A birthday celebration with MoonPig

As you may have seen if you follow me on social media, Freya turned 3 over the weekend. I am still in shock that I have a 3 year old; I mean where did the last 3 years go?

Whilst the new rule of 6 scuppered our original plans, we still managed to celebrate our gorgeous girl’s birthday and have a lovely weekend.

We have been trying hard to tie in lots of changes in Freya’s life lately like turning 3, moving up rooms at nursery and becoming a big sister soon so it has felt like a huge milestone age for her and we wanted to still make it special. When Moonpig got in touch to see if they could help us celebrate Freya’s birthday, I was absolutely delighted to say yes and help make it even more special.

I am a big fan of ordering cards both online and via apps and during lockdown it was a godsend for being able to keep track of birthdays etc. The last few weeks has been no different for me with baby due any day, I’ve taken to ordering cards well in advance so I can get on top of things. I’ve always had a thought that Moonpig only did personalised cards but after spending a lot of time on the app recently, I realised they also offer food and drink, gifts and even flowers and plants. It is pretty much a one stop shop for your gifting needs.

*Post contains Gifted Items*

Moonpig sent out an incredible package for Freya including an unicorn inflated balloon which she loved the minute it came in the post, as well as allowing me the chance to purchase a personalised card for her. We didn’t go too wild with her gifts this year as we knew she was getting a lot from family anyway but the lovely bundle of Moonpig goodies just added that something extra to her birthday and made it even more special.

I was pleasantly surprised by everything I saw on their website and loved that it could be filtered down by not only occasion but also who it was for including sections for kids and babies. I did initially think that the gifts would be out of my price range for the convenience of it all but in fact, I found absolutely loads that I would have happily added to my basket.

As a thank you for reading my post I have a 20% off discount code that you can use to order cards through the Moonpig app which you can download here if you don’t already have it. The code to enter at the checkout is APP20CA.

I hope you can enjoy your own #MoonpigMoments with their fab website/app and let me know in the comments if you manage to save yourself some money with the discount code.

Laura x

*Post contains Gifted Items. All Photography is my own*

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Learning during a Pandemic with Reading Fairy York

AD/GIFTED Classes* If you’d have said to me at the start of 2020 ” You’re going to be in lockdown due to a Pandemic at the end of March and have to survive WFH full time and parenting as well as being pregnant!”, I would have definitely thought you were having me on.

When things got bad and the reality of parenting and WFH started to become a reality, I found my days were becoming more of a struggle in terms of having structure with Freya. We started well with an activity every day but quickly she lost interest and just wanted to be lazy and watch TV.

When I was offered the chance to join a term of Reading Fairy York classes with the lovely Gemma, to say I bit the hand off of Kate at Avocado Events would be an understatement. Freya and I had done no classes together other than swimming every other week since I went back to work in October 2018 so I was intrigued to see what she would be like.

If you’ve not heard about Reading Fairy before the here’s a snippet from their website:

Reading Fairy classes are designed to develop the crucial building blocks for reading and language development from 1-5 years. We believe in learning through play and nurturing a love of reading. Activities will be introduced by Reading Fairy and her four lovable friends; Phonic Fox, Music Mouse, Chat Cat and Book Bear. Each session includes: sensory and performance story telling, songs and rhymes, first words and fun phonics games and picture book time.

Our classes are progressive and are split into age groups:

Book Babies (Age 1+) -encourages early language and literacy

Toddler Tales (Age 18 months +) -active early language and literacy

Story Stars (Age 2+) -introduces letters and sounds for early reading fun

Reading Recruits (Ages 3 and 4) -develops skills for reading to prepare your child for reading at school.

Having never used Zoom before, I was a little nervous when I agreed to do the classes however Gemma provides a full information sheet ahead of each weeks class including meeting/pass codes and what the theme of the week ahead is. Alongside each theme is a list of items your child may want to have for the class as well as some amazing printouts to enjoy.

At the start of each class, Gemma lets you into the meeting and greets your child. Freya was definitely a little apprehensive at first but most recently, she has come out of her shell and enjoyed the classes more. Throughout the class there are stories, singing and lots of phonics something that Freya has started to pick up on after each class. She has enjoyed singing the songs, especially the ones she recognises from nursery and the different characters we are introduced to each week.

The brilliant thing about Gemma is she is completely understanding of children that are not feeling the camera one day or disappear out of sight during the call. I’ve regularly had Freya run off to find more toys, run to the potty or even just ask for our camera to be switched off and just enjoyed watching and listening instead. Gemma is great at engaging with the children due to her background in education and Early Years, it’s really easy to see why all the kids love her during the class.

If you’re looking for some classes in York that focus on reading and phonics then I would highly recommend Gemma.

Laura x

*Gifted Classes for a term*

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The one about the house clean

No this is not some very odd episode of Friends, although it could honestly be an episode dedicated to Monica starting a cleaning business/cleaning a very messy house. And no this is also not me declaring that my house is in dire need of a “proper good” clean.

I haven’t always loved cleaning and I know some people absolutely get their kicks off buying cleaning products and adopting the “Mrs Hinch” way of life, and after a brief moment where I actually tried it out, I knew it wasn’t for me. That being said, I 100% know that I have to clean my house or it will end up as a pig-sty so that’s where a bit of organisation comes in.

With working full time, (I work a normal working week compressed into 4 longer days), being the best mum possible, having quality time as a couple and having a social life, it’s very easy to put cleaning to the back of my mind. One thing I did learn from the “Mrs Hinch” way was tackling a room at a time and not trying to do everything in one go.

Every day I aim to squeeze in room clean and when that’s being worked around my normal job, I try to tackle tasks such as loading the washing machine/tumble dryer and filling the dishwasher. That means when I have to tackle the bigger rooms like the kitchen/bathroom cleans, I can focus on these at the weekend.

Now that I have a toddler running around and the constant reminder of tackling climate change niggling in my head, I have also tried to be more conscientious about the cleaning products I am using and not using ridiculously overpowering scents etc.

A great brand for cleaning products that can be bought both individually or wholesale is Jangro. One of my favourite arms of Jangro is the Jangro Enviro brand. When researching environmentally friendly cleaning products, their range really stood out for me. The packaging used on the cleaning products is made from recycled materials and reduces emissions to the air, water and land. The cleaning solutions themselves also come in both bottle and sachet format meaning if you are struggling for storage space at home, there are alternative options available to you.

2020 is definitely the year I become super organised in life whether it be finding fun family activities for us all, or managing to balance everything else and keep my house looking vaguely presentable and washing/ironing piles under control. I am going to make changes wherever possible to swap our usual products for more environmentally friendly options as well and can’t wait to embrace the changes.

Laura x

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