Hygge

Denmark are one of the happiest countries in the world, most say it is due to their lifestyle, Hygge. You may have heard about it or people speaking about the Danish way of life and wondered what it actually is. It is hard to say exactly what Hygge means as a word. The word Hygge, pronounced 'Hoo-ga' might originate from the word 'hug' which comes from the 1950's word hugge, which means embrace. Hygge is a concept, a way of life. By Surrounding yourself with friends, laughter, warmth, light, homemade food and hot drinks, having a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through the simple things in life you are living a life of Hygge. It applies to everyday life and objects, using candles

PC Gaming - Valorant (pegi 16)

Valorant is a fast paced, competitive first person shooter PC game from Riot Games. It is rated a Pegi 16 because it features strong violence and sustained violence towards characters and blood effects when characters get shot including head shots. It is a 5 vs 5 player game where they alternate between offensive and defensive mode, Teams swap sides half way through the 13 rounds. The goal is to win 13 rounds in total. When in offensive mode the team need to bring in an item called the spike which they then need to plant into the defenders site. The defensive team need to stop the other team from planting or defuse if it does before it detonates. If the spike detonates the attackers win. If

Cleaning Tips and Hacks

Cleaning is something many of us do not enjoy and with kids in the house even more at the moment making a mess, staining furniture and carpets every little helps to make it easier to clean fast. I have researched some of the best hacks to use when cleaning your home, appliances and personal items. 1) Use a toothbrush and paste on white rubber around shoes and trainers. 2) If you have dirt in your rings that just wont budge place them in warm water and washing up liquid and let soak for 10-20 minutes, use a soft toothbrush to gently rub away the dirt then rinse. 3) When cleaning your microwave mix equal amounts water and vinegar in a bowl and place a small wooden object like a toothpick into

Autism and Mental Health Awareness Week

Looking after your mental health has never been so important as now we are all in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, our lives have been turned upside down, we cannot see loved ones and friends for support, that hug that you need when you are feeling low and need reassurance or see a group of friends and family to get together for Sunday dinner like you do each week. Mental Health problems can occur for many reasons and at any time within our lives, take a look at this chart from Hidden Voices. Some people are born with mental health problems, others develop them because of something that has happened to them or others that they may have seen, heard or worry about. The lock down in the U

Homeschooling... Our Experience so far

There are probably a lot of parents thinking of homeschooling after the lock down, when children go back to school full time, I know its probably a long time off yet but as parents we have to think ahead. I myself have been thinking about it as my son Cameron, who is 15 years old, is Autistic, has ADHD and Global delay. He currently attends a mainstream high school within their provisional unit for special needs, he has an EHC Plan which is very detailed and I am very aware that the school does not meet all of the provision on the plan that they should. We had a meeting scheduled with school and the local authority for April to discuss the plan going forward and to discuss whether moving him

15 Things to do to occupy the kids during Covid-19

Thinking of things to do to keep the kids happy and occupied at these unsure times can be tricky when you run out of ideas. Here are some of my suggestions; 1) Go for a picnic in the park or in your back garden (now we are allowed to have one in the park in England, UK.) 2) Collect rocks and paint them, you could then go for a walk to hide them for other people to find. 3) Get the paddling pool out and some water balloons - we are having some lovely weather this month. 4) Have a movie afternoon - get in your pj's, get out lots of soft cushions and blankets and snuggle down for a movie marathon with snacks. 5) Playdough - have a competition to see who can make the best animal (take a look at

My knowledge and experience with Teething.

How do you know when your baby is teething? As a mum of 4, with my youngest who is 6 months and starting to get his first tooth through, i have had a lot of experience with the highs and lows of teething. Some of the signs to look out for to know baby is expecting their first tooth are; Sore Gums A flushed Cheek Rubbing their ear Dribbling a lot Gnawing and Chewing toys Being fretful My little boy has just cut the first tiny bit of his first tooth and he has been very unsettled during the day, crying alot, chewing everything in sight, including my fingers, hubby's shoulder and every toy or item he can get hold of. He has had an off and on right side red cheek and dribbling so much i have to

My Top 3 suggestions for Home Date Nights

It is always good to have a night away from the kids for adult time as a couple, we know at the moment during the lock down that getting away from the house in a no-go so here are some suggested ways of having a date night at home that will give you some much needed adult time if you are currently home schooling and much needed relaxation and couples time as it can get a little stressful being under each others feet all day and night every day. Watching a film together Get a blanket and some nice cushions, set up some candles and dim the lights. Having a home cooked meal together wait until the children go to bed to have your meal, cook it together, set up the table and light some candles. S

VE Day Celebrations - 75 Years

The second world war started in September 1939 when Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to invade Poland, they then continued to invade France, Denmark, Luxembourg, Holland, Belgium, Greece, Norway and the USSR. Millions of Germans were imprisoned and killed because they didn’t fit the image of the ‘perfect’ German. Hitler wanted to create the 'best' army and to him that excluded Jews and people with physical and mental disabilities. Hitler hated Jews the most, blaming them for making him lose World War 1 so he targeted and tortured them, killing around six million people during the Holocaust. In 1944, Allied forces crossed over from Britain to free France and invaded Germany, forcing the German

What formula milk should I give to my baby?

There are many different brands of baby formula milk in shops to buy, which do you get? Its not just the brand to consider, its the contents, as some are more specialist for different types of allergies and intolerance's there are also two types of milk, powder and liquid. Powder comes in the bigger tins for use over a period of time, the liquid cartons are generally used for days out etc as a more easy option when out and about, they cannot be kept for a long time once opened. When George was born we put him onto SMA pro, he would drink it but some days he would bring the whole bottle back up, that mixed in with his colic was a nightmare, walking around John Lewis and getting covered in bab

How to Make Microwave Playdough

You will need: 1 Cup Flour 1 Cup Water 1/2 Cup Salt 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch Food Colouring Place all ingredients (except the food colouring) into a microwavable bowl and mix Separate into individual microwavable bowls if you want multiple colours and add 2-3 drops of food colouring to each one and mix Place each bowl one at a time into the Microwave firstly for 1 minute, take out and stir then place in again for another 30 seconds, take out and mix again. If the mixture is still not a dough consistency place into the microwave for another 15-20 seconds and repeat until it is at the right thickness. Leave the playdough to cool before p

Chessington World of Adventures Review

I was looking through my photos the other day and realised i have a lot of photographs from our Summer holiday in 2015 when we went to Chessington World of Adventures and it was amazing! We had so much fun so i thought i would share some photographs with you, incase you were thinking of taking the family. The Penguins of Madagascar Live Show. The kids really enjoyed this show although it was in the open air and un-sheltered from the sun which was really hot. Safari and Animals on the Park I did manage to get some pretty up close pictures of the animals as they are all quite friendly, there is a section where you can go into through a gate and all of the monkeys are all around you its really

What are you doing during the lock down?

As we head into another week of lock down in the UK, what types of things are you doing with the family? As we head into another week of lock down in the UK, what types of things are you doing with the family? There has been a great influx of creatives, celebrities and sports professionals making videos and going Live to keep us going with a wide range of activities to get involved in, whether you are a child or adult, young or old, you can bet you will be able to find something that you will enjoy. Myself and the children are fully into the ticktock app, all getting involved in the dance challenges (with the exception of my 17 year old, who is a typical teenage boy and doesn't do socialisin

11 Things to do with children on a rainy day

There is nothing worse than having bored children in the house all day, complaining, fighting and making a mess. Here are some ideas of things to do to keep them amused. 1) Junk Modelling Using lots of bottles, boxes and anything else you have available 2) Build a fort Using sheets and blankets make a fort under the dining table, between some chairs or maybe on the trampoline. Have a name for your fort and if there are many of you, make two forts to compete for the best. 3) Treasure Hunt Make some clues and hide a prize, make the clues tricky, taking the children longer to find each one. 4) Hide and Seek A classic game for all to play. See how many different places the children can hide, if

8 Tips For Storing Food

Keeping food fresher and for longer is something more of us want to do, with organisation and saving money being on our radar during the UK lock down, here i will give you some helpful tips and advice about food storage, where you should store it and how. 1) Keep fish in a bag that is placed on top of a bowl of ice. It will keep the fish fresh for the time its in the fridge. 2) Keep eggs in the carton, do not decant into another tray. Also to test which eggs are fresh if you put them into water and they float they are old eggs, if they sink they are fresh. 3) Wrap meat in tin foil then place into a zip lock bag with a label on the front with the date and name of the meat on it. 4) Store dair

13 Tips to Save Money on Your Weekly Food Shop

We all want to save money and when it comes to your food shopping there are some savings to be made. I have researched the best ways to save as much cash as possible when doing your weekly shop 1) Replace branded products Do you really need all of the branded products? You can save alot of money by swapping the branded items you buy to the own brand or saving line. Of course you may want to keep some branded as they are your favourites but even swapping things like cleaning products to own brand will have you some cash, unless they are on offer for the same price then buy away! 2) Buy Bigger cuts of meat If you buy bigger joints of meat then they will last a couple of meals by slicing them u

My Newborn baby must-have essentials checklist.

After having 4 babies myself, the 4th born just 6 months ago i had a good knowledge of what i needed to buy for my little one's for when they arrive but if you are a first time mum, which i was 17 years ago, you may be thinking that there is so much to buy where will you fit it all in the house and how much is it all going to cost you and that is before all the milk and nappies! I am going to give you the lowdown on the absolute essentials and what i bought this year for my baby boy for his first few months. Sleep suits - the all in one's that babies wear to bed and generally live in during the first month or so as they are comfy for baby. I bought 14 of these, my thinking was 2 per day. Bod

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