Category: Family & Parenting

Kiddyum frozen meals: a quick fix for busy families

Family life can be hectic at times – it can be a juggling act trying to manage work, the nursery drop-off, school runs and all those extra-curricular activities. And that’s before you even think about making a start on the housework. So when it comes to mealtimes, cooking healthy meals from scratch is probably the last thing you have time for!

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So when Clara and I were asked to try out some Kiddyum frozen meals they sounded like they could be the answer. On the days I’m not working, I’m chauffeuring my eldest daughter to after-school dance classes and swimming lessons, so by the time we get home the kids are starving and don’t want to wait ages while I cook tea. I need to get something on the table pretty quick, but at the same time I want to make sure my children are eating healthy and nutritious food. (more…)

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8 Storage Solutions for Toys and Books

Toys and books just seem to take over our house. It doesn’t matter how often we go through them and relegate things that are no longer played with to the loft, charity shop or rubbish tip, the collection just continues to grow. Christmas, and Izzy’s birthday right afterwards, brought a whole new influx of exciting toys and games, all which needed homes. I also committed to giving the whole house a good sort out during January, getting rid of things we no longer need and reorganising everything else, so having some good storage systems in place for toys is a key part of this. Of course we still have toys strewn all over the house, some which are too big to ever really be tidied away, but at least most things have a home!

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Pampers Baby Dry Pants

We were sent a pack of Pampers Baby Dry Pants to try out, as part of the Emma’s Diary partner campaign. We have used Pampers before, but we hadn’t tried the pull up ones.

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Clara generally lies down really nicely to get her nappy changed but sometimes I do find myself chasing her around the room, hoping I can get her nappy on before she relieves herself all over the floor. The pull up style Pampers nappies are really easy and quick to get on – no more sticky tabs breaking off as you go to fasten them or realising half way through that you’ve put the nappy on back to front! And to remove you just rip the nappy down the side. (more…)

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How to get that festive photo – in 12 not-so-easy steps

It’s the same every year. All I want is a nice photo of the kids to make Christmas cards, or to put in a bauble or gift to the Grandparents. Just a nice, festive photo. You see those photos on Facebook and Instagram – newborns in santa hats, siblings in matching festive jumpers – and you think it can’t be that hard to recreate. So here’s how you can do it, in twelve not-so-easy steps.

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A Guide for Dads: Surviving Labour

During pregnancy, much of the focus is on the mum-to-be. And that’s fair enough – I mean, no offence boys but your role pretty much extends to going out at 3am for supplies of the latest craving and telling your partner she definitely does not look fat.  Except, it doesn’t. As amazing as pregnancy is, its really hard sometimes, and scary, and having someone around who can support you through it makes all the difference. This is especially true during labour. So here are some tips, from one woman who has been through it, for Dads-to-be.

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