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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Mum Hacks: 8 Ways I Try To Keep Organised

I had never really been the most organised girl in the world, growing up my mum and dad would always nag me about not being organised enough and losing things ect, however since I've had Darcy I think I've completely changed in that respect, because I had to really there's no other reason. I would have struggled to get through day to day life if I hadn't been more organised. A few hacks I've learnt over the last couple of years..

Meal Plan and Online Food Shop - I try to online shop as much as I can as I absolutely despise taking Darcy to the supermarket, it just really is not a pleasant experience at all.. same with going to town as well really. Meal planning is something I've recently in the last 6 months done and I've definitely noticed a difference in my shopping bill and it's much nicer not having to pop out all the time because you haven't got the right ingredients.

Get Organised The Night Before - If I know Darcy or me have something on the following day or we're really busy I always lay our clothes out the night before or if it's a childminders day then packing her bag and making most of her lunch for the next day as well, it takes away soooo much stress and I notice our mornings before getting out the door are much more pleasant and she is happier too.

Plan Ahead - Christmas and Birthday and even alot of the other holidays throughout the year are expensive, they definitely don't need to be but I like to start buying presents at least 2 months in advance, for two reasons really so that I'm not stressing because I don't have enough time to get out and actually do the shopping and secondly money, there is only so much money you have in a month so its much better to spread it, unless of course you like doing it all once.

Every Time You Go Upstairs Take Something With You - So, in regards to housework I like to just get it all done and out of my way but I guess that isn't always possible if you don't have enough time. If like me you always chuck things that need to go upstairs on the stairs then what I've started making myself do is every time I go upstairs I have to take something with me, you're going up there anyway so its not like you're going out your way to do it.

Put The Phone Down - Every time you're meaninglessly scrolling through Facebook or just on your phone for no reason... put it down! Do something productive, there is always time for that later and I waste soooo much time doing this when I could be doing other things. I've been making a real effort in trying to cut down.

Set Your Alarm Before Your Child's Wake Up Time If Necessary - Again, like the getting organised the night before point, if you know you have a busy day ahead it's so much easier just to get up before the kids, do your own breakfast and get yourself ready so that when they're up you can just focus on them and not worry about what you have to do.

Make Lists - I think I am queeeeen of list making, I love a good list and I love ticking things off. Some days I have an overwhelming amount of things to do and getting on a piece of paper can clear my head a little bit. Plus there is something satisfaction seeing a list and ticks on it at the end of the day.

Schedule Social Media - So one for the mummy bloggers is schedule your social media the night before, this way you won't have to keep having to remember and you can just get on with all the other things you have to do.

Hope this has been helpful in any way.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Valentine Gift Guide For Kids

I know, buying a present for your child isn't really the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the word Valentines Day. To be honest, it's not something I've ever done but I really want to celebrate holidays with her and involve her and teach her what they all stand for, which is why I do Easter Baskets ect. I created a gift guide for those of you that like to buy a nice affordable heart themed gift.

I found it pretty difficult to find 'boys' valentines gifts as the whole theme is love and pink, that whole stigma should really change. I did find some cool little things which I'd say some are unique.

1. Melissa & Doug Shimmering Beads Set.

My little girl would love this, she's really starting to get in to things like this, I love that it is wooden too and not the plastic ones you usually find. They're lovely and glittery too.

2. Pirate Puzzle.

My little girl loves pirates so I wouldn't suggest this is a boys gift, I think it's really lovely though. Especially for the younger ones

3. Pirate Lunch Bag

This is super cute and also quite a useful gift. Not too expensive either!

4. Bath Cupcake Set

This would definitely be a winner with the other ones, I even think my 2 year old would like this in her bath, probably after I told her it isn't a real cake. Very sweet and a typical valentines gift to involve the kids too.

5. Barber In The Tub Set

This looks really fun, I love bath toys especially when they're slightly unusual and I've never seen anything like this.

6. Dinosaur Umbrella

I love this umbrella, it is so cute. I'm sure it could be quite useful in this weather too!

7. Colour Changing Umbrella.
Now this I thought was cool and I'm definitely going to purchase this for my little girl. She would love watching the hearts change colour and it's her favourite colour too!

8. Peter Rabbit Rattles

I wanted to find a gift for the babies and I thought these were cute and inexpensive too. I love the Peter Rabbit print too.

9. Heart Necklace

This being the cheapest of them all, what a lovely gift to make little ones feel special. It has hearts on too so what says Happy Valentines Day more!

Here is the best bit, if you like any of these gifts. You can get 10% off with the  Promo Code: ANMUMB18


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Our 2018 Travel Wishlist

2017 showed us our first family holiday and plenty of other weekend breaks. Now, with 2018 in full swing it's got me thinking about where I'd like to go this year.

Center Parcs.

This year we would really love to go to Center Parcs. I've never been before, however Paul has and he says that it's amazing. I love the idea of going on a holiday and always having something to do as well as trying to relax.

Alton Towers

For Darcys birthday I'd really like to take her to Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers. I know she'd love this and I feel like she's at the right age now to be able to go on a lot more rides, obviously not the massive ones but ya know what I mean her age ones.

Another Family Holiday (Spain, Canaries, Greece?)

We'd really like to go on another family holiday, Darcy really enjoyed the whole experience of it and it was a lot more relaxing than I thought it would be. Around September/October time would be lovely. I'm not really too fussy about where we go, Tenerife is always a safe bet because we know that we love it, but i'd quite like to go to Greece especially.

Weekend Break To Amsterdam

Paul turns 30 this year so we'd really like to do something special, this probably won't include Darcy because you know, child free time and all that. Amsterdam is a place we both love so it would be fun to go on our own.

Random Weekends Away

I really enjoy not planning things and then just running away as a family to places we've never been before. I'd really like to see more of Cornwall this year so I'm really looking forward to seeing where we go.

What are your travel plans this year?

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