Creating a Calming Nursery Environment with Very

With a new baby in the house, creating a calm environment and getting everyone into a new and settled routine is key. Whether this is your first baby, or your fourth baby, there will be some changes in the house and it is just as exciting to get the baby’s space and nursery ready with all of the little things you both need to feel settled and organised.

You can find so many of the essentials that you will need for your baby at Very and here are a few that we chose for Baby James to help nurture a calm environment and encourage his development.

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Family Time with Toffifee

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Spending quality time together as a family is key to keeping our family relationships running smoothly. Whether we are doing a family movie and game night, or relaxing together in the garden with football and the hot tub, that time spent together gives us an opportunity to reconnect, share some laughs together and strengthen our family bond. Sharing Toffifee together is a central part of our family time, and something that my boys really enjoyed.

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Wicked Uncle – Innovative ideas for kids gift

We have all been there…birthday parties are always fun but I don’t know if I am just very picky with gifting but I also believe a lot of people can relate to this particular situation. There is such a wide range of options of toys available in the market nowadays that I am constantly struggling to decide what gift to get for children that is not only fun but also innovative. I always try to chose something different and out of the box, that inspires curiosity and creativity in them. I like to give it some thought and sometimes I go a step further and ask the parents to give me an insight before buying something for their kid. If you are like me or you just need some extra inspiration for that upcoming birthday don’t freak out and read on…we got you covered.

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Christmas Toys at Very

This year, we all deserve a magical Christmas to brighten up our spirits and spread some joy. So I have been looking forward to treating the kids to some lovely toys, and spending some family quality time together. While the shops are closed, it is so easy to be able to order online and I was able to get so many of our Christmas toys from Very as they have such a wide range of toys available to suit all ages of child.

All of your favourite toy brands are available on Very including LEGO, Barbie, LOL Surprise, Hot Wheels, and many more.

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(AD) Protecting Our Family with Steril-eeze

This year has definitely been very different for most of us, and lots of new things have slowly become part of our lives and routines… like hand sanitiser. The constant hand washing and sterilising is helpful to keep germs away, but can sometimes be rough especially on little hands. Recently we discovered a new hand sanitiser brand – Steril-eeze – which is alcohol free and kind to hands, while remaining just as effective as other brands. For me, that’s great news as I feel more comfortable using a gentle and alcohol free product especially with my children.

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Family Fun with Ricky Zoom

Ricky Zoom is a great family fun show, featuring motorcycle Ricky and his buddies: Loop Hoopla, DJ Rumbler and Scootio Wizzbang. My 3 year old N has enjoyed this show for quite a while now, so she was excited to try out some new Ricky Zoom toys and play with them together with her big brothers.

As a parent I love the personalities of the characters within the show, each one is unique and it’s great to see how they solve problems within each episode, using their own resourcefulness and resilience whilst also knowing there is a supportive community on hand to help if need be. This is such a positive message for children, and something that I’m happy to see my daughter absorbing while she is watching her Ricky Zoom episodes at home with the family.

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Design Your Dream Garden Competition

In Partnership with Cheshire Artificial Grass.

Children’s creativity is endless! They have the imagination to dream up the wackiest and most inventive ideas, and at times during our busy lifestyles, we do not always take the time to marvel at their thoughts and creations. In partnership with Cheshire Artificial Grass, we set up a Facebook competition to celebrate the inspiring minds of our children. 

Outdoor play and creative thinking are essential for child development. Our aim was to encourage children to unleash their creative skills and help get children more engaged with their garden (the place where outdoor play comes alive).  

To enter the competition, children were asked to design their dream garden and send in their artistic creations to be in with a chance to win an arts and craft set.  

We were fortunate to have so many amazing entries and every one of them deserved a prize but unfortunately, there could only be one winner. 

Although one lucky child won an arts and craft set, we did not want the other children’s artistic creations to go unnoticed! 

Here are 8 garden entries picked at random for you to enjoy:

Evelyn’s Garden 

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This garden is full to the brim with trees! We really liked how Evelyn pictured her garden filled with nature and lots of green (the greener the better)! We would like to thank Evelyn for her lovely drawing and entering the competition. 

The Lovely Garden

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Using your Printer for Homeschooling

When we first heard that schools were likely to close, the first thing I decided to stock up on to help us prepare for homeschooling was printer paper, and plenty of ink. Forget toilet paper shortages, a printer paper shortage would have been a big problem for us as our printer is such a key tool for homeschooling our four children.

I will share with you a few examples of resources that you can easily print off to help keep the kids entertained and educated until their school lessons are back up and running.

If you are low on ink, you can stock up at Cartridge Save, take a look at the HP Ink Cartridges which last really well, seeing you through all of the school closures.

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Protecting your baby and your family: 5 benefits of saving cord blood

Getting ready for a new arrival to the family is one of the most exciting times of your life. But before they welcome little one to the world, families will face numerous decisions that will affect their child’s future even before it is born – from deciding on the perfect name, to choosing a paediatrician and making their birth plan.

One decision that has been added to the list for expectant parents is whether they should save their baby’s umbilical cord blood.

According to recent statistics published by the BBC, more parents are choosing private cord blood banking than ever before, with a whopping 60% increase in cord blood collection and storage in the UK between 2014 and 2018. This number is expected to continue rising over the coming years as more families are increasingly recognising the benefits of their baby’s umbilical cord.

But what is cord blood? How does cord blood banking work? And what exactly are the benefits of saving cord blood?

I’ve teamed up with Cells4Life, the UK’s leading cord blood bank, to answer all of your cord blood banking questions and to help make one decision on your long list easier.

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Book Shopping with Books2Door

We can never have enough books in our house, with four kids who are all keen readers (as well as us parents!) One site I’ve been ordering from lately is Books2Door who have some great collections for the children. I find the website simple to navigate and it’s easy to find products that will suit our family.

Here are some of the books we’ve chosen lately..

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