Monday, 18 March 2019

The Fire (in the mind): Igniting our childrens' desire to learn

While fun with the family is a great way for us all to bond, if we are constantly spending time with our children, enjoying ourselves, we might feel a little bit guilty that when not helping them more to learn. After all, we’re so busy in life the last thing on our mind would be to help our children learn! But it's an important part of their developments, especially if they don't like school. But the trick is all about igniting the desire to learn, rather than forcing it upon them. What are the best ways to do this?

Finding Their Passions
It might very well be the case that your children haven't found their passion yet. We all have individual hobbies and interests, and it's these things that we naturally pay more attention to. And it may be as simple as this! If your children haven't found their passions, then it's hardly surprising they’re not really paying attention to anything! And it's your responsibility to find something for them to pay attention to, and this means providing as many different experiences as possible. It's not just about doing the same things all of the time, instead, give them a diverse set of experiences to draw from. Take them to a kids farm on the weekend, or maybe to a museum, but mix it up with quality time with the family. After all, variety is the spice of life.

Making Them Learn “By Accident”
And if there's something that they have to learn, such as in school, but they can't connect with the subject matter, sometimes a change of environment helps. But what also helps is making them not think about the fact that they have to learn something. This is where memory techniques like mnemonics or turning something into a song has great benefit. There are so many great courses online in which to improve your memory, but they always boil down to the fundamental fact that if you're not engaged with a subject, then that is why they're not taking anything on board.

Encourage Them
And with all of the best will in the world, if we're not encouraging them in the right direction, then we won't see any results. It's a very delicate balance. We have to encourage our children, but we can't force them to do something. In many ways, this starts early on in life. But we have to respect our children's limitations. We can do anything we put our mind to it, but as we get older, we, as parents and people, become limited by our own lack of belief. Encouraging them is a delicate art. But we have to respect their boundaries. If they are struggling with something, we can help them as much as we can, but if we are limited in Pythagoras and complex mathematical terms, we'll have to find some way to help them learn the information.

After all, our children don't always want to learn, but if we can find a way for them to have an interest in a certain subject, this could bleed through into other aspects of their education. As such, it's about variety, but also understanding that learning and going to school isn't a dull and boring thing.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

10 Steps for Feeding Babies aged 0-12Mths

Although my babies are no longer in this age range, i can still remember all our feeding routines from the early days right through to the fussy toddler days. My youngest is now 5 yrs old, i remember everything about his dreadful feeding habits because he was the only breastfed baby out of all 3! I remember having long discussions with other breast feeding parents and even healthcare professionals about breastfeeding and how excited i was to try it with my last baby as i never really fancied it with the others. I watched other mums feed their babies, it looked so easy so i didn't doubt it for a second!

Then i had my beautiful baby boy, he was perfect. Shortly after his birth i tried breastfeeding, it went really well, just as i had planned.... for the first few feeds!!!
Then my baby decided not to latch properly, he struggled to feed and it got so painful so quickly! Midwives suggested he had tongue tie and would need to have the skin under his tongue snipped to make feeding much easier, so after a week or so we went ahead with it. I really thought it would make a difference but sadly it didn't. My boy still wasn't very good at latching on and i was losing patients. Bottle feeding was so much easier for both of us, so after 7 weeks of breast feeding struggles I decided to bottle feed only. I never looked back! This is what worked for us and my baby was content, he slept good and i was no longer in agony!

I know a lot of mothers keep up breastfeeding way past 6 months! Some have no struggles at all. I tried my best but it wasn't for me! I feel sorry for young mothers today who may feel pressured into breastfeeding, breast isn't always best, it definitely wasn't in my case.
We all want our children's feeding experiences to be positive ones but it doesn't always work out how we would have liked. Today i've been looking at these 10 easy steps for feeding babies aged 0-12 months and i think it's definitely worth a read for new parents who may be a little concerned by their babies eating habits, or lack of eating! It's SO difficult to know if our children are getting the right amount of vitamins, iron and everything needed to keep their little bodies fit and well. I found this information really useful and i only wish it was around back when my children were very little!

Friday, 6 July 2018

Hair and Beauty Therapy for busy Mums

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 So, lately i've been thinking about how awful my hair looks. I've always had my Hair long, I love having long hair and i really can't imagine having it short. I don't get much time to look after my hair, i don't use any Hair masks and comb it through after conditioning like you're meant to! I wish i did but i just don't have the time that goes into decent hair care. What i'm now wondering is this. Is it time to lose a few inches of my Hair?!? It doesn't have to be short but it could just be shorter, it could still look really nice, and probably a lot healthier than it does now!

I think the thing holding me back is the time involved in growing your hair long. If i did get it cut shorter and i really missed having long hair i would be in for quite a wait while it's growing back!

I have been reassuring myself that if it comes to that, there is still a chance that  I could have long hair again, without waiting years for it to grow.

I've never had hair extensions before, but there are so many people providing good quality Hair extensions around my town that i know it would be an option i could look into easily.

I also like the idea of having some unusual hair styles such as side Braids and Twist Braids. Some Hair extensions and Wigs bought from stores or online can be pre-styled! Perfect for a mum on a school run every day!
Surprisingly they don't cost even half of what i thought!

After a little internet research i'm definitely feeling a lot more confident about having my hair cut, watch this space!!!

             Thanks for Reading :-)

Monday, 19 June 2017

My behind the scenes visit to Mcdonalds

McDonalds has always been my favourite fast food Take away, and now i'm a mummy to 3 little darlings who just like me, love a good old Maccies!
I've heard all the horror stories about how poor the food quality is, how unclean the restaurant food prep areas are and basically just any old "if you eat it you'll die" crap!!

A few weeks ago I was invited to a Mcdonalds blogger event, to explore behind the scenes and check out all the new food ordering services, and even have a go at making my own Big Mac!
It was kind of like a mini dream come true if i'm honest? I don't attend many blogger events as i'm always so busy with work, my kids, after school dance classes and everything else, but for this event i made sure i was free to attend!

When I arrived at the New George Street  branch in Plymouth,  i was greeted by some lovely and very friendly members of staff. After meeting some other bloggers and a quick introduction, we were then taken around the restaurant to see the new food ordering kiosk and find out exactly how it all works. I didn't know anything about Mcdonalds having table service until this day, I felt really disappointed that my local Mcdonalds doesn't yet offer this!

This kiosk is amazing, so simple to use and just what a busy and quite demented at times mother of 3 needed in her life! Ordering food isn't easy when you have 3 impatient little monsters darlings round your feet, asking you 10,000 questions as you try to remember what they all wanted, what you wanted, who you even are?!

The large touch screen works really well for everyone, even for those with fussy little buggers who want their cheeseburger plain, you can easily request to remove or add sauces. You can add dips, you can even add sides that you may never have known existed! I never knew you could have a side salad with your big Mac meal!

The kiosk can be used by children or disabled customers by a simple click of a button that brings the menu and options lower to the screen. You can pay by card and for a nice easy life you can select the table service option where your food will be brought over to you!

Next we moved to the staff room were we were given an apron, a hat and hair net and our very own name badges before we entered the kitchen area to prepare our own Big Mac!
This is the part I had been waiting for!  We washed our hands and had a look around the kitchen, we even got to check out the walk in freezer!

The kitchen seemed calm and very clean. I was surprised to learn that all the food is made to order, there are no pre-made burgers waiting around to be bought like there used to be. In fact, when food is ordered, it is instantly made up, put down a shoot where it will be collected and bagged up within 45 seconds! Impressive!?

My big mac came out pretty well, I think i might just be naturally talented at burger prep?! :-)

There is so much I didn't know about Mcdonalds. I never knew how fresh the food actually is, I never knew that they use real eggs, and i never knew they were so environmental friendly, zero to landfill at Mcdonalds... who knew?!

I really enjoyed my behind the scenes experience at Mcdonalds and i'm so excited to see the new changes coming to the branches closest to me.

Many thanks to the Team and Dave Wynne, the owner of this and many other franchises.
I had such an enjoyable afternoon meeting new people and seeing how it all works. I was very impressed and loved telling my children all about it, they love playing "mcdonalds cafe" with the hat and apron that i let them have :-)

Find out more about Mcdonalds restaurants here 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

How to find the perfect Gifts for Family

 Have you ever sat down and thought about how many gifts you buy for family members each year? Probably not, who has time to do that?!
With 3 children of my own, a partner and his family, my parents and sister, 3 Nephews and 1 Niece, I feel like i am forever choosing gifts, and it's not easy!

I've never really thought about it until now, I realised when i was buying Easter eggs for mine and Matts family a few weeks ago, that i probably spend quite a bit of time searching for perfect gifts for theirs Birthdays, and then again at Christmas.

I do really enjoy choosing presents for family, but for some people it can be very stressful and difficult to know where to start. Especially if you are the one responsible for searching for the perfect Mother's Day gift or Valentines day gifts as well as Birthday and Christmas presents.
I particularly find it difficult to know what toys to buy for my 3 little nephews, mostly because they already have so many toys and they are always changing their minds about what their favourite characters are.

Here are some suggestions that could make gift choosing a little easier for Birthdays or other special occasions.

Gift Vouchers

Depending on who you are choosing a gift for, obviously it wouldn't be a great choice for a young child, but teens and adults love receiving gift vouchers. It doesn't have to be for a particular shop, maybe a voucher for a restaurant or the cinema. Gift Vouchers can be purchased from your local supermarket, there is usually a lot of choice too! I find my sister very difficult to buy for, i've chosen gift vouchers for her Birthdays many times, once for the cinema, once for a restaurant, and once i even booked to have massages for us both, it was really nice and she loved it!

Online Shopping/Catalogue

There's so much more choice when choosing gifts online, and you can save money! You don't need to pay extra for delivery either, most stores offer a free click and collect service! It's also really useful to pick up Cataloges from different stores, such as Argos. Then you can look though the catalogue for ideas whenever you have a family birthday coming up!


My dad is the hardest person to buy for, and next week he will be celebrating his 70th Birthday! I wanted to get him more than the usual bar of Chocolate and Whisky, so i decided to get him something more "useful" as this is what he always tells me he likes, useful presents!! My dad loves to visit new places so I have decided to pay for a National Trust Membership for him! I'm hoping he will use it a lot and get to see some really lovely places!

Do you enjoy shopping for family birthdays/occasions? How do you come up with ideas? I'd love to hear your thoughts so please comment! :-)