Pampers Pass it on Campaign

Before we get started, I would just like to thank Emma’s Diary Parent Squad for involving me in their Pampers Pass it on Campaign and I would like to thank Pampers for their products!

What’s involved in the Pampers Pass it on Campaign I here you ask?

Well, in exchange for a review, Emma’s Diary Parent Squad sent to me a box of goodies which was filled Pampers products for me to try out on Kora.

The first product I would like to talk about are the full pack of Pampers nappy pants that we received.

I was so pleased when I seen the full pack of nappy pants we had to try out all to ourselves! Kora is constantly on the move and so she hates to lie still while I change her but the Pampers nappy pants have made changing her nappy a whole lot easier for me as they are so easy to pull up and they come off just as easily too with sides that tear down. There is no need for me to fasten anything or for Kora to even lie down!

Inside my box of goodies I also received 5 individual Pampers Nappy Pants samples each with a £1 off coupon for a pack of the nappy pants for me to share with other parents.

The Pampers nappy pants are the perfect fit. They have soft and stretchy sides. These comfy nappies will fit your little one like a glove. In fact, they’re so comfy your little one will hardly realise they’re wearing one – which makes them great for bedtime too! Not only this but their micro pearl technology absorbs and locks away wetness from your baby’s skin for up to 12 hours of dryness. The Pampers Baby-Dry Nappy Pants have a 360 fit that flexes to the shape of your baby’s tummy to prevent gaps and leaks so that your little one can enjoy their sleep undisrupted.

Pampers have come up with a fun way to demonstrate how adaptable and flexible their nappy pants really are by providing a simple step-by-step guide so that you can take part in their #PampersMilkBellyTest and see the magic of the Pampers Nappy Pants for yourself…

What is milk belly? After your baby’s night time feed their tummy expands but as they sleep, it contracts. This ‘milk belly’ effect is a sign of everyday development but it’s also a reason why some other nappies gap and leak which can cause disruption to your baby’s sleep (and yours too!) So it’s important that your little one has a nappy that flexes to their tummy throughout the night to prevent leaks for a peaceful nights sleep.

Here is a demonstration I have done for you:

  • Step one: Blow up a balloon
  • Step two: Take one of the Pampers Nappy Pants and place it around the balloon
  • Step three: Let the air in and out of the balloon to mimic the ‘milk belly’ effect and watch the Nappy Pant expand and contract (this represents the movements of your little one’s milk belly throughout the night)
  • Step four: Shake the balloon to see how snuggly the Nappy Pant still fits and share the results with your parenting pals!

Pampers Nappy Pants are recommended by 9/10 parents of wriggly babies agree!

Has your baby started to:

  • Roll
  • Sit up
  • Crawl
  • Stand
  • Cruise

If you answered yes to at least 1 of those things on the list above then your baby might be ready for Pampers nappy pants.

Say goodbye to fussy changing times and try out the Pampers Nappy Pants for yourself!

As always, thank you for reading my review. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

* Please note, I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *

Filling in the gaps

Hi! It’s me again.

After reading back my two previous blog posts, I realised I jumped from talking about how I was feeling unsure about letting Kory return to school to suddenly him saying goodbye to nursery on his last day there. So, I just felt as though I wanted to come on here and fill in the gaps. So, Here goes.

I’m guessing from reading my blog posts you’ve gathered that in the end, Kory did end up returning to nursery. This wasn’t an easy decision for me to make, I had so many arguments with myself as I just wanted to do what was best for Kory. Of course I wanted to keep him home and keep him safe but I also wanted him to have a bit of normality and for him to see his friends again. Like many other children, he’d already had so much taken away and at 3 years old, had to try and get his head around that. As an adult, it was much easier for me to understand what has been happening but to explain that to a young child and to try and get them to understand, it wasn’t the easiest thing to do. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared myself so to try and remain calm and positive during a pandemic for the sake of my child has been hard. All I wanted was for things to get back to normal again.

But when I was told that Kory could return to nursery as he was in one of the selected year groups to do so, I wasn’t sure I was ready for normal. I didn’t let Kory return to nursery straight away as I really was in two minds about what to do. When we first went into lockdown and the schools closed, Kory was really missing school. He was missing his teachers and missing playing with his friends. I felt so bad for him. However, on the other side of things, I also felt wary and as more weeks passed, I felt as though I didn’t want him to return to nursery at all with everything that’s going on and I just wanted to keep him at home with me for as long as possible. And it’s because of this that I kept him home for the first two weeks of the schools being reopened as I still hadn’t made my mind up but in the end, I think what helped me to finally make a decision was when it was announced that it would be mandatory for all year groups to return to school in September.

So, unless I was going to be homeschooling Kory. It looked like he would have to return by then anyway and this virus isn’t going to have miraculously disappeared by then completely. I also felt that this was the best way to prepare Kory for returning back to school full time once the term starts. Not only this but September is going to be big for Kory. It’s a new start for him but also a massive change. He is going to be starting a new school in a new class with new children and a new teacher and new hours. He will be attending Monday to Friday all day instead of his usual two and a half days a week at nursery and so I thought he could benefit from a bit more schooling before breaking up for the summer holidays and before his return properly in September. It also meant that Kory got to say goodbye to his nursery properly and I felt that gave him the closure that would help him.

And so, for all the reasons mentioned above, I allowed Kory to return and I am glad that I did and I feel like I made the right choice. Returning to school gave Kory the normality that he wanted and needed and it made me and him both so happy when he got to see his friends and his teachers again. I’m so glad he got to see them before having to say goodbye.

I’m not writing any of this to explain myself. I don’t feel like anyone should have to explain their choices to anyone, all any of us can do is do what is best for ourselves and our families. Everyone has different circumstances and opinions and therefore what works for one parent may not work for another or they simply may just have different views on the matter and that is okay too. I think we would all do well to judge each other’s decisions a lot less. I chose to send my child back to school but I can also respect those parents that chose not to and their reasons for that. It really isn’t any of my business and who am I to judge?

Whether you chose to send your children back to school or not, I hope you are all well and I hope for the sake of us all that things continue to get better.

Take care,

Kirsti, xo

Saying goodbye to nursery

It only feels two minutes ago since I wrote all about Kory’s first day at nursery and yet Thursday was Kory’s last day there. I don’t even know how that is possible but I know that it was hard to say goodbye. I think it was even harder for me than it was for Kory even though he was the one leaving!

Kory has attended the same nursery since he was just 2 years old and now he’s almost 4 so the teachers and the little friends he’s made during his time there have been in his life for most of it and that’s what made Thursday such an emotional day. I was emotional on his very first day in the toddler room, I was emotional all over again when he moved up into the preschool classroom and I was an emotional wreck on his last day. I spent the majority of that day bursting into tears as I sat and thought about how it would be the last time I will get him dressed to go there, how it would be the last time I will walk him to that nursery, the last time I drop him off there and say bye to his teachers and the last time I would ever pick him up from there. I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry but when I walked up to the doors to pick him up for the last time the tears just started to fall. I couldn’t believe that this was it.

I am an emotional person anyway. Sad song on the radio? I cry. Heartfelt advert on the tv? I cry. Heck, I’m even crying as I write this post.

The days when both my children are at home with me and we’re all together are my favourite but Kory genuinely enjoyed nursery and although I missed him on the days he was there, I really loved his nursery too. I really loved the teachers and seeing how much Kory loved it too.

Kory, your teachers tell me that you love to play in the small world corner with the dinosaurs and the cars. (This doesn’t surprise me, you’re the same at home.) They tell me that you always enjoy your day when you’re there and they tell me that you’re always good. (Now this surprises me! Ha)

Kory leaving nursery really feels like the end of a chapter in his life. I still get upset when I think about all the things we won’t do anymore now that he’s left and how I don’t feel prepared for him to start reception in September when he will go to school full time and I will see him even less! I’ve heard some of the parents talk about how their excited for their children to start school properly and I’m excited too I suppose but I also feel so sad that this chapter of his life has come to an end.

It’s not so much the new beginnings that upset me, it’s the goodbyes.

Kory’s nursery has taught him so much and I will forever be grateful to his teachers for that. They tried so hard to make Kory feel comfortable when he initially struggled to settle when he first started there and we all wanted to cheer on the day he no longer cried when I dropped him off. They encouraged Kory who is particularly shy to join in and make friends, which he did, he now has more friends than me! His teachers have made endless paintings, pictures and memories with him. They worked so hard to teach Kory how to count, write and a million other things too. They have sung songs with him, played with him and read with him. The nursery also didn’t mind that I would ring up every single day he was there just to check he was okay. The nursery that made him feel safe and gave him a cuddle if he was sad. The nursery where he learned to share. The nursery that has helped shape him into the wonderful little boy he is.

I know how much Kory loved nursery and although he hasn’t cried, I know he will miss it. Even on those days when he would tell me he didn’t want to go. When I chose this nursery for him I knew I’d made the right choice. I have loved watching Kory grow and getting to know his teachers and his friends and their parents. It has been a pleasure.

Although Kory’s nursery days have come to an end (a day I thought was ages away but came round quicker than I could have ever imagined!) I am sure he will remain friends with the children he has gotten to know and love and continue to make even more friends throughout his schooling life. Kory’s nursery teachers have given him the best start in his school life and I will forever be thankful to them for that.

Kory, I wonder what you will remember about this as you grow older? I know your teachers and your friends will always remember you.

I am so proud of you Kory, thank you for letting me enjoy your nursery days with you.

Love always,

Mum, xo

An open letter to my children during the Covid-19 pandemic

To Kory and Kora,

We are living through some history textbook times right now. There is a virus, Covid-19, that has shut down most of the world. It has forced schools to close, shut down the places that you like to visit, kept people from their loved ones and sadly even taken some away.

Kory, you have some understanding of the current situation. You know that there is a ‘bad cold’ and that’s why we can’t socialise with our family and friends the same as we did before and you know that this is why you haven’t been to school or been anywhere at all really. You have taken this all in your stride and I am so proud of you. You have done marvelous. But Kora, you have no idea. You’re only 9 months old and you have spent most of your life in lockdown and you don’t know any different. I don’t know if this is better or worse but that doesn’t stop me from feeling bad. I’m sorry I can’t take you to baby groups or on play dates like I once did with your brother when he was just a baby. I have hardly stepped through the door with you. You’ve only been around me, your dad and your brother properly and it shows because you’re shy of others. I am sorry for this and I wish the world was different.

We have spent many weeks in lockdown, at home and social distancing ourselves from others but we are reaching a stage now were places are starting to re open. They need to, people need to work because people need money to live but people are worried about this, me included, we are all fearing the unknown. We haven’t experienced anything like this before – at least not in my lifetime anyway but this is a positive. It’s a sign of things returning to normal however it won’t be like how it once was before for quite some time.

Kory, your school reopened a few weeks ago and I still haven’t made a decision on whether or not to send you back. I know how much you love school and how much you have really missed going and seeing your teachers and playing with your friends. I am worried that if i send you back to school to socialise with your friends and teachers who all come from different households I could then undo everything I have done to protect you, your sister, us. This is why it’s hard for me. I want to make everything as normal as possible for you but as your mum, it will always be my job to keep you safe and that is what I am trying to do. I hope you can understand.

During all of this, people have had different views on the matter. Some people chose to carry on with their lives as normal, they didn’t let the virus stop them from doing anything, they carried on living their lives as they did before – which is completely their decision but we as a family chose to follow the advice that had been given to everybody – which was to stay home, only leave your house for work if you’re unable to work from home, food or medicine supplies. A while after that, the rules changed again from ‘stay home’ to ‘stay alert’ the rules were still there but relaxed a little. We as a family followed the rules. To us, being asked to stay home in order to stay safe and to protect the NHS seemed like a small price to pay when there were doctors, nurses and keyworkers working tirelessly to fight this virus and to continue providing services for every person and all we needed to do was sit on our couch.

So, for over 12 weeks we have stayed home and lived our lives in our own little bubble. We hadn’t seen anybody or been anywhere and that was so we could keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. But it hasn’t been easy. Of course it hasn’t. Being at home with two children can be particularly hard on any given day, never mind day after day of being unable to go anywhere and it’s been hard for you two as well. Mostly you Kory as you are more aware of what’s going on and because it was as if over night everything in your life changed. You were no longer able to just pop to your Nan’s house or see your friends. It has been hard not being able to see our family and friends who we miss. There’s been days when we’ve all felt fed up and felt like we just needed to get out of the house and there’s been days when we’ve done lots of fun things together and enjoyed being our time at home. It’s been hard for everyone but I can say it’s also been a lesson for me. I believe living life in lockdown has changed my outlook on life. I definitely appreciate the things that I used to just take for granted before all of this happened. Never again will I take for granted being able to see the people I love.

Changes are being made all the time in regards to lockdown and the reopening of businesses and households being able to mix. You both got to see your nanas and your grandad recently for the first time since we went into lockdown and it made them and you both so happy. In the next couple of weeks things could be totally different again and I hope that they are. All I know is that I just want things to get better as i’m sure everyone does. I want that for us, for our family and friends, for the world, for everyone but more than anything, for you two. I want to be able to look back and all of this just be a thing from the past.

I can’t keep the world safe but I can try my best to keep you two safe and I always will.

I hope one day when you’re both older and you’re reading this back. I hope you, Kory, don’t remember a scary time when we were stuck at home but a time when we spent lots of time at home together and had the most fun.

And Kora, you probably won’t remember anything at all about all of this but this applies to you too.

Love always,

Mum, xo

25 things i’ve learned in 25 years

I can’t believe that I turn 26 years old in 3 days. I don’t know when or how that happened. I am now going to be closer to 30 than I am 20! Wowzers. I still feel like a carefree 20 year old (but I have two kids so mostly a not so carefree 20 year old) and most definitely not like a soon-to-be 26 year old. Whatever that is ‘supposed’ to feel like anyway… And I definitely don’t act my age (I still don’t know how to adult properly.) Although some would say I act older. I like watching my emmerdale and drinking a good cup of tea. Ok? But I also like listening to Tupac and playing on my Nintendo Switch. I call it balance.

Thinking about this has got me feeling a little nostalgic. This is going to be my first ever birthday spent in partial lockdown too – I have Covid-19 to thank for that. So I thought I would think back through all the years that have quickly passed me by and try to remember what I have learned in the quater of a century that I have been on earth. I mean, what else am I going to?

So, let’s go!

  1. I am not perfect and I don’t have to be. At one point in my life I didn’t like the person I was but I have grown to love the person I am. I’m my own weirdo and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  2. Embrace your weirdness. Always stay true to you.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  4. Do the things you love. Just do them. Always.
  5. Worry less. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  6. Not everyone will like you and you won’t like everyone you meet either and that’s okay. I don’t follow trends, I have my own style, I refuse to update my music playlist. Mostly everything I listen to is from the 90’s or before. I’m actually a massive geek who loves movies and reading books but I am who I am and I won’t waste my time or energy trying to get anyone to like me.
  7. It’s okay to only have a small number of friends. Quality over quantity.
  8. Hold on to those who have always been there for you. People like that are few and far between, hold them close and never let them go.
  9. Nothing is more important than family, friends and love. If you love someone – tell them!
  10. I am not a reflection of those who have chose to walk out of my life. That says more about their character than it does mine.
  11. It’s okay to let go of toxic people. If someone isn’t good for you it is okay to walk away.
  12. Know your worth. I know what I want and what I don’t and I know exactly how I want it and how I don’t.
  13. Speak your mind. Life is too short to hold things inside. Never be afraid to say how you feel.
  14. Be kind. The world needs more of that.
  15. Keep the past in the past. That’s where it belongs. If you can’t change something, it’s better to just let it go.
  16. Trust your gut instinct. If my gut instinct has taught me anything over the years it’s that it’s usually 99.9% right. Whenever I get a vibe from someone I go with my gut instinct and it’s yet to make fool out of me.
  17. Go for it. It’s so easy to play it safe and avoid trying anything new for fear of leaving your comfort zone but if the last 20 odd years have taught me anything it’s that life is short and it’s to be lived to the fullest! It’s better to just go for it than to spend your life wondering what if…
  18. Everything happens for a reason. Such a cliche but I am such a believer of this. Sometimes the universe knows what you need in life before you do.
  19. Animals are better than people. They are pure and if people were more like them then this world would be a much better place.
  20. Open your mind. When you assume you know everything you close your mind off from compassion and acceptance. Instead, ask yourself deep meaningful questions. Of course stand by your own beliefs but be willing to be more open minded.
  21. Travel as much as you can. See more of the great, big world.
  22. The solution to most problems is a good cry. When everything gets a bit too much I like to stick on one of my favourite tv shows, eat Nutella straight from the jar and feel a bit sorry for myself. Sounds pathetic but I always feel better after a good cry.
  23. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. I’m gonna be 26 years old and I still don’t know what I wanna do with my life and that’s absolutely normal.
  24. Trust yourself. You are capable of doing anything if you just put your mind to it.
  25. Be happy. Everyone in this world deserves happiness and to have what they want in this life and that includes YOU.

Thank you for reading my 25 things I’ve learned in 25 years! What life lessons have you learned? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading as always,

Kirsti, xo

Pampers Nappy Pants review

Thank you, Emma’s Diary Parent Squad for sending me a pack of the Pampers Nappy Pants to try out with Kora as part of the #PampersPeaceofMind challenge.

The challenge is all about how the Pampers Nappy Pants provide parents with peace of mind from leaks.

After receiving the full size pack of Pampers Nappy Pants I trialed them on Kora right away and I was really pleased with how absorbent the Nappy Pants were during the day as well as over night. The Pampers Nappy Pants definitely provided me with peace of mind. I no longer have to worry about nappy leaks!

What I also really like about the Nappy Pants is that they are super easy to put on. Now that Kora is on the move, changing her nappy has become quite the challenge in itself but with the Pampers Nappy Pants it takes just one pull to put one on so now there’s no need to wrestle (jokes!) or crawl after her while I try to fasten a nappy anymore!

The Nappy Pants have a 360 stretchy waistband which provides ultimate comfort and leak protection. The Pampers Nappy Pants also start at size 3 meaning you don’t have to wait until your child is potty training to get the full benefits of the nappy pants! They’ve sure made nappy changing in our house a whole lot easier!

After trying the Pampers Nappy Pants, I would definitely recommend them to any parent. Kora is always on the go and wriggles around quite a lot in the night too so these Nappy Pants have definitely been put to the test but Kora always remains leak free and wakes up every morning 100% dry and happy! Nappy leaks are definitely a thing of the past in our house!

* Please note, I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *

More activity ideas

Hi! So here as promised are some more activity ideas for the kids. I’m not sure if anyone has found any of my ideas so far useful but if you have then here are some more for you!

So, without further ado. Let’s get straight to it!

Leaf print picture:

This activity is essentially two activities in one. Before Kory could print his leafs we had to collect some first so while out walking the dog, we collected lots of leaves.

Once Kory had collected his leafs, he brought them home and made a start on his picture.

To make your own leaf print picture you will need:

  • Leafs (obviously!)
  • Paper
  • Paints

And that’s it!

Here’s how to make your picture:

  • Choose your coloured paints and pour a little bit of each one onto a piece of paper
  • Press your leaf into the paint
  • Then, press your leaf down onto a separate piece of paper with the paint side down in order to make your leaf print
  • Repeat this until you are happy with your finished leaf print picture
  • Leave to dry
  • And that’s all there is to it!

If you’re not wanting to use paints and would prefer a less messy experience then here is an alternative way to make a leaf picture that me and Kory have done together in the past. (See link)

Next activity, biscuit decorating:

This activity is super easy for the kids and depending on their age they should be able to do it with very little help from you.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Biscuits
  • Chocolate (to melt)
  • Edible decorations

Here’s how to do it:

  • Set up everything that the kids will need for this activity (A plate with biscuits on, a bowl with decorations inside, a bowl for the melted chocolate and a spoon)
  • Melt the chocolate (This is the part you may have to do)
  • Make sure the chocolate isn’t too hot for your child
  • With the spoon, let them spread the melted chocolate onto the biscuit
  • Once all the biscuits have chocolate on, add chosen decorations
  • Leave to set or eat right away
  • Easy peasy!

DIY Dinosaur garden:

Kory LOVES the outdoors. He loves being outside and he loves playing in the garden so while the weather has been so nice, I wanted to find something for him to do outside.

This activity was a lot of fun for Kory. It was a little messy too but nothing that a bath later couldn’t fix! What I like about this activity is that it doesn’t have to be dinosaur themed, you could make lots of different gardens. It also didn’t cost very much for us to do either as we already had the pot, the dinosaur figures and the solar light. The only thing we needed to buy was the compost which cost just 99p!

If you’d like to make your own DIY themed garden pot, you will need:

  • Compost
  • Empty garden pot
  • Your chosen decorations
  • Solar light (optional)

Here’s how to do it:

  • Add the soil to your empty pot, filling to the top
  • Add your chosen decorations (which in our case was dinosaur figures)
  • Finish off by adding your solar light (This is totally optional, we just happened to have a spare one laying around)
  • And that’s pretty much it!

We’ve also, been on an outdoor scavenger hunt and ticked off a list of things we found while outside.

We have baked some cupcakes together. If you haven’t got a baking kit already at home there are lots of easy to follow recipes online.

Kory has also been practicing how to write his name.

So those are my activity ideas I thought I’d share with you. I hope you liked them! I might not be sharing as many posts like this one as often at the moment with it being half term but I will keep you updated on that.

As always, thank you for reading and please let me know what you think.

How are you?

From looking at my picture you will be able to tell that I’m sat outside in my pyjamas with a bottle of beer and a bluddy good book (I guess that means I’m doing okay! Depending which way you look at it anyway…) Today Kory played out in the garden which meant I was able to have some time to myself which was nice. So, i’ve spoke with you all previously about how i’m coping living in isolation but how are YOU?

These are crazy times we’re living in at the moment and it feels as if the world has gone mad, doesn’t it? I don’t know about you but most of the time I have no idea what day it is never mind what I should be doing with all the extra time we have on our hands.

When the schools had finished I tried to keep Kory has occupied as I could while also trying to give him some sort of education at home. While I may not be able to do as much or as well as his teachers might with him I was going to give it a good try anyway and it did seem like we had a good thing going for a while too. Well, for the first week or so. We’d established a routine of some sort and I was doing at least one school focused activity with him a day but some days were harder than others and on those days I probably let Kory play on his playstation for longer than I should have but do you know what? That’s okay. It’s okay if the day goes to plan and it’s also okay if it doesn’t.

Our kids have been affected by what’s happening around them too and I wasn’t trying to stress Kory out more by forcing him to sit down with a pen and paper but more on that later…

If you have kids, how have you found ‘homeschooling?’ Or is that something you’ve chose not to do?

I think either option is great. While I was trying to do at least one education based activity with Kory a day, I also accepted that I probably wasn’t going to be able to teach him what his teachers do and so instead I tried to make the activities more fun and relaxed for him. His school probably wouldn’t think of ‘biscuit decorating’ as educational but it was something.

It is now officially half term and Kory would have been off school over Easter anyway so I’ve not been making him do anything. I’ve been following his lead really. The weather has been lovely so we’ve made the most of that and played lots in the garden, we’ve also done some painting and quite a bit of baking too but that’s about it really!

How have you been keeping yourself and the kids busy lately?

I will be writing and sharing another blog post over the next few days that will include lots of different activity ideas on how you can keep the kids busy. I hope this helps!

Kory is really looking forward to Easter and so am I. We sort of have our own Easter traditions and I’m hoping that this will allow us to be able to forget about all the craziness that’s been happening all around us even if just for one day.

Are you and/or your kids looking forward to Easter? Do you have any of your own Easter traditions? I’d love to know!

Well, that’s all from me for now. I just wanted to pop in with you all to ask how you are doing since you all listen to me ranting on! Thanks for reading and I hope you’re all well.

Stay home, stay safe.

Kirsti, xo

How I’m really coping in isolation

I’m writing this blog post because I just felt that it was important for me to share with you all truthfully how I’m really coping in isolation as I haven’t really spoken about that. I’ve shared with you what activities me and Kory have been doing to keep him occupied during the lockdown and it may look like I have it all figured out but I really haven’t. Like the majority of us, I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing from one day to the next. None of us have ever had to live in isolation before. The truth is I’m not coping as well as you may think I am with the situation at all. I have moments when I feel okay but then I remember what’s happening and it comes over me like a wave and suddenly I feel overwhelmed by it all.

I’ve had a couple of bad days recently. I know I’m not the only person in the world who has been affected by Covid-19 (obviously!) and the effect it’s had on everything around us. Words like ‘quarantine, lockdown and isolation’ have become the norm but just being at home, not being able to see my family or to go out with the kids has really affected my mental health.

On those days when I feel like my head is all over the place, going out for a walk fixes that, going to see my family can fix that but that isn’t an option right now. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and even depression but I feel like the circumstances we are all living in at the moment have heightened that. The thought of even going to the supermarket terrifies me. I’ve walked the dog with Kory just twice in the space of two weeks and although I was grateful for the fresh air and I know Kory was too, all I could think about the entire time was just getting him straight back home where I know he’s safe. I’m trying my best to hold it together because I don’t want Kory to sense that something is wrong and to worry about anything but that’s the part I’m finding really hard. Holding it together. Especially as the weeks go on. I know that I have to be thankful that we have our health and each other and I am, I think that’s why I worry so much because I don’t ever want anything happening to anyone I love.

I do feel pathetic even saying that I’m finding the situation we find ourselves in difficult at the moment when there are people out there working so hard on the frontline like all the people working for the NHS who are providing treatment to those who have been directly infected with Covid-19, doctors and nurses who have had to move out of their own family homes in order to protect their loved ones and all the key workers who have made sacrifices as well. And all I’ve been asked to do is stay home where it’s safe. I praise each and every one of them who are pushing on and providing services for the public during all of this uncertainty because I sure as hell would not be strong enough to do it.

But on the flip side, I am also loving all of the extra family time we are having. I think living in isolation like we are has made me realise how we were living life in such a rush before all this happened. Everything was to a time or a routine and you get caught up in doing everything that should be done as opposed to living more in the moment. My days mostly consisted of getting up, getting dressed, tidying the house, doing the school run, coming home, making tea and then going to bed. There wasn’t much time for anything else. Everything was to a schedule which I do like, and I will be glad when we get back to some sort of normality but I have liked not having to say to Kory as much ‘oh we’ll have to do that later, we’ll do that in a minute or you’ll just have to wait’ because in hindsight, we’ve alllll the time in the world.

Living in isolation has taught me to live more in the now and to not take anything for granted, to appreciate the little things in life like being able to pop round to see my Nan and grandad just because for they are the big things. But that doesn’t mean that I have to enjoy what’s happening right now or even pretend like I’m coping when I’m not. I’m sure no-one is happy about what’s happening right now and many of us are finding it difficult. So I just figured if I was open and honest about my struggles then it may encourage other people to be as well. It’s okay if you’re fed up, feeling sad, scared or lonely, even if we are all in agreement that our current living situations are necessary at the moment and what’s best for everyone.

So that’s how I’m really coping in isolation. I hope you’re all okay? I know we may not be able to be there for each other in person but I’ll always be here for anyone who needs it. Feel free to message me any time.

Look after yourselves and your loved ones, everything is gonna be okay.

Kirsti, xo

Activities to do with the kids whilst in isolation

Hi! I hope you’re all well? So here as promised is what activities me and Kory have been doing together whilst in isolation.

First up is our ‘Sunshine painting.’ We painted our Rainbow and displayed it in our window and now we’ve painted a sunshine to go with it. This activity is really easy to do and lots of fun for the kids.

All you need for this one is:

  • Paper
  • Yellow shaded paints
  • Pen

And here’s how to do it:

  • Simply get out all of your yellow shaded paints and let the kids go crazy on the paper.
  • Once dried, write some words of positivity on your picture. We chose the words ‘Be happy.’

Kory really enjoyed freely being able to be as creative as he liked with this one. He made his sunshine by mixing all of his different shades of yellow paint together and then by putting lots of yellow painted handprints on top of each other until he’d covered the paper with them. The only thing he asked me to do was to draw a smiley face on his picture and to write on it for him.

Next up, Kory did a couple of activity sheets that came in a magazine he had. (This was before his school had emailed over their learning pack for him.)

Kory did a few of these and because he was able to do them by himself it kept him busy for a while and meant I was able to sit down with a cup of tea!

If you don’t already have some pages like this available at home, there are lots of different ones that you can find online to print off. Obviously choose some that are tailored to your own child’s age and/or ability.

The next activity we did was we did a bit of reading together. Kory was really into the story so I managed to make an activity out of this one as well and this could be done with any story that your child likes.

We read ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and after we’d finished reading the story Kory was keen to know more so we spoke about caterpillars and butterflies for a while and then we made our own together.

As I said earlier, this could be made suited for your child with any book that they particularly like and you could use anything you like to extend the activity.

We just used:

  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pens

To make a butterfly and for the caterpillar we just folded paper we’d cut out! But you could use whatever you like.

  • Read The Gruffalo? Paint a picture of The Gruffalo
  • Read The Rainbow Fish? Learn about fishes and draw your own Rainbow fish

We’ve also:

  • Made a den
  • Done some drawing
  • Got Kory involved with making dinner

The activity ideas are endless! We really don’t need to put ourselves under any pressure to be organised or to have an itinerary for the day. Kory is quite happy to spray the kitchen down with multi purpose cleaner! Just remember that we don’t need to be ‘perfect’ at this. Being stuck at home whilst trying to keep the kids engaged for days on end is something we’re all new at. We’ve never been in lockdown before! So don’t put yourself or your child under any unnecessary pressure. I’m sure your child is enjoying spending all this extra time with you no matter what it is that you do together.

Thanks for reading. I hope you liked this blog post and if you did please give it a like, or a comment and share it with your family and friends. It’s much appreciated!

Love,

Kirsti, xo