How To Dress Your Kids Smart For A Wedding

Although many modern weddings steer towards a ‘no children’ policy, there are still those who love nothing more than including the whole family, kids and all, for the celebrations. One of the best weddings we’ve ever been to was one where the bride spent ages on the dance floor with the children! There’s a lot to be said for having children at a wedding; they add an element of cuteness and fun to the whole day and just look adorable in their smart little outfits.

However, if you’ve been invited to a ‘family-friendly’ wedding, then you need to think long and hard on how to dress your kids for the occasion. Their outfits not only need to make them look smart, but to make everyone’s day more enjoyable there are a number of practical elements to consider too:

Let them be kids

Typically with weddings there is a smart dress code, which can be the perfect excuse to splash out on something your children wouldn’t normally wear. But before you get carried away don’t forget that kids will be kids and will want to run around, play, jump and inevitably get a little messed up. So rather than battling with them and spending your day worrying about their expensive threads getting trashed, choose something that can withstand a little playtime without getting wrecked.

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Snack Time With Bear Paws {Review}

It’s always a good day when we get a delivery of food – snack food especially. The kids love the unscheduled treats too. A few weeks ago – a good few weeks ago! – we received this delicious box of Bear Paws in the mail.

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As you can imagine the kids were desperate to try at least one of each – we received a box each of Mango & Strawberry (Safari Paws), Raspberry & Blueberry (Arctic Paws), Apple & Blackcurrant (Jungle Paws) and Strawberry and Apple (Dino Paws), each with it’s own set of animals and fruity shapes in the ‘paw prints’ of animals from that set.Read more: Snack Time With Bear Paws {Review}

5 Ways To Include Exercise In Your Daily Life

As busy parents it can be really hard to add a fitness routine into the day – I know when I have a few minutes to myself I’d rather sit and sip coffee than sweat on an exercise bike! However, every bit of exercise helps, if only because by some cruel twist of fate, the more energy you expend in the right way, the more energy you have for the fun things. Or so they tell me!

I read an article recently with great tips for including exercise into your daily life which made me think of ways mums can include exercise into the things we already do.

The reality as parents we are very active a lot of the time anyway, but sometimes it just takes a little creative thinking to make the most of the time and energy you have, while at the same time making it fun for the kids and showing them a healthier way of life.

1) Walking

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I often take the kids to the park and sit in a shady spot while they play. Instead – with the motivation of Fitbit challenges! – walking around the outskirts of the park I can keep an eye on them, and get the step count up along with the heart rate.Read more: 5 Ways To Include Exercise In Your Daily Life

When Babies Fly: Airplane and Travel Advice for Stressed Out Parents

 Travelling with a baby is a logistical challenge at the best of times, but planning an airplane journey could turn out to be a stressful parenting experience, unless you prepare for it beforehand.
One of the issues associated with air travel that you can’t legislate for is when your flight is delayed, and according to a care and assistance survey carried out by Bott & Co Solicitors, you may not always get as much assistance or information from the airline as you might have hoped, but at least you can prepare your baby for the flight itself.

Seating arrangements

admin-ajaxThere is a cost implication attached of course, but it is often worth considering the option of buying your baby -depending on their age – their own seat next to yours on the plane, rather than just settling for having them on your lap or at least try to make sure you can book a bassinet seat so you have your arms free during some of the flight. Bear in mind that during any turbulence or during take off and landing you won’t be allowed to keep the baby in the bassinet, so sleep will be quite interrupted – so much like a normal night with  a baby then ;)  With this in mind, although you may not particularly fancy the idea of lugging their usual car seat around the airport, the familiar feel of their usual seat, could help them to settle
better throughout the journey.
It is always best to check with your airline regarding their travel restrictions and requirements for babies, as many are likely to weight restrictions for the child, which might dictate your travelling options and whether they are on your lap or need a separate seat.

Consider a travel pram

You probably won’t find it too difficult to find someone who has taken their regular stroller with them on a plane journey, only to find that it has been damaged in some way by the time it comes back into your possession via the baggage reclaim carousel.
Finding your usual mode of transport has been damaged is a source of frustration and is going to raise the stress levels. This is why it often works out to be a good tactic to consider buying a slightly cheaper but perfectly serviceable stroller – if not simply relying on a sling – you can take with your when you fly with your baby. You can normally pick up a suitable stroller that will do the job safely for a budget price. That way, you won’t be so stressed if it does get damaged in transit, and at least you have the option of your usual pram when you return home from your flight.

Plenty of supplies

admin-ajax (1)You will already be aware that travelling light when it comes to babies, takes a bit of forethought.

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Princess Colouring T-Shirt

My kids, like most others I suppose, love to colour. And they grow like weeds. So when I was offered a Princess Colouring T-Shirt, it seemed like a no-brainer, really! What with holidays and hours to kill, this was a great way to spend an hour or so.

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The T-Shirt from Selfie Clothing Company comes in a cardboard tube which is a nice way to present it as a gift. There are three styles to choose from: princess, policeman and cowboy. We opted for the princess, which comes in size 4-6 (age). Along with the t-shirt (which I’m sure is the wrong name for it, as it has long sleeves, but I digress…) you also receive 6 branded UV ink pens, and waxy ironing paper.Read more: Princess Colouring T-Shirt

10+ Fun Resources For Big Friendly Giant Fans

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that it’s a big year for Roald Dahl this year. Not only is it the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the well-loved author (13th September 1916), but there’s also the new BFG movie that’s recently opened in cinemas. While the movie ends a little differently that the book, it’s still a lovely movie, and a great update on the old movie.

We love Roald Dahl and have done a lot of activities for Roald Dahl Day over the years, and I’m sure we’ll celebrate his birthday quite happily again this year – but to coincide with the new film, we’ll probably focus on The BFG this year!

Here’s a bit of a round up from around the world wide web – and from our own experience – of activities to do around The Big Friendly Giant.Big Friendly GiantRead more: 10+ Fun Resources For Big Friendly Giant Fans

Num Noms Series 2 – Diner {Review}

A few weeks ago I shared a review of Num Noms from Series 1, which my little ones loved – so we were thrilled to be sent some of the characters from series 2.  If you don’t know about Num Noms, here’s a brief recap:

  • Num Noms are small, plastic collectibles.
  • They are quite large, making them suitable for younger collectors
  • There are Nums, and there are Noms. The Noms are motorised rodent looking things and the Nums are the ‘covers’ that you can put over them – and they are scented too. You can read more about Num Noms here.

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Gemmies Design Studio – Make Crystal Creations

A few weeks ago we were sent a set of Gemmies Design Studio – Crystal Creations for review. I have since decided an extreme love/hate relationship with them! Gemmies Crystal Creations

Aimed at a 6+ age range, these are very fiddly and time consuming and I actually found it really hard to do. I set the kit up myself and did the first design – an ice cream – so that I could figure it out before trying to show my six year old. I’m glad I did because I realised quickly that it was going to be way too hard for her. Not least because it requires some serious attention to detail! You can follow instructions online (each ‘pattern’ sheet has a unique URL) which is very useful.

But, that said, once I’d muddled my way through the first design, and got the hang of it, and began to understand the cryptic pattern layouts, it did become a lot easier. Whereas the first ‘easy’ design took me a good hour to do, the subsequent ones went much faster. They were still too hard for the kids (6 & 4) to follow however, so I ended up spending an afternoon making designs for them to play with. We made the aforementioned ice cream, a fish and a dog, which they happily played with for the rest of the afternoon.

The box comes with the bead desk which has convenient storage for the beads, elastics, clips and connectors that make the Gemmies ‘work’. There’s also a bead tool, four ‘cups’ to keep beads in and a light up torch that you use to display your designs.

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Invite The Fairies With Opening Fairy Doors {Review}

We moved house a few months ago, and the children’s room has been a bit of a mishmash since doing so, since it’s also their first room separate from mine. I took my time collecting bits for decorating their room so that I could keep the costs down, but when we were offered the Opening Fairy Door for review I knew I had to find a way to include it in their room, even though we already had a little fairy door up already.

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Olive And Orange Orla Kiely Women’s Bicycles From Halfords {Review}

It’s summer folks. SUMMER! That little bit of promised land, an oasis of …. oh, no, wait. We’re in the UK. It’ll probably rain. But that’s okay. The plants will be happy.

If it’s not raining, however, one of those quintessential things about summer parenting is taking the kids cycling – but who wants to be running in two directions after two children on bikes?  Much better to cycle with them, steering them in a general direction!

So when Halfords got in touch and offered me one of their women’s bikes (we also have two kids bikes from them) I was really excited to give it a try.

I’ll admit that the Olive and Orange bike range from Orla Kiely is very girly for me. I don’t normally go for ‘girly’ things, and would probably have chosen a run of the  mill, standard men’s bike, so I’m glad that I had to choose from a specific range as it made me go for something very different from my norm.

Isn’t it pretty? I had to add the straw hat, because, come on. It just needs a straw hat!

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