What does nursery education mean to you? What did your little one learn at nursery today?

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I remember nursery as a really positive thing personally. I had this great teacher called Miss Bun who had the hairstyle to match. Mum got a break and I learned new things. That was in the days when you did not need to worry about paying for nursery education.

When my parents were unable to care for my son any longer due to caring for a poorly relative, I found a brilliant Montessori nursery. I loved the approach to learning and how they worked to the individual child. They used a child’s passions as a tool to encourage further learning. They had great resources and caring staff. I loved seeing my son in his cute little red and yellow uniform. I was sure we were doing the right thing as he made new friends and developed new skills including reading.

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Sadly my other two children went to a different nursery and I missed the Montessori setting which was idyllic surrounded by high walls and beautiful gardens. My other two went to a city centre nursery and if I am honest, I was not really impressed at all but needs must when you are trying to make ends meet. They only stayed there for a few months but long enough for my son to get toilet-trained easily something I always struggled with when parenting. Judge me but I just don’t seem to have the knack of persuading babies and tots to use the loo.

So I have had mixed experiences of nurseries and am keen to see that they are available so that parents can work without worrying if their child is OK and also so that stay-at-home parents can get a much-needed break. The big thing is to ensure that nurseries are not only available in an exclusive way based on wealth and that standards of education, care and security are high.

How has nursery helped YOUR child? Share your story on the hashtag #NurseriesGrowMinds with @savechildrenuk!

Celebrity moms are always in the news and some of us aspire to be more like them.

Mums are individuals so some will want to follow a certain style icon whilst others will be inspired by celebrity moms who campaign for good causes. Do you admire a particular celebrity mom.

With Mothering Sunday just a few days away, I wanted to let you know about fun quiz from My Voucher Codes.

Looking at the photographs of moms on the quiz, I spotted Katie Holmes who is of course desperate to be just like me, her namesake. Are you most like Madonna, Victoria Beckham or the Duchess of Cambridge?

Are you super-organised or more laid back when it comes to parenting?

What would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift for you?

My result was Jennifer Garner which means I offer a strong and independent role model for my children. If anything I wish this was far more the case but moms have to work with what we have available to us.

I do have a strong work ethic and encourage my children to work hard to pursue dreams that matter to them.

Apparently I try to shield my children from the big bad world. I am very protective and I guess I home educate to keep my younger children away from bullying so that is probably spot on.

Enough about me. Take a few minutes to find out which celebrity mom you are like? You can discover your perfect gift just in time to whisper in someone’s ear just in time for Mothers’ Day.

Is it time to rest?

Today is 29th February and social media is telling us we have an extra day. I wonder what most mums have done with that day. My guess is that most will not have taken it as a day of rest. I imagine mums across the world doing their usual mix of juggling a whole heap of stuff – parenting, work, friends, partners, caring, commuting, running a business and housework.

I am on happy pills to treat depression. They keep me on a cheerful and happy keel. I am thankful for them.

One of the most important things they do is to ensure I rest when I need to. My body simply slips into a nap when it needs one. It might last 20 minutes or 2 hours.

I have an unproven theory that half the reason so many mums struggle with mental health issues is that they are frankly knackered. It makes absolute sense to me that sleep deprivation built up over the years of waking babies, poorly toddlers and gaming teens is bound to take a toll of the poor mums. Add in that in so many families mums still take on the bulk of the housework possibly combined with volunteering, caring for elderly relatives, being self-employed or keeping a job down and it is clear most of us need a day of rest.

People who know me say I am difficult when I am tired. So when I am on my happy pills, I get enforced rest and everyone is a winner.

So I cherish my magic moments which mean I sleep and am restored to my best.

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Olverum bath oil helped to improve my day.

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I was feeling a little under the weather and lethargic. The cold temperatures are getting me down a bit as this Winter seems to be going on and on. Where is Spring?

This afternoon I decided I would cheer myself up with a restorative bath. I am a big fan of baths. Over the years of parenting, I have got into the habit of not taking those long ones of yesteryear with a book in hand and candles to help me relax

In fact, I visited my brother and had a bath and he could not believe how quickly I got out of it. I am just used to one of the children needing or wanting something from me so I find it challenging to switch off and indulge.

I headed upstairs today and ran a bath adding Olverum Bath Oil
a highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work synergistically. It claims to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights’ sleep. I certainly managed an afternoon nap after my bath so I am a fan

Olverum also claims to be a great way to ease aching or sore muscles so may well be coming into play after our forest walks.

The first thing I noticed was that I was not going to get a bubble bath. Then I reminded myself that this is a blend of oils so I should not expect bubbles. I used to use aromatherapy oils a lot, It was lovely to immediately smell a gorgeous aromatic scent. I can see how it would help you a lot if you had a cold or flu. What I loved was that the scent did not wear off as I continued with my bath. I also noticed that my skin seemed extra smooth during and after the bath.

This time-honoured formulation of Olverum Bath Oil has remained largely unchanged for 83 years. Now beautifully re-packaged, yet still retaining the same formulation loved for eight decades by its’ passionate devotees, Olverum recently launched under new British ownership.

Family Fever

New blog hops will be hosted by this blog as I fancy jazzing things up a bit, finding new blogs to read and remembering to visit my favourite old-time bloggers.

I have a lot of ideas and have decided to go with this weekly selection of blog hops.

1. Blogging to Jogging – a weekly blog hop about healthy living including weight loss journeys, exercise and fitness posts and healthy eating recipes. Will open for business every MONDAY.

2. Births/Deaths/Marriages/Birthdays and Anniversaries – the life events that really matter most of all. Will open for business on TUESDAY on a revolving basis so one week it will be births, the next deaths (tributes to our lost loved ones) and so on.

3. It’s all about me! I want folks to link up posts that are about themselves as individuals away from parenting duties – hobbies, work, fashion and beauty or anything that shows what an amazingly ordinary/extraordinary person you are. Open for business on WEDNESDAY

4. Thematic Thursday – I will set a theme and ask folks who have blogged or want to blog on that theme to link up. Open for business on THURSDAY.

5. Mummy Me Time – a blog hop to encourage mums to carve out time for themselves and to tell us what they did with that time. Opens for business on FRIDAY

6. All Change – a blog hop where mums can say how things could be made better for mums and families. In the hope that policy-makes at all levels will sit up and take notice. Opens for business on SATURDAY

7. Showcase Sunday – a free for all where you can link up ONE post old or new that matters to you.

Hope to see some of you joining in and know it will help my blog organisation so win-win.