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education, Giveaway, Parenting, Reviews

When Screen Time Is Also Learning Time | KidloLand App Reviews and Giveaway!

When KidloLand approached me to do a review of three of their apps, it was a big ‘Yes’ from me! The summer holidays are in full swing. Whilst we are on holiday I am still trying to do extra learning activities with the girls to help them catch-up a bit since moving from South Africa to the UK. I knew that these apps could help me do that so doing the KidloLand App reviews of three of their apps was a win for the kids, and a win for me!

We all know that too much screen time is not good for our kids. But let’s be honest here, whilst we don’t want them to grow up with ‘square eye’s’, they need to be technologically savvy! And they are! Most two-year olds out there can unlock their parent’s phone without even realising what they are doing. For me it has got to the stage where if screen time is also learning time, I’ll allow it. In moderation of course!

As long as what they are doing on the phone, tablet or Smart TV is positively contributing to their education, or teaching them a life lesson such as kindness, anti-bullying etc, then I don’t mind.

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family, Parenting, Real Moms Who Travel, Travel

Top 10 Things To Pack For A Family Road Trip | #RealMomsWhoTravel

As the first post for our #RealMomsWho travel series, Jean from Mommy Explores and I wanted to share with you some top tips to ensure you have an awesome family road trip with kids!

My husband and I have done quite a few long distance road trips with our kids. Actually, before we were parents, but now that I’m a mom I realise that those trips don’t count when it comes to the essential requirements of a successful family road trip.

The number one rule: Always Be Prepared!

Road trips are actually my favourite form of family travel. Most of these trips took place when we were living in Zimbabwe and South Africa and frequently travelled between the two countries, most often via Botswana. But I do vaguely remember some of the tips we took when we lived in the UK … BK (Before Kids)! I think the one that will always hold a special place in my heart is the one we took through Scotland in July 2007!

We packed our kit bag each for a four-day trip, threw in an extra jacket even though it was ‘summer’ and off we went.

However … AK (After Kids), a family road trip, and everything else in life, takes a bit more planning, preparation and space!!!

So with the knowledge of hindsight and experience, here are my top 10 things to pack for a family road trip, no matter where you are in the world, or what the weather!

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Intentional Living – The Challenge

I have been inspired recently to live a more intentional life. What that means to me is that whatever I decide to do, whatever life throw at me, whatever I choose to do, I need to do it intentionally. Intentional living is when you consciously choose to do whatever it is with the intention of throwing yourself at it wholeheartedly, as best you can!

I decided to launch the #IntentionalLivingChallenge on Instagram and encourage people to join in with the challenge. It has been so inspiring to hear everyone else’s interpretation of the themes I set for each day. Continue reading “Intentional Living – The Challenge”

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family, Holiday, motherhood, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom

Keeping The Kids Busy Over The Summer Holidays

This summer the UK weather is fluctuating … a lot! From extreme heat to rain, and now cooler days. Let’s see what happens next week! I had forgotten how hot it can get in the UK, and as everyone keeps saying, no, there are no air cons here! With that said, it’s also a LOOOONG holiday too and I for one, just don’t want to have to spend money every single day on keeping the kids busy over the summer holidays.

I wrote a post over a year ago based on keeping kids cool in the summer. This was written whilst I still lived in South Africa and was focused on keeping kids cool and out of the sun but also occupied at home during the long December holidays – the South African equivalent of the 6 or 7 weeks of hell UK summer holidays.

Now that we are based in the UK, I thought it would be a good idea to do a new post along a similar theme which is ideas on keeping the kids busy over the summer, no matter the weather, whilst also trying to keep a grip on your budget! Let’s face it, I’m not Rockefeller, I’m the other fella. No, I’m not original either!

The point is, budgeting is important!

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Parenting, Real Moms Who Travel, Travel

Introducing #RealMomsWhoTravel

I have some super exciting news to share with you all – introducing #RealMomsWhoTravel!

Myself and Jean from Mommy Explores have decided to team up to bring our readers some tips, advice and stories about travelling with kids, as real moms.

Introducing #RealMomsWhoTravel

We have both travelled extensively before we had kids, and now as moms..

We have travelled with our kids, within South Africa, regionally in Southern Africa, and internationally. We have decided to collaborate on informative posts, stories, tips, tricks, hacks and advice that can help other moms who travel with their kids. And so #RealMomsWhoTravel has been born.

Not only do we travel as moms, but we have other things in common as well that you might see as a theme running through our posts. We both spend a lot of time solo parenting due to our husband’s hectic schedules. We both love wine! We both have wanderlust blood in our veins, and the kids aren’t going to stop us travelling this beautiful world.

To kick things off, we thought it would be fun to interview each other as a way of introducing our new mommy-in-travel to each other’s audiences. Continue reading “Introducing #RealMomsWhoTravel”

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Days Out UK, family, Instagram RoundUps, motherhood, Parenting, Travel

July Instagram RoundUp

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month and I’m kicking it off with my July Instagram RoundUp which is basically filled with reflections of our first month living in the UK since returning from South Africa.

It’s been a great month, the girls have settled really well, and we are currently enjoying our summer holiday break. Week one has been good, just five more to go. Wish me luck! For now, let’s see which were the most liked pictures in my July Instagram Roundup.  Continue reading “July Instagram RoundUp”