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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Save some cash this Summer 

Hey Readers,

We are in the mist of sale season so what better time then now to grab a bargain. I have checked some of the hot deals that are currently available online. A brilliant site to check out is Love The Sales is the place to go to find the top bargains online. The site gathers over 600 UK retailers all under one site so it is easy and hassle free to find a bargain that you want. There is so many items whether it be homeware, accessories or clothes the world is your oyster on this site!

In this post I have selected five items that tickle my fancy. Check out on these corkers of a bargain down below.

1) How beautiful are these Fred Perry
mint Kingston twill Dusty trainers. They look so comfy and perfect for autumn school run. I love the colour and something different to add to your wardrobe. Orginally the trainers cost £50.00 but now you can grab them for £30.00.

2) The second item is a Vivienne Westwood  hali checked taffeta dress. Was €498.00 now you can get it for €249.00. I love the fit and it looks so floaty as well.

3) Look at this beautiful long, red jumpsuit from Dorothy Perkins.  It is a cracking bargain as you can still wear it during autumn/ winter by layering it up. It costs now £17.99 and the original price was £29.99.

4) Is this classic Fred Perry gingham shirt. I just love gingham and it looks really funky in a shirt. It did cost £59.99,  now cost £41.99.

5) Another top deal from the wonderful Dorothy Perkins is this lovely black cold shoulder top. Great fir casual wear and is very versatile. Was £26.00 now £10.80.

What I love about all these items is they will have plenty of wear and I can wear them through out the year sbd wear them for a good few years, which makes this frugal person very happy indeed.
There are so many good finds in the sales could not possibly add them all. What kind of things have you found in  the sale? Do you love a good sale?

Hope this has inspired you and thank you for reading X

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The end of reception year at school

To my darling boy,

Can you believe that you have completed your reception and you will moving to year one. I can still remember when you were first born and being so tiny, how times have changed!

Well what can I say have noticed a real transformation, some good, some challenging shall we say. This year we have learnt so much about you and the person you are becoming.

I and daddy are so learning that you are autistic, even though no one will listen at the moment, but that is more politics and what the eyes can see more than anything but that is a can of worms that I won’t open here.

You have progressively got better with your speech and through expression. You have become more confident and independent. You have thrived in learning – I can’t actually believe how much you love reading now. You can’t seem to stop writing, which is just lovely to see. Your thirst for knowledge is mesmerising (thank Goodness for YouTube).

I know you feel frustrating at the beginning of school due to misunderstandings through communication but you have become more patient and willing to listen.  You’re so determined and possibly a little bit stubborn but I think that this are positive traits in a person and make good qualities in life.

You’re such a caring boy, always being kind and listening to others. You don’t exclude people and you want to make sure that they are involved. This might be down to understanding about mummy’s autism and the way that she cannot do the things others can do. Therefore, allowing you to be understanding of other’s needs.

You have excelled in every element of your school report and we are so proud of you. You have come on heaps and bouts. There is more work to do but I know you can achieve it as you are dedicated and focused.

We spoke to your teacher the day before you broke up and she said that you have improved a lot with your behaviour. When asked do you get involved with the naughty behaviour that other people do y out step aside and don’t get invoked. You are now more of a role model child to kids. Me and your daddy believe that this is down to the fact a few months ago we talked openly about your autism and how it affects you in certain ways.

I love you dear child and you make me so proud to allow me to call you mummy.

Well done and here is to the next year which I know you can’t wait to get stuck into

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Love you,

Mummy X

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​How to encourage your toddler to brush their teeth {guest post}

Hey readers,
Today I bring you a guest post from Bhandaldentistry all about how to encourage your toddler to brush their teeth.

Toddlers are a challenge, even at the best of times. You may have a child that loves giggles and hugs all day long, but as soon as it comes to brushing teeth, they have a meltdown. This is especially true if you’re trying to encourage them to brush their own teeth. But there are lots of ways you can turn a potentially uncomfortable and confusing task into something they enjoy.

Make it fun

First, you need to make brushing fun. In the middle of the day, have your child brush his or her toys’ teeth, for some fun practice. When it’s time to brush, sing or play a song for two minutes so your child can anticipate how long the process will take. Finally take your child to get new supplies, and let him or her pick them out. That way, your child has some control over their tooth brushing, and they can pick out the brushes and toothpastes that excite them. 

Encourage independence

You can begin to encourage brushing independence by taking turns. Encourage your child to brush in the morning, followed by a quick sweep by you, while you do the complete evening routine. Or let your child brush for the first minute, while you finish up and get all the spots he or she missed.

Also try brushing with your child. Toddlers love mimicking adults, and this way, your little one can brush with you while seeing how to reach every part of their mouth. If they still don’t want to brush, let them brush your teeth so they can see how funny it can be.

Remember it’s about establishing habits

At the end of the day, they will not get this right, at least not right away. That’s why you’re there to help them get all the spots they’ve missed. The important thing at this stage is that they establish good habits. The good practice will come later. Try to keep that at the heart of everything, and you’ll soon find that your toddler will happily begin to brush his or her own teeth.

This post was written by the team at Bhandal Dental practice. Bhandal Dental Practice have created a free book for children to help with fear of brushing and going to the dentist. For more information please visit their website: Bhandaldentistry.co.uk

Cheers for reading X

Summer, Summer Time

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Summer…

it is now upon us and I am not sure where I stand or feel with this. I suppose I enjoy some aspects more than others. As a parent I think (myself included) the prospect of six weeks of with our little darlings can be daunting, however, some of the time it can blissful in between all the squabbling over a silly colour plate.

During the summer is more relaxed with not having to rush and fit things in. We can stay out longer in the park and enjoy more sunshine. Where we can eat al fresco, taking of your shoes and cloud gazing.

Naturally, that would excite me as during the warm days I like to challenge to see how much washing/drying and putting away I can achieve. I don’t need no Ninja Warrior test here, this is mum’s style of adventure, lol!

I like summer because it is the time when the evenings are calm and the sunsets are beautiful. It when flowers are bright and in full bloom. It means walking and being in nature, where I am most happiest.

Summer means the boys can play outside and have fun without me being as miserable stuck in and losing my tiny mind. It also means I don’t have to venture in a soft play area, full doom.

I enjoy the freshness that summer brings, with living high up in the sky it means there is more change ofa breeze. There is something relaxing about the sensation of the wind moving about through room to room. The smell of grass being cut and a considerable amount of ice lollies being eaten.

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how to improve your mobile battery

 

Hey readers,

Do you suck the energy dry form your phone. Let me give you some tips to help extend the amount of battery phone.

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Firstly, turning down the brightness can help reduce the amount of battery.

When using wallpaper as background for you mobile chose a darker themes as less light is used and can help reduce your battery usage.

Turning off vibrate can increase talk time for an extra 10 minutes, If you go into your settings of your phone it is very simple to switch over.

Turn off additional settings such a GPS, location and anything else that might not be used.

One of the easiest ways to help reduce battery time is to turn down the brightness as this contribute to your battery life. This is one of the most popular and effective ways used by people.

Looking through the apps on your phone and work out which ones are using up more battery then others, then turn off the irrelevant ones.

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Now again go through a clear out of apps on your phone that you do not use anymore, this will help with reducing battery.

If you are not worried about constantly getting notifications with emails and any other notification form apps. Then my suggestion is to turn off them notifications will be a big help in increasing your battery life.

I have found that being on Android that using apps constantly comes with updates that never seem to stop. Well a way to deal with this is turn of your notifications. Therefore saves a lot of battery and if you need to update an app it is easy to do manual through the app store.

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All this tips may seem little improvements but when achieving all these actions then they soon add up to longer battery life, making you get more out of your mobile during the day.

Cheers for reading X

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Disorder

Hey readers,

My word of the week is

Disorder

Because my home is basically pretty much looks like a drugs den and I would not dare decorate when I have a hubby who’s experienced in decorating (not to mention a perfectionist). Downside to this is he is lazy so for months we have walls with blobs of paint to see which we want.

Then suddenly, hubby decides to get his shit together and go ape in the space of three days sanding all the walls and buying paint and painting.

Everything is covered in dust and nothing is rightfully in order, OMG  I  hate it with a passion, why has he always got to be an extremist, grrrrr.

I suppose on a brighter note the walls do not look smother, haha.

Also, had both sets of grandparents different times during the week which instantly means the kids go loopy. But it was nice to have  a change for them and they were so excited telling them about every single thing in detail, like we don’t need to know about how much poo you have done today, lol!

Cheers for reading X

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how to reduce feeling overwhelmed

Hey readers,

I am autistic and often I feel overwhelmed by all the information that I am taking in, weather that be in the physical environment or online. So, I thought I would share with you tips that have helped me feel less overstimulated.

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The hardest thing to do so is to step away from the situation but it is the best thing to do. This is because it cuts the information and stops everything from processing. Close the computer, step away from the notes or environment and give yourself that time to calm down/switch off from what is triggering a heighted sense of overload.  I found when I have made an immediate cut off I feel I can think clearer rather than just being in the situation where all I can thing about is that one thing. It gives me change to breathe and think what my next move is.

Writing down what exactly I want to do with all the information that is spinning around in my head. Writing down has helped make me feel more space to think straight about exactly what I am doing next. Hence why I always carry a notepad, so I can write all that stuff down that is important to me. Doing this also gives me a sense of control so I don’t get scared of missing out on any vital information at a later date.

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Often when I am feeling overwhelmed at home it means that I have more than one task to complete. Typically, I am trying to multitask, which is a bad move as I am more likely to make mistakes. Therefore I do a to-do list of all the things I need to get done and then number them in priority. If I don’t finish the list I can leave it for a different time.  Sometimes, you have to accept that you are not super human and there is only so much time that you have to do stuff especially being a parent. If it is not something that desperately needs to be done then it can wait. I have done this and found that the work I do at a later date is much better quality. This is because I can focus more on the task rather than at an earlier time when I am stressed out and unable to contrite on that one task, win-win!

I am a big believer in using breathing techniques (it did take me a long time to learn the importance of this) but using all your power on focusing on the art of breathing has really helped over the past couple of months. It helps relax my body and mind, allowing me to feel a reduction in feeling overwhelmed/anxious giving me the break to think.

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With regards to my blogging I can get obsessed with linking up posts or saying yes to reviews, even though I am half-hearted about them. It is one of the most challenging things to do as a blogger is to say no, especially if like myself I struggle with social anxiety. Therefore, causing me to worry about the outcome. However, you have to look after yourself and can’t please everyone, you need to do what works for you. It is good to have a break or stop and think what makes you happy.

I hope this has helped anyone feeling overwhelmed, is there anything that has helped you get through feeling overwhelmed?

Cheers for reading X

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National picnic week 

Hey readers,

Apparently I have been told that this week is national picnic week so let’s celebrate this appreciate for all things picnicy!

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Firstly, as a parent picnic’s are a blessing because it means less tiding up for you as you leave the crumbs and check the paper plates in the bin, result!

You can pretend to be all fancy with your paper plates and napkins, there is a sense of sophistication (even if it is paper).

It is a great way to get out of mummy prison and less time having to focus on what the hell you going to do to entertain your child.

Any excuse for some ice-cream – let’s make this a number one priority when having a picnic.

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Picnic food can be finger food, which is my kinda food. It is lovely a spread out where you can take as you please, there is a sense of family and togetherness. You can bond and talk about life *cue sick bucket*.

Nothing says summer like eating out Al fresco in the open.

When your young it feels like an adventure and it is free in the fact that when it is winter and miserable you end up in soft play hell and a hole in your wallet.

It is good to have a change of scenery and doing something different. Parenting can become tedious doing the same thing day in, day out so it gives us parents a change to keep hold of your sanity.

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Eating outside when the sun is shining is a quick way to top up on some Vitamin D, which has some health benefits with helping  your mind feel good.

Technically if the child/ren are outside they are running around during that energy off which means that they should sleep better, *fist pumps*.

Cheers for reading X

 

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MIU Color picnic blanket and water bottle review

Hey readers,

I was asked by the people of Miu Color to review a picnic beach blanket and a glass water bottle.

Firstly,  I went out went out with my youngest to give both items a whirl.

With the picnic blanket what I liked about it is the size (At 5’x6.5) is really good, easily could get me, hubby and two children sitting on it.

It is wipe clean, which is really handy, especially for just  a quick mop over with small spillages. It has a water and sand proof, fabulous for this time of year for when we head to the beach. It is really well padded as well with the two layer compared to some of the other similar items on the market.

I like the colour and the stripes, really vibrant and fun design. It has a handle on the blanket so brilliant if you want to hold it. Or alternatively it is really compact when folded up and excellent in putting it in my backpack which makes life a lot easier when you have children in tow.

The blanket folds away really nicely with the Velcro stripe so it is all held in once. Making it much tidier and in order, which is really attractive feature for me.

Someone is in their element 😉

 

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The water bottle is made of glass and comes with a silicon sleave. Mine was grey but there are alternative options with regards to colour. I really like the design it is slick and I lie the fact there is little circle windows, so you can see the liquid in the bottle.

The bottle is environmentally friendly and is BPA, PVC, Plastic and Lead Free. The bottle is made with borosilicate glass—the gold standard for safe, environmentally-friendly glassware. I find it really light weight actually.

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The bottle comes with brushes so great to get to the bottle and it is super easy to clean.  I liked the little lop holder at the top of the bottle and I didn’t have any worries regarding leaks, which I have experienced in the past with other bottles

Overall, I am very happy with the products, the quality is really good and I think I am going to get a good few years wear out of them. Which again is great for the environment because I am not constantly buying the similar products so saves me some money, as a frugal person makes me very happy indeed.

I also did a little vlog down below 🙂

 

Cheers for reading X

 

I was given the picnic blanket and water bottle in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. 

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