Lovely

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

Lovely word of the week

This week has been fun having not the stress of raving our in the morning and relaxing. We went out for the day to Birmingham National sea life centre which the boys loved seeing all the fishes and penguins. Hubby and I were really impressed with how well the day turned out with no meltdowns which are a refreshing change.

We also had picnics and spent time outdoors in parks this week as we could be more flexible with time therefore not having to stress about time and have options to go to different places.

Overall this week has been lovely for my boys and myself as we have all really benefited from some downtime. Although not shew the will be happy next week with being introduced with the getting up early in the morning.

Hope you had a good week.

Cheers for reading X

#Aceforschool challenge

Hey readers,

We are now near the end of the first term and I as a parent have already had to deal with tricky stains from the lovely mud kitchen (an area full of mud and water) to art stains plentiful of them. Therefore I have to battle the challenge of trying to remove them tough old stains on the uniform.

Here are my tips on how to deal with a smooth school evening.

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Routine.

First, of all establish a routine as it is important to lay down the rules. First thing is first when we get home is to make sure that the boys take off their school uniform and get changed into there play clothes.

Drink.

I don’t know if it is just my kid in the fact that he needs reminding to have a drink. It is amazing to see the difference after they have had a drink and are much calmer. If I don’t remind my son he won’t have one. Luckily my youngest is the opposition but still it is good to keep on track of things.

Playtime.

Allow your children to have some fun and unwind. It took me a long time to not get stressed about homework and stuff. They actually perform much better when they are calm.

Check.

This is a mum task for me is to check the uniform for stains. It is amazing the array of different stuff that occurs on the uniform from paint to tomato ketchup they are there. My eldest also attend after-school clubs and one is netball, gardening and street dance. My son isn’t the sort to just sit still and he loves to get his hands dirty. Therefore school uniform has to be checked every day haha.

I tested out the ACE range that was sent to me from BritMums.

I used the stain remover spray to use instantly to hit them tough stains quickly and leave them in to soak.

Measuring cup from the bottle for the Ace for colours.

After some time of soaking the clothing in the stain remover, I then put the garments into the washing machine with 100ml of the ACE for colours laundry fabric stain remover. I find sorting out the clothing soon as I can then it will reduce the stain.

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Before spraying the target area with Ace stain remover spray.
After.

The combination of the spray and fabric stain remover really worked well at erasing them tough stains. I am very impressed.

Homework.

Making sure that there is time for homework is important because there is nothing worse than trying to do the homework on the morning of the due in date *ahem*.

Here is some detail of both the ACE products below.

Ace for colours helps make the laundry is a fabric stain remover that you can put on your laundry to help get rid of stains and eliminates odours. It keeps whites bright and colours shine.

Ace stain remover spray is a spray that you spray on the affected area of clothing and leave it to soak to help get rid of the stubborn stains. Perfect for school uniform which happens frequently when my boys come home with stains to show how much fun they have had at home.

Here is a picture of my boys together who don’t sit still for a minute 🙂

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Cheers for reading X

“This post is an entry for the BritMums #ACEforSchool Challenge, sponsored by ACE. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper. http://www.acecleanuk.co.uk/ or to buy head to your local Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s.”

How to help my child read

Hey readers,

My youngest has started to read and bring books home. So, it inspired me to write some tips that have helped my eldest and youngest to read.

Read at home.

I think the most important thing to do when it comes to encouraging your child to read is to just simply read to your child and get them involved with listening to the story. This is a great way to get your child familiar with books, it is also a great way to bond. Reading books at bedtime is important to incorporate as it is relaxing and can help get your child to sleep. When reading to your child or getting them to read to you dot pressurise them too hard, make it light and fun – they are more likely to want to do it.

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Talk to your child.

My second tip to help get your child to read is to talk to your child about the book and let them tell you what the story is about, you could ask about their opinion of the book.

Wordless books.

Wordless books are a great tool to help with introducing reading to your child, they can talk about what is happening on the pages and it helps familiarise with reading.

Think positive and encourage praise.

toddler reading book

I know it can be frustrating when you want to do something and want to get your child to meet the expectations. But don’t worry, think positive that they will learn but don’t but don’t aim for them to do such and such with regards to reading at such a certain time. It is important to be laid back, encourage praise because children can sense the negativity especially when you are short tempered. If it is relaxed they are more likely to enjoy reading and want to do it all by themselves.

Be interested in what they are reading.

When listening to your child take interest in what they are reading, encourage them by asking questions and how they feel or rate the book.

Library.

From a young age, you can take your child to the library and get them interested in books. There are free music and story time books allowing them to have fun and it is something free to do with your little one. Also, during the summer there is the reading challenge where you read x amount of books and receive stickers, activities at the end of a certificate and medal. A great encouragement to read. Another thing to do at the library is to let your child pick out books that interest them, it is free to borrow them. There is a wide selection of books, fiction, and non-fiction.

Space.

When your child is reading to you before jumping I and helping them (which is all too easy as I am guilty of this one) allow them the space to try themselves to break down the word and say it. Sometimes the best way to learn is through practicing yourself and getting familiar with words.

photo of a boy reading book

What things have you learned to help your child to read?

Cheers for reading X

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Different

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

that is because my eldest has been to Beaver camp with his dad at the weekend. Therefore it has just been me and my youngest at home so completely different routine however it was only for one night as well. I and the youngest had a lovely day together on Saturday where we went out despite the rain. We went for a wonder played in nature went to the park and even at an ice cream at an ice cream parlor. who cares if it was raining we still had a brilliant day.

This week my eldest got to go check out Kenilworth castle with his school. He loved it and couldn’t wait to tell me all the things that he had learned. He absolutely loves facts so was totally in his element.

I hope you have a had a good week.

Cheers for reading X