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Day 3: The 365 Day Activity Challenge

3rd January 2017

The third day of our 365 activity challenge and today is Toy Tuesday!

So we use the toys we have at home with our imagination to make our own games up.

We used all of Jack & Mikey’s “friends” to do a Teddy Bear’s Picnic! Jack dressed up as The Gruffalo and Mikey dressed up as a dog.

They got so many interactive and cuddly toys for Christmas, we thought it would be fun to put them in some sort of circle and feed them the “fruit” that the boys recieved in a basket from Santa and we read Mikey’s favourite book “Little Train’s Big Journey” to them.

We also sang some nursery rhymes and had cuddles while we read the stories and gave all the teddies their names.

 

We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s activity for Wacky Wednesday!

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Day 1: The 365 Day Activity Challenge

January 1st 2017

Day 1 of my 365 day activity challenge, it’s story time Sunday!

To kick start my 365 day activity challenge we’ve used our imagination and made up a story about a bunny. It’s a story my Nanny told my Mum and my Mum told to me and now I’m telling my babies.

Jack loves Christmas so much he was happy to hear this Christmas story about a little bunny called Jack, who loves to play but one day rips his trousers and gets very upset because he thinks Santa won’t bring him any presents, but his little bunny friends help him stitch his trousers and they all get lots of presents from Santa at the end of the story.

Jack loves stories using our imagination where he doesn’t necessarily have to look at pictures and turn the pages, I like to ask him what Jack rabbit looks like and what colour his clothes were, so Jack can make up the details of his story and use his imagination.

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Joosr: Book Summaries You Will Love: A Review

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Looking for the perfect Christmas present?

What about the gift of never-ending reading?

Joosr provides the best summaries of books to expand your knowledge.

Let’s face it with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is becoming increasingly difficult to fit the time in to read books, well Joosr has the answer.

I’ve had three children in three years, but am desperate to keep my brain active by reading and learning new skills and information. As you can imagine it’s impossible to fit the time in, even if I can try fit a chapter a night in, by the time I actually finish a book, I’ve forgotten most of it. So a summary I can access straight from my phone or tablet is perfect. One thing I really missed when I became a mum was reading, because the time is just not there, well now there is a solution.

It’s perfect for the entire family, my husband has a busy work schedule and sometimes doesn’t finish until late, so it’s perfect for him to fit in some reading, before work, on his break or when he gets home, he can fit in a quick twenty minutes.

It makes sense to me the company was created by a single mother with a career in publishing and business man, who has a demanding job and long commute, they both have very little time to read, so created Joosr where you can read the “gist” of a book in just 20 minutes.

Personally I have read more of the business, entrepreneurship and parenting books so far, but since they are only 20 minutes long, I have an account for a year, so it is achievable for me to read all of them. How great is that? I finally have my reading time back, it might not be the amount of time I had to read before I had children, but let’s face it I’m not going to have the time to read an entire book, so thank goodness for Joosr!

The books provided in Joosr are all full of new skills and learning, so in bite size portions you can expand your knowledge across a range of genres. Plus it’s an app so you can get it on any device, so whether you’re quietly grabbing 20 minutes when the kids are asleep, on the bus commuting or on your lunch break at work, Joosr has made it simple and easy to fit in some valuable reading time.

So there is every reason you should have Joosr for yourself, I mean no matter who you are or what your profession there’s a book for you! There’s even a section on careers, if you aren’t quite sure. There is also every reason you should buy Joosr for someone else, Christmas is literally around the corner with only a few days to go! This is the ultimate last-minute gift, forget nipping to the shop for a box of chocolates and yet another pair of slippers, why not provide them with the gift of never-ending reading? I mean 250 books?! Have you ever tried to read 250 books? Or for that matter wrap 250 book? Well you can deliver them all to your loved ones device for only £42.99! That’s for an entire year! Your reading needs and knowledge expanded for only £42.99, how great is that?

According to a VoucherCodesPro.co.uk survey from 2015, the most common unwanted gifts are: socks, bubble bath sets, pyjamas, and DVDs—with unwanted gifts totalling a whopping £2 billion each year, that’s £52.50 for every adult in the U.K.

The waste doesn’t end there, with around 1 billion Christmas cards making their way into the bin come Christmas day, along with 227,000 miles of gift wrap. Imagine what The Proclaimers would make of that?

Whether you want to treat yourself, or someone doesn’t know what to get you for Christmas or you are stuck for what to buy a loved one, give them the gift of never-ending reading. You can leave it right until the last-minute and you don’t have to wrap it, plus you know they’ll use it for the entire year! It’s a no-brainer really.

To purchase this great gift (or treat for yourself) for the OH MY GOD price of £42.99 then just click this link:

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If you want to find out more information then check out their website:

Joosr Website

Or to get regular updates and follow their social media, here are the links:

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STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS: A Review

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS: A Review

In an age of tablets, laptops, androids and everything electronic it is easy for children to miss out on the skills of how to complete DIY activities and let’s face it, those of us who were kids when there weren’t devices are pretty rusty when it comes to these fun skills, well look no further…

Steam Ahead is an activity packed book for parents and kids aged 4-10, it introduces our kids to the magic of electronics, game and toy designing, printing, understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, they’ll have a blast making them.

STEM or STEAM is an acronym and stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

If the fact that this book is on £1.57 for the kindle version and £7.87 for the paperback, but it is literally packed out with activities!

How often do we say that we buy kids expensive gifts and the end up making their own games out of the box or wrapping paper? Well now they have their very own guide of how to make their own games and it also improves their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

We know how hard it is to get kids to actually sit down and concentrate, well this guide gives them fun activities to create using their brains and hands which ultimately will improve their concentration skills, plus it’s a great bonding activity for parent and child or even for siblings/friends to do together and build their team work skills.

There are coloured difficult levels to work out what is best for which child, how great is that?! We all know kids develop at different levels and paces, now you have a guide of 1-5 difficult level.

What is even better is the activities are actually projects that kids WILL want to do, light up dance pads, pop up cards (great with Christmas around the corner), handmade soaps, bubble blowers, cloud lanterns etc. It’s so exciting!

The book also contains a list of materials so you can be prepared for doing the activities, there’s a full list at the back and short lists on each activities page, plus the activities themselves are short and easy to follow.

Kids like to move at a fast pace and it’s always best not to over complicate building new skills, so this guide is perfect for simplifying activities and making them easy to read.

The bright colours, great pictures and easy to read instructions make this the perfect guide for kids, with Christmas around the corner why not give your child the gift of skills and fun (plus it’s super cheap to buy).

Overall this book is the perfect activity filled, educational and most importantly fun guide you could get for yourself and your children, what are you waiting for…here are the links you need:

Paperback: STEAM AHEAD! DIY for Kids

Kindle version: STEAM AHEAD! DIY for Kids

Follow the author of the book on social media too:

WizKids Twitter

WizKids Facebook 

WizKids Instagram

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Christmas Eve Box: Step by Step Tutorial

The latest tradition at Christmas seems to be Christmas Eve Boxes, I think they are a great idea, so they will be an annual tradition in our house.

I’ve put together a step by step guide on what to put in your boxes.

These are only suggestions, so feel free to tweak wherever you feel appropriate and these boxes are based on my children who are two boys aged 2 & 3 and a baby girl aged 3 months.

The part I love best about Christmas Eve Boxes is Pyjamas & Socks! There’s nothing better than waking up on Christmas morning with brand new PJs and Socks on, it just makes opening your presents that much better!

T-shirts! These weren’t in my original plan but are festive cute and extremely cheap from Primark, so why not?!

Activity books from Poundland! Christmas Eve is the big build up before the big day, so something festive to keep them distracted and busy is a great idea!

Books (at the time of purchasing these were 3 for 2 in M&S), why not enjoy a new bedtime story before the big guy drops off their gifts? These aren’t particularly festive books, but they are lovely classic stories that caught my eye when out shopping.

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Festive DVDs of their favourites are a great way to keep them entertained and get all excited for Santa’s big visit.

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Add in some festive treats like yummy chocolate biscuits to nibble on, popcorn to eat while watching the movie, chocolate gingerbread melts for their hot chocolate, candy canes are a Christmas must and why not add in their name in Chocolate to personalise? (Plus don’t forget a special glass to drink chocolate milk from)

Babies are hard to buy for, but first Christmas gifts are ideal! Add in a bauble, stocking and comforter!

To add some fun throw in some reindeer dust, snowballs (they actually scrunch like real ones), a tin with a letter from Santa, a plate to put out the mince pie & carrot and some reindeer food (oats & glitter).

Put all in a festive box and I added some red straw and bells to give it a little jingle!

Then wah-la! You have Christmas Eve Boxes, display them  or fold them all away…it’s up to you.

I got the boxes from ASDA they were only £3 each at the time of purchase!

I hope this helped and feel free to comment with any extra suggestions that you put in your Christmas Eve Boxes, I love new ideas!

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

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Shovelling snow in a blizzard: Life with having three kids in three years

We hadn’t planned it this way, it felt like it took forever to finally have our first baby in our arms. Now our home is overrun by tiny dictators.

As they say the days are long, but the years are short. This is true, the days are really really long and so are the nights. You know how people tell you at different stages how their kids started “sleeping through”…yeah! Mine did that too, they love their sleep…Then you have to take off the nights where there will be teething, nightmares, sickness, illness, over-tiredness, hyperness or the fact they just don’t want to sleep. But when you have to be at an appointment for 9am guarantee they will want to lie in until lunchtime. Basically if you want to live in a world full of irony, have kids.

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Bribery…this will be your key to survival when you have relentless toddlers. Some people will say you shouldn’t bribe your kids, to them people I say spend a day in my house, you will soon turn into a bribing negotiator. Unless you give a child a good reason to do something why are they going to do it? Would you go to work if you didn’t get paid? So if I want my child to sit still while I dress him so I can get out of the house on time, I have no qualms about offering them a treat when they get to town if they just get their coat on! Or threatening to throw all of their trains in the bin if they don’t apologise for hitting their brother. I might be going about it the wrong way, but I haven’t had to threaten or bribe as much as they’ve got older because they know if they are good they will get rewarded and if they are naughty they will be punished…isn’t that just like grown up life? But you MUST follow through, if you show any sign of weakness and use empty threats your kids will jump on that opportunity to over rule you like tiny little terrorists.

Leaving the house is a military operation, especially when you need to be somewhere for a certain time…why is it I’m always given the 9am appointments? So my mode of transport is a double buggy called Zoom by Obaby. It’s not your standard double buggy, but I prefer it. Then I have Nicole in my Ama Wrap, it looks a little something like this…

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Nicole also has her own buggy a Redkite Push Me Fusion, for when I’m with my husband so we can push a buggy each.

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It’s when I’m by myself with the three kids I get heckled, some comments I don’t mind, like “Oh wow how do you cope?” because to me they are saying, you do cope…how do you do it? But it’s when people stop and gawk in horror as if I’m pushing around a cart of explosives and comment with “I bet they weren’t planned” or “I hope you’re going to stop now” and “You’ve got your hands full you know?!” the answers are actually they were all planned, I’m not ready to stop and I’ve got my hands and heart completely full of love, nappies and snot…I wouldn’t change a second of it.

Be ready to keep bobbing up for air in a sea full of nappies, that’s right, none are potty trained yet. I keep trying to introduce Jack to it and we’re getting there, but I’m a great believer of not forcing something like using the toilet, he’s got the rest of his life to be doing that. It can become unbearable when they all poop at the same time, but just be ready to take lots of trips to the outside bin or get a diaper genie, either way if you forget and put a stenching nappy in an indoor bin, you’ll soon realise…trust me.

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People think I’m crazy for having three kids in three years, what I think is crazy, is waiting a few years then doing it all over again. Don’t get me wrong there are benefits I’m sure for having an age gap, more one on one time with each child, a bit longer between the crazy newborn stages but for me, I haven’t ever got out of the “baby stage” I still haven’t! Nicole is three months so she is still very much a baby! I will be waiting or stopping now I haven’t decided, but literally because I have nowhere to put a fourth baby, the boys are in the buggy, Nicole is on my chest…there is nowhere for another one to go!

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The key of surviving being overrun by nappy wearing hooligans is keeping your cool, if you lose your shit they will lose theirs. The hard times will pass, the tantrums will finish and everything will always end in cuddles.

Life is hard when you have three kids in three years but I’m sure life would be hard having three kids in 10 years! They are kids, they are hard at all stages of life and to be honest…adults aren’t that easy either, are they? Everyone’s going to do it their own way and this is my way…I thrive on the mayhem.

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The London Sock Exchange Review + 10% Discount

Have you ever thought about how many socks you go through?

Have you ever realised actually how important great socks are?

I mean…think about it! They go on your feet!

You use your feet everyday, so why not treat them?

How about you can get luxury socks sent to you every quarter of the year? Plus you can recycle your old socks in the handy box they come with for no extra charge!

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Well look no further….The London Sock Exchange have created this great service for the dapper gentleman, for only £15 per quarter!

 

I was lucky enough to be sent some great socks for my husband to try and we were pleasantly surprised!

Who knew a box of socks could be so exciting!

So they turn up in this cute brown box, wrapped in lovely black tissue paper.

Three pairs of socks in gorgeous designs are carefully folded with their own individual names, not only that but they have an outfit suggestion of the back of the card that each pair comes with.

My husband was extremely happy to come home to these luxury dapper socks after a long day at work on his feet and he loved them! I was a bit jealous so had to try a pair on too and they are so comfy, you can just tell the difference between these socks and regular socks. When you put them on you can really feel the quality, you can feel they are specially designed.

Then of course not to be left out, our eldest son Jack wanted to try them on and be a model!

Did you know that in the UK, we generate 1 million tonnes of clothing and textile every single year. That’s a whole lot of landfill. And the London Sock Exchange want to start setting this right, one sock at a time.

Not one sock that gets sent to be recycled gets wasted. 55% are reused and will make their way to developing countries, where they’ll be distributed to communities in need. The other 45% of the socks they receive are deconstructed before being given a second chance in life as an industrial textile….How great is that?!

They are passionate about recycling and here’s a video on what they do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8ZoAbfNeM0

So The London Sock Exchange get’s a big thumbs up from Yummy Mummy’s Blog

What are you waiting for? Go and get signed up now and here’s some discount codes to get you started, both are for 10% off your first order:

For the quarterly subscription at checkout use the code: YUMMYSUB

For the annual subscription use the code: YUMMYYEAR

Here are links you need:

Website: www.thelondonsockexchange.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLondonSockExchange/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LDNSockExchange

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelondonsockexchange/

Email:hello@thelondonsockexchange.net