One of the most stressful points in life is moving to a new home. It doesn’t matter whether you are moving from your parent’s house to college, from college to a place of your own and then in with a new partner, moving is stressful. You have to consider so many different things to be able to stay as organised as possible while coordinating the schedules of real estate agents, movers, the bank: you name them, you’re going to be the one organising them.

Buying a home is a long process. From comparing the mortgage calculator on every bank website to get the best deal for you, to finding the right home and discovering that it’s going to be a while before you can move in. The most stressful move? The one that you do after you’ve expanded your family. Children bring so much joy into our lives. Their very presence is enough to make your whole life feel complete – but my goodness if they’re not the hardest part of a house move! Trying to explain to them, no matter their age, the change that’s about to happen and what it will mean for them isn’t easy. Toddlers and babies are the easiest to transition to a new home, but they’re also the hardest to predict in terms of mood and actions when you actually get to moving day. Teenagers will likely be the ones who resist a move, especially if it means moving to a new school and making new friends again but will also be the easiest to coordinate on moving day. There’s really no winning combination here, but there are a few things that you can do to make it as smooth as you can. Being a parent isn’t easy, but being a parent on moving day could be easier with the tips that we have for you below:

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Get Them Involved. When we are talking about a baby, the most involved that they could be is to stay asleep on you or nearby while you coordinate the movers and the removals. For older children, they will need a level of preparation. You should aim to start discussing the house move with them at least a month or two before you start looking for properties. They could come with you to viewings if you get them excited enough. This way, they can see the places that they could be living and the new area that they could be living in. It allows them time to think about the process ahead and think through it. They can also see any attractions like parks and pools in the local area, so that they can imagine the fun that they could have in the new area.

Relinquish Control. You’re a control freak. You know it, I know it, your family knows it. When it comes to life, probably not, but when it comes to moving to a new house? You have that military precision that makes things run smoothly. So, when you think about giving the kids a little control over the move, watch out for coming out in hives. Don’t worry, I’m just kidding. Giving the kids an element of control in this change in their lives is going to make a huge difference to their experience. When you are buying a new home, you get the chance to give them the opportunity to splash their personality over their new bedroom. Let them help you with the décor and paint colours if they are old enough to have an input. Stick to colours rather than themes, though, as it will be so much easier to change a colour than strip back and sort out a theme every time they get a new favourite character!


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Avoid Mid-Semester Moves. School is a constant in the lives of your children, and if you want to move to a new area and start them at a new school, avoid moving to a new house in the middle of the semester. You need to make this transition a smooth one, so moving away AFTER the semester or school year has ended will not only give them a few weeks to settle into the new area, it allows them to be ready to settle into a new school with a fresh year. Not many children enjoy being the ‘new kid’ on the block, but time and conversation can help them to move smoothly and with a lot less anguish.

Play Happy. Sure, a move is stressful on you as a parent, but it’s going to be less stressful all round if your kids don’t know about it! If they see you worried, stressed or panicking, they’re going to start worrying about that and feeling stressed. You need the kids to feel as relaxed as possible so that they can move to a new home without worrying that it will all fall through. There’s a lot of build-up involved in buying a new house, and that’s not just for you, either. The move itself should be a huge adventure for all of you, and the more that you make it so, the happier all of you will be. Kids will always look up to you to see what their own emotions and feelings should be. They’ll want to make sure you are okay, but that’s not really their job, is it? They’re your children and you need to play at being happy, even if you’re not feeling it right now.

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Children don’t often have a say in the big decisions in their lives, so the only thing that you can really do is make the whole process as bump-free as possible. You are the constant that your children have in their lives, and you need to be the person that they look to for their happiness and excitement. Make the move a smooth one, and you’ll all be settling in and headed to school with smiles on your faces. It’ll happen; don’t worry!


Welcome to another week of food for thought and acting positively with Best Boot Forward. As ever, you are really welcome to link up any blog post which is about your life and how you endeavour to live well and proactively even on the trickier days.

Food For Thought

This week I was lacking in inspiration so grabbed a pain au chocolat which got me thinking about food generally.

Here are some questions to reflect on but don’t feel tied down by them. They are only ever there to help. Tackle one, all or none of them as you see fit. You do not have to answer them to join in with the Best Boot Forward linky.

  1. What has given you food for thought this week about your life or the position of women in society?
  2. Who would you say is “food for the soul” in your life?
  3. What is your relationship with food and is it a healthy one?
  4. If you could have 5 people alive or dead around your dinner table tonight, who would you choose?

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Well, that’s it from me for this week and I hope these questions are useful to you in some way.

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For those who live in Cincinnati and are parents to a teenager, you know better than anyone how difficult it can be to keep them busy, happy, and out of trouble. Even if you don’t live in Cincinnati, for example, you are just planning on visiting with your teenager, the same problem exists. Finding activities that are teenager appropriate and fun is key. Rather than spending all kinds of time researching events and activities, or worse yet, dragging them out to things that end up a total bust, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of fun things to do with teens in Cincinnati. So let’s jump right in.

The Cincinnati Escape Room

If you want to make a splash with your teen and be seen as the “cool parent” then you’ll want to take them to the Cincinnati Escape Room through Breakout Games. This is the real-life version of the popular escape room apps. You will be placed in a locked room and given 60 minutes to escape. Escape is achieved by finding clues hidden around the room, then using those clues to solve puzzles. It’s just the kind of unexpected activity that is sure to put a smile on even that hard-to-please teen’s face.

Coney Island – Take in All the Thrills and Adventures

Amusement parks are always a crowd pleaser with teens, it seems, which is why a visit to Coney Island is a great idea. Known as Cincinnati’s playground, Coney Island has been in business since 1886. You’ll find a huge variety of rides and attractions, a water park, and special events throughout the season. Be sure to check out the Coney Island website for information on hours of operation and the special events taking place.

Take in a Baseball Game

If your teenager is a sports fan, then tickets to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game is sure to be a hit. For an added bonus, the Reds are constantly holding promotions, contests, events, and giveaways. You can check their events calendar for more information. If you want to make a real day out of it, you can also visit the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum to learn more about the famed-team.

Discover What Fountain Square Has to Offer

For those who are conscious of budget, Fountain Square is ideal. This square is found downtown and is constantly hosting free performances and concerts. It can end up being quite the hip and happening place, especially during the warm summer months.

Non-Stop Fun and Entertainment at Scene75 Entertainment Center

If your teen is all about hands-on activities and games then the Scene75 Entertainment Center is the place to be. The center features 120 arcade games, 10 attractions, and dining. It is billed as the largest indoor entertainment center in the country.

Keeping Your Teen Happy and Busy

Each of these activities is sure to keep your hard-to-please teen happy and, best of all, entertained. You’re sure to earn brownie points for these activities.


The Pramshed

Inflammation is our body’s natural reaction to injury and infection, causing redness and swelling. Whilst healthy in small doses, chronic inflammation can lead to conditions and diseases such as arthritis and cancer. It can also contribute to aging of the skin and body by constantly putting the body under stress. Here are five ways that you can fight the effects if inflammation


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Consume less sugar

If you eat lots of sugary snacks or consume lots of soft drinks, it’s likely this will be making your inflammation worse. Such foods and drinks cause our blood sugar levels to spike, which in turn causes us to produce insulin which triggers inflammation. Consuming lots of sugar has been proven to make inflammatory conditions such as IBD, acne and arthritis a lot worse. Natural sugars like fructose as found in fruit aren’t so dangerous as the body is better equipped at getting rid of them – it’s the sugars found in cakes and cola that you’ve got to worry about.

Take a hot bath

Another way in which you can reduce inflammation is by taking a hot bath. In fact, it’s often advised by doctors for those that have a bad back. The hot water in a bathtub not only relaxes muscles so they’re not pulling as tightly, it’s also be shown to lower cortisol levels causing high blood sugar levels and inflammation.

Try natural supplements

Whilst you can take medication to ease inflammation and numb the pain, relying on meds isn’t always healthy as they can be addictive. Natural supplements could be worth trying out as a way of fighting inflammation. These include supplements such as turmeric, ginger and omega-3 fish oil. Make sure to always read the label on the bottom as certain supplements may not be advised in certain conditions (for example, taking fish oil supplements whilst also taking aspirin or blood thinners could have a negative effect).

Get enough sleep

It’s when we’re asleep that our body does most of its healing. Infections and injuries causing inflammation may be going unhealed as a result. In fact, a lack of sleep could even make inflammation worse – when we haven’t had enough sleep, our body produces the stress hormone cortisol, which makes inflammation worse. Scientists have also found other correlations between lack of sleep and inflammatory diseases.

Stay active

People with inflammatory diseases like back pain used to be advised to stay in bed by doctors, but newer research suggests that its better to be active. Mild exercise is thought to slow the deterioration of joints and improve mood and sleep. Certain activities may be better for people with inflammatory diseases than others – if you’ve got joint problems the likes of running and jumping should be avoided, whilst swimming and yoga are recommended. When it comes to severe pain, you’re better off resting, however milder chronic pain is likely to be made better through exercise.

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Mummies Waiting

We are definitely a male-dominated household with two sons aged 12 and 17 and my husband plus 2 male dogs. We had to get a female kitten to redress the balance a bit recently.

I digress from the point of this post which is to describe the various clothing choices of the male members of my family.

My youngest son is very easy to buy for and knows exactly what he likes in the style stakes. He loves Saltrock clothing in particular and likes zipped hoodies and leggings preferring to be comfy at all times.

My husband used to wear suits most of the time and my children used to despair that he never wore casual clothing. That has changed recently with him working from home and relaxing that bit more. He has suddenly started buying T-shirts with fun slogans and is more likely to buy a pair of jeans than a new suit. This is a huge change for him!

My oldest son is trying to find his own style which I guess is normal at 17 years of age. He is absolutely man-sized now however much I still see him as my little boy. He is taller than his Dad by some way now which he really enjoys  of course. He has suddenly had yet another growth spurt and I have promised to buy him some new clothing. I usually buy from George at Asda as it is quick and easy to get an online delivery. However, I have recently looked at other brands. River Island have a brilliant offer on jeans where you can get a discount if you buy two pairs and my son particularly like the Black Dean Straight Leg ones. As a mum I am delighted the jeans come in different leg lengths recognising  that men and boys do come in different shapes and sizes.

In fact, with such affordable prices which to be honest surprised me, I might add a pair or two for my husband to my next order too.


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