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3 tips to help your kids settle in after a big move

  • June 10, 2020
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A move has the potential to be one of the most positive and uplifting experiences of your life – but it can also be deeply disrupting on a number of levels. Especially a big move to another country like we made last year. For adults, any moves require a good degree of planning and adjustment, but for children in particular, the experience of moving to a new home – especially >>

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10 virtual birthday party ideas kids will love

  • May 11, 2020
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With just a week to go until Little H’s 9th birthday I’ve been wracking my brain for ideas on how to celebrate a birthday in lockdown. Not only is she having to celebrate her birthday in quarantine, it’s also her first birthday in Spain away from her family and friends in the UK, so I’ve been trying to think of some virtual birthday party ideas. Now that lockdown in Spain >>

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Best party buys on Amazon for a great quarantine birthday party for kids

  • May 1, 2020
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I bet when you were planning your child’s next birthday you weren’t expecting to have to plan a lockdown party? We certainly weren’t! For Little H’s 9th birthday later this month we were planning a pool party and BBQ with her friends but unfortunately this isn’t going to happen now. We can do this later when things are back to normal, but in the mean time we need to try >>

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How to teach kids about bugs

  • April 27, 2020
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Not too many people (myself included!) are fond of bugs, but before you cast these creatures off as “creepy crawlies,” it’s important to understand they can actually provide a huge learning experience for your kids. Plus, it’s an easy way to get children interested when it comes to nature. So why not help them to learn a little bit more about bugs? After all, a study from Carleton University found >>

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20 no screen activities to keep kids busy

  • April 22, 2020

With at least another few weeks of lockdown ahead, are you running out of things to do with kids without screens? Have you used up all the no screen activities you can think of? There are so many great apps, resources and videos floating around from celebrities, authors, and educational providers and these have been a godsend over the last month. However, I’m sure I’m not the only parents wanting >>

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10 ways to make life in lockdown as normal as possible for kids

  • April 15, 2020
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Ok so I’m not sure it’s possible to live like normal when you’re in quarantine. Nothing about this whole situation is normal. Especially here in Spain where we are pretty much on house arrest (you can read more about that here). When you have kids though it’s important to try to make life in lockdown as normal as possible. I’ve been through the shocked, depressed, stressed and angry parts of >>

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Essential household items you can buy on Amazon

  • March 28, 2020

If you’re finding it hard to get certain items from the supermarket at the moment, or if you can’t even get a delivery slot, have you thought about ordering from Amazon? Amazon isn’t just for books, toys, and dressing up outfits for school, you can also buy lots of essential household items. Whilst I don’t want to encourage people to shop online unnecessarily and clog up the postal system during >>

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42 free resources to keep you busy during lockdown

  • March 27, 2020
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How are you coping with being confined to your house? Here in Spain we’re just about to enter our 3rd week of lockdown and I have to admit we’re all pretty bored! Typically, the weather went from the usual sunny blue skies to grey skies and rain pretty much as soon as the lockdown was announced, so we’ve mainly been stuck inside. It can be hard to find things to >>

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How to cope if your kids’ school is closed due to coronavirus

  • March 13, 2020
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Things are getting a bit serious now aren’t they? With each day that passes the Covid-19 pandemic gets more and more like the plot of a movie. All schools here in Spain are now closed due to coronavirus, and bars, restaurants and clubs also have to close from midnight tonight until further notice. The Spanish Prime Minster has declared a state of emergency in Spain and it’s thought that tomorrow >>

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Four top tips for spring cleaning your house

  • March 2, 2020
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Walking through the front door into a home that smells, looks and feels clean as a whistle is seriously satisfying. But cleaning every inch of your home can be a daunting task and let’s be honest, probably doesn’t happen all the time. Where to start? What to use? Where to prioritise? If you want to spring clean your home this year,  check out these four top tips for spring cleaning >>

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