The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

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I love Lush products, they...

I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

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I was so tired yesterday...

Its been lovely to get out and #walk after our homeschooling and working from home plans. I can imagine it would be quite a challenge if we couldn’t get out into the great outdoors.

It was especially nice to get out and make the most of the sunset. The sun has been glorious this week. It’s almost like Mother Nature knew we needed something positive and glorious to keep up our spirits.

Today has been quite stressful, I had to conduct 2 interviews and I was quite paranoid the kiddies would walk in half way through. Thankfully they didn’t! They have no idea what an interview is... 😂 Back to our normal homeschooling routine tomorrow. Phew!

How has everyone else got on today?

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Its been lovely to get...

We had PE in the garden this morning, following @thebodycoach #PEWithJoe. It was beautifully sunny and the perfect weather to get outside.

Albeit our garden isn’t finished (Daddy has 1 more day of laying the slabs) and he’s building a flower bed against the fence so it looks prettier... our outside space made me #smile.

It’s amazing how it’s all coming together and how absolutely essential this space will be over the Spring and Summer!

My first day of homeschooling will the kiddies and I’ve had a blast. Haha. I’ve marked their work, said “well done” 9,999 times and managed to get 2 washing loads done!

I am sure this positivity will diminish over the next few weeks, but I’m going to try my best to not let it.

My tips: 📖 Mix up the tasks frequently 🐈 Include the pets 🏡 Get out in the garden as much as possible 💭 Have some quiet time, alone, if you can

Hubby & I are co-homeschooling and working from home. I do homeschooling until lunch then work, and vice versa. It’s going to be tough, as I know already we’ve squealed and been loud whilst Daddy’s been on the phone. But, THIS IS LIFE now and there’s absolutely no point getting worked up about it. 👊🏻 We can do this!

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How to childproof your home in 8 easy steps

Accidents are one of the major causes of death for young children, and they’re one of the top reasons why young children land in the emergency room. What makes them so tragic is because they are so often preventable through childproofing. Making matters worse are the number of parents who failed to identify all the risks in their home, while they were often overconfident of what their young children supposedly knew what not to do. In this article, we’re going to show you how to childproof your home in eight easy steps.

Making Living Rooms Safe to Live In

The first thing you should do is move furniture away from high windows so that young children can’t climb on it, especially up onto window sills. A child climbing on furniture can also cause it to tip over. The threat posed by TV stands is actually greater, because the TV is typically not attached to anything. The solution is to anchor the TV stand and the TV to the wall. Moreover, keep the covers on the remote controls, because any battery can cause severe damage if swallowed.

If you have a glass coffee table, find out what kind of glass it is made of. If it is made from tempered glass, keep it and put edge guards on it. If it is made from non-tempered glass, it will shatter easily. You can either move it to a room where the toddler cannot reach it, or you should consider replacing the table.

You may want to put edge bumpers and corner bumpers on the fireplace hearth so that children aren’t injured if they run into it. Put heat-resistant gates in front of the fireplace when you have a fire. Lock the doors to the fireplace when it is not in use, and keep the fire-stoking tools out of reach of children.

Candles and matches must be kept out of reach at all times. It is possible for a toddler to light a match no matter how undeveloped their motor skills are. Furthermore, a child could choke on wax simply by chewing on the candle. Either keep these things well out of reach at all times, or adopt the safer flameless LED candles instead.

Make sure window blinds throughout the home do not have looped cords. These pose a strangulation hazard. Another safety measure is locking blinds either all the way up or all the way down. If you want to know more ways to make you home child friendly you can learn more here. Many of those tips allow parents to reduce the risks to their children without making their home unlivable for the adults.

Feeling Safe Sending Children to Their Rooms

All heavy furniture should be secured with anchors and brackets to the wall so that it cannot tip over, but this risk is greatest in the rooms where children spend most of their time. For example, your child’s dressers must be secured to the wall. Remove free falling lids from storage chests so that little fingers are not pinched by them.

Any toy less than an inch in diameter poses a choking hazard. Parenting experts suggest keeping toys like this away from children until they are five years old. Be careful with stuffed animals, because some of them pose a suffocation risk for infants. In addition to that, many are made using harmful additives that could trigger allergic reactions in some children. And it’s never a good idea to put too many stuffed animals in the child’s crib. A toddler can use a lot of them to try to climb out of the crib.

Keeping It Safe in the Kitchen

The ideal solution is gating the kitchen so that the child cannot be there unless you’re around to supervise. Put safety latches on cabinets and drawers to keep children away from cleaning chemicals and other potential poisons. Better yet, store them on shelves out of the reach of children.

The best protective measure is locking the dishwasher so that a child can’t get into it. Some dishwashers already have a lock setting. The alternative is installing an appliance lock. Run the dishwasher as soon as you add detergent, since that is toxic if tasted. Store knives with the blades down so that you don’t suffer an injury reaching into the dishwasher. Try to put the dishes away as soon as possible.

The kitchen contains a number of heat sources. Ensure that your microwave is out of their reach. If you can’t, never leave hot food in it. And don’t let your children be underfoot when you’re taking hot food or drinks out of the microwave.

The stove is another potential source of burns. When you aren’t cooking, you can remove the stove knobs. Alternatively, put a stove guard on the front of the stove so that the child cannot reach the burners. Try to cook on the back burners, and don’t let the pan handles face forward. This reduces the risk of the child grabbing a hot pan and spilling the contents on themselves.

The oven is another major risk to young children. Learn whether your oven allows you to lock the doors so that children cannot open it. The alternative is installing an oven latch.

Maintaining Peace of Mind in the Bathroom

Store medicines and other items in their original containers so they cannot be mistaken for something safe. Store them out of the reach of children. Place toilet locks on the toilets so that children cannot fall face first into the toilet. They can drown in just one inch of water.

Buy anti-scalding devices for the showers and faucets to prevent burns. Better yet, lower the water heater temperature to 120 degrees. A child can get a third degree burn from just three seconds under 140-degree water. Another step to preventing burns is unplugging curling irons and hair dryers. This can also prevent a child from being electrocuted because they dropped it in water.

Practical Solutions for Your Garage and Utility Rooms

Consider putting door handle covers on doors that your children shouldn’t be opening such as those to the garage or the hot water heater. Door handle covers are a solution that gives adults easy access to these areas in an emergency while keeping young children out. You may want to put door handle covers on the outside doors of your home, but this is only a first step to keeping young children away from a swimming pool.

Balancing Access and Safety in the Hallways and Stairwells

Put safety gates on doors to rooms that contain hazards so the child can’t go inside. Note that you need the same safety gates anywhere there are stairs. Use hardware mounted baby gates on the door frame, especially in the doorway to the basement, because a gate with expanding pressure bars could collapse, which could cause a toddler to tumble down the stairs.

Implementing Solutions for the Rest of House

Cover every unused electrical outlet with safety caps or outlet protectors. If the electrical outlets are close to a water source, such as those located in the bathroom or kitchen, ensure that they have a ground fault circuit interrupter. This will turn off power to the device if it is dropped in water.

Note that exposed power strips pose a similar risk of electrocution. Either keep power strips hidden behind furniture, or get a power-strip cover.

If a child knocks over a picture frame, the glass can shatter and cut them even if it lands on carpet. Move photo frames to shelves out of a child’s reach or mount them on the wall. Alternatively, replace the glass frames with plastic ones.

Children can tumble out of windows, and this is particularly dangerous from the second story of a home. Ideally, the windows should only open three inches. If not, put a window guard on them. In the case of casement windows, remove the crank, though you should keep it somewhere an adult can easily access it.

Consider Calling a Professional

There are tons of gadgets you can find on the market that will help your home become safer for kids. However, it is always better to call a professional if you want to make sure you have every single hazard covered. 

A child proofer will come in and survey your home and will be able to give you recommendations or make adjustments. If you’re a first-time parent, it can be difficult to know what a baby can and can’t do, and you may underestimate them. But child-proofers have seen it all, and will be able to identify issues you’ve overlooked fast. So, if you really want to make sure you keep risks to a minimum, call in a pro as soon as you’ve done your effort so they can apply the last touches.

There is no way to protect your children from every conceivable hazard, but you can always take steps to minimize the risks. Following these few tips, along with proper supervision, will allow you to reduce the chances of accidents to a minimum.

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