Monday, 30 May 2016

Bear Moves Home

This week has been so busy. Bear has moved home. Like all house moves it has been really stressful for Mummy and Daddy. Me too, we don't stop worrying about our children just because they are adults. Bear I think has known something was happening. He has been good as gold but has slowly lost his appetite. It's always the first thing to happen if he's poorly too.

Bear put on his own shoes Lol

Sunday, 29 May 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 22

#MySundayPhoto Number 22 toddler looking at stream
Bear playing Pooh Sticks

“. . . what I like doing best is Nothing.""How do you do Nothing?" asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time."Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, What are you going to do, Christopher Robin, and you say, Oh, nothing, and then you go and do it.” ― A.A. MilneThe House at Pooh Corner

 We went to St Fagans and did "Nothing". Have a great Sunday and do "Nothing" too.


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Caerwent Roman Town - A Toddler Explores

Not far from Cardiff is a fabulous Roman Town. It is an archaeologist dream. It has shops, a temple, a Basilica Forum (I don't know either but I think it's like their main town square). So off we went on Tuesday to visit Caerwent Roman Town.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

A Cardiff Garden In May

A Cardiff Garden In May Arum Lily
Zantedeschia - Arum Lily

A Cardiff Garden In May is an exciting time. Everything has suddenly become green and the flowers are all coming into bud. We have Clematis and Wisteria and Roses to name but a few. I think Summer is finally on it's way. We have had a major loss though. We have two bay trees in pots that we grew from very small plants and they are now 25+ years old. One has died. We can only think that it drowned during the Spring. It's so sad because it was beautiful and moved from our old house with us. I have protected it from frost, gone out in snow storms to stop it getting too top heavy and snapping. Never mind we still have one in the porch.

So here are a few pictures of what is in my garden this month.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Get Stuck in With Pritt - Review

Get Stuck in With Pritt - Review selection of Pritt Glue and sticks
Left to right Pritt Glue Dots; Pritt coloured glue pink and green; Pritt glue pen

We were asked if we would like some Pritt* products to review. We love making things and Bear just loves sticking things so we said yes straight away. A big box arrived and inside was a bag full of Pritt Sticks and glue. Not just the original sticks but coloured glitter ones and a magic one too.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Gardens and Grottoes

This week has been mostly gardens and grottoes, with lots of fun and fairies. The weather forecast was awful for the whole week so we didn't make any plans just decided to wing it. Monday we went to the garden centre to get some plants for our front garden and stopped on the way home for a quick play in the park. We were lucky that we had a few hours of sunshine.

Gardens and Grottoes toddler on play equipment. A turtle on a spring
Bouncy turtle..


Sunday, 22 May 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 21

#MySundayPhoto Number 21 is of Bear at Dewstow gardens and grottoes. It's a fabulous place near Caldicot full of pools, fairies and tunnels. The tunnels were dark with some light from holes in the roof to the outside and an occasional lights near the ground. The tunnels were short so not a problem of getting lost or stuck in the dark and Bear loved them.

#MySundayPhoto Number 21 toddler crouched in the dark just back lit by a light bulb

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Baker Days Letterbox Cake- Review

It's not often that I get a tweet asking if I'd like a cake* to review! Also one that would fit through my letterbox so I do not have to stay in waiting for it. Of course I said yes straight away and went to Baker Days website to choose my cake.

What a fantastic choice! I decided on a Vanilla Sponge Father's Day Letterbox Cake for Grandad. But which one? After much indecision I chose one I could add a photograph and personalise.

Bakers Day Letterbox Cake- Review cake with the worlds best grandad Happy fathers day lots of love Bear xxx
Baker Days Letterbox Cake

My Baker Days Letterbox Cake arrived very quickly and it would have easily fitted through my letterbox but my postman, being a very helpful man, knocked on my door and handed it to me.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Fairies and Grottoes at Dewstow - A Toddler Explores

Toddler in stream and text over saying Fairies and Grottoes at Dewstow - A Toddler Explores

The weather forecast had been awful all week. We had made no plans to go out anywhere. I even checked again before I went to bed on Wednesday night and rain was forecast all day.


Monday, 16 May 2016

Knights, Nights, Nice.

Knights, nights, nice. Much easier to write than say. I was taught not to use the word nice. That it was lazy and showed a lack of imagination, that I should look for another word. I was also taught that alliteration was a good writing style. So nice stays.

Knights, Nights, Nice. toddler smelling wisteria
Wisteria. Smells very nice.

So what did Bear do this week? The week started off cold and wet, all plans to go out and about were firmly put to one side, Bear was also really struggling with teething. It was making him grumpy and short tempered so we thought we'd stay close to home so he could nap at the proper time.

toddler in garden in the rain
Even in the rain we have to get into the garden

toddler eating with yoghurt on face
Mmm Pizza and yoghurt, nice.
On Thursday the sun came out and the weather forecast promised us a lovely day, so we packed the car with everything we would need for a day out and went to Chepstow Castle. You can see lots more photo's and read about our visit on my post Chepstow Castle - A Toddler Explores.

We were lucky to meet two knights, both as unreal as each other. By the time we arrived home it was really hot so I quickly put some water in Bears water table and he played all afternoon in the garden. He just loved it.

toddler talking to man dressed as a medieval knight
Bear is not convinced that all the dragons are dead

toddler looking at a wicker knight on horseback
Another Knight

toddler in vest playing with water in the shade
Bear having fun in the sun

On Saturday we babysat while Bears Mummy and Daddy went to the Admiral Summer party. Bear was a perfect guest, going to bed and sleeping through the night. He was up at 6.30 and after he had eaten his breakfast he ate mine. We then annoyed all the neighbours by going into the garden at 7.30 and making a racket.

toddler in pyjamas climbing stairs
Night, night.

photo of screen of baby monitor of baby asleep in cot
I wonder what's wrong with the rest of the cot?

toddler eating toast
Nanny's toast is very nice

toddler in garden in sunshine
Shhh! The neighbours are still sleeping

What's new with Bear this week?

Teething. He's got his big back molars coming through and they are really causing him pain. It makes him very grumpy and short tempered.

No! Ahh the toddler word, he's just started to use it. He's been refusing to do things but now he knows No!

Orange. Bear is learning his colours and knows orange.

Don't do that! Another phrase he's learnt Lol

Floppy body. If he doesn't want to do it he just goes all floppy and it's almost impossible to pick him up. Clever Bear.

Nodding. He has just started to nod. Any one who knows the way Greeks say no, its an upwards rather than a downwards nod. Well that's how Bear nods too.

Colouring. One day it was raining and I gave Bear his felts and a colouring book. "Colour the frogs" I suggested, and he did. I expected the page to be scribbled all over but no, he coloured each frog separately.

This is really Bear's diary but I had some good news too. I had to have a cone biopsy a while ago and then went back to have another smear to check it had all been successful. The letter arrived on Saturday to say I was clear :-) Great news. 

Ladies if you are hesitating or just can't be bothered to get your smear done then read this account from Bears Mummy. It's the reason Bear only has one Nanny. 

excerpt from typed letter saying smear and tests are clear


Sunday, 15 May 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 20

#MySundayPhoto number 20 toddler playing in water

#MySundayPhoto number 20 is of Bear playing with a fish slice in a plant tray full of cold rain water under a make shift tent made from a sheet and a few pegs.

Why did I choose this? It was because he looks so happy and content and I had just spent ages getting his tuff tray out and filling it and his water table with lovely, warm, clean water under the shade of my very pink umbrella. Toddlers! Gotta love 'em.

tuff tray and water table with clean water and no toddler in sight

bright pink sun shade


Friday, 13 May 2016

Chepstow Castle - A Toddler Explores

Chepstow Castle - A Toddler Explores written across picture of toddler at castle entrance

Chepstow Castle - A Toddler Explores

After days of rain we had the promise of a dry, sunny day so off we went to Chepstow Castle. Only a few miles from our home in Cardiff and another excuse to use our CADW membership.


Monday, 9 May 2016

Seaside, Lambs and Bubbles

The weather changed this week and the sun shone so we got outside. Bear is still teething but his cold has gone so he's a lot happier. Our week was all about the seaside, lambs and bubbles.

We started the week at Tintern. We'd heard that you could see baby lambs at Tintern Vineyard so went there first and then to the Abbey.
Don't forget to click on the links to see more photo's and read more about our days out.

Seaside, Lambs and Bubbles toddler by wooden fence with label. All you can read is Blue Texel
Bear looking for the baby lambs


7 Easy Ways To Amuse A Toddler in The Garden - #kidsinthegarden

Looking for something to entertain your toddler? Here's 7 easy ways to amuse a toddler in the garden. They can be done even when the weather isn't perfect.

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."
                                                          Old Saying
Toddlers love to be outdoors and when it's sunny and warm it's a doddle but what can you do regardless of the weather? Here's a few tips that will enthral your toddler and may even give you a few minutes break.

7 Easy Ways To Amuse A Toddler in The Garden

1. Water

Anything with water in it. On a hot sunny day then of course the paddling pool but most days aren't hot and sunny. Just pop on the waterproofs and some wellies and give them an inch in a plant tray, or a paint tray or just a plastic pot. The only requirement is that it must be big enough for at least one foot to get in and splash, preferably big enough for both feet.

7 Easy Ways To Amuse A Toddler in The Garden. Toddler in tray of water
A plant tray, some water and wellies

toddler paddling
Having fun splashing

toddler pouring water from watering can
Watering his feet!

toddler one foot in water in paint tray
As long as one foot is in water Bear is happy

2. Chalk

Pavement chalk is a fabulous thing. It's chunky so easy for small hands to hold and washes away in the rain. If you are handy with a bit of DIY then make a chalk board using blackboard paint. I first saw this on Family Days Tried and Tested facebook page. You can fix your board to a wall, we had a wooden barrier at the top of the steps which we painted with blackboard paint and is great. Keep the chalks in a plastic food tub near the board and then they are always where you need them.

toddler chalking on blackboard
Pavement chalk and a blackboard

pot full of chalk
Keep them handy and dry in a plastic pot 

3. Sand/Rocks

It really doesn't need to be much. A great big sand pit may be necessary for bigger children but toddlers are happy with a potful. We've got a sand and water table but all that is needed is a pile in the corner with a flowerpot to cover when it's not in use (stops the cats using it!).

toddler playing with sand
Bear with his sand and water table

toddler picking up rock
OK this rock is much too big!

4. Bug Hunting

Even little ones can enjoy searching for bugs. Bear is 19 months old and recognises lots of things in the garden.
Worms, ladybirds, woodlice, butterflies, slugs (ugh!), ants and so on. It's good to have a printed sheet with pictures on and there are lots of free printables.

collage of toddler and bugs. ladybird, woodlouse, worm.
Find the bugs.

close up of toddler with magnifying glass
Look closely

5. Gardening

Toddlers just love to help and especially like doing grown up things. Sow some seeds, pick up leaves, sort the gravel or stones into pots, sift the compost. Feeling adventurous? Then let them water the plants.

toddler wrapped up with trowel in one hand
Moving potting compost from one bag to another

toddler looking into bag of compost
Or into the watering can

toddler taking seeds from adults hands
Helping Grandad sow sunflowers

6. Picnic

Have a picnic, as long as it is dry then just put some blankets down and enjoy

toddler in highchair under sun umbrella
First lunch Al Fresco this year

blanket on floor with cushion and toddler stood on cushion. Little bowl of nibbles at his feet
Freezing cold but Bear still likes a picnic

7. Bubbles

Everyone loves bubbles! Put some baby shampoo in the water and let them play with the bubbles. We use Burts Bee's as it has no nasties in it and doesn't sting their eyes.

Blow bubbles too.

toddler with arms in bowl full of soapy water

toddler with plastic boat and soapy water

toddler with bubble wand blowing bubbles
Blow hard.

Don't forget its not the weather its the clothes!

toddler in wellies and coat stood in tray full of water while it rains heavily
Bear enjoying the winter rain. Wellies, muddy suit and coat. Snug as a bug in a rug.

There are lots more things that you can do, make a tent, put the ball pit outside, I'm sure you can think of loads too.

Have a lovely time outside and any suggestions please let me know in the comments.

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