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According to today’s Daily Mail, Prince George will be celebrating his birthday with a Peter Rabbit themed party when he turns one this week.

With his grandparents running a party items website, I suppose it makes perfect sense that they’d throw a party for him complete with a theme.

What better way for a one year old to celebrate than with a fun birthday, bright tablecloths and games?

Some might argue that at the age of one, you don’t really know what’s going on, so what’s the point in a party – isn’t it really for the parents?!

I suppose they might have a point, as my now 10 year old started to fall asleep in his high chair halfway through the birthday tea.

At least he managed a little bit of cake before face planting and pushing up zeds, leaving the rest of us to party in his absence as he napped.

I think suitable themed parties at one are great though, and Peter Rabbit is an excellent choice.

Here, it was a Winnie The Pooh tea party for the now 10 year old, complete with Winnie the Pooh cake, table cloth, paper plates, etc. (We skipped on games though. He’d only have tried to eat the pass the parcel. Being one and all.)

The now 7 year old had a Tigger themed party when he turned one. Being a little party monster, he managed to stay awake through all of his.

Again, Tigger cake, napkins etc. Not to mention party bags with things like chocolate buttons or bubbles in (for the parents to blow for them, of course :-) )

It’s all good fun.

Over the years, the 10 year old has had Winnie the Pooh, Fimbles,  and Thomas The Tank Engine themes before progressing to soft play parties when the nursery and school years were reached and class parties took over from little tea parties.

The 7 year old has had themes including Tigger, and Bob the Builder.

Little Prince George will have a great time at his, and it’s great to see even as a Royal you can have a classic, childhood tea party for your birthday.

 

 

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It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago since both the 10 and the 7 year old started school, but here we are today with them heading off to high school in September and leaving Infants behind to join Juniors.

It’s the start of a new era, and as one chapter in their lives closes, they’re ready to turn the page and go on to the next one.

How is it three years ago since the start of primary school for the youngest?!

Time goes by so quickly.

Children have been signing shirts at school this morning, so they can remember their friends and leave messages of encouragement for their future on.

(I remember doing that myself on the last day of high school.)

Mums have been holding it together at school whilst waving their little (or not so little) ones off into primary school for the first time.

Snaps of them both in their uniforms on their last ever day in primary school and last ever day in Infants uniform has been taken for future posterity, and nostalgic purposes.

Onwards and upwards for some fantastic new adventures…

 

 

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School breaks up next week for the summer holidays, and the sun seems to have come out to play with a vengeance lately as it seems hotter than the Caribbean here these past few days!

As I don’t particularly want to be stuck indoors over the next six weeks with miserable weather, I’m kind of hoping it stays like this so we can get out and do things.

(Don’t forget your suncream. :-D )

A traditional, nostalgic childhood summer is a lot easier to do when the sun’s shining.

How about some of these?

- making daisy chains

- make your own lemonade with some lemons and sugar and try selling it to your neighbours from your little stall

- Space hopper races. Remember those?! Sit on, and grab the ears and off you bounce.

- roller skating (I used to love roller skating, and could regularly be found skating up and down the street. The six year old has a pair and likes trying to balance on them – he’ll be whizzing up and down in no time…)

- skateboarding. This is more the 10 year’s old idea of fun – he likes practising on these more than rollerskates. If you’re lucky, you may have a skateboarding ramp at your local park to practise on.

- making dens. Growing up, we were lucky enough to live somewhere where there were plenty of fields and we used to hide out in them and make dens out of straw and stuff. We could have spent hours in there.

Think Famous Five and the adventure exploring. Like that but without our own island… :-)

We needed some refreshments in there in order to be able to stay out for ages, so a backpack would have been ideal to keep our water bottle or biscuits in. Den building’s busy work you know.These from  Skate Hut would have been ideal – plenty of room to fit all our stuff in, and interesting findings such as pine cones/interesting looking pebbles! Kind of a great place all round for a cool, nostalgic summer – the most magic of childhood holiday memories are those which are made out of the simple things such as skateboarding and rollerskating.What was your favourite outdoor childhood activity?

This post is in collaboration with Skate Hut.

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As we live in a smallish house with not much outdoor space, it came as a bit of a surprise when the 10 year old said “can we have a dog?!”

He’d never expressed an interest in owning any pets before, so it was a bit out of the blue.

I think all children at some point love a pet of their own to look after, and he’s obviously no exception.

I remember having a goldfish called Goldie when I was little (very original name, there!)

After pointing out that maybe a dog wouldn’t be practical in our house as they need more room, we thought about other pets that would be a better option.

As children who have never owned a pet before, we thought of ones that would be easier to manage than big dogs who would take a lot of looking after (walking every day, pooping it’s scoop :-) ) etc.

Which is where I mentioned my childhood goldfish.

I used to love sprinkling fish food in for little Goldie and watching him swim round his bowl.

We thought fish may be a good first pet, as they could easily help to look after them, and even small children could help feed the fish.

You’d need a good tank or bowl to keep them safe in, and if you did want to go down the little fishy route, All Pond Solutions  have some great ones especially for children with a seahorse or surfing design.

There’s something quite therapeutic about watching fish swim round and around, too. I may have to try sitting in front of  fish tanks and watching the fish swim round next time they’re winding each other up.

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming along…..”

 

This post is in collabation with All Pond Solutions.

 

 

 

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The school holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me you want to be out and about in the fresh air with the kids this summer.

Let’s face it, they have a habit of going stir crazy if they’re cooped up in the house for too long. Either that or they’d get square eyes from looking at their ds consoles too much.

No, we’d much rather be outdoors where it’s (hopefully!) nice and sunny.

One of our favourite activities in the summer is filling a picnic basket with sandwiches and juice cartons, picking up a football on our way out of the door and heading off to the local park.

Not only is it a free activity, food always seems to taste best when it’s eaten outside. Plus, they get to work at a big appetite with all the running about, and going up and down slides!

Tree climbing is also a great favourite. They’re always happiest when they’re climbing things here. Find yourself some nice sturdy roots and huge branches, and get climbing. A traditional children’s activity that never gets old.

tree climbing

One other thing that we’d love to do is go camping, and feel a night under canvas might be on the agenda these summer holidays.

What better way to drift off to sleep than looking out at the twinkling  stars?

Whatever you decide to do in the great outdoors, it’s always wise to make sure you’re prepared for the elements. (I mean, the weather’s not exactly been predictable lately, has it?!)

E-outdoor has a great range of clothes and equipment for your chosen activities, from suitable kids clothing, to climbing gear, to tents and sleeping bags for your camping adventure.

Not forgetting cooking equipment such as stoves and cook boxes.

After all, every camping trip needs sausages and beans eaten out of a tin, followed by a sing song to make it authentic and add to the fun.

Now, I say roll on the summer holidays and lovely, sunny weather…

 

 

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with E-outdoor.

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It’s now June, which means  it’s that time of year again when school children troop out onto their playing fields in their P.E kits to skip rope and race each other.

(Not competitively you understand. Oh no.)

This is also accompanied by the school’s annual request for helpers, where they need suckers willing parents to help herd the children onto the fields, show them what they should be doing, and generally just make themselves useful.

The request always brings me out in a cold sweat and I can usually find a shoelace to tie or something urgent and/or interesting outside that needs my immediate attention.

Don’t  get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t WANT to help. It’s just the thought of being in charge of a whole team of small people and being a RESPONSIBLE ADULT brings me out in hives.

Heck, I can just about manage to organise me and my lot, without a whole army of other small people to contend with.

They’d probably call me Mrs So and So as well. Which would be another whole level of freak out, as I’m not old enough to be a Mrs So and So.

That’s the mother in law’s name, not mine.

Eeek.

No. I’d much rather be on the sidelines, cheering on instead from my own little comfort zone.

How about you?

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It’s been a week of two halves with the weather, with it not being able to make its mind up whether it’s actually summer or not.

Hot and humid, so the washing has gone out on the line only for it to properly pour it down approximately 10 minutes later. (I swear it does it on purpose.)

Not knowing whether to boil to death if you take your raincoat out with you, or look like a drowned rat if you leave it at home and get caught in the inevitable downpour that waits until you’ve left the comfort of your own home and stepped out of the front door.

So with this in mind, I’ve chosen today’s Mixtape Monday song due to its appropriate title.

 

 

 

Let’s hope this upcoming week’s weather is less unpredictable.

 

This post has been added to the Mix-tape Monday link up.

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castle steps

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When I got a text message from school earlier this week asking pupils not to bring in loom bands, I had the sudden realisation I was old when I realised I didn’t have a frigging clue what a loom band WAS.

That’s the epitome of being old,isn’t it? Not knowing all the newfangled crazes , and what the kids are collecting this week and next.

Or what, or indeed who (pop bands) they’re into.

I had to ask the small people when they came out of school what they were. I’m still none the wiser. Something to do with interlocky band things that you can make pretty plastic coloured wristbands with. Or something.

I wouldn’t know. It’s all Panini World Cup album stickers in this household. Or Match Attax cards.

It doesn’t matter what decade you were born in, it seems there’s always some trend or craze to participate in.

When I was at primary school, it wasn’t loom bands. I remember these. Yes, and I’m fully aware I’m going to reveal my age now. Oh well.

 

Grolsch bottle tops

Remember these? If you were a Bros fan, you used to glue Grolsch bottle tops to your Doc Martens. We went to Haven last week. At the 80′s music  quiz, the Funstar announced the answer pronounced as “It’s Broh’s. I think. Don’t remember them.” No. It really isn’t. Good grief. You know you’re old when the Funstars are about 15 years younger than you and they know bog all. Sheesh.

 

Garbage Pail Kids

 

Who remembers collecting these? They were all the rage in the primary playground, and I can remember taking them in to swap. They had charming names along the lines of Puking Pete, or Adam Bomb.

They were far more up my street and appealed to my sense of humour.

garbage pail

 

So I suppose whatever age you are there’s always going to be something you collect and drive your teachers loopy with. For us, it was Garbage Pail card swapping in the middle of the playground.

Today, it’s apparently Loom Bands. Whatever they are.

What did you collect?

 

 

 

 

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