Getting Kids To Understand That Exercise Is Important

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As adults, we all know that exercise is important. But as children, it doesn't occur that exercise needs to be something you stick to! After all, kids run around playing all the time, and have to do regular physical activities to learn key developmental skills. It’s only when you get a bit older that exercise can turn into a boring chore! But if you want your kids to always know the importance of regular movement, you need to help them make it fun. Here’s how. 

children playing with a basketball

Turn It Into A Game
If exercise is a game, it doesn’t seem like exercise. That’s a very interesting proposition for some kids who hate having to do P.E classes at school! It’s not boring, it’s not something they have to try and excel at, it’s just a fun game everyone can take part in. 

Batting balloons around to stop them touching the ground, throwing balls at each other and trying to catch them, playing ‘red light, green light’ and being the last person standing. Even simple ideas are enjoyable! 

Explain Your Own Workout Routine
If your kids see you exercising, explain to them what you’re doing! And as you go, explain why. Kids are naturally curious simply thanks to their age, and you’ve got a chance to get a real message in here. You don’t have to preach to them about body image and healthy weight levels - although you can learn more here about why that can be good. 

But you can also talk about how good exercise can make a person feel and how important that is as people get older. And if you’re not too sure what to say here, you can look up some talking points and then translate them into kid-friendly material. 

Limit Screen Time In Fun Ways
Spending time staring at a screen is incredibly common these days. Never before have kids been so indoors, and it’s hard to tear them away when they’re stuck in a video or game with their friends. So you’ve got to put on something better to attract them away. There are plenty of screen free activities to explore.

Something that’s just as fun and fulfilling, and will have the kids forgetting there’s a world of adventure inside on the iPad. Game nights, days out, craft sessions, and baking in the kitchen are all great ways to get the kids on their feet, and as long as they stay that way they’ll experience some healthy effects. 

Keep School Timetables In Mind
And finally, maybe you don’t have to really worry! If your kids are in school, they might be getting plenty of exercise already. They go outside during playtimes, they have regular physical education lessons, and they may even be part of clubs - all of these things count towards their activity quota. The more this kind of schedule is normalised, the more exercise will be important - simple! 

Let kids be kids and have fun as they go; that’s how you make exercise an important thing in their lives. 

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Our Place In Space Trail, Liverpool

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We recently visited Liverpool to complete the Our Place In Space Trail inspired by Oliver Jeffers. The trail is centred around an epic scale model of the Solar System designed by the artist Oliver Jeffers. Together with Scientist Professor Stephen Smartt and a creative team led by Nerve Centre the three dimensional sculpture trail, interactive AR app and learning and events programme was created. We love heading out on walks in the North West and they're even better if there is a trail to follow. 

the sun model

What To Expect When Visiting Our Place In Space, Liverpool City Centre, L1
The Our Place In Space trail is available every day. It is recommended to visit between 9am-9pm for the best experience. If you are familiar with Liverpool, the journey begins on Church Street which is in the centre of Liverpool.

Trail staff are available to help you on your journey through the Solar System with lots of information including how to download the app. 

boy looking at an Earth Model
trail board

The start of the trail focuses on the Sun and then you can follow the signs, your trail map or use the app to then visit the rest of the Solar system. Once you have visited the planets in the main city centre shopping area you will then head to Liverpool's iconic waterfront where you will pass the Museum of Liverpool and catch Jupiter close to Tate Liverpool. You will then continue along the waterfront all the way to Pluto.

boy following a trail
boy following a trail
The trail from the Sun to Pluto is 8.1km in total. With an average walking speed the trail should be completed with 2-3 hours. However if you need to take a round trip then you would need to add on more time to your visit. 

replica model of Jupiter

replica model of Jupiter

The end of the trail is a short walk away from Aigburth train station where you could hop back in to the city centre if needed.
replica model of neptune

The planets are really interesting to see and the scale of the solar system is 591 million to 1. At this scale the Sun is 2.35m, the Earth 2.2cm and Pluto being just 4mm.

This is mainly a walking trail, however you could actually drive from one planet to another once you have visited the planets in the city centre and Royal Albert Dock. 

Toilets are available at various public locations along the way. 

The trail is fully accessible by bike should you chose to visit this way. 

boy in a replica model of  rocket

sign post saying this way

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We love trails and they are a great way to explore a city and see things you may not would have noticed before. The Our Place In Space Trail will be in Liverpool until the 6th November 2022 and you can find out more by visiting Our Place In Space

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The Unlimited Buffet At Pizza Hut Plus Giveaway

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If you could choose a favourite meal out what would you choose? I know John and the boys would always choose pizza. If we are ever eating out or grabbing a takeaway I don't even need to ask them now as I know what their answer will be, Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut is a very popular choice and we are lucky to have quite a few restaurants local to us that we like to go to, especially their Pizza Hut Unlimited Buffet. 

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When eating out the Pizza Hut Unlimited Buffet is the perfect choice for a family. Now available 7 days a week you can enjoy an unlimited variety of freshly made pizza, pasta and salad for a set price. 

Weekday buffets start from just £9.99 for adults and £6.49 for kids. This includes unlimited salad.

When you are ready to order you can choose to upgrade to the buffet bundle. The buffet bundle includes your unlimited pizza, pasta and salad but also includes a bottomless drink and Ice Cream Factory. The bundle is from £13.99 for adults and £8.99 for kids.

Now that the buffet is 7 days a week you can also enjoy the deal on a weekends and also bank holidays. 

The unlimited buffet on weekends and bank holidays is just £13.99 for adults and £6.99 for kids. Weekend bundles are also available and cost just £8.99 for kids and £17.99 for adults.

Last but not least you can add a tasty side to your buffet from just £2.99!

We love visiting Pizza Hut and the unlimited buffet is definitely our favourite time to visit, it offers delicious food at an affordable price and is available up till 3pm every day. 

If you would like to try out the Pizza Hut buffet for yourself we have a gift card loaded with £75 to giveaway. 

All you need to do is complete the entry form below and make sure you pop back daily for bonus chances to win. The giveaway will close on 13th November and the winner will be contacted within 7 days. If not claimed a new winner will be drawn after 28 days. Open to UK residents only. 

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Five Years From Now By Paige Toon Book Review

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What if you met the right person at the wrong time? Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart. Five years later, they find each other.  Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they must separate.
For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?
‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’ Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

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Five Years From Now tells the story of Nell and Van. Each chapter tells their story at a different age. Nell lives with her mum but heads to Cornwall every Summer to spend it with her dad. The first chapter is when Nell and Van are five and they have just met. They were born just days apart but brought together by Nells dad falling in love with Vans mum. 

Every chapter moves on five years and we read about Nell and Vans life at each age but also see a snippet of Nell and Vans past over the previous five years giving us hints of what they have been up to and why they are brought together at age ten. fifteen, twenty, twenty five, thirty, thirty five, forty and then forty three.

Five Years From Now will give you a warm fuzzy feeling but will also pull on your heartstrings and bring a tear to you eye. 

It's been a while since I picked up a book. As you may know I was part of a monthly book club up until spring this year and then I just felt like I didn't have the time to read anymore. It was such a shame as I really did enjoy reading and it was a lovely way for me to step away from the screen and just relax.  I was hoping to read over the Summer however that didn't happen but now Summer is over and we are all back to our normal routine of school and work, I needed to start making some time for myself again. I haven't read any other books by Paige Toon so I just closed my eyes and chose Five Years From Now from the small selection I own. I couldn't put it down and eager to read the rest of the books I have by Paige now. 

Have you read any of Paige Toons books?  If so I would love to know as I will definitely reading more so would love some recommendations. Do leave us a comment or message us on socials. 


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The Best Pumpkin Picking In The UK

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Updated for 2022

A few years ago we went Pumpkin Picking for the first time and it was so much fun. We went to Kenyon Hall Farm in Warrington and it was really good. We wanted to choose somewhere close by, so I asked some of my friends and Kenyon Hall Farm was the most popular. Being popular means you usually have to book your tickets early and we have already secured ours for this year. If you are looking to pick a pumpkin this year, I have asked some friends from all over the UK to tell me their favourite places to Pumpkin Pick so check out their recommendations below.

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A popular choice amongst us is Kenyon Hall Farm

Emma from A Farmers Wife and Mummy visited too. We loved it so much last year I think we will be visiting again this year too.

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Laura from Little Ladies Big World visits Adventure Farm in Staffordshire

Emma at Mrs Shilts visits Essington Farm in Wolverhampton

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Sian from quite frankly she said recommends The Pop Up Farm in Hertfordshire. 

Victoria from Verily Victoria Vocalises visits Bailey ridge in Dorset

Katy from Katy Kicker recommends Cammas Hall in Essex/Hertfordshire

Laura from Dear Bear and Beany - Millets Farm in Oxfordshire

Emily from Emily and Indiana enjoyed Pick Your Own Pumpkin in Sevington, Ashford

Jenny from The Gingerbread House - Farrington's Farm Shop, Somerset

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Lauren from Dilan and Me gives us a round up of the best in Norfolk

boy in pumpkin patch

Are you planning on going Pumpkin Picking this year? If you have any other recommendations I'd love to hear them.

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Is Home Schooling The Right Choice For My Child?

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 If there is one thing that parents have been arguing over for a very long time, it is whether or not home schooling is right for children. It can be agreed that traditional schools work well for some whereas home schooling works well for others. However, this makes it difficult when it comes to new parents deciding whether or not they would like to home school their child. Every education system and style offer a unique way of learning so there is no right or wrong when it comes to the route you want your child to take. Here is some advice from a digital academy on if home schooling is the right choice for your child. 

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Home schooling allows more time with your child. This means those younger years that pass by in the blink of an eye will be spent surrounded by family. It also means you will have a direct role in your child’s learning and be able to track their progress and see what areas need improvement. This then helps you build a stronger relationship with your child in the long run.

Home schooling gives you a lot more freedom than traditional schools would. With your child being away from the usual style of curriculum, there is freedom to choose when and where they study. School trips can be merged with vacations that can be taken whenever you want. Another benefit is that you won’t have to do the school run. 

This route of schooling allows your child to socialise in different ways. The social pressures are removed which can help improve confidence and self-esteem. Your child will be able to avoid bullying and gain real life skills in their home-based learning. 

The one-to-one learning style will ensure your child has less distraction and is able to work and progress at a pace that suits them. Less distraction means greater understanding and value for learning which is one of the greatest benefits of all!

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Why Is Reading So Important For Children?

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 There are many things that can be done for your child that will be beneficial to them both in their personal and academic development. This can be helping them strengthen their fine motor skills, giving them a healthy and regular routine and even reading to them. Yes, you read that write. Reading is heavily underestimated when it comes to the benefits it offers to children. These can be comfort, reassurance, confidence, relaxation and pure happiness. When you read to a child, you are giving them your full and undivided attention which they will perceive as you showing care. Due to the learning potential it has, it is important parents put the time in as early as possible in their child’s life to introduce them to reading. Here is some advice on why reading is so important for children. 

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Reading assists children with their cognitive development. This phase of development is where children gain the ability to understand the world, intelligence, reasoning, language and how to process information. By reading to your child, you will help them develop a deep understanding of the world and give them a whole lot of background knowledge. this background knowledge is then used to be able to make sense of what they hear, see and read.

It helps to develop empathy. When reading a book, naturally we will put ourselves into the shoes of the characters. It is through this that we are able to develop empathy as we experience the lives and emotions of the characters themselves. This is really important for children to pick up as early as possible as it will help them empathise with people in the real world. Children also gain a greater understanding of emotions which can help them understand bigger emotions that they may experience later on in life.

Regular reading assists children with their concentration abilities. Overall, this will help children sit in one place for a long period of time which will benefit them when they go to school.

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How To Raise A Compassionate Child

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 Our world has gone through many changes which has allowed newer generations to be provided for in more ways than older generations were. This has created a materialistic group of people with a ‘me’ mindset. However, compassion is still a must needed trait in a person which is why it is important parents do their best to nurture their child into this habit. Of course, the first step to teaching a child anything is by setting the example yourself. Then, integrating it into everyday life will be the next step. It is important to teach children from a young age so they are able to make it a lifelong habit that can be used at home and with friends and teachers alike. Here is some advice on how to raise a compassionate child.

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Being compassionate consists of many different traits. Being kind is one of them. Teach your child how to be kind to all around them. Even when they face a person who is unkind, insensitive and rude, approaching them with kindness will go a long way when moulding your child's character. Encourage them to be kind in their speech as well as their acts. Learning how to avoid and ignore rude behaviour and language will become a lifelong skill. 

Show them how to be respectful. This could be the way they talk to their teachers or address their elders in their family. Let them learn how to treat everyone with respect and equality. This also includes being able to listen well to others and attempting to understand other points of views.

Helpfulness goes a long way when it comes to being compassionate. Begin by including them in household chores and assisting elderly with errands. This will show your child that others are also in need of assistance that being helpful is one of the greatest traits to have. 

At the end of the day, they key is to raise someone who is a light in others eyes. This starts and ends with compassion.

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3 Common Mistakes When Buying New Jeans

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 These mistakes apply to both men and women in their search for new jeans. You will likely buy a lot of pairs of jeans in your lifetime - sometimes even multiple pairs in a year. Unfortunately, it is extremely common to see the same mistakes crop up again and again. You end up with a pair of jeans that don’t fit correctly or deteriorate in quality after the first wash. 

So, it’s time to learn from these mistakes! Here are the three common errors you make when buying new jeans and how to prevent them in the future: 

woman wearing jeans holding shopping bags

Not Knowing Your Proper Size
Hands up, how many of you estimate your size when buying jeans? Usually, you guess what your waist size is - or you measure in the wrong place. Get some proper measuring tape and measure around your waist. This will be the point around your belly button, not around your hips. Then, measure your inside leg to get the leg length. A huge mistake is buying jeans that are too long for you, so the ends look all baggy and silly! 

Once you have your proper size, it is a lot easier to find jeans that will actually fit correctly for once. 

Buying The Wrong Style Of Jeans
What type of jeans do you want to wear? As you can see on, there are countless types to choose from: slim fit, skinny fit, relaxed fit, straight fit, tapered fit, etc. The same is true for women - actually, there are arguably more choices! 

If you want jeans that are quite relaxed and baggy, but you buy slim-fit ones, you’re not going to have a pair that fit how you intended. Consider what type of jeans will suit your body before you make a purchase. 

Getting Cheap Jeans
This might sound snobbish, but cheap jeans are really bad. Sure, they help you save a lot of money on clothing, but they will usually be extremely low-quality items. The material feels strange and starts to deteriorate after a few washes. The fit isn’t good and it’s hard to find ones that are actually in the right size even after measuring yourself. 

Instead, high-quality jeans will cost a bit extra. It is worth spending a bit more on an item like this as you will get value from it. You’ll wear the jeans a lot, so you want them to actually last and feel nice. Cheap jeans are exactly as described…cheap! A good way to get some high-quality jeans while saving money is by purchasing second-hand items or waiting for sales/discounts. This lets you get jeans that fit properly and last a long time without breaking the bank. 

At the end of the day, jeans will probably be your most-worn item of clothing. You can wear them to the airport when you’re travelling, or to the coffee shop when meeting a friend - or even while you lounge around the house. So, it makes sense to make the right purchase. Avoid the three mistakes above and you will do exactly that. 

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Visiting Disneyland Paris During Halloween Season

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Last Updated - September 2023 

Halloween season is lots of fun and even more special if you are heading to Disneyland Paris. We have always enjoyed visiting Disneyland Paris during Halloween and there are lots of tricks and treats to enjoy at the hotels and the parks to keep you busy. If you are planning a trip this Halloween season then I've gathered some information to make the most of your visit. 

Happy Halloween Sign at Disneyland Paris

What To Expect During Disneyland Paris Halloween Festival

Disneyland Paris Halloween Festival is back for 2023 and begins on the 1st October right up until 5th November. 

Disneyland Park

From the moment you head in to the park you will be greeted with pumpkins and Halloween decorations as they line the streets with tricks and treats ready to pop up anywhere to give you a spooky surprise.

Main Street is one of our favourite places to take photographs as it is always decorated perfectly for the Halloween season. There will be lots of Mickey pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls ready to be snapped. 

The decorations and music at Disneyland Paris really add to your whole experience and they do it so well.

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Pumpkin at Disneyland Paris
Maleficent at Disneyland Paris

What Characters Are In Disneyland Paris For Halloween?

Halloween brings out the villains and you will definitely spot a few of your favourites. Halloween season is the only time you can spot some of the villains so you won't want to miss them.

Maleficent will be lurking around Sleeping Beauty's Castle so make sure you check out Fantasyland.

If you fancy seeing Captain Hook head to Adventureland and look out for the Jolly Roger.

Also meet the Mischief Makers - Chip, Dale and Goofy.

pumpkins at Disneyland Paris

Jack Skellington at Disneyland Paris

Mickey's Halloween Celebration

Disneyland Paris wouldn't be the same without a parade and this Halloween join in with the Mischief Makers as they entertain you during Mickey's Halloween Celebration.

Little boy with Mickey at Disneyland Paris

Nightfall With Disney Villains

As the sun sets, Disney Villains bewitch Sleeping Beauty Castle with projections, music and water fountains for a freakishly fun moment.

Hollywood Studios

From 1 October, evil villains and other mischievous characters are invading Studio Theatre for your goosebump-inducing pleasure. A screamingly good time awaits those courageous enough to spend time in the presence of these rebellious rapscallions.

tower of terror at  Disneyland Paris

The Tower Of Terror

Welcome to the dusty remnants of the once-glamourous Hollywood Tower Hotel. Going up? Hop inside the service elevator and discover the surprises that lie on the upper floors - we’re sure you’ll fall quickly for this old Hotel’s quirky charms. Oh, and make sure you strap in, you never know what can happen in a rickety old lift.

As well as all the spooky shenanigans you can enjoy all your favourite rides. 

Opening times and ride closures are updated on the Disneyland Paris website under plan your visit so make sure you check that out before your visit so you can plan your days. 

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