Small People and Elastoplast, How We Do It #TearsintoSmiles

Something that is inevitable in kids is accidents. They happen any place, anywhere. Probably even a padded room. My kids could fall over their own feet at a moments notice, seriously. Sometimes I think they do it on purpose, right at the time you have just sat down after cleaning the house, as your butt hits that sofa,

Sometimes I think they do it on purpose, right at the time you have just sat down after cleaning the house, as your butt hits that sofa, someone, somewhere will need you to kiss it better.

So I have been given the chance to work with Elastoplast and Britmums to show other parents how we deal with bumps and scrapes and turn tears into smiles

So we made a video, we love vlogging over on our family vlog channel, so we only thought it appropriate to show you in the same format.

Here is the rundown.

Firstly, watch this awesome video from Elastoplast. I actually really love this video, it sends a really nice message and you can really feel the love they put into it.

Here is my go to list of things to have around the house, for the just in case moments.

1 Always Always ALWAYS have a constant supply of plasters, this is where Elastoplast helps as far as making the plaster more appealing. Not only do they serve a purpose, but they look pretty awesome too. Have different designs and sizes, because you never know when you might need to break out a plaster.

2 Some sort of antiseptic cream. We use Drapolene because my mum did, obviously and because it’s pink and the girls love it.

3 Next is important for the summer months. Bite and sting relief spray and or cream. Essential to stop the sting and help calm your little one. Counting down until they feel the pain ease off can be helpful too. It distracts from that nasty pain and gives them something to focus on.

4 We call it a ‘bashy’ but it’s some sort of cold compress that you keep in the fridge at all times. A bag of frozen peas with a tea towel is also great. This helps with bumps, it will reduce any possible swelling and ease the pain just enough.

5 Next are wipes. We use toilet wipes because they are flushable and they are water based. They don’t tend to cause any further stinging or discomfort but they are still moist enough to clean up properly.

6 Lastly and most importantly is a distraction. I cannot express how much distraction will help when it comes to calming your little one. Whether it be a favourite toy or food, this will help to quickly take the attention away and give them something else to focus on. Find out what we use in our video 😉

So that’s it. I know oh too well how much you want to bundle them up and keep them from the little bumps of life, but we have to let them be kids and enjoy the world around them. Making sure you are prepared for any and all occasions is what us parents do best.

Check out my video below, where we demonstrate what we do when a bump occurs. Enjoy.

Now go have fun!!!!!!!

2016 Review & My Goals For 2017

Another year gone.

Madness.

I feel like this was the fastest year ever. It’s crazy.

so, 2016. I feel like 2016 will be a year that goes down in history for being the worst year ever. The deaths, the politics and the endless fighting, 2016 needs to go and sit in the corner and think about what it has done.

For me personally, it was a year of growth in myself. I’ve learnt how to stay calm in heated situations. I have learnt that family always come first and most importantly I have learnt that I want more for my little family.

More adventures, more fun, more time to be together and to learn from the world around us.

I have learnt that people change, that is life and I am okay with that.

All I can do is try my best and do what is asked of me, even if it wasn’t always well received.

I am proud of who my girls are becoming. They have blossomed at school and they are learning so much and growing as small people. I couldn’t have asked for any more from them. They have made me so incredibly proud and I hope going forward we can nurture that and keep it going.

As far as blogging goes, I am going to be giving it a back seat and concentrate on Youtube. I love the process of filming and making videos, we have so many plans going forward for both my own and the family vlogging channel. So make sure you SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss a thing 🙂

So all in all 2016 has been a year of personal growth, finding new loves and making sure we enjoy time together.

I can only hope 2017 will see us grow online and at home even more.

Hold on tight people!!!

Extreme Co-Parenting

Something that I have noticed we do these days is extreme co-parenting. It is certainly not your average co-parenting scenario.

I have to say, it’s something I struggled with in psychology. The guilt side of it. The fact I am not the be all and end all of my children’s lives. But is that really healthy?

Apparently, my concerns over this subject were unnecessary.

I think the phrase “it takes a village” came into play. And that phrase has more merit than people give it.

With the way we have to co-parent, it’s literally like the girls are being raised by a village.

Now that’s not to say if you are your child’s be all and end all that’s bad, because it most certainly is not. I envy you if this is you. But it just means that our own situation is not as damaging as I feared it was.

The girls have a network of people who love them dearly. They are never without someone to pick them up when they fall and to applaud when they fly.

Because of this extreme co-parenting, when things are hard at home, they have an escape with my own Mum and sister.

I cannot always be the ever present Mum. The hospital appointments and relapses mean sometimes I simply cannot be there.

But I have to trust the fact they have an army of other people ready to jump in when I am at my worst.

MS is a hard mistress. One who isn’t at all forgiving or thoughtful.

It doesn’t take my children into consideration.

So I have to make sure there are people there for them, the two most important people in my life.

I always feared this set up would somehow take away from me as a mother figure. But with my husband and family, we have made it work. We each play a role. A constant role, which is the most important aspect.

Kids need a constant.

All of us together, Ben, me, my Mum, my Dad, Cherry, and other family are all people who play a real role in the girls lives.

Together we have, so far anyway, shaped two incredibly bright and stable individuals who seem to take everything in their stride.

They don’t know any different.

This is their normal.

My psychologist was right, it does take a village sometimes, and it’s okay for me to be thankful for that.

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3 Reasons We Won’t Be Taking Part In Halloween

It’s that time of year again. All hallows eve. A reason to dress up in some horrific costume and run wild on the streets.

Now I would normally partake in all the shenangins, as would the girls, however, this year it’s different.

This year it has been well and truly ruined.

So I give you, my top three reasons we are not taking part in Halloween.

NUMBER 1: General trust amongst other human beans. It’s true. A year of heartache across the world, with people killing each other for no reason at all but to make a statement. The trust has all melted away leaving people not even passing out a smiley hello or thank you.

We literally just keep to ourselves, ignoring what the rest of the world is doing in hopes we can lead a normal, stranger free life.

It’s sad really when you think about it. Communities are few and far between and even then people are second guessing and keeping their guards well and truly up. 

NUMBER 2: The kids go to a C of E school. So Halloween isn’t something they partake in, so the girls haven’t really been caught up in any of the hype. It has been more about harvest and giving back to others.

Something they have both done really well.

So it’s not really been on the forefront of their minds meaning I haven’t had to hear about it every few minutes.

NUMBER 3: Probably the biggest reason we won’t be taking part is the killer clowns. Now this is ridiculous. My children shouldn’t have to be sat down to be warned about trusting anyone dressed as a clown.

It’s  a conversation I never imagined myself having!

It’s ridiculous and plain frightening. Why are people trying to spoil these occasions with violence?

What does that say to our children? Or even mankind as a whole?!

I can’t imagine the devastation for the clown community. Their livelihoods pulled from beneath them because someone decided now would be a good time to whack on a clown suit and murder people?!

Who thinks like that?!

Now dressing up has become feared. No longer can the kids dress up and go trick or treating. I know I certainly don’t feel comfortable with it and I will not be opening my door on Halloween.

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So there you have it. Any dressing up will be done at home, as usual, all year round.

Are you taking part this year?

We would love to know 🙂

We Are Going On A Sykes Holiday!

It’s that time of year, soon we will be off on our big family Sykes holiday! 

There will be 10 of us. 10. That’s many people. We haven’t been on holiday together in years, I can’t even remember the last time we all went away together. I must have been like 11, entering that awkward teenage stage so mum just stopped taking me away.

I can see why. 

We are working with Sykes to document our big fat sykes family holiday, we will be vlogging over on our youtube channel – so make sure you head over there and check it out. We will also be posting some stunning photos from north wales. North Wales might have to be one of the most beautiful places in the UK, with dramatic mountains and open spaces, it’s just stunning.

The girls are really looking forward to going away with their aunties, uncles and nanny and pappa, I am sure they will squeeze every penny they can out of them. I’m not even sorry.

Last year daddy couldn’t come away with us. Yes, sad face. However this year he will be there and he will have chance to relax and have fun. Something I think we all need.

I cannot express just how happy we are to one be going away for a proper holiday, but to be working with such a lovely company as Sykes cottages, who has a huge and fabulous array of holiday homes across the UK. They really have something for everyone, I am super picky. Like, really picky!

So if I love them, you will.

Right….. TO THE BEACH!!!!

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Oh, before we go, where are you going this year?! We would love to know!!!