On Saturday me and the hubby took the boys (4 &6) to our local Showcase Cinema De Lux to watch Paw Patrol:Big Screen Tails, 60 minute special. During the week Showcase hosted 25 unique events and films celebrating art, film and music.
I normally don’t have the funds for this type of activity but due to getting free tickets and it being half term who could resist anything to entertain your little darlings.
I like this cinema (I have wrote about the cinema before here) because it is quiet due to it being further away from the city centre.
The cinema is really clean and modern with the design. It also was not crowded or loud which helps as my eldest and myself struggle with these types of issues.
There was free face paint on the day, which my children loved. There was no ques which makes the experience a lot more pleasant. This was a big hit for both boys and added to the enjoyment of the event.
The screening itself was really comfortable. The film was just over an hour so having reclined seats helped settle my boys. There was plenty of room space and because it is a kid screening I think parents like myself you don’t feel self-conscious or worry about the noise.
Husband noted that the leather seats could do with a wipe with proprietary leather treatment where the back and seat meet because you could hear some crazy creaking from leather on leather as people adjusted their seats mid film – not a problem with family films but may be a bit off putting with a thriller.
I liked the fact that the screening was a shorter film as both my boys struggle a bit with concentration, so that was a really positive and no arguments again added to a good time.
The lightening of the auditorium I loved as it was not overpowering and the subtle blue lights at the side of the walls was excellent in the design aspect of the experience. Also, I found the volume of the film perfect. Normally when going to the cinema it is super loud, which worried me a bit as my eldest is really sensitive to hearing and could potentially cause a meltdown (autism).
The boys loved the experience and felt very comfortable. I definitely recommend going to go to the cinema with young children.
Cheers for reading X
I was given tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.
If you are a parent you would have experienced taking your child to the playground. I think they are brilliant resource for everyone to use and here is why.
They get you out the house and get you away from the four walls or watching too much tv.
Playgrounds are a great way of getting a change of scenery and be surrounded by green. Sometimes, just getting away from the same places is a blessing in disguise.
If there is one thing I love more then anything in the world as a parent is finding fun things to do with my child that are free because let’s face it children come with a bloody big price tag, especially when they hit school. So, if I can save some money somewhere then going to the playground is one. Plus it helps with keeping children entertained and stop complaining for awhile that they are a bored.
Playgrounds are great for exercise, playing chase, walking or even pushing a child on the swing all contributes to keeping you active.
Going to the playground allows you to blow some cobwebs of and get some much needed fresh air. It also provides a mental boost, and helps clear your head. It really is amazing such a small and simple activity can have a huge impact on making you feel less crap and giving you the change to think more clearer.
Visiting a playground outdoors gives the child the opportunity to get vitamin D from being out in the fresh air and help build strength in their bones.
Playgrounds encourage free play, where the child decides what they want to do, they can even make up their own games or use their imagination on the playground apparatus. This next point coincides with the above one in the fact that a child can test out there communional skills with socialising with other children at the playground. Therefore possibility of working together to establish what they want to do. There is also the positive effect of finding a person to share the enjoyment of play with someone who has similar interests in what they like to do in the playground.
Therefore I conclude that playgrounds are ACE!
Cheers for reading X
Why are children super fast when they want to be but as soon as a parent is desperate to get someone urgent they go to slough mode!
Here are some thoughts and conversationset I have when trying to get kids ready and out the sodding door.
1) Please get ready, we need to get to school.
2) I hate you hubby for giving me the task of getting the boys ready, you absolute tool.
3) If I you don’t get ready then I am going to turn off the TV but at the same time promising to turn the tv on because you need to sit still because you need to do their hair.
4) If you don’t get ready I will phone your dad and you will be in serious trouble. (Let’s face it no one wants to hear your daddy yell at you, even mummy gets scared with the decibels used).
5) When it gets close to birthday/Christmas or any special event that is important to your little darlings, it is the ultimate blackmail to get them ready and out the door promote. If parenting gets so bad it will be threatening every single day.
6) Shall I ask your teacher if you are like this at school? seems my son fears this one because he is so angelic he doesn’t want the illusion to vanish from the teachers eyes. Works a treat to kick his bottom into gear.
7) Threats about no pudding go down a treat (yes pun intended).
8) If in doubt and you desperate bribes can be used to keep your own sanity in tact. If ANYONE disagrees then they could bloody well come round at 7am and deal with the problem for me, no problem with that I tell you.
9) Stare at your child, if gives them the willies that the arguments must stop or mummy is going to lose her sh*t big time. This normally occurs when on a Friday because we all tired and about had enough of having to go through this drama for the fifth time this week.
10) If your child loves school as much as mine threaten that if they don’t get dressed won’t go to school that day and do nothing all day at home. Amazing how effective that is and they comply to your need of them getting their socks on.
Cheers for reading X
Today I want to talk about things to do when you’re skint because that’s my situation right now. I thought this may be of use to parents who struggle to find cheap entertainment when you have lack of funds.
1. The first thing that I would suggest is the most obvious thing and that is just to take a ball, frisbee or anything that is suitable for the park It can be just the local Apr down the road but it is still fun. Not to mention getting some fresh air and a break from the four walls of your home.
2. If you are bored, skint and at home then pick film. You can even find a ton of free films on YouTube. Such a easy activity to kill a couple of hours especially when it is rainy or to stop the never ending.
3. If you are desperately needing to escape the Doom of mummy prison then I suggest get your wellies on and go out. Even if it is to just simply collect leaves, sticks and stones. All I can be fantastic material to paint with at home. It is free and a real winner in my home.
4. I love my library, it is such a fabulous service within the community. It is free to loan books and children’s audio books. There is free activities such as rhythmtime and story time – in the latter they provide free activities with all their materials such as paper and colouring in pens. It is a great day out for everyone and you’re learning, what more could you want?!
5. A classic activity to do when you’re skint is to get the board games out or jigsaws. You will be amazed at how much it can kill an hour or two and it us great bonding time. plus, it helps teach children patience and to share!
Is there anything I have not mentioned that is a real winner in your home that doesn’t break the bank?
Hope you have found this helpful and whatever you do I hope you have lots of fun.
Cheers for reading X
Water makes up more of a child’s body than an adult’s so it is vital they have plenty to drink as they are more prone to dehydration.
How much they need depends on each child, but health experts suggest 6-8 glasses each day. For younger children, the British Nutrition Foundation suggests servings of 120-150mls, and 250-300mls for older children.
But, of course, expert advice is one thing, getting your child to follow that advice is another.
Top tips for keeping children hydrated
Let them choose a water bottle
Younger children in particular will love having a new trinket. Let them help to fill up the bottle with filtered drinking water and the novelty should at least last a week or two and hopefully form into a habit.
Make ice lollies at home
Invest in lolly moulds then add flavourings or juice to filtered drinking water. At least you will know what is actually in the lollies – and that there is water in there!
Always have water on hand
Save yourself a fortune on drinks by always carrying a refillable bottle of filtered drinking water. Pack well when heading out for the day with a bottle for everyone and frequently offer children a sip of water.
Try to cut back on sugary drinks
A glass of squash made up with filtered drinking water may help to keep fluid levels topped up but dentists advise keeping these to meal times to minimise sugar damage.
Encourage children to drink more when exercising
It can seem like young children are on the go all the time. Keep offering them water as they race around and remind older children to take a bottle of drinking water with them.
Should the sunshine make an appearance…
Provide plenty of fresh, cool filtered drinking water to stop children getting dehydrated in the heat.
Most of all make sure they have plenty of energy to enjoy playing by staying hydrated.
For more information on hydration and the benefits of drinking filtered water visit Doulton Water
Involving the kids in the daily household chores can be educational and fun, especially for the younger ones who love following around their parents and helping them. And while you may prefer using bleach to clean up everything, it’s not really a good idea to expose children to toxins such as chlorine. In order to keep your home tidy and your family safe, we have compiled a list of several eco cleaning ideas for kids.
Children not always love cleaning after themselves, but if you start teaching them from early age, it will become a daily habit for them. You should explain them the meaning of ecology and why it is so important to protect our environment. Most kids will instantly buy into the idea of saving the planet, so they will be excited about eco cleaning, as well.
Before giving your kids any chores to do, make sure to get rid of all the toxic cleaners you are probably used to. This includes all commercial cleaning products – unfortunately, they contain hazardous ingredients that can cause a wide variety of health problems such as skin irritation and skin burning, allergies, breathing difficulties, and many others. They pollute the air in your home and with regular use, can even be carcinogenic over time. You can either replace them with eco cleaners that are also available in most stores, or use easy home-made concoctions. They are safe not only for the environment, but for your family, as well.
Simple items from your pantry such as vinegar and baking soda are well-known that will clean almost everything in your home – bathtubs and sinks, ovens and upholstery. Moreover, they are easy to use by your children, too. Just mix the ingredients in advance and show the kids how to use their new, green cleaner. If you want to refresh and deodorize the carpets, tell the kids to sprinkle over them a little baking soda. Then, let it sit for half an hour and vacuum clean everything – or let the kids do it. One of the most exciting eco cleaning chores is not a chore at all – give the children baking soda and vinegar to mix for the toilet. The reaction between the two will create a little explosion that is really fun, yet completely safe. And don’t worry, the smell of vinegar will go away, when the toilet dries.
For a green washing of the windows you can use lemon juice or a mixture of 2 cups water and 3 tablespoons vinegar. Then arm the kids with a spray bottle and clean soft cloths and your windows are done. If you and your family don’t really like the smell of vinegar, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil – it not only smells nice and fresh, but also disinfects and kills bacteria. In fact, several essential oils are very effective antibacterial and antiseptic agents, so you can use them in your cleaning routine – tea tree, rosemary, lemon grass, lavender and eucalyptus. Another green all-purpose cleaner is the natural soap. Look for Castile soap or any other organic vegetable-based soap that is safe and biodegradable. It’s even easier to use by the kids, if it’s in its liquid form and can be used as laundry detergent, hand or dish-washing soap, etc. Mix it with water and a few drops of essential oil and you will have the perfect cleaner for floors, tables, walls or cutting boards.
Another eco cleaning chore your children can easily do is decluttering and sorting out the garbage. Show them what should be thrown away and what could be reused and recycled. Have them divide the recyclable items into three piles – plastic, metal and glass. Then before putting them in the recycling bin, the kids should wash them well with water and soap – tell them to remove all labels, if it’s not too difficult for them. Old or broken toys can also go for recycling.
All these household chores can be done eco-friendly with a little imagination. Try to be as green as possible, if not for yourself or the environment, then for your kids. Their health and well-being are the most important, after all.
This is a guest post.