Usually I am such a confident mother, I trust my gut and go with whatever my mothers intuition tells me but lately, I have been busy, with the mixture of the Christmas period, new year prep dealing with a clingy Robin and blogging things have taken a back seat, mainly that tiny little voice inside my head that tells me to do things when they are needed..

On the 15th December, around 1pm.. I realized that I had forgotten the children’s Christmas jumpers for the Save the Children Christmas jumper day

I cried… my heart raced and I felt so guilty..

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How could I have forgotten? I had them all ready, but the morning rush must have made them slip my mind and they never wore them to school.. all I could think was the fear I felt whenever I was at school and I forgot it was a non uniform day, everyone else in their day clothes and stupid me sitting there feeling bad about being in my uniform.

I talked to some ladies who I know about it and they did reassure me a little bit, but I couldn’t help but feel so bad for them, when I did go collect them from school I thought perhaps I wasn’t the only one who forgotten, but nope, out of all the other children in the school my two walked out without a festive jumper on and I felt worse..

I hugged them and said sorry so many times but they told me they didn’t care, they had their Christmas dinner and got to make their own hats and had fun..

But I still feel bad.. Mum guilt is a horrible feeling, coupled with anxiety can make it feel ten times worse than it is, so I am going to make sure that going forth to not forget things, make sure I write everything down on the calendar in the kitchen and check it daily..

No more mum guilt for me thanks, and for certain no more forgetting things and then getting anxious over it all.

Have you ever experienced mum guilt? or guilt over something so stupid and pointless?

Until next time..

mummy cat

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During the Christmas period, we relied heavily on pre-made food for Robin, I mentioned before that she had lost some weight and I had started to spoon feed her along with her having finger food as well to help her gain weight back that she lost from when I switched to finger food only so naturally I was on the look out for some new treats that we’ve not tried before..

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Entering Heavenly Squishies, they are basically smoothies and perfect for little hands to hold and of course the perfect size for pack lunches or the changing bag plus the lids are resealable so if they aren’t finished you can pop the lid back on for later but refrigerate as soon as possible like any food product, we found ours at our local sainsburys but you can find them anywhere and there are four pouches in a box.

They are designed for 6 months plus but I truly believe there is no age limit with smoothies and Robin loves them, I think shes pleased that she can hold these and eat away at them to her hearts content.. and I love that shes getting some fruit other than her usual blueberries.

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What I think I love the most about them is the fact that they are made with coconut milk and there for vegan and of  course friendly to those children who cannot have dairy, I have recommended them to my good friend who’s little girl suffers from an array of food allergies, I am always on the hunt for little snack ideas for her as I know how hard it is to find pre-made food with no dairy in it at all.

They are made with only fruit, nothing added not even water so what you are giving them is purely fruit and coconut milk with a little bit of added lemon juice with just natural sugar from the fruit, no nasty things added and I know how important it is to make sure children keep their sugar limit down.

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Heavenly Squishies are simply just the nicest things I have found from shopping around and I make sure that I grab a box whenever I see them in stores and I’m excited to experiment with them by adding them to her morning porridge and also putting them into the freezer for the summer months so everyone can enjoy some fruity ‘ice cream’ to cool themselves down.

I am pretty pleased I found them and if you see them grab some too, have you tried any Heavenly baby products before? I wrote a little review about their  veggie waffle biscuits which you can read here.

Until next time

mummy cat

 

Disclaimer – I paid for these with my own money, all thoughts and opinions are my own

 

 

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Now that the Christmas break is officially over for many, people have returned to work and it means one thing for the little people in our lives.. Back to school..

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In our house the back to school rush starts the night before, with a nice bath and a good nights sleep, or we hope for a good nights sleep as they will often push for a later bed time than usual.. I ask them to pick out tomorrows underwear while I gather together their school clothes and fold them on top of the toy chest.

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We double check book bags and bottles, make sure shoes are ready and lined up at the door and they go to bed to read their school reading books.

It usually goes smoothly, and with the time they have off the children are ready and excited to get to school, when we had that snow day, even that single day off made them want to get back to school so the morning rush isn’t much of a rush at all, I have nightmares of being woken up late by Robin rather than my alarm but I wake up early and we are all ready to go by 8..

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My tips to make for a successful back to school run is…

  • Be prepared – plan and prep everything the night before, get everything out and ready so once they have breakfast they can, if they can of course, get themselves dressed.
  • Set alarms – not just one, but have a few, once you get past the first week you are in the routine of school but those first few days of waking up early after not having to for two weeks can be really hard.
  • For the mums – Hair wash the night before, it just means you need a quick shower/bath in the morning without worrying about washing your hair too.

Here are a few tips from some other parents.

Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures says ‘Get all uniforms ready for the week in advance makes easing it to it so much easier’

Lisa from Baby Not Included says ‘Get all the bags ready. I would usually prepare with getting up a bit early but I’ve failed that this time round’

Emma from The Money Whisperer says ‘We’ve been talking about how nice it has been to stay in our PJs until lunchtime and eating breakfast later – but how we only do this on holidays. I’ve explained that they need to get ready in our normal routine once school starts back and we did everything in ‘normal’ time today on our last day of holidays so it isn’t a shock on the first day back’

Beth from Twinderelmo says ‘For younger ones, prepare to make tea earlier and put them to bed earlier as they’re likely to be shattered and adjust bedtimes accordingly for the few days back’

Sophie from Sophobsessed says ‘Use loads of positive language about school like “you are going to see all your friends” etc it helps them get in that positive mindset in advance!’

Jaymee from The Mum Diaries says ‘We start putting bedtime back into place a couple of days before they are due back. We also spend the day before packing school bags and making sure they have all they need. At bedtime we wind down early, have baths and relax before bedtime’

Naomi from The Organised Life Project says ‘Check that homework is done now if you’ve had it set. There’s nothing worse than having to do homework on the night before you go back to school’

Victoria from Lylia Rose says ‘Make sure all sports kits and after school club kits are washed and packed ready to go in the right bags. Check book bags and pencil cases to make sure all the equipment is there. Have bags packed the night before so they can be grabbed in the morning. Try to go to bed early so the alarm isn’t a shock!’

Jo from Cup of Toast says ‘Check that all clubs or extra curricula lessons for the term ahead are paid for. Make sure that prescribed medicines are in date and that there’s plenty left.’

Victoria from Starlight and Stories says Ensure that children understand when they will be going back so that they aren’t disappointed when the day rolls round. Ticking off the days on a calendar can help.

Jennie from Ricecakes and Rasins says Get ready the night before eg, put everyone’s shoes by the front door, put breakfast bowls out etc. That way the morning will run more smoothly and there will be no last minute stress x 

Some wonderful tips and tricks from the experienced, being prepared is one of the most mentioned tips, and I honestly agree!

Wishing you all a wonderful back to school!

Mummy Cat

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