Amelia Salmon

UK Parenting, Lifestyle & Beauty Blog. Mum to Darcy

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Cleaning Hacks You May Not Of Heard Of



Recently I've been really upping my cleaning game #mrshinchmademedoit. Yes I started following Mrs Hinch on Instagram, who hasn't? I've started these new ways of cleaning, things I've perhaps not done before, one very simple thing in particular would be 'being organised' who'd of thought that's the secret to doing cleaning.

It got me thinking though, is there any other cleaning hacks out there that I don't know about? I asked some fellow bloggers what they did - I also added 'the weirder, the better.'

Bicarb of soda on bathroom tiles literally lifts the dirt off - Lianne 

Coke down the toilet leaves it sparkling and it is a great way to use up flat coke! - Emma

Nair down the shower plughole dissolves the hair that gets trapped down there - bit unconventional but it works!  - Alex

Put a plastic bag filled with white vinegar and water over the showerhead for descaling. Works a treat! - Victoria

Every week I fill the bath with cold water and Milton sterilising fluid and throw in all the bath toys to soak overnight - it helps minimise the mould and grot! - Suzi

Use a little baby oil to buff up your stainless steel appliances and surfaces. - Jayne

Oh I am a terrible ditherer. I now make my list then set a 30 minute timer on my phone and whizz round as quick as I can. It works great for me - I get soooo much done - Carla-Marie

Using some toothpaste is great for removing crayon marks from the walls! It's been a life saviour here. - Beth

When you've used a lemon don't throw it away - put it in the top drawer of your dishwasher - your pots will come out sparkly clean and smelling great - Lauretta


Loved these! I love hacks where you're using something that's actually used for something else eg. toothpaste, bicarb soda, flat coke. I hope someone else takes use from these too, cleaning definitely helps with the mental health!

Amelia
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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Getting Yourself & Your Toddler Ready For Nursery




Darcy has gone to a childminder since she was 9 months old and will continue to do so, next week she also starts at a Nursery/Pre-School 2 days a week as well. I know a lot of parents send there children to a nursery a lot earlier than I have and I suppose there are a couple of reasons of which I went for a childminder over a nursery... 1. Childminders tend to be slightly cheaper and 2. They get a bit more 1 on 1 care which I like. However I knew this would be a great transition in starting big school next September. I decided to put together a couple of tips that I think will work well in preparation for this new change, I've also added what I will be doing to get myself ready as well.

Routine. I think routines are great to have anyway and you can adapt them to whatever the circumstances may be. It's especially good to get in to the routine right for you, so that little ones know exactly what is going on. It's a bit more security for them. A good bedtime routine would be especially important at this stage as the long days are going to be tiring for them.
Use Role Play To Get Them Ready. If this is there first time away from you, it's going to be a big change for them, it might be a good idea to play little imaginative games with them and act out what will happen when you leave them, making sure they know you're coming back but you're just going to go away for a while.
Listen To Their Worries. They worry but they may not show it in the way we do, it's good to ask them how they're feeling and make them know that it is so normal to have all these emotions especially if they're worried.
Make Sure You're Ready With Prep. If you're stressing, it might rub off on your child and then they'll wonder why she's stressing and it's just a great big circle. Make sure you've read the kit list of what the nursery expects the child to bring with them. Going back to the getting the child ready point, it might be a lovely idea to take them to buy there new bag or lunchbox and let them choose it so the excitement can begin. Something I've never done before is using name tags so that items don't get lost, I was super lucky when My Name Tags got in touch and asked me if I wanted to give them a go because this is likely something I would forget but they're so important.They have so many lovely designs to choose from and personalise as your own. I was slightly apprehensive choosing the sticker option but knew this was the easiest option for me, however they're so durable. I can also say that I've put one on Darcy's drinks bottle and washed it a few times now, the sticker is still in tact and clear as anything.

Amelia
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Monday, 20 August 2018

6 Wish List Items For A Dream Kitchen



Ever since I moved out, there has always been an element of me longing for a beautiful kitchen. Unfortunately as we rent it is a dream slightly further away as there is only so much you can change in rented properties. However, appliances can always come with you so I guess this is what we invest in whilst saving for a house. I've put together my wishlist items for my dream kitchen, some of which will have to wait until we have our own house.

We've been talking about getting a a food blender probably ever since Darcy was weaning as they would of been brilliant for blending up her purees but we just never really got round to it, they're so useful for soups too and I'm hoping to make more of those this Winter. The reason why I am loving this particular food blender is because it is so versatile, it has 33 functions so whether its baking, juicing, mincing meat, pressing fruit or draining salad or many more it's an all one product. It's not just it's uses that makes me buy a product, it's obviously got to be how it looks on my kitchen side that really entices me in and this is super stylish with its glass touch button menu. I'm beginning to wonder after writing this why I don't already have one as seems like an essential right?!

A dishwasher probably seems like a bit of a bizarre wish list item, I know. We would have enough space for one if we moved the washing machine in to the hallway cupboard, and I'm beginning to become very tempted indeed. If we were to have any more children it would very much be an essential because even now I am sick of constant washing up! Not too bothered about what make it is and how fancy it looks just someone else please do my dishes! 

I think coffee machines are what dreams are made of? The amount of money I must spend in Starbucks and Costa, why not invest in my own. This De Longhi coffee machine is not only beautiful but it also steams your milk so you can make lattes and cappucinos. Would need a bigger kitchen first though because there is only so much I can fit on my worktops.

Ooooh a bigger oven would be a dream, we are only a 3 person family so I am not sure why we would need one, but they look nice and it would be nice to boil on hob that isn't so bunched up together. Christmas day would be made a lot easier too.

Is this Samsung fridge not just the ultimate fridge of dreams? It is verrryyyy expensive so I'm not sure I'd ever be able to justify the astonishing price tag but it does have a lot of cool features, with the tablet on the front you are able to listen to the radio through the speakers, it has a calendar/diary so it's fab for all the family. You can even place a food shop order through it! The best thing of all though has got to be the fact that it has cameras inside so when you're in your supermarket and you can't remember what is in your fridge at home, worry no more because you can check on your phone through the app, so cool!

When it comes to buying a house, a Belfast sink will definitely be what sells it for me. If it doesn't come with a Belfast sink then it will be the first thing that gets renovated because one day I am living in a house with one. I am not really too sure what It is that I love so much about them, they just look change the look of a kitchen completely. 


Ahh one day....one day! I will have allllll of these items, but for now it is a wish I'll work towards!

Thanks for reading! 
Amelia
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*This is a collaborative post
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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

5 Summer Activities For Toddlers



With the warm weather now here, I am always looking for ways to keep Darcy entertained when we either need to stay at home or just some cheap we can do in the garden and crafting seems to be one the easiest.
Some fellow bloggers had some amazing ideas all of which I can't wait to give a go and I thought Ii'd share them with you.


Louise did a great blog post about how much her girls enjoyed footprint painting and it's as easy as it sounds, whats better is she had the paddling pool out so the clean up was so easy.




Creating a fairy garden you can buy the little fairy doors and paint them yourself - get the little ones to choose some pretty plants and some coloured stones like the ones you use in fish tanks - then get some plastic fencing from Poundland to put around it. I loved this idea, it's so sweet.. definitely think Darcy would enjoy this.


I've seen this before but completely forgot it was a thing..such a good idea and I love anything that is mess free to be honest! All you have to do is put paint on a piece of cardboard, wrap cling film around it and voila! So simple.





I really loved this idea as it is an activity you can do together with your little one, it's really easy and the link above takes you to a step by step guide on how to do it, they can pop it in the garden as a little decoration for them.



This a such a cute and inexpensive craft which I can't wait to do, we could be a little late for dandelions now but I don't see any reason why you couldn't use any flower petals. They make such a pretty gift for friends and family too!


I liked this idea because little ones can see the birds eating something they've made and it's something that you can all do together outside.


*All photos are from the links above them*

Amelia
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Friday, 3 August 2018

Review: Mud & Bloom Subscription Box


I do love a subscription box, I used to have the birchbox & glossybox until I became a mum and those kind of treats were no longer a priority. Now it's time to try something a little more related to Darcy. I didn't even realise that boxes dedicated to children were even a thing until recently!

So when the Mud & Bloom box arrived, we went straight in the garden and opened it. I already knew it was an outdoors based box after reading about it on the website. Opening it and first impressions were how nicely presented everything was, wrapped in tissue paper and lovely bright colours which definitely attracted my 3 year old straight away. 
The activities you receive in this box are so lovely, easy and simple enough for little ones to do.

First up, you get a Nature News leaflet explaining everything you'll see outside this month including plants, animals & insects as well as birds. Whilst I read most of this to Darcy I don't think she was overly interested in listening and too eager to get started on the activities. I do think this would be of interest to the older audience and if i'm honest i found it pretty interesting too! ha.

All together you get 3 different activites 
Grow Your Own Lettuce
Grow Your Own Radishes
Make Your Own Summer Vases

The instructions for each activity are so simple to follow and so far we have sown our seeds and Darcy loves going in to the garden each day to see how much they've grown. We are hoping to decorate a vase this week which she'll love, anything crafty and she is there!

The final leaflet in the box was a July Quiz and a 'Can You Spot These Leaves & Trees' 
The quiz again would be something for the older audience, however Darcy was interested in spotting the leaves from different trees.

The box is for 3-8 year olds and I would definitely say they're tailored to this age, anything the younger ones can't do, the older ones can help out with.

Mud & Bloom were so lovely that they gave a 15% discount code off your first box to give to my readers so that you can see how great it is for yourselves, simply pop in ANOTHERMUMBLOG  before 28th August 2018, also it can be a sibling or a single box. Would to see what you think about it!



*I was sent a Mud & Bloom box for an honest review. All thoughts are opinions remain my own.*
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Thursday, 12 July 2018

You Don't Always Have To Go Abroad... Have A Staycation





I must admit, I love going on holiday particularly abroad, you're guaranteed sunshine and you just generally feel like you've had a holiday.. however I've made the decision that I'd like to get to know this country a little bit more as I know there are so many places I haven't discovered yet, I was lucky enough to see this country a lot as a child so I'd like to do the same for Darcy as I really don't think I appreciated it enough.

A few places on my bucket list:


  • Cornwall (St Ives, Newquay, Lands End)
  • Scotland (Anywhere, as I haven't been here before.. although loch ness would be up there at the top) 
  • Ireland (Galway & Dublin)
  • Peak District
  • Lake District

These are only a few of the places I'd like to go, I decided to ask other bloggers if there any places they had been and recommended so I had more of an idea of all the amazing destinations in this country.

We went to Lanarkshire in Scotland last year. We absolutely loved it. It was peaceful and beautiful, but not too far from Glasgow so we had a day trip there. We also saw the Falkirk wheel and our boys loved New Lanark. We could have gone to Edinburgh too if we'd had time (on the list for our next visit!). So much to see and do but it felt so different with acres upon acres of open space to freely explore - Jo

We went to Folkestone for a camping trip. Loved it. The seaside was beautiful and the location was close to a few historical places we could visit (Dover Castle being one of them). The town was also nice, with nice independent shops, and the town centre has been regenerated recently.  - Irina

We used to come to North Wales on holiday. We stayed just outside of Rhyl. We fell in love with the beautiful beaches, the countryside and the Snowdonia mountains. In fact, we loved it so much, that two years ago, we moved from Birmingham and now live just a few miles down the road from where we holidayed! - Rachel

We went to Devon last month and had the most amazing time. We went to Paignton zoo, Crealys world of adventure, Babbacombe Model Village, went crabbing in Brixham and built sandcastles at Goodrington. It was the best holiday we’ve ever had. - Laura

I always recommend the Isle of Wight for a staycation. Getting the ferry over makes it feel like an abroad holiday and the island is so geared for holiday makers. Plus you can explore the whole island in your car from the Needles to Sandown and East Cowes. It's got a bit of everything, including beaches! - Rachel

We went to Norfolk last year. We love short breaks because it's just nice to get away and see other places outside of home, experience new things, and I can show my son places I went to as a child. In Norfolk we did the tour bus round Norwich, went to Wells next the Sea beach, National Trust places and just generally travelled round visiting places. - Emma

we went to Bath earlier this year. Somewhere I have always wanted to visit but never gotten around to so we booked it. It's so pretty and full of culture we would definitely visit again - Angela

Edinburgh is always the first place I’ll recommend. It’s got the best of both worlds, close enough to the coast to visit the beach, but with the hustle of a city break and plenty to see. Scotland is overlooked, but it has so much to offer. - Kirsty

Clearly I am not the only one that loves the idea of a staycation, I cannot wait to book one up soon which I think will be in Cornwall.

Amelia
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Tips For Dealing With A Fussy Eater



From the age of 12 months - 2 and a half,  Darcy was a really fussy eater only eating about 4-5 different foods. It drove me mad and I was constantly looking for ways of how to get her to try different foods but seemed as though she had gained a fear towards anything she didn't really recognise.

I know I wasn't the only one who had this problem because after googling and doing some research it turns out a lot of other parents are in the same boat. Fast forward 6 months and Darcy is now (i think, and I hope) a lot lot better than she was with food so I believe this was just a phase some children go through. However, at the time I did find it very difficult so I'd like to share some of the things I learnt as well as tips I picked up from fellow bloggers when I asked.

1. Patience is the key. This is definitely a trait that comes in handy no matter what what aspect of parenting however throughout the fussy eating period it helped.

2. Praise. When they do eat, make sure you make them realise what a fabulous thing they've done.

3. Timing. Something I found was that Darcy was unlikely to eat when she was in a bad mood so when she was tired. I always found bringing her meal time earlier she was more likely to give different foods ago.

4. Don't Rush. Again similar to above but rushing will create stress for you and then like point 1. you'll run out of patience..it seems like it is just one big circle.

Like I said, I asked some fellow bloggers for there perfect tips.

Always put something you know they will eat, alongside something they may not be so enthusiastic about. That way you know they've eaten something, you don't have to go into battle and eventually you'll notice them starting to eat the whole plate. Power struggles are real for toddlers!!! Even if they don't eat your choice for ages, one day they will - Hayley

Take them to a pick-your-own farm. Them actually picking the food might encourage them to take a bite - my picky eater ate some corn this way. Also. Ketchup makes pretty much any vegetable palatable! Irina

Try to eat together as a family. Kids like to copy parents and siblings and they just might try some of the different foods! - Raimonda

Get them to help you cook the meal. My toddler is always a lot more excited to try things that she 'made'. - Leanne

Make the plate look fun. My middle was very fussy eating but I started to do funny faces on the plate, with the foods and she would eventually start eating it. I cut the food up into different shapes and size, made it bright and colourful too. - Beth

I stick spinach, broccoli and celery in a smoothie for my little one and then I had fruit juice and lots of fruit and frozen yoghurt. He drinks it, has no idea and I cackle every single time haha - Carla

I think the one reassuring thing to take away from this is that you're really not alone. There is plenty of other parents out there with the same problem and one thing people used to tell me although not sure if its helpful or not but 'When they're hungry, they'll eat.'

Amelia
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