Top Tips for Dealing with Back to School Blues*


*This is a collaborative post*

After 6 long weeks away, it can be hard for children to transition back to school. Their habits may have changed and will need to get used to waking up bright and early for school in the morning. To make this as smooth of a transition as possible and help your child settle in, here are some tips from a private school in Cambridge.  


Set the Alarms

If things have gone a miss since they waved goodbye to their school gates in July, it’s not too late to put them right. Starting sooner rather than later will make sure that they have enough time to adjust their sleep routines and that they are not sleep deprived on their first day back. This should be something that you do 2 weeks before school starts.


Maintain Routine 

At school, children have a set routine. When they break up, there’s not very much that they can get up to. Work is limited to what you choose to do with them and their homework. To help them stay in the swing of things and keep their brains active, you can set them regular learning tasks throughout their holidays. Even if that’s one a day, it’s something to keep their brain stimulated. Many ready-made lesson plans are available that you can take inspiration from.


Build Their Excitement

Positive reinforcement can make your child excited about going back to school. You can talk to them about how much they will have to look forward to this academic year and the friends that they will be able to see again. It’s all about frame of mind and you can help to change that.


Talk to Them

If you suspect that your child is going through the back-to-school blues, try talking to them. You will be able to gauge whether there’s an underlying reason as to why they are reluctant to go back and be able to help. 



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Teaching Your Child to Manage their Emotions*


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Things can happen in life that are difficult to deal with. Your child will at some point deal with feelings of sadness, jealousy, frustration and many more. It's important that they know how to handle these emotions and there are many techniques that they can use to do this such as mindfulness. Here’s some guidance from a private school in Surrey on how you can teach your child to manage their emotions.



Mindfulness involves being aware of your surroundings. It engages all 5 senses, helping to “ground” your thoughts. Those that practise mindfulness see lots of benefits such as increased clarity and focus and reduced anxiety. It is, however, something that your child will need to work on for a little while before seeing any noticeable improvements. This will need to be down both when relaxed and when overwhelmed by a particular emotion.



Counting Candles

One that you can practice with younger children is candle counting. They will need to pretend that their fingers are candles and blow each until they are extinguished. As they do, they will begin to forget about what was bothering them.


Mindful Walking

There’s something about being outdoors that makes us feel calmer. There are lots of things that we can divert our attention towards like birds, plants, and animals. When out on your walk, encourage your child to think of each using their five senses.



Practising gratitude can also make us feel happier and more content. Studies have shown that children are more inclined to do well at school because of the strong bonds that they have with those around them. This is something that you can implement into your child’s routine with a journal. It will give them a place to document their day and everything that that they have to be grateful for. 




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The Benefits of Using Multiple Social Media Platforms

We all know that social media is a powerful tool. It can be used to connect with friends and family, promote businesses, or even just to keep up with the news. But did you know that using multiple social media platforms can provide even more benefits?


If you didn't, here are just a few of them:

1. You Can Reach a Wider Audience

When you use multiple social media platforms, you can reach a wider audience than you would if you just stick to one. Each platform has its own unique user base, so by being present on multiple platforms, you can tap into different groups of people.


This is especially useful if you're trying to reach a specific target market. For example, if you're trying to sell products to teenage girls, you'll have more luck on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat than you will on Facebook.


Recently, TikTok, the video-sharing platform, has become increasingly popular among teenagers and young adults. If you're trying to reach this specific demographic, it's worth creating an account and posting content regularly.


To ensure that your content is being seen by as many people as possible, you may want to consider buying some TokMatik TikTok followers to give you a head start on this platform, especially if you want to reach as wide an audience as possible.

2. You Can Connect With Other Influencers

If you dream about being able to connect with other influencers in the industry, signing up to as many sites as you can could be paramount to achieving this.


By building relationships with other influencers, you can share each other's content, collaborate on projects, and perhaps even guest-post on each other's sites. If you are a business, this is an ideal way to get in front of a new audience, as well as increasing your reach and followers.


You can also give each other advice, support, and feedback, which can be invaluable in helping you both to grow your online presence.

3. You Can Post Different Types of Content

Another advantage of using multiple social media platforms is that you can post different types of content on each one. For example, you might post photos on Instagramvideos on YouTube and TikTok, and text-based updates on Twitter.


This is a great way to keep your followers engaged because they’ll always have something new to look at when they visit your page. And, if you’re creative with your content strategy, you can produce all sorts of interesting and unique content that will attract new followers and keep your existing ones coming back for more.

4. Specific Audiences Can Be Targeted

When you use multiple apps, you can target specific audiences more effectively. For example, on LinkedIn, you can target business professionals, while on Instagram you can target younger consumers.


By tailoring your content and advertising to specific audiences, you can maximize your reach and get the most out of your social media marketing efforts.

5. They Can Be a Powerful Marketing Tool For Businesses

With so many social media platforms to choose from, it can be overwhelming for businesses trying to decide which ones to use. But with the right approach, each of these platforms can be powerful marketing tools.


TikTok, for example, is a great platform for businesses that want to reach a younger audience. Its short videos are perfect for capturing people's attention and its playful tone makes it a fun place to hang out. As a result, businesses that use TikTok can expect to see a lot of engagement from users.


Similarly, Instagram is a beneficial platform for businesses that want to showcase their products or services. With its visually-driven content, businesses can really make an impact on potential customers. And with the recent addition of shoppable posts, they can now sell their products directly on Instagram!


By carefully choosing the right platform for their business, businesses can reach a wider audience and achieve their marketing goals.


With so many platforms to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth your time. In this article, we’ve outlined the benefits of using multiple social media platforms, regardless of whether you're using them for personal or business use.


We hope you found this information useful and that it helps you decide which social media platforms are best for your needs.

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Guide to making your Spring/Summer Wedding Special*

*This is a collaborative post*
Wedding season is well and truly in full swing and I love it. Couples the world over have finally been saying 'I do' after having to previously postpone their nuptials during lockdown. Two of my friends fall into this category and they had their wedding last month, the bride looked absolutely beautiful. With this is mind, in todays post I'm sharing some tips on how to plan for a Spring/Summer wedding. 
Create a wedding planner/scrapbook
After the initial excitement of your engagement has calmed down, treat yourself to some bridal magazines and also a large scrapbook. I bought a gorgeous elegant white scrapbook from The Works which only cost a few pounds, you don't need to spend a lot. Use your scrapbook to create your very own wedding planner. It will help you stay organised as you plan the wedding of your dreams. It's also a place to include any inspiration, any thoughts and in the future it will be a lovely memento to look back through.

Budget and plan the guest list
When deciding what your budget will be, you need to be realistic. How much of your savings do you want to use? How much of your monthly wage can you afford to put towards the wedding? Then you need to break down your planned budget and allocate it for separate things. Your wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, suits for the groomsmen, venue, photographer, flowers, caterer, cake, wedding stationery, marriage licence, rings, etc. At this point you should come up with your guest list too so you can work out approximately how much you'll need to budget for your wedding package. 

Hire a wedding planner 
Not everyone can afford a wedding planner and many brides actually prefer to do the planning themselves anyway. However, if you hate stress and can afford it, a wedding planner can take care of all the details leaving you to sit back and relax. 
If you want a helping hand without hiring a professional then check out one of the many wedding planning apps. They'll at least help you to stay organised and on track.
Choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen 
There is no right or wrong number when choosing your wedding party. Sit down with your fiancee and make a list of who is most important to you or who you'd like to be included as a bridesmaid. He should do the same regarding his groomsmen. Yes it can be tricky when you don't want to upset particular friends by not asking them, but your wedding party comes with cost. Choose the friends you feel closest to and if you can't decide between friends then choose family members such as siblings. If you want a helping hand throughout your wedding planning journey then don't forget to pick a maid of honour or chief bridesmaid who will commit to the role.

Finding the perfect wedding dress
You should really start looking about ten months prior to the big day. This gives you ample time to pick a dress and get alterations made. If you plan on loosing any weight, do this before you buy the dress. There's nothing worse then the stress of trying to slim down to into a dress you've already bought. 
Before you go shopping for your wedding dress, set your budget and then have a browse online or in magazines at all the different styles. Look at your body type, what would flatter you best? Would you prefer a classic dress or more non-traditional attire? Do you have a particular theme or style in mind? Decide on the general shape, cut, neckline, stap preference and colour before you go shopping. There's so much choice available that it can feel a tad overwhelming. However, if you have a bit of an idea before you book an appointment with a bridal shop, then the assistant will be better able to assist. Don't be afraid to take pictures with you of what you have in mind. Gone are the days of just choosing between traditional white dresses, we've come a long way and many brides opt for tea length dresses or even jumpsuits. Two pieces of advice to bear in mind, firstly, plan early on what underwear you're going to wear. Make sure you have this on when trying on your wedding dress as you'll get a true idea of what you and the dress will look like. Secondly, make sure you walk around, move around and try sitting down in your dress. You'll be wearing it for the best part of a day and comfort is just as important as looking good.  
Choosing bridesmaids dresses
The same goes for choosing your bridesmaids dresses. This can be a particularly nightmarish task. Not only do you have to pick dresses that fit in with what you want, but you also want your girls to be happy too. Finding a dress that everyone loves is always going to be difficult. Firstly, you need to choose a style and colour that compliments your wedding dress, theme if there is one, and season. However, if you can't settle on a style or shape that suits all the girls, why not stick to one colour and have dresses in various styles? This mismatched trend has become popular and can look very effective on the big day when done right. It can also make it easier to find dresses to suit the different shapes and sizes of the wedding party. When shopping, don't just get pigeon holed into thinking you have to buy traditional bridesmaids dresses from a wedding boutique. I know plenty of brides who have taken to the high street or even ASOS for their dresses to stay within budget. Prom dresses are another great option for your bridesmaids. Many are made in the same style as bridesmaids dresses and with so much choice available, you're sure to find something you and your bridesmaids love. Just remember, choose your prom dress or bridesmaids dresses carefully, it's important that they compliment you. You don't want their dresses to outshine your own!
When you've decided on your bridesmaids, why not have a get together over tea (or champagne) and cake? It's a fun way to celebrate and discuss your ideas so take your scrapbook along and get their thoughts too.

Pick your venue
You may have a venue already in mind, but before you part with your deposit, check that the venue meets all your requirements first. Does it have overnight accommodation? If not, are there hotels nearby for your guests? Does it have the capacity to hold your guest list? On the other hand, is it too big? Does the venue provide the catering you like? If not, will it allow outside vendors to cater for your big day? There are lots of considerations to make before you settle on a final decision so do your research first and make a list of any questions you may have.
Choose apps that allow wedding photos to be shared
One of my favourite aspects of a wedding is poring over the photos and videos after the big day is over. There's nothing like the anti climax after a hugely successful and enjoyable wedding. I remember being maid of honour and the following day all I wanted to do was re-live the whole thing again. Having wedding photos and videos to look through is a brilliant way to re-live the moments, appreciate the memories and have plenty of laughs. Of course you'll have the photographs that have been taken professionally by your chosen photographer, but if you also use a photo sharing app such as Wedding Photo Swap, your guests will be able to take candid shots of the day and upload them too.

Hire your vendors
A wedding usually requires many vendors. Unless you have a friend who is particularly talented at taking photos, you'll want to hire a professional photographer. Read online reviews and check out their previous work before making a decision. 
Are you doing your own makeup or would you like it done by a make-up artist? The same goes for your hair, are you confident doing it yourself or would you prefer a hairdresser to style it? Make sure you book a trial run with your make-up artist and hairdresser. Show them pictures of any looks you have in mind, be upfront and honest about what you like and don't like. You want to look picture perfect on your big day.
You'll need a florist for your bouquets, for the groomsmens boutonnieres and for the centrepieces. Note that centrepieces don't have to include flowers if you don't want, I actually love some of the alternate DIY wedding centrepieces that I've seen brides create. 
When it comes to your wedding cake, it's crucial to see the bakers previous work and take the taste test. Show them photos of any designs you like.
Would you prefer a DJ or live music? Have you always dreamed of pulling up outside the venue in a horse drawn carriage or in a limo? Are you planning to make your own wedding stationery, invites and save the dates or are you having them produced professionally? Finally, don't forget to hire your officiant as you won't get very far without one!
You can find many comprehensive lists of wedding vendors online which I recommend checking out so you don't overlook anything important. 

If you're looking to read more wedding related content then do head on over to my wedding category. Enjoy!

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Edible Postal Gift Ideas ft. Chummy's Bakery*

 *Gifted collaboration but all opinions my own*

We've reached that time of year again, the school summer holidays are fast approaching and as a teaching assistant myself, I can't wait for several weeks off! 

Parents and guardians from all over the UK will be looking for little gifts to give teachers and teaching assistants as a way of saying thank you for helping to educate and nuture their little ones. Of course there's all the usual gift ideas, 'Best Teacher' mugs, personalised tote bags, keyrings, chocolates etc etc, but how about gifting a selection box of delicious brownies instead?  




I was recently gifted a selection of brownies from Chummy's Bakery and oh my gosh they were delicious. Each brownie was soft and gooey in the centre with a slight crunch on the outside, the perfect brownie texture. I ate mine with a good old cup of tea. 

They came beautifully packaged as you can see from the photos below, and as everything could be recycled that was a real plus in my books. Wrapped in greaseproof paper and packed with organic shredded paper, the packaging is bio-degradable making it super eco-friendly.



I love that Chummy's Bakery provide a Brownie Delivery service and if you pop on over to the website at the moment, there's 10% off when you sign up to their newsletter. In my selection box I received six brownies; Original Recipe, Salted Caramel, Lotus Biscuit, Oreo, Chocolate Orange and Kinder. My favourite was definitely the Original Recipe but my daughter loved the Chocolate Orange, she said it was yummy. It's safe to say they didn't last long in our house!  

Chummy's Bakery also offer a selection of cookies, blondies, rocky roads and cupcakes which all look amazing. I want to try the blondies next.

Although they may seem a little on the pricey side in this current economic climate, these brownies definitely have a luxury taste and apperance about them which makes them the perfect gift or treat either for yourself or someone you know.

Head on over to their website for yourself and check out all their delicious sweet treats.

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