Why Arts and Crafts Are Important for Children

Toby and Gabe painting a fireworks picture together

Arts, crafts and creative exercises have long been an established part of teaching, learning and play for children – but, why exactly are they so important?

It may be easy to think of play and art as simply a pleasurable diversion for children, but it can have a profound impact on their development. Art and play can help children to expand their social and cognitive skills, has a lasting impact on personality and shapes the way that they approach and deal with problems.

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Practical family budgeting tips

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Running the family budget can be a headache. It is not as simple as knowing how much your regular bills add up to and being sure that there is enough money available to cover those. If it was, doing your family budget would take just a few minutes. It is the so-called little things, the day-to-day extras and paying for emergencies that catch you out. Controlling how much you spend on items like that is not easy. But, there are things you can do to make managing this type of expense easier.

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The tools that will help your kids in school

Toby and Gabe on the tablets

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Getting your kids motivated about school is either going to be something that’s totally effortless, or something you have to battle with every single day. Some children are just geared up to love education, and right from the moment they enter big school, they dive right into learning, and soak it all in. But there will be some of you that are really struggling to get your kids motivated about school. They would rather be playing with their friends, watching TV, or just playing with their toys. Read more

13 eco-friendly plastic free household swaps

Easy eco friendly plastic free household swaps

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably know that our planet is heading for a crisis if we don’t do something about our plastic use. From governments banning single use plastics to zero waste shops popping up all over the place and Richard Attenborough praising Glastonbury for going plastic free, it seems like the war on plastic is starting to gain momentum.  But doing the right thing for the environment isn’t always the most convenient but there are changes you can make that are super easy. In this post I’m sharing 13 eco-friendly plastic free swaps that we’ve made recently. Read more

Pizza Express // Create your own pizza competition for kids

Kids creating their own pizzas at Pizza Express

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Both my boys love pizza (who doesn’t?) and we have recently started making our own at home. Gabe especially likes kneading the dough and rolling it out ready to put the toppings on. For both boys the best bit about making pizza at home is that they can choose exactly what they want on it. If your kids like making pizzas like mine do then Pizza Express has just launched a competition perfect for all your budding pizzaiolos (that’s pizza chefs to you and me). Read more

Glamping at Coniston Park Coppice // 48 hours in the Lake District

The view from Wray Castle over the fields to Windermere

We love going on holiday to the Lake District with our two young children – we’ve been at least once a year since Toby was born. All our previous holidays have been in cottages but when I won a two night stay in a glamping pod we were very happy to try something different. So what did we get up to in our 48 hours in the Lake District? Read more

Top tips for new parents

Baby Gabe sleeping

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Becoming a parent for the first time is probably the most overwhelming thing that will ever happen to you. You may have spent 9 months preparing for your new arrival but if you’re anything like me, that first night at home with your newborn will be absolutely terrifying. And it may even have you questioning your life choices. Read more