Monday, 21 May 2018

The Date Project


Friday, 18 May 2018

Stepping out & Accessorising for Summer {Ft. Rosie Phillips}


Friday, 11 May 2018

Stopping To Smell the Flowers {Harrogate Flower Show}

Spring has been well and truly in the air this side of Yorkshire over the past few weeks and dare I say it, a little bit of summer..!
 Everything feels so much brighter now the longer days are here and  this always gets me wanting to get out into the garden and enjoy outdoor living. 
Joe and I were invited to the Harrogate Flower Show at the end of April, something we've never been to, so I was really looking forward to getting some garden inspiration and seeing some beautiful blooms! 
We visited on the Friday and although the sun was out it was pretty windy and rainy; luckily we could pop in and out of the various tents and halls between showers!


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Easier Meal Times with Little Ones {Ft. Nana's manners}

I'm pretty sure most parents find meal time a struggle at some time or another in their child's development.
We've always had the problem of getting them to just sit down and eat a full meal; They usually want to wander off for half an hour and then come back or just won't eat only to be hungry an hour later!
 Quite often I think we probably expect too much in hoping they'll sit quietly and concentrate on eating but I do know that meal times are important. Sitting down together to eat as a family is something we've always tried to do as often as we can. I noticed as TJ started to get older that the more you involve children with the process of making a meal and the importance you place to them on eating together, the happier they actually are to sit down and eat. Meal times always seem to be much more successful when I've given them both jobs to do; even little E will carry cups and little plates in! When TJ cooks with me he'll always eat everything, even some vegetables he'd previously refused! I think often we think things are easier when we just get on with them ourselves- I'm one of those people- trying to get everything done as quickly and mess free as possible, but quite often just slowing things down a bit and letting your children try can be a whole new learning experience.
To be honest although I find it important that we all eat together I'd not really considered how we were teaching our children to eat. We usually give them plastic knives and forks which aren't brilliant and really not that easy for them to use, but normal cutlery is just too long and heavy!

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