The boredom busting summer holiday fun list

Summer holidays. The bane of our lives or six precious weeks with our beloved offspring. As a work from home mum, I have mixed emotions as the summer break creeps up on us. It’s going to be tough trying to work and entertain the kids full time. But at the same time, I’m looking forward to it. And to help us along, the children and I have come up with a genius idea to prevent boredom. The boredom busting summer holiday fun list For the first couple of weeks of the holidays, we’ll be going camping. My husband will be with us and…

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Thursday photo #164

I’ve realised that my one weekend off this year was a massive mistake. Not only have I ended up totally behind with work but the break seems to have zapped all my motivation. So much for getting my head down and catching up. Tantrums For the past 18 months, Libby has been a bit of a nightmare for having tantrums when she didn’t get her own way. I know it’s partly my own doing. I’ve never been one for buying them lots of material things or regularly buying them sweets. But experiences are different. The girls are growing up way too…

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Family Travel Tips #8

I have no idea where the past fortnight has gone. We have been very much keeping our heads down and getting on with things. Roll on the end of term, we’re ready for a holiday! We’ve been in birthday mode here and we’ve also had some lovely National Trust days out. I hope you have been having some exciting adventures too. But if you’ve been a bit of a homebird for the past couple of weeks like me, please do link up an old post. Featured posts As always, there were some fab family travel posts linked up last time. I’ve…

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A gateway to the future

Something strange happened to me the other day. I was walking the dogs across our local field when I noticed the sky. You could see the sun behind the clouds, so it looked quite pretty. But then I realised that where the clouds stopped, so did the sun. It looked like a seam across the sky. A gateway to another world – or to the future perhaps? What is going on in this area? If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might be aware that this isn’t the first time something odd has happened to me. But what…

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Thursday Photo #163

Last weekend, I pretty much had the weekend off. I really can’t remember the last time I did that. But it was brilliant, and I intend to make a habit of it. Not every weekend, but occasionally. Social media was still there when I turned the computer back on. I had more emails than usual to delete reply to, and I’ve been chasing my tail a bit all week. But it was worth it. The birthday party At last, birthday season in our house is over. Libby had an amazing time at her party, which we held at Top Barn…

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10 tips for running in hot weather

On Sunday, I embarked on a bit of a mega run. It was nothing like the distance I did last year in the Gower ultra, but it was the furthest I’d run in a long time. Seventeen and a half miles to be precise. And it was hot. So before I went, I did a bit of research to find out the best way to tackle distance running in the heat. Here are my top tips. 1. Do it This is the big one for me. If I hadn’t made an arrangement to run, I wouldn’t have gone when I realised…

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Am I teaching my children to be argumentative?

Am I taking the wrong approach to disagreement? Let’s face it, even the word itself has negative connotations. Awkward, argumentative, feisty, disagreeable, obtuse. We discourage our children from disagreeing. Don’t answer back, do as you’re told. Don’t argue with me. And yet, I want my children to disagree. In fact, I believe it is one of the most important skills they can learn. Should children be taught to disagree? I know, it’s a strange concept. After all, children do nothing but disagree. They never want to do as they’re told and the whining – oh, don’t even talk to me about…

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