5 Easy Ways to Revamp your Bathroom this Spring

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Although you probably wouldn't believe it, considering all the snow we've had, spring is finally here, making now the perfect time to spruce up your home for the season ahead. When it comes to revamping and updating the home, people often concentrate on their living room or kitchen - after all, it is the 'hub of the home' however, I think it's just as important to give your bathroom a little extra love too.

Pinterest is one of my favourite places to find home inspiration and I'm always eyeing up dreamy bathrooms with roll top baths and stylish shower enclosures. But if like me, you're not in a position to be designing a brand new bathroom just yet, there are still a few easy (and relatively cheap) ways to revamp your bathroom for spring. Take a look at some of my ideas below...

1. Buy new bathroom linen
One of the easiest ways to revamp your bathroom for spring is to buy new bathroom linen. A new set of fluffy towels and a matching bathmat can add a new colour to your interior - just make sure it tones in with any paintwork.

2. Hang a stylish print
Your living room, bedroom and kitchen are likely to be adorned in stylish prints but what about your bathroom? I feel like the bathroom is often forgotten when it comes to prints and artwork but they can really help to give it more character and a little luxury style. A simple quote that makes you smile, an illustration of your favourite perfume bottle or something botanical will make a beautiful addition to your bathroom wall.

3. Treat yourself to a tub tray
Speaking of adding a touch of luxury to your bathroom, why not invest in a tub tray? There's just something so Pinterest-worthy about tub trays balanced with a candle, fresh flowers and your favourite bath time read.

4. Clear the clutter
Doing a quick spring clean in your bathroom can help to transform it's overall look and feel. Clear the clutter by throwing out any bathroom products that are empty or no longer used. You may also want to think about buying new storage containers, so you're not leaving products dotted on the countertop or adding shelves for a more organised look.

5. Reframe your mirror
Standard bathroom mirrors can look rather boring but there's no need for them to stay that way! Adding a fancy frame to your mirror is relatively inexpensive and a great way of adding style to your bathroom this spring. I love bathroom mirrors with a rustic wooden frame, as well as those with minimalist gold frames. Look on Pinterest for inspiration - there's frames to suit all mirrors and bathroom decor.

How will you be revamping your bathroom this spring?

Megan x
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BKD Mini Bakers Club Review

Baking is something I love to do and more recently, Arthur's been taking an interest in it too. It's a great activity to do with toddlers and children (providing you don't mind a little mess) and subscription boxes like the Mini Bakers Club from BKD can make it all the more enjoyable for both children and parents.

Mini Bakers Club is a subscription box by BKD (who you may have seen on Dragon's Den) and is all about encouraging children to get into baking and crafting. It was started by Adelle Smith, a mum living in East London, who took her passion for baking and crafting with her kids and turned it into a business! The baking subscription boxes are handcrafted in London and the company itself has already won 7 awards since it's beginnings in 2015.

Once subscribed, Mini Bakers are sent a personalised themed box through their letterbox every month, with recipes, ingredients and fun craft activities to do. It's beneficial for busy parents, looking for things to do with their kids at home, as well as those who perhaps aren't as confident themselves in the baking department!

This month, Arthur received the Hello Spring Mini Bakers Club box*, which contained a hot cross bun cupcake mix and recipe (perfect for Easter), an activity booklet and a spring-themed cress growing craft project. The box is designed for children aged three and over, so whilst Arthur is a little young at two, I knew that he would still enjoy the BKD box and be able to take part, as baking and crafting are things we regularly do together at home.

What I like about the BKD Mini Bakers Club box is how straightforward everything is. The recipe is clear and easy to follow and having the ready-made-mix makes everything a little quicker. Obviously for the Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes, you needed to supply your own butter and eggs but all of the other ingredients, including the apricot jam, raisins and white chocolate icing were found within the box.

Arthur really enjoyed the baking project; cracking the eggs into the bowl, pouring in the ingredients and mixing everything together. Obviously I helped him with a lot of the baking, as he's only two but if your little one is a bit older they'd be able to do a little more themselves, with ease.

We were really proud of how our Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes turned out and even better - they tasted very authentic! The mix made ten Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes in total - enough to share with family and any visitors. And even better - the box included a recipe for baking the cupcakes from scratch, so we'll be able to make them again in the future.

 After a little break (and snooze for Arthur) we had a go at the cress growing craft project. Arthur's already got his own little herb garden in the kitchen, so I knew this would be something he'd love. Again, the instructions were super easy to follow and I like that they made use of the egg shells from the baking project. Arthur loved the little spring chick and bunny designs and I can't wait to see his face when the cress actually starts growing!

The booklet accompanying the box contains a few little activities, such as a checklist for the baking, an observation chart for the cress growing and fun facts on photosynthesis. I think Arthur is perhaps a little young to appreciate it fully but it's a lovely educational addition for slightly older children.

I'm a big believer in children learning through play and think the BKD Mini Bakers Club boxes are a great way of encouraging this. The boxes would provide a great rainy day activity and would also make a lovely baking gift for kids. I particularly like the fact BKD combines both baking and crafting, making it better value for money than some of the other children's subscription boxes available. I would happily recommend Mini Bakers Club by BKD to other parents, especially those with slightly older toddlers and children, who could really get the most out of it.

The boxes start at £8.99 per month (+P&P) and are available from the BKD website. You can also follow BKD on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for news and updates.

Megan x
*We received the item for the purpose of this review. 
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Exploring Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall

Holidaying in Cornwall late January, we knew we were bound to get a lot of rain. It's not something that particularly bothered us, rain doesn't stop us getting out and about at the best of times - we just looked for some activities we'd be able to do whatever the weather and one of those was a visit to Carnglaze Caverns!

Carnglaze Caverns is an underground slate mine, consisting of three man-made caverns. Located near the village of St Neot in Liskeard, it was just a fifteen minute drive from our accommodation at Forest Holidays Deerpark. It sounded like a really interesting and unusual place and we thought exploring caves would be something Arthur would love.

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On arrival, it was throwing it down with rain and with a very sleepy toddler in his pushchair, we weren't sure how successful a trip it would be. However, after popping into the ticket office to pay, we were told we'd be able to take the pushchair into the first cavern and start looking round there until Arthur was awake enough to walk through the next two caverns. The lovely lady in the office also gave us some information about the history of Carnglaze and equipped us with three yellow hard hats and a torch! I was happy to hear that we could do an unguided tour (and be able to look round at our own leisurely pace - much easier with a toddler) but I believe they do offer some guided tours in the busier, summer season.

Entering the first cavern, we were surprised to see a licensed bar, stage and seating area! Yes, the Rum Store as it's known (because The Royal Navy stored their rum there in the Second World War) has been turned into a very unique and unusual venue for both music events and weddings. Inside we found a collection of the different minerals that had been mined in the South West, a long with information points with lots of interesting facts.

Once Arthur had woken up, we popped on his hard yellow hat (he was thrilled to be just like Bob the Builder) and made our way down the sixty-or-so steps to the next cavern. As we were the only ones in the caverns at the time, we were told we could leave our pushchair in the Rum Store and collect it later, which was really handy! In the next cavern we found more information points, which told the story of Carnglaze and the skills of the miners who worked there.

The last cavern was particularly interesting as it held a large pool, with crystal clear blue water. Arthur was fascinated by it all and loved listening to the echo of his voice. We were mindful of the bats living in the cavern and therefore weren't too noisy but it was a great place to take some really interesting photos! 

Carnglaze Caverns are set in 6.5 acres of ancient wood and had it not been such poor weather, we'd love to have had a walk round. The Quarry Wood Walk is designed for children too (with fairy statues and wood carvings to spot) and takes around twenty five minutes. In Spring the woodland is said to be full of bluebells and other wild flowers, which I imagine are beautiful to see (and photograph!)

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If you are looking for something a little different to do on your trip to Cornwall and enjoy learning about it's history, then Carnglaze Caverns will make a great place to visit. We really enjoyed exploring the caves as a family and only wish the weather had been a little better so we could fully appreciate and explore the woodland walk too - maybe next time!

More information about this Cornwall tourist attraction and ticket prices can be found on the Carnglaze Caverns website.

Read more of my Cornwall Diaries:
Forest Holidays Deerpark - The Perfect Family Getaway
A Winter Visit to the Eden Project
Golitha Falls - A Mini Adventure for the Family

Megan x
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Alternative Easter Gifts for Toddlers

Easter is coming up and whilst I'm personally happy for Arthur to receive a chocolate egg or two, not every parent will feel the same for their own child and that's absolutely fine - 'you do you' and all that. However, seeing as grandparents, aunties, uncles and close friends often like to treat kids to something special at Easter, I thought I'd share a few budget-friendly, non-chocolate ideas from a great site called What2Buy4Kids...

Bathtime is Arthur's favourite time of the day, especially when he's got a bath bomb or bubble bar to make it that little more exciting. I think this sweet little bunny hop bath bomb (£2.75) would make a lovely alternative gift to an Easter egg for toddlers and it's still on-theme!

Sticking with bathtime, these lovely farm animal squirters (£6.99) would also make a great alternative Easter present. Squirters are still Arthur's favourite thing to play with in the bath - there's all sorts of games you can play with them to keep baby and toddlers happy and entertained in the tub.

Spring is the perfect time to get toddlers into gardening and it's something we're keen to do with Arthur, who has already taken an interest in watering plants and watching them grow. I think both the Grow Your Own Sunflower Kit (£5.99) and Little Pals Watering Can Kit (£8.99) are the perfect alternative easter gifts to get started!

We've long been Peter Rabbit fans and seeing as the new movie is coming out soon, I had to include this gorgeous alphabet jigsaw (£19.99). I love the toddler-friendly illustrations, which give a nod to the original Beatrix Potter characters and with the alphabet pieces, it's an educational easter gift too!

Last but not least, we have the Easter Finger Puppets, which at just £1.99 are a real budget-friendly option. I imagine most toddlers will absolutely love playing with these, after a little grown-up help assembling them. They're great for imaginative play and with lovely easter characters, they're the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday.

If you fancy treating your toddler to an alternative easter gift from What2Buy4Kids, you can get 10% off using the code SMSCRIB218 at the checkout. Full disclosure - I'll receive a small percentage of any sales made using the code, as I'm a What2Buy4Kids affiliate.

Will you be going down the alternative easter gift route or sticking to a more traditional chocolate egg?

Megan x
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My NameTags - A useful product for parents!

Every now and then I come across a product and think yep that'll be useful for other parents - let's share it on the blog! The latest product is these lovely personalised colour sticker nametags* from My NameTags. Ideal for sticking in clothing, shoes, as well as on lunchboxes, snack boxes and drinks cups, My NameTags can prevent kids' stuff from going missing at pre-school and nursery, so you're not constantly rummaging through lost property or having to re-purchase misplaced items.

Although Arthur's not yet at pre-school, My NameTags wanted to send us some name tags to try out, as we may need them come autumn time! Their website is really straightforward to use and allows you to completely personalise your name tags with your child's name, favourite colour, font type and even a little picture. I decided to go for a tractor design as Arthur's really into his vehicles! You can also add another line of text, for their last name or perhaps even their class number.

The colour sticker nametags are easy to peel off and place onto clothing wash labels. They stick really easily and are even waterproof, so you don't have to worry about them disappearing in the washing machine! You can also stick them on items your child may take with them to pre-school, nursery or school, such as a lunchbox, drinks cup or pencil case. The colour sticker name tags are made to last and have the added benefit of being both dishwasher and microwave safe.
I think My NameTags are a great idea and will definitely be something I use when Arthur goes to pre-school. They're fuss-free, time-saving and no sewing is required (phew!) They also have a fun element to them with lots of lovely personalised designs for you and your kids to choose from.

Megan x
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Learning Outside the Classroom

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Although Arthur's not yet in school, his education is something I spend a lot of time thinking about. Like any parent, I want the very best for him and I'm also one of those people that believes education doesn't begin and end solely in the classroom. Alternative learning environments (like taking the classroom outdoors) can be really beneficial to children and I'm all for exploring innovative ways for making education more exciting for kids today.

How can you extend learning outdoors past the classroom?
When you think of a classroom, what springs to mind? Most likely it is a room, indoors, with desks and chairs facing a whiteboard on the wall. It’s important to remember, however, that this isn’t the only environment that a child can learn in and, as research has shown, it may not be the most effective.

Many children are going home after school and spending time on their tablets and devices instead of playing outdoors like previous generations. Introducing outdoor play at school provides them with an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and engage with nature.

Together with Infinite Playgrounds, creators of sensory playgrounds, we look at the benefits of learning outdoors and how to adapt lessons to teach outside. 

What are the benefits of learning outdoors?
In addition to encouraging children to appreciate the outdoors, there are many benefits of learning outside of the traditional classroom.

One benefit is the opportunity for children to exhibit some physical activity that wouldn’t be possible indoors. In the school yard or in a sensory playground, there is lots of space for the children to run around and play — raising their heart rate and keeping them active.

Another benefit is the encouraged use of imagination. There is plenty for children to discover outdoors; from plants they may not have seen before to mini-beasts that catch their eye. Before the children learn what these are, they might use their imagination with their peers to guess what a certain animal is or what one of the plants is called. This stretch of imagination will become useful when they begin to write creatively or during drama exercises.

When children are learning about how plants grow, for example, it will make the lesson much more memorable for them when they can touch the plants and the soil. 92% of teachers surveyed said that their pupils were more engaged with learning when they were outdoors.

85% of teachers reported that they saw a positive impact on their pupils’ behaviour when they were being taught outside. This could be down to the children finding more enjoyment in outdoor classrooms — 92% of pupils said that they preferred their lessons outdoors. It is possible that the introduction of outdoor classrooms could improve school attendance rates, too. If children are enjoying their lessons more, it is likely that they will have more motivation to come to school.

How can you adapt classroom teaching to the outdoors?
Teaching outdoors does not have to massively disrupt your curriculum, there are many ways that you can alter your lesson plans so that you can take them outside. The main thing about outdoor teaching is that it shouldn’t be overly teacher-controlled — it is important for children to be aware of the safety hazards outdoors. But apart from this, they should be encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones.

There are many new resources that become available when a lesson is taught outside, as well as all of the extra space. Teaching outside can be beneficial for the teacher as well as the children, 90% of staff found that outdoor teaching was useful for curriculum delivery.

Depending on the age group of your class, there are many ways that you can teach maths outdoors. For the younger children, consider bringing shapes and counting outdoors and asking some of the following questions: How many petals does this flower have? How many circles can you spot? How many legs does the picnic table have? You could take pictures of the shapes to have a look at when you get back into the classroom. For an older age group, encourage them to measure each other doing the long jump or provide stop watches and let them time each other running a certain distance. When you get back to the classroom, teach the children how to plot these numbers on a graph.

For English, consider allowing the children to explore the area around them and draw some minibeasts that they can see. When you get back to the classroom encourage the children to write down a short story involving their pictures. For younger children, they could colour in the pictures when they get back and talk about a made-up story.

There is lots to do with science outdoors. You can teach children how plants grow and even allow them to plant their own seeds, visiting them regularly and explaining the scientific processes behind the plant’s development. Children can also learn about heart rate through exercising outdoors. It appears that most lessons can be taken outdoors and the benefits are hard to ignore, the next time you are planning your week ahead consider taking the class outdoors and allow your pupils to push their boundaries.


Megan x
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Golitha Falls | A Mini Adventure for the Family

Golitha Falls is a hidden gem, a photographer's dream and a great place for a mini adventure.

Photo credit: Smithy.1990
Arriving in Cornwall on a rather rainy day, we looked for things to do before we could check into our accommodation at Forest Holidays and came across Golitha Falls. Described as 'a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls' flowing through ancient woodlands, it sounded like the perfect place for a rainy afternoon stroll. Being January, it was certainly welly weather and the only really suitable footwear (apart from walking boots) for the 'woodland trail.' I say 'trail' but there were a few times where it was more 'make your own path' with some small water-crossings. As far as I can remember there weren't any sign posts once on the trail and there were a few hard-to-avoid boggy bits. It definitely made for an exciting adventure but if you were wearing anything but wellies, you'd have pretty soggy feet.

Golitha Falls is a walk you could do with an active toddler but I wouldn't describe it as pushchair-friendly. There's a lot of fast flowing water, so obviously you have to keep a close eye on little ones - we were lucky that Arthur was in a stay-close-hand-holding mood! Still, it's a walk toddlers can really enjoy, especially if they're looking for bears (as we like to do) or muddy puddle jumping.

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There was something so enchanting about the wild woodland with the River Fowey dashing through it. It was breathtaking in parts and felt like a really special place to walk through. My partner had great fun photographing the water and trying out different effects on his camera. I've actually pinched a few of his photos for this post, as me and Arthur were more concerned with taking silly selfies and welly pictures!

I think what made our Golitha Falls walk even better was that it wasn't overly busy. We only saw a few people out and about, though I imagine it may be more of a tourist hotspot in the summer time. It wasn't the easiest place to find (we struggled even with a Sat Nav) but were pleased to find a free car park with toilet facilities (I'm one of those people that has to wee before they walk) on arrival. There was also a quirky looking restaurant called Inkie's Smokehouse in the car park, which looked great but was unfortunately closed on the day we visited. I believe it currently opens Wednesday - Sunday 10-4pm and looks well-worth a visit.

Photo credit: Smithy.1990

We really enjoyed our walk through the woodlands, despite the wet weather and would definitely recommend it if you are in the area and looking for something outdoorsy to do. Just don't forget your wellies!

Read more of my Cornwall Diaries
Forest Holidays Deerpark - The Perfect Family Getaway
A Winter Visit to the Eden Project
Exploring Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall

Megan x
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Shaken Udder Milkshakes for Kids Review

As a parent, I'm mindful of the foods I give to my son. I do my best to make sure he gets plenty of fruit and vegetables in his diet and I try to offer him varied meals (though at this fussy  toddler stage it isn't always as easy as it sounds!) I personally don't think there's anything wrong with children having treats in moderation, so when Shaken Udder got in touch to see if Arthur would like to sample their kids milkshakes I was happy to give them the go ahead!

Before accepting the products, I did a little research and was pleased to see that Shaken Udder use fresh British Milk (a great source of calcium) and do not use any artificial colours, preservatives or flavours in their milkshakes. The Strawberry Milkshake is made with real strawberries and the Chocolate Milkshake is made with Belgian chocolate. I was also reassured to see that with less than 5% added sugar, the Shaken Udder Kids Milkshakes are school-approved.

The kids milkshake cartons are a great size, suitable for popping in your handbag when you're out with your little ones. Both flavours are also suitable for vegetarians and gluten-free.

But I guess what you really want to know is, what they taste like?
Well I'm pleased to say that the Shaken Udder Kids Milkshakes* got the thumbs up from both me and Arthur. We tried the strawberry milkshake first and both thought it was delicious. It's sweet but tastes of strawberries, unlike some other milkshake brands, which tend to have an artificial and almost powdery taste to them. The chocolate milkshake was also a big hit with Arthur. I'm not as fond of chocolate drinks in general but it definitely got his seal of approval. He says they're 'belicious' (that's his version of delicious) and taste like ice cream (one of his favourite things ever) so I think that's a pretty good review for Shaken Udder!

Seeing as we loved the Shaken Udder Kids Milkshakes so much, I'll definitely be picking some up for Arthur and maybe even some of the 'grown up' milkshakes for myself. After all, we all deserve a treat every now and then!

Megan x
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Cold Weather Skincare Favourites

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It's been a little chilly here in the UK hasn't it? Yes, despite March usually marking 'the start of spring' we were hit with a ton of snow and the aptly named Beast from the East. Instagram was rife with beautiful snowy scenes, cute kids building snowmen and fashion bloggers braving the cold in outfits you definitely wouldn't wear in the snow...erm where were your big coats and wellies guys?! We had our own snow fun and built Arthur's very first snowman but I have to say, the cold weather has left my sensitive skin feeling a little worse for wear. With this in mind, I thought I'd share some of the skincare products that  have been helping me to battle the cold and soothe my skin!

Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Facial Oil
I really enjoy using healthy oils as part of my skincare routine. The Therapist's Secret Facial Oil from Sanctuary Spa is great for adding moisture to the skin, which is something I've really needed this past week or so. I usually apply it after I've cleansed (and toned - depending on whether I've been lazy or not) both in the morning and the evening. It's definitely helped to keep my skin hydrated and gives it a lovely dewy glow. You only need to use a couple of drops at a time, so it lasts a good while and can be applied under makeup.

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream
Botanics is a brand I'm really quite loyal to - I've been using their skincare products for years and find they really suit my skin. Their skincare is reasonably priced and there's different ranges to target different skin issues. The All Bright Hydrating Day Cream is a lovely light moisturiser that hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling silky smooth. It contains hibiscus extract, known for skin brightening and also has added UV protection. I love applying this over my Sanctuary Facial Oil and also use the night cream, which is slightly heavier, in the evenings.

Soap and Glory Hand Dream Super Cream
My hands definitely suffer in cold weather so I've been taking extra care to apply hand cream and keep them soft. I was never a huge fan of Hand Food by Soap and Glory but I love their Hand Dream Super Cream. It's really moisturising without being overly greasy (the problem I had with Hand Food) and has a lovely light scent. It's described as an intensive hand cream and seems to last a good while on the hands, though I do like to top it up throughout the day. I'm not sure why I can no longer find this on the Boots and Soap and Glory websites? I've had it a fair while, so I'm wondering if it's been discontinued, which is a shame. Having said this, I think it's available on Amazon, so worth having a search for!

Burt's Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment
I've also been mindful of the cold weather's affect on Arthur's skin and have been using this multipurpose ointment from the Burt's Bees Baby Bee range to keep him soft and smooth. What I like about this multipurpose ointment is that it actually creates a barrier on the skin, which is particularly effective in cold weather conditions, as it helps to prevent dryness. I find that it has instant results and feel confident using it all over his skin, as it's 100% natural and doesn't contain any nasties. In the past I've also used it on his nappy area to prevent nappy rash and find it works a treat.

Do you have any cold weather skincare favourites of your own?

Megan x
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