Keeping kids occupied in the holidays

We’re really enjoying the slower pace of life that summer has brought us, while the girls still have gymnastics running all summer, most other groups have finished, and with Lola home from school, we’re totally embracing these slow days, when we’re not rushing to fit everything in, racing from one group to another, and trying to keep up with a million commitments. We’ve lots of fun planned for the summer, days out, holidays, play dates with friends… but I’ve made sure we’ve had plenty of days at home too. I think it’s important for kids to have long, unfilled day at home to fill with their own imaginative play, reading, creating… whatever it is they love to do. I do like to plan a few fun activities for those home days though… especially useful right now, given the awful weather we’re having! Keeping a list of quick, easy ideas to entertain the kiddos is great to fill in those rainy days, when you’ve heard ‘I’m bored’ for the tenth time. They don’t have to be big things, nor expensive…. bake some cookies, build a blanket fort and throw on a movie, have a spa night, go for a nature hunt……

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NSPCC In The Night Garden #PicnicParty

Why not show your support next Sunday 20th August, and throw your own In The Night Garden #PicnicParty to raise funds for the NSPCC? The NSPCC and In the Night Garden have joined together for a special campaign that needs your help! The In the Night Garden Picnic Party campaign is all about In the Night Garden supporting the NSPCC in their goal to keep more children safe. The NSPCC is encouraging anyone and everyone to arrange their very own picnic party to fundraise for various services including the Speak Out, Stay Safe programme in schools, and Childline. The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity and over recent months, has been the power behind some fantastic campaigns, including the Speak Out, Stay Safe programme in schools, and of course Childline. The Speak Out, Stay Safe campaign offered at no cost to schools, will ensure all children aged 5-11 learn essential safeguarding information in a lively, interactive and memorable way, including recognising the signs of abuse, as well as how to protect themselves and get help. NSPCC rely wholy on donations from the general public, without which, they would not be able to continue their amazing work supporting young people during the most vulnerable times in their…

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Friday Finds

Happy Friday friends! Another week of August down already. Miss Kiki comes home from guide camp today, we missed her loads on her week away! She’s currently nursing a fractured arm after a cartwheel incident last week. It’s been an uneventful week, just the four of us pottering around the house, Baya’s been at gym camp a couple of days, we’ve played in the garden and been to the park… nothing especially exciting or fun, just the everydayness that comes with kids. it’s been nice though, the second half of August is pretty packed for us, and we’ll barely be home after next week. SO this homebody is soaking up some quiet time before the madness begins! Some links… * These tofu skewers with satay sauce are my current favourite dinner! * Love this post – “I am not ambitious, I crave a slow life, a smiple life” * I’ve been munching away on Nature’s Finest Grapefruit in Juice – my ideal kind of snack! * I’ve boxes of old journals, cards and letters – so was interested to read this article by someone who burned 30 years worth! * My girls are currently obsessing over these LOL! Surprise Lil…

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Encouraging kids to eat healthily

I have four kiddos, and four very different eaters, both in terms of what they like, how often they eat, and what they avoid. I have one vegetarian, one who is lactose intolerant and also avoids eating too much gluten, one >em>very fussy eater and a toddler who changes his mind from day to day of what he will or won’t eat! It’s interesting how different kids can be, they were all weaned in more or less the same way, a mix of homemade purees and baby-led weaning. Their tastes have changed and evolved over the years. I know from experience, that trying to force kids to eat things they don’t want will never, ever pay off. While I encourage them to try new things, to be adventurous, to eat a good variety of fruit and veg, and to make healthy choices, I would never force them to eat something that they don’t want to/don’t like. Here are a few tips that I have found help… * Get them involved. From as soon as they are big enough to sit on the kitchen side, I have mine helping in the kitchen. Including them in the meal preparation is a great…

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Recently Read Books

  I made a pact with myself to read more this summer. I used to devour books, then the last few years I just haven’t ‘had time’ to read as much as I would like. Over the winter I found myself reading more self-help type books, figuring out htis new-found freedom of mine, and din’t really have the concentration to read a novel. The last couple of months, I’ve found myself reading more and more, reading in the bath, early in the morning, whilst having a coffee…. anytime really. I usually have more htan one book on the og – while I much prefer to read a real book, I also make use of my kindle app to – having a book on my phone means I can always snatch a few minutes of reading time, and it’s great on those nights I wake up and can’t get back to sleep – I can read without turning on a light and waking the Beastie boy. I’ve just worked my way back through a few old favourite novels, ones that I could read again and again {and have!}… * The Divine Secrets of the ya-ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells * I Know Why The Caged…

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