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After what seems like months of sub zero temperatures, spring has finally shown its face this week and reminded us that it is just around the corner.

You forget how lovely the sunshine can make everything feel, and how it can brighten things up just by casting its rays onto buildings and footpaths.

Not to mention lifting of  moods. Now with the promise of spring in the air, why not get out and about and blow away some of the winter cobwebs?

It doesn’t take much to get out there, and money isn’t a problem either. Fresh air is free.

How about one of these?

Go on a nature walk.

You don’t even have to live in the middle of the countryside for this one. (Although it’s even better if you do.)

Write a list of things to find and get the children to tick them off as you do it.

Eg:

– how many different types/shapes of leaves can you find?

– different twigs

– pine cones

being just a few examples.

Climb a tree.

A classic, traditional children’s activity. Find one with nice sturdy, low branches and you’re sorted. Hours of fun if my children are anything to go by. They’re always happiest when they’re let loose to run and jump!

branches to climb

Whatever you decide to do this spring, get outdoors and get discovering…..

moat bridge

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It’s half term this week, and so far we’ve been ice skating, been out for lunch twice, been to the local soft play, and a forest where we collected pine cones and did a spot of tree climbing.

pine cones

In other words, we’ve done something pretty much every day this week. Today though, we’ve just had a day in of doing precisely NOTHING. Nothing organised, nothing doing.

Since when were kids lives so micro managed as they are now? We’re always expected to be DOING something, and there’s never just enough time to relax.

There’s always football practise to go to, swimming and Beavers and whatever club is on after school.

They’ve actually forgotten how to be bored. Being bored is GOOD,sometimes. I’m not Entertainment Manager, you are your own people and you don’t need me giving you ideas on what to do every five minutes.

It’s good to be bored as it makes you think for yourself what you want to do,. You’re making your own decisions, using your imagination, and learning to think for yourself.

Plus, it’ll make you appreciate the days you DO go out a hell of a lot more!

Next holidays, I’m making a stand and not arranging half as many days out.

We’re having more days of leaving them to it and making their own entertainment.

Who’s with me?!

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Joining Bloglovin!

As if I don’t get about the internet enough, I’ve now joined Bloglovin, where I’ll be sharing any new posts on there as well.

If you’re on there, why not follow for more updates?!

You can find me here

Now, it’s all new to me over there so I’m off to try and find some new blogs to follow and get my head round it!  :-)

Amanda Holden faced a public backlash yesterday for sending her daughter Lexi, aged 9, into school dressed as Vivien from Pretty Woman as part of a 1990’s themed dressing up day.

Vivien, as anyone who has seen the film will tell you, is the prostitute that Richard Gere picks up off the street and hires as his ‘beck and call girl’ for the entire week by going to events and business meals with him.

Dressed in a red, strapless skin tight floor length gown, Lexi was pictured on Twitter next to a grand piano with the words “1990’s day at Lexi’s school today. Julia Roberts ‘Pretty Woman’,”

After eight minutes of the picture being up though (and probably due to outraged tweets) the picture was pulled. With a swift denial saying it wasn’t meant to be Pretty Woman at all, and was Cindy Crawford instead.

Oh come off it. We all know what Vivien did on the grand piano in Pretty Woman. Or was the grand piano in the background just a coincidence?

Regardless of whether or not she was meant to be Julia Robert’s Pretty Woman character or Cindy Crawford, the fit of the dress was pretty bloody inappropriate for school anyway.

How the heck are you supposed to run about in a clinging to you, off the shoulder dress at playtime?

By the looks of the photo (that is apparently now trying to be pulled off the internet) you couldn’t do much more than do a waddle to the school door.

Why the rush to stick children in grown up type clothes, even for school dress up days? There’s a million and one more appropriate styles to choose without sexualising them and sticking it online for the world and its dog to see.

(Who knows who’s looking and for what purpose?)

Dress them in clothes they’ll be comfortable in and more age appropriate. Plenty of time for body con dresses when they’re older.

What do you think?

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When you’re a child, birthday parties have always been about having fun with your friends, having a party, and unwrapping whatever present they have chosen for you with glee.

Half of the excitement of receiving presents is not knowing what you’re going to get, so for some parents in Myleene Klass’ school to specify that they would like money donations to buy a kindle and a desk has my jaw dropping a little.

Especially when it is coupled with anyone wanting to partake in the present giving should give a suggested £10 and they’ll be round to collect it.

Why? Why would you do that?

They want a kindle and a desk, that’s all well and lovely. Shouldn’t presents like that be from the parents themselves though, or relatives?

When it comes to their little friends coming to your child’s birthday party, that’s surely what’s important? The child having fun, seeing their friends and having something fun to unwrap.

Lego, Play-doh, jigsaws, dolls or a colouring book. Simple, inexpensive, fun things when you’re 7 years old like her daughter.

What’s happened to birthdays?! What with last week’s shaming of people who are too lazy or rude to bother to reply to party invites and now this, it’s getting ridiculous.

Strip all birthday parties back to the basics, forget all this claptrap of expensive hiring of places, or demanding that your precious has money towards their ideal gadget present.

If they want it, buy it yourself. Then revel in all the carefully thought or chosen ones that their little friends buy them too, regardless of cost.

What do you think?

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