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…

BNF Healthy Eating Week: feeding your toddler

Many parents worry if they are feeding their toddlers the right things and in the right volume. We are no different in this house, particularly with a two year old who will change his mind about what he likes and doesn’t like at the drop of a hat. Children of this age often don’t eat the same amount every day, and it can be a concern. Are they eating enough today? Are they eating the right things? I think I’m…

Tips for potty training boys

Potty training is a milestone that all parents seem to dread. Personally, while I look forward to not having to faff about with nappies, it is daunting. We’ve been introducing a potty to Small Boy for the past few weeks. He will happily sit on it and sometimes use it, but we are definitely not “there” yet.  We’re hoping to have the whole potty training thing licked within the next month of two, not rushing it because Small Boy has…

Childcare offer for Wales: information for parents

I’ve been talking a lot about the new childcare offer for Wales, but I’ve noticed that on my Facebook group it is quite Newport-centric. This is in part because I’ve just learned that they will be joining the pilot for the new offer in September. I’ve also heard a rumour that Cardiff will be joining in September but this is via social media and I’ve no firm details. I wanted to get more information out to all parents of three…

Indie Author Week UK

Apparently UK indie author week kicks off today and so while I’ve never heard about it before I thought I’d throw some of my limited weight behind it.  Why? Because being an independent anything is hard work. Being any type of author is incredibly hard work. People think you sit in your dressing gown all day drinking coffee, occasionally going into your garden to smell the roses, and words spill out of you onto the keyboard as easily as reciting…

A family day out at the Eden Project

The Eden Project in Cornwall is one of the UK’s top environmental visitor attractions and it’s no surprise why. It has something for everyone there, even if it is all based around eco-systems and promoting a better way of interacting with our environment, not to mention building a more sustainable future. Hubs and I visited the Eden Project on our honeymoon and I fell in love with the place. It’s not surprising then that we decided to take Small Boy…

3 things to do in Newquay with a toddler

We had a fabulous family holiday with a toddler in Newquay. There is so much to see and do there, both on a rainy day or when the sun is shining. There’s activities for all ages, but I’ve chosen my top three on the basis that these were particularly great for a preschooler and are fantastic value for money. Newquay Zoo We could have spent hours in Newquay Zoo, which is just on the outskirts of the town. It has…

A #WeeklyWins special: the highlight of my blogging life

I’m feeling quite flattered today. When I started my little family and lifestyle blog 7 months ago, I wasn’t sure if anyone would read it. In all honesty I thought I’d probably do it for a few months and it would run out of steam. Still, I felt like I had something to say. I wanted other working mums to know that the struggle is real! They are not alone in feeling frustrated or guilty. Similarly, you can be a superhero…

Let’s #TalkChildcare and the 30 hours free childcare offer

Three and four year olds in Wales are currently entitled to ten to fifteen hours free early years education during term time, but this could increase to thirty hour with the new childcare offer. You have probably heard a lot about this on the news, but what does this mean for you? The new childcare offer will build on the existing provision, topping it up to 30 hours per week for 48 weeks of the year. This means that you…