Yesterday was absolutely glorious weather here so we went to the park for a picnic with my brother and sister in law and their kids. Having had previous parenting fails where I thought I’d buy food at the park and then spent forty-five minutes queuing for over-priced sandwiches I now make sure I take everything that we could possibly need! Yesterday my husband was in charge of packing the picnic and he came up with this idea, I thought it was really clever and it worked out really well at our picnic so I thought I’d share it!
My kids hate going on road trips. Actually, since my second child was born I’ve actively avoided going anywhere further than an hour away, it was just to stressful, too unpleasant. She wanted to scream and fight her way out of the car and I figured I’d rather stay at home. But then fate (or crazy ideas that I have on a Saturday night) threw a bit of a spanner in the works and suddenly we were forced into making long road trips with the kids. Lots of long road trips with them. See, we decided to sell our place here in Essex and move to the other side of the country to Cornwall, which is great and fun and exciting and oh my days that is one looong journey. So we had to take the kids on a six hour journey to see the place before we moved there. And we have to view properties. And actually move. And then come back from the west coast to the east because all our family still live back here and there’s no flights and the nearest train station is 25 miles away so that isn’t going to work either. So these are my very best tips for travelling with kids in the car, because this is something that I’ve really had to work on and if you have any tips I’d really appreciate it if you could pop them in the comments section below!
With Mother’s Day on the horizon I thought it would be fun to try and get the kids baking and we came up with these sweet Mothers day biscuits that kids can make. I was asked by Debenhams if we would like to try out some of their gorgeous cookware range to create a Mother’s Day afternoon tea and my children were more than up for the challenge. In the way that some parents don’t like their kids painting in their houses or getting the glitter out, I must admit that I am often a little reluctant to bake. After all, with a two year old and a five year old along for the ride things can get a little messy to put it nicely. However the kids were both super excited at the thought of our special tea and the Mothers Day biscuits were so simple to make that actually it was a really enjoyable experience.
Are your kids healthy eaters? Mine are better than they used to be (woohoo!) but they’re still not as big fans of healthy food as I’d like them to be (boo!). I was challenged by Disney and BritMums to come up with some fun Disney inspired food to get my kids to eat a healthy breakfast and a vegetable snack so we took inspiration from their favourite Disney films, Frozen and The Lion King to make some food that I thought they’d try out! You can watch the video below to see how well it went and check out my instructions for these fun ideas in the post below!
Somehow the impossible has happened, this is my son’s last ever week at playgroup. I’m not quite sure how this can be the case since I’m fairly certain he only started a few weeks back but come September he’ll be starting school. That’s particularly crazy as it’s just taken me three attempts to write school, I’m not sure I’m ready for this! Like most mums I’m not super panicking about him starting, however I do want to make the transition as easy and enjoyable for him as possible, so with that in mind I asked the super wise ladies over on the Crafts on Sea Facebook page for their advice on preparing your child for starting school as well as the advice of some of my blogging friends and there’s a few things we’re doing thrown in here too!