Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sunday Morning Vibes

Sunday morning lay ins are still non existence in this house.
Instead we're all up by 7 (at the latest) and greeted by an array of superheroes / animals.
As the boys pretty much fall out of bed and into a costume.

These boys would live in costumes 24/7 if they had it there way!

Breakfast is always finished by 8 and I'm left with the aftermath to clean up.
Which always resembles a bomb site, how they can make so much mess just from four bowls of cereal is beyond me.

But before the bomb squad sets up, a big cup of coffee always comes first.


What are your Sunday mornings like?


Photalife

Friday, 17 March 2017

Mummy Time // Mulberry Retreat Heacham

Back before February half term my mum was coming up to spend some time with us and she decided to book us two into the local spa.
unfortunately due to Oscar being admitted to hospital we were unable to attend.

So my mother being the lovely lady that she is, left a nice deposit behind the desk and told me to book in when everything had calmed down and I had a spare day to go and be pampered.

Wednesday was that day.
A few weeks of terrible meltdowns and next to no sleep, I think I was over due being pampered.


I booked myself in for an Aroma Blend, Refine & Firm Massage.

A completely new approach to massage and body sculpting. This highly effective body shaping ritual is completely bespoke to you and your needs. Your body will feel recharged and your emotions balanced.

I also booked to have my eyebrows shaped and tidied.

But before I had any treatments I took full advantage of my child free day and spent an hour in their thermal spa.
Where I enjoyed the hot tub, sauna and steam room!



The thermal spa was lovely, I was the only one in there so I could fully relax and enjoy the silence!
I did take my book with me, but I actually preferred just sitting with my eye closed and having my mind completely blank.

It was pure bliss!
I was worried I was going to feel a bit like billy no mates, but I can see myself going along again.


My massage was something else, it was relaxing yet vigorous.
I dont think I've been pulled and push like that ever before during a massage, but I felt 10,000 x better afterwards that I did before.


I finished my trip with an eyebrow tidy, which was very much needed.
They were starting to resemble a very hairy caterpillar.


I'm starting to thinking that a mini spa days are going to be essential!
Because after all looking after 4 very wild and crazy boys certainly does wear you out.

How do you treat yourself?


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Reaping The Benefits Of Outdoor Play.

When it comes to outdoor play I pretty much enforce it (in a nice way) on the boys.
They all have so much energy, that there really isn't a better way than getting rid of it by being in the great outdoors.
Wether that be out in the garden, on a woodland walk, down by the beach or at the local park!



My most wild child is Ru, and every time he goes out the benefits of outdoor play are so clear to see.
He's happier, he's speaks more, he's confident and he takes a keen interest in what the other boys are doing around him.

Compared to when he's stuck indoors all day.
Where meltdowns are more likely to happen and less play is done.

Even his nursery teachers tell me the difference in him once he's been outside is amazing.
He is lucky enough to go to a little nursery right in the middle of the woods, just down from Sandringham.
When they aren't out in the woods, they are encouraged to go into the garden and play on the outdoor play equipment.



The twins have always been outdoor boys and love nothing more than playing at in the park.
Running around and throwing themselves down the slide.

After their first day at their new school, they came running out with huge grins on their faces to tell me all about the cool playground equipment they had.

The equipment is was built like a castle and has all these different walls to climb over and under.
The fun they can have whilst playing on it is endless!

At their previous school there was nothing like that, so for them to be so pleased over something that should be common in most schools, made me think why do some schools not promote being active?

 independent research commissioned by ESP and carried out by Liverpool John Moores University, we discovered that the average amount of physical activity taking place during PE lessons was remarkably low. The report demonstrated that “68% of a child’s PE lesson is spent stationary”

That to me is unacceptable and makes me think no wonder 1 in 3 children are overweight!

The schools should play a part in keeping children active as well as the parents!



When the boys aren't in the garden wrestling each other or playing football, I love taking them up to the woods for a bear hunt and tree climbing.
They usually return home covered in mud but they are always smiling!

Not only does it do them the world of good, it helps me clear my head specially if they've been bickering most of the morning.



Outdoor play is also great for encouraging children’s creativity
Away from the constraints and confinement of indoor play, being outside children’s imaginations are often stimulated by the objects around them and they quickly tap into their creativity.

I certainly see a lot more creative play when the boys are outside.
There are less boundaries and that gives them the freedom they need to really challenge their imaginations!



**In collaboration with ESP Play.