 If so, think about checking out Parkrun. This is a timed, free 5k run that takes place on Saturday mornings all around the UK in public parks. Many of the races will welcome juniors for either the main run or with a junior version.
Remember, these are completely free!

When you have budding team players sprouting up in your family, think about going with Tennis For Free, which is a community based organization running free tennis sessions for families all throughout the UK in different parks.

Be Active At Home

You never have to go very far to find great things to do with your kids in spring. Free fun to enjoy at home may include:

·       Stargazing with a blanket at night
·       Camping with a tent in the yard
·       Tackling different science experiments, with ideas available on The Royal Institution
·       Having a teddy bear picnic in your garden
·       Having your kids create their own pizzas for lunch
·       Picking up recyclables and making a space rocket

You will see that there are a number of free things that you can do in the spring, you simply have to look. Some of these free events may not be promoted all too heavily, so it will be worth signing up for different newsletters and email alerts 

*This is a guest post.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Making The Best Room For The Kids!

Your kids, they are everything to you. From their grumpy faces in the morning on the school run, right through to night-time when you tuck them in. There's no love like that effortless love you have for your children.

Our kids rely on us so much - think about it, where would they even be without good parents? They can't work, buy food, in some cases they can barely clean up after themselves! As a parent, you've got to do it all and sometimes that can be a thankless task - but you do it anyway.

In terms of the home, it's a safe space for our families. It's a place where they can foster skills, grow knowledge, have fun and escape from the world that is flying by outside. That obviously goes for the kids as well. Interior design is a heavy consideration - much like our kids, we want the best for our home as well! We want it to be the perfect place for us, it's ours, and we are paying a lot of money to have it - so why not? The dream of a good home preoccupies the mind of many an adult, and once you've unlocked the door to your new home, your mind can go wild with possibilities. The truth is, investing in the design of your home can be quite rewarding - the money you put into it could very well increase the value of the home, which is obviously a massive benefit.

But before you run ahead with your delusions of a wine cellar or what have you, spare a thought for your children. Obviously, if you can consider a wine cellar, it's likely that your children will want for nothing - but no matter your income, it's good to equip the kids with a bedroom or playroom that can allow them a safe space in your big, wide house.

So, when you think about creating a room for your children, whether it's a bedroom or a room where the toys are stored, there are a bunch of key considerations you must take on board.

The first thing you need to consider? 
Well - your kids do grow up - that does happen. This means that you might want to curb some of your grand designs if your kids are approaching the ages of 9 or 10 as the room will only last them a maximum of three years before their needs change. If you've got younger kids, you can really go wild with your imagination as you'll get a good six or seven years out of a well-designed room. The needs of the children are going to change, so keep that in mind at all times otherwise, you'll be wasting a lot of time and money.  If you design the room around the age of your offspring, you'll keep many problems at bay.

If your kids are growing up, a study space is of incredible importance. Between 10 and 18, they are going to be doing some serious learning, and a place to work is going to be needed through these years of school and college when the homework load increases. It also gives a great bay for a laptop computer to be stored. It's much better if your kids can work sitting upright than sprawled out on the bed; obviously, you can't boss them about in that manner, but you can certainly give them the option to study on a desk. What should a study space consist of? Well, the basics could be a desk and a chair - that's it. 
You could go wild with the desk - say for example that your child loves comic books, why not buy some old Marvel or DC issues (depending on their preference, of course) and lacquer them over the desk with some varnish to create a unique piece of furniture out of what could be a cheap desk. Also, ensure the space is lit well, your young bookworm will endure some eye strain if not. A book case is also an excellent idea for a study space; it gives your young one a place to store their study materials along with their favourite books. Giving your kids access to a well-stocked bookcase can open up their minds to new ideas and amazing stories. It can never not be a bad investment, put it that way. With the study space, you are giving your kids a place to foster and concentrate on achieving their dreams and goals, no matter if they are the next big artist or the next mindblowing scientist.

It goes without saying, but a good bed should be the focus of any childrens bedroom furniture you choose to furnish a bedroom. Sleep is underrated and is so very important to the development of our little monsters, look at the below from the NHS if you are unsure:

'Evidence shows that nighttime sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise for children to develop. Those who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight or obese. This is because they tend to crave and eat sugary or starchy food during the day to give them the energy to stay awake. The key to how much is enough sleep is whether a child gets up fairly easily in the morning is alert and happy for most of the day and is not grumpy. Younger children who are persistently sleep-deprived seem irritable and overactive, seek constant stimulation and don’t concentrate well. Such symptoms can be mistaken for mild ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).'

The amount of sleep your child needs depends on their age, and it varies from 11-hours down to 9 hours. That all being said, the bed is crucial. Now, it might seem obvious to have a bed, but this bed needs to be inviting, warm and soft as it needs to carry them through the night right through into the next day of mischief. Some good quality blankets are a good idea as well to keep your child snuggled up nice and warm. It's amazing how a bed is so key to the development and health of our children, so take the purchase of a good bed seriously.

Storage is absolutely key for a children's room. They have so many toys and little gadgets that it can be hard to keep up - even when you are the one who paid out your hard-earned cash for them! Storage under the bed is always a good idea, but include a wardrobe of sorts and a few drawers so when it does get messy, all these toys scattered around have a place to call home when the time comes to put them away. Give your kids some options when it comes to storage and teach them some organisational skills.

You'd be making a huge mistake if you don't choose to reinforce your walls. Sometimes, our kids might not realise their own strength, and when they are chucking bags about and being a bit naughty, some damage can be expected.
Wall panelling is a good option for a playroom, or even a bedroom when the playtime gets a bit hectic. It's better being safe than sorry when a hole appears...

In terms of lighting, fairy lights are an amazing idea as they transform from cute to stylish as your child ages. They are not as brilliantly bright as some lamps so they have a lower chance of disrupting your child's sleep and LED lights are cool to the touch so that we don't have any burnt little fingers.

The decoration of the room is where you can go crazy with your imagination. There are some amazing designs on the internet for kid's rooms, ranging from floating tree-houses, to pirate ships. They are some more minimalist options as well if you don't have the time to construct Noah's Ark in the room of your little ones as well. Take the time and plan it out.

A word of warning, though. It's far too easy to become wrapped up in our own creative process as adults and end up leaving the kids out. We are building their room! The input of your children needs to be the focus of this, not an afterthought. This room is for your children, and they will be the people occupying it, not you. Now, it may be your house, but you need to allow your kids to lead the design process here. Let them choose what they want the room to look like so you can follow their demands and design the room of their dreams. Of course, you wouldn't expect them to lead the process on another renovation, would you? 
Think of them and let their needs power the design.

It can be a lot of work, but a room full of love for your kids can go a long way, just don't forget them when the time comes to build it!

Friday, 16 December 2016

Keeping Those Pesky Nits At Bay With Kit & Coco

Nits aren't the thing you look forward to your child bringing home from school, but it does happen and its not the worst thing that could happen!

So far my boys haven't had nits but I know its only a matter of time before it happens.
We keep getting the warning letters from school and I keep an eye on their heads.

We were recently sent the full range of Kit & Coco treatment and protect range.

Launched earlier this year, Kit & Coco’s haircare is enriched with coconut oil which is naturally hydrating, nourishing and soothing. 
When massaged in, it both strengthens hair fibers and soothes irritations of the scalp, leaving hair even softer and shinier than before. 
But that’s not all! Coconut oil has a bonus quality: it is an active participant in the treatment of head lice!

I love the packaging, its fun and fresh. 
Nothing to clinical here!
When the boys saw it, they had no idea what it was for but wanted to try it out straight away.
Seeing as we haven't had nits yet we haven't used the treatments but the boys all love me combing their hair with the nit comb!

The products are made with coconut oil - is there nothing that magical oil can't solve!?
No Insecticides, parabens, alcohol or silicone are use.

First up is Kit & Coco Protective Mousse
Which helps keep nits at bay!
This mousse helps keep your little one protected for up to 24hrs!
I've used this on the boys (minus ru, as its not suited for under 3s) and they all loved me using it on them!
A bottle of this costs £10.75 for 75ml

Handy to have incase the pesky nits decide to visit again, or you have a large family like myself!
This pack will cost £10.75
The pack consists of 4 treatments!
Can be used on children from as young as 6 months!

The kit contains 4 treatments
a nit comb,
an applicator brush,
a protective shower cap,
and a very cool surprise!

The boys love the nit comb, so when it comes to treating nits I know they will have no issue with me combing this through their hair!

The pack will cost you £15.75.

Last but not least 

Spray the formula on hair and on the hairband or any fabric (T-shirts, shirt collars, hats, scarves...) to keep head lice at bay!
I can't really see the boys taking to using the hairband, but I know I will!
This bottle costs £10.75 for 75ml

I'm ready for you nits, come and get us!!!!

Jamie Webb, founder of KIT & COCO has some helpful tips to keep those Nits at bay......

How to PROTECT little heads

1.       Keep long hair tied up
Head lice don’t have wings, nor can they fly or hop from head to head.  The only way head lice can be passed on is through head to head contact; whether this is during playground games, selfies, sharing hairbrushes, or even when two hats or scarves touch on the communal coat rack.  Even when detached from the hair, the critters can live between 12 – 24 hours. Keeping your little one’s hair tied up in a ponytail, plait or bun is a great start to preventing head lice. 

2.       Use a protective spray or mousse
Free from alcohol, parabens, silicone and insecticides, KIT & COCO’s gentle protective mousse and spray provide 24 hour protection against lice.  Perfect for school time or sleepovers, families can opt for the mousse or hair spray with a fashionable head band to ensure hydration and protection. 

HOW TO FREE little heads from lice and nits

1.       Identify the critters
Although itching is the first symptom, only 30% of children are aware of an infestation so it’s worth carrying out a full hair inspection under good lighting on a regular basis.  Nits (the eggs) and head lice especially like the nape of the neck and behind the ears as these are the warmest parts of the head.  Nits are easier to spot than lice, which are speedy little critters and the best way to make a correct diagnosis is by using KIT & COCO’s ultra-efficient fine toothed comb! 

2.       Act fast
Lice can produce around 10 eggs a day which take around seven days to hatch so one small problem can escalate into a larger issue very quickly!  Our KIT COCO complete treatment kit includes everything you need to combat head lice and nits from treatment shampoo to a gentle ergonomic nit comb, applicator brush, protective shower cap as well as surprise treat for little ones! 
Here at KIT & COCO, we’ve harnessed the unique qualities of coconut oil and rich botanic oil to deliver gentle yet effective prevention and treatment for head lice and nits.  As head lice are constantly adapting to create a resistance to Pediculicides (chemical based insecticides), KIT COCO has utilised plant based active ingredients – to totally eliminate head lice and nits (eggs) through asphyxiation, which head lice simply can’t develop any resistance to.  The treatment range utilises the fatty acids from coconut oil to clog the respiratory system of head lice to banish those little pests for good.  
Our 45-minute treatment is proven to be 100% effective against lice and nits, find out more here:
The KIT COCO range is available to buy online at KIT & COCO, Amazon and  independent pharmacies nationwide

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Stocking Filler Ideas From Smiggle

I love my stationary and always love receiving more on Christmas Day.
Noah has developed a love for stationary since seeing my collection and getting annoyed when I won't share.

He love's his drawing and has probably now got a bigger gel pen collection than I do!

The guys over at Smiggle have sent us over some goodies to share with you guys, just incase you have some stationary mad relatives!

First up is this very cool Scented Party Hardtop Smiggle pencil case.
Which has an RRP of £15.00
Perfect for any pen hoarder and Smuggle lover.
The scented pencil case is a sure has the wow factor that you want when going back into school with a new thing to show off!

This Rainbow Flower Alphabet keyring comes in different letters, so you can find one to suit the person!
This can either go on a set of keys, or your Childs backpack / book bag.
Very reasonable at £4.50

I love the retro design, and I know this would have been a must have if this was around when I was younger.
This is now hanging on my car keys.

Last but not least another retro item....
This colour changing mini rocket lamp.

Ru took a liking to this as soon as he spotted it and since then its been pretty tricky to get it back from him!
You can buy it in 4 different colours, black, pink, purple or blue.

This is available in stores nationwide and will soon be back up online.

Smiggle is one of my go to shops come Christmas or birthday time as I know I'm going to find something fun and cool that will really hit the spot.
They don't just stock stationary, you can find anything from lava lamps to back packs in their shops.
Pretty much something for everyone and every age!