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3 Decoration Tips for your Baby’s Nursery

Baby nursery decoration

Framed prints and photographs are a great way to align the baby nursery with the rest of your interior style.

If you’re about to welcome a new member of your family, you’re probably in the process of setting up the baby’s nursery room. Depending on the size of your nursery, it might take a lot of creativity to decorate it. But even if you’re dealing with a baby nursery which is the size of a suburban closet, it doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to make it cosy and pleasant. Here are 3 decoration tips for a baby nursery:

  1. Make it artsy

Framed prints and photographs are one of the best ways to align the baby nursery with the rest of your interior style. And if you choose styles that aren’t particularly babyish, you will be able to rotate your artwork or framed photographs around the house, exchanging it with visual delights from your bedroom and living room. Artwork will add a sense of style to space and ensure that your nursery feels personal. Continue reading

Creating a Safe Space for Kids to Play in

Creating a Safe Space for Kids to Play InGuest post by Ella Hendrix, a freelance writer.

Kids love to hide away in their rooms and play computer games with their friends online. If they are not doing this, there is a good chance they are traipsing around the house, only paying attention to the tablet they are carrying. It’s fine for kids to enjoy this type of fun some of the time, but they also need to spend some time outside.

Running around outside helps kids to keep fit and healthy. At a time when childhood obesity is a major concern this is important. However, if your kids do play outside, you need to make sure that they are safe. Play areas that are not well-planned and that are not created using safe materials, are a risk to any child.

Why is it so important to consider safety?

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I Want To Return To Work – Where Do I Start?

Returning to WorkWritten by Caroline Cotterell, Managing Director at HR Solutions Team Ltd.

If you’ve taken a break from your career and are looking to get back to work, it can be hard to know what you need to do, what you might have missed and even where to look.

There are many reasons why people choose to take some time away from their careers. Looking after children is perhaps the most obvious or caring for ageing parents is something that’s on the increase.

The good news is, none of these should hold you back; with a bit of planning and preparation, you’ll be workplace ready before you know it. Here are some of the key things you should think about. Continue reading

5 Top Tips for Successful Dog & Baby/Toddler Interactions

Dog and BabyBy Gemma Abbott, Expert & Educator in Dog & Baby and Dog & Toddler Dynamics.

We would all love for our little ones and canine family members to have a great bond and relationship but the reality is sometimes miscommunications can happen between even the best dogs and little ones. Here are some top tips to set all family members (human and canine) up for success!

1. Learn About Canine Communication
Becoming familiar with and understanding how dogs communicate via body language will enable you to read, recognise and respond to them to help keep them comfortable. Subtle signs of stress that dogs display include lip-licking, yawning, turning away, sudden sniffing or scratching, showing the whites of the eyes (whale eye/half moon eye) amongst others.

2. Active Supervision
We all know to Supervise right?! But do we know exactly how we should be supervising effectively to keep everyone safe and any interactions within comfort levels of both the dog and baby/ toddler. Family Paws Parent Education offer a great description of the ‘5 Types of Supervision’. ‘Active Supervision’ is full awake present supervision focusing on your little one and dog and any interactions that may take place between them, as an adult try to remain in between your dog and little one and keep excitement levels low. Continue reading

Sleeping Tips for the Whole Family

Guest Post by Julia Merrill, founder of BefriendYourDoc.org

Sleeping child

The repercussions of not getting enough sleep can be severe.

Do you ever have a night – or several of them – where no one in the family can sleep? Mum and Dad put the kids to bed, but they keep popping right back out because they can’t fall asleep. Then when they finally do drift off, Mum and Dad are tossing and turning all night long. If this sounds like your family, here are a few tips to help you all get a good night’s sleep.

 

Lack of Sleep

If you haven’t been sleeping well for just a couple of nights, you may be tired and irritable, but it’s not a huge health issue. If your lack of sleep has lingered on for a while, though, you will want to make sure you deal with it. Continue reading

Have you discovered the amazing family music scene yet?

Guest Post by Brady Rymer (Legendary Children’s Singer-Songwriter from America)

Songs Across The Pond by David Gibb & Brady Rymer

Songs Across The Pond by David Gibb & Brady Rymer

The American family music scene is cookin’ these days, serving up a heaping helping of love, excitement and positively groovin’ vibes with styles ranging from pop to hip hop, bluegrass to singer/songwriter and multilingual to punk. The musicianship and production of this current crop of music is top notch; the songs are creative, fresh, fun, educational and engaging. The scene is flourishing and supportive of newcomers.  I love being part of something so infectious and appreciated – bringing joy and happiness to so many kids and families.

At the time my rock band From Good Homes disbanded, following a long, adventurous and fruitful run in the 1990s, I was just starting a family. Steeped in new fatherhood, Continue reading

Seriously…Why Would You Take A Baby To A Chiropractor?

Active Family ChiropracticWritten by Melanie Rogers DC, Active Family Chiropractic

One of the most common questions I get asked by people when they see my leaflets on Chiropractic care for babies in my treatment room is, “Why would you take your baby to a Chiropractor? They don’t get back pain!” Well, allow me to explain…

Firstly, it’s a common misconception that Chiropractic care is all about back pain – it’s actually about helping the body to move its best, optimising health and the body’s ability to express life. And it’s not just adult bodies that need help sometimes… even newborn babies can often benefit from a helping hand.

The human body is governed by the nervous system – your brain, spinal cord and nerve network control every single movement and action your body makes, from blinking and digesting to crying and temperature regulation. Babies’ nervous systems aren’t as well developed as grown-ups yet – they rely on us to protect them and supply all their needs, and they usually have a very vocal way of letting us know when their needs aren’t being met!  Those first few months are spent with their brains in primitive function – it’s all about survival. Continue reading

Excitement BUILDS as BRICKLIVE returns to Brum

BRICKLIVE 2018 is back in Brum

BRICKLIVE 2018 is back in Brum

The UK’s largest LEGO® fan convention returns to the NEC Birmingham this November, welcoming a host of new and improved features that will encourage children and adults to create, play and discover. Taking place from 1-4 November, BRICKLIVE lets fans explore 11 zones, as well as see live stage shows and meet the makers.

Brand new for 2018 is Mythical Beasts, a powerful presence that is sure to drive brick fans wild when 50 models and interactive experiences bring the fascinating world of creatures from mythology to life using LEGO® bricks. Inspired by legends from ancient Greece, the show revolves around the mythical Pandora’s Box which, when opened, will unleash a horde of trapped beasts upon the world. As the “heroes” of the experience, visitors must find all of the escaped creatures, to send them back into the box and seal them away. Mythical Beasts like Valkaria the majestic Hippogriff and Owl of Athena will be your allies, but beware of the likes of Asterion the vengeful Minotaur, Vladdigor the fearsome four-headed Chimera, and the seven-headed Hydra, who won’t be as friendly.

Returning to this year’s BRICKLIVE is the Warrior Bots Zone, where custom-built battle zones will provide the backdrop for adrenalin-filled wars. With each LEGO® bot comes a different set of brick-built weaponry, so all you have to do is grab hold of a remote control and battle it out for robot supremacy in this custom-built area. Also returning for 2018 is a new and improved Star Wars Zone, where you can choose the Alliance or join the Empire and create new spaceships to be used in the galactic war. As well as being able to take part in an out of this world adventure, visitors can explore a huge selection of official Star Wars sets on display, spanning over 15 years’ worth of official LEGO® releases.

This year’s event also welcomes back the LEGO® theme City, a build zone that has four dedicated activity areas all within one area. Visitors can use specialist elements to create everything from a house and automobile, to a boat or plane. Builders can create their own adventure and display it within the cityscape, harbour, airport or town.

In addition to the new and improved features of BRICKLIVE 2018, some old favourites also make their return, including the ever-popular Minecraft Zone, where you can create using the playable console pods or dig through the pits of bricks to build. As well as the Race Ramps, where you can design and build your ultimate vehicle and try it out on one or four challenging car tracks. There are also Stage Shows, the chance to have a Dance Party with your friends, play amongst the Fairy Bricks, get competitive in the Gaming areas, and be hands-on in the Duplo® Build Zone. As well as the BRICK Pits, Build Map, BRICK Lane and so much more!

BRICKLIVE is all about bringing the LEGO® fan community together, encouraging all ages to create masterpieces, play with fellow fans, and discover each of the zones. The show welcomes both families and Adult Fans of LEGO, with masterpieces by the experts sitting alongside areas dedicated to making your own creations.

Tickets for BRICKLIVE 2018 are on sale now, priced at £20 + fees for General Admission day tickets, which permit entry from 10.30am, or £27.45 + fees for Priority Admission that gets you into the show 30 minutes earlier. There are also VIP tickets priced at £35 + fees, which includes 9.30am show entry, a lanyard, event guide and goody bag. Family tickets are also available.

To buy tickets, visit www.bricklive.co.uk.

 

BRICKLIVE Challenge 2018

Incorporating Music into your Little One’s Day!

Incorporating MusicIt’s no secret babies love to listen to voices – in fact, very early on they will recognise the tone, rhythm and pitch of a familiar voice.

During their first year, children will pick up all the sounds they need to know so that they can learn and develop the ability to speak in their ‘mother tongue’. When listening to music, children are grasping elements of their native language. They will practise making these sounds in preparation for producing their first recognisable words in a couple of months.

The accompanying rocking and jiggling actions are not accidental. Research has shown that when we move and sing at the same time we engage nearly all of our brain, which enables us to translate and store new information very efficiently.

Here we talk to Monkey Music, to give you some top tips on how you can incorporate music into your little one’s day. Continue reading

Christmas Craft: Pom Pom and Pinecones Christmas Ornaments

Pom Pom PineconesThese Pom Pom Pinecones are super easy and they look amazing!

Here’s what you’ll need:
* Pinecones
* Tiny Pom Poms (multicoloured or single coloured)
* String or Ribon
* Hot glue gun/PVA

Instructions:
1) Start by adding a small glob of hot glue/PVA to the underside of the pinecone “branches”. Then stick a tiny pom pom onto the dab of glue. Repeat for all the pinecone tips. The little pom poms look just like ornaments hanging from a tree!
2) Then take about 30cm of string or ribbon and hot glue it to the top of the pinecone.
3) Clean the pinecones up by peeling away any glue strands.

These are really simple to make and look great! Continue reading