My top 5 kids apps

Hey readers,

Technology is so great, you can learn so much and it is for everyone. What I love though is that my boys can use the tablet for fun or learning and it gives me five minutes peace.

CBeebies play app

I love this because it is an app based on most of the children’s programmes on Cbeebies, so there is the familiarity. There is also more than one choice you can paint with Mr. Tumble, to Nina and the neurons where you programme the floor for the robot to follow the instructions. So, there is a mix of fun and educational games to play.

Kids Doodle

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This is a fun one for letting your little ones be creative and there are no rules. My eldest is autistic and this has helped him when he is stressed or having a meltdown, can help relax him and take the mind of his worries. You can make pretty patterns, glow in the dark.

Minions

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What kid doesn’t like minions. It is a platform game and even though my 4 year does play on it, I am not sure he strictly follows the runs but nonetheless still enjoys it. Whereas my 6-year-old understands the rules and likes to play competitively. This is one of the longest we have and it gets used the most.

Fish Farts

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This a funny game, it involves touching the fish on the screen and hearing them move with the vibrations of the fart. Both boys find this so hilarious because let’s face it what kid doesn’t find the sound of farting funny.

Zombie Smash

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Zombies is a good game (some parents may frown) but it is fun. It makes silly noises and pictures and they not allowed to squash the children which makes them laugh they do.

What apps do your children enjoy?

Cheers for reading X

My own dream home improvement wishes

Hey readers,

There are so many things that I dream about constantly with regards to having home improvements to my home to make it look more better for me and my family. There is so much to think about and wish you could do if you had the money or time to do them. I am going today talk about the kind of things that I wish I could do to make my home more homely.

I would love to have a door from my living room to the outside area that can be folded and create a bigger space so that the air could be more moveable around my living room. I like the idea of bifold doors and they are reasonable with the prices. You can take a look here and you will see how much is a bifold door for yourself.  I would definitely go for the six door design because I just love having as much possible fresh air as I can get,  especially during the summertime. It would be perfect to have that open space when doing a BBQ or just allowing the kids to run and back and four without having to worry about the door opening and closes. It can just be folded back in an open positive making less stress in the family home because I don’t have to constantly should about leaving the door alone. Having the bifold door would create a lovely feel for the room to have the outdoor world come inside.  Because I live in a small place having a huge area of glass will make the room look bigger and brighter. It will also provide more space which is always a blessing when you have children.

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The bifold door is made from toughened glass and comes with a 10-year guarantee, giving you that confidence that the product is protected. It is made from aluminium meaning that it shouldn’t, in theory, have to recoat it ever. There is also the financial gain with it being cost-effective with keeping the heat contained in the room for longer during the colder seasons. Having aluminium doors can be saving money as they need less material used to make then timber.

I feel that it would be lovely to maybe have also a skylight so there is more light coming in. I love nature and looking outside to see the sky would be a lovely way to feel relaxed at home. As my living room is quite dark it will help bring in light especially as my eldest is my hot on Lego, so making it much easier to play. Having a skylight is energy efficacy more so in the colder season because they allow more light and heat, therefore, saving money on your heating bill.

With both the skylight and bifold door they have a positive effect on your health because having more natural sunlight into your home means that it can help with your mental state and give you the feeling of energised. Therefore reducing anxiety and stress.

Cheers for reading X

This is a collaborative post with Direct Bifold Doors. However, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

The Chicest Trip To Milan, Italy

It is fair to say that one of the chicest countries in the world is Italy, and of all the beautiful cities there that you can visit none is more fashion conscious than Milan. After all, the Milanese are the hosts of international fashion week. With that in mind, if you are looking for a stylish stay in this fine city, keep reading for the ultimate guide.

Getting there

I’ll be honest, the journey from Sydney to Milan is not a short one. In fact, you are looking at around 24 hours all in, usually with a stop in places like Abu Dhabi and Hamad. However, I’ll also say that it is well worth the trip, and there are some things you can do to make the time go that little bit faster.

Firstly, some airlines are offering wifi on board now, so it’s a perfect time to catch up with your blogging or update your Insta to make your followers green with envy.

Then there is always the good old sleeping cure. Just make sure that you don’t get too out of whack and then spend the whole brake fighting jetlag when you arrive in Italy. Be sure to charge up your devices too, and make use of the onboard entertainment, and you should be able to survive the trip.

Staying there

Next, if you are going to have a chic vacation from start to finish, you must pick accommodation that reflects this. Luckily, you don’t have to look too far in Milan to find a luxurious hotel that is super stylish as well.

One such venue is the Boscolo Milano located on the Corso Matteotti. There you will find modern, light and ever-so-stylish rooms of all sizes for your trip. They also have a fabulous spa in which to relax and a fully equipped gym and swimming pool for all your fitness needs.

Although, if you are in the mood for something a little more traditional why not stay at the place like the Hotel Principe di Savoia? There you will find characterful rooms in an opulent style that is chic in a way that is all its own.

Eating there

Now you may think that the Milanese, being so focused on fashion, don’t eat that much, but you wouldn’t know that from the plethora of restaurants available in the city.

Try out Seta fro plate of food more stylish than most people’s wardrobes, or Macelleria Equina “Da Vito” Milano for a distinctly more kitsch style.

The chicest sites

No trip to Milan would be complete without visiting some of the chicer sites which include the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, as there you can see how the other half truly lived.

The Golden Triangle is filled with the chicest, high-end store.

Then there is the Teatro alla Scala, a beautiful opera house dating back to the 1800’s. Lastly, do not miss the Golden Triangle. A location that is, of course, one of the chicest places in the world let alone Milan, and as such a must for any budding fashionistas and trendsetters.

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Age is a wonderful thing 

Hey readers,

People knock being old, for fear mainly. However, age happens to everyone. So, let’s celebrate it because it can be wonderful for many reasons and here is why.

With age, you become more confident because you have lived on this planet longer and you know what the crack is. You know most people in front and you learn to not give a s**t in some respects. You change and you learn to grow into a different person, with different needs. With age you slowly don’t give a monkey’s about peer pressure, you can wear what you want, listen to what you want and it doesn’t matter who you know because you can do your own thing.

Now that I have become older I care less about materialistic things that were much more important when I was younger. Not because of money more the fact I put more meaning on to them.

You are wiser with age and have learnt more so you have that experience. Which comes in handy sometimes as we all know knowledge is power.

I think we age certainly with myself I am less likely to judge. I am much more understanding and flexible with my thinking, understanding that people are different.

Let’s celebrate wrinkles as a positive because they indicate that we have lived, experienced and still here to tell the tale. If we stopped worrying so much about looking younger then the messages would slowly stop with trying to get us to buy wrinkle what not because it wouldn’t be working because no one would buy their products.

I like the fact I can get to see my children grow as I get older. I don’t fear it or get sad but happy and feel blessed that they are alive. As so many parents don’t get this opportunity.

What reasons do you have to why ageing is good?

Cheers for reading X

How to stop your child from getting out of bed

Hey readers,

Sometimes we go through difficult times with our children where they struggle with different things happening in their life. I have myself experienced with both my boys times when they struggled to settle and go to sleep. They constantly would keep coming into the living room and saying they could not sleep. It was a blip and we worked through the difficulties. I tried several different things and thought I would share some techniques that maybe someone else may find useful.

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Routine.

Stick to a routine that suits you and your family needs. Kids love the consistency and if they know what is happening they can relax. It does take time but they will get used to it and it will make it easier for the child to settle down long-term.

Stay calm.

It can be easy to lose your s**t as a parent, it is hard work and very tiring at times, especially when your little darlings try to test you. But stay calm, it can help make the situation run smoother without the added tension.

Returning child to bed.

Keep putting them back to bed without any comments just a kiss and cuddle. I have been through this settling period a handful of times and they will eventually settle down once they know that they are not getting any benefit from doing it.

Worries.

Sometimes your child may have anxieties or something that they are worried about that is stopping them from sleeping. Ask them if there is anything that is on their mind and discusses options to help ease the anxiety.

Toilet.

Always make sure they go to the toilet before bed because any opportunity they can get up for they will believe me, and you.

Blackout blinds.

This is more relevant for the summer time but having blackout blinds are a life saver during the lighter months to help keep the room dark for your little ones.

Music.

I have only recently tested out playing relaxing music but both boys respond really well to it. We put a Bluetooth speaker in the room and have the music in the other room because I wanted an easy life. My children are the sort of kids to mess about at any given opportunity.

Reward charts.

Reward charts should be used short term for best effect to help motivate a child to change their behavior. Basically, if you stay in your bed you get a star and put it on a chart. When you collect x amount of stars you will be rewarded positively whether it be going to the park, getting an ice cream or magazine. It can be anything like that to help keep the child motivated. It is a great visual if it is on the wall so they can see where they need to work to.

Cheers for reading X

3 Health Benefits of Home-Growing Fruit and Vegetables

 

When adopting a healthy lifestyle, having access to good-quality, fresh fruit and vegetables is a huge motivator to staying on track. Just like food which is bad for us is readily available and easy to grab and go, making this the case for your fruits and veggies is so important.

Not many of us have a local store nearby our homes, and even if we do, how can we be sure that they are in fact good for us? With many concerns and worries surrounding fruit and vegetable growing and harvesting processes, why not take your food into your own hands and delve into the world of growing your own instead?

It’s Good for your Mental Health

Taking to the garden to grow your own stock of your favorite fresh produce doesn’t just help you physical favorite actually help your mental health too. That’s something that shopping for a salad doesn’t do!

The whole process of preparing the garden, planting your produce and harvesting them is actually a great stress reliever. It gives you an outlet in your life to focus on something totally natural which is a great distraction and is actually incredibly therapeutic.

What’s more, gardening also burns calories and makes us release endorphins which make us happier – definitely an important plus point in our books!

Your Produce will be Pesticide Free

One of the many issues that many people worry about it how much of their fresh produce is covered has been coated with pesticides. While most people wash their fruit and veg before consuming them, there is still the worry that the items carry traces of pesticides.

By growing your own, you’ll be able to control every part of the growth process and ensure that there are no chemicals involved in the process if this is something that you’re wanting to avoid. You are able to see the quality of your produce on a regular basis, allowing you to take steps to help them thrive only if necessary through the help of your range of gardening supplies.

Chemical-free and a result of your hard work – a double win!

Readily Available For Consumption

Even the freshest produce has probably taken a fair journey to land on the shelves of our supermarket. While they may be fresh and crunchy or juicy, do you ever wonder what they would taste like if they were even fresher?

When growing your own produce, there’s no long flights from country to country which can affect the quality of the product you are eating.  You’ll be getting the full, fresh nutrients straight from picking the item from your garden or allotment – no risk of damage or loss of quality!

Next time you’re planning your food shop for the week – just think how much better your food could be tasting from something that you’ve grown yourself!