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The frantic juggle of homeschooling and homeworking

The frantic juggle of homeschooling and homeworking

I have been thinking a lot about the past year and how we deal with the juggle of homeschooling and working from home. It is really tough and a lot of parents are struggling. We have tried 2 different tactics during this time, the first lockdown was different to this time around. Here are my tips on how to manage the juggle and some interesting stats from parents who are currently trying to master the juggle! VIEW the POST

How we are coping with lockdown 3 and helpful tips

How we are coping with lockdown 3 and helpful tips

January 2021 and that dreaded news hits our ears: "schools are closing to all students". I can deal with all other restrictions but closing the schools to the children just breaks my heart. They were so sad, Isla cried herself to sleep and just knowing how much they will miss their friends and routine. I thought I would write down my feelings during lockdown 3 and some helpful tips on what we are doing to overcome some of these feelings. VIEW the POST

Things I need for lockdown with school children

Lockdown 3 is a lot different to the first lockdown. I know I am not the only one to think that. In the Spring it was bright, sunny, dry and getting out in the garden was easy. We also had lots of space to use for quiet office space, our conservatory for example. This time around we are all trying to use the same spaces and we are not getting out into the garden as much. We also do not have the luxury of being a pretend teacher this time as we have so much work to do! Here’s what we need for lockdown with school children:

A few little things I enjoyed about our quiet Christmas

A few little things I enjoyed about our quiet Christmas

I know it was horrible not being able to spend the holidays with our loved ones, well, loved ones outside of our households. However, there were some elements of the Christmas break that I really enjoyed. It was a lot more quiet than normal, which felt very odd. Isn't it funny how you get into traditions and habits, then when they are broken it can feel quite daunting? Here are some things that I did take away from our quiet Christmas... VIEW the POST

The best family Christmas Jumbo Advent Calendar from PLAYMOBIL®

The best family Christmas Jumbo Advent Calendar from PLAYMOBIL®

Isla was so excited to receive the Jumbo Advent Calendar from  PLAYMOBIL®. We are big fans of advent calendars which you may have realised from previous years and we are also huge fans of  PLAYMOBIL®. So, this review takes the format of: summary of the jumbo advent calendar and then photo by photo of what is in each box. Hugeeeee spoiler alert for this post, but for those grown ups looking to purchase the perfect calendar (I think this is it) then you need to see what you get. VIEW the POST

Capturing my special Summer memories with Lily Blanche

With all the fun we have had during lockdown, I wanted something that would remind me of it all. All the family time and adventures we have had along the way. So, when Lily Blanche got in touch to see if I wanted to review their lockets I couldn’t resist. They are absolutely stunning necklaces, with little charms and they hold special memories inside. I honestly treasure it so much.

Getting back into our new school routine post lockdown

Getting back into our new school routine post lockdown

I literally cannot believe it has been nearly 6 months since the kiddies last stepped foot in their school. We have overcome some incredible challenges as a family and now we face the baby steps back into a new school routine. Well, as normal as it can be for the moment. The school have made a lot of changes and we are all trying our best to keep up! Here are a few tips on how I am helping the children to adapt into this new normal and keep anxieties at bay. VIEW the POST

Noah’s overnight stop in hospital

Noah’s overnight stop in hospital

It struck me yesterday that Isla, Daddy and Noah have all visited A&E since lockdown started. Isla as she had a concussion. Daddy, as he has been getting chest pains, which turned out to be torn cartilage by his ribs and at the weekend, Noah. Noah presented with abdominal pains, to the right of his belly button and he was in a lot of pain. I wanted to document what happened at the stop in hospital, in case it helps with someone else in the future. VIEW the POST

Fun Summer Holiday creative play #PoopsieTimeforSlime

We love Poopsie over here at Constant HQ (that sounds very important doesn’t it?). The school Summer term finishes on 23 July 2020 and that will mean no more logging into our school app to check for work. At the moment, we are planning for a September return to school life and so we want to make sure they have a fun Summer Holiday that incorporates fun activities. This is great for all those slime lovers out there: #PoopsieTimeforSlime.

What we will continue as a family after lockdown

What we will continue as a family after lockdown

I have been reflecting on life, during lockdown, over the past few months. It has been over 100 days since lockdown started and all of our lives changed from what we knew. Lockdown has taken away our busyness, our routine and our general pattern throughout the week. It was scary at the beginning but now I am glad. There is quite a lot to take away from this as a family after lockdown. VIEW the POST

A quick guide to Minecraft for parents

A quick guide to Minecraft for parents

Well, I've certainly learnt a lot about Minecraft since lockdown began. I haven't played it, but the kiddies love playing it and talking about it too. Last week Minecraft updated and they were both so so excited about it that they almost exploded. I had lots of animated sentences such as "Look Mummy, it's got new Crying Obsideon". I had to respond with excitement, but had no idea what it meant. So this is a little Minecraft for parents guide, which will help you to understand what they are talking about. Obviously we are encouraging both offline play to balance out their fun too! VIEW the POST

My lockdown silver linings

As we are making our way through the eight week of lockdown, I was honoured to be nominated by To Yorkshire and Beyond, to write about the positive things I have come across during lockdown. Finding the lockdown silver linings in tough situations like this helps us to get through these trying times and I am a half glass full kind of person anyway… so here are the things that I am feeling positive about during this time.

Creating a family picnic at home

Creating a family picnic at home

We absolutely adore a picnic and with this beautiful sunshine we have had plenty of opportunities to road test our new picnic basket. With our new patio area ready for use, we thought we would make the most of it and decorated it in true VE Day style for our family picnic at home. A simple idea that makes a special family moment during lockdown. Check out my afternoon tea post too for an indoor version. VIEW the POST

6 Things you need to know about Boxing classes

6 Things you need to know about Boxing classes

Boxing is a professional sport (martial art) in which two opponents punch each other by using their gloved fists. If the idea of you punching opponents, and getting punched in the face doesn't intimidate you, then you may have a flair for boxing. But, before you make up your mind to join a boxing club, there are 6 things you need to know about boxing classes. Professional boxers get paid to fight each other; it doesn't matter whether you're knocked out or not. VIEW the POST

Homelearning made fun with Learning Resources #competition

We are big fans of Learning Resources in the Constant household, they have some incredible resources that are fun, engaging and aid education. The perfect concoction for homelearning and lockdown. So, we teamed up with them to give one of my lucky readers a prize bundle of goodies to help get through these uncertain times. *Competition window at the bottom of this post.

Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

I love Afternoon Tea, it is my favourite thing to go out and enjoy with family and friends. So, when Daddy had the idea to recreate an Afternoon Tea experience at home, for the kiddies, I jumped at the chance. Did you know it's National Tea Day on Tuesday 21 April 2020 too, so a perfect activity for the family. I think we made it look really authentic and the kiddies really loved it. Here's what we did to make our special family Afternoon Tea at home during lockdown... VIEW the POST

Creating a homelearning egg hunt around your home with #Haribo

Creating a homelearning egg hunt around your home with #Haribo

Whilst we are still in the Easter holidays, I thought I would share a fun idea to keep the children entertained (and the grown-ups for setting it up). This is a homelearning egg hunt, the prizes could be anything from a bag of sweets to tokens towards something else. Like earning so many minutes of tablet time that day. My kids love earning things.  VIEW the POST

Fun LEGO lockdown activities #letsbuildtogether

We all love LEGO in the Constant house, it’s the one thing that I still do now as a grown up that I did as a child (apart from making pretend restaurants of course). We have been playing a lot of LEGO lockdown activities over the past few weeks, from building new sets, playing games to building challenges. Even the LEGO employees are building from home…

Creating a pretend restaurant at home during lockdown

Creating a pretend restaurant at home during lockdown

This was a big hit with our little ones over the Easter weekend: Daddy turned the dining room into a pretend restaurant and created a menu for them to choose their dinners. Whilst Mummy was the waitress. It was great fun, even if it did only last 90 minutes. It was nice to do something a little different and the kids love role play games. VIEW the POST

Brightening up our learning with homeschooling stationery

Brightening up our learning with homeschooling stationery

Yes, I have a small obsession with stationery and so I thought it was only right to brighten up the kiddies homeschooling by getting them some new bits and pieces. When you have vibrant and fun new things around you, it helps to motivate you. I find that anyway. Here are my favourite Paperchase items to add some fun for after the Easter holidays, it's a back to school haul if you will. VIEW the POST

A fun Stay Home activity with Kids Stuff Crazy

A fun Stay Home activity with Kids Stuff Crazy

What better way to pass an hour, or two, than to create a fun bathtime activity for the children. My kiddies love playing in the bathtub and shower. They would spend hours in the bathroom if they could. Swimming pools are closed and the weather isn't warm enough for a paddling pool just yet, so we put on our swimming costumes and went into the bathroom for some indoor, stay at home, fun during lockdown. Using our new Kids Stuff Crazy products we played lots of games. VIEW the POST

Day 1 of homeschooling complete

Day 1 of homeschooling complete

It might sound crazy to celebrate Day 1 of homeschooling, it is important to me to give ourselves a pat on the back though. Yesterday was the first day I had to do the combined homeschooling and working from home thing. It was lots of fun and stressful, all in one. But I think the stress was only due to the pressure I put upon myself. VIEW the POST

Useful online resources for children whilst homeschooling

UPDATED 31 March 2020: I have found some incredible online resources from various sources and a lot of Googling last night. Perfect to keep your little ones entertained whilst homeschooling and working from home. We are going to try and keep the kiddies in their school routine as much as possible, just with different activities. We also have to juggle working from home, so some of these resources may mean that whilst they are concentrating on something for an hour, I get an extra hour of work done. Anything is going to help over the foreseeable. I am still in shock I think, I haven’t cried yet, although I have felt it a few times.

Coronavirus – changing our plans for Easter

Coronavirus – changing our plans for Easter

Well, I am sure we are not the only family to be affected by the news this week: non essential travel is banned for 30 days and the kids are off school (with no end date) due to the Coronavirus. It's such a daunting time. In less than 2 weeks, we had planned to go to Dubai to visit friends. It's crazy to think how this has all transformed in such a short space of time. I know it's important and I understand why, don't get me wrong, but what a shock for the system! With that in mind, I am planning on covering a lot of ideas and resources over the next week to help other families in a similar situation. VIEW the POST