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Our Day At Brimham Rocks

It’s the first week of the Summer holidays and we have closed our childminding business for some much needed family time. As part of Our Family Summer 2018 Bucket List we wanted to visit and discover BRIMHAM ROCKS, NORTH YORKSHIRE. You can see our Family Summer 2018 Bucket List HERE Brimham Rocks are a collection of natural rock formations created by a large river that ran through the area 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth.  As you explore the rocks you really feel like you are taking a step back in time. It like something from another…

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The Importance Of Family Games Nights

As a family, together we have made a commitment to make sure that we spend more quality time with each other. My boys are now at an age where they all enjoy playing games and they ask us regularly to play games with them, as well as each other. I’m  a great believer in communication and relationship building. Family games nights are perfect for these. Family game nights help develop important life skills such as good communication skills, problem solving, strategy, teamwork, and great sportsmanship.A family that plays together stays together!  I like to research games before choosing the ones that…

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Why I Decided To Take The Plunge And Go Self Employed After Baby Number 5

Today marks our 3 year Anniversary of being self employed. And i’ve never looked back. via GIPHY This Is How It Happened… In January 2014 I returned to work after my maternity leave with my 4th child. I worked 30 hours a week over 3 and a half days. My husband, Matthew was a Home carer. He would work the early shift 6-8am, come home and I would go out to work 9-6. I would then return, only for him to go back out to work. He worked the late shift 7-11. On weekends I would work 9-1. We were…

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My Nametags Review – Mums Helping Mums Product Review

My Nametags creates custom labels that either stick or iron on. I have used their labels for years & am happy to share my thoughts with you in My Nametags Review! My Nametags offer two types of labels. Iron On and Sticker Labels. The iron on labels attach very easily to clothing. I generally put one on every item of nursery or school uniform because if they have an accident or need to be changed at school, it was helpful for the teachers to have the clothing labeled. I also label coats, hat & gloves. Because, if your children are…

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You Only Get 18 Summers – 18 Summers Wishlist

  I don’t know about you, but when I was younger, especially in my teenage years, I couldn’t wait to be older. I used to wish my life away. You will no doubt have heard some variation of the phrase ‘Enjoy them while you can before they grow up.’ Since having children and becoming a parent myself, I have found that the years seem to be flying by. If doesn’t seem 5 minutes ago I was 18 and giving birth to my eldest son. Who, this year, will be 16! It’s scary to think that you only 18 summers with…

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Mum’s, Give Yourself Some Credit!

Ok, lets set the scene. It’s 9 PM on a Wednesday evening, you have just managed to sit yourself down on the sofa after spending the last 2 hours trying to get your little darlings to go to bed. Finally, you’ve got your mega comfy Primarni pjs on, you’ve made yourself a cuppa and got yourself a few biscuits, because we all know we need that sugar rush. Just enough to get us to the end of the day and have that little bit of much needed ‘Me Time’. Aaaahhh, Me Time ….that time of the day when no one…

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5 Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier – GUEST POST

5 Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier While raising children may seem like a task that is far too overwhelming for you, you will find that it really isn’t that hard to be a great parent. As long as you have a strategy for success, you can integrate children into your life easily. Here are five parenting tips that will make your life easier. PIN ME FOR LATER Be Consistent With Your Children Whether it comes down to bedtime or playtime, kids love schedules and consistency. When you aren’t consistent with your children, they aren’t going to know…

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Let’s Talk Mental Health – How To Help A Friend With Mental Health Issues

Following the, tragic death of one of the most adored fashion designers, Kate Spade, and after reading the circumstances around her death. I really feel that Mental Health needs to be talked about and acknowledged! Ok, so Let’s Talk Mental Health. Yes, you heard or in this case ‘read’ me correctly….. Mental Health! PIN ME FOR LATER I do know and I do understand that people see Mental Health as a ‘taboo’ subject. You know what i’m talking about? The whole ‘if we don’t talk about it, it doesn’t exist’ attitude. Well, i’m sorry to say Mental Health is REAL! Mental…

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9 Motivational Quotes To Keep You Motivated Every Day

Every now and again life can get a little overwhelming. Times when we don’t have the motivation to carry on or to complete a task. I always find Motivational Quotes help change my mindset. When ever I am feeling a little under the weather or unmotivated, I use Google or Pinterest and search for motivational quotes. PIN ME FOR LATER Here are 9 of my favourite motivational quotes. No one is going to push you except yourself Always believe something wonderful is about to happen Nothing is permanent in this world, not even our troubles Letting go isn’t easy, but…

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Top 23 Books For Reading With Kids Aged 2-5 years old

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things is reading with kids. Having 5 children of my own and being a childminder, reading with kids is all a part of my daily life. From a young age, children love to explore and take an interest in books. They love nothing more than to share the experience with their special adult. Kid’s can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on the pages. You can guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to…

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