Activities to do with your children

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If I don’t write lists I forget things, it doesn’t matter what it is - if there’s no list it won’t happen. Food, for example. The Hubby and I have a list of food we like to eat, we also have a list of healthy food we can eat when on a diet. The reason I keep these lists is because if I didn’t I would forget what foods we like, especially if we haven’t had it in a while.

The same goes for activities to do with the boys, we’ve done lots of different activities, some free, some not, and sometimes I’ll forget the things we haven’t done for ages. That’s why I keep my lists and I’m sharing some of my list with you today to give you some ideas of activities to do with your children.




Bowling


We like bowling, especially since we can get reduced prices with my Clubcard Boost from Tesco. By cashing in some of my clubcard points I get money off a family game of bowling at Tenpin. You can do this too if you have a Clubcard - check out the website, it’s full of fun activities. Anyway my point is the bowling. 




LP swinging as hard as he can.



The boys love bowling, not only because it’s fun but because they get to compete with each other. LP is quite competitive but he’s also a lot younger than us so instead of competing with us LP competes with himself. He has a target on the day and if he beats his target he wins. 

BP, on the other hand, competes with me and the Hubby. He’s quite proud of the fact that he’s beat me on a few occasions. 

And the Hubby and I? Well we just play for fun (or at least I do), although if I ever beat the Hubby that will be a blog post all of its own!





  • If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. 

Katharine Hepburn





Mini Golf


Not one I’ve been able to use my Clubcard points on but one we’ve done time and again is Mini Golf. We’ve visited Lost Adventure Golf in Nottingham, Paradise Island in Derby, and Highfields Adventure Golf in Nottingham. There’s also one at Alton Towers, and if you have Merlin Annual Passes you get a discount on the games. We’ve played at Alton Towers twice I think. 






Mini golf is fun, whether you have to try to avoid things in your way or you’re just trying to putt the ball. The fun mostly comes in watching others fail but everyone can play - even the little ones - which means it’s a family game. 




The Theatre


While it can be expensive taking your children to the theatre can be a wonderful experience for them. In the last year we have taken our boys to see Lord of the Dance, The Wedding Singer, The Addams Family, and Around the World in 80 Days, amongst others. They loved each and every visit and now whenever they found out we’ve booked theatre tickets they’re super excited. 

Our idea is that if we take them to see lots of different things, some dance shows, some plays, and some musicals, that they will grow up loving the theatre and continue to go. 






Being in the theatre watching actors (or dancers) on stage is amazing. You can get lost in the play/show but also you can see that they’re real people up there dancing and performing for you and all the other guests. If acting is something your children are interested in it is a great way to show them the kinds of things they could do as an actor.

Of course there’s the treats too - we buy our boys an ice-cream during intermission. It’s become somewhat of a routine now but to be honest I don’t mind it. It’s not like we go the theatre every week and it really is something special.




Walk in your local area


Walking is a great form of exercise and you tend to spot things you don’t otherwise when you’re out walking. The number of times the Hubby and I have seen something when we were out walking that we’d never noticed before is unbelievable. Taking your kids for a walk allows them to walk off ahead too - giving them a little bit of freedom but still knowing you’re not too far away. Great for those tweens-in-training






My boys love walking and while it’s brilliant in the summer, when you can walk for miles and know it’s not going to rain, it’s also lovely in the Autumn. You get to point out the changing colours of the leaves and different animals come out during the day (there’s tons of squirrels about in Autumn!) meaning your children get to learn too. 

And as a bonus if you go to a local park perhaps there’s a recreation area you can visit at the end of your walk. We often tell our boys that when we’re done with our walk we’ll let them play on the recreation area. It goes down very well and makes them more enthusiastic for the walk (if that’s something you have trouble with).




Movie night/day


I’ve mentioned it lots of times before but nothing beats a good movie. For the boys our favourites would be any Pixar movie - we particularly love Up and Inside Out - but as they’re growing up now they also like things like Guardians of the Galaxy

Talk to your children to find out which is their favourite movie (preferably one they haven’t watched a million times) and get the disc/streaming service ready. Close all your curtains, light reflecting on the TV will only ruin your viewing pleasure. If it’s getting cold grab a blanket and be sure to have a few snacks on hand - popcorn goes down a treat!





  • Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun. 

Randy Pausch





Then you can settle down as a family and enjoy a great movie. For 2 hours or so you’ll sit together, laugh at funny bits in the movie, share treats, and just be. There’s nothing quite like a family movie night.




Some of these activities I reserve for weekends or school holidays and some we just do whenever we feel like it. Having an idea to begin with is the biggest hurdle and I hope I’ve helped you there. If you’d like to check out some of the other activities we’ve done with our boys you can see them on my YouTube channel and my Facebook Page.

I’d love to hear if you’ve done any of these activities or have done something different you’d like to share. 

Do you have any activities you do with your kids that I've missed?

Getting Christmas-ready in your home

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Christmas brings forth visions of strings of lights, decorated trees, snow and a fat man in a red suit. Christmas is a great time to go all out with decorations and rejig your home. But you don’t want to go overboard and turn your home into a tacky Christmas fiasco. Everyone has different tastes and traditions when it comes to Christmas, so it can be a really particular and almost ritualistic time when you decorate your home for the holidays.

Here are some stylish ways to get your home Christmas-ready.




The Tree





Don’t think that you have to put every ornament you own on your tree - you can leave things off for a year and switch it around next year. That way your decorations will stay fresh and not the same old thing. Choose a tree that compliments your room too - if you have high ceilings, then get a tall tree, but if the star is going to be scraping the ceiling, then crop it down a little. Also, think about real or fake - real smells amazing but will shed needles all over the place.




Dining Table


Making your dining room the best for Christmas can be as simple as decorating the dining table. A festive runner and table ornament can transform your room into a holiday haven. You can keep it simple on the run up to Christmas day and then jazz it up on the day.




Front Door


A Christmas Wreath is a very traditional way of expressing your festive cheer. But it doesn’t have to be a plain leaf wreath - there are some great options you can buy, or you can look into doing it yourself. A nature wreath is easy to put together, and you can incorporate more of your favorite flora. Or you can make a bauble wreath by hot gluing baubles onto a wooden ring. You can also use lights around the frame or in the wreath itself.




Lights






Lights can be used throughout the house to bring a bit of Christmas throughout the house. You can have them in the tree, hung up in windows and laced through bushes in the garden, but for some smaller light-up touches you can put strings of lights in jars or vases and dot them around. You can mix up the lights with baubles or with tinsel to make it even more Christmassy.




Scent


A big part of Christmas is the smell of roasted nuts, cinnamon, and log fires. They’re all scents people associate with the festive season even if it’s not their favorite smells. You can use scents you do love and spread them around your house. You can use candles, incense or aromatherapy to bring the Christmas feeling throughout your house.
Garden


Using lights in your garden will bring a winter wonderland feel to the place. Whether you enjoy it yourself, or it’s for your children, creating a little grotto in the garden adds a magical touch. You can also keep your garden alive by planting winter blooms.


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Post Comment Love 13th - 15th October

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Welcome back to another week of Post Comment Love where Stephanie and I welcome all bloggers, all topics, and we can't wait to see what you link up this week.

I have news people.

I have internet at home!!!


Can I hear a "Woo!"? I'm so pleased to be back online. It's like the doors have opened and there's a bright light now filling my life again. Our internet isn't as good as it was before it went off, they've sold our fibre connection to someone else apparently, but we are connected. I'll take that for now. The Hubby is spending lots of time talking to BT and trying to get it sorted and who knows if and when that will happen. All I can say is I am so glad to be back to normal.

I can now catch up on my reading, which I'll do over the next few weeks I expect. I'll start with todays linkers and work backwards. I will read your posts - I promise.

In other news I've been enjoying working on both my novel and my crafts - I'm heading out later in search of more photo frames for more crafts. It's strange actually, I've managed to organise my time so that I can do it all - something I never thought possible. Of course it may all go wrong now I'm back online but time will tell.

That's it for news from me this week.

So how has your week been?




Blogger Showcase Kong from KongTemplate




Who are you? 


My name is Kong. Yes, like King Kong. I currently reside in the sunny Florida and have recently started blogging! 



How did you discover blogs/blogging? 


I’m always on the internet, so I’m always consuming content. It’s hard not to discover blogs these days. I can find a new blog I like each day. 



Why did you start blogging? 


I’ve always wanted to be able to just freely express myself, whether it’s through reviews or opinion pieces and share with the world. To me, blogging is an incredible medium to be able to do just that. 



What do you find most challenging? 


Getting started. I’ve wanted to start for a year, but I could just never go through all the steps to get up a website and pick a domain name and all that fun stuff. Now that I’ve gotten it kicked off, I’m having a blast. 



Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals? 


I don’t think that these two necessarily need to be separate things. I do have goals, but I am definitely enjoying the experience as well. 



Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think? 


I haven’t, but this is now one of my goals! 



What are your 3 best posts? 


This is a funny one because I’m so new to this, I really only have 4 posts so far. I really like the one I did about using credit cards, a few people have noted that its been really helpful for them. I have one that basically introduces the site and why I started to blog, and another one that reviews a piece of tech that I really enjoy. 



Describe yourself in 3 words. 


Friendly, thoughtful, ambitious 



Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person? 


Wish I could choose tea and cake!! But I’ll go with coffee and cake on this one. 



What’s your idea of a perfect night out? 


A nice dinner and friends. 



Your perfect night in? 


Playing my keyboard (piano) at home. 



What would your best friend say is your best quality? 


Probably that I’m willing to go out of my way to help others.



You can connect with Kong below:



Thanks Kong for answering our questions, feel free to grab the badge and display it ever-so-proudly on your blog.


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What would your perfect week look like?

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Every week there's another "national" something week and there's always something to celebrate. This time of year, when we're preparing for Halloween, Christmas is on our minds and we're trying to get ready for the coming winter we tend to forget about ourselves. We're so busy making sure everyone else is sorted that we often end up ill as a result. This made me wonder about a National Parents' Week - is there one, and if not why not?

It turns out there isn't but if there was a National Parents' Week it would be a great time to think about what your perfect week would look like. As I've been feeling a little busy of late I decided to have a think about what my perfect week would look like.

So, Monday morning rolls around and my alarm goes off at 6am - same as usual. I get up and do my exercise - same as usual. The differences come when I come back in the house after finishing my exercise LP is not only up and dressed but he’s also got his brother up and BP has sorted their breakfast. This means there’s no nagging about getting up, no having to do their breakfast. As I look around my kitchen I notice a steaming hot slice of toast, freshly buttered, waiting for me on the counter top and sitting next to it a freshly made cup of coffee. I walk into the lounge and enjoy my breakfast in peace without having to shout at the boys for fighting and I get to listen to the morning news without interruption.








  • To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions. 

Hugh Jackman





Hubby takes care of school drop off which allows me to get straight on with blogging at 8:30am. Blogging in peace during the day might not seem like a “perfect week” thing to some but it is something I love doing. I do already get to do this most days (when the internet is working) and am thankful that I do so I guess this would just stay the same.

It’s when school pick up rolls around that I’d like some changes. Not only do I not have to do it but I also don’t have to spend ages in the kitchen sorting out dinner (because it’s already been sorted). I can continue working on the blog to my heart’s content until I decide to pack in and relax watching a movie with the Hubby with a bourbon and coke in my hand.

And that’s just Monday. If I’m honest if all the weekdays looked like this I’d be a happy lady. Being able to work on something I love while my children don’t bicker or fight and dinner is taken care of every day - that’s my idea of heaven.






As for Saturday I’m thinking a family day out to a theme park (probably Alton Towers), lunch in a lovely restaurant, and again no bickering. If we could have a whole day when we enjoyed each other’s company and there were no arguments that would be great.






Sunday? Well that’s reserved for family too. But my perfect Sunday would involve seeing my parents and having my mum’s Sunday lunch (I love her Sunday lunches). The boys spending time with their grandparents while I talk to them and drink tea.

It might not sound like much but that really would be my perfect week. Perhaps I’d take a day to go to the spa but really if everything is good at home then there’s no need for the spa right? I might add a couple of trips to the coffee shop during the day one day and maybe even a chat with a friend but to be honest I’m at my happiest sitting in front of the computer, listening to my favourite music, with a hot cup of coffee to drink.





  • If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax. 

Christian Louboutin





National Parents’ Week would be all about celebrating parents and, well, I have parents too. I'd send some love their way for being such awesome parents. I know I wasn’t the best teenager to cope with but it’s thanks to them that I turned out the way I did. 

So tell me, if you could have your perfect week what would that look like? Would you have a week of blogging like me? Would you want a week with no kids? Or would you choose to go to the spa?

I can’t wait to hear what you come up with. Oh, and don’t forget to drop National Parents’ Week into the conversation with your children - I wonder what they would think of the idea.

If you’d like to chat more you can find me over on Twitter or connect with me on my Facebook Page. You can also find videos over on my YouTube channel that feature some of my favourite activities to do with the boys.

Post Comment Love 6th - 8th October

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It's Friday again - how does that keep happening so fast? The start of the week is always slow but Friday seems to come around so fast and the year flies by. It's October and half term is creeping up on me. Anyway - let's get on with Post Comment Love shall we? Welcome back linkers!

If you don't know (where have you been?!) I don't have an internet connection at home - still. It has now been two and a half weeks since our internet went off and it's agony. I can't tell you how much I miss it. I have bought more data on my phone because otherwise I would be totally lost. So, again, please forgive me for not reading your posts - I promise I will get around to it just as soon as the internet goblins have left our house.

As for the rest of the week it's actually been pretty good. I was feeling down in the dumps, being left with no internet made me feel out of touch and a less than satisfying evening before Britmums Live resulted in the darkness descending around my head. I learned this weekend that I really am an introvert - a Friday night in a London pub proved how much I really hate that stuff. I ended up having to leave in a hurry - leaving people wondering what was up. Turns out I really can't cope with things like that, it came as quite a surprise to me. Anyway, back to the feeling down in the dumps... I happened to post a comment in one of my favourite Facebook Groups and my girls came to the rescue. After a chat with Michelle I was able to ignore the fact that I was missing the internet and use my time for something other than moping. Michelle is amazing and she showed me I didn't need the internet to feel like I was achieving something. Thanks to Michelle I have made a start on craft projects and I've pulled out one of my novels and started editing. This is HUGE.

I'm not putting any pressure on myself but it's great to feel like I'm achieving something despite being out of touch with the internet.

So how has your week been? Are you looking forward to the looming half term?




Blogger Showcase Liberty from libertysfreedomblog


Liberty enjoys writing about books, she has a passion for writing. She'd like to be a journalist when she's older so she started blogging. Liberty also likes the idea of watching the sunset on a Californian beach. Don't forget to check out Liberty's answers to our Blogger Showcase questions over on Stephanie's blog.

You can connect with Liberty over on Twitter.



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Each week you'll be able to link up from either of our sites and between us Stephanie and I will comment on every post linked.

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Thank you for popping by.




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