Five activities that won’t break the bank 

Hey readers,

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

Mummuddlingthrough


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Top tips to keep children drinking water

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 

 

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Letter to the parents of children starting school 

To the parents of children starting in reception,

I know people get emotional when their child starts school in reception. My child will start year one in September so, I thought I would share with you what I have learnt over the year.

Firstly, I have read a lot about the emotional impact it has on a parent when their child starts school. Let’s be logical here they are not gone forever and this is an exciting new chapter on there life. Some parents sadly don’t ever get to see this opportunity so look on the bright side, at least they are growing healthy and growing into their own little personality.

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They will still love you but they are now that little more independent. I sure for one don’t want my child needing me so intensely.

Most of the time the child will enjoy the new experience. Sometimes, a child may have additional needs or struggle to settle in. but that is ok as the school is there to provide the support.

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Not many people know this but reception is actually classed as nursery. They do not need to pay for time off if you go on holiday. I have spoken to a teacher who has told me this information. So, stand your ground if you want to take your child out for a holiday.
Reception year is more about settling in and adjusting to school life. They will learn to write phonetically (which  is honestly a load of shite but I won’t go into that, as that is a post in itself). They learn to read which is lovely as my son had book each week to practice at home and he loves reading now.

They go on trips which is so much fun as most children love to be like a grown up especially when it is away from the family.

They will explore and learn all about the world, it will help them understand others.

it is also a testing time for a child as they need to learn to get on and share with other children. Some children are more bossy whilst others can be shy. This is life and I believe something good for the child to learn about different types of personality. Using skills are adapting and working out what way would be best to get the result they are searching for.

It will change them but for the good. They will grown as we all do and develop that much further. But don’t worry because they not alone as others are going through the same experience.

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DS1 on his first day at school, happy as Larry!

Cheers for reading X

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Eco cleaning ideas for kids

 

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.

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Father’s day gift guide 2017

Hey readers,

Next month (18th June) will be Father’s day and if you are struggling for ideas then look no further, as I have complied a father’s day guide.

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1) Firstly, my hubby is into baking and cooking, I know shock right. But I thought he might enjoy this as he always watches the programme and there is something beautiful about flicking through a cook book when you have five minutes to yourself. The Great British Bake Off Every Day cook book, full of favourite recipes from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. You pick pick up a copy from Asda (£9).

2) Looking for something amusing and a Star Wars Fan, check out this funny mug with the well know Yoda character printed on it. You can buy this online from Etsy (£6.99 + P&p).

3) Now, this item is slightly pricey but it will be a top hit for the techno man in your life. It is a spectrum solo DAB+FM radio. I like the fact that it looks similar to a Lego piece so something little bit different from your typical DAB style radio. But be perfect to have in the kitchen or even if you opt for a summer barbie in the garden, will create the perfect ambience. You can buy the radio from  John Lewis (£40).

4) If you want something a little bit different check out  Matalan option of growing your own pizza toppings (£3).

5) Always a hit in my household is the old alcohol beverage and this Hobgoblin beer from Tesco (£1.25) will nicely quench any father’s first on the special day.

I hope you have found this guide inspiring and whatever way you celebrate Father’s day, I hope you have a fabulous day spoling the father’s in your life.

Cheers for reading X

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Reasons why the boy throws a fit

Hey readers,

Kids are funny creatures aren’t they, you think you sussed them but then something happens and you what!!!! Here are some classic examples where you really wish you could understand but just leaves you even more confused.

Now I have two children which causes some lovely moments but other times hell over really silly things such as why has he got his bed over their on the left side and they so badly want it.

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When you don’t give your child that colour plate they so desperately need or else there whole life will fall a part in that instance.

Major suck in having to hold hands with you because they so are grown up when walking home from school and feel they may look like a baby in front of their friends.

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The emotional breakdown lasting two weeks after Christmas and having the difficulty to understand that boxing day it ends, haha!

When they are overly tired and you look at them, the filthy look they give you thinking how very dare you look in my direction!

The million and one question where has the hand wash gone (even though it is right at the end) they still have to question you and interrogate you on the new hand wash. Why, it is just bloody hand wash brought from Poundland, it is even the same make for God sake.

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Having a breakdown that school is not on a Saturday because they so desperately want to go on that specific climbing frame even though you offered a visit to a better one at the park. It is just simply not good enough.

Having an almighty challenge of getting them into the bath and then later having to battle the tears and tantrums of not wanting to get out ever.

What kind of things baffle you as a parent?

Cheers for reading X

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Spring Bucket List (2017)

 

Hey readers,

I do love a good list to motivate because as a parent I just get stuck so I like to gather small, realistic activities to do during each season and this spring is no different.

1. do some baking – I think I am going to aim to do chocolate cornflake cakes as they are the easiest thing to do with two children and it can go with the theme of Easter.

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2. Fly a kite – just because I love it and currently such a good time with the wind, got to strike while the iron is hot.

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3. Fingers crossed that the weather has some sunny days so that we can take advantage and get some picnics in. Both my boys love a good old picnic in the park!

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4. I do love this time of year to go for a family walk, as there is much to look at with the flowers and different colours. Also it is a great time to spot wildlife and seeing baby animals.

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5. You can’t go wrong with taking kids to feed the ducks, such a simple and lovely activity to do, plus it doesn’t cost the earth.

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6. It won’t be long for Eater so getting some cheap Easter activities such as painting some eggs will be fun and a brilliant way to do on Saturday morning.

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7.Co-inside with the park taking the frisbee to play.

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8.  Another really simply but fun activity to do is getting some chalk and draw outside. A bonus for us parents is that it is so easy to clean off.

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9. As it is baby season going to visit a local farm to see all the farm animals is a lovely spring activity to do with the family.

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10. Now is the time to plant some seeds to see them grow during the summer. You can get some really cheap sunflower seeds and my boys love watching them grow over the next couple of months.

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What kind of spring activities do you enjoy?

Cheers for reading X

Why are kids….

Hey readers,

Kids are still a mystery even after five years into motherhood this still have that ability to amaze me.

Why do kids produce so much snot, it just constantly streaming and if you think that is bad they wipe it on their sleeve and smear it all over their face or if you are really luckily they may share it with you, ewww!

Why do kids have a issue with sitting on their bottoms and constantly have ants in their pants.

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Why are kids more of a hinderance then a help with housework

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Why do kids always have sticky fingers.

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Why do kids always find talking about pooing, farting and their wellies so funny, seriously it is not that funny so please stop now!

Why do kids always have to be a rush with everything.Even getting  a pint of milk down the local shop, they do a bolt down the isle like it some Olympic sport.

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Why do kids always bounce on you first thing in the sodding morning when you are like a zombie and then for extra loveliness decide to lick face, why????

Why do kids ALWAYS do the fucking complete opposite of what you wish for, it is like they go out of their way to be an arse to you.

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Why do kids lie so blatantly obvious, “mummy I haven’t eaten chocolate” they say whilst looking at you with chocolate smeared all over their chops.

Cheers for reading X

Top 16 items for men in 2016!

Hey readers,

Check out this ace infographic from Look What’s Cool of the top ten items for men for 2016, great for inspiration for birthday’s or father’s day – which I know is a way off but you are never too early to be prepared.

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Cheers for reading X

 

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Chesterton WindMill

 

Hey readers,

Near Leamington Spa (Warwickshire) there is a wonderful beautiful place to visit called Chesterton Windmill. It is a used windmill that is still open for people to visit and it is brilliant photography location.

It is free so it is fab place to take kids if they need some fresh air to run around and such alternative to explore with kiddliwinks. My boys loved it and enjoyed hearing about the mill and what it was used for.

The windmill is also situated in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. There appears to be not many people come to visit, which are one hand is a shame but on the other is lovely and peaceful. You are not allowed to use drones, unless you ask permission from the farmer, which I think is fair enough.

The mill is in a field which you have to close the gate after so fairly safe for little ones and you walk up a short distance up a hill, nothing too painful.

Defiantly go check it out as it is stunning location like I have already stated above.

You can find more about Chesterton Windmill here.

 

Cheers for reading X