Friday, 23 February 2018

Making your Car Journey a GOOD car Journey.

I think a lot of people dread long car journey's. Even more so when you have got the kids in the car. Easter holidays are coming up and after that the summer holidays and I imagine long car journeys are something that will have to be endured by many. 

So here is a list of thing you can do to make sure you car journey is a good car journey. 




1. Safety First 

To make sure that your car journey will be a good one, that means avoiding injury. So incase of a car accident, make sure you are belted up, your car seats are all placed in correctly and the straps on it are also correct. If you are using Sat Nav, make sure that it is working and that it's placed somewhere safely on your dashboard so you don't need to be holding it. Make sure you are well rested and if you do feel tired, stop for breaks. 

2. Make Sure your Comfortable 

Comfortable clothing is a must. there is nothing worse than tight clothing on a long journey. I suggest something warm, but loose and something made with a soft material. Last time I traveled I wore my yoga bottoms and strappy top with hooded top over it. I always get cold on car journeys, if a car is to warm then the driver may get tired and so usually on goes the air con. I usually shove a blanket into the back of the car to make sure I am warm and so then comfortable. There are also other things you can concider such as a travel pillow, which is always a big help for sleeping.

3. Make Sure you have Entertainment 

Unfortunately for the driver, the only entertainment they can have is looking out of the window as they drive and listening to music. So its a great idea to make sure you have your best CD's placed into the car, or even make a mixed track list to listen too. If you are a passenger, then headphones may be a good idea if you aren't a fan of the divers music. With it being there only form of entertainment, they get first pick. For the kids, make sure you pack magazines, a few toys (non noisy annoying ones) and a teddy for them to snuggle with after that all important nap...(that you will have to beg them to take).

4. Take Snacks 


The last thing you want to do is get hungry and have to go and spend a fortune at a service station. So make sure you pack some snacks, I always find things like breakfast bars, crisps, and sweets are a good option. Though maybe not the healthiest. If you are going to be driving over lunch time then why not make a packed lunch or pick up your sandwiches from your local supermarket before you go. Eating sometimes helps the boredom on long journeys. Or at least it does for me. 

What things do you do to make your car journey a good car journey? 

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

7 Fun Educational Activities to enjoy with your child this Easter


Easter brings many opportunities for you to enjoy some fun activities with your children. But with them off school and away from the classroom, it makes sense to keep their brains active by making the things you do educational.

So here are seven fun educational activities to enjoy with your child this Easter.

Fun club activities

Although children are out of school, some schools aren’t actually closed during the Easter holidays. Instead, they make the most of the time to hold Easter fun clubs, which are similar to summer clubs. These allow children to enjoy a range of fun indoor and outdoor games and activities, for a day or two, which are also focused on education. You could venture out to a big boarding establishment, like Rossall school, or check out those schools in your local area. If your child hasn’t yet started school, this also provides you with a good opportunity to take a sneak peek at what they have to offer.    

Easter art and crafts 

Arts and crafts and Easter go hand in hand. With so much to symbolise the occasion and so much colour, it’s a great time for you and children to enjoy some arts and crafts. Together, you could do some egg painting and decorating, and have a go at weaving baskets where you can keep the eggs you paint. You could encourage your children to be creative – experimenting with colours and mixing paints. Together, you could also create an Easter bonnet or, if you’re feeling quite ambitious, have a go at decorating an Easter tree. Just pick a small tree, one inside or outside, and decorate it with things like plastic eggs, ribbons and tissue paper.   

Nature walks 

Easter is a few weeks well into Spring this year, and a good time for children to see the wonder that is nature. So what better time than to take them on a nature walk. There are so many types of walks to enjoy, from walking through woodland or through open fields, to alongside picturesque reservoirs and canals, each offering different examples of nature. You could get your little ones to look out for the spring flowers, learn about the different wildlife, and the different types of blossoming trees. 

Farm visit 

To tie in with the theme of your nature walk, you could also take your children to a local farm. Many farms are open to the public, allowing children to see animals up-close and learn about them. Together, you could feed the rabbits, stroke the newborn lambs, and see the baby chicks – if they’re lucky, just as they hatch. There might also be the chance to ride a horse or milk a cow. Some farms even sell the ice cream that’s made from their cows’ milk, helping to teach children about the science behind the cream production process.     

Planting Flowers

Easter is a lot about rebirth. So it’s a good time to run with this theme, teach your children about the growth and regrowth of flowers and plant some linked to spring, like tulips and daffodils. While autumn is the best time to plant most flowers outside, you can plant many inside at all times of the year. You could also buy some beautiful flowers that are in bloom and repot them outside, or plant in your garden if you have one. 

Easter-themed cooking

Cooking is always a fun way to educate your kids. It brings in elements of science and maths, with creativity along the way, from measuring and weighing to understanding temperatures and the science behind cooking processes. So you could do some cooking with your children that’s themed around Easter. You can work with them to make Easter-themed cupcakes or fairy cakes, decorated with mini eggs. Or you could create rabbit-shaped biscuits, or hot cross buns, which are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. 

Easter egg games

Finally, why not enjoy some fun Easter egg-themed games. With your kids you could enjoy an egg and spoon race, where the focus is more about successfully balancing the egg than getting to the finish line first. Or you could your children on an Easter egg hunt. Manor houses and other historical buildings, like those associated with the National Trust, often do egg hunts around their beautiful gardens and grounds. Or you could create your own in about the garden, if you have one, or around the house. If you have time, you could make up some clues that they have to solve to find the eggs, so they have to get their thinking caps on – another great way to have some educated Easter fun. 

Do you think you will be enjoying any of these Activities over Easter? 

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Top 5 Old Musical Movies all Children should see.

I have been brought up on watching musicals. It was mostly my Grandma that got me into them, she was constantly putting them on and we would really enjoy watching them together. Before I knew it, I was singing along to them, and even acting them out. 

Watching them now really brings back my childhood memories and I still can't help but feel the need to sing along with them. 

It's only been lately that I have started to watch them with Lily. I have found I can put certain family films on and she gains no interest in watching it with me. But if it has some singing involved then thats it, she does not take her eyes from the screen. I am so pleased that Lily has started to enjoy musicals with me and I really hope she takes after me in loving them and growing up watching them. 

So here is my list of top 5 musicals that I think every child should see. 

1. Annie 


I realise that there is a now a new Annie film out, but I just love the old 1976 version of the film. I used to love this as a child, Annie is such a great character along with all the other orphans and they all sing such good songs that you can't help but love. I watched this with Lily last week and she loved it and even tried to sing along. My Favourite songs from this musical are the classic "It's the Hard Knock Life", and "Your'e Never Fully Dressed with out a Smile". Which Lily also loved. You will notice lots of things in this film that doesn't always get shown to children anymore, such as Miss Hannigan constantly drinking lots of booze and dresses being flung up revealing stockings and even some busts on show. But as a parent I really don't see it as a bad thing. I watched it as a child and turned out just fine. If i'm honest I never even thought about the fact that Miss Hannigan was practically drunk though out most of it. If you haven't watched this with your child yet, then I really think it should be first on your list. 

2. Hans Christian Anderson 


We are getting even older now with this 1952 film of Hans Christian Anderson. I bet many of your children have watched the Disney film A Little Mermaid, but how many children know about the author who wrote it? This delightful film is part fiction and part factual film all about Hans Christian Anderson and it shows his life of becoming a writer and goes through all of the stories he wrote about in musical style! It will feature so many tales that your children will love and the singing on top just makes it even more so lovely. There is even a song all about The Ugly Ducking. If you or your children have not seen this film then they will love it. It was definetly one of my favourites as a child. 

3. Meet me in St Lois 


Head a few years before the release of Hans Christian Anderson and you have the likes of Meet Me in St. Louis which was released in 1945. I watched this film so many times as a child and loved it. Without even watching it I can here the lyrics of the song "Meet me in St.Louis, Louis, meet me at the fair" and then of corse you have the classic "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" sung by Judy Garland. Though this film is classed as a Christmas film, it can be watched at other times as it shows Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. My Favourite part of the film was always the part when they showed halloween. I showed this film to Lily one Christmas and she loved it. Just because films are old doesn't  always mean that they won't be enjoyed by children. Why not give it a try? 

4. The Sound of Music


Moving forward into the 60's you have The Sound of Music. This is one that I bet most of you have heard of but how many have actually put it on for your children to watch? As a child I LOVED it. The songs are perfect for your children to sing along to and it's just such a good musical for your Children to grow up loving. I am guilty that I have not yet showed this film to Lily. I think it will be the next on my list.

5. Oliver


Staying in the 60's we have Oliver. This film was on over Christmas and so I watched this with Lily, she actually sat really still and enjoyed it and even asked to watch it again. She really loved the singing especially the song "Reviewing the Situation" sung by Fagin, which she actually found comical. Another one of my favourites as a child and watching it at Christmas brought back so many happy feelings hearing all the songs. There is a few grim parts to Oliver though like when he kills Nancy and also when Sykes swings at the end, and so a few times I did actually cover Lily's eyes. But apart from those parts its a great film, that children will love.

There are so many other films I could mention, Like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or The Wizard of Oz, but I wanted to mention those that I consider my Top 5.

Which of the above films have you shown to you children?

Can you think of an old musical film that you used to love as a child? 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Mid Month More About Me - Stretch and Pole Fitness Class

This month for mid month more about me I want to tell you all about how I have been getting fit over the last month. 

For my new year goals that I set, I said I wanted to start to attend pole classes and thats something that I have stuck to and now do on Monday evenings at Cloud Aerial Arts Burnley. I also attend a stretch class just before the pole class. 

I don't really want to loose any weight and so for me, I wasn't looking to be going to the gym and using running machines and such. I am quite happy with the 8 stone that I am and so my main aim is to tone up and work on my strength and flexibility.

This isn't the first time I have done pole and before Lily I invested in a pole for my home and used to practice on it all the time. I got really good and could easily climb, go upside down and also just hold on with only me legs.

But obviously when I got pregnant, it was something that I had to stop doing, and also since having Lily, I haven't really had the chance to do it again. Having a pole around the house with a small child running around is just asking for accidents. So up until 5 weeks ago, I hadden't had many tries on a pole for around 3 years. 3 years means that I have lost most of my strength in my arms and core. 


That said, I hadden't lost all my strength and week one I still managed to do a few tricks. Pole fitness really uses a lot of muscles. You can get a good work out on your legs, stomach and arms. You would be surprised how much core strength you need to use in pole fitness. 

It was week two that I already saw some improvement, It took me that first week to gain the confidence so that the next week I could manage to do some tricks. I was quite impressed with some of them and I also managed to let go with one hand. 



Pole fitness isn't for the faint hearted though. It really does take a lot of strength and endurance as you get bruised and also with a lot of friction burn from gripping onto the pole with your arms and legs. You can come out of a session with your body looking battered and bruised and like you have been fighting rather than doing tricks on a pole. But as I always say, no pain, no gain! 

Week one and two I really struggled to go upside down, and climbing the pole just wasn't happening. But by week three I finally managed to get myself upside down and I attempted to just hold on with my legs. I managed it for a few seconds and got a quick pic but I want to wait until I get really good at it before I show that move off to you.

But by this point I was stronger and could grip onto the pole to do more holds.



Week four I didn't do to well, I was ill that week and so it took all my strength from me. But last monday was week number five and I was back on it with more strength than before. I managed to finally climb up the pole. Not all the way to the top but I was super happy with the progress that I had made. I also managed to go upside down and get into a new trick that I had not managed before. I am hoping that next week I can manage this trick and let go with both hands. 


As for stretch class, this is something new to me. As I have gotten older I have noticed I am not as flexible and so I thought that it would do me some good to attend this class. I am loving it so far, stretching feels great! My favourite stretch has to be this one with the arms. I could stretch them out better than I thought I would to be honest. Last week we started to learn the splits. So far I am no where near but it will be interesting to show you my progress and hopefully I can get lower to the ground when we have finished training for them.



I shall report back soon to show you my progress and hopefully have some impressive photographs to show you. 

Have you ever tried pole fitness?

Is it something you would love to try? 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Giggle Knickers Review

Here is a post which is going to be all about those little leaks that us ladies may experience. It will contain some giggles but also contain a little bit of TMI (to much information) so if you don't want to read all about my little leaks, click off now!

Little leaks are something you do not to be embarrassed about although it's something that we also don't often talk about. But i'm going to put my hand up and say "I've done it!" I have accidently let go of a little wee and ended up sat there with wet knickers!

I have never had a strong bladder and for me it has almost been impossible for me to not nearly pee myself when needing the toilet and someone makes me laugh. But I have noticed that it has got a lot worse through pregnancy and then after having Lily. Which by the way is totally normal. During pregnancy you have a baby bouncing on your bladder and then after pregnancy you also have a weakened pelvic floor muscle. Suddenly holding onto that wee is suddenly a lot tricker. 


So here are some giggle moments where I have found keeping hold of my wee impossible. 

Number 1... Sneezing! Im out and about and been holding onto my wee heading to the nearest toilet and ACHOO!!...and sigh.. there is suddenly less wee to hold on to. 

Number 2...Hilarious Games. Little did I realise that at Christmas time when we were playing ridiculously stupid games and I was balling in hysterics that I was also letting out a little pee. Lets just say I needed to change my knickers after those games. 

Number 3...Trampolining. Don't get me started on this sport. I had no clue that jumping up and down on a trampoline would mean you would leak. I didn't even feel like I needed the toilet at the time but as I jumped into the air and came back down, so did a little wee. I didn't even have any spare knickers on me at the time. I just thought it was me until I was talking to a friend and telling her about going to trampolining and the first thing she said was (excuse the language) "Did you P*ss your pants" Which I replied "YES" and we had a real good giggle about it. It seems that it's not just me and it is in fact something that is tricky for all women after having children. 

So, I thought the solution to my problems would have to be to wear disposable pads. Not ideal but it meant that when trampolining at least I wouldn't end up with wet knickers. But it seems that maybe I don't have to...

Introducing Giggle Knickers!



Giggle knickers are washable knickers designed especially for those little leaks. They are super soft, light weight and fashionable but also come with a protective panel which means that you don't have to put up with the bulk or bother of wearing disposable pads.

I was sent a pair to try out and report back to you about what I think. So I decided to try them out the next time I went trampolining. 

The first thing I thought about them was that they looked a lot more stylish than what you would imagine knickers for little leaks to look like. They were a nice shape and not overly big. I didn't feel like I was wearing something out of bridget jones diary and so that was a big plus. 

Secondly the material is quite soft and also stretchy. I had small ones and on me they did feel a little tight, but I blame my big bum for that one. I probably could of done with the next size up. But then again, the tightness also felt like they were secure and so no little leaks would be escaping.

The protective panel in the knickers is very discreet and to look at the knickers, especially from the outside, you would not know it was there. 




I wore them all day for trampolining and found them very comfortable to move around in but unfortunately while I was there, I didn't experience any leaks. I was bouncing with Lily and so I don't think that I bounced high enough.  

The second time I tried them out was when picking up Lily from Nursery. I generally always have a cup of tea when I leave, and even if I go to the toilet before I set off, by the time we have walked back and I get to my front door I am bursting to go again. I nearly always end up having a little leak. You would think maybe I would concider not having that cup of tea, but as you mums know, it may be your last chance for a warm one as when the kids are home, there's no chance. So it was the perfect time to try them out. 

As usual I got to my front door and in the struggle to get the key in the door, I end up having a little leak. But with the protection of the knickers I wouldn't of known I had. The protective panel did its job and also stopped my leggings from getting a little damp. I have a feeling these are going to be my new tuesday knickers for the day Lily goes to nursery. 

You can buy Giggle Knickers from the website at £12.99 a pair. Which as you are not wearing them every day I don't think is too bad of a price. Although it could amount up expencive if you did want to wear them everyday and would need to buy quite a few pairs. But you would be saving money from not having to buy panty liners and so it would be an investment. Also don't forget you are saving the environment by reducing waste from using disposable.

Sizes range from XS to XL and I would say I am a size 10 in knicker size but the S size was a little tight and so I think a M which is a size 12 would have been better for me. 

So, what do you think to Giggle Knickers? Would you wear them?

Have you ever had a funny little leak moment that has lead to giggles? 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Book Giving Day

As well as Valentines Day today it has also been International Book Giving Day. With Lily and I loving books so much it was definetly something that we had to get involved in.

I really love promoting books on the blog and I love spreading the word about how important reading to your children is and how they should own many books.

It really makes me sad to think that there are some children out there that don't own many books and so Book Giving Day is the perfect day to spread the love for books by making sure that at least one more child gets a new book. 


I started the day by firstly giving my Lily a new book. I am constantly getting her new books and we read each night, so how could I not get her a new book on book giving day. I got her Simon Sock by Sue Hendra and she was delighted. She made me read it to her twice as soon as I gave it to her and we really enjoyed the book. Another great one for the Sue Hendra collection. 


After this I got our books ready that we were going to be giving out. I tied some string and some ribbon around them and placed the International Book giving Day leaflet onto it along with a Lily's Little Learners business card so they knew where it came from. I also printed out a little sign that said "Please take me home" on one of them so then when a child found it, they knew they could take it home.


Todays weather has been horrible. It has been a mixture between rain and snow and blowing a gale at the same time. So we waited until we got a break in the rain and headed straight out to deliver the books. We nearly got blown away but we made it to our first destination where we were going to leave a book for a child to find. It was way to wet to leave outdoors so I asked the local post office if we could leave it in there and they said yes. 


We then walked around the corner to the doctors where we handed over a book that they could leave in their waiting room. They were delighted to receive a book and thought that Book Giving Day was a lovely idea. It's always really nice to put a smile on someones face and the receptionist was really happy with our donation. 


We did plan to head into town to leave a few more books around but it just wasn't fair to drag Lily too far in the horrible weather today so we left it at the 2 books we have given. 

But our giving away of books doesn't end there. I have one book to giveaway to a lucky winner. Over on my Instagram you could win a Julia Donaldson book. Head there now and get entering! It ends friday so there is plenty of time to get your entry in. Good luck! 

Click HERE to enter. 


Did you do anything for Book giving Day?