Wednesday, 23 December 2015

My New Year's Resolutions, featuring our Favourite Brands!

Flamboyant Lady Animation This year I'm committed to getting it right,
Into bed early and up at first light,
Making the time do the things I forget,
Remembering birthdays, and dates that I've set.

Being that mum that everyone hates,
All made up and perfect, at the school gates,
With projects, P.E kit, and children serene,
Not covered in toast crumbs, but actually clean!

Meals all fresh and nutritionally sound,
Consisting of food mainly grown in the ground,
Nothing artificial, or sticky, or sweet,
Even if it is what they most want to eat!

Being first-rate and organised is my primary aim,
A mum coming first at the parent game,
I am certain, this year, I'll make it come true,
This is it, I commit, I will see it through!

Nothing can stop me! Except... maybe life,
And the ups and downs of every day strife,
Because however I try, every darned day,
Life always seems to get in the way!

So, perhaps it is time to accept that I'm me,
Not perfect, but normal, as it should be.
However I try, when all's said and done,
I expect I'll be same old, predictable mum!

I think I've finally got Christmas under control with one day to go, which is a vast improvement on last year! So, my thoughts have been turning to New Year's Resolutions. This year, my resolutions aren't just about me, they're more about L. He's ten this year and I really want him to learn to take care of some of his own needs and be more responsible, as well as get the most out of life, while he is still young enough to have the freedom to enjoy it! If you have plans for your children in the new year too, have a look at these ideas that I've put together from some of the companies we've worked with this year. 

The Outdoor Life

I don't think we spend nearly enough time outdoors and this is something I would really like to change. When Jade was small. we didn't have a car, so walking outside in all weathers was part of everyday life. Where we live now is lovely, but there isn't any civilisation for about three miles and even that's limited, so we have to remember to go out, just because it's good for us, which isn't always easy. Here are some ideas I came up with to encourage him outdoors!

Avengers Wellies
Funky wellies are really popular with children, like these wellies from Brantano, and you can't really wear them in the house, so they're bound to encourage outdoor play. Also, I think it's really important that they have appropriate footwear for the weather, or they might associate the great outdoors with being cold and miserable, which won't help at all! Props can also help, especially, I find, with boys. They seem to need an objective or something to do, so we always take along a camera or some binoculars. Bug viewers are great too, for the less sqeamish! *shudder* 

Managing Money

I don't know if I'm just getting old, but children's toys and games seem so expensive now. This is definitely the year when we will be introducing pocket money. It's becoming more and more important for L to understand the value of money, as he is starting to desire more expensive items. If he can see how his money builds, he will hopefully have a better understanding of its worth and will be responsible about what he spends it on. Skills that he will need more and more as he gets older. We've worked with two companies who are doing their bit to help improve our children's financial knowledge recently. 

Jangle Logo
The first, Experian, have launched a great new interactive app, called Jangle. It's totally free, and puts children in charge of saving for their own items. Parents can add tasks and prices for the child to earn their own money and it's fully customisable, so they can see their money building. This gives them a real sense of achievement, as well as a better understanding of what things cost! You can get it for iPad from the App Store. 

The second,, have launched a new debit card, especially for children, which works just like a normal debit card, but with additional safety features. Parents can load money on to the card, whenever they like, and they are brilliant for days out and even school trips. There is also an option to set up a regular payment onto the card as pocket money and it's all done through a handy smart phone app. You can see what L thought of the card in his Youtube Review. It's another great way to teach children good spending habits. 

Getting Crafty

Toilet Roll Butterflies
I've always felt craft activities are so important for families. It's not just the children that benefit, it also gives parents a chance to unwind, while they focus on creating something totally for fun, where the end result doesn't really matter and there are no deadlines or pressures involved! It's a great way to spend time together as a family and teaches children vital motor skills and, as they get older, creativity and patience! We've been working with Nouvelle, who have been sending us challenges to complete, involving toilet rolls! It's been great to have activities to complete and the children have really risen to the challenge, producing some lovely ideas, based on the theme suggested.

Water Bottle Creeper
Continuing the recycling theme, Brecon Carreg hosted a craft event that we attended where they showed us how to make monsters out of water bottles! You can find the instructions on the Brecon Carreg website to make your own. You could make something similar, using the same design, if you're not a fan of monsters. Perhaps a sea creature, or an alien! Craft activities are definitely something I want to do more of in the new year. We intend to carry this idea on in the New Year, perhaps coming up with our own toilet roll challenges! You can follow Nouvelle on Twitter to get access to the activity sheets yourself, if you would like to get involved with this project.  

Whatever your plans for the new year, we wish you are very happy and healthy one from all of us! 



  1. Brilliant poem Lucy, you are such a wordsmith! Good luck with introducing pocket money.

  2. great poem made me smile! We also tried the Osper card and I think this year I will be introducing pocket money too #prose4t

  3. Loved your poem! Had to giggle at "Being the mum that everyone hates"...heehee...I think I'll settle for just getting the kids to school on time and in uniform. #Prose4T

  4. This is such a fabulous poem Lucy - it sums up so very many things. It is great to see you back! I hope to see you again very soon :) Thanks for linking to Prose for Thought x


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