All Change

Well it’s been forever since I last blogged here. I’ve had real writers block caused in the main by the fact that we had lots going on but I couldn’t make it public yet. My blog is no longer a place where I can write anonymously – real life friends and family read here and I would hate for them to discover something here that I hadn’t told them in real life.

So what’s been happening? Well 1st things 1st, 2013 was a terrible year for us personally. We suffered miscarriage after miscarriage and by the end of the year I was focused on coming to terms with the fact that a second child may not be a reality for us. I think I’m close to accepting that now. We aren’t giving up, and will likely have a couple more tries this year, but it’s important for my sanity that I don’t put too much pressure on this. If one child is what we are meant to have, we are blessed to have her already.

But the bigger news is something else entirely. Husband has been working away from home more and more over the last year and finally we have decided enough is enough. We have decided to move across the country to be closer to his work so he doesn’t need to stay away so much. We will be moving from Devon to Derbyshire and couldn’t be more excited! It’s a big move but the right time for us as we should be settled before we need to apply for a school place for L for Sep 2015.

We made the final decision over Christmas, then put our house on the market a couple of weeks ago. And yesterday we accepted an offer on it. Our buyers would like to move in April so that gives us just a few months left here. We spent the weekend in Derbyshire looking at houses, and yesterday had our offer accepted on a lovely house near a good school.

Everything is happening very quickly now, I just hope it all goes smoothly!

Only problem is now I need to think of a new blog name! Hmm any ideas?

Rest and recreation: Creating a play area in your child’s bedroom

Sponsored Post on behalf of Silentnight

In an ideal world we’d all have the money to splash out on a dedication space for every function of our homes. However, unless you’re Brad or Angelina reading this then chances are that you’ve had to hold back on having the lift and indoor Jacuzzi installed, and made a few concessions when it has come to the design of your house and home. When you have children the matter is particularly complicated – you obviously want to provide them with the best space possible for play and development, but for your own sanity it’s important to be able to enjoy your own space too – one that won’t be buried under a mountain of toys and clutter.

When space is at a premium, creating a play area in your child’s bedroom is the obvious solution. This allows you to create a space for your child that they can develop a real sense of ownership over, and keep the rest of your house relatively free of toys and clutter at the same time. The trouble with this, of course, is that your child needs both a place that is calm and relaxing for bedtime, but imaginative and inviting for playtime. So what can be done to create a practical balance between the two?

If you are going to create a combination bedroom-playroom, the key is to keep the two elements as separate as possible. The way that you organise your child’s bedroom can really affect the way they perceive it, and so getting the layout right is a key part of this. Your child’s creative space is pretty easy to engineer – a small table and chair will give them a place to colour and paint, whilst a relatively clear carpet area nearby gives them the chance to free play with their toys. However, ensuring that your child has an area in which they can be messy and creative is equally as important as creating a special area where your child can go and relax.

Setting up a “calm corner”, with comfortable seating and the child’s bed, can help create a clear and visible distinction between play and rest-time. Decorating this area with pastel colours can also have a calming effect, as many educational experts agree that it is these small, subtle details that can affect how a child behaves. If he or she is old enough, let your child play a part in designing the room. This helps them to develop a sense of self, and to identify the bedroom as ‘their space’. Since the bed is the most crucial element to get right, allow your child to choose from a selection of mattress and frame designs. Specialist retailers like Silentnight.co.uk and Layezee offer a wider selection of mattresses, frames and headboards that can help the child to personalise their bed a little more. Failing that, you could also allow them to choose from a selection of colour schemes or wallpaper designs. You might wind up raising your very own Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen!

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