We all need lots of ideas to entertain the kids at home right now, so this seems like the perfect time to write this post all about The Royal Mint Kids Hub. The Royal Mint make coins, and I’m sure you will have seen a lot of the special collectable ones over the years. We actually have a collection of The Peter Rabbit ones that were released when Darcie was a baby that I decided I wanted to keep for her when she is older. There are so many collectable ranges that are so fun for kids to find and look after. Obviously this isn’t exactly the best time for coin collecting, but they do also have a special Kids Hub on their website that is full of fun and educational activities for a variety of different ages.
Like most people in the UK, I’m spending a lot of time at home right now. But the difference between myself and a lot of those people, is that I’m quite used to being at home! We love to get out and about but as a stay at home mum to two under three, I’ve had to find ways to enjoy being at home too. I’ve often wished we had a designated playroom so that I had somewhere fun to contain all of the toys (and children!) that I’m always finding around the house. But rather than sit and mope about my lack of playroom I’ve instead made the best of what we’ve got. And, to be honest, I love our current set up. As much as a playroom would be lovely, it’s also wonderful to have the children, and their belongings, interspersed with us and our ‘grown up’ spaces too. (more…)
Self care is a hot topic at the moment. Everyone has a different idea of what self care means, and rather than all trying to agree I think we all need to just accept that it looks different to everyone. For some people it’s pamper time, for other’s it’s ticking jobs off the to do list and for other’s it’s a hardcore gym session or seeing friends. The most important thing is that we actually get to have some self care once in a while, whatever that might look like for us. We all have things that stand in the way of us getting that time to refresh and recharge our batteries, and as busy mums sometimes it can feel impossible to get much time that is truly just for us. Even if someone takes the kids for an hour, most of us end up spending that time on housework or life admin, because it feels much more productive. But if there is one thing I’ve learnt over the last four years of motherhood, it’s that I’m no use to anyone if I’m burnt out. As they say ‘prevention is better than a cure’, and to me self care is the only prevention for burn out and overwhelm. It’s important, and it’s healthy to prioritise it once in a while. (more…)
If you read my last post on What Mother’s Day Means To Me then I won’t need to tell you again just how important I think it is to celebrate Mother’s Day. I love the excuse to celebrate not just my own motherhood but all the women around me too. We’re raising the future, just as the generations before us have done. They deserve thanks and recognition, and so do we. So just in case you are stuck on what to get for your mum, or a friend, or a grandparent this Mother’s Day, here is a list of ideas that I really think you can’t go too far wrong with!
Mother’s Day – I have to admit it’s one of my favourite days of the year. And not simply from a ‘everyone needs to buy me chocolate and treat me like a queen’ point of view, but more because it’s actually a day to celebrate what I would consider to be my greatest achievement in life – being a mother. And to also take the opportunity to celebrate other mothers around me. Because, let’s be honest, on a day to day basis it’s very easy to forget to celebrate all of the things that mothers do for everyone around them. I find myself so caught up in every day life that I hardly ever stop and realise quite how much I do for my children. At the end of the day I often wonder what I have actually achieved, but even on those days I’ve kept my babies alive, well and happy – which is a great achievement in itself! (more…)