Our #VicksTricks

I was recently challenged by Britmums to give advice what remedies we use when the kids are sick. What do I actually do/ use when they have a terrible cold or a fever? It can be quite tough to look after a sick kid. Think about it… when you feel miserable yourself. Sniffing and sneezing, feeling sorry for yourself. The kids feel exactly the same.

We were sent a cute little package with finger puppets, a book called “The rabbit who wants to fall asleep” and Vicks First Defence Nasal Spray to help and ease the cold.

 

Vicks released the key findings of British parents most common at home remedies:

  • Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better
  • This was followed by “medicine”, which 40% of parents rely on
  • More than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC

When it comes to entertaining the kids:

  • Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or a DVD
  • Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
  • 1 in 10 parents get really creative, either telling jokes (8%) or even do magic tricks (2%)

Family Psychologist Corinne Sweet highlights that “one of the most powerful antidotes to sickness developing further, is parental care and concern.”

Corinne advises that “listening to a story or watching a film is a good idea, as it is soothing and promotes laughter (an immune booster). But don’t let them play video games, watch scary films or spend hours on screens. This will keep their minds over-stimulated, when their immune systems need gentler stimulation and rest.”

Both my kids have been going to crèche since a young age (5/6 months). People have been telling me from the start, once you enter crèche, they will pick up all sorts of bugs. I mean it makes sense, a lot of children in one big place. It goes the same for soft play. Nobody is going to sit behind the child waiting for him/ her to be finished and disinfect the toy. It only toughens them up for years to come. I can see it in my oldest. He was sick constantly when he was young. Suddenly when he turned two, his immune system built up. He gets the occasional cold now.

When my kids are off crèche at home our remedies are as follows:

  • Warm soup (Matthew loves fireman/ fire truck soup)
  • Drinking lots of liquids. I am trying to keep Squash to a minimum and they are only allowed a bit of it at the weekend but when sick, it can get quite hard to get liquids into them and Squash can really help
  • Depending on how bad the bug is, I believe in a long nap that will make it better
  • Saline Spray for blocked nose
  • Vicks VapoRub, we rub it on the chest, sole of the feet and back when they can’t breathe through the nose or the cough is bad. (For children aged 2 years and over. I did use this on the sole of the feet before they turned two I have to admit, because I find snuffle babe is not as effective)
  • A treat like chocolate, it works wonders, because they get so excited.

What are you remedies when your children have a cold?

Disclaimer: This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign.

Living Arrows 6/52 – Birthday Celebrations

The last week has gone like a blitz.  I’d say it’s mainly because I put so much effort into Chloe having her best birthday ever. She is certainly a toddler now. She had a ball in creche last week celebrating with her little friends. It is the cutest thing ever. Even her big brother was allowed to join in the wobbler room for some rice crispie buns. I saw a collage hanging outside her room today with lots of photos from the day. Hopefully we will get to take some of those home. I think she will soon move into the toddler room but they haven’t mentioned anything to me yet.

So she is. Miss Chloe digging into her vanilla cupcake with a bit of pretty pink icing on Saturday. She wasn’t too sure about it first. Mainly because, as I mentioned in my previous post, she was a bit tired from all the excitement and should have really gone up for a nap but she wanted to fight it and be in the action. Hence those red cheeks by the way. Hubby’s sister pointed it out to me coincidental Chloe and I wore both a top with polka dots and both were blue. I actually picked up her dress in GAP when I was in London. It was absolutely gorgeous on her and it’s so casual that she can wear it everyday.

The above picture was taken on the green in our estate. We decided to all go out for some fresh air because the sun was shining and blue sky definitely gets you out of the house. Matthew was running up and down the hill the whole time. He took out the balance bike which was supposed to for Chloe as her birthday present. But because she is not as tall, she can’t even reach the bottom of it so for now it’s his. That will get him away from the Little Tikes ride on for now. He is way too big for it and the balance bike really suit him. He is still not a big fan of writing his actual Spiderman bike around the estate.

Chloe’s Minnie Mouse Themed Birthday Party

At the weekend we had a big celebration on. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will know that my little lady turned two on Wednesday gone by. As it is bad luck to celebrate before your actual birthday, we decided to have her birthday party on the Saturday. She is only two, so we only invited her cousins over who live in and around County Dublin.

I thought about a theme for her party for a long time. In the end I went with Minnie Mouse and pink Polka dots. She loves Peppa Pig a bit more lately but when she saw the setup she was delighted. I bought the accessories in Woodies party zone. I had to order it online because there was not much in store at the time.

Cake wise I decided to make cupcakes from scratch but buy a cake mix from Tesco that you should just put all together and in the oven it goes. I like simplicity. Not too much stress. The baking commenced on Friday evening as I had a bit more to do the Saturday morning. I found a nice and easy recipe on Pinterest for vanilla flavoured cupcakes. The cake was chocolate. I didn’t want to have chocolate and chocolate so the vanilla cupcakes were a nice change.
To make life even easier, I bought the ready icing from Dr Oetker in pretty pink.

 

The party started at 2pm on Saturday. There were eight kids (including mine) in total. It was a bit chilly outside but the sun was shining so all boys, including the adults went outside the garden to play some football. While the girls relaxed inside chatting away and playing in the playroom. An hour later I called everyone in for some cake. It was time to light the candles. Chloe was a bit tired from all the people in her house. She didn’t have a nap beforehand as I thought she will be fine because she slept in. But it was a bit overwhelming for her. She always gets very clingy when there is a certain amount of people in her space.

 

We all sang “Happy Birthday” and I helped Chloe blowing out candle while big brother Matthew blew out the second one. Cousin Rory helped, too. I cut the cake and everyone was digging in.  It was actually a very nice and light chocolate cake. I would definitely make that again. I had an icing sheet ordered with “Happy 2nd Birthday Chloe” on it and decorated some small icing flowers around it.

 

As well as that there were also sandwiches, crisps and fruit available to everyone. Most of the afternoon was spent playing. Chloe even brightened up a bit after a while and walked around played with cousin Rory. Hubby took some of the kids to Smyths toy store and bought each a gift. That’s them covered for their birthday this year.

Chloe’s gifts contained of clothing which I was really happy about because we have way too many toys in the house. Cute skirt, leggings and t-shirts, kitted out for the summer.

Everyone started to leave around dinner time (6pm). When bedtime came along, Chloe was asleep fast after such a fun day.

The Liebster Award #3

This week I was nominated by the lovely Nicole who blogs at Little World Adventures. I found her blog by pure chance the other day in a Irish blogger Facebook group. She blogged about London essentials and because I have been to London only two weeks ago and her post caught my eye.

I have been nominated for this award before but with different questions. If you know me well enough, you will know I love answering random questions so I couldn’t say no to this one.

The rules are as follows: 

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award
  • Display the Award on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions received by the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate 5-10 other blogs and make sure you inform them via social media
  • Come up with 10 new questions of your own to ask your nominated bloggers

And here are the answers to the questions?

1. Where are you from?

I am originally from Germany. I am from a town called Waren which is located in the North East part of Germany. I moved to Ireland at the age of 19 where I started working as an Au Pair. The rest is history. I am still here ten years later.

2. What do you love most about the city you live in?

We only recently moved from Sligo to County Kildare so I can’t really tell you what I love most about Naas because I don’t know it enough yet. Sligo without a doubt I loved the scenery, the calm and the beach of course. We lived only ten minutes drive from it.

3. What is your favourite place you have been to so far and why?

New York… I have been three times so far in fact. I don’t know why but it really makes you want to go back again and again. I love the atmosphere of the city even though I am generally not a big of cities but I do love New York City.

4. What is the best travel experience you have had?

I have been traveling since the age of five. I’d say the best one has to be whenever my mum and I used to go to Spain to the same hotel every summer. The staff knew us and we were all friends. I’d like to go back there sometime.

5. What is the worst travel experience you have had?

Worst one has to be the time where I missed my flight back to Ireland from London. Reason was because there was no bus running for the next four hours or so. We ended up taking the ferry. Nightmare.

6. Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging now?

I started blogging to record my every day life. Before I took blogging more serious, it was more of a diary for myself which I didn’t even think of publishing. Until I discovered all the other bloggers. I have been blogging for nearly three years now and really enjoy it. I am so happy I finally found a hobby that I stick to.

7. If you could move anywhere in the world where would it be?

If I’d known the language, then my second choice of country would have been Spain. America seems quite interesting to me as well but I wouldn’t know what part I would want to live in. Probably Florida. I love their massive houses in America.

8. What are your hobbies and interests outside of blogging?

I do play tennis occasionally in the evening time. Apart from that I love doing online shopping, maybe a bit too much sometimes. I also like working on DIY projects.

9. What is your favourite blog post you have written?

That’s very difficult because to date I published over 600. It’s more of a report than a blog post but I do like the one where I talked about our first family summer holiday abroad in Spain last year. I enjoy writing the kids developmental updates too.

10. What is your dream job?

Is there such a thing as a dream job? I wouldn’t call my current job dream job but I have to say I do like my job. It’s probably also because of the people I am working with. We are a great team.

I nominate…

And here are your questions girls…

  1. What would you do on a kid free day?
  2. What’s your favourite cake?
  3. What is the meaning of your blog name?
  4. Disneyland or Disney world?
  5. Where would you travel with the kids if you had a month off?
  6. Your ultimate favourite app?
  7. What’s your favourite movie?
  8. Do you have any other hobbies?
  9. What’s your favourite season and why?
  10. Did you make new friends through blogging?

A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Mummy Fox

Good morning to you all. I hope your week wasn’t as stressful. Thank God it’s Friday. I can’t wait for the weekend to start. It should be definitely longer than two days. Saturday we have Chloe’s party planned with great cousins. So tonight I’ll be busy baking. Fun fun fun.

Continuing on with my blog series “A Day in a Parenting Bloggers Life” I have Amy joining me who blog at Mummy Fox.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Amy and I write the parenting and lifestyle blog, Mummy Fox, which is about my life as a Mummy Fox to our little boy, Alfie 2, and being a wife to Mr Fox.

How many times were you woken last night?

Last night was actually a good night for us! Alfie was tired and went to bed late, but fairly easily. He woke once when we moved him from our bed to his Paw Patrol Readybed (We are staying at my parents!) He didn’t wake up nearly 8am. Major lie in for us!

Do you co-sleep?

We try not too, mainly because our bed is not big enough for my 6”3 husband, me and a sideways sleeping Alfie! But he will often end up in our bed if he wakes in the night or will not fall asleep in his bed. For a better night sleep we always try to move him.

What time do you normally wake up?

This really depends on whether it’s a work day or not. It’s currently the Christmas holiday so Alfie’s been going to bed later and getting up later. Think 9pm – 8am instead of 8pm – 6.30am. We tend to always wake up when he does.

How much average sleep do you get a night?

8 hours sleep a night is my ideal, I’m grumpy if I don’t get enough sleep. But with a toddler in the house, that’s not always possible!

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

My husband is amazing and will always go down and make me a coffee. Alfie is at the age now where he understands what Daddy is doing and will say “My make Mummy coffee too!” and go to help Dan.
I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve this, but Alfie will also say “Daddy take me downstairs breaktfast time, Mummy stay in bed!” Any parents dream, I know!

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

I’m a very laid back person. I don’t wear make up and I hardly spend any time doing my hair or getting ready. I will get up, shower, dry my hair and get dressed. All in the quickest time possible! The more time in bed the better for me.

When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.

Dan and I share the cooking. He makes simple, quick meals and I make the more complicated, harder recipes that are generally tastier! Dan will happily make a pasta bake or Fajitas and I’ll make a Chicken, Bacon and Leek Pastry Pie or a Roast Dinner.

What’s on the menu for lunch?

Christmas Dinner take II. We had Christmas Dinner at Dan’s parents so now we are having a second at my parents. So a turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?

We have a gingerbread house that we’ve still not built that I’m sure Alfie would love to eat the sweets from and generally get hyper from! I would like to get to the local park and just have a run around and a kick-a-bout with the boys!

Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?

We try to all eat together, and we will today, but we don’t sit at the table together at home enough. It is something I am going to try to do more in 2017!

What do you do after dinner?

Pots are cleared and sorted and then its play time. On a work night we eat pretty much as soon as we get home. So then we need some play time with Alfie before the bedtime routine.

What is your bedtime routine?

Our bedtime routine is so hit or miss. It has changed over the last few weeks and is generally chaos at the moment! Alfie will have a bath, get his PJs on and then have a story, in the story corner, before going and getting into bed for another story. What happens from there is chaos. He has taken to climbing out of his bed over and over and over and crying… It’s not a fun time in our house. If you’ve got any tips send them my way!

Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?

I tend to blog when Alfie is napping in the day or in the evenings, I work full time so I can’t do much in the day, unless it’s on my lunch break. It’s hard fitting it all in but once I get going I can write for England!

Thanks for that Amy. If you can help Amy with a bedtime routine, you are more than welcome to comment below. From our perspective I can tell you we have the same bed routine every night. They both go to sleep okay but I find Chloe, the youngest, in our bed a lot during the night. She is still in her cot bed so can’t go anywhere.

Blog URL: www.mummyfox.com

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/MummyAmyFox @MummyAmyFox
Instagram: www.instagram.com/Mummy_Fox @Mummy_Fox
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MummyFoxBabyFox

If this is something you might be interested in, why not drop me a quick email to be featured as well and I will get back to you. schnurri87@msn.com