Thursday 10 December 2020

6 Simple Tips for an Enjoyable Holiday with Your Children


As much as family holidays are fun and exciting, they are not easy to put together. While planning, you consider activities exciting enough for your energetic toddlers, temperamental pre-teens, and exhausted adults. One wrong move and things could switch from dreamy to disastrous. Below are a few tips to ensure your family holiday is enjoyable and memorable (positively) from the beginning to the end.

1.     Plan and Organize Beforehand

Proper planning and organization are the secrets to a successful trip. Trying to find your kid's toys, tickets, or snacks last minute can cause unnecessary stress. There are so many details that need your attention before you travel and the only way to keep up with them is to stay organized.

Most mums have a personal organization system, put that into action. For instance, pack in order of hierarchy and have a designated spot to keep essential items such as wallets, phones, and passports. Ensure that you create space for toys, board games, and of course snacks. Keep things in order throughout the trip and ensure to return items after each use.

2.     Involve Your Kids in the Planning Process

One of the main reasons why kids can be difficult during a vacation is if they get bored. The best way to avoid this is by involving them in the planning process. If your children are old enough, let them choose the destination and set up daily trip goals such as finding a unique place in the area or trying new food.

Allowing your children to choose the restaurants or go sightseeing will help them feel empowered and independent during the vacation. They are also likely to pick places which they find more interesting, therefore avoiding boredom.

3.     Ensure That Your Accommodation Is Accommodating

If your children go to bed before you do, which is the case in most families, ensure that your place of accommodation will allow them to do so without any disturbance. You should also be able to have a good time with your significant other- or any other friend or family member you brought to the trip- even after your kids lay down.

The only way to achieve this is by finding a suitable place for accommodation. You could settle for a property for rent rather than a hotel if you are traveling to Singapore, for instance.  Vacation rentals have separate rooms for you and your children. Furthermore, they offer amenities such as a washing machine, a full kitchen, and a kids' playroom; great for a family holiday.

4.     Limit Screen Time during the Trip

It is always tempting to throw a screen in front of your child whenever they are restless, in an attempt to calm them down. However, this can cause them to miss memorable highlights of the trip. Encourage them to participate actively as much as they can and limit screen time to situations when it might be necessary, like on the plane.

This rule also applies to you and your significant other. Avoid being on your phones, email, and social media while on the trip. Be present in every moment and enjoy the quality family time you are having together.

5.     Find Some Alone Time To Be With Your Partner

You and your partner deserve a little quality time together after a long period of taking care of your children and coping with your busy schedule. If you select a family-friendly accommodation, you can squeeze in some free time to enjoy yourself along with your partner.

Choosing accommodation with more than one room means being able to shut the door on them once they are asleep and enjoy a film or game as adults.

6.     Avoid Over planning

It is okay to feel like you have done everything possible before and during the trip. Planning a vacation can be overwhelming, and one of the best ways to avoid unnecessary stress is by accepting that not everything has to be perfect. You will always have doubts; no need to indulge them at the eleventh hour.

Find a nice park or beach near your place of accommodation, and spend some time playing and having fun with your family. Not only is this fun for your children, but it will also help them enjoy the other planned activities during the trip.

Planning a vacation with your children is not an easy task. However, with the above tips, the better part of it should be enjoyable.

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Thursday 3 December 2020

All in Onesies - Giveaway

My children shed their clothes like a snake shedding its skin as they walk in the front door from school.  Comfort is key and they don't want to wear their uniform any longer than they have to.  We were recently offered the opportunity to let them design their own onesies with The All-in-One Company and they couldn't have been more excited to create their dream loungewear.  

All in one company, custom made onesies

Onesies get used a lot in our house, as well as lazy days at home when nobody wants a waistband, we take them along to swimming lessons (let's be honest, nobody wants to wrestle a child back into leggings in a small changing room) and they are camping essentials, popped over pjs for early mornings and evenings.  The process of designing them on The All-in-One Company website is easy to understand and very visual for the children.  As they are choosing a fabric for a panel they can click and see how things look together, changing their minds as often as they like.  We were originally going to go for towelling material but my children are all very focused on sensory and wanted to go for the super soft fleece and it is the softest, snuggliest fabric.

All in one company, custom made onesies

There is a handy size guide on the website and all four were coming to the top end of one size range so we sized up to get extra wear.  They all love them slightly oversized and I know they will fit for ages! They were most excited when it came to designing the hoods as there was an option for rainbow fur and they all picked fur hoods.  Finn has fluffy lion ears and Cora went for pug ears on hers.  Three of them went for side zipped pockets and ribbed cuffs but one chose front pockets and thumb hole fabric cuffs.  

I love the way their individuality comes through, but without even realising, they had all picked the same colour for the front right panel so they look like a little tribe.  They had so much fun designing these and have looked so snuggly in them, that Ed and I decided to order our own as Christmas gifts to each other this year and got the kids to help design them! I cannot wait to see our creations in real life!

All in one company, custom made onesies

The All-in-One Company are offering a £100 voucher to giveaway so you can design your own onesie and I can't wait to see what the winner chooses! Enter via the methods below. 

All in one company, custom made onesies

All in one company, custom made onesies

All in one company, custom made onesies

All in one company, custom made onesies

The sizing chart on the website is a great tool, but for reference, Cora is 4 years old, 99cm and wearing 5-6, Finn is 118cm, 5 years old and wearing 7-8, Archie is 132cm, 7 years old and wearing 9-10 and Dylan is 9 years old, 148cm tall and wearing age 13-14.  All of them have plenty of growing space as I expected but they work ok with the ribbed cuffs on the legs and arms.
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