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Feeling Calm #31

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends. To help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

You may have guessed from my posts this week I have really started to feel the strain of being self employed with no clients. That’s not to say we haven’t had fun though. I just reminding of it a bit more than usual, so I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to writing this.

So here are my top 10 moments from the past 7 days; Continue reading Feeling Calm #31

Making Painting a Doddle

I little while ago I was approached by Lakeland to review one of the amazing products they stock, Doddle Bags. We were completely won over and you can read why here.

Not long after the review, Nadine, the creator of Doddle Bags got in touch to say thanks and sent us a lovely gift of paints, canvas’s and more Doddle Bags with the paint brush attachments.

Ready to paint with Doddle Bags
Ready to paint with Doddle Bags

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Refreshing the Toddler – Nurture Fruity Water+


With all this hot weather we haven’t been able to pack enough drinks for L, so when we were sent some samples of Nurture Fruity Water+ the timing couldn’t have been better.

Nurture Fruity Water
Nurture Fruity Water

They come in non spill pouches that can just be chucked in the bottom of our day bag. Now L hated the pouches and found them really difficult to drink from but I loved them as it meant he could have them in the back of the car and I didn’t have to worry. What we ended up doing though was taking a bottle of drink and then when he had finished it, transferring a pouch of the Nurture Fruity Water+ into his empty bottle. Continue reading Refreshing the Toddler – Nurture Fruity Water+

This Plus That Equals…. Easy Toddler Kitchen Hacks


This plus that equals…. Easy Toddler Kitchen Hacks

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about fuss free and easy ways to get the kitchen with your toddler. L like most toddlers loves helping me cook, but it can get messy and stressful, so here are some of my top kitchen hacks.

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Holiday Memories

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Little Chef Map – Image Credit Little Chef

Since having L we’ve enjoyed a lot of family holidays and making new memories with him. We haven’t shied away from anything with him, boats, tents, caravans, distance. It’s all been worthwhile for the new experiences and fantastic holiday memories.

Making Holiday Memories Portsmouth 2014
Making Holiday Memories Portsmouth 2014

What’s struck me most is the odd similarities and weird little things that have happened.  Continue reading Holiday Memories

The Gtech AirRam K9


We’ve gone through a bit of a cleaning breakthrough here in the Any Way To Stay At Home household. With the help of a list and some fab time saving products I’m feeling pretty smug in my domesticated-ness. So over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my tips with you, this week it the Gtech AirRam K9.

We now follow a weekly cleaning schedule and on that schedule is a little slot everyday for a quick vacuum. This is all very well and good if it was indeed a quick job, but by the time you’ve got it plugged in and unwound the cable, dragged the thing around the house, wound the cable back up and put it away it’s easily 25 minutes of your life gone.

The Gtech AirRam K9
The Gtech AirRam K9

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This Plus That Equals…. Things That Make Me Happy

This plus that equals…. Things That Make Me Happy.

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about things that make me happy, after a few days feeling down in the dumps, it’s time to focus on things that cheer me up.

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Introducing WILF Books

I was recently approached by the lovely people at WILF Books, who introduced me to their concept. As you know I fully support anything that gets kids and books together, but this goes so much further than that and I loved the idea.

WILF Books are a children’s book subscription service delivering your child personalised and relevant books on a monthly basis, along with an opportunity for them to share their own unused books for other children to enjoy. Continue reading Introducing WILF Books

Benefits of Fruit Juice for Kids

SQUEEZING OUT JUICE FROM KIDS’ DIETS MAY DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD

Research shows 100% fruit juice drinkers are 42% more likely to meet their 5 A Day and it could help 4.7 million in UK towards achieving the target. 

With 91% of children currently failing to meet the 5 A Day target, new analysis of data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) presented this week at the Nutrition Society Conference in Dublin indicates that 100% fruit juice drinkers are more likely to meet the 5 A Day recommendation.

Fruit juice
Fruit juice

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Feeling Calm #27

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends to help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

Pretty flowers in the garden
Pretty flowers in the garden

After a string of amazing weeks it only seems fitting that things have gone terribly wrong. Having lost a major client I’m facing the very real possibility that I’ll have to return to work for a bit and put a pause on my Work from Home dream. Especially as my car has started making some very worrying and most likely expensive sounds. So it has been extra important to carry on with my gratitude journal. I need to stay focused. Remain calm and keep my balance.

So here are my top 10 moments from the past 7 days; Continue reading Feeling Calm #27