Wednesday, 18 July 2018

A - Z of Multisensory Language Learning for Kids: A

If you follow our blog posts, you may already know that I am documenting our German language learning journey. You can find quick links to our previous posts and the reasons behind them on our Language Learning Adventure page.



In this new series, I'll be sharing some multisensory language learning ideas, which will help you to teach languages to your young children in a fun, engaging way. If you're not teaching languages however, most of these activities can be adapted to fit many themes in your own language too!

A is for...

AQUABEADS

Aquabeads or water beads are a cheap and easy way to add a simple sensory element to your learning. Children love the feel of them and they are quite therapeutic to play with! 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

#MySundayPhoto: Week 6

Every picture tells a story! So here are my favourite photos from our week.

"Butterfly Hunting"





This week, I couldn't just pick one photo! We went for a lovely little walk through Ford Green Hall yesterday. This kids loved going off the beaten track a bit, chasing butterflies though the long grass, and searching for them amongst the bright purple flowers! I managed to snap a rare photo of us three, and everyone is looking at the camera too! The third photo is of the kids chatting to the geese! 




I'm linking up this post with these fabulous blogs:

Living Arrows

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Our Month in Photos: June Round-Up!

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to have a place to keep a record of the things we got up to, the little things that made us smile. 

Whilst I started off quite well with some of my earlier posts, I realised recently that I have been slacking on the diary side of things. So to try and catch up a bit, and because Hubby is doing bedtime duties, I'm going to put together our month in photos. So, here are the best moments from June! (I know we're in July already...I'll try harder this month!)


#MySundayPhoto: Week 5

Every picture tells a story! So here's my favourite photo from our week.

"3 Amigos"



This week, we have had 2 after school / work tea time picnics by the canal! I just love how this photo shows how much the kids love spending time with their daddy...and using him as a climbing frame! 




I'm linking up this post with these fabulous blogs:

Living Arrows

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Parenting in public: How do you deal with misbehaviour?


So today at the school gate, I was the mum with the child who didn't listen

I was the mum whose child ran off to the other side of the playground when I asked him not to.


I was the mum who first asked, then shouted for him to come back... and yep, you guessed it; he didn't. 


I was the mum who got a little louder when he didn't come, shouting for him to "come back here right now!" 

I was the mum who grabbed for their child as they attempted to run past me, as if he was teasing me, wanting me to try and catch him. I missed. He ran past. He laughed. I tried to keep my cool in front of the other parents!


Sunday, 24 June 2018

#MySundayPhoto: Week 4


Every picture tells a story! So here's my favourite photo from our week.

"Pink"



This week, I had a surprise find in the garden... beautiful pink peonies! Neither my Hubby or I remember planting the bush last year, but it's very welcome to stay! My Nan would have loved these too, so maybe it's a little sign from her to say she's looking out for us. 




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Friday, 22 June 2018

All About The Blogger Series: Jade from Thrifty Yorkshire Mum

Every month I will be featuring an interview with another blogger in a series called, "All About The Blogger." It's a great way to learn about all the other fabulous blogs that are out there! This month features Jade from Thrifty Yorkshire Mum.



I’m Jade, I’m a mum of two (soon to be three!). I live in Yorkshire and I write on ‘Thrifty Yorkshire Mum’. My blog is full of money saving tips, including pregnancy, parenting and travel all on a budget. 


Q1. How would your best friend describe you? (If you're not sure then ask them!) 

Unorganised, caring, reliable. 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Let's Go: Teaching road safety to under 5s with The Children's Traffic Club

Teaching my two young children (2 and a half and almost 5) road safety is high up on my list of parenting priorities, so when The Children's Traffic Club asked me to review their new interactive road safety programme, I jumped at the chance! 

The Children's Traffic Club (CTC) is an award-winning road safety and active travel education programme aimed at the under 5s. For over 25 years, the CTC have been positively influencing children's road side behaviour and helping to reduce casualties involving children, by teaching them the skills and attitudes needed to ensure they stay safe when out and about. 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Health and Wellbeing: Mummy does Aqua Aerobics!

Yes...you read that right! Last night I did something new. I took some time off from being a mum, and did something for myself. I went to an aqua aerobics class at my local leisure centre! 

When my friends messaged to ask if I fancied going with them, many thoughts crossed my mind. How will I politely get out of this without looking like the miserable one? Mainly, I was worried about getting my cossy on in public; I mean, during the day I wear clothes that disguise every flaw - why would I want them all on show, hanging out in all their paleness?! 

Monday, 4 June 2018

German for Kids: Krabbeltiere Suche! - Minibeast Hunt!

Minibeasts and Creepy Crawlies!

Outdoor learning

This week, we took our German lesson outdoors! My son was set some half term homework to go on a minibeast hunt so I decided to use the opportunity to introduce some new topic related German vocabulary! A "Krabbeltiere Suche" was born!


I put together a tick list of common little creatures found in British gardens, and added bright colour photographs to aid learning. (You can download it for free at the end of this post.) We spent a little while saying the new German words and repeating them, and having a giggle at some of the funny translations! The kids found the literal English translation of slug really funny - die Nacktschnecke means the naked snail! 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

#MySundayPhoto: Week 3


Every picture tells a story! So here's my favourite photo from our week.

"Bug Hunt in the Rain"




This week, we got totally soaked through on a bug hunt in the rain, at the beautiful Roaches Gate in the Peak District. We are so lucky to have all this on our doorstep.




I'm linking up this post with these fabulous blogs:

Living Arrows

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Getting to know you tag and Q&A

The lovely Kate from Confessions of a New Mummy has tagged me to take part in the Getting to Know You tag and Q&A. I've never joined in with a tag post, so here is my first! You might learn something new about me!

When was the last time you cried? 
I don't really cry much! But the last time I properly cried, was back in February at the funeral of one of my lovely past pupils. He tragically lost his life at the age of 12 to sepsis, brought on by flu.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Top 5 story books for children under 5: Our May picks

We love a good children's book in this house! Both my children, (almost 5, and 2 and a half), have always enjoyed listening to stories and looking at books. Our collection at home is growing rapidly, and each of the children have their favourites. However, since joining the library, they are finding it hard to pin down just one story book that they love the most! 

Inspired by the Bath, Book, Bed campaign run by BookStartI have decided to write a round-up of my children's favourites each month. Here are our May picks for children under 5.

Dog Blue (Author/Illustrator: Polly Dunbar)

This is my son's favourite book of the moment! He's all about dogs since having puppies so I can see why he likes this story!

Sunday, 27 May 2018

#MySundayPhoto: Week 2


Every picture tells a story! So here's my favourite photo from our week.


"Flying High"




“Children Are Like Kites
You spend years trying to get them off the ground.
You run with them until you are both breathless. They crash ... they hit the roof ... you patch, comfort and assure them that someday they will fly.
Finally, they are airborne.
They need more string, and you keep letting it out.
They tug, and with each twist of the twine, there is sadness that goes with joy.
The kite becomes more distant, and you know it won't be long before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that binds you together and will soar as meant to soar ... free and alone.
Only then do you know that you have done your job.”


Erma Bombeck






I'm linking up this post with these fabulous blogs:


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Monday, 21 May 2018

How I came to terms with cystic acne

This is a post I've been contemplating writing for quite a while, but I've come to the conclusion that sharing my story may help others, so here it goes...

** There's a bit of pus and pimple talk here, so don't read over your breakfast if you have a weak stomach! **

I've struggled with nodulocystic acne since I was 14 or 15. It still haunts me today, as I approach my mid-thirties, rearing its ugly head (pardon the pun!) when I least expect it and lingering for what can be months at a time. I have come to the conclusion that this is a condition that will never go away forever. For me there is no cure, just treatment to try and control the outbreaks. Read on to find out how I have finally come to terms with this painful condition.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

#MySundayPhoto: Week 1


Every picture tells a story! So here's my favourite photo from our week.


"Pup in a Pushchair"




I heard a lot of giggling coming from the playroom. I walked in to find this...!






I'm linking up this post with these fabulous blogs:


Living Arrows

Monday, 14 May 2018

Easy bird feeders to make with children

The children love to feed the birds when we're out and about, so I decided to bring some of that excitement into our own garden. We chose to make some bird seed feeders to hang outside, to attract some birds into our back yard. They are really quick and easy to do, making it a simple activity for children of all ages to join in with. 
Here's how to make your own easy bird seed feeders!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

5 great ways children benefit from having dogs

Are you thinking about introducing a pet dog into your family home? Do you have young children too? 


If you're anything like me, I worried about having dogs and children together. Will I be able to trust the dog around my children? Will I manage the feeding / walking / toileting alongside our busy daily life with school runs, playgroups, housework, washing, cooking, a part-time job, etc? What are the benefits of having a pet dog around? Do they outweigh the negatives?

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Introducing the dachshund pups, Dottie and Martha

I thought it was about time that I formally introduced you to the two new members of our family, Dottie and Martha the dachshund puppies! Yes, I did just say two! In all my posts to date, I've only mentioned Dottie as she was the first to arrive mid March, when she was 8 weeks old! Two weeks ago, we picked up Martha as a companion for Dottie, she's only 1 day younger! Here's a little bit about them now they're 14 weeks old...

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Our visit to Oceans Coffee and Waffle House, Cheddleton

It was the last week day of the Easter holidays, it was wet and cold and we didn't have any plans. So after a morning playing at home, I decided to treat the children to a lunch with a difference! Off we went to one of our favourite local places for a sweet treat, Oceans Coffee and Waffle House, situated in picturesque Cheddleton in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Oceans was only opened in February 2017 by businessman and Castros Restaurant owner, Jamie Bateman, after he noticed a gap in the market. It already has a legion of fans! I remember the "wafflemania" that surrounded its opening and its first few weeks, and I loved seeing all their updates and unique creations on social media! 

So as a mum who loves all things cake related, it would only be fair to inflict my sweet-tooth upon the children! We've been a few times and I'm still working my way through their menu, so I thought I'd let you all know a bit about our latest visit.
We arrived to find plenty of parking in the purpose built car park right next to Oceans and Castros. It's always a relief when you find a space, because a full car park usually means a busy waffle house and a wait to find a seat! On a drizzly day like today, we didn't fancy sitting in the outside seating area, although the views of the Caldon canal are fab!

Easter holidays, part 3: Just the three of us!

So with Hubby back at work for the final week of the Easter holidays, it was up to me to entertain the kids...and the dog! Again, we stayed close to home because of the pup, but we had a lot of fun and managed to catch up with friends this week too. Here's what the three of us got up to.

Monday

Stan was beyond excited to have a birthday play date with two of his school friends. He had lots of fun, after an initial wobble, and his mum kept me updated with photos and videos! It was the first time I'd left him with someone who he's never played with outside of school before so was quite new to both of us! 

I took Rosie to get the car cleaned and we snuck off to the pub next door for a girls' lunch while we waited! We had a lovely little walk around Endon village and saw where they dress the well every year too.


Tuesday

You might have guessed by now that we love a free library event and today was a great one! We met up with Stan's mate Harry, his baby brother and his lovely mum, for a robot-hunting, badge, harmonica and catapult making afternoon! 
Harry was over the moon to come second in the Lego man catapulting competition, shooting his little man second furthest! It was so much fun and it even inspired Stan to make his own robot hunt as soon as he got home!

Wednesday

The children started the day by befriending a woodlice they found in the bath! "Please can we keep it for a pet Mummy?" If I'd have know they were so easily pleased, I wouldn't have bothered with the puppy! 
In the afternoon, the weather was rubbish so we popped along to a local church fete for something to do. Stan and Rosie enjoyed decorating (and demolishing) biscuits, we spent a fortune on the lucky dip and tombola then Rosie had her face painted! She looked adorable as a butterfly and she was quite upset to wash it off at bedtime!

When Hubby got home from work, we teamed up to take Dottie for her first walk in public, now that her injections were giving her the protection she needed. She was quite hesitant at first, but with a few treats and a bit of coaxing Dottie was getting used to all the new sights and sounds around her. Hubby obviously felt so masculine, walking his tiny pocket dog! Haha! 

Thursday

There's a great little place in our town centre called Kidovation, based in the Ruff and Ruby Rooms, Hanley. It's an imaginative playspace for the under 7s, with a role play area, sand and water area, soft play section, reading space, bouncy castle, trikes and bikes and lots more. It's part of a youth charity called Ruff and Ruby, whose aim is to support and inspire young people across the city to believe in themselves and change their futures. It's a lovely, positive playspace to take the children to, and despite being in the middle of the shopping centre, it never feels overcrowded or crazy like many soft play areas! We spent a few hours here catching up with friends, having a cuppa and a natter while the kids played. 

We ended the day with another walk with Dottie - she was starting to get the hang of "walkies" so we used this as an excuse to go a bit further to the the shops for ice-cream! 

Friday

What's the best thing to do on a grey, drizzly day to round off the holidays? Go for waffles of course! I treated the children to an amazing cookie topped, ice cream covered waffle from one of our favourite  places, Oceans Coffee and Waffle House, in nearby Cheddleton

After our fill of yummy stickiness, we went for a walk by the canal behind the waffle house. We love a canal walk, so I let the kids investigate the locks up close and we wandered up and down for a bit before it started to rain again! You can read more about our experience in our post, Our visit to Oceans Coffee and Waffle House.
Then it was off home to Dottie the Dachshund for a play and cuddles before bed. Stanley and Rosie have already fallen in love with her, and they miss her when she's not with us! 


Saturday

One of my favourite places to go with the family is a place near us called Tittesworth Reservoir in Meerbrook. You can do the 4.2 mile circular walk around the reservoir but it takes around three hours. So we usually just do the first section and back which is buggy and scooter friendly! There's a visitor centre, restaurant and massive park, along with picnic and BBQ areas which are fab in the summer! 

This time though, we decided to take the puppy for her first proper trip out! We met up with one of my friends and her two boys who had bought Dottie a present! All the kids had a great time walking Dottie and chasing her across the grass. We stopped for a little sit down on a "sofa" carved out of wood, complete with wooden cushions! 
After a little walk, a picnic and a play in the park, it was time for ice cream! Well, the sun had made an appearance so it would be rude not to! Rosie ended up wearing most of hers as you can see! I'd still kiss those sticky chops though! 
It was so nice to catch up with friends we hadn't seen for a while. The children always get on really well too! We must do it more often! With everyone totally worn out, we went home to join Hubby who had been working all day. Everyone slept well that night! 


Sunday

With Hubby working again today, Nanny B treated us to a trip out to Snugbury’s Ice Cream for a cone of Cheshire's finest ice cream, and to visit the Peter Rabbit sculpture. The family have been building amazing sculptures in their field for over 10 years! This one is 38ft tall, with a 10ft tall carrot and was build to celebrate Beatrix Potter's 150th birthday. 
I let the kids loose with their wellies on and we all took a muddy walk with the puppy to see Peter Rabbit up close. You used to be able to go right up to the sculptures, but unfortunately this one had to be rebuilt after a senseless arson attack which destroyed it. Now it's fenced off and covered by CCTV. Why are there always people that have to ruin things for others? 
We walked back to the converted barn ice cream shop to choose our treat from over 40 flavours! Rosie just wanted a "Peppa Pig" ice cream so it was simple strawberry for her and a chocolate chip one for Stanley. 

We stopped off for an emergency shopping trip to buy things to make a vet's costume for Stan for his first day back. They had a "dress up as what you want to be when you're older" day, and like lots of busy mums...I forgot about it until now! With help from Nanny B, we created a little vet's coat from a school shirt and ribbon, and found a green long sleeved top to put underneath! With a few props, he was sorted! I don't think we did a bad job considering it was very last minute!
It was soon time to go home to pack school bags, iron uniform then it was bath, book and bed before school in the morning. At bedtime, we had a lovely chat about all the exciting things we had done together over the Easter holidays. It was so nice to hear from the children themselves what they had enjoyed. Here's to May half term when we can do it all again!

Finding joy in the little things: This week we found joy in lots of little things. Just spending time together, catching up with good friends and their lovely children was so nice. I really enjoyed having some proper quality time with Stan too. Since he's been at school in September, and with most weekend being so busy and fast paced, we don't have much time to do all these kinds of activities any more. It was nice to just slow down a bit, not have to get up for the school run or sort uniforms, and just chill to our own beat, enjoying each other's company.




I'm linking up this post with these fabulous blogs, because #itsok not to be the "perfect" parent! Your children don't need to "have it all" because having you is enough. 
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