Half term and being disorganised.

I made this video last week and haven’t had a second to post about it, I really, honestly do not know where the time goes!!

I reached a new level of disorganisation this week even for me, and found myself doing the girls hair in the car and naming uniform outside the classroom door. I’m pretty sure I’m the only parent who walks around with a hair brush and sharpie in their pocket.

I do wonder how I ever managed to hold down a proper job that didn’t allow me to sit at my desk in my PJ’s all day…

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

A2 and milk intolerance – sponsored video

So far, I’ve been very lucky in that I don’t have any allergies apart from a mild intolerance to latex that brings out eczema on my hands, my 7 year old has a similar problem, but with citrus fruits and so far my girls are allergy/intolerance free. However that’s not always been the case.

My middle daughter suffered a serious bout of food poisoning when she was just 6 months old. She couldn’t keep any food down for 10 days, lost a huge amount of weight and was left temporarily lactose intolerant, luckily now she doesn’t have any problems with regular milk.

A2 milk won’t help if you’re lactose intolerant, but it will if you have a milk intolerance. A1 is a protein in milk that can exacerbate skin conditions, make mucus stickier and other side effects such as bloating and indigestion. A2 milk contains only A2 protein not the more troublesome A1 protein.

I’m definitely going to try A2 milk as I often find milk makes me a bit sleepy and sometimes seems to cause a re-occurance of IBS, so I wonder if A2 would help me, after all feeling sleepy at the start of the day isn’t very helpful. I’ll let you know how I get on.

For more information about lactose intolerance and milk intolerance see the A2 website or Facebook page.

Sponsored by A2 milk

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Almost catching up – Living Arrows 9/52

Half term and week of lone parenting meant we hit the weekend with a huge mountain of washing and everyone being a bit on the grumpy side, so we took ourselves out for some fresh air, which always cheers everyone  up no end, although I hadn’t planned on the extra load of washing!

DSC_0085

DSC_0052

DSC_0071

DSC_0078

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Great LeapPad games from LeapFrog

My little girls love our LeapPad and couldn’t wait to try these new games kindly sent to us from Leapfrog.

LeapPad Games

Disney the Little Mermaid Learning Game

This is a really sweet game perfect for helping children with early mathematics and logic skills. My girls have really enjoyed working out what shape comes next in a pattern, making Ariel and Prince Charming dance as they follow numbers, identifying and comparing numbers to help Ariel swim to the surface and using their hard earned points to unlock fun dressing up outfits for her.

We’ve only had the game a couple of weeks, so are still unlocking levels, but our first impressions are really good. My girls are very enthusiastic about playing the game and I’ve already seen a improvement in my 4 year olds number recognition skills.

Disney The Little Mermaid Learning Game is recommended for children aged 4-7.

Works With: LeapPad Ultra, LeapPad2, LeapPad3, LeapsterGS Explorer [Read more…]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Starting school as an August baby

When Hannah was born I didn’t even consider the effect on her life of being born towards the end of August, I just wanted to meet my baby girl, it didn’t occur to me to hope she’d stay inside till September. Starting school seemed like such a long time away, but you know what? Four years goes by really quickly. My middle daughter was born in September, that means there are almost two years between her and Hannah, but just one school year.

We talked about holding her back, but everything I read said she’d have to miss Year R, and I couldn’t do that to her. How could I let a just 5 year old start school in Year 1 with no friends and no knowledge of school life having missed out on all the fun and loveliness that is Year R? We did have choices, she started on half days till the first half term, we perhaps could’ve extended this, although I never actually asked the question, because in truth by that first half term she was begging to stay all day, feeling like she was missing out on the afternoons with her new friends. I’ve questioned over and over in my head whether we were right to choose the half day option, whether she actually missed out on more than she gained. Did doing half days stop her making friends? Has she bonded less with the other children because of MY choice for her?

In some respects  Hannah is doing amazingly well at school, she is a very enthusiastic learner, and I’m astonished at how well she can read, but the child that comes out of school isn’t the happy, loving little girl I know. She is tired, grumpy, demanding, all things I should be able to deal with, but we can’t just come home and relax, she has two older siblings who also have needs, there’s music practice, after school clubs, gymnastics, homework, all things that take my time away from an exhausted little girl, who sometimes seems to struggle though the day.

I worry that she hasn’t made friends, my older children had a ‘best friend’ from the beginning and Hannah doesn’t seem to have that, she tells me she doesn’t like playing the games the other children play, my heart breaks at the though of her alone at playtime, she talks about playing with her sister and the older children, when I just want her to make friends in her own class.  School have done an amazing job at helping her and reassuring me, but this is my little girl, who had she been born 2 weeks later would still be in nursery, although I do think she would’ve been bored with another year in nursery, but maybe it was because she was starting school  that we rushed along her development, not wanting her to be behind the other children from the beginning.

I don’t know what the answer is, starting school half way through the year would be worse in my opinion, I can see the huge benefit Hannah has had from Year R already, and I would always want her to experience a full year of that, but had the option been there to delay her starting school for another year, I may well have taken it. An extra year of being a carefree child seems like a lot to lose. My middle child had a whole extra year at home, a whole extra year to spend her days playing with her Mummy, an extra year to develop confidence, independence and little skills like fastening a coat or opening a lunch box, that don’t seem like much, but make a big difference.

The challenge to an August baby doesn’t end after Year R either, I am all too aware how much harder children work as they get older, when Hannah starts junior school, she will be just 7, an age where I really don’t think she should be learning times tables and worrying about spelling tests. On the positive side, Hannah has learned from a young age, how to stand up for herself, how to make herself heard, and how to be independent. She is lucky to be at a great school and have her big sister on hand for a cuddle when she needs one, lucky that as our third child to start school we know how things work and can give her the support at home she needs. Had she been my first child and not my third it could’ve been a different story.

DSC_0007

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Alice Holt Forest – My Better Place

For most of the last 12 months I’ve been plagued by constant headaches, not the can’t get out of bed type, but dull, constant pain that stops me focussing and generally spoils my usually happy mood. I wake up with a headache and go to bed with a headache. The headaches have a real impact on my day to day activities and generally zaps my enthusiasm and energy.

For a brief period I found myself taking pain killers everyday, which obviously isn’t an ideal situation, but the quick fix was the easiest way for me to make myself functional again. Syndol, an over-the-counter paracetamol-based pain killer was brilliant for me, working very quickly to relieve the pain and let me get on with my day.

DSC_0022

The only way to manage the pain without pain killers is to distract myself and the easiest way to do that is to get outside. Fresh air is the only thing that seems to help and has the added bonus of keeping the children busy, active and happy at the same time.

Is there anything better than a grubby, smiley face? [Read more…]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

A Rainy Sunday – Living Arrows 8/52

Half term has passed by so quickly, I can’t believe everyone is back at school tomorrow, but more about that in another post. I’ve been concentrating more on video this week, but managed to get out with my camera on sunday morning to make the most of the brief sunny spell.

I love these shots of my littlest daughter who at the moment is the one most willing to smile patiently for me. She took her beloved rabbit, Lulac to the park armed with a changing bag of spare clothes and a nappy ‘just in case’.

 

DSC_0006


DSC_0007

DSC_0008

Living Arrows

 

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

How to entertain kids in the school holidays

Half term passed by in a flash as usual, we didn’t even do a huge amount. I find the February half term the hardest as the weather is often rubbish and I generally struggle a little bit on day trips out with all three children myself so tend to stay close to home and meet friends on make our own entertainment.

Top tips for keeping busy in school holidays

  • Have a stash of craft items ready for a ‘making’ session.
  • Make your own play dough, we had lots of fun with out pirate themed play dough last week.

DSC_0063

[Read more…]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Berrybee Cottage Dolls House

I’ve always wanted a lovely wooden dolls house for my little girls, so when Big Game Hunters asked if we wanted to review one their new range of dolls houses we jumped at the chance.

I have to admit when it arrived and my husband was away I was a little bit reluctant to start building, knowing that with three children buzzing around desperate to start playing it would probably be a nightmare task, but much to my surprise the house was perfectly built and ready to play with in just over 10 minutes.

Berrybee cottage

The instructions are very clear and easy to follow and the segments of the house just slot together. There’s no glue and just two little screws to screw in. It’s also super sturdy as we built it downstairs and then carried it upstairs without anything falling off. [Read more…]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Mud!! Living Arrows 7/52

How are we seven weeks into the year already? Halfway through the school year, halfway through infant school for my middle child and halfway through Year R for my littlest. Time is going too fast….scary fast…I need it to slow down…

We had a brilliant day yesterday catching up with old friends, and the kids had the BEST time, despite the rain, because mud and puddles are apparently the greatest thing ever.

We warmed up afterwards in the garden centre cafe, looking grubbier than I’ve ever us, but the washing was completely worth it to see those little smiles.

DSC_0006

This was taken earlier in the week, but I love the ‘just about to jump’ stance, when actually she changed her mind and walked around the puddle. [Read more…]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS