• how do you keep your kids entertained
    Parenting,  shopping

    How to keep your kids entertained, some ideas

    Note: This post contains affiliate links, so anything purchased through it will earn me some commission which will help to pay for my blog.

    So how do you keep your kids entertained? they can be difficult and as a parent I am often feeling stressed.  Here are some ideas.

    If you are a reader of my blog you will know that I have two wonderful but difficult children. Right now they are asking Alexa to play  David Bowie’s, Star man and dancing around the front room.  Yes this is one answer to keep them entertained, but if your children are like mine they are also jumping on and off the furniture.

    So here are some other ideas for if you are stuck at home.  My daughter loves to be creative, so she enjoys the creative sets by  Melissa and Doug she can spend hours creating.  It is also something that I can do with her. My son can also join in with us.

    The children also love colouring books, there are also more complicated colouring books   for your older child (or adult) that could keep them entertained for days.

    My son loves his Thomas the Tank engine trackmaster train set, my daughter loves it too.

    They also both love Lego and K’nex they can spend many hours playing with it.  A recommendation here is a toy storage bag which means that it is easier to gather the lego and K’nex together once the child has finished playing.  Another option is to use a blanket to keep it together and off the carpet.  I have stood on many a lego brick and it hurts!

    My children love playing on their tablets, so another idea is the Amazon Kindle fire for kids they come with a years subscription to kids unlimited. This can also be subscribed to and there is a trial for kids unlimited, my children benefit from what it has to offer.

    Another idea is books, my son loves Roald Dahl. The Twits is his favourite.  Books are great because not only does it keep the children quiet, you can also cuddle up and read with them.

    Other ideas for indoors include  baking together then you can enjoy your cakes or baked goods afterwards, relax and eat them together. Satisfying but also productive and constructive.

    My children love to play outdoors when the weather is good.  To be honest they also enjoy jumping in puddles when it rains and making mummy upset by walking mud through the house. Not helped by the fact that we have beige carpets.

    So some outdoor ideas, planting seeds, my children love doing this, then watching the flowers grow.  Amazon have many different seeds so are worth having a look at.  They also enjoy gardening but  this can be stressful when they start pulling out plants that you want to keep.

    Garden games is another option. Swingball is another family favourite. We can spend hours wacking the ball up and down the pole.

    My son loves his football but it often ends up over the fence in the neighbours garden. This then gives him the excuse to go over there and explore their garden, thankfully they do not mind.

    They also love to ride their bikes round and round.  However, we have a cycle path that we visit near by and spend hours cycling along it.

    Other outdoor ideas include, walking through the woods. Often quiet and a lot of opportunities to learn about nature. Going to the shops is not so much fun as they want everything in site. Visiting the local library and choosing some books together.  My two love doing this but can be very noisy.  They do not seem to understand ssshhh.

    My children love visiting Castles and the Zoo.  So English Heritage membership is worth considering.  Maybe also membership of the local Zoo.   I find that the children are much better behaved when their minds are occupied.  It makes life that little bit easier for us as their parents.

    So are your children like mine? constantly needing your attention, needing to be entertained?

    I hope this has helped and given you some ideas. For more see some gift ideas,

     

  • So really why write a blog
    blogging,  hosting

    What is the point of writing a blog? Why do I do it?

    So really why write a blog? Why put all that time and effort into something? Maybe you feel that your writing is not good enough. Maybe you just have not got time or maybe it is concerns about the cost. Are you feeling you could not design a website? Feeling it is too complicated?

    Well to set aside all those questions and fears, blogging can be free! It can be easy and it could take you maybe 1 – 2 hours a week or whatever you are prepared to commit.
    I started blogging due to feeling stressed with life and my children. I also love to write, my writing is not wonderful however, I like to think that I have a good imagination. This blog encompasses my children – my mum life and my writing. You will find poetry as well as fiction stories as well as tales of my children, they are hard work!

    So why blog? Why put the time and effort in?
    1. If you are creative and want to build on your writing skills or just enjoy writing it is a very worthwhile hobby. It also means that you have your own part of the internet.
    2. I find it cathartic with all the stress of life, family and kids.
    3. There is a large supportive blogging community. If you like to sit behind your computer and chat then blogging is something to consider. This is one reason why I love it so much.
    4. There are many Facebook groups dedicated to blogging.

    How do you have time?
    1. It is your blog, you can do as little or as much as you like.
    2. Once you start, you may suddenly find time that you did not know you have. Chatting to people and making new friends has that effect.

    Creating your blog

    I found WordPress, and I signed up for a free account, they then have free themes. This means that within minutes an amateur could be pouring all their feelings into a blog. Blogging has honestly helped me plus there is a whole blogging community.
    1. Go to www.wordpress.com enter in your details and what you would like your domain name (web address) to be.
    2. Choose a theme, there are many to choose from. My blog theme is Ashe and yes it is free.
    3. Start blogging and publish, it really is that easy.
    4. There is then the  WordPress reader where you can read other bloggers blogs and they can see yours.

    Once you start blogging you might decide that you enjoy it enough to want more web-space and consider paying for it or trying to monetise it. Don’t be in to much of a hurry but if you are ready then go for it.

    You can sign up for a plan through www.wordpress.com and create a custom domain name. However, many bloggers are self hosted which allows you more blogging freedom..

    My blog is hosted by Lyrical Host. I highly recommend them as they have been very helpful. Their customer service is excellent, for more see my review of Lyrical Host.

    As a lyrical host affiliate if you enter my affiliate code Muddling10 at check out you will get 10% of your hosting plan. (This means I will earn some commission which will help pay for my blog).

    Something to bear in mind is that other hosting companies might give you a good deal at the beginning but at renewal are likely to put their prices up. Lyrical host promise not to do this. Please look at my post and their website for their benefits. You will not regret choosing them if you do.

    So I hope this answers some questions.  if you are still considering starting a blog there is no harm in signing up for free and seeing how you get on.

    This is based on my own personal experience and there are other blogging platforms such as Blogger.  However, I have only ever used  WordPress  so I can not comment on the difference.

    I hope this post has helped you and if you do decide to go ahead, happy blogging!

  • The children love to dance
    creative writing,  Parenting,  Poetry

    The children love to dance

     

    Written in response to Patricia’s place blog
    Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less using the word dance

    The children love to dance, my life they do enhance.
    Round and round they jump and thump.
    I watch for a bit wishing they would just sit,
    Be quiet, read a book or talk and look
    I love to see them playing happily.

    From, Patricia’s place, In other words dancing

    For more see, My young daughter

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