Sometimes the first week of the summer holidays can feel like the scariest in any parent’s diary. This year I am finding this out as I juggle work, the six weeks holiday and attempting to find reasonably priced childcare and days out that won’t leave me bankrupt! We’ve so far been really lucky with the weather and managed some time out with friends at the park, donkey rides and have used our shopping points in exchange for a day out at one of the big theme parks (which made it a lot cheaper!).
Nothing beats a good night sleep for us and for the kids and that moment you start the bedtime routine each night is one that can either be really successful or be met with a million requests for the toilet, that extra story, that all important fact they need to tell you or any other excuse that comes to mind! Anything you can do to make bedtime peaceful and enjoyable has to be worth a try and making sure that your little ones have a lovely comfortable bed has to be one of the most vital things to take care.
Having moved house three times now in the last six months I can testify just how stressful moving house it. From finding a removal company that doesn’t require you to sell kidneys to afford their services through to the pain of finding enough boxes for all those important possessions it takes a lot of planning and organisation to make sure that come moving day everything comes together and the stress levels remain on an even keel.
If there’s one thing I could say from all my house moves in recent months is that where possible get as many bodies on the ground to help as possible. Whilst it might seem tempting to try and manage it all yourself having friends and family on hand to help amuse the kids, make tea, keep the removal men on the toes takes some of the stress away from you and means you can concentrate on making sure valuables get packed up securely and not left behind.
It’s summer, there is an abundance of fruit in the supermarkets, gorgeous strawberries, nectarines, peaches and the smell these give off as they ripen in your fruit bowl is scrumptious. I love nectarines and the summer fruits but sometimes I am really bad at remembering to get my five portions of fruit or veg a day into my diet. Thankfully this is where my juicer comes into its own during the summer months.
I invested in a really good quality juicer about two years ago now. I did a lot of research on the best type, the easiest to clean, the best blade so that I didn’t have to laboriously cut and peel things. I have to say that it is one of the smartest kitchen gadgets I have ever bought. Why? Well because in less than 2 minutes I can whizz up scrumptious, fresh, vitamin packed, immune boosting juices at the flick of a switch – and even better through trial and error I’ve found juices that even Addy will drink with hidden ingredients in like beetroot, celery, ginger and spinach.
Last week there was lots of colour in my life that made me smile.
There’s a little shop opened in town, just one of those pop up shops for the summer that sells really random clothing. Not the sort of stuff I’d usually look at but last week I was drawn inside for a mooch whilst nursing one of the new Costa fruit coolers and found myself wide eyed as I found a pretty little floral tea dress hanging at the front of the store. I was attracted by the flowers, I love print dresses and they keep coming back into fashion year after year. The addition of the little white belt with two key charms was kitsch and I loved the fabric with a slight sheen making it more than just your average day dress.