Category: lifestyle

Being (one of) the Spice Girls Best Ever Fans | AD

Being (one of) the Spice Girls Best Ever Fans | AD

In just over a week my sister and I will be heading to Wembley Arena to see the Spice Girls perform as part of their reunion tour. To say I’m  a little bit excited would be an understatement. As a little girl, I lived and […]

3 Toddler Approved Easter Meal Ideas {GIFTED}

3 Toddler Approved Easter Meal Ideas {GIFTED}

Ever feel like you just keep serving up the same meals for your little one week after week? Recently I’ve noticed Florence had started to become quite fussy at meal times and I began to wonder if she was just a bit bored of what […]

My Promise to Them

My Promise to Them

You might have seen that earlier this mont I posted about the promises I’m making to myself when it comes to self care this year. If not, you can see that here. Today though, I wanted to talk about a promise I am making to my children. And yours. And theirs.

Last week, while out for a walk with the children my friend and I came to notice the sheer amount of rubbish littered around one of our favourite local country parks and it got us talking. It is one of those things that seems to have just become accepted. We’re so busy with our lives that often we can walk down a street and simply not notice the litter lined pathways, but that’s something that needs to change.

It got me thinking (again) about the impact our current lifestyles are having on our world. Since having children, I’ve become so much more aware of the future and the fact that they will live on beyond mine & your time on earth. You see, it’s not our planet really. It belongs to our children, our children’s children. The things we do now will have a big impact on how their lives will be in and when you put it like that it’s clear that we have no choice but to start looking after it better.

For a while now, I have been looking into ways we can live a more sustainable lifestyle and this week, I’ve taken the first step to reducing the amount of ‘disposable’ nappies we use by finally biting the bullet and deciding to give cloth nappies a go. I figured that while we may never go completely reusable, every time we do use one means one less nappy will end up in landfill and changes like this are all baby steps in the right direction.

I’ve also vowed to shop a little smarter, opting for sustainably made wooden toys instead of plastic where I can & trying to reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging during our weekly food shop. Instead of throwing things away straight away, we’ve also been making use of things like tissue tubes, bottle tops & cardboard in our play and repurposing household items that would ordinarily have found themselves in the bin.

My friend and I have decided that once a week, while we are out and about, we’re going to stop and pick up any rubbish around us that really should be in the bin too. I’ve been looking into and initiative called Keep Britain Tidy and am really keen to get behind the cause.

 

So yes, I’m making a promise to my children, that I’ll do my very best to do everything I can to look after their planet so that it’s a safe place for them to live. How about you?

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3 Promises I’m Making to Myself for 2019

3 Promises I’m Making to Myself for 2019

I didn’t make any New Years resolutions this year. Nor did I set myself any goals. 2019 started off quite uncertain for us and to be completely honest I didn’t want to set myself up to fail. However, self care seems to be the buzz […]

Twenty Five

Twenty Five

Twenty five. It sounds so grown up when you say it out loud. I’m caught between feeling way too young to be in my mid twenties and being already older than my years and it’s a really strange one! Today I’m as close to thirty […]

Creating A Toddler Friendly Garden

Creating A Toddler Friendly Garden

After what feels like the longest winter EVER, I am so looking forward to the arrival of Spring and Summer. With Florence turning one in May and already showing signs of being close to taking her first steps, I am excited to spend days out and about in the sunshine adventuring with her. I have already planned trips to the farm, picnics in the park, days by the sea. I am determined to get out and about and make the most of the warmer weather. In between our busy explorations, I’m picturing slow, easy days of play in our garden. Being able to open our conservatory doors and let Florence toddle out to play

Except, as it stands, our garden is in no fit state for a toddler. The dark days and rainy weather has turned our already patchy lawn currently into a horrible muddy swamp, the stones that once formed a path are scarce and my efforts to brighten up our outside space with some all weather plants didn’t quite come to fruition. Unfortunately, it has also become a dumping ground for our old furniture and Sean’s work stuff. It is just a sad and neglected plot with no place to play. And so, over the next few weeks I am going to spend as much time as I can find transforming the space into a beautiful, colourful, sensory space for Florence to explore and enjoy. IMG_7263

Before the fun stuff can be sorted, we have to lay some foundations to make it a safe and practical space. Our first step is to sort out the ‘swamp’.Our garden is incredibly shady and so maintaining a lawn is quite difficult and so in an ideal world, I would happily opt for artificial grass out there but it can be quite expensive and  Sean is reluctant to spend a huge amount of money on permanent improvements as we rent our home. Unless I can find a bargain, it looks like I will be planting grass seed and keeping everything crossed! The other thing we need to do is to replace the path. We have already got the slabs to square off the patio section and create a path from our conservatory doors to the back gate.

Once the lawn & path are in place I’d like to split our relatively small garden into four zones –  three dedicated to play and one to relaxing & dining.  I hope to separate each zone with wooden planters, filled with sweet smelling herbs, brightly coloured flowers and lots of different textures. I’ve been ogling over this one I found on Oakley childcare and really want to recreate something similar. DSCN0687

Music Making

If there’s one thing Florence likes to do more than anything else it’s to make as much noise as possible.  She loves music and playing instruments and I really want to provide her a space to do this as much as she wants when we’re outside too. I am going to create a music wall by hanging some painted pots & pans, tin cans and pipes along the wall with some spoons and such for drum sticks. I also want to make some homemade wind chimes to put up here too. d0ff54cdcfdb7760831cf58552a67a8f

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Sand & Water Play

No kids garden is complete without a sandpit and water table, am I right? I had thought of using one of the sections in one of the dividing planters as a water table, and I still might, but I also quite like the look of this Little Tikes oneSpinning-Seas-Water-Table-1

When it comes to Sand, as much as I’m sure all the sand tables out there are great, I just prefer the idea of a sand pit that you can actually get into! We are going to need something with a bit of a canopy above it to one, keep Florence out of the sun, and two to stop all the debris falling into it from next doors over grown trees. I really love this one from Plum as it has a bench either side of it too and I can just picture Florence & her friends sitting in there and playing together on little play dates. I also think in the long run, when Florence is that bit older, I can see this doubling up as a shop ! 27550_palm_beach_sand_pit

Open Play

The third zone will be a space for open play. We are going to buy her some ride on toys including a happy hopper & a cosy coupe car which she’ll be able to play on in at leisure here. I might even invest in a little paddling pool & slide but these can each be taken out of the shed as and when we need them. I’d also like to place some mirrors and a black board on the fence around this area.

I mentioned I wanted to inject some colour into our garden and with limited floor space I am planning on absolutely filling the empty areas on the walls and fences with plants & flowers! I’ve seen these gorgeous hanging planters on Amazon which will be perfect along the back fence.

What would you do with our tiny outdoor space? I a determined to get outside this Spring /Summer… even if some days we only just make it out the back door!

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What’s next?

What’s next?

If you have been following my instagram stories lately, you’ll know that I am about to be made redundant from my role as a marketing assistant. If I am completely honest, it has come as a bit of a relief as I had been feeling increasingly […]

Creating a work-at-home environment that works for me

Creating a work-at-home environment that works for me

So it looks more and more likely that rather than returning to my day job when maternity leave ends, I’ll be working from home for myself. No final decisions have been made, nothing official, but the way things are going it would seem I will […]