Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Active this Summer

Now that summer has finally arrived, it is time to encourage your kids to turn off the television and get outside for some healthy exercise and sunlight. Most little ones enjoy playing outside, but if you are struggling to come up with ideas to get them active this summer then read on for a few suggestions:

Sports clubs
Sports clubs are fantastic for kids as they encourage them to socialise and make new friends, plus competitive sport can be very healthy for youngsters. Football, tennis, basketball, netball, cricket and rugby are just a few options to consider and it should be relatively easy to find a suitable club in your local area or at the school. If they are not into sports, encourage them to try an activity like martial arts, rock climbing or swimming.

Family walk
Organise a regular mid-week or weekend walk for the whole family and this will be an activity that you can all enjoy and benefit from. This is a great option if you have a dog too as they love the opportunity to run free and enjoy the great outdoors – especially if it’s near a stream or reservoir! If you’re on a budget, then packing a picnic is an easy way to save those pennies, and your little one’s will love eating al fresco!


Heelys
Heelys are great fun and an easy way to get your kids out and about. They will love gliding around in style and there are all kinds of trendy styles available when you shop at specialists like Skate Hut. For the more adventurous kiddos, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters are all popular options.




Image taken from Skate Hut
Beach trip
Everybody loves going to the beach and there is plenty for the little ones to do here whether it is making sandcastles, playing frisbee or paddling in the ocean. Planning in at least one beach trip over the summer will definitely put a smile on your little ones’ face – especially if you treat them to an ice-cream or a cone of chips!

Garden games
If you’re lucky enough to have space in your backyard for your kids to play, make sure that this is a child-friendly place where the kids can play games to stay active. There are many great lawn games that you can all play together which will keep them in shape and happy.

Pedometers
Pedometers have become extremely popular within the last few years. They may not seem like much fun at first, but once you start to pay attention to how many steps you are taking then you will quickly want to improve on this each day. Try giving pedometers to your kids and then setting up rewards if they reach a certain number of steps.


These tips will help your kids to stay fit and active this summer and you will all have great fun in the process.

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15 Moana quotes for Mindfulness

Recently i've had a few lapses with my postnatal depression and therefore I am trying my hardest to focus on some mindfulness techniques. As you know I love Disney. I like to read Disney quotes to help me reflect and put a smile on my face. 

Incase you missed them you can read my older posts in the series my clicking the following links, Winnie the Pooh and Beauty and the Beast.

Next up in my series is Moana. Moana has some truly inspiring quotes and lyrics which are great for reflection.


Image from Flickr via http://www.bagogames.com/best-moana-movie-based-games/

1) Fear holds you back

2) Know your purpose

3) You will do great things, but first you must learn who you are meant to be 

4) Scars can heal and reveal just where you are 

5) The gods aren't the ones who make you Maui, you are 

6) They have stolen the heart from inside you. This is not who you are. You know who you are

7) There is nowhere you could go that I won't be with you 

8) Come what May, I know the Way 

Image from Melissa Hillier on www.flickr.com

9) There comes a day, when you're gonna look around, and realise happiness is, where you are

10) But this does not define you

11) I can make us strong

12) And when we look to the future, there you are

13) What's beyond that line? Will I cross that line

14) You can be a hero

15) One day i'll know, How far i'll go


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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

New Chuggington Toy Range

Eva and Ophelia are both fans of the TV series Chuggington so they were delighted to be asked to review a brand new toy range which has recently launched. Unfortunately they arrived whilst we were on holiday so we had to eat a while to receive them and collect them.


The new collection features 24 little chuggers and ConnecTrax pack. They come in a sealable carry bag which is great for storing them in. They are suitable for ages 2 years and up but as you can imagine, Ophelia who is 19 months old, is also having fun with the set with her older sister.



What makes these toys extra special and unique is that they are actually compatible with most other pre-school systems which is perfect for us as we have many other tracks and trains. I think this is such a fab feature as we can connect them together for extended fun and games.


The trains themselves are made our of rubber, except the wheels which are plastic. This makes them feel nice and soft for small hands and means they are easy to grip unlike the other die cast ones we have at home. This also means they are lightweight which is ideal for taking out and about with us on adventures. They are great entertainment for if we are going out for a meal or away for the weekend.

Eva found the tracks easy to put together. They don't have a magnetic join, they simply slot together by links. Finally a track she can build by herself. 


Overall, we think they are a great set for preschoolers. I do think Eva will outgrow them quickly but Ophelia will be able to enjoy them for quite a few years to come. They look exactly like they do on the tv show which is great, they are easy to hold and the tracks are simple to put together. Even though they are soft to hold, they are very sturdy and they are surviving lots of bashing about.
We would have liked to have seen a few more pieces of track in the set but as we have other tracks at home that wasn't an issue for us.


You can keep up to date with the latest Chuggington toy news over on twitter at @Jazwares and @Chuggington.

*Thank you to Chuggington, Jazwares and Playtime PR for gifting us with these toys in exchange for our honest opinion*








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Monday, 26 June 2017

Child Friendly Updates for your Home This Summer

If your kids are anything like mine, then they’ll love nothing more than tearing around the home, but this can cause a great deal of anxiety for parents as the home can be a dangerous place. Slippery floors, staircases, fragile items and toys left on the floor are just a few of the hazards to be wary of, which is why it is worth taking a look at your home this summer and look for where you can make child-friendly updates.

Rugs over floorboards
Kids (and sometimes adults if no one is looking) like to slide around on floorboards, but this can be dangerous. They may slip and hurt themselves, crash into something or possibly get a splinter (getting these out is never fun). To eradicate this problem, consider putting a sheepskin rug down. These rugs are hardwearing, so the kids can enjoy playing on top of them without you worrying about them wearing down too quickly.

Dedicated playing area
Instead of having little ones charging all over the house, why not set up an area for them to play in? By having a contained area where they can have fun and make a mess, it will help to keep the rest of the house tidy (hopefully).


Extra storage
There is nothing worse than stepping on Lego or attempting to navigate through hundreds of toys on the floor, plus this can also be dangerous. Invest in additional storage so that they can pack away everything after they have finished playing - this should create good habits for the future too.

Creative spaces
In addition to an area where they can play, it is also smart to have an area where the kids can be creative - encouraging their creativity is important and it can help to develop many skills. Have small desks and art materials near a window or somewhere peaceful, and you can also fuel their creativity by placing books and photographs around the home. Show your support by proudly hanging their artwork on a notice board or on the fridge.

Outdoor toys and games
Playing in the garden is much healthier and more enjoyable for kids, plus it also stops the house from getting messy. Encourage outside play by investing in some new outdoor toys for the summer - water guns, climbing frames and paddling pools are just a few ideas.




A family home must be suitable both for adults and children, but it is essential that it is safe too. The above tips will help to create a safe and happy home for all.

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