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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

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Lockdown week 1

So that’s week 1 of this lockdown done and dusted! Well done to us for getting through it! If like me you’re a parent and you’re trying to juggle taking care of the house, keeping the kids entertained (which doesn’t sound any different than my normal day to day life to be honest except in normal circumstances if the kids are driving me crazy then we can go out!) whilst also trying to remain calm yourself and trying to homeschool (I never thought that’s something I would have to try and figure out but here we are!) then pour yourself a glass of wine or whatever it is that you like to drink and give yourself a pat on the back because we got dis! Oh and when the kids go back to school treat their teacher to something nice because I’ve only been doing this for a week to just one child (my own!) and that’s been hard enough! How do they teach a whole class for pretty much a whole year and not lose their minds?! I can’t even get my own child to sit and listen to me! I feel like I owe Kory’s teachers an apology for only ever buying them coffee mugs and that sort of thing, they deserve an all inclusive holiday and not just a coffee mug but an unlimited supply of coffee because seriously, coffee is what has gotten me through this week. I can handle their being a toilet roll shortage but if their was a shortage of coffee I don’t know how I’d have ever coped!

So, I know I’ve been posting and sharing our isolation activities with you during the lockdown so i’m sorry if you was hoping to hear from me over the weekend too discussing how we’d kept ourselves busy during this time. I do hope if you have been stuck for ideas of your own that you’ve found my previous blog posts to be helpful but my reason for not posting any of our activities on here with you over the weekend was simply because we didn’t do any.

Kory wouldn’t have been in school on those days any way so I decided after almost a full week of doing a different daily activity with him that I wasn’t going to do any education based activities with him on these days and instead we just relaxed together. We just spent the weekend sat in our pjs, eating Nutella, watching movies, going on the iPad and playing on the playstation. And it was nice. Life has been craaazy lately, not just for us adults but for our kids as well, there’s been some big changes made for them too so it was nice for us both to just be able to forget about everything that’s going on for a while and to just enjoy each other’s company.

It’s crazy to think that we’ve been in lockdown for just over a whole week. I’m not sure if this time has passed by quickly or dragged but either way, we’ve made it and you have too! So be proud of yourself!

Everything is gonna be okay.

I promise I will be back tomorrow with a new blog post for you catching you up and sharing with you what activities me and Kory have been doing together since Monday. I hope this helps and just remember, although it may not feel like it because it feels like everyone is worlds apart… We’re all in this together and we have all got each other.

Stay safe and take care,

Kirsti, xo

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Day 4 & 5 in isolation

Hi, it’s me again! Just popping in to let you all know what activities me and Kory have been doing to pass the time during the isolation period. I hope you’re all well.

Day 4 consisted of playing with play doh, making our own bird feeders and baking cookies.

Kory loves the outdoors and he loves being outdoors. At the moment as you will already know, everyone is confined to their own homes but we are blessed with a nice sized garden and we’ve been lucky enough to have some lovely weather too so at least he’s been able to play outside. Because of this, I wanted to do an outdoor themed activity with Kory and making our own bird feeders seemed perfect.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Pipe cleaner
  • Honey hoop type cereal

Here’s how to do it:

  • Simply thread your cereal onto the pipe cleaner
  • Once the pipe cleaner has been filled with cereal, fasten both ends of the pipe cleaner together in a knot to form a circle and to finish

And there you have it! You’re very own bird feeder!

Next up we did some baking! Nothing fancy – just a £1 cookie baking pack. Kory really enjoyed baking his own cookies but I think he enjoyed eating them even more! We do a lot of baking together as it’s an easy way to pass the time even when you’re not stuck in isolation!

Yesterday we made a wishing jar. The idea is that Kory adds wishes that he’d like to come true once everyone including us is free to leave their homes again.

He added wishes like:

  • Go to the beach
  • Buy a fun toy
  • Go back to school

It was a nice activity to do together, it’s also something that will be nice for us to keep but at the same time it was quite sad too, for me at least anyway. It made me realise how much I took for granted just everyday life before all of this happened. Like being able to take Kory to school, being able to just pop to the shops and having the luxury of being able to buy things that we need. I for one will surely feel different about life once things do go back to normal again. I will certainly appreciate the little things in life more for all of this happening has taught me that they are actually the big things. What has happened is truly sad but maybe it’s taught us a lesson we all needed to learn.

If you would like to make your own wishing jar, here is what you will need:

  • An empty jar
  • Paints
  • Paper
  • Pens

Here’s how to do it:

  • Paint your empty jar whatever colours you’d like
  • Leave to dry
  • Whilst drying, write down your wishes on a piece of paper
  • Cut out your wishes
  • Once the jar is dried, place your wishes inside

And that’s it!

We also:

  • Did some recycling
  • Played in the garden

That’s it from me for now. I do hope you’re enjoying reading these blog posts. If you decide to make any of the above, I’d love to know how they turn out! Once again, thanks for reading.

Remember to take care of yourselves,

Love,

Kirsti, xo

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What we’ve been up to

I’m sorry I didn’t post on here yesterday as promised. I really wanted to share with you all yesterday’s activity but as you can imagine, being stuck in with two children to take care of and entertain didn’t leave me with much time to write anything at all! But today I’ve managed to spare a bit of time for myself, both kids are finally sleeping so I’m using this time to write this blog post.

Yesterday was a busy day for us and today has been too. Me and Kory have actually done quite a few different activities together so rather than just sharing the one with you, I thought I’d share a few instead. So here goes, I hope you like reading about what we’ve been up to and if you’re stuck for ideas of what to do I hope this gives you some inspiration.

Yesterday’s activities:

Yesterday we started the day by making a collage. This activity is really simple, very easy to do, lots of fun and doesn’t require a lot of materials either – you probably have most of them lying around your house somewhere already.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Large piece of paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pictures or things to stick down
  • Pens
  • Literally anything you can think of!

Here’s how to do it:

  • Print out or cut out pictures for your child
  • If your child is old enough, you could even let them cut the pictures out
  • Then, use glue to stick the pictures onto a large piece of paper
  • Once dried, let them decorate the collage however they’d like

After finishing his collage, I got Kory to try out the pepper experiment. If you haven’t seen this one already, it’s where the pepper represents the ‘germs’ and the experiment shows what happens when we wash our hands.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Pepper
  • Hand wash

Here’s how to do it:

  • Fill a bowl with water
  • Add pepper to bowl
  • Get your child to dip their finger in
  • Lift out their finger, show them the ‘dirt’ on their finger
  • Put a blob of hand wash on the tip of their finger
  • Get them to stick their finger back into the bowl of water and pepper
  • Watch as the pepper moves away from their finger almost by magic!

This experiment is a great way to demonstrate how germs work to your child and an even better way to get them to wash their hands!

Kory also did some:

  • Cutting out
  • Colouring
  • Playing with toys
  • Helping with housework

Today’s activities:

Whilst we may be on lockdown and unable to leave our homes, everyone is allowed to leave the house just once a day for a walk or to exercise as long as you only go with the people from your household and don’t meet up with other people. We had some lovely weather today so we decided to take our dog, Harley, for a walk. I made sure we went nice and early to avoid bumping into other people. It was really quiet and we had the whole field to ourselves! It was the first time we’d left the house in days, Kory and Kora both got some fresh air and Harley was happy he got to go for a run!

Once we got back home, I got the chalks out for Kory and we did some chalk drawing in the garden. It kept Kory occupied for ages and he got really creative with it too!

Here’s what you will need:

  • Just chalk for this one!

Here’s how to do it:

  • Join in or leave them to it!

Although we have been stuck at home, we definitely had fun in the sun and made the most of the nice weather today.

Kory also did some:

  • Bubble blowing
  • Colouring pages outside in the sun
  • Water play
  • Trampolining
  • Looking for bugs

So, thank you for reading my blog post on what we’ve been up to. I hope you’re all doing okay during this isolation period.

Lots of love,

Kirsti, xo

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Rainbow painting

We’ve all been advised to stay home and practice social distancing due to Covid-19, so I have been putting together lots of ideas for me and Kory that we can do whilst we’ll be spending all our time at home for at least the next few weeks. Not just to fight boredom but to also give him some sort of education with the schools now being shut too for who knows long!

We’re all in the same boat right now and it sucks but it is so important that we follow the advice we’ve been given and socially distance ourselves if we want to protect people and to get things back to how they were before. I’m trying not to see it as being ‘stuck at home’ but as a way to spend more time with Kory doing activities that we otherwise may not have had the time to do and that’s helped. A few weeks ago, before this nightmare began. How many of you would have loved the opportunity to stay home and have all the time in the world to do the things you’d like?

The first thing I did was I sorted a drawer for Kory just with different activities inside; work sheets, craft stuff and that sort of thing. The next thing I did was I made a list of different activities we can do. Pinterest is a great place to find lots of ideas. Here’s mine if you’d like to have a look: www.pinterest.com/lifeasthelonsdales I’ve pinned lots of a different ideas and even have a board called ‘For the Kids.’ Which has come in very useful during all of this!

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Good days and bad days

When you’re a parent, there will be good days and bad days. Fact. Days when you have to shout more than you’d like to, days that make you question yourself as a parent and days that leave you feeling like utter crap. But in saying that, there’s also those days that you don’t want to end, days when you’ve genuinely had fun with the kids and days when you go to bed feeling like a rockstar. For me, realising this made it a lot easier for me to accept that not every day is going to run smoothly or even be enjoyable and that that’s okay, and in doing so, I allowed myself to cut me some slack.

For instance, yesterday was a bad day but today has been a good day. Not every day can be a good day, I wish it could but it just can’t, can it? Otherwise we wouldn’t have ‘good days’ would we, without bad days to shine light on the good we’d just have… days, I suppose? When we’ve had what I would refer to as a ‘bad day,’ it’s usually a day when I’ve had to lose my sh!t with the threenager to get him to listen or like yesterday, a day when out of nowhere he just decided to throw the tantrum of all tantrums. A day when even though I did nothing wrong (I wasn’t the one throwing a giant wobbler for no reason!) I end the day going to bed feeling miserable and guilty.

Not fun.

And to be honest, I’d had enough of feeling that way. I’ve always been really tough on myself when it comes to parenting right from day one, always doubting myself over the slightest of things and I can admit that but it was starting to make me feel exhausted. Both physically and mentally. I’d had enough of crying to myself in bed at the end of every sh!t day.

God, I sound pathetic.

So last night I didn’t do that. Instead I had a takeaway, watched a movie and drank some fruit cider. Friday night is usually mine and Kory’s takeaway night but because he’d been a turd yesterday I made him his tea and once he’d gone to bed I ordered a takeaway but for myself. I’m not gonna lie, I did start to feel guilty when I was eating my cheesy chips (Kory’s favourite) but then I got the urge to slap myself and reminded myself that having a takeaway was a treat. One that yesterday, he didn’t deserve.

Being a parent is tough, it is without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever done but I can’t keep giving myself a hard time. I just have to keep reminding myself, there will be good days and bad days. I don’t know what tomorrow has in store for us, we can only see but one thing is for sure, I won’t be punishing myself at the end of the day.

Just remember that at the end of every day no matter how sh!t it’s been there is always a new day tomorrow… I can’t promise you that it will be a good one but it’s a new day nevertheless and there will always be tomorrow.

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‘You’re their parent not their friend.’

I have heard, read and seen this be said so many times to other parents, mainly from other parents and while I can see where they are coming from and what they’re trying to say. My children honestly are my best friends. They’re my very best friends and sometimes my only friends! And I can’t help but wonder, Is that such a bad thing? I don’t think so.

Don’t get me wrong, while I will always be their parent first and foremost and of course as their parent it is my job to teach them right from wrong, discipline and how to be good people. I think it’s also my job to make them feel safe and let them feel like they can come to me about absolutely anything. I think I can manage doing both and I think all of those things are equally as important as each other.

Growing up I was always close with my mum and I can’t ever imagine my children not being that way with me. I want that closeness and despite what other people think, I think that’s healthy and good for children to have that. If my children can’t come to me with their problems then who can they come to? I hate the thought of them ever feeling like they wouldn’t be able to talk to me, their mum. I would imagine not being able to confide in your parents can make you feel very lonely and I don’t want that for my kids. I am the one person they should be able to come to about anything no matter what it is without feeling like they’re gonna be judged.

I think being open with your children is so important and how better to do that than to show them love and have a good relationship with them by forming a friendship. I am so proud to say that me and my kids do have very good relationships. Especially me and Kory with Kora only being 6 months old but I need those kids as much as they need me. We are so close and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Ive made many mistakes as a parent but I don’t think being friends with my kids is one of them.

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Explaining the Coronavirus to my 3 year old

I think we can all agree that what we are all currently living through is a very confusing and scary time for everyone. I have never experienced anything quite like this in my life time before. The Coronavirus has impacted more than just peoples health. It’s had an impact on everything. It’s affected our day to day lives, it’s affected work, school and even leaving the house. Since the Coronavirus hit, everything just feels surreal. Almost apocalyptic. Different. And Kory, who is 3 years old has picked up on this.

When all this first came about, there wasn’t much I needed to tell him and I wasn’t even sure what I should have told him. The Coronavirus has caused a lot of uncertainty and nobody really knew what to do or expect. In fact, I know I still don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing. But as events have changed and escalated, I have tried my very best to protect and shelter Kory from what is happening around him but 3 year olds are more aware of their surroundings than we might realise and he definitely picked up on the fact that things have started to change.

Kory started to ask questions. He wanted to know why schools were shutting to be cleaned, he wanted to know why he had to wash his hands more often, he wanted to know why more and more people at his school were off sick, he wanted to know why his teacher hadn’t been in and in the coming days when his school closes until further notice and if we have to go into lockdown, I’m sure he will have even more questions. So, I didn’t see what good keeping him in the dark would do so without scaring him, I explained the Coronavirus to him the best way I could. I explained the Coronavirus to a 3 year old the best way that I knew how.

First of all, I asked Kory how does it make him feel when he has a cold and a cough to which he replied ‘rubbish.’ So I told him that there is a new sort of cold going around except when you get it, it can make you feel worse than rubbish and sometimes it can make some people very poorly so in order to try and stop people from getting this nasty cold, we have to stop the germs from spreading and to do that we have to wash our hands more. People have been off school if they’ve been poorly so that they don’t make anyone else poorly, the same with a normal cold and we have to shut the school and keep it clean because that also helps to stop the germs. He must have been satisfied with my answers as he just said ‘Ok, mum. Do you want on my game with me now?’

I have just been trying to keep everything as normal as I possibly can for Kory, I do not want him to have to deal or worry any of this. I really have tried to remain calm for the both of us despite everything but as someone who already suffers with anxiety, all this talk about the Coronavirus has only added to that and let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy trying to keep my stress levels and feelings under control. I can’t help but worry sometimes as I’m sure you’re all the same and these are worrying times.

Let’s just all hope and pray that everyone stays well and that things start to get back to normal soon.

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The C word

In this blog post I am going to be talking about the C word. No, I’m not talking about the word cunt. I’m talking about the Coronavirus. Although the Coronavirus is a bit of cunt – let’s be honest.

The Coronavirus has ruined holidays, stopped social events and gatherings, forced parents to stay locked at home with their feral children, (just kidding!) caused idiots to bulk buy which if this is you, then you’re the C word too. I understand people want to be prepared incase they have to unexpectedly isolate themselves for 2 weeks but no one needs 40 bog rolls! And if you have bought essentials just to sell on for triple the original price to make yourself a profit then you are the biggest C word of all. In all seriousness though, the Coronavirus is the worst because it has made people poorly and it’s even cost some people their lives and I will be so glad when all this is over with. I worry not only for myself and my family and friends but for others and those who are vunerable and at risk.

I know that I am sick of hearing about the Coronavirus as I am guessing the majority of you are too. (Which is kind of ironic because here I am talking about it…) You can’t switch on the tv or look at your social media without hearing or reading about this bluddy virus. And although it’s important and we need to be aware of what’s happening in the world and how to stay safe, a lot of what we’re hearing and reading is just making people worry.

So this post isn’t going to be all about the Coronavirus and I’m not going to tell you anything you’ve probably already heard a million times already. Instead I’m just going to give you some ideas of what you can do if you do find yourself needing to self isolate and I’m just gonna try and lighten the mood a little.

If you do need to self isolate and have family or friends that can pick up some shopping for you so that you don’t have to leave the house, then do that. Just don’t get them to take a 3 year old that doesn’t have a cough but will sense the tension and cough really loudly in the middle of Tesco causing everyone to give them and said 3 year old the death glare. Like Rory did.

If I was in isolation, I would like to say that I would do absolutely nothing and just eat snacks and binge watch Netflix ALL day but let’s be honest, my kids would never let me do that and I would more than likely just end up watching Peppa Pig on repeat all day until I went insane but if your children will let you binge Netflix series (I’m not jealous at all I promise) then that’s something you could do.

So here goes, here’s my list of things to do if you need to self isolate:

  • Start a new series
  • Watch a movie
  • Read a book
  • Bake
  • Learn something new
  • Enjoy doing nothing
  • Organise and tidy your home
  • Do that thing you’ve been meaning to do
  • Have a clear out
  • Do something crafty
  • Make something
  • Teach the kids some new skills

Whatever it is that you want to do, if it involves staying inside then knock yourself out! In the meantime, let’s just try our best to carry on as normal and if we can then to help one another.

I can’t wait for all this to blow over. See you on the flip side, motherf%ckas!

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Pampers Pure Protection Nappies review

I was really pleased when I found out I had been selected by Emma’s Diary Parent Squad to test and review a full size pack of improved Pampers Pure Protection Nappies!

Pampers Pure Protection Nappies are made from premium cotton, responsibly sourced cellulose and plant based materials that come from sugarcane and are produced with 100% certified renewable energy from a wind energy plant in Norway. They are dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and are certified by the British Skin Foundation as clinically proven for sensitive skin.

After receiving my pack of Pampers nappies to try with my little one, I put them straight to the test and I have to say, I was impressed by them. The first thing I noticed about the nappies after trying them on Kora was the size of them. Kora is currently a size 2 and I feel the nappies are more generous in size compared to other nappies we have tried and I thought that the Pampers nappies offered her a very comfortable fit. I tried the nappies on Kora during both the day and at night and the nappies never leaked and did not cause any type of irritation to her soft, sensitive skin. We are absolutely loving these nappies and their super cute design too!

All in all, I would definitely recommend the Pampers Pure Protection Nappies to any parent. See for yourself how soft these nappies feel!

Thank you, Emma’s Diary Parent Squad for introducing us to these nappies and thank you to you for reading my review.

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