Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Fun with Hape Toys

Hape are a brand over the last year I come to love thanks to their colourful and high quality wooden toys. Hape recently sent some wooden toys for Blake to play with, first is the Rainbow elephant and baby interlocking puzzle, to increase the challenge, try building with a timer or without the puzzle base. Blake hasn't taken much interest in the puzzle at the moment, I feel that is due to him not really enjoying puzzles as its not an activity he likes to stick to for long. I do think the puzzle is great for him to also learn colours and a great way for us to talk about what know about elephants. 

The next item is the Maple 50pc Block Set, which has been a real hit with Blake over the last few weeks. Blake spends quite a bit of time playing with these blocks and really concentrates on what he is doing when stacking them on top of each other. They are brightly coloured and ideal for small hands and helps with dexterity and hand-eye coordination. They are of great quality too and easier for Blake for building towers than duplo or megablocks are. They also come with a handy canvas bag for easy storage which is also great as we plan to take then with us when we go away to Camber Sands.

Do you like Hape toys? Do you prefer wooden toys? I'd love to know as always. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Living Arrows - 29/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” by Kahlil Gibran

This week has gone really quick, we've not been doing anything majorly exciting apart from sorting out a few bits and bobs, as we have booked a last minute holiday to Camber Sands.

This week Blake has loved playing with his building blocks, so much that we will be taking them away with us. Blake has really been putting so much concentration and being really careful with his building blocks and built a tower much taller than we were expecting him to be able to do. He does get upset when they fall over though unless we make it into a game and say "All fall down!" 

Living Arrows

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Getting medical advice / seeking treatment online

So many people are turning to the internet when it comes to being unwell and not able to get an appointment with their GP. It's important when looking for advice online that you use a reliable site such as The Independent Pharmacy to get professional medical advice online.This way you know that you are getting the correct advice for minor illnesses and ailments. 

There are many common conditions that the Independent pharmacy can help give advice with from migraines to conditions such as bacterial vaginosis. They are also able to advise the best over the counter medications for your condition. 

I really don't like seeing my GP unless absolutely necessary and so I've found looking online for the best over the counter medications ideal for me. I have used them for advice on a range of minor ailments and saved both my time and my GPs. 

During the summer I suffer from Hayfever which of course is annoying and during winter I tend to get coughs and colds frequently. This means that by seeking advice online, for example the best cough medication depending on the type of cough I have. 

When getting advice and treatment online it is important to read the instructions and use them as advised. 

Have you ever got medical advice / sought treatment online?

Parks/playground facilities and safety

It's no surprise that Blake's favourite place to be is outside and in particular the park. Going to the park isn't just all about having fun its also great for children's development. Blake learnt to climb at the park and its also a great for children to confront danger and interact with other children around them. 

Blake is starting pre-school in September and one of the things I looked out for when visiting the pre-school was a well-maintained school playground and other outdoor play areas. Soft surfaces over time can wear away due to constant use and so both schools and park areas need to be kept in good condition to prevent accidents. 

Many parks/playgrounds have bright and colourful soft surfaces which makes it more fun for children as they are very visual. Take Blake's pre-school for example, in the main area that the children play in they have faux grass which I love as it looks very attractive. I know that Blake is going to be in a safe environment when using equipment such as slides, bikes and scooters. 

Not only is it important for the soft surfaces to be checked but also other equipment that children will come into contact with too. Its important to check parks when you are with your child/ren and report any damage to surfaces and equipment. We have many parks nearby where we live including a splash park which Blake loves. Splash parks are gaining in popularity and so soft surfaces are important especially as there is a higher chance of slipping over. Our local splash park was recently closed for maintenance which made me feel that they saw the splash park as an important area for families as its so popular.  

Does your child love being outdoors? Are your local play areas/ playgrounds up to scratch?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Time to tighten your belt?

Life can throw unexpected things at you for example you may wake up one day and find you have no job. We have been in that position before, having to rely on benefits whilst finding employment. This is why its important to handle your finances correctly especially with the cost of living rising. 

Sometimes you have to take out loans with places such as Cash Lady, use credit cards or borrow money from other sources. It is important though to monitor your spending, so that any debt doesn't spiral out of control. 

Recently we have found that our financial situation has now changed and so it's time to give our finances a shake up. So here are a few things that we need to start doing: 

We need to look into what we have coming in and what is going out. Now that our situation has changed we need to start a fresh budget and see where our money is going so that we can live within our means. 

Cut backs
We need to be a lot more stricter and say no a lot more often. It's time to see if we can find cheaper alternatives when it comes to not just our utility providers but with what we eat and drink. We also need to look into new ways we can be frugal/thrifty as possible and still have fun. 

Even though our situation has changed it still important to put money away for emergency's. Luckily we have no debts to worry about which makes it a bit easier to do so. 

I'm also planning on finding new ways to save money by reading other blogs that focus on money and by joining facebook groups as there is always someone out there that may have thought of something that you may not have. 

It is time for you to give your finances a shake up?