The Toddler’s Guide To Flash Cards

Flash Cards for Toddlers

When you hear the phrase ‘Flash Cards’, what springs to mind? Playing snap, matching colours, eagerly flashing cards in front of your little one’s face in the hope that they’ll know what the heck you’re going on about? Let’s face it, sometimes it can be difficult to dream up interesting ways of using these useful little cards, bursting with info – especially when you haven’t had your first caffeine dose of the day. That’s why Miles Kelly, along with the release of their new Flash Card sets, are asking parents to come up with new, different ways of playing with Flash Cards with their kids. … [Read more...]

Ideas For A More Inspiring Home Office

Home Office Ideas

If you’re looking to update or create a new home office space but are worried it will turn out looking a little more drab and dreary than inspiring, we’ve compiled a list of a few tips to help you out. Your home office space doesn’t have to big and you don’t have to spend a fortune to get it looking great; follow our advice to achieve the home office that will have everyone wanting one. Keep things light, bright and airy Nothing says ‘lack of inspiration’ like a dull, dreary space. Keep things light and bright, with a good source of lighting whether it’s natural or artificial. If you are … [Read more...]

How To Cook A Whole Chicken In Your Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken

Before I start, let me tell you one massive fact about me – I’m no Delia Smith. I like to cook and get great satisfaction from seeing my kids eat a whole meal of nutritious, homemade goodness but I absolutely loathe the cleaning up after. I hate it with a passion that makes me linger in the bath-tub of an evening, praying that The Beef has had the imitative to do the washing up, just so that I don’t have to stand hunched over a bowl full of soap suds and caked on gravy. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that when I cook, I look for the easiest thing to prepare and make. Don’t get me wrong, … [Read more...]

When Your Toddler Runs Faster Than You Can

When Your Toddler Escapes

I padded softly down the stairs. 5 minutes. 5 minutes of pure bliss whereby I could go to the loo without an audience. No twins pushing open the door. No four year old asking me where my winky was. No giggles of “Mummy poo!” Just 5 minutes to myself while my other half took R for her hair-cut and the boys played in the living room. I walked into the room, smiling at A who sat rifling through a book about dinosaurs. His brother was probably in the garden, pulling spiders from the sandpit or the heads from my daffodils. Except he wasn’t. The garden was deserted – not a two-year-old in sight … [Read more...]

4 Colourful Essentials for Getting Your Craft On

Colourful Crafting Essentials

I’ll be honest with you – I’m not a huge fan of crafting, especially when it involves sticky things and lots of mess. It makes me anxious and when I’m anxious I get stressed out and then the kids get stressed out and it devolves into much crying and general chaos. Recently however I’ve been trying to get to grips with this aversion to chaos of mine. I used to be such a creative person – always drawing or painting or making something and realised it would be really great to re-discover that side of my personality again. With that in mind, whereas I’d usually say no to anyone who approaches me … [Read more...]