I love Christmas! One of my favourite things about this time of year is being able to thank those around me by buying them presents which I know they will love. I have always put a lot of thought into what I choose to gift people. Now that we have J, I have to be even more organised because his birthday is in December. I have to find the best presents to last him for the next 12 months and therefore I do a lot of research so that I get it right. I love to try to find a balance of gifts for him. I aim to have something that he would choose; something to wear; a book; a game; something educational; something to make or create; something to encourage being active; something to treasure forever.
When I started to search for the perfect educational gift I realised just how many amazing products there are on the market for kids so I created this ‘Educational Christmas Gift Guide for 3-8 year olds’ to show you what I think are the BEST educational products available this year. Every single one of these educational Christmas presents I either have already, or I will be buying them for J this year.
Gone are the days when the choices for advent calendars were either chocolate or pictures behind each window. Today there are so many advent calendars competing for your cash that it can be hard to know which one to buy. Here is my list of the BEST Alternative Advent Calendars in 2018.
For many parents, the 6 week summer holiday seems daunting. So many parents feel the pressure to make the most of every single second of their time with their child and to be constantly busy and spending a fortune on days out. I can assure you that there simply isn’t the need and I’m sure that your child is just happy to be on holiday from school and enjoy a break and an opportunity to play with their toys, their family and their friends. When I was a teacher, I liked to have a couple of busy days immediately after breaking up to burn off the end of term adrenalin and excitement but once that was done I had to just chill out. I was exhausted and many of your children will be too.
Although May was always going to be a tough month to beat after our holiday in Florida, June has been a great month too because the weather has delivered us a lovely sunny summer so far and we have had lots of exciting adventures. Actually, we have been lucky enough to have so many adventures that I am not sure how we fit it all in!
A Weekend in Wales
At the very start of the month, we drove across the Severn Bridge to visit friends in Wales. We had a lovely time catching up and playing. It was hot and sunny so we enjoyed play in the paddling pool, a walk to feed a horse, a BBQ, a picnic and some swimming.
Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is often hot and sunny and so for the past 3 years hubby has delighted in lots of Father’s Day fun with picnics, beach trips, steam train rides, garden chilling out time and walks out and about. This year we are renovating our house so we decided to keep things low key and had planned on a New Forest visit with walking, sports, biking and a picnic on the agenda, but of course this year the weather decided to not play ball and we decided to change our plans and head to a local farm park instead where dad’s were free for Father’s Day.