19 May 2015

Plasticine and the joys of box opening

A box arrived last week - a box full of fun plasticine. I had a cheeky look inside - but decided it would be better to get the big boy opening and showing his wares and he sure was happy!! Take a look. Excuse little man who was also trying to get in on the action!!

Plasticine is an awesome product - the fact it does not dry up is a plus for me as dried out old playdoh makes me feel blah. This really holds it shape and allow model making. Thinking I might even pop a pack in the suitcase for our holiday!

You can check out the goodies we got here. The tub is awesome with a great selection of products to play with. And now big boy wants to film himself with more plasticine videos!! The colours are really true and bright - perfect for little hands.

17 May 2015

#magicsquaresplaydates with Petits Filous

I Being a mum is sometimes tough and stressful but taking time out to have fun with your kids is not only important but makes you realise how awesome your kids are.

There are simple things we add fun into out daily lives.

*singing loudly and dancing like a loony. This is fun activity and they really don't mind if you can't carry a tune or your dancing is stuck in the 90s. 

*silly selfie faces. These fancy phones we all carry around mean we are always on hand to record those special moments and I find both my boys love seeing themselves on the front facing camera. 
*getting in the kitchen. Cooking together or creating together is such fun and it can be as simple as buying some cakes or biscuits. Whipping up some icing and some sprinkles and it's all done. It's messy sure and the sugar high is real but it's also fun. 
* pretending to be anything. From turnings box into a space ship or making a fort out of a blanket and some chairs. These take little time but the joy in their faces is priceless. 

* sundae bar. We do this with ice cream but we used the new #magicsquares yoghurts by Petits Filous to create yoghurt sundaes with the vanilla and strawberry yoghurt. The kids then picked blueberries, strawberries, chocolate buttons and sprinkles to complete them. Served in sundae glasses for big kids and bowls for smallers. Happy children

This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous.

13 May 2015

Achievement list.

That's a big word right. Achievement. It's holds lots of weight behind it. It feels important. The Oxford dictionary says its means "A thing done successfully with effortskill, or courage:" that feels big. 

So I ask of you readers. What have you achieved today? What have you done successfully with effort, skill or courage? 

Want to know what I did?

I woke up when my alarm rang at 6am, even though I may have been up in the night with biggest needing a wee or having a coughing fit or just needing to climb into bed for a cuddle or I may have been dealing with the youngest as he is teething or that he felt lonely. I may have slept upside down in my bed or sitting upright on the sofa holding a poorly child in my arms. But when that alarm went off I woke up. I stretched. I did a little yoga. I showered and got dressed for work ahead of the children. I made sure they got dressed ready for school or nursery. I made tea. I dropped off children. I hugged them, told them I loved them and hoped they have a good day. They may have been all smiles about their day ahead or they may have needed that extra squeeze of a hand or kiss on the forehead. I said goodbye and left them in the care of others. 

I successfully delivered my children dressed in clean clothes with mostly clean faces to their childcare places for the day. I achieved this with effort of getting two boys dressed, with skill getting them both out the car and into seat belts through battle of tears and discussions on battle droids. I had courage as I handed over my precious boys to other people to watch over them in my absence as I left them there, without me by their sides. 

And all that was before 8am. 

Not to bad to someone who sometimes believes they achieved nothing today hey?

I attended a training course with work recently, which was all working mums - and it's amazing to listen to them talk. As we all may have different jobs, all parent different, have different combinations of kids in age and gender but our concerns and worries were so similar. It made me think more about me, and the pressures I place on myself. By stepping back and assessing my daily life I am in fact achieving lots. Even if what I'm achieving is simply getting to the end of the day in one piece. 

Now I'm writing this knowing fully well that it is hypocritical as I find it hard to find the achievement in my days when your pulling your hair out, rushed off your feet and you collapse on the sofa. But finding the achievement in each day is important to feeling your day had worth. It was successful. And what each person sees as a successful day will differ from person to person. 

What do I see or feel makes my day or week successful ? That I feel I've achieved something. 

* getting the boys in clean clothes dropped off at their school or nursery without distress or upset. 
* preparing cooking and serving a dinner. They may not always eat everything in their plates but knowing I've offered makes me feel like I've achieved something. 
*making time for each boy on there own. Whether that's a cuddle or sharing a book. Something just me and him at least a few times a week. It's M more tha N. Nat gets a lot of our attention so I try and make important time for M too. 
*making time for hubby and trying at least once a week sitting down at the table together and eating. Without the TV. Chatting making each other laugh or just sharing our day. 
* getting some good photos. This may seem irrelevant to some but capturing and recording our lives is something which is important to me. Managing to get some good shots on my phone is a bonus. Makes looking back at that week a happy thing. 
*being able to read at least a chapter within a week. Just one is successful. Anything more BONUS
*being able to do something creative. Spending a little time on one of my hobbies is important. 
* making a dent or headway in my work and being able to leave on time and knowing I've done the best I can, completed as much as I can and I've been of use while I've been in work. 
*making a time for friends and family. Self explanatory but not the immediate family unit. But more grandparents, aunties, mums and friends. A text a phone call something. 

All of these things above make my weeks feel successful ( as well as the usual housework) and actually more than not I do achieve all of the above. And more. So really I'm not doing to bad. What's on your achievement list? Please do let me know. 

7 May 2015

Review // Play by Dr Amanda Gummer

 I'm a bit of a book addict. All sorts of books. And when this lovely one arrived in our post box I was rather excited - Play by Dr Amanda Gummer. A book which talks you through how you can use play with your children to help them develop and grow. 

The book is split into chapters by ages taking you through the key milestones and developmental stages. It offers advice and information on what those stages are and outlines how important play is at all these stages. It's easy to forget that simply play dress up or counting games with our little ones is more than just silly games but they create memories, they help them learn and provide a bond between you and your little ones. 

I had a read of the imagination chapter aimed at 18-24 month old as N is now in that age bracket (really!!!) it explains how at this stage their imaginations are developing and at this stage they truly believe anything is possible (like him climbing up a dining chair, onto table onto his high hair is not going to cause an issue!) granted we should keep their feet on the ground, helping keep the imagination alive provides many benefits too. 

The book outlines what development stages that may be happening and also offers advice and pointers if you feel these stages are not what's happening. It takes you through confidence, language, movement etc. the final part in the chapter it makes suggestions of games, activities and toys which will help reinforce the ideas discussed in the book.  And what does any self respecting blogger do- they head to Pinterest a create a board of course. 

I'm now bursting with ideas to try with little man- and the book has a sections throughout to write down how things went, what you want to remember and what memories you made. 

The book has lots of detail packed in and is easy to read. I would reccomend checking it out to help tailor those play sessions to develop the kids.