Plastic Straw Alternatives for Kids | Grassroots!

Plastic Straws have become hot topic of conversational in recent months due to the impact that single use plastic is having on the environment. While this is GREAT for the environment, as a parent, it had left me scratching my head for suitable plastic straw alternatives for kids! We all know kids love straws and at times they can be a life send, it’s the material the straws are made from that’s the issue and not their functionality.

 

Plastic Straw Alternatives for Kids

 

So what is the problem with plastic straws? Plastic waste in general is a huge problem for the environment. Plastic does not biodegrade. Nearly every piece of plastic that has ever been made is still in the environment somewhere. Unless it’s been burnt, but this too is extremely bad, as toxic fumes are released into the atmosphere. If it hasn’t been burnt though, it’s still here! While plastic is general is not great for the environment, the main issue really lies with single use plastics.… Read More

Are Zoos Cruel or Beneficial | Idealism in an Unidealistic World!

Are zoos cruel or beneficial? I’m sure this is a question that has passed through your mind many times as a parent.  Deciding if you should or shouldn’t visit a zoo with the kids. It is certainly a controversial subject, and I’m sure there isn’t a right or wrong answer. In an idealistic world, there would be no zoos. However, sadly today, there is a need to step in. Gone are the days when zoos are just an attraction for human entertainment. Species are now at risk of extinction. This is where zoos, in an unidealistic world can provide a safe haven. I’m not writing this post to convince you that Zoos are great. I believe every zoo could benefit from some improvement. However, hopefully I can provide you with some information, to make up your own mind to the question; Are zoos are cruel or beneficial?

 

Are Zoos Cruel or Beneficial

 

I have an MSc in Conservation Science, I’m not an expert but I have been taught a lot about the work Zoos undertake.… Read More

Pumpkin Hunt East Sussex | Ghoulish fun with Demelza Hospice

Halloween is one of our favourite holidays! Finlay just loves to dress up and is a real mini horror fan. At this time of year, we are always on the look out for gnarlish fun for Finlay. So when Demelza Hospice Care for Children contacted to ask if I would help promote their Pumpkin Hunt East Sussex this Halloween I jumped at the chance. Demelza do a fantastic job! This Pumpkin Hunt is a great way to raise some much needed funds and awareness for them this Halloween.

 

Pumpkin Hunt East Sussex

 

Demelza has provided specialist care and emotional support for children with terminal conditions and their loved ones since 1988. Caring for families in Kent, East Sussex & South East London. So they can enjoy time together as a family, for as long as they have. And as a Charity Demelza is almost entirely dependent on people like you to provide the funds that keep their services going.… Read More

Boots Mini Club Puddle Suit | Review

Come rain, wind or shine, we’re always out and about. So as Autumn draws in and days begin to get wetter, we are on the hunt for clothes to keep us warm and dry on our adventures. When Boots agreed to let me review their Boots Mini Club Puddle Suit, I was over the moon and excited to put it to the test! I regularly choose clothes from the Mini Club range as they are great quality,  durable and come in the most fantastic designs. I haven’t yet though, purchased a coat or waterproof, so hence my excitement!

 

Boots Mini Club Puddle Suit

 

Boots Mini Club Puddle Suit Review | Girls

 

This Autumn, the Mini Club range have released so many nature inspired designs and this Boots Mini Club Puddle Suit is perfect for any Nature Lover. The Puddle Suit is covered in Flowers and ferns and set beautifully against baby pink, splash resistant material.… Read More

Mud Tree Faces: Outdoor Crafts for Kids!

I have the perfect outdoor Nature Craft for the kids this Autumn! Think how amazing it would be if trees had faces! Well, they can with this really easy activity that can be incorporated into any outdoor walk, or even just the garden! Today I am going to show you how to create Mud Tree Faces! This is a really fun, yet simple activity that will get your child’s imagination running, literally, wild!

 

Kids outdoor nature craft Mud Tree faces

 

What you will need:

  • Small container of water
  • Something to dig with
  • Small jug or bowl
  • Collection pot or bag
  • Leaves, shells, pine cones, stones, twigs etc
  • Lots of Imagination!

 

Outdoor Craft

 

Once your out and about tell your children that at some point along your walk you will be making some magical mud faces for the tree’s. Give them a little bag, and get them to forage as you walk for items that could be used.… Read More

Harvester Restaurant Review: Family Friendly Dining!

Last Tuesday we were invited to visit our local Horse and Groom, Harvester to try out their new menu! We don’t often visit the Horse and Groom as we have a Harvester 5 minutes from our door, so it was actually a nice change. The Harvester chain promotes its self as a family friendly restaurant, so we were keen to put this to the test and see what new food they had on offer. If I’m honest, our expectations were not high. While we have never had a bad experience, our experiences tend to have been mediocre.

 

Harvester Review Horse Groom Polegate East Sussex family friendly restaurant

 

The Horse and Groom Harvester is situated in a growing village in East Sussex called Polegate. While the setting isn’t anything special. It sits next to a crossroads on a busy road. On the plus side, it’s also very easy to find. The building though is a lovely old style pub with a beautiful mature oak tree in the outside garden.… Read More

Emmeline: Today I am 18 Months old

On the 06th September Emmeline turned 18 months old. I can’t quite believe I’m writing this post. Not just because of the milestone, but I actually haven’t update about Emmie since she was 9 Months old. This was down to my little break, but my how things have changed since back then. She is no longer a baby, she’s a full blown toddler. I have so much to update you with!

 

18 Months old

 

Emmeline is so different from her older brother, they are honestly like chalk and cheese. Fin is wild and always has been, Emmeline is calm and relaxed. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t found her voice and she will growl and scream defiantly if anything is taken from her. However, most of the time she just gets on with things. She is very independent and will happily try and do things on her own and will ask for help if she needs it.… Read More

Looking back: One year after starting school!

Almost one year ago today, Finlay started school. As he entered Foundation Stage, I remembered back over the last 4.5 years. Without meaning to sound cliche, it had gone in a blink of an eye. That tiny newborn was standing before me, a child. In crisp, slightly too big school uniform, looking so so grown up. A lump was in my throat, but I remember feeling immense pride. We all stood in our kitchen that first morning filled with such a strange excitement. None of us quite knowing what this next chapter in life would hold, but knowing somehow, it was going to be good.

 

First day starting school

 

I learnt many things that the first term, like how amazing my darling little boy could be. That he took it all in his stride and got stuck in 100%, never complaining and wanting so hard to please. I learnt that clothes just disappear and then thankfully reappear.… Read More

Hardwearing Back to School Shoes with Jake Shoes

 

This time last year, Finlay was about to embark on his journey through school. I had heard, I had researched and I had conflicting opinions as to what the best pair of school shoes would be for him. Obviously, I wanted something comfy, something hardwearing, but that wasn’t going to set me back a fortune. I thought I had picked the right pair, what a rookie I was! The first pair hardly lasted the first week. The next pair didn’t last much longer. The third did a good stint, but they defiantly needed replacing come the end of term. I was incredibly excited when I was asked to review a pair of back to school shoes from the wonderful guys over at Jake Shoes!

Hardwearing back to school shoes Jake shoes review

Jake Shoes is an award winning, independently owned and family run company set up in 1975. They have three high street stores based in Manchester, Stockport and Altrincham and an online store.… Read More

9 Real Truths Mums Need to Know About Starting School!

starting school what mums need to know

It’s that time of year when a lot of mums are experiencing the excitement of their little ones starting school for the very first time. However, it’s a time that is also filled with fear and dread. The unknown is scary and I know all too well. I was there this time last year. The panic and anxiety. Will he be OK, will I be OK? well, I hope I can ease some worries and calm some nerves with what I have learnt this year. Here’s what you need to know and remember, if we survived, you most certainly will!

 

1: You will cry on their first day and their last day. You will probably cry several times throughout the year too. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Most of the other mums will be crying too. Put some tissues in your bag. My only advice here would be, try not to blub too much until after your child is through the door.… Read More