Hello, if you missed my last post, make sure you give it a read, but the other day Maisie was trying to search for something on the TiVo and could not type properly using the remote control. We mostly only watch sport on the TV, everything else is on the games console, through Netflix etc. I was so shocked and had to do it for her. She couldn’t work it out! So this got me thinking and I have come up with a list of 5 childhood struggles you had that your kids will never know.
1. Mobile Phones
We all had a Nokia 3310. As discussed in the intro they will never have to send a text using this typing method because modern phones use Qwerty keyboards. They also probably won’t ever have to experience 10p charge per text message …. most contracts and payg phones now have unlimited text deals. Or maybe they won’t even use text at all, just online messaging services.
Does anyone remember the games that used to come on your phone? Snake was the BOMB! How would our little ones survive not being able to download all their favourite apps and games
So in my last post, I mentioned that a good thing to do with the kids is to make frozen paint pops and make paintings with them in the sunshine. This post is going to show you how to quickly make them in 3 simple steps.
You will need:
Ice cube tray
Something to mix the paints in ( I used plastic beakers)
Content/Trigger Warning: this post contains talk about self harm, weight loss and disordered eating, if this is not for you, please do not read on. Also I just want to say, I’m not fat shaming myself or anything like that I am just talking about my personal experiences and what I have been through up until today. I still believe that every body is worthy and will continue to support that.
This is not a post that I thought I was ready to write yet, but yesterday something happened on the internet and I cannot keep it in any longer. I actually had to take myself away from my children and have a little cry yesterday to get all the emotions that I was feeling out. I filmed a ranty video that I was going to post, but I decided to try and articulate my frustration from that video into this post instead.
So it’s a week into the 6 week holidays and the kids are already bored (I wanted to share this last week, but last week was just a write off so here it is) I was making a list for my own personal use the other day about all the free things to do with the kids during our summer holiday and I thought why not share it here for you too! Making lists is something that I do regularly in my day to day life to help me remember things or come up with ideas, whether that be things like this or for stuff for the blog.
Sometimes it’s raining, it can be realy hard to keep the kids entertained in the house, keep them off the electronics or stop them from watching TV all day. Here are 10 free things to do with the kids this summer holiday indoors
Research your family tree – this can be really good and it will teach the kids about your family history
Dress up – kids love this, especially if you get involved. Get out your wedding dress or let them wear your clothes, they seem to love that. Make it into a role play or game.
Bake a cake – most of us have the ingredients lying around. If the kids aren’t about waiting try this Microwave cake!
Board games – board games can be overlooked as an activity, but it’s actually a really great way to pass some time.
Take Photos – Let them lose with the camera and see what they come up with. Print them off and display them too!
Look through photo albums – Maisie loves to look through her baby photos and equally loves laughing at ours!
Have a bubble ball – we picked up a small bubble machine for £3 and it fills the room with bubbles in minutes. Put some music on and have a boogie with your little people. Arthur loves it and runs around crazy.
Cloth nappies are usually a bit bulkier than single use disposable nappies. That can be very off putting for some Mums as it makes clothes shopping a bit of a nightmare. I’m here today to talk about cloth nappy friendly outfits for your little ones and how to get the most out of your little ones wardrobe.
In the newborn stage, vest extenders are a life saver. Your baby is already so tiny so sizing up is not an option, but these handy little things that can be picked up for a few pounds on Amazon. They extend the size of your vest to help them accommodate the size of your cloth nappy.
Being a Mum is by far the hardest job I have ever had. There is something so important about self care to me now, especially when I feel like I’m becoming stressed and short with my little ones. Lockdown has been such a test where normal service has been disrupted. Here are some of my self care tips for mums that you might find useful!
Take time on your own
This is a really important one. I feel like as a Mum, sometimes I feel like I am losing my individual identity. Although I am a parent and that is a big part of who I am, I still like other things that are separate from that. I take time on my own to do my makeup, read or do something creative. If you’re a single Mum, there is nothing wrong with taking an hour and focusing on doing something you like, leaving your kids entertained in front of the TV while you do it.
I’ve always been really into my skincare and I have been masking twice a week for at least the past year. I have tried so many different K-Beauty masks and I thought I would share my favourites with you this week and why I like them in case you are looking to try some for yourself. I do use other K-Beauty products in my skincare routine, but to be honest I thought I would just share my favourite masks today because they can be so beneficial to your skincare routine.
I’m going to talk about my favourite K-Beauty masks by brand, because this is the easiest way to tell you what I like. The K-Beauty world is HUGEEEE there are so many different lines within each brand that I am still discovering new things I like all the time. In this post I have included masks that I re-purchase regularly. These masks basically contain some great active ingredients that you might find in serums or essences so I tend to use them after I have cleansed and toned my face and before I use any of my regular serums. I don’t use an exfoliating acid on the day I use my masks.
I get all my masks from Mask House, they are a small shop I think and they do have a physical store in Newcastle. I order mine online and they always arrive quickly and nicely packaged. You can sign up for an account and then get money off as you collect points on your purchases. I also have a referral link** here, which will get you 15% off on purchases over £30 I think, plus I will get 500 points to my account if you do this.
I love these PACKage masks, the designs are so cute and three of my favourites have a cute message on the actual mask. These are the four different ones pictured:
So I touched on this lightly in my post all about cloth nappies, you can read that here, but I wanted to do a completely separate post on ways to reduce plastic waste.
We have all see horrific photos of our seas and wildlife being swamped and harmed by plastic pollution. It’s really heartbreaking but doing at least something is better than doing nothing, this post is going to be about the ways to reduce plastic waste that I think are really easy as a starting point, without having too much of a disruption on your daily life. I realise that sometimes it’s not possible for others. Some things aren’t possible for me due to my local councils recycling initiative, which by the way is THE WORST for the amount of plastics they recycle in the whole of my county …. but that’s another story!
Here are my tips ….
Household and personal care
Although not all of these are single use plastic, they still contribute to the wider problem and choosing a non plastic version of something is still better than a plastic one.
Use re-useable straws
Buy eco friendly cleaning supplies. Using scourers and things like this in your home helps reduce your plastic waste drastically.
Replace your regular plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one
Re-use plastic cleaning bottles for AS long as you can. Once it is empty fill it with something else
Try to only buy makeup/cosmetics when you NEED them. Look for glass bottles without pumps so you can recycle easily.
Try reusable makeup wipes, sanitary towels and baby wipes
Shampoo and conditioning bars and solid soaps rather than bottles of shower gel
I now wrap all my presents in brown paper and tie them with twine, I have done this for about 4 years and people love it.