Category Archives: Parenting

To My Son on Your Third Birthday

Oh my word tomorrow is your birthday and you will be three years old and I literally don’t know where the time has gone.

You have changed so much this year it is hard to know what to say to you.

Smelling flowers bressingham
I asked him to smell the flowers, picturing a gorgeous shot in my head, this is what he does.

More than anything I want you to know how loved you are and how special you are. I hope you know this anyway and it is doesn’t need to be written down.

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Win tickets to The Baby Show at London, Olympia!

The Baby Show with MadeForMums, is returning to London, Olympia from the 21st to 23rd October. Excitingly I’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway.

As the ultimate shopping event for new and expectant parents the Show will host around 200 exhibitors who will be on hand to help visitors make decisions like choosing the right buggies for their price range and lifestyle, selecting the best car seat to suit their vehicle and purchasing some beautiful nursery furniture for their homes. It’s the only show to feature all the major baby retailers alongside  market leading brands including, iCandy, Stokke, UppaBaby, Britax, East Coast Nursery and MAM who will all be selling amazing products with equally amazing discounts! Continue reading Win tickets to The Baby Show at London, Olympia!

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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Win an amazing Mumpreneur course

You may have guessed from the name of my blog, Any Way To Stay At Home, I did not want to be tied to the office after the birth of my son. I don’t think of myself as a Mumpreneur, but maybe I am.

I like many mum’s wanted the freedom to be my own boss and work from home. It has not been easy. Not at all. In fact just this week things have gone wrong for me (post to follow).

Despite all the up’s and down’s, home is still where I want to be. I don’t want to have to worry about my son being ill and how I can balance caring for him and a job. I love being able to go to everything without any worries. I am in charge of my schedule. Mainly I really love just being able to maximise my time with him.

A sunny work area
You could all have your own sunny workplace like mine

For me working from home is the way forward. But what if you want to work from home bit know what to do or how to do it?
Well here’s where I pass over to Josie from Mumpreuner Inspiration, to tell you all about herself and her new course.
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Things to do for stay at home mums from newlookbingo.com

Things to do for stay at home mums

Being a mum is a wonderful thing, but not an easy job. It takes a lot of strength to sacrifice all your dreams and pay attention to your baby unconditionally. What if you don’t really have to pick a side? What if you are given the opportunity to earn from home and do what you like without depending on anyone?

Sound’s cool right? So here are few things for you to consider doing while you are stuck at home with your baby:- Continue reading Things to do for stay at home mums from newlookbingo.com

Getting More Out of Outdoors with Kids

I love getting outdoors with L, we are always playing and investigating the world together. I’m a big believer in getting grubby and just having fin but recently it has become apparent that maybe I need to be teaching him a bit more about nature.

There was a Ladybird incident.  Continue reading Getting More Out of Outdoors with Kids

Help Kids Run Free

As the London Marathon gets ready to celebrate its millionth finisher, UK charity Kids Run Free invites schools to get their pupils active and healthy with Kids’ Marathon.

UK primary schools now have the opportunity to join the next phase of Kids’ Marathon, the innovative programme that has been praised by the 40 schools currently participating as a sustainable, affordable and achievable sports programme. Kids’ Marathon inspires children to be active on a regular basis and Kids Run Free has secured funding to offer the initiative to more schools for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Medals for the Kids
Medals for the Kids

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This Plus That Equals…. #7

This plus that equals…. how to rock being a toddler

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week I thought I’d share some of the ways my son has got being a two year old down to a fine art shudders

Playing golf is just one way to rock toddlerhood
Playing golf is just one way to rock toddlerhood

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Feeling Calm #10

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. 

I feel a bit of a fraud this week, writing a post about feeling calm when I have been far from it. I have been tired, irritable, overwhelmed and over stretched and this resulted in my completely loosing it with the little one yesterday which needless to say made feel super shitty. This week more so than most I have felt the burden of everything lay on me, my immediate support system is not the best and I need to admit this and reach out more.

My Cheeky Little Woodpecker
My Cheeky Little Woodpecker

I’ve been trying everything I can to help me maintain some semblance of calm, writing my journal, meditating when I get a chance, which isn’t as much as I’d like or need, walking and trying to go to bed at a good time, but ultimately returns to one thing, time. So I need to get a lot better at managing it, so I have time, time for me, 10 minutes a day shouldn’t be so hard to find, I just need to make sure I do it as it sure as hell isn’t going to be given to me.

Importantly there have been lovely things this week so here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days: Continue reading Feeling Calm #10