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Kids Section – Surviving Pre School

The kids are wrapping up pre school in the next few days and I am super excited. Surviving pre school was a roller coaster. They have been at pre school for almost 2 years now. And they are heading off to BIG school in Sept, yay!  We are all super excited for them going to Reception. They are the older ones in their class, so they are quite prepared for the big change. But I think I will need to prepare myself a little more. And get the tissues ready for their graduation ceremony. I am sure there will be LOTS of happy tears flowing down.

Surviving pre school was tricky but easy at the same time. It was easy in the sense that the kiddies love school in general and well quite happy to be there. But it was also tricky because they are kids at the end of the day. And on some days, they can’t be bothered to play pre school.

 

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These 2 cuties have grown before my very eyes. I remember their first few months in pre school and how they decided they were no longer interested in going when the novelty wore off. Learning to feed, potty training and increasing their vocabulary all happened are some of the big changes that happened in the last few years. I am already looking forward to see how they would both excel at Reception and beyond.

I know it is still quite early but we have already started getting ready for primary school. So the uniform shopping has started, as well as all the other back to school essentials. I recently reviewed some name sticker labels, which we will be sticking on all their belongings in time for September. I like to plan well in advance and get everything done early to avoid the last-minute chaos.

 

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How we survived pre school

School can be hard work for kids, parents and teachers. Which is why it makes sense to take certain precautions. Here are some ways that helped us survive pre school.

 

We stayed on top of vaccinations and hygiene

I made sure we stayed on top of all our vaccinations. School is a breeding ground for all sorts of illness. So being on top of all vaccinations and keep the kids very clean does help reduce the chances of them getting very ill. Daily baths are important especially when they go to school. I find it shockingly that some kids only baths once or twice a week. A quick face and hand wash does not count as a proper bath. It won’t get rid of all the dirt they have rolled in during the day at school.

 

Buy cheap clothes and shoes

Buying cheap clothes and shoes for the kids to wear to pre school or nursery is a way to survive it. Trust me on this one. Your bank balance would thank you for it.  You won’t want your kids messing up their pricey pieces with paints and dirt. So ensure you send them to school with cheap play clothes and shoes you don’t mind them ruining.

 

Ensure the kids get the right amount of sleep and eat healthy

Bedtime is 7pm. It has been 7pm since the kiddies were babies and it has definitely helped their growth and development. Kids love routine, so that has been a plus as well. The right amount of sleep and a balanced diet does help children and adults deal with the demands of life. So ensure your kids get these basic requirements.

 

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We are looking forward to Reception and the changes it brings. Bring it on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What to put into hampers for teachers

I love giving and receiving gifts, especially thoughtful ones. Regardless of the price tag, giving a gift shows that you had the receiver in mind and it is really the thought that counts. I have recently discovered the beauty of giving hamper gifts to people. When I can’t decide on just one thing to get, I get a couple in a beautiful basket and gift it to someone special. The kids will be finishing pre school in a few weeks and I have been busy thinking of what to gift their teachers. They have been in this pre school for almost 2 years, and their teachers have been great. It would be nice to gift them an amazing hamper.

To be honest, I think teachers all over the world work really hard in comparison to what they earn. And I strongly they enjoy the work they do. Teaching is not a job you do for money. I believe the teachers are passionate about their jobs and they do it with all over their hearts and I celebrate them everyday. Kids are hard work and majority of the teachers are doing a great job. They deserve to be celebrated a bit more.

 

What to put into hampers for teachers

So what do we put into hampers for teachers? Here are some ideas –

 

Milk Chocolate Hamper

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Chocolates are always a great idea for hampers. This Thorntons Milk Chocolate Hamper would be an amazing gift. We gave some Thorntons Chocolates to the teachers last Christmas and they all loved them. So I would probably be popping some Thorntons Chocolate into our gift hampers.

 

Thank You Card

A thank you card is another thing I would probably pop into a hamper. Sometimes just saying thank you for all the years of hard work isn’t enough. Which is where the thank you card could be helpful.

 

A Bottle of Wine

 

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I would definitely be putting. bottle of wine into a hamper for the teachers. There are a few wines I have tried this year that I really like, so a few of them would be gifted. Nothing says thank you better than a bottle of a good wine.

 

A Hand Cream

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Another great item to pop into a hamper is a hand cream. Most people generally like hand creams, so it is a safe gift option. Going for a natural hand cream like this ODLIQUE Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie would be a great idea.

 

Tea

A pack of tea is also a popular item for hampers. Most people like British Tea, so it is a good idea to put a pack into a hamper.

 

There are many items you could put in a hamper. It really depends on the recipient and the relationship you have with him/her.

What would you like to see in a hamper? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a smashing day!

 

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The Kiddies Go To Farm

We had a very busy weekend. The kiddies went for their swimming classes, played for hours in the garden splashing in the pool, playing with bubbles, football and letting loose in the sun. And we ended the fun weekend with a trip to our local farm – Stockley Farm, in Cheshire, which was a lovely experience. How was your weekend?

 

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Thoughts on Stockley Farm

It was good fun. The weather was dead warm at almost 30 degrees. And the kiddies were loving it. This was our first trip to a farm as a family and I was well impressed. The trip to the farm started with a tractor ride which was the highlight of the day. Then we had the opportunity to go round the farm, popping into the many animal barns to see the animals. The kids even got the opportunity to feed some of them. It was a good family day out for sure. We will be doing it again for sure. There are quite a few farms around us in Cheshire, which we will be exploring this summer.

 

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There was also a soft play available, and a playground which was a nice surprise. I didn’t think the farm would have all those as well but it did, and it kids made sure they made the most of them.

 

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Days out are always fun for the whole family when done right and this was a great experience all around. I really liked the fact that the tractors that took us to and fro the farm were both prompt. Since we had to park our car in a car park a mile away from the farm, and catch the tractor. The last thing I wanted was to hang around waiting for a tractor. But thankfully we didn’t have to.

 

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Have you ever visited a local farm? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

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