5 Alternative Gift Ideas for Children’s Birthdays 

As lovely as it is for your children to be invited to share in their friend’s birthday parties, let’s be honest: choosing a present can be an absolute nightmare. 

What type of toy does the child in question like? 

What kind of present will their parents be happy for them to receive?

How much should you spend?

And arguably the most daunting prospect – how do you ensure that you don’t pick the same gift as another parent? 

It’s a minefield! Choosing a present for your child’s friend shouldn’t be so difficult!

That being said, you can find memorable, unique and highly enjoyable birthday gifts for your children’s friends and even for your own kids, you just need to know how. 

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5 ways to celebrate VE Day during lockdown

On 8 May 2020, we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, when Nazi Germany formally surrendered, marking the end of the second world war. Across the UK, plans for large public celebrations have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus, but that isn’t stopping the nation from finding other ways to celebrate.

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate VE Day from home.

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Top 10 Fun Easter Activities for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers 

Guest post from Leanne of Sloth and Stork

Easter always puts a spring in my crafty step, as a nanny of over 5 years working with toddlers and pre-schoolers I love this time of year for finding ways to keep the kids busy, learning and having fun.

From making chocolate nest treats, learning about a chickens life cycle, Easter scavenger hunting and building dens for the Easter bunny (to take a break from delivering eggs, obviously)….as nannies, we work hard for our bunny!

With lockdown keeping families all cooped up, trying to occupy little minds, while working from home (and secretly binge-watching Working Moms) planning activities to keep them from staring at a screen all day has been made almost impossible. 

And while it’s fine for me to sip coffee at my desk, serenely gazing out of the window, writing about crafts and activities to keep kids busy…I know that you’re at home with small people running around, tugging at your sleeve, asking to be fed (again) or shouting that their brother has just stuck Olaf in the toilet. 

As you tuck them into bed, quietly breathing a sigh of relief, you should be settling in to a night of adult time, safe in the knowledge that the next day is filled with things to keep them busy, creative and learning. 

Which is why I’ve collated my years of experience with toddlers and pre-schoolers and my time off to come up with this list of the top 10 fun Easter activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers – to give you a very well deserved break! Think of me as your virtual nanny. 

1. Make Easter bunting 

A great way to kick off an Easter themed activity week is to decorate their playroom or bedroom with their own handmade Easter bunting. 

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How to take the stress out of Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner is arguably the most important meal of the year. It’s a celebration, a time for the family to come together and share a special meal. But there’s no getting away from it, cooking all the elements of the Christmas dinner perfectly and getting everything ready at the same time is a stressful exercise!

If you’ve suffered a nerve-shredding Christmas Day in the kitchen before, help is at hand! Here are some useful tips that will ensure that next time it falls on you to serve up a generous spread on 25 December, you’ll sail through it like a pro.

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Educational Gift Guide for Kids

There are so many amazing educational and engaging products for kids available these days, that they can learn and develop their knowledge and skills through play without it feeling like a chore at all. Whether your child wants to learn more about coding, maths, history or the world around them, these are a few of our favourite educational toys to keep both parents and children happy this holiday season.

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Tips for throwing a great party for a five-year-old

Throwing a kid’s birthday party can be stressful. Your kid will want to have the best day and impress all their friends, which puts great pressure on you – not to mention the pressure you might feel from other parents. When a kid turns 5, they start to feel a lot more independent, and may have a bigger idea of what they want, which can be tricky. However, throwing a kid’s party can be easy if you set some rules and stick to them. So, how can you throw a great party for a five-year-old? 

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This Years Christmas Good Toy Guide

Looking for good quality ideas for Christmas presents, and want to select something with developmental benefits that your child will get a lot out of all year round? The Good Toy Guide is a great resource, and now they have brought out this years 2019 Christmas Good Toy Guide.

The guide is brought to you by the independent experts at Fundamentally Children, and aims to help you find the perfect toy for your child. The Christmas Good Toy Guide includes over 50 #GoodToys, all tested by children and endorsed by experts, so you know it’s a review you can trust.

The guide is available as a paper catalogue, or online via the website, and we have been having a little browse…

In addition to the paper catalogue seen above, you can also check out this years Christmas Good Toy Guide online at their website www.christmasgoodtoyguide.com, which is really user friendly and easy to browse the age categories you can see below. If you want to think outside of the box this year, you could also check out their suggestions of alternative gifts which has some brilliant ideas.

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Must Have Toys for Christmas

With only a few weeks until Christmas, it’s time to start getting prepared if you haven’t already, and to get the kids busy writing up some Christmas lists if you are in need of ideas for the toys to make them most happy to make them most happy under the Christmas tree this year.

If you do need more ideas and inspiration, there are plenty of top toy lists available at this time of year, to give you an idea of the toys set to be best sellers. Last week, I went along to Dream Toys to find out the top 12 toys revealed for this year, and stores like Very have put together their own lists too.

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Feeling the pinch this year? Here are the best ways to pay for Christmas

Christmas can be expensive, particularly if you have young children or a large family. If you do not have the savings to buy all the presents, decorations, and the food that seems to be such a big part of this time of year, you might be tempted to look for bad credit loans. While that is fine, if you feel comfortable with paying for Christmas into 2020 and beyond, you might want to consider other ways of getting through this costly period. 

“What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer” (Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’)

.Here, we look at some of the ways you can cut the worry of money of Christmas in a little more detail.

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