Raising Children To New Heights With The Guidecraft Kitchen Helper

I have lost count of the amount of people who have messaged or commented on my social media posts asking ‘What is that thing your kid is stood on?’ desperate to get hold of one themselves. That thing which features in so many of our baking and craft pictures is indeed an amazing contraption which may have cost a fair penny (around £100 when I made the purchase back in 2010) but it has paid for itself over and over throughout the years, this fantastic bit of kit which I am referring to is ‘The Kitchen Helper’.

My kids love to take part in whatever may be going on around them, this includes the kitchen chores believe it or not.…

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The Perfect Play Dough Recipe

Children love playing with anything tactile, whether it be their food that they should be eating or even the contents of their nasal cavities, they tend to love being able to manipulate and mould a material, play dough is perfect for exactly this. Think of play dough to be like a kids version of a stress ball, then add the benefits of creation and suddenly the mess which comes with play dough suddenly seems worth it.

My top tip is to try to keep your kids at the table when they play with this stuff and change their socks after they’ve finished playing with the dough to minimise the risk of you having to scrub and scrape your carpets for the next few days.…

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Finding The Missing Pieces

I am aware that I suffer with a bit of the old ‘OCD’, I love nothing more than a clean house and cannot relax in an unorganised never mind untidy space. It was never really a problem, that was until I had kids. My OCD seems to have ramped up a few notches since having children and I blame it all upon the endless amounts of toys which I feel should be kept tidy, organised and obviously as a ‘complete’ set.

Trying to tidy up when you have children is utterly pointless, it is comparable to sweeping the pavements during a storm, a complete waste of time.…

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It Takes Two Baby

I have come to the conclusion that a four-year age gap between children is definitely the way to go. It’s not as if we ever planned on a specific age gap, it was simply that we got what we were given.

I am currently sat at a table watching my two kids run around yet another soft play centre, it’s the Easter holidays after all and whilst the sun may be shining, it’s still fa-fa-freezing outside! Once upon a time I would have been haring around the soft play structure at the speed of light keeping my little man company as he monkeyed around.…

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From Little Miss Windows To Mrs Macbook Pro

It became apparent a few months back that I may well be in need of a new laptop. My precious, pink Dell had become of a certain age and was starting to ‘go through the change’. My poor old laptop was suffering from over heating and the fan had started making curious, groaning noises. The battery was no longer able to recharge and so was replaced in attempt to rectify the issues and the whole machine seemed to just slow down no matter how many times it went for surgery with the resident IT Technician (my hubby). In essence, my laptop was simply ‘past it’, it even seemed to feel heavier in comparison with the ‘younger models’ now available .My haggard, old Dell no longer wished to lay upon my lap as a laptop would, instead it fancied spending time alone being a Desktop PC with constant access to juice (a power supply), not dissimilar to the customers I serve at the bar.…

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