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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Joy Of Sleep: Simple Tips For Sleep-Deprived Parents

For many parents, nothing is more of a challenge than trying to muddle through the day on a serious lack of sleep. Even if you’re blessed with children who sleep through from an early age, it can be rare to get through a week without at least a few disruptions. It can also be all too easy to get used to a lack of sleep, which makes adapting to a ‘normal’ routine tricky. If you’re a parent craving a good night’s sleep, here are simple tips to try.

Adopt your own routine
As a parent, you’re probably used to routines, but they usually involve your kids. You probably focus all your attention on trying to get your little ones into a regime and don’t think twice about your own. The truth is that sleep routines aren’t just for kids. Your body has a clock, and if you can get used to a pattern that suits you, this will be hugely beneficial for your health and wellbeing. If you’re one of those parents who finds themselves drifting off on the sofa in front of the TV, start going to bed earlier, and be as regimented with your regime as you are with your children’s. You can use a sleep tracking app or simply just work out how much sleep you need, and adapt your timetable accordingly. Try and stick to these times, even if you do get a rare opportunity to enjoy a lie-in.

Make your bedroom inviting and relaxing
Has your bedroom become a second playroom? Is it more of a noisy meeting place than a serene retreat? Many kids like to hang out in their parent’s bedrooms, but try and make this a tranquil place, where you can get some respite after a long day. Socialise with your children in their bedrooms or play together in the kitchen. By all means, have the kids in with you in the morning for cuddles, but try to keep this a relaxing space, especially in the evenings. If you’re fed up of perching on the edge of the bed while the kids sprawl out or you find it hard to get comfortable at night, have a look at some mattresses on websites like John Ryan by Design or take a trip to a showroom and try some different options for size. Make the room more cosy with lamps, cushions, and throws, and try and avoid bringing tablets and phones into your room. Ideally, you want to feel relaxed and calm the moment you walk through the door.

Switch off
This is easier said than done when you’re a parent, but it’s so important. Once the children have gone to bed, do something you find relaxing and enjoyable for an hour or so before you head up to your room. Run a bath, read a magazine or put some music on. Do some sewing, call a friend for a catch-up and chill out in front of the TV.

Parenting presents many challenges, including trying to power through the day on limited sleep. If you’re a tired parent, hopefully, you’ll find these tips handy.

**This is a collaborative post.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Daddy's Boy

Does your child have a favourite?
Oscar certainly does!

When telling him I love him, his response is 'I love Daddy'.
It is like he can only love one if us, so Daddy is his choice and nothing will sway him.
Even when I tell him its ok to love both of us, he still responds with I love daddy.
Even if I'm comforting him, he will still sob into my chest that he loves daddy.

When the twins were younger they each picked a grandparent from my side and Jon's side and said that was their granny.
They have only recently just figured out that both my mum and Jon's mums are their grannies and that's ok!
They can have two and they no longer have to pick which one is theirs.

Is it a twin thing?
Do they only think they can have one parent, maybe they don't fancy sharing their special people?

Even though its like a slap in the face every night come bedtime I stay strong and respond with and Daddy loves you too.
There's not much more I think I can do, other than take it on the chin and hope he gets over it and realises its ok to love the both of us.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Want To Kick Start Your Day? Then These Tips Can Help

If we are honest, the way we start our day can affect the rest of it. Get up on the wrong side of the bed, and you are heading for a disaster of a day. However, no matter how busy you say your mornings are, or how stressed you feel, it is possible for things to go smoothly. It all starts with how you kick start your day. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the tops tips to ensure you get your day off to a great start.


When the alarm goes off, get up

Are you one of those people who constantly hits the snooze button on your alarm? You are not the only one who does it. However, there are some real negative effects to doing this. Sure, you get that extra five minutes in bed, but is it worth it? Every time you snooze you alarm you doze back off into a blissful sleep, for what seems like seconds, then you are abruptly woken once more. If you are not a morning person anyway, why would you want to repeat the whole “wake up” process several times in one go? When it is put it like that, you may as well just get up the moment you are woken. You will feel much better for it.

Stretch as you wake up

As you start to come round and sit up, it’s important to ensure you do some stretches. It will help start to wake your body up. Stretch your arms, your chest and move your head gently. Once you are up, stretch up as high as you can. Doing this can wake up our mind and also releases any stress or tension built up in your muscles during your sleep.


Avoid your phone

Many people wake up and reach for your phone, but this isn't the most productive way to start your day. Avoiding social media gives you time to come around and focus on your day ahead. It’s important not to be distracted by what everyone else is doing.

Be organised

Getting up and dressed is tough enough, but when children are involved, and you have The School Run to do, it can get quite hectic. So it is essential to be organised. If you want to shower try and do this the night before. If you have lunches to make up then prepare in advance. Do any little thing that can save you those precious moments in the morning the night before. It allows you to focus on the job in hand first thing. Like getting the children to brush their teeth or put on their uniform.

Work on your positive affirmations

Many of us can wake up with that dread of the day ahead. But again the negative focus can have a huge impact on your day. Try and wake up and think positively. Even telling yourself how awesome the day is going to be. Make your morning about positivity and see what kind of knock on effect it can have. You will be surprised.

Don’t skip breakfast

Finally, we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but yet we still somehow skip it. Try and ensure you have something first thing. It can keep you full throughout the morning and ensure your concentration levels stay where they should be. Plus it’s great for your metabolism, and even losing weight. Who knew?

I hope these tips help you kick start your day in the right way.  

**Collaborative Post

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Getting Messy In The Kitchen With Vivid Toy's Real Baking Sets

Stained Glassed Biscuits!

I used to bake all the time when it was just me and Noah, but then when the twins came along I thought it was too messy and there was too many of them (children) and not enough of me.
I didn't want the mess.

When I did bake, I always usually end up buying one of the character cake mixes,
1 because I think they appeal to the kids more and
2 because I think its easier and less hassle.

When in fact, the kids don't really care about the character, they just want to have the fun of baking up something yummy with you and the pre done cake mixes really aren't  as fun, as they take next no time at all.
They also always end up tasting rather naff.

Baking should be about having fun and getting messy.
Baking from scratch really isn't that hard and it doesn't take that much effort to do.
You always have 100x more fun too.

We were recently sent the Vivid Toys new baking range

As Noah and the twins are now back at school I thought I'd have some one on one baking fun with Ru.
He loves getting messy so I knew he'd be game.

I picked out the Cookie Kit and searched the web for a recipe.
I came across a Mary Berry one -

What You Need:

175g Softened butter,
100g caster sugar,
225g plain flour,
20 boiled sweets.

How to make the biscuits:

Preheat the over to 160*C
Line two baking sheets with non stick paper,
Mix the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth,
Add the flour and use your hands to make the dough,
Sprinkle flour on the work surface and using a rolling pin roll out the dough until its around 1cm thick.
Cut out your shapes and place on the baking trays.

Smash the boiled sweets with a rolling pin and sprinkle into the middle of the biscuits.
Place in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes.

Take out the oven and leave to cool!

The Cookie kit, came with pretty much everything we needed minus the ingredients.

We had plenty of cutters to choose from and there's even a handy dough guide, so you can roll out the dough to the perfect thickness.
The rolling pin was easy enough for Ru to use with a little guidance.

It was great fun getting messy with Rupert and our biscuits turned out great!
I love how pretty they looked when I held them up to the window!
Something we will be making again.

They'd make lovely Christmas gifts for the grandparents.

You can buy the Vivid Toy Real Baking Cookie Kit from amazon for £14.99

Coming up - Twin Bake Off