Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Why Keeping a Tidy House with an Infant Doesn’t have so be Hard

Are you a parent that is constantly picking up after your child? Too embarrassed to invite friends over because the house looks like a bomb has hit it? Why does it all have to be so difficult?

Well, the simple answer to that is that it doesn’t. Yes, children can be messy little creatures, but keeping a tidy house can be as simple as your ABC’s. All that you have to do is to be smart with the layout and design of your home and everything else will fall into place.

Easy to Clean Surfaces

The first step to becoming a smart homemaker is to ensure that you have easy to clean surfaces in your home. This means dining tables that can be wiped down instead of a cover that requires washing, and non-fabric furniture that doesn’t stain.

Leather furniture is obviously very expensive, especially when bought brand new, which is why many opt for faux leather instead. It looks like leather, it even feels like leather, but it is nowhere near as expensive. The main difference, however, is that it is not as durable as the real thing, but there are certain steps that you can take to stop the surface from cracking.

Be Smart with your Garden

The garden is a hotbed for child activity. They come out here to play and, when they walk back inside for meals, you just know that there is going to be an almighty clean-up operation needed. So what can be done to combat the mess outside?

Outside storage options are a parent’s best friend, and can be used to store away garden equipment if there is not enough room in the shed - a win-win situation all around. Dedicate one or two storages boxes for toys that live outside, and encourage the kids to pick them back up and put away before coming back inside if they are finished playing.

With these in place, you will be able to sit back and revel in the tidiness of your garden, perhaps from the private sanctuary of glass decking to add a modern element.

Cluttered Staircases

Not only do toys and other objects on the stairs make the place look a mess, they are also a major health and safety hazard. Hopefully, your children know better than to leave toys and gadgets on the staircase and other parts, but if they can be prone to this then action needs to be taken.

Many homes use the space underneath the stairs as storage space, which can often become highly cluttered and incredibly unorganised. If you are guilty of this, it is time to go through this space and throw away anything and everything that no longer has a use. You will be surprised at the amount of space that can be saved.

With the extra storage space, depending on how much room you have to begin with, you can invest in stackable boxes that can easily be used to pick up wandering objects and put away nicely. This can also be useful when looking to save boxes for any electrical devices that you have recently bought in case you have to take them back (as some suppliers can be funny if you haven’t got the original box).

Get them Cleaning

How do you encourage the kids to help you clean? Turn it into a game by offering a reward for who can clean their room the fastest. If children are getting something out of it, other than a tidy room, then you can be sure that they will be eager to get to work.

As you can see, you do not have to pick between having children and keeping a pristine home as both are possible if you are smart about.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Harleigh - 8 Months Old

Only FOUR months to go until Harleigh is one. That really is crazy! I want to cry! I can't believe how quickly time is passing.

No new teeth but her two bottom ones are getting so big now. Weaning is going well and we are still doing a mixture of puree and baby led weaning. Harleigh is still having two meals a day and seems content for now.  

Harleigh is still trying so hard to crawl. She still hasn't figured it out. She is so close to getting onto all fours but just has that last little bit to go, she is getting so so close. She enjoys rolling around more now and is very mobile even without crawling. She looks like she could be trying to figure out how to pull herself up, she sits there and you can see her little brain working. I wonder if she will work it out soon.

Nicola Xx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Siblings - July 2017

Yet another month has flown by. I can't believe. Since last month we have celebrated Parker turning three!! He is so big now. Not too much else has happened in the past month. The weather was rubbish and we still haven't managed any nice summer days out, unless the park and ice cream counts! We have had a few nice trips to see family and friends though but I can't wait to visit the seaside. The summer holidays are coming up!

This months pictures were hard. Harleigh does not want to stay still and the kids weren't int he mood for picture either. Hopefully next month we can get out and about more and get some better pictures.

Nicola Xx
The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Stay And Play

We recently had a stay and play session at Parkers new nursery. It was just an hour session and I stayed with him. I left Harleigh at home with my best friend while she napped. 

He absolutely loved his stay and play session. He didn't want to leave. He loved playing with all the toys and meeting his new classmates. He met his new teachers and we know them from when Paige went so that is so lovely that we already have a relationship with them. They were wonderful with Paige and I know that Parker will be in good hands. 

We weren't sure if we should move him from his current nursery or not. He does love it there and his teachers are amazing. He could stay there until school next year, he would of just needed to move up a class. We decided that moving him this year instead of next would be better for school. We are really hoping he gets into Paiges school next year, we can even apply in September! Him going to the nursery school means that just like Paige he can get used to the school and the surroundings which I think is the best thing.

In a way he seems so much older than Paige did at this age. He talks so much and is so clever. He will love learning more at nursery.

Next up we have a home visit in September and then another stay and play, more with me and then he starts on his own!

I am so excited for him. When he does start he will be going every morning for 3 hours.

Nicola Xx
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