A review of the Fisher Price Custom Comfort Potty Chair

Part of potty training your toddler is getting the right potty. But which one should you choose? We’ve bought several as it’s useful when potty training to have a few dotted around the house. As we have three floors to our house we need one on every floor. That’s a lot of potties. So to supplement our regular potty style, I wanted to get one that was chair style. I decided to buy the Fisher Price Custom Comfort Potty Chair.…

5 easy ways to keep your tyres and car safe this summer

Summer is the season that many of us get in the car and get out for the day, but have you ever noticed the summer can wreak havoc on your car? I went out to mine on the weekend and it was covered in sap from where I parked under some trees.  It got me thinking about looking after my car and how I am particularly bad it, particularly because I don’t do much mileage. I half hope the car…

Things all women should know before forty

I’ve seen a lot of posts recently on some of the other parenting blogs, along the lines of “forty things to do before you’re forty”, or “thirty things to know before thirty”. There’s not many milestones for me know. In just over seven years I’ll be fifty and nobody seems to celebrate that. As we are all having to work for longer, it’s not even a celebration of only having to work for another few years and your life is…

Childcare offer for Wales: what it means for parents

It was confirmed today that the childcare offer for wales will be extended to seven more local authorities. It’s fanastic news, any help with childcare costs is welcomed,  but parents are still sharing their concerns with me that they aren’t sure how it is going to work. Many parents have told me they weren’t aware that more funded childcare was coming in and only knew about the existing 10 hour minimum foundation phase that all three and four year olds…

Teaching our toddler to swim : classes, tips and taking our time

We have tried teaching our toddler to swim and assumed an organised class would be the answer. My husband is a confident swimmer but works full time so there are limited opportunities for him to take out toddler swimming. I work flexibly so have two weekdays when I can take our son, but I’m not a confident swimmer. I also feel like I need the structure of going to a class or it’s too easy for me to skip it…

A poem for Zanzibar : the nightclub where I spent my Newport nineties youth

Something weird has happened the past few days. A former nightclub in Newport has burned down, taking with it the church next door.  I’m not one for sentimentality but the whole thing has made me rather sad. On Friday night, a fire started in the building formerly known as Zanzibar. It was originally built in the 1860s as a baptist church but converted to a three story nightclub in the 1980s. It’s hard several incarnations since then, but Zanzibar seems to…

Are you a working mum based in Wales?

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that I’m a working mum so childcare provision is a real hot topic for me. I’ve been blogging about the new childcare offer in Wales a lot recently, but I’m aware that not all my readers are from Wales, and the ones that are need more detailed information that I can provide. For example, I’m being asked a lot via my Facebook page which nurseries will participate in the…

Teaching children internet safety: the Penguinpig play is on tour

Do you want a way to introduce the subject of online safety to your children at a young age? I’m increasingly mindful of it as technology is everywhere. My two year old already knows how to navigate my phone, even when I’m sure I’ve locked it. There’s not getting around it, our children will need digital skills to navigate the world and access all the information they need, but we also need to teach them about the risks and how…

Carers Week 2018

Carers Week began on the 11 June and will be running until 17 June. Carers week is all about shining a spotlight on the important role of carers, the valuable contribution they make, but also the importance of taking care of them too. It’s an issue which is very close to my heart. Carers can often become isolated and stressed, putting the needs of others before their own. Although they may be solely or partially responsible for the physical, emotional…