Category: Family Life

The Yellow Fields

The Yellow Fields

I’ve lived in this town my entire life. I spent my childhood playing out with friends in the fields and the cul de sacs. I know the secret path ways, the short cuts, the hidden quiet spots. And yet earlier this week we stumbled upon […]

Hello from here… I’ve been a bit quiet around here lately

Hello from here… I’ve been a bit quiet around here lately

Hello! It’s been a while since I actually sat down properly and wrote anything at all and while I’d love to say it’s because we’ve been off adventuring or planning something huge, the truth is we’ve been right here just getting on with the every […]

What to expect at your child’s first nasal flu vaccine

What to expect at your child’s first nasal flu vaccine

I don’t usually post this sort of thing but it was something I googled quite a lot in the lead up to Florence’s first nasal Flu Vaccine and frankly I was none the wiser by the time the appointment came around. Florence is quite wary of doctors etc and It would have been really helpful to have an idea of what was going to happen so I could prepare her for her appointment and put her at ease a little. That in mind, I thought I’d share our experience in case anyone else was wondering what to expect.

I didn’t tell her about the appointment until that morning. She really protested about it all morning so I was a bit apprehensive before we got there.

We were called in by an extremely ‘sunshiney’ young nurse who immediately started chatting away to Florence. I haven’t seen her at our surgery before (I’ve a sneaky suspicion she’d been called in especially for the flu vaccinations) but She clearly had a knack with children and knew exactly how to make the whole ordeal a lot more fun.

When we were in the room she explained to Florence that she had some magic spray in her draw and that she needed to put it in her nose. It would give her magic powers that made sure she wouldn’t get any nasty flu bugs that would make her poorly.

Once Florence was a bit more relaxed, she quickly ran through a questionnaire about Florence which asked about allergies, current medications and whether anyone she lived with had any severe medical conditions or was undergoing any intensive treatment. She let me know that she might have a few cold symptoms in the week after the flu vaccine.

Once she knew that I was happy to go ahead, her attention went back to Florence. She showed her the special tube which had the magic spray in – a clear tube probably the same size as one of those tiny perfume tester bottle – and then told her again what she was going to do.

While a bit hesitant , Florence sat super still on my lap and let the nurse insert the tube into her nose. A quick spray in each of her nostrils and it was all over!

The nurse told Florence what a good girl she’d been and gave her a ‘special magic tissue’ to wipe her nose with.

That was that! Such a straightforward, refreshing appointment and it might just have changed Florence’s whole outlook on any future trips to the doctors!

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Staying Organised as a Busy Family with BoxClever {#AD – Gifted for Review)

Staying Organised as a Busy Family with BoxClever {#AD – Gifted for Review)

Life with a young family is unsurprisingly busy and keeping on top of all the playgroups and appointments and work bits can be a bit of a challenge, especially when baby brain comes into play. I have been using my phone diary for a while […]

31 Dinner Ideas for Families – A Monthly Meal plan

31 Dinner Ideas for Families – A Monthly Meal plan

Our budget is really tight this month what with Christmas just happening and S going from weekly to monthly pay in his new job so I’ve been really focussed on trying to make sure we are as efficient with our money over the next month […]

Our Activity Advent – 33 things to do as a family during Advent

Our Activity Advent – 33 things to do as a family during Advent

I was talking on instagram stories he other day about out family advent calendar for this year and I how instead of just toys & chocolate we were going to be filling it with activities to do in the lead up to Christmas. I really want our Advent this year to be full of magic and sparkle and to make some memories our little family will treasure forever and this felt like a really lovely way to do it. I have made an advent calendar using an over the door shoe hanger and some gold stickers and filled each of the pockets with places to go or things to do. They range from making Christmas cards and movie days to visiting Father Christmas and trips to some our local festive attractions. And because some of them will likely happen on the same day, I’ve added a few more than 24 to fill it out.  I also want to teach Florence the importance of giving and of helping those less fortunate than us so as well as crafts and days out, I’ve added some acts of kindness to our activity advent too.


Decorate the Christmas tree

Have a Christmas Photo Shoot – See Florence’s first Christmas photo shoot here 

Write & send Christmas Cards

Wrap presents together

Days out

Visit Father Christmas

Christmas at Bedgebury

Leeds Castle Christmas Market

Christmas at Kent Life

A trip to see the Reindeer at Knole Park

See Frozen II at the cinema

Christmas shopping day

Go on a Christmas Light Hunt

See a Christmas show / pantomime

Go to the Church Nativity

Days in

Have a pyjama day

Set up a home Christmas Cinema with popcorn & treats

Build a blanket den and decorate it with fairy lights


Snowman paper plate

Decorate a Christmas tree cone

Christmas Crackers

Salt dough tree decoration

Do you wanna build a Snowman? Play dough

Make gifts for friends

Make a Christmas collage


Reindeer Biscuits – Recipe here! 

Christmas tree cupcakes

Festive jam tarts

Decorate some festive biscuits

Christmas mallow pops

Acts of kindness

Donate a toy to a giving tree

Buy an extra Christmas dinner for a local family

Pay a visit to a local nursing home to spread some Christmas cheer

Donate to the local children’s ward

We’re only on day 2 and our Activity Advent calendar has gone down a treat with Florence already. She can’t wait to wake up and find out what we are all up to tomorrow.  Follow me: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Bloglovin / Pinterest

Hallowe’en memories & passing the magic on to my children

Hallowe’en memories & passing the magic on to my children

Hallowe’en. It is the marmite holiday of our time and people seem to either love it or hate it. Personally I love it as for me, it signifies the start of my favourite time of year. These magical few months It’s always been a big […]

5 Room on the Broom Inspired Snack Ideas

5 Room on the Broom Inspired Snack Ideas

We are huge fans of Julia Donaldson tales here and Florence’s absolute favourite book is Room on the Broom. As we enter the season of magic and with Hallowe’en coming up I’m busy planning a host of spooky toddler friendly activities to keep Florence & […]