So you think you know who you are? Love your true DNA story

 So you think you know who you are? Love your true DNA story

I’m sure many of you will feel you know exactly where your family origins lie. Maybe you’re aware of many interlocking layers of language, culture and nationality. Maybe you are convinced that you are 100% British/French/Chinese.

I love hearing stories passed down through families where one Grandma, like my own was convinced that there is a Spanish connection and no one. Not even her own Brother agrees! I always wonder how much of this is true?

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Beautiful handmade Halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts

Beautiful handmade Halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts

Beautiful handmade halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts

If you're looking for a safe, quality Halloween costumes this year, something made well, you can trust. Very soft and carefully crafted look no further!

Crafty Pear a beautiful children's handmade clothing company use quality fabrics, in amazing prints which can be worn again and again. They are made from cotton with sewn applique designs. If you can't find what you're looking for, tell them and they will make something for you!

You also have the satisfaction that you are supporting a small business created by two mums, working around their children. 

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Road Trip Survival Tips for New Parents

Road Trip Survival Tips for New Parents

Road Trip Survival Tips for New Parents

You might think that going on a road trip with a baby might be a crazy idea, but in fact it might be less challenging than dealing with boisterous toddlers and teenagers. Babies just need to be fed and comfortable, and they need some caring. Toddlers will need discipline and constant entertainment. If you are determined to see more of the world, you might want to know that many babies seem to fall asleep as soon as the car starts moving. Below you will find a few tips on how to make the most out of your family trip.

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How To Comfort Your Child Through Their Eczema

How To Comfort Your Child Through Their Eczema

How To Comfort Your Child Through Their Eczema

National Eczema Week 2018

This week is National Eczema Week so as both of my children have suffered with this; and sometimes still do. I thought I would share how we’ve created a comforting routine for them that helps manage the worst of their flare ups.

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How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

Today I wanted to draw your attention to a wonderful project which is helping comfort premature babies whilst they are still in hospital. As the mum of a preemie I wish my son had one of these as I hated leaving him each night. 

Marta, a friend of mine set this up herself to help a friend who had a premature baby. The initiative is growing and needs a bit of assistance to keep offering this vital service to bambini! Have a read about why an Octopus is such a little life saver! 

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5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

It’s more difficult to plan a holiday when you’re pregnant. There are more restrictions than normal now you’re carrying a growing baby, plus your hormones will be all over the place.

However, there’s no need to worry if you want to take a holiday before your little one arrives. We’ve put together a list of five of the best places to visit as a pregnant traveller, so you can get some inspiration and start planning your trip today.

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What to do in May Half Term?

What to do in May Half Term?

What to do in May Half Term?

Some of you will be looking forward to the May Half Term holidays. Others will be dreading them! What to do with little ones for a whole week. How to keep them occupied and not bored or bickering.

How to stop it costing a fortune?! It can be tempting to book holiday clubs, but they can be expensive and some children will not want to be out all day, every day of their holidays. Mine are tired already! And you might actually want to see them too!

So how do you find a balance?

I asked lots of experts! Yes that means mothers! What they are planning this May Half Term and what they can recommend.

Have a read, we have got you covered!

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Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Travel with kids can be brilliant too! There’s nothing better than seeing your little one’s eyes widen with wonder as they take off on a plane for the first time, or the joy that brightens their faces as they splash about in pools, build sandcastles and search for pretty shells on beaches.

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Easy Ways To Get Kids To Love History

Easy Ways To Get Kids To Love History

Easy Ways To Get Kids To Love History

We all know that those of us who don’t learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. But while each and every one of us can benefit from a greater knowledge and understanding of history, it’s especially beneficial to our kids. The world seems so new to kids that it’s important to educate them in the ways of those who have come before. The study of history has a range of benefits for kids.

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Practical Spring Clothes for Kids

Practical Spring Clothes for Kids

Practical Spring Clothes for Kids 

As Spring has finally arrived most of us parents find ourselves looking for those great in between items of clothing for kids and toddlers. Things that are light and practical enough for a warm day but that can be quickly adapted for the unpredictable British weather.

You may have seen over on my Instagram feed that we have just returned from an Easter break in Cornwall. This was the perfect place to try out some Spring clothes but lets remember this season can throw anything at you from snow to sunshine so it's best to be prepared!

 

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Easter at the Eden Project

Easter at the Eden Project

Easter at the Eden Project

Are you in Cornwall this Easter and looking for something memorable to do with the children? Have they all had far too much chocolate and you want to find an activity that’s a little bit different?

This is how we’ve been feeling and as we are in Mevagissey for the school holidays we decided to try Easter at the Eden Project.

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5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language (Bilingual Week 11)

5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language (Bilingual Week 11)

5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language

Interview with Will Collier of Little Linguists Library

1. Do it together and set a target

When was the last time you learned something with your child rather than simply helping them to learn something you already knew? Kids love it when the grown-ups are in the same position as them. 

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Week 37: Preparing For Your Final Month Of Pregnancy

Week 37: Preparing For Your Final Month Of Pregnancy

Week 37: Preparing For Your Final Month Of Pregnancy

When you read about the time it takes for a baby to be made, it can often sound like pregnancy is a very long journey. In reality, though, while nine months sounds like a big chunk of time, the next 37 weeks are going to go by very quickly. When you find yourself staring birth in the face, you will have more work to do than ever to prepare for the little one on the way. Through bodily changes and your schedule, to getting your home ready and enjoying it while you can, this post will be taking you through the last month of pregnancy and the work you’ll have to do.

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4 Tips You'll Need For a Perfect Family Road Trip

4 Tips You'll Need For a Perfect Family Road Trip

4 Tips You'll Need For a Perfect Family Road Trip - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

Organizing the whole family to go somewhere, even if it’s just a short trip, can be a real hassle, especially if the kids are still quite small. But if you are planning a road trip where you will be spending the majority of the time in your car, you need to prepare twice as much. Don’t be scared: being in your own vehicle all the time can be an advantage as well, and here’s how to make the most of it.

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Little Linguists Library – Learn a Language with your Child (Bilingual Week 10)

Little Linguists Library – Learn a Language with your Child (Bilingual Week 10)

Little Linguists Library – Learn a Language with your Child

Do you have children learning languages at school? Or do you have little ones who you would like to give a head start at a second language but you don't speak one yourself? 

This week I'm interviewing Will Collier, founder of Little Linguists Library. Will is creating a series of books which help parents learn or support their child to learn another language, even if they can't speak a second one themselves. 

This is a huge stumbling block for many parents and it seems Will has found the answer! 

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10 Reasons Your Baby's Not Sleeping and How to Cope With It - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

10 Reasons Your Baby's Not Sleeping and How to Cope With It - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

10 Reasons Your Baby's Not Sleeping and How to Cope With It - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

You’ve been up several times already. Your body is pushed to the edge, exhausted, and you really feel like breaking down because your baby’s upset, and you can’t calm them down, and you feel like a bad parent for just wanting some peace and quiet, for not knowing how to make them stop crying. And then it keeps happening night after night and your tired body can barely function from all the stress and the weariness. It’s probably safe to say that you’re getting a little desperate, but don’t worry. We’re here for you, and the first thing you need to know is this: it’s going to be okay. You’re a good parent, and your baby is going to be okay. Now let’s see how we can get you both a good night’s sleep.

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A Simple Guide To Keeping Your Infant Happy And Healthy

A Simple Guide To Keeping Your Infant Happy And Healthy

A Simple Guide To Keeping Your Infant Happy And Healthy

Whether you’ve got a newborn baby or a little toddler, the early years of parenthood can be difficult to navigate. You’ve read all the books on being a good parent, but nothing can really prepare you for having a child. Obviously, that’s the most stereotypical thing in the world to say, but you know that it’s true now that you’re living through it. Still, it’s a wonderful thing. Every child is an individual, so the same rules don’t always apply to different babies. However, intuition will serve you well. You can trust yourself as a parent to know your child and what’s best for them. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t certain universal rules that will help you to keep your infant happy and healthy in their early years of life. Here’s a simple guide to help you out with the whole “parenting” thing.

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Family Issues You Can Never Start to Tackle Too Early

Family Issues You Can Never Start to Tackle Too Early

Family Issues You Can Never Start to Tackle Too Early

Keeping your family together might be your ultimate goal, but it is not always up to you how relationships develop. From ongoing arguments and disagreements, money issues, addiction, and stress , there are several problems that are best tackled with a “nip in the bud” attitude. If you are dealing with a relative’s mental illness or serious health issues, you have to come to a consensus and create a detailed plan to avoid more serious problems.

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