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THE GREEN PEOPLE | PRODUCTS REVIEW

THE GREEN PEOPLE | PRODUCTS REVIEW

Last month I was sent some lovely products from The Green People. I’m really conscious of the skin products I use now and I always try and make sure any products such as skincare always have an SPF. I think its important for everyone to […]

NEW SERIES, CHRISTMAS SONGS, TWINKLY LIGHTS | LITTLE LOVES 46/52

NEW SERIES, CHRISTMAS SONGS, TWINKLY LIGHTS | LITTLE LOVES 46/52

Its F R I Y A Y which only means one thing and thats a LittleLove round up with Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. Its been a rather busy week here and I have had the dreaded lurgy! I have been so poorly that most evenings […]

AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR YOUR CHILDREN

AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Assigning chores for your children to do is very important and it will serve them well later in life. There are two main reasons why parents should assign chores to their kids- one is to prepare them for life, for when they grow up and start living apart from their families, and the other is to keep them busy while still little and teach them responsibility and respect. Both reasons, however, are rather relevant and aim to accomplish the same thing- learning responsibilities, avoiding laziness, being less dependent on their parents and learning to do things on their own.
One of the biggest mistakes parents make is think their children are way too young to do cleaning chores, but unless your child is basically still a baby(0-1 year, year and a half), this statement is completely false. By not letting your child do chores you are doing more harm than good. You might be surprised by your child’s capabilities from a young age. They are not at all incapable of helping around the house and being a productive member of the family from a young age.
We will be combining personal chores with family chores as it doesn’t really matter. From a young age, whom or what they benefit, as long as they do.
(Age 2-5)
From such a young age children do not grasp the full context behind chores and why are they important, the fact is they are happy to be part of the activity. Tidy Cleaners London suggests to make them do something simple like- make their own bed, take all the pillows from the floor and put them on the sofa,bed. Most of the chores that you assign your child, at such a young age, should be under parental supervision. The older they get the list grow. You can have your child move laundry from one place to another, help with the cleaning(dusting, wiping, sweeping). You can also get them to help care for a pet by refilling their bowl of water.
What you need to remember is that at this age your child is most likely to do a sloppy job, the point is that you should not have high expectations of the end results. While they are still too young it is the effort that counts, more than the successful outcome.
(Age 6-11)
As your child’s age advances you can start outsourcing more important tasks for them. Adding a to-do check-list for age appropriate children. It is when you can start building their sense of responsibility and teach them personal manners. As long as personal chores go, they should make their own beds, clean their rooms and take care of their own personal hygiene. They may even be able wake up on their own with the help of an alarm clock etc.
The list of family chores you can outsource to your child grows even longer. Some of them are still recommended under supervision, but most of them they are free to do on their own. Your child could help set  the table, empty indoor trash cans, answer the phone. They could also prepare easy meals such as lunch by themselves. Letting them also help wash the dishes under supervision and assist in washing the car.
From age 12 to 15 and above your child is practically capable of doing most of the housework. It depends on you how much you want to outsource to them. Keeping in mind that leaving your child unburden, without chores is usually the wrong way to go. Keep them busy with personal and family chores so that they can start preparing for the outside world and learn to deal with it on their own- step by step.
THESE TWO | NOVEMBER

THESE TWO | NOVEMBER

Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles […]

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS, THE SINNER, LITTLE MIX | LITTLE LOVES 45/52

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS, THE SINNER, LITTLE MIX | LITTLE LOVES 45/52

Its F R I Y A Y which only means one thing and thats a LittleLove round up with Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. We are officially on countdown to Christmas! We are now in December so I am in full Christmas mode! I am so […]

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, YAZOO, WINTER COATS | LITTLE LOVES 44/52

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, YAZOO, WINTER COATS | LITTLE LOVES 44/52

Its F R I Y A Y which only means one thing and thats a LittleLove round up with Coffee Work Sleep Repeat.

I have taken an unexpected break from blogging. Its lasted longer than I expected and I am now heading into a three week blogging break! The last few weeks have been really intense, so intense I have lost myself in my own thoughts and its resulted in me taking some time out. Its been a well deserved break and I think I am finally back to where I want to be. I have taken the time to plan my work over December and I am hoping to have some really exciting posts coming up.

This week has been all about the deliveries! I have waited in all week for parcels. My last one was due today {Thursday} and as I write this, its still not arrived. I am hoping it does because I have lots to get down tomorrow !

Without too much waffling here is this weeks #LittleLove

Shamefully nothing… Can we skip this bit?

 

 

I managed to catch the new BBC drama Love, Lies and Records last Friday. Its a drama series following registrar Kate Dickenson who tries to juggle her personal life with the daily dramas of births, marriages and deaths and the impact they have on her. It was a really good watch and its written by Kay Mellor who I really love. She writes some really good programs!

Another program I have been loving lately is How To Get Away With Murder! Its so good and has me wanting more at the end of each episode. The writer is Shonda Rhimes, who also writes Greys Anatomy, which I absolutely love and can watch over and over. Basically HTGAWM is about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor. They become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives. If you have not seen it then its definitely one for your watch list!

I can’t not mention I’m A Celeb. Its my weakness and so far I am really enjoying it. I have already made my list of who I want to see do the cyclone challenge. I just hope my favourites last that long! Its good to have Ant and Dec back on our screens too!

 

I am still very much listening to Sia’s christmas album. I’m loving it and she doesn’t disappoint. I have also been listening to {not by choice, mind} The Descendants 2 soundtrack. G is totally obsessed and I find myself humming along to the songs throughout the day. Annoying, yes!

Lastly have you seen the Boots Christmas advert? I love the song they used. The advert is lovely too, all about the relationship of sisters and how they really do know each other.

Whilst searching for it on YouTube I found lots of cover versions. I found this one which isn’t a patch on the original but rather lovely all the same.

 

Our winter coats have finally made a reappearance. I have literally been hanging out to wear mine as I refuse to believe that its actually winter coat weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing a big coat, but I prefer to just wear a nice wooly wrap. G and H have been wearing theirs for some time and the other morning, its was so cold and icy it was a must! I know need to dig out the hats and scarves!

 

G and H made their Christmas list last weekend. I am so surprised at how long they were! G has only just had her birthday so I was expecting her to struggle a little, but she managed to write a hefty list! We placed them on the fireplace and as if by magic the elves had taken them throughout the night! I love this time of year, its so exciting!

I made a hearty sausage casserole this week. Its something I have not made in a while so it went down a treat. Both G and H didn’t moan about it and it was nice to eat a good comfort food dish!

 

This week I have struggled a little. Monday was pretty horrific and I was a bit very unhinged. Something happened which stemmed a complete and utter breakdown from me in the playground. It was my own fault as I had been a bit slack with taking my medication. I burst into tears in the playground, cried all the way home and then sobbed into a pillow like I was a teenager. It didn’t help that G was also feeling somewhat the same! I go through moments in life where I really struggle. I take tablets to ease the anxiety and to help me see life more clearly. I’ve never really spoken about it before on here but I was in such a depressive state that a friend said how sad I looked, she told me to have a bath and an early night – so I did. Today I have woken feeling a bit brighter, I am back on my tablets and hoping they kick in soon. Mental health should not be a taboo. It’s a mixture of things with me. Things I’ve been through which I struggle to come to terms with on a daily basis. Things I am going through which I find really hard to get my head round. I used to find it embarrassing that I popped a tablet each day to make things seem brighter, but after yesterday I couldn’t give a damn what people think. If people think I’m a psychotic, depressive person so be it, they have no clue as to what I’ve been through or going through. I’m going to make sure I’m not so slack on the tablets, just goes to show they actually do, do something

 

What ever your up to, have a wonderful weekend!

I am linking up with the ever so lovely Morgana over at her new blog Coffee Work Sleep Repeat  for this linky,

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AUTUMN WALKS, BOY WITH A TOPKNOT, SIA | LITTLE LOVES 43/52

AUTUMN WALKS, BOY WITH A TOPKNOT, SIA | LITTLE LOVES 43/52

Its F R I Y A Y which only means one thing and thats a LittleLove round up with Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. I actually cannot believe its Friday! This week I have been so busy catching up on the things I didn’t do the […]

MOTHERLAND, POPPIES, BIRTHDAYS | LITTLE LOVES 42/52

MOTHERLAND, POPPIES, BIRTHDAYS | LITTLE LOVES 42/52

Its F R I Y A Y which only means one thing and thats a LittleLove round up with Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. I have slowly managed to get back into a routine this week. Its been a quick week and I can’t believe its […]

PLANT PAL | REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!

PLANT PAL | REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!

I love having plants around the house, but I tend to fail at keeping them alive. I buy them with all the intentions of keeping them well watered but I let myself and the plant down by forgetting too water them regularly. I’d been asked to review a Plant Pal a few weeks ago and I literally jumped at the chance. Mainly because I really like to have fresh plants in the house and I love to see them burst with colour and grow. Also it makes me rather proud that I managed to keep it alive! The Plant Pal is ideal for those like me that tend to forget about the all important ingredient to keeping a plant alive! Water!

Plantpal is an award winning and patent pending self watering system that allows plants to regulate the release of water according their needs. Plantpal can be used all year round and is especially useful when you are away on holiday. The watering globe protects houseplants from over watering by allowing plants to take exactly what they want when they need it. Here are a few helpful tips about Plant Pal

  • Plants water and feed themselves on demand
  • Prevents over or under watering
  • Adds Value to gift plants
  • Encourages healthy plant growth
  • Waters plants while away on holiday
  • Refill once every 2 weeks

I have loved using my Plant Pal, I received 3, which I managed to put in plants around my home. I’ve filled them all with water once so far and I am suprised at how little water the plants need! I can either over water or never water so having these are really handy. They come in really vibrant colours and are really easy to use.

The instructions are that you Dip the end of the globe in water for a few seconds. If you don’t leave it under a stream of water for long enough then the water will release from the globe over a few hours, so run it or even leave it in a cup of water for at least 5-10 seconds. The first time I put the Plant Pal into my plant the water leaked out over 12 hours. So I left the dip stick in water for at least 10 seconds. Ive have not had to refill in over 2 weeks! You then fill the globe fully with water, create a hole in the soil and insert it fully into the plant. Easy as that!

You can use Plantpal watering globes in small plant pots starting from 18 cm. The Mini Plantpal watering globe has a capacity of 250ml and will water up to 2 weeks. For larger plants, the large Plantpal watering globe has a capacity of 380ml.

Its definitely something I will use all the time. I cant wait to see my plants bloom now I have a continuous supply of water to it! I just need to remember to add more water to the globe when it runs out!

If you fancy getting your hands on a Plant Pal, then your in luck, as I am running a completion for you to win one! You can enter below! Good Luck

Win 3 Large Plantpal Watering Globes #5

* I was sent a Plant Pal for the purpose of this review*

THE LAST YEAR OF SINGLE FIGURES

THE LAST YEAR OF SINGLE FIGURES

Today my baby girl is nine. I cannot believe that we are in the last year of singe figures. Its scary at how fast those none years have passed. She was such a beautiful bundle of joy. She made me a mummy and gave me […]