Thursday, 23 June 2016

Confessions of a SUMMER Parent #TheGoodStuff

How do you cope with your kids over the summer? And by that I mean how do you HONESTLY cope with them?

Confessions of a SUMMER Parent #TheGoodStuff
Just Hanging At The Park

This is the last summer Chunk will attend nursery three mornings a week (yes his nursery are open all year round!) before he starts school in September.

Those three precious mornings have got me through the last three summers so I'm already worrying about my fragile mental state and how it will survive next summer.

I guess most weeks for the last four years have been like a school summer holiday, because I have to entertain him all day every day, so maybe I will cherish those six weeks that I will juggle parenting and work.

How have I survived so far? 

The outdoors is my saviour during the summer, which is why I'm praying for the warmer weather to get it's butt in gear and come to the UK.

My Summer Parenting Confession

This is my confession; I use play parks as my babysitter during the summer. 

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Lino Printing with Anna Hayman

Lino Cutting with Anna Hayman
Anna Hayman Range
I was invited to a blogger's craft morning a couple of weeks ago, hosted by homewares designer Anna Hayman, where I got to learn a bit about lino cutting and printing and even got to create my own designs.

Myself and four other Sussex-based bloggers spent the morning chatting, eating cake and crafting in a beautiful home in Lewes.

The house was near Anna's workshop where she creates various designs on lino before transferring them onto fabrics, cushions, mugs and tea sets.

I had a brilliant morning and here is what I learnt!

Anna Hayman

Anna has always been a creative lady, starting out embellishing shoes from home when her children were young, before exploring colour interiors and homeware designing when they got older.

Anna's current designs stem from a great deal of experimentation on her part, most of which can still be seen on her Instragram account. In the earlier days Anna designed much darker images using marker pen, but over time this changed to brighter, more colourful images using lino prints.

Her style changed and grew largely from the feedback she got from followers of her Instagram account, and she continues to use the account to get both feedback and inspiration for her work.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Competition: Win The Lost Smile Children's Book

the lost smile bookWrigley's Extra are running a brilliant campaign to protect children's smiles for charity and they've written a children's book which I have ten copies of to give away!
The Extra Smile Back Project aims to protect children's smiles by donating money from every pack of sugarfree gum sold during the campaign to the Action for Children charity.

The money will be used to create and run oral health workshops endorsed by the Oral Health Foundation.

Wrigley's hope to be able to protect more than 10,000 children's smiles by educating them and their parents on good oral hygiene.

Wrigley's produced the book, The Lost Smile, to go alongside the campaign and it was written by award-winning playwright and poet Joel Coelho, and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey.

The book is about a little boy who realises his family aren't smiling anymore, so he goes on a smile hunt to find them. The aim of the book is to remind parents about the power of a child's smile and the importance of protecting it.

Single Parent Linky 19

This is where single parent bloggers across the world can add links to any of their recent posts to show off.

It can be posts of ANY TOPIC, as it's about showing off your favourite posts that have been published recently.

All I ask is that any bloggers who add links simply comment on at least two other bloggers' posts who have added their posts to the linky.

I've added a couple of mine to start it off.


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Educational Play the Schleich Way

Popular toy company Schleich has launched a new campaign called Educational Play the Schleich Way which includes a 16-page guide to the best in imaginative play and development ideas for parents and their preschoolers.

The guide covers topics including how to have a balanced play diet, encouraging imagination and early language skills, and it also has helpful hints and tips on how to get the best from your child’s playtime.

I've found the brochure really useful as it's given me some game ideas for those rainy days or long journeys in the car. My favourite is the Animal Restaurant game which I tried with Chunk today in the car on the way back from nursery as it kept him distracted from whining about wanting a snack that I had forgotten to pack!

The aim of the game is to think of an animal and give them a restaurant. You then imagine the types of food that particular animal would want on their menu and you can even think about the way the restaurant would be decorated to their taste too. 
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