Now the toddler is at school during the afternoons I find feeding him a little tricky. Although we live near school he starts at 12.25 so I need to fit in lunch, clean him up and get him changed into his uniform before leaving the house, it can be a rush! Sometimes a lie-in or just playing before breakfast means there are only a couple of hours between breakfast and lunch and he’s not very hungry. Fortunately he’s always really hungry after school so I ensure he has a really healthy meal for his evening meal.
my dirty school boy!
We’ve all started trying to eat together on the days my husband works from home and I’ve been busy cooking meals where the children can serve themselves. I can’t tell you how lovely it is to be cooking only one meal, it only seems like yesterday that I was cooking a different meal for everyone. Yesterday was chicken curry and the children seem to be pretty happy to eat anything which I am so grateful for.
I’m definitely spending more time looking through my cookery books. (Anyone else find cooking a little routine and dull?) I’m trying to spice up meal times by being more adventurous and trying new recipes. I do love cooking from scratch though and finding new sources of food, such as Country Valley Foods.
I am quite enjoying being the mother of a school boy. Living 2 minutes from school definitely helps, but I’ve also been meeting lots of other mums and been to my first fundraising meeting. It’s great to feel part of the school community.
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The last week has been very busy in the gingerbread household. I’m not sure why everything has happened at once but the toddler was finally potty trained, started at his new pre-school and Little Sis has given up her dummy (during the day) and had a haircut. All this happened with quite a lot of screams, shouts and tears.
The toddler finally started at his pre-school and I’m pleased to say he was potty trained by the time he went. Potty training took up a surprising amount of time and it feels like we tried everything – books, reward charts, rewards, pull ups and big boy pants. Nothing really worked other than constant reminding, putting up with the whinging and just having a little faith. I have never known anyone less interested in potty training, not even when the rewards were high (toy trains and cars). Oh well, fingers crossed his sister will be easier as almost everyone I have spoken to says that girls are.
Little Sis is growing up too. She has been deprived of her dummy during the day which didn’t go down very well but the improvement in her speech is amazing. She is fast approaching her second birthday which is the deadline for getting rid of it for good. I also gave her a haircut in the hope her hair would grow thicker. I can’t tell you how many people have thought she was a boy since then, despite being dressed head to toe in pink!
There is much excitement in our house as the toddler is due to start nursery in the next couple of weeks. His nursery is attached to the school he’ll eventually attend and over the past week we’ve been busy buying his uniform. So it was great timing for Stuck on You to get in touch offering us the chance to review their back to school products.
Stuck on You produce super cute name labels and personalised products for kids, from Lunchboxes, Drink Bottles, Backpacks, Library Bags and more. You can take a peek here – www.stuckonyou.co.uk
Stuck On You is 100% Australian owned and all of the labels are created and personalised in Australia. The company was started by Carrie Felton, a mum who, needing labels to send her son off to Daycare, had her own produced. Many mums expressed an interest, she saw a gap in the market and went for it. It is now a successful business that ships products all over the world.
I chose a selection of products for my son, from a personalised drinks bottle to a Tools 4 School pencil case (with personalised pens and pencils), Penny Scallan bag tag and value pack of stickers so I can make sure everything he has is labelled properly. My favourite product has been the 0-5 Pack value pack which is designed for children under five. It included The Classic Iron on Labels, Classic Small Name Labels, Classic Shoe Labels and The Classic Personalised Bag tag.
I’ve been busy and now all his clothes, shoes and coat are labelled ready for him. That just leaves the dreaded home visit to get through on Thursday! The products are great quality, easy to use, and I hope will see us through his first term and beyond.
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