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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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