Sunday, 29 July 2018

Our Top Tips For Moving House

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I have mentioned it before on our blog that last year we had a full home and garden makeover. It was long overdue and although it took almost a year to complete if was definitely worth it. We did think about moving house first as we knew it would be quite costly to have a complete makeover but we also had to consider the cost of moving house. We made a Pro's and Con's list for staying and moving but in the end we decided we wanted to stay where we are. If you are in the process of moving or just even thinking about it, I have created a top tips list for Moving House I thought I would share with you.

Monday, 18 June 2018

What To Prepare and Pack Before Taking The Kids Abroad

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This time of year, most of us are thinking about holidays. I love preparing for a holiday as I like to be organised and have everything ready quite early on. I think the earlier you prepare, the less stressful it can be. especially if travelling with little ones. I am one of those parents who has a huge tick off list of all the things I need to do, prepare and pack for the trip. These are my top 5 tips of things I prepare and pack before taking the kids abroad.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Our Potty Training Tips

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Before Christmas we decided it may be time to start to potty train little J. We bought a potty and left  it in the room at first so he could get used to it. When we thought about it we would ask him if he needed a wee wee or a poo poo on the potty and most of the time he would say no. Now we didn't really help him along with this and would just accept the fact that he didn't want to go. Although obviously he did because he had full nappies. We were so busy on the run up to Christmas it just seemed like the wrong time to focus on this so we decided once we had finished work for Christmas we would give it our full attention.

Now I know some people say that the child will give you signs when he/she is ready but I also know as a Nursery Nurse that some children don't. They will happily sit around in a dirty nappy not telling you they need to go or even that they have been. So I think there is probably never a right time or a wrong time to try potty training you just have to take the leap and see where you end up.

So first we told him that from now on wee wee's and poo poo's are for the potty. He totally understood and seemed quite excited about it. We bought a reward box full of cars. He loves cars and these were pretty cheap considering they were Hot Wheels. Little J isn't too keen on stickers so we couldn't use them and I didn't really want to reward him with sweets and chocolates, so cars it was.

I do think it's important to offer a little reward for potty training. It's such a big deal and we are all motivated by something. We all want to do well for that little reward at the end so this isn't any different.

So on our first day we showed him the box of cars, told him if he wanted to 'win' one he needs to go on the potty. We whipped off the nappy and took the plunge.

To say I am gobsmacked of the outcome is an understatement. From the minute the nappy came off he has been in control 99% of the time. Telling us when he wants a wee wee or sitting on when it's been a while and we ask him to. He loves it and even now weeks later he is still proud when he goes on the potty and shouts "I've been". The cars really helped, at first he was getting a car for a wee wee or a poo poo but because he was so good and we were running out of cars it changed to just a poo poo.

We made the decision for him not to wear any type of pull up nappy. Whilst they are great for convenience I don't really understand how a child can differentiate between a nappy and a pull up, to me they would just think its the same thing. We decided undies was the best way to go. If he wee'd and didn't like the wetness on him or on his legs it may encourage him to tell us next time. He has had about three accidents in nearly three weeks. It's unbelievable how well he has done. He is using the potty all the time now and even the toilet in Nursery. Proud Mummy moment.


Our Tips For Potty Training

I don't think there is ever a 'right' time to start as you don't really know whether a child is ready or not. You just need to take the plunge and see what happens.

Try and plan the potty training when you have time to help your child with this new adventure. Take a week or two off work or just when there is you and them at home. Having one to one really helps, no distractions is the key.

Give it time. For most children it won't just happened overnight.

Be supportive at all times. Never get upset or angry if they have an accident. It can really knock their confidence and set them back.

Reward them. How nice is it to get a little reward in life when you've done well. It makes you smile, happy and want to do well again. Same for our little ones if they get a little treat it may just spur them on.

Make the decision of whether you will go for pull ups or just underwear. I do think this is really important as like I said earlier if I was a child I would just think I was wearing a nappy. I wouldn't know the difference between a pull up or a nappy, they both look the same. I know lots of children that have had great success wearing pull-ups but my tip is to stick to underwear. They can feel if they have had an accident, and I can guarantee they won't like that feeling of wee wee dripping down their leg. Might make them think twice next time.

It is really important to know your child's routine for a poo poo. Some children go the same time every day or at least once a day and so on. When potty training children seem to get the hang of going for a wee wee easier than a poo poo. It's important to make sure they are still doing their poo poo's because if they are not they can become severely blocked and it could become a medical issue. If your child isn't ready to poo poo on the potty you need to make the decision of putting a nappy back on them on or around the time they usually go. They just might not be ready for this stage and that is normal.


 I honestly thought the potty training posts would drag on and on but that's it, nothing more to say. I am so proud of him and although he hadn't given us any signs he was definitely ready.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

5 Reasons To Get A Dehumidifier For Your Home

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Daddy and I have been thinking about giving our home a makeover. It's in desperate need of a  Spring  Autumn clean. There are a few items we want to get too including a fan. Our home gets so warm during the evenings and I suspect we may have an Indian Summer so I am expecting it to be warm in September. Also we want a Dehumidifier. I actually didn't even know these excited until recently but after reading the benefits we want one. They are a cheap but excellent addition to your home. They come in different sizes and can stop many problems.

Here are five reasons to get a dehumidifier for your home.


Monday, 8 June 2015

What To Pack In A Teenager's Suitcase

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Big J has just arrived home from his third trip abroad without us. Its so weird to think he has experienced parts of the world without us. He has been to Rue in France for 5 days, Skiing for a whole week and last week he went to Spain for 5 days.

When it came to packing his suitcase he really wasn't interested at all. I think thats a boy thing because Daddy doesn't like packing either. They both are just happy to watch me do it. I did make a list of things he needed to make it easier for him but I still ended up doing it.

First I packed his hand luggage. He didn't have much in it as the school already had his Passport, EHIC and Euros. His hand luggage just had his phone, earphones, wallet containing some english money for the airport and plane and a book.

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