childrens fashion · family · fashion

Spring clothing picks for boys

Choosing clothes for boys is so tough, there’s not the choice available that there is for girls at reasonable prices .My sons not sporty and doesn’t want to wear tracksuits, trainers football tops ect. He’s also very confident off the style he wants to wear, here’s some if our spring picks

We’re off to keep searching for unique clothing.

If anyone can’t point me in the direction of boys clothing especially colourfully, please comment below.

Sophie

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family · Homeschool

Why we homeschool.

I’ve been thinking about sharing about this as it’s something I’m asked often usually followed by many people’s negative opinions that firstly I haven’t asked for and secondly are there thoughts and that’s all they are as they have no experience of homeschool.

We homeschool because I choose to, was it a easy decision? For me yes, my husband no.

We have many a debate about it for years but it’s something I felt so strongly about.

My husband liked School he enjoyed the social side maybe more than lessons but overall did well, I on the other hand hated School was a constant victim of people’s bullying, struggled being dyslexic, felt unsupported by the teachers and struggled to make friends.

Some of that could be down to me and my personality i find social situations hard and keeping a conversation and friendships going don’t come easy to me. We as my husband is more sociable than I am.

Through my school years I was very driven I had one goal and that was to dance professionally no one at my high school had goals like that and I developed a lot of anxiety regarding School, being the target of one teachers obsession with my weight even though I ate like a horse they convinced most of the school I had a eating disorder till my Mum stepped in. My memory’s from school are not happy memories.

When I found out I was expecting School was a big issue for me so I stared to research other options. My son attend Steiner kindergarten and forest school kindergarten till the age of 7 part time which I often went along to and he loved.

It’s perfect for him being a sensitive child , the groups were small and quiet and he was able to explore and develop at his own pace, my son is also very dyslexic and is currently being assessed privately for support. Homeschooling for us has ment this hasn’t been a stressful time for him as he hasn’t been comparing his struggles to other children’s achievements like he naturally would in school.

We follow a semi strutted day and meet up with other homeschooling family’s in the area . My son has no social issues and is not behind other children like people are often quick to say.

He’s a little boy who’s developing at his own pace in to a his own happy person.

Homeschool is perfect for our family

family · Homeschool

Childrens books for sensitive children

My son is 7 soon to be 8 and loves reading together but we’re stuck. We’re finding it so hard to find books where there isn’t a sad ending or a death. Reading those books with these endings in is causing him so distress nightmares and worries.

Being a sensitive child can be really hard as he doesn’t accept the book as a story he wants to know the when ,why, how and will it happen to me, him or his family.

Here’s some books we’ve enjoyed reading if anyone has any suggestions we would love to hear them..

family · Homeschool

A winter weekend

I suffer with very bad anxiety and phobias and struggle to go places that are busy with people. I get anxious about the thought of germs and feel more anxious inside in busy places.

We are lucky where we live that we don’t get very extreme weather and are still able to go out to explore.

I find being outside in the fresh air helps my anxiety and provides a good distraction as well as exercise.

My son loves being outside ( not as much as gaming) but he loves to explore. For Christmas he received a metal detector this weekend was spent looking for treasure to his sadness we didn’t find any. We can’t wait to take it to the beach once spring arrives and we head to our holiday lodge.

There’s so great local parks to explore local to us we are very lucky.

Here’s some pictures from our walk

The rest of the weekend has been spent baking banana bread and making soup.

Ready for the week back to work and homeschool activities.

Food

Beetroot chocolate cake 

I have a really picky eater. He will he lots of what he likes but struggles with textures. 

I often cook and hide hidden fruit and veg in food I know he likes. 

We recently made this cake together and it went down a treat 

250g beetroot 

200g plain flour

200g unsalted butter*, melted

100g dark brown sugar

3 large eggs

3 tbsp  good quality  cocoa powder

2tsp baking powder

1tsp vanilla extract

Icing sugar for dusting

:boil the beetroot until soft then blend with a hand blender and set aside to cool. 

Pre heat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm loose bottomed tin. 

Blend the butter and sugar together till they  are in a creamy texture, add the rest of the ingredients including the beetroot and mix till the mixture is well mixed and smooth consitancy 

Pour the mixture into the cake tin

Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. The surface of the cake may have cracked a little. Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes in the tin before removing to a cooling rack.

You can also change this in to beetroot chocolate marble cake by separating the mixtures before adding the beetroot andchocolate  powder to one half of the mixture. 

Here’s a picture of ours. This was his 1st attempt at a cake him self ( with a little help from mum) 

gaming

Mario+ rabbits kingdom battle 

We’ve just purchased this game today after watching the build up to it on YouTube over the past months. 

My gamers 7 so still quite young and for this game has needed me to sit with him a lot to read the text bubbles. 

When I asked him what he thought of the game he says ‘it’s really good a little slow at the start because there’s lots to learn”

I also think that’s cos he’s not been able to independently play at the start due to needing me to help out with some of the words. 

The graphics are brilliant and I’m glad he’s found it a little slow as he’s been know to play through some new games in a matter of days. I’m sure this will be a game we play again and again and for a older gamer will be a fantastic game they can play independently, 

Well done Nintendo another fab game. 

gaming · Uncategorized

Mario kart 8 Nintendo switch

we pre-ordered this game when we bough the switch. bit of a drama as in a unorganised mum mode I lost the receipt which showed my hubby had paid for the game in full. oopps. Not wanting to admit it I rushed to game as soon as the game came out while pretending I was doing the banking for work. I said to the guy I’ve lost the receipt we for the game he looked at me blankly and said sorry love nothing I can do. WHAT…. I said you best find it or get your manager we paid for this on the night the switch launched it was you who served us and we was the only on here with a 7yr old as it was a school night (high-five to home-school). After what felt like hours was probably 10 minutes he arrived back with the game and said oh yes sorry it had your name on in the back handed me the game and I turned and walked off. ughh for not the best service even though it was my fault were not in the stone age now we have computers. Drama over.

I love this game on the wii-u and we spend many nights having family gaming night. There’s something about the switch that I’m disappointed with I feel like I’m rebuying all the games we have on the wii-u. they have small little extras on. Mario kart is a great family game and you can have hours of fun. would we rebuy it to play on the switch I asked issy (my little boy) he said no I just feel its a shame that the games we have for the wii-u aren’t compatible. we’ve also purchased lego city again we have played the full game in one player mode on the wii-u but as the second player during story mode there is a lot of time spent sat around waiting for the other play to complete the tasks.

we still have some ew games to play and have platoons on re order which were really looking forward to. Issy has plans o start his own gaming channel in the summer so hopefully he will be able to review the games for you.

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