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My D.I.Y. fun toddler games part 1

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As you will see from my other blogs, I'm a big fan of 'make do and mend' and 'do-it-yourself' crafts, to save some pennies. I did buy my daughter some flashcards from an online shop, with a number of different pictures and words on, (which she really likes), but I thought I could make my own card games and I could add new words she is learning, as she learns them. 

This card game is an animal game. My daughter knows some of them but I wanted to help her differentiate between them. Her favourite thing to do now that she's hit 17 months is to point and say "what's that?" So I thought this would be fun way of learning, and it's been snowing, so I have no intention of wandering around a cold farm on a day like this! If you like this idea and wanted to know how easy it was for me to do, I used: A printer to print off 4 different pictures of each animal, which included cartoon pictures and photos.Blank playing cards, these…

Mental Health Monday: 6 forms of therapy you should be trying!

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Once you recognise that you potentially have mental health problems, the next step is how to deal with them. There are a number of options available, and these are the ones that myself or other mums I know have tried and had some benefit from! I hope that this list helps someone going into a GP appointment to know a bit more about the options and what they could try!

Medication

Sometimes, when you visit the GP the first response is to prescribe medication. Thankfully, when I went to the GP with my postnatal depression I had the experience of having been on antidepressants previously, and I knew that they wouldn't be very effective for me. I did eventually end up using medication, but not for very long at all. However, there are some misconceptions about using antidepressants that need addressing!

You CAN breastfeed while on antidepressants - sertraline is the most common one for breastfeeding mothers, but the majority of tablets carry the same risk level for a…

Mummy and Baby bears' porridge

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There's been frost on the cars in the morning and a chill in the air, I can't wait for the warmth of Spring. But there's no reason why you can't enjoy snuggling up in the mornings with a nice warming bowl of porridge, that both mumma and baby bear can enjoy, away from the thieving clutches of Goldilocks.

I wanted to make a hearty porridge that I like and that my toddler would enjoy, which is sweet enough without adding sugar.

I make this amount and there's enough for my toddler and myself as you can see from the picture.



For this simple, tasty breakfast you will need:

50g of porridge oats,150ml water,150ml milk,1 pot of strawberry fromage frais yoghurt,1 banana chopped into small pieces

Measure the water and milk and mix. Add the porridge oats and the banana pieces and mix. It's best to use a deep microwave safe bowl for this.

Cook for 2 minutes in 900 watt microwave or 2.5 minutes in an 800 watt microwave and stir. Cook for another 2…

Why can't we just all play nicely together?

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I was out for a walk with my toddler daughter in her pushchair. It was a fairly warm and sunny day. We checked the roads were clear of cars to cross when we spotted a play park. I was so amazed I hadn't realised it was there before, having lived in the area for almost a year, we wandered down the road adjacent to ours, drawn in by its bright colours. When we reached the park it had a low fence and hedges surrounding it. It was so much more accessible than the other park in the area, (which is in the middle of a very big and uneven field), not very easy terrain for a pushchair or a small toddler to walk. This was also far closer, only being round the corner from our house. I found the gate... It was locked. I checked I wasn't going crazy and yes, locked, by a big black contraption. I was puzzled. Maybe it was the time of year, maybe it hadn't been opened again for Spring? It seemed odd to me, why would they need to lock it with this fancy locking…

Spotting the early signs of lung cancer

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Thank you very much to Chrissy, working with http://www.seniorsandhealth.com, for this guest blog post on how to spot lung cancer early! A difficult subject that nobody really wants to consider, so we hope these tips will help someone who is feeling a bit unsure about what is going on!


Early Signs of Lung Cancer That Parents Should Never Ignore
We all know that when you’re a parent, you need to stay healthy. You need all the energy you can get, and you certainly don't want to become ill – who’s going to look after the kids then? One of the best ways to maintain your health is to listen to your own body. This can help you to spot the early warning signs of a whole range of illnesses, including lung cancer. And the sooner you notice that something is amiss, the sooner you can get yourself checked out and, if it turns out to be necessary, begin treatment and start fighting back.


The symptoms that will be experienced by someone with lung cancer can vary a gr…

Leek and potato soup in 10 easy steps

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Hello mummies, daddies and anyone else reading!

Are you looking for a quick and easy, winter warmer recipe? This is just that (with a few little nudges along the way for you to take some time out for yourself)...

What you will need:
A large saucepanChopping boardHand blender/food processorSomeone to do the washing upIngredients:

1 x onion
2 x leeks
6 x large potatoes
200ml crème fraîche
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1litre vegetable stock
Basil (no need for it to be fresh, though if you're feeling extra posh you could throw a few fresh leaves in there)
Salt
Pepper
Bread and butter

Method:

1. Pour yourself a glass of wine, you’re probably tired and could do with it
2. Put the oil into the saucepan and set the hob to a medium heat
3. Chop the onion and the leeks - it doesn't matter if they're not fine, you're going to blend it all anyway! - and pop them into the pan
4. Stir for about 5 minutes or until the onion starts to go clear - don't let the onio…

ENDED: Appy Kids review and GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hello all!

As you can tell from the title of this post, mummykind is hosting its first GIVEAWAY COMPETITION! Scroll down for details of how to enter...

Please, do try to contain your excitement!!!

These are the products:

Organic, fruit juice cartons, adorned with cute characters of Roald Dahl children's books on the boxes as a new addition. They also come in Dora, Ninja Turtles, Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol characters!

Even though my little one is too little yet to know and love Roald Dahl, in time she will do, and it is so refreshing to have products like these marketed at children with literary characters on the front! I'm all for encouraging kids to take an interest in reading, and if these end up being her favourite characters it's great that these organic drinks are available with them on the box! The drinks contain absolutely no GMOs, gluten, added sugars or preservatives, making them a great and tasty choice for kids' drinks.


We've had three flavours to try - app…

Mental Health Monday: 5 ways to cope with stress!

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Stress!

The one thing we parents seem to have in abundance! Unfortunately, I haven't yet discovered how to live a completely stress-free life, so instead, here are my top 5 tricks on how to cope with stress!



1. Copious amounts of tea

Ever heard the saying that none of the world's problems cannot be solved with tea? Well, I am a firm believer! Particularly if your problems are stress-related. I know it can be hard to drink a hot drink while it's still hot these days, but make sure you grab the opportunity when it presents itself! There's not much else that's better than enjoying a hot, caffeinated drink and putting your feet up for a minute while you do!

2. Play dough

This may sound daft, but this is ridiculously stress-relieving. Come on, mummies, whose kiddies do not have play dough lying around somewhere? (If not, you can check out the way to make your own here!)

If they do, and if the colours aren't all mushed up together in some for…

Top 5 hairstyles for my frizzy haired daughter!

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Up until very recently, Evie always hated people touching her hair. It was a major struggle to get her to let me brush it or even wash it without a meltdown. So when she finally decided that she wanted pretty hair for nursery, I was stuck to say the least. She has the awkward in-between hair that isn’t curly or straight, thick or fine... It’s usually just a matted frizzy mess begging for a brush. But with a bit of help from Social Media mummies and a lot of Pinterest searching, I have finally found hairstyles that are not only easy to do but tame her frizzy hair and make it easier to manage on a daily basis. So I give to you, my top 5 go to hairstyles for my frizzy haired daughter.


1.This one is the easiest of them all! All you need is 2 small hair bands or elastics and a comb! Always try and start off with damp hair, it makes it so much easier to manage and helps it stay in place when styling! Separate the hair into 2 sections and tie them into bunches. DON…