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The Energetic Summer

The summer holidays will be upon us before you know it, the time speeding by at an alarming rate. With that in mind, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about what this summer will bring for you and your kids.

For most of us, there is an element of summer that is quite sedentary. Sometimes, that’s forced upon us by the weather. No one wants to be charging around, sweating up a storm, when it’s hot and balmy outside.

The UK has a notoriously “wet heat” which feels quite different to the dry heat of favoured holiday destinations. It can make the humidity feel cloying and completely sap your energy.

However, while there is always room for a bit of sunshine and doing nothing, it’s preferable for it not to be the sole focus for your kids this summer.

Keeping things energetic can be difficult, but it’s definitely worth it. Not only will you all be fitter and healthier, but you’ll always make better memories than “sat in the garden complaining about the heat” could ever create!

Stuck for ideas on how to keep things energetic? The options are endless, but let’s try and nail them down to some inspiration for making this summer one of boundless enthusiasm.

Make Use Of The Cooler Hours


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The saying goes that it’s always darkest before the dawn, but it’s also true that it’s always coolest before the sun is properly risen. The coolest hours of the day tend to be very early in the morning. If you can get yourself up for 6am, you have a couple of hours to do with as you please without having to worry about risking heatstroke.

What you do with these hours is largely up to you and what your children like. You could go for a bike ride, head into the garden, or just go for a walk around the neighbourhood. If your children love animals, then get in touch with a local shelter and see if they need dog walkers.

Big Plans For Cooler Days 


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If you keep an eye on the forecast, then you should be able to scout days when it’s going to be cooler. Make the most of these, packing them with activities and ideas that none of you will fancy doing when the mercury begins to rise.

Paintballing, for example, is often seen as a pursuit for adults, but it’s actually great for kids. It’s messy and exciting, and it doesn’t matter if the weather isn’t beautiful. If, as a family, you’ve never done it before, then read up on a few tips to be a pro at paintball and then head out for a day you won’t forget.

Another great idea is hiking. There are many choices for the UK, with most of us living within a couple of hours drive of either a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If walking sounds too arduous, most parks will have a cycle hire or even offer horse riding – giving you plenty to focus on when the sun is hiding behind clouds.

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Is It Possible To Create A Family Bathroom That Is Calming & Tranquil? 

When you add a little one into the equation, your whole life changes. From your career to your home, there is not one part of your life that having a child doesn’t change in one way or another. Out of everything, the one thing that changes the most is your home, as you have to ensure that it’s an environment which is child-friendly. This means that your home can lose some of its style and can change significantly.

Of course, just because adding a child to your family means changing things, that isn’t to say that you can’t still have a beautiful home that you love. Of all the rooms in the house that tend to change a lot after having kids, it’s the bathroom.

The fact is that it is possible to have a family bathroom that is also a calming and tranquil space, it’s just a case of thinking carefully about the design and decor, that’s all.

To help you create a family bathroom that is also a calming and tranquil place, below are some design tips.


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Be smart about the colour scheme

The key to success when it comes to designing a beautifully calming and tranquil bathroom is to get the colour scheme right. There are some colours that create a calming and relaxing vibe, and others that cause the brain to become more active, making it more difficult for you to relax. The best colours to use to create a calming bathroom are blues and greens, as these tones have been proven to create a calming atmosphere, which is why so many spas are decorated in them.

To ensure that your bathroom is as calming as possible, consider incorporating LED strip lights in either blue or green to the space. This will not only add extra light but will also give the room a calming glow.

Make storage space a priority

If there is one thing that ruins the calming atmosphere or a room, it’s mess. That’s why storage space is so important when you have little ones, as often family bathrooms are packed full of bathtime toys.

Minimalism is the key to creating a relaxing and tranquil bathroom, so having plenty of storage space to store bath toys, the kid’s soaps and bath creams, and towels and other bath time essentials in, is crucial. Ideally, you want this to be built-in storage, but if this isn’t possible, then there are other storage options you can consider.

Incorporate some foliage 

Believe it or not, adding a few houseplants to your bathroom can help to make the space look and feel more relaxing. Studies have shown that houseplants help to calm our minds and ease stress, so having them in your bathroom is a must. Just make sure that any potted plants are up on shelves away from where little hands can grab them.

The best plants for bathrooms are orchids, ivy, and cactuses.
So there you have it, everything that you need to know to create a family bathroom that is a calming and tranquil space.

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Sleep techniques for older children

I’ve mentioned a few times that my daughter has always been a terrible sleeper. She didn’t sleep through the night until she was 2 and a half (and by “through the night” I mean from my bedtime until morning, I’m not talking 12 hours) and even then it wasn’t very often that she would actually go all night. 


She is now 8 and once she’s asleep she’s fine, but getting her to go to sleep can be almost impossible, more often than not she’s going to sleep in our bed. I have tried so many different techniques that I thought I would share them with you, in the hope that one of them works for you. 

  • Sleepy stories; I love these! They are special stories with hypnotic suggestive phrases to help you fall asleep. They worked for a while with bethany and she still uses them, but it doesn’t work every day. 
  • Lavender sleep spray; encourages relaxation and a soothing environment for sleep. 
  • Projection light; these project stars onto the ceiling. It gives you something to look at and distract your busy mind from thinking thinking thinking!
  • Massage; I attended a local back massage course and learnt some techniques to soothe and encourage sleep. 
  • Breathing techniques; I found an article online which described breathing techniques for bethany to try. So far she has refused to try them. 
  • We even went to far as to buy a new mattress and new pillow for her. 

I asked some fellow bloggers for further ideas to try and these were suggested:

Hopefully something works soon, as poor bethany is often still awake when I go up to bed and that is really not enough sleep for an 8 year old!

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Bl**dy cat!

You can tell it’s going to be a long day when you (and both children) are woken at 5am by the cat!

He had caught a mouse, but hadn’t killed it he was playing cat and mouse in the bathroom with it. The mouse escaped and ran into our room, the cat followed getting stuck on the way in and bang, crashing and yowling. 

Now I have 2 tired, cranky children and a mouse in my bedroom!!


I fetched the cat back and pointed him at it, but he was grumpy now and not interested


So I had to pick up the mouse myself and put it in a box to release outside. 


It peed on me!!! That’s what I get for saving it!!

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Competition | Win a family ticket to Aldingbourne Country Centre 

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Stunning photographer in West Sussex

Eps and I wanted a photographer to do some joint head shots for us to use on our blog, I went to school with Darren of Darren Gritton Photography and approached him to see if he would help us out. 
There are lots of photographers around to choose from, the best idea when picking someone is to look through their portfolio

Darren has a studio in Steyning where you can get your photos taken or he can come to you or on location, really flexible which is nice. 

He has recently done the most stunning wedding photo shoot in London. Really it’s worth following him on Instagram or Facebook just to see the beautiful photos. 

Eps and I were a bit nervous, but Darren soon put us at ease and we really enjoyed strutting some different poses. He was really patient with us when we suggested different things to try!

We came up with some ideas we wanted to try:

These photos were along the lines of “mates hanging out”

We wanted some photos to show us product reviewing, since that is the main aim of our blog. 

The final images we had done were of my pole fitness. It is very difficult to get good photos on a pole, I think both Darren and I did very well!

We are really pleased with our photos, which do you like best?!