Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

This is becuase I have been spending so much money on shite. I want to cut back and monitor the money I spend.
The things that I have tried to adopt this week is to make meals at home on Sunday as before I would do the quick and easy and buy the  meal deal from Sainsbury’s after swmming because it was easy and I am lazy! I save £6 just by making that change.

Secondly I  have downloaded two apps  Shopizze and topcashback, brilliant websites to help save money. I have already saved £5 so far this week!
Thirdly I have got a designated notepad just for to write down all my outgoings. So over the next couple weeks I can see my pitfalls and areas where can adapt new changes.

Hopefully this will help me feel a bit better around my finances because I seem to be panicking a lot which then entails random impulses becuase I have given up and felt defeated! We shall see but feeling much more positive about the situation.

Thanks for reading X 

The Reading Residence

What Are The Benefits Of Different Types Of Play For Little Ones?

I recently shared a post about dinner play and how my children love to play with their food. This got me thinking about all the different types of play that young children use to learn and grow and what the benefits of each form of play are. For children, especially young children, play is how they learn, grow and develop specific skills. It’s so much more then just a chance to express themselves. In case you’re unsure about the different types of play and the benefits, I thought I would share what I know with you. As well as a few tips for encouraging certain types of play.

Imaginative play.

Does your child love to play games with their stuffed animals or dress up like a princess and dance about? That’s imaginative play, a form of play that a lot of kids love. The great thing about it is that they can be whoever or whatever they want to be; from a unicorn to a nurse, they get to choose who they are. The benefits of imaginative play are that children learn valuable life skills, such as how to cooperate with others and how to take turns. If they’re playing with other kids, that is.

Outdoor play and learning.

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Research has shown that outdoor play comes with many benefits for kids. So much so that there are lots of companies that now offer special outdoor activities for kids, as seen in Shedstore’s showcase. From encouraging creative expression to boosting their fitness, outdoor play and learning are important. It helps kids to develop social skills and teaches them about the environment in which we live.

Playing as a group.

While younger children don’t tend to play as a group, as they get older kids start to take part in group play. This is where they play alongside other children. Whether it’s shop, or playing tag outside, that’s group play. This is an important form of play for children of all ages. As it helps them to develop their social skills and learn what are and aren’t appropriate behaviours.

Food play.

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A lot of parents tell their kids not to play with their food as it’s wasteful. However, food play is another form of play that is important for children. Studies have shown that children who play with their food, tend to be smarter kids who don’t. This is because as they’re smashing and throwing their food about, they’re playing and learning. So the next time your kids spread their dinner across the table, don’t tell them off, allow them to learn

Competitive play.
Whether your child is playing sports like football or is beating their sibling at Monopoly, this is competitive play. This type of play is important as it teaches kids the importance of working as a team, taking turns, and being a good loser. All kids want to win, of course they do but sometimes they have to lose. And playing competitive games or sports teaches them that. This might lead to a couple of tantrums, but being a good loser is an important life skill.

So there you have it, the different types of play and the benefits of each. Want your kids to become happy, healthy adults, then let them play to their heart’s content.


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Reasons to love YouTube

Hey readers,

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We are now in the internet age and where better place to explore then good old YouTube. I love YouTube and it has saved the day from boredom to dealing with the awkward questions my eldest asks me. Not to mention tutorials and reviews on products. I would otherwise be clueless and less knowledgeable so lets celebrate all things YouTube!

1) it’s free (part from some of the popular films).

2) It is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

3) The variety of information is amazing. There is so much out there from tutorials to free films. You can even get 30 minute type shows.

4)YouTube is a knowledgeable resource with a wealth of information perfect for the visual learner. Not to forget the stacks of videos on how to use WordPress.  It has helped me tremendously as a blogger to help me feel more confident in working around the WordPress website. Also, you can take your time,  stop and pause. You can even come back and do little bits making it more manageable to fit around you and your needs.

5) Anyone regardless of background or experience cam upload a video and there are little restrictions on what can post (apart from the obvious). Giving people the free rains over the material.

6) It can be unedited and what you see is what you get.  I be honest I love really dodgy ameture videos just for the comedy purposes alone.

7) You can learn about someone’s life and get to know the bloggers better on a social level. Because the individual is doing the recording and you get sense of authenticity.

8) You can create your own play list.  Remember in the 90s making mix tapes and the effort with stop and starting again with the tape recorder. Well using personalised YouTube playlists is  the modern way to tailor your needs. You can also pick the videos without the ads so playing right through without skipping even so often, win!

Cheers for reading X

3 Little Buttons


You Baby Me Mummy

FTMOB – 27/06/2016

Hey readers,

Well where has the half term gone, hope you all had a fabulous time.

1) My DS2 is loving Octonaunts and calls it, ‘notnaughts’. I think it is ever so cute.

2) My DS1 has seen pictures of the Statue of Liberty 🗽. However it came out in conversation the other day, he said, ‘ mummy I really want to go on an aeroplane to Americ to see the Statue of Liberty’.

3) At the dinnertable we were discussing the new decorations that are happening in the boys room. My DS1 said, ‘I want zig zags like electricity on the walls’. Which I think is an awesome description.

4) My DS2 is ever so cute as he can say three word sentences and more regularly , ‘ more please mummy ‘.

5) My eldest has been obsessing with the brain. He keeps asking, ‘ what happens when they take your brain out ‘. Let’s face it you will be dead though we have but it more subtly then that to him.

Cheers for reading X

Little Hearts, Big Love

Summer Time Fun

Hey readers,

July is swiftly approaching which means *big Gulp* SIX WEEKS SUMMER HOLIDAYS! This is draughting and challenging prospect for most parents to keep our little ones entertained.

Here’s some of my personal parent confessions that have helped me ease the pain of chief entertainer.

Need a break but pretty low on funds go to Ikea. They have a creche and it’s free.   Two hour break while they have fun burning all there energy. That means you can have guilt free time on social media and have a well earned break!  Plus the food is cheap, win-win in my eyes!

Let them get bored, it’s good for them to entertain themselves and not rely on you. If it gets to breaking point do a test. Walk out the room for five mins, though be best to tell the children that you are going for a break. Which by the way is allowed and no crime because let’s face it you need to now and again to keep you sane. Yeah they moan at first but amazing how they quickly distract themselves. Don’t feel guilty as I believe this is important skill for when they are older. Also there is something about boredom helping with creativity.

Remember it is OK to have a break you are human. Let the other parent look after them and go out for a while for some self indulgence. Even if it means getting a can coke from the shop sitting on some grass and reading a book. It gives you time to switch off because no one in their right minds enjoys the company of an individual 24/7, no matter how cute they are! It is important to have time away just so you get time out for yourself and don’t let the situation get to boiling point. I find it stressful especially when they are young the relentlessness to go and be yourself for a bit other then being a ‘mum’. Plus it helps them not favour the individual so much and appreciate other people in their life.

If all else fails go cinema on the cheap dry or when it is wet as it a safe activity that is cheap and a change of scenery l. It also gives us adults a change for a snooze in the dark, haha!

Sometimes there is so much pressure to spend, spend, spend to keep children entertained during summer. Don’t if you can’t afford something then don’t do it. Yes you want to give your children it all. But money can’t but everything and it is good lesson to teach kids you can’t get everything. Being honest and true full to your child is a excellent way of bullying trust on your relationship. It sure makes them value stuff more.

If your desperate to get out go for a walk around the block abd get some sweets. It helps break up the day and the children get excited over the small stuff.

Finally, to keep the kids entertained try getting a snall selection of toys each  day and rotate them around so they don’t get bored. Keeps it fresh and exciting for them.

Cheers for reading X

This post is an entry for BritMums Confessions of a Summer Parent Challenge, sponsored by Anchor.


Hey readers,

My word of the week is:


Because I have done so much wrapping what with my mums birthday then daddy’s day followed by hubby’s birthday,Eek! I hate wrapping with a passion but sadly it is something that I have to do from time to time. If I  had the funds for a professional wrapper to do it for me then I would, haha!

I enjoyed going to a local country park near me called Coombe Abbey Park. I WENT THERE  with my photography Course to help practice taking photos outdoors. It is good to understand the theory however practice is the main area where you can make improvements and learn so much more. Well that is my opinion  anyway. Somethings everyday life can be so relentless that it is fun to go out and get creative with snapping photos. The course is nothing serious just a simple short course on basic understanding of photography.  Now that I have being introduced to photography and seeing if I like it at first has inspired me to save the pennies together to get a DSLR, oh the dream!

I am glad that weather is making improvements as the last few days have been yuk so to finally see the sun and motivate me to go outside!

Hope you had a good week.

Cheers for reading X

The Reading Residence