When you have young children, you’re going to be on the ball with making sure they’re staying in their age range when it comes to media. However, when they’re fast growing (as most of them are!), there’s a lot of changes to be made in this walk of their life! So if you’re not too sure where to start with letting them expand a little more into games designed for older children, this list is here to help. Of course they’re still going to need monitoring, but the tween years are a steady balance between being a parent and allowing a little freedom!

Mobile Apps


For Educational Purposes

One great way to get your kids interested in their school work, or any extra curricular activities, is by downloading a few good apps to their phone. When a kid is presented with a fun and interactive interface when it comes to enjoying a good book after school, they’re going to keep on reading!

It’s also a good way for the both of you to interact over a bit of homework. Kids are always going to need a bit of input from their parents, and often enough there’s not a more helpful way to do so than going through a good book together. You can laugh and joke over what you read, and also make sure proper notes are taken.

For Gaming

Everybody likes to waste a bit of time gaming on their phone, and kids are the ones who like to do it the most! That’s because it’s one of the most entertaining things you can do when you’re stuck in the backseat of a car or at home on the sofa. Yet, if you’re having no success in getting your kids to go outside, you can always boot up something fun on the iPad with them!

Try out the Final Fantasy 15 mobile app, as this is a good strategy game you can devote bags of time to together. It’s minimal in any kind of graphic violence, despite the theme, and is a good way to get the imaginative juices flowing.

For Watching Videos

Common apps such as youtube are the most popular of programs to download to a system, but did you know there’s a kid friendly version? If you’re worried about what your child might watch when they’re on their own with a tablet in front of them, make sure these settings are turned on before you let them loose!

You can also find a lot of creative content online here, and more official sites such as the BBC iPlayer is a good place for your child to access the kids channels that they miss when they’re at school. Let home time be fun time when you’ve got a good balance to it via this!

Using mobile technology is something we all do, and it can get quite addicting. Introduce family fun time via a piece of equipment to make the time more fulfilling, and a little less socially isolating.

Mobile Apps For Growing Children

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My Random Musings

Are you interested in making your days easier? If you are anything like me and juggling work, blogging, parenting and house-keeping, I expect your answer to be yes.

Now we can all get our heads turned by retail therapy and end up with items that are pricey and don’t actually help us. That is why I wanted to share JML’s favourite products for 2018 with you.

JML have a range of great kitchen, fitness and cleaning gadgets- perfect for making your everyday easier! I think it is brilliant that if your cookery and cleaning burden is lightened, you then have time to pursue fitness and any other hobbies.

Phoenix Copper Pro – £49.99


The unique combination of a HyperGlide™ Copper-Ceramic-coated soleplate and a built-in ProSteam Generator gives unbeatable levels of crease-removal for professional results.

I am more of a slummy mummy than a yummy one because I work from home. Let’s face it if you are going out to work or are in business, you need to look the part and creased clothing gives a poor impression. I think this comes in at a good price point too.

You could combine it with the next product from JML.

Ultimate FastFit Ironing Board – £9.99


With its unique 3-layer construction, the Ultimate FastFit Ironing Board Cover combines the non-slip qualities of a cotton-top cover and a thick felt underlay for a smooth, luxurious ironing experience.

I have worked with old and bad ironing board covers so feel this one is really worth investing in.

Hurricane Spin Scrubber – £39.99


With three interchangeable heads, spinning at an incredible 300rpm, and an extension pole that means you can reach every corner of your bathroom without bending or stretching, Hurricane Spin Scrubber will blast through grime and dirt.

I have received one of these to review and am so looking forward to sharing my findings with you very soon.

I do like sparkling clean bathrooms but they can be so difficult with baths in the way of where you want to clean and so much work up high and down low. So I am super-excited about this gadget which I think might even persuade the teenagers to get involved in housework. Well, a mum can dream!

Phoenix Gold Free Flight – £49.99


Phoenix Gold FreeFlight’s cordless design offers total freedom of movement combined with the power and versatility of a corded iron. This means you can iron with ease without stopping untangle the cord.

Ever Brite – £19.99


Days Easier

Ever Brite solar-charged security lights are the ultimate in peace-of-mind lighting. There are no batteries to change, they are easy to install with no screws and the motion sensor detects movement from 12 feet away.

I have always loved JML because they tackle the real issues of everyday life and make things that bit simpler.

Which product appeals to you most?


After a heavy week on the Best Boot Forward front last week, the lovely Chloe is lightening things up with some great questions on love and smiles to reflect on in our weekly linky.

Do you have something or someone in your life that makes you smile on a regular basis?

The someone has to be my son Ramsey who is a comic genius with fantastic word play. He also has a very expressive face which can make me chuckle without him saying a single word. He is very aware of his charisma and the power of it which I think will serve him very well in life.

My other children make me smile too of course but can’t drag me out of a down day as much as Ramsey.

What do you love about your life?

I love how balanced it is now with family, friends, work and play. I enjoy time both inside and out. I also enjoy I am no longer blighted by depression so can just decide to have a go at something without stressing about it. I love that my FB blogging groups and the Best Boot Forward FB community for women are going from strength to strength with very good hearts coming together. I love enjoying the present and having faith in my future.

2.How can you draw on this special feeling to help you keep moving forward on your quest to reaching your goals?

I think that I answered that a little in question 2. This is very typical of me and I have embarrassed many an interview panel as they asked me the first question and then I incorporated the other questions on their list into my first response. I guess I have a lot to say.

Seriously though, I think I move forward quite naturally now and want to encourage others to do so as it is so easy and so negative to get stuck.

I intend to review my Best Boot Forward goals in detail monthly but keep them in mind all the time so that they happen or if not, that there are very good reasons why not.

3.Can you do, or have you recently done something positive for someone in your life? Often, a great way to feel good about ourselves is to do something selfless – big or small. Could you perhaps lend a helping hand to a friend or maybe you have recently raised funds for charity?

I have a strong record of supporting charities by donating, volunteering, working for and managing them. To some extent doing this with such commitment took its toll on my wellbeing.

I now help charities via my blogging and social media and have a really interesting charity story coming soon from an amazing woman.

I give to good causes when I can and I am moved by the appeal.

I like to use my blog to support women who I still feel can get such a raw deal in society.


You can find out all about Best Boot Forward and get involved.

Cutting down on coffee is on my agenda as I put my Best Boot Forward to improve my physical health.

My coffee addiction

I was brought up a house where coffee was drunk in copious amounts by my late Mum and I an just the same. I actually have no idea how many mugs of coffee I drink a day. That in itself suggests I am drinking way too much. I drink it when I am bored, in need of comfort and don’t like to get out of bed until the first coffee of the day is delivered by my very obliging husband.

Cutting down on coffee

I am encouraging my children to drink more healthy options than they sometimes so and it is only fair to lead the way a bit by showing change is possible.

I have found an alternative that I actually like thanks to Ricola.


They don’t just blend their herbs into drops but also make them into herbal teas that are brilliantly warming and comforting for long, cold and damp days. Let’s fact it – we are getting plenty of those at the moment.

My husband does not like the tea or rather he says there is nothing wrong with it but he is happier to stick with coffee. He does not like change and never makes improvements for the sake of his health so this was no surprise. A girl has to try!

However, I really like the taste and particularly the Goodnight Tea. In fact and I cannot believe I am saying this, I much prefer it to coffee which means I can aim to cut out coffee as the weeks tick by.

Where to by Ricola Herb Teas

Ricola Herb Tea (£5.99, 200g – makes approx. 20 cups) contains our 13 herb blend, with peppermint as the dominant flavour note. It makes a refreshing alternative to regular tea.

Available from Holland & Barrett

Ricola Goodnight Tea (£5.99, 200g – makes approx.. 20 cups) contains a blend of orange blossom, rose, lemon balm, linden blossom, hops, red poppy and lavender, with a hint of honey for a relaxing and comforting evening brew. Available from Holland & Barrett

Do you have any great tips on cutting down on coffee?

Lucy At Home

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