It’s half term here but unfortunately I’ve been at work for the first half of it so tomorrow is the first day of the holidays that I will be with the kids. I’m not quite sure what we are going to do yet – I wanted to pack lots of things into what’s left of the school break but it very much depends on the weather, and I can see us spending far more time than I’d like in front of Paw Patrol with the kids fighting over who ate the last raisin!
*The competition is now closed – but you can still save 1/3 on tickets to the Baby and Toddler Show.
The Baby & Toddler Show brings together everything that new and expectant parents need to give their baby the best start under one roof, and you could win two tickets to go to one of the shows in Manchester, Surrey or Glasgow this Spring. All you need to do is enter the competition below – but don’t worry, even if you are not successful you can still save a third off the ticket price by using the discount code at the end of this blog post.
Recently, MPs launched a new campaign to tackle loneliness, after research showed that over 9 million people in the UK say they feel lonely, and the effects of “chronic loneliness” can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
When we think of loneliness we often think of older people or those with no family. But in reality, you could be surrounded by loved ones and still feel lonely.
One time in your life when loneliness can strike is when you have a baby. You might have a house full of visitors in those first few weeks, and you spend every waking moment (and there are a lot of waking moments) with a mini version of yourself who needs constant attention. So how could you possibly feel alone when your life is really quite hectic? (more…)
As January draws to a close, I can’t believe we are already one month in to 2017. I lost a week to tonsillitis, but other than that the year has got off to quite a productive start. We’ve put our house on the market, I took a few days off work to get the house decluttered and organised, Izzy turned 6 and we’ve had a few free weekends to spend some time together as a family, which has been nice after the hectic build up to Christmas.
- This weekend we celebrated Chinese New Year. Izzy and Clara loved trying different food (with chopsticks), making lanterns, dancing to Chinese music, dressing up as a dragon and watching Mulan and Kung Fu Panda 3.
In 2017 Chinese New Year falls on Saturday 28th January, marking the beginning of the year of the Rooster. It’s a great opportunity to learn about another culture through food and crafts, so I’ve put together some ideas for how you could celebrate. In some communities in China, the celebrations last for over 2 weeks, starting with a family ‘reunion’ dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve and fireworks to chase off evil spirits on New Year’s Day, and ending with the lantern festival on the 15th night – with plenty of other celebrations in between. (more…)