We discovered The Living Rainforest in Berkshire a few years ago and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it sooner. Situated in Thatcham near Newbury, Berkshire this indoor gem is an ecological and educational centre which attracts visitors all year round. It provides a tropical environment based across 3 rooms in which you can discover wonderful plants, insects and animals all of which are becoming endangered in our rainforests today. If you love The Eden Project you will also love it here! Continue reading “Visiting The Living Rainforest”
Toys are without a doubt special in the life of every child. They also help them form special memories and experiences. While toys are fun for your child, picking out the wrong ones can actually prove harmful to them. Furthermore, spending long hours in front of tablets and smartphones has a negative impact on the learning and development of your child. This is where wooden toys come in! Quality wooden toys are not only sustainable, durable and appealing; they are also great for the learning and development of your child. Here are the five major reasons why you should choose wooden toys for your child instead of letting your child play with electronics: Continue reading “Reasons to Select Quality Wooden Toys for Your Child”
Preparing to bring a new arrival home from hospital is an important task and one area I have been thinking about is something that will help to make Jake feel included and entertained whilst I am nursing his baby brother; a nursing box. This will be a special box that he can go to at anytime for when he is feeling bored or possibly left out and will keep him happily occupied whilst I am otherwise engaged. I know he will have a good understanding at his age but it will all still be very strange and new to him and as he has been the only child for 4 years I want him to feel as though his needs are also being thought about.
So, I have had a little hunt around on the internet to find items that will suit his needs and these are what have grabbed my attention and are going on my wishlist. Continue reading “Nursing Box Ideas To Keep Your Toddler Entertained”
Halloween really is all about the pumpkins now isn’t it and with this comes the pressure to carve the ‘perfect’ pumpkin for your home. I’ve noticed a rise in the stunning designs appearing all over social media but if like me, you don’t want to buy a kit full of all the tools and stencils to give you this look then this post is for you. Continue reading “Simple Pumpkin Carving How To- no kits needed”
As Instagram and Facebook have slowly been filling up with beautiful pictures of pumpkin patches I felt as though I was missing out on this tradition and couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of pumpkin picking sooner. As a huge fan of Autumn and Halloween, I knew I had to find somewhere to visit with the family to give this a go ourselves.
It didn’t take long to find out that Pickwell Farm in Netley, Southampton was clearly a favourite amongst Continue reading “Pumpkin Picking at Pickwell Farm”
One of the best ways to encourage children to learn and develop is to make the experience fun, and enjoyable, which is why sensory play can play a crucial part in the development of your child. There is an excellent article online which explains the importance of this type of play and the benefits that it has for children, and may give you some ideas to ignite the imagination of your child.
Here is a summary of what sensory play is and how it is essential for your child to develop as they should. Continue reading “Helping To Develop Your Child Through Sensory Play”
Leaving your 9-5 daily grind once you have children can seem like the dream choice. You’ve probably spent years wishing you didn’t have to commute to work, thinking how lovely it would be to get all those jobs done around the house, staying on top of the chores and spending coffee breaks in a cafe whilst chatting with friends. Oh, how the imagination can run away with you! In reality being a stay at home Mum can be far more lonely, much harder work than any job you’ve ever had, you can feel as though some days you are living in Groundhog day and at times, it can leave you feeling isolated. Continue reading “17 Ways To Ensure You Don’t Feel Down as a Stay at Home Mum”