One thing that always amazes me as a parent is the array of quirks and talents that my children have. I never in a million years imagined a daughter playing defence in the local girl’s football team, or another showing such a flair for ballet and dance. Likewise, I have no idea where my son gets his artistic flair- it certainly isn’t from me! That boy will gladly spend hours with pens, pencils and crayons, drawing, colouring and creating- and his work is absolutely stunning! We were recently sent a few bits and pieces from the Bic kids range and I asked Luka to get busy testing them out for me.
As you can see, he wasted no time creating a few masterpieces! (more…)
There’s no denying that parenting is seriously hard work. It doesn’t matter how fit, how healthy, or how determined you are, you’re going to have to work hard to make sure you keep your kids healthy and raise them to be great, well-rounded individuals. However, recent research suggests that parenting could actually be making you sick.
Children tend to pick up many different illnesses while they’re young, from chicken pox to the common cold. They can pick up germs at school, from playing in dirt – from all kinds of places. Of course, this usually gets passed on to those at home and you end up becoming sick. However, this isn’t the only way parenting could be making you sick. While you may think that everything you do is helping your children, failing to take care of yourself will leave you unable to care for them properly. Here are some pointers that will help you to see whether parenting is making you sick:
You Neglect Things That Help You Take Care Of Yourself
Many parents neglect things that help them to take care of themselves. Maybe you aren’t getting exercise, or eating properly. Maybe you’re constantly doing things for your kids and not thinking about yourself. You really need to make sure you find a way to do things for yourself, for your physical and mental health. This is the only way you can be healthy enough to take care of your kids in the first place. (more…)
One thing I love about working with wonderful brands is getting the opportunity to preview new products and designs before everyone else! And believe me when I tell you that sitting (literally, in Elsie’s case!) on the latest designs for the Tots Bots swim nappy range, Swim Tots has been hard! I’ve really wanted to share them with you all because they are so fab! And now, at last, I can. There are two fab new designs in the Swim Tots range, and we have been lucky enough to get our hands one on of them for a spot of rigorous water slide testing. Allow me to reveal all…
Under The Sea
Just how fabulous is this design? The colours really pop and the fun characters are perfect. Elsie was particularly enamoured with the little turtles and jelly fish and since she has a real passion for swimming she literally couldn’t wait to get this nappy on! (more…)
One thing I’ve always been a little over cautious with is teeth, for myself and for the kids too. It was always drummed into me as a child that once the big teeth came through, that was it. Those were your teeth for life, and you need to take care of them. I admit to being a little paranoid about oral hygiene, but since teaching a number of children with rotten teeth I always feel my fears are justified. As parents, its up to us to set a good example for our children, and that means taking good care of ourselves too. I never ever skip brushing my teeth and I never let the kids skip it either. It’s one of those non negotiable tasks that nobody ever questions, thankfully! I was recently asked if I’d like to try out a few products from the UltraDEX range, and since this brand had already been recommended to me by my dentist, I jumped at the chance.
We were sent a tube of UltraDEX low-abrasion toothpaste, a bottle of daily oral rinse and a bottle of fresh breath oral spray.
UltraDEX are renowned for their dedication to oral hygiene with the range they sent me focused on eliminating bad breath, something that all of us are affected with at some point in our lives. Studies have found the bad breath occurs in the mouth in 9 out of 10 cases, and even those with clean mouths can suffer. Eek! I know that I’m always a little paranoid if I’ve eaten garlic or something else strong tasting the night before, and will always think twice if I have a meeting or another social engagement to attend. During pregnancy I was always very sensitive to the smell of other people’s breath (sorry!) and it’s something I do tend to pick up on more easily now. So I was rather excited to try this range and was interested to see whether I could tell the difference. (more…)