I get so excited to see daffodils in bloom. Whilst not my most favourite flower, those little yellow heads pop up every year without fail to greet us and let us know Spring is here! They are a sign of warmer and longer days ahead after the drag of winter. They brighten the world and just make everything look better after it has died off in winter, and they are strong little things that usually survive the random March/April snow showers we usually encounter too.

I think this is why Marie Curie chose it as a symbol for their annual “The Great Daffodil Appeal”.  A true sign of strength, reliability, and a little bit of colour, life and hope in a dull and cold season of life.

Having suffered our own loss due to a life limiting illness, we understand the pain and difficulty that comes both with a diagnosis and the grief and pain following. We appreciate those who work to help comfort, walk the journey with you, offer end of life care, and try to alleviate some of the suffering. Marie Curie asked us to reflect on this and to share with you how we can teach kids about the work charities do, and thus inspire them to want to do some good in the world to brighten it for others.

Teaching the work of Charities and Making the Daffodil Appeal work with kids

My children, like most kids have selfish tendencies and get lazy, they are by no means saintly (okay maybe sometimes haha) but on the whole they do have a charitable nature. For a start we shop regularly in charity shops and I always explain to them how our “pennies” will help others. They understand from so many visits to the hospice during my pregnancy and since, that because of the generous donations of others we can enjoy its facilities, and be helped by the lovely people at the hospice. They always nudge me when we see a homeless person and always want to give £1 and help.  These things are now our norm and easily in our reach. They are not by any means going to change the world anytime soon, but they are easy ways to help others and teaching them how to give.

I have noticed that kids usually do want to be kind and almost see it as an exciting thing to be able to help others. It makes me happy to see this as we have tried incredibly hard to teach them this both through church and at home. For us I guess we have first hand experience of being on the receiving end of charity work from both the hospice and then SANDS too. They have helped us show and talk to them about charities in action, and so I think choosing a charity to focus on with your kids and explaining it in a way they can understand really helps to plant charitable desires within them.

When thinking about Marie Curie and how we can help them in their appeal this Spring, it therefore only seemed natural that we would too incorporate an idea that is part of our norm like the other ways we have shown charity. I again wanted to show the kids how everyday things can easily help others. We decided to take the symbol of the daffodil, Spring, our love of the outdoors and came up with the idea of a Nature walk. Its a lovely thing and far less strenuous than the last time I raised money for charity.

Nature walk

There are so many lovely places to explore and I bet there are some fab places right on your doorstep. We headed to the park and did a spring-time scavenger hunt, whilst chatting about daffodils and the Marie Curie Charity.

If you would like to do something similar, then plan a manageable route with lovely things to see and find. It might be around a lake/reservoir, some woodland, the beach or like us the park. If appropriate then the Kids could take bikes and scooters too, pack a picnic and away you go. And then, if you felt inclined to support the Daffodil Appeal this year there are 2 ways you can make it work to raise money.

 1. Have the people who attend dress in yellow, and pass a pot round at the end for generous donations.

2. Have people pay 50p- £1 each to attend and have a scavenger hunt printed for the kids to do, and of course dress in yellow too if they wish.

Then have fun together. Enjoy nature. Chase nature and talk about its beauty and changing seasons. Chat to the kids about the beauty of the daffodils, their little heads bopping away, and how they can help others see colour and hope in a difficult season of illness.

 

 Ideas to hunt for:

1. Daffodils of different colours

2. Blossom

3. A grey stone

4. A bird feather

5. A stick

6. Something yellow

7. Something edible

8. A clover

9. A dandelion clock

10. Bark

11. Snow drops

12. A bug

13. A snail

14. Animal Tracks

15. A puddle

My kids love scavenger hunts, they love to collect natures treasures and they love to know they are helping others too. Things like this bring it down to their level. It simplifies the act of giving to charity and would certainly help them raise money in a way that is easy for them, enjoyable for them and something that they can easily ask their friends to be involved in too.

I Hope we have inspired you to have a blooming great time on a spring nature walk and raise a few kids for those facing terminal illness in the process!

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Okay mum’s, hands up who uses dry shampoo more than the real stuff? Let’s be honest here, for most of us we barely have time to breathe, let alone wash our hair – colouring it? Now there’s a luxury!

Life as Mum is way busier and nuttier than I ever imagined it to be. I thought when people spoke of peeing with an audience or walking around with snot smeared down your shoulder was just a joke (It’s not). And here I am, raising 3 kids, life is mad and I am living with dry shampoo as my bestie! It is certainly a sad tale of who I once was!

The me before “mum” used to love to get my hair done every 6 weeks. I used to enjoy it being fresh and I especially enjoyed not having to justify buying “branded” shampoos! I was excited to be asked by John Frieda to test their Sheer Blonde Go Blonder range over this last month to see if it would save me time as a busy mum and help me feel more me again!

Go Blonder!

I have loved using the Go Blonder range over the last few weeks and have found it does exactly what it says! As an “enhanced blonde” it is both a time consuming colour to maintain, and a pricey one too. John Frieda’s Go Blonder has kept my blonde bright and not brassy, and even better it has lifted my roots and underneath layers too giving an more even and bright blonde. They promise it can lift it 2 shades and I can see it is and has done this for me!

It smells amazing, lathers well, and my hair feels fresh and non greasy for several days after (score)!

Whilst it is more expensive than ya standard shampoo’s, the Go Blonder range is worth the investments for the very reason that it cuts down on dry shampoo use, cuts down on time you need to colour your hair / find to get it coloured, and shower time is quicker too because of how well it lathers up and washes!

Finally I also love the Hi-Impact Vibrancy OIL ELIXIR – It is luxurious and leaves blonde hair feeling like silk with a great sheen!

If you want maintain your blonde in a bright natural way, feel more like you and less like a groggy bad hair day mum, then invest in some John Frieda’s Go Blonder. It smells lovely, leaves you feeling like you’ve just left the salon, and saves you a lot of time on home or salon colouring, dry shampooing and showering! I am loving having it my life…very me!

Thank you to John Frieda for sending some samples for the purpose of this post! 

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2.5 Years ago I never imagined I would be so excited to be buying a cot again. 2.5 years ago with the stillbirth of our baby girl I hated the sight of all things baby (or rather the pain they surfaced), and I was done. I had been burned pretty badly, broken, and was left wounded so deeply I wondered how I would survive.

I quickly rid my house of anything baby and was adamant I wouldn’t be risking my heart again.

But then comes that magical thing people ALWAYS refer to – “Time”. And whilst I find it hasn’t healed me in the way I thought, with it’s passing some of the initial fog has lifted, and I found myself wanting to have a 4th child and try again!

And now here we are with her safe in our arms, and loving life in her new cot!

Buying a cot, like buying a crib was a HUGE thing for me this time around. With both Ethan and Megan it was all pretty straight forward and easy – I just had white cots and I loved them. Both were preloved (of course) and as a lot of my furniture is white, it made sense as they felt fresh and I loved how it all looked against the bright colours I choose to adorn my home with.

Naturally, the plan was that Poppy would go into the cot Megs had had, in the same little pink room and she would have bunk beds with Ethan. But then she didn’t come home. Suddenly the cot I once loved tormented me as I walked passed it daily, weekly, and seeing no baby in it. It had to go, it no longer had a place in our lives or in our home and so it ended up on a car boot.

2.5 yrs on my taste has changed a lot, and I enjoy more retro furniture and patterns, and with those darker woods. So whilst scrolling through my shpock app last week I saw this cot bed for £30 and it was just perfect. Perfect for my style, perfect for a new chapter, and perfect for our quickly growing little girl.

When a baby has died in the family and all things baby have left the house, suddenly bringing them all back carry’s with it a whole host of feelings and emotions. It has been a long overdue purchase and one I have been avoiding, but I love that this cot is nothing like the white we once had. I am grateful that with time I have learnt to understand my grief a little more and thus be able to accept these things back into my life. It is lovely to see everyday with her little face poking out. It’s something different for this new stage of life. Something individual and well, I’m quite in love with my little bargainous purchase!

My Petit Canard
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I can’t remember a time recently when we have spent a Saturday locally. For so long our weekends have been packed with visiting family, days out to wonderful places and just being super busy. This Saturday however was not, and we welcomed a day to hang out locally, do very little and just be drifters!

We decided (at the request of the kids) to hit up the Odeon and watch “Boss Baby”, which has proved to be a great bribe at bed time this week, and turned out to be both funny hilarious and heartwarming. It was super chilled and just a lovely morning together. Alice did fab, the kids sat throughout and we all enjoyed ourselves.

By the time we came out, it really felt like Spring was in the air, and so we made a plan to nip home, park the car and grab the scooters! We went out on a mission to have fun in the park and for them to try out a few skills at the skate park. It was a lovely walk/run down, some more laughs, a few naughty episodes and a brave a little boy taking the plunge. Megs saw some mates, and we wound up in town for a spontaneous wander around the “St Georges Day” event.

I find that a lot of weekends we over plan or try to cram so much in. We get over excited and always have a million things we want to do, so moments where we have a break…time to hang locally and drift a bit is just lovely. It was nice to be reminded that some Saturday’s can be just as great spent locally, doing our ordinary little things, down our familiar streets, town and park. Moments spent doing the same things we have done so often since they were little. I just love the excitement as they whizz fearlessly down the pavement to town, and I love the loud laughter coming from the dark chairs of the cinema – ordinary moments I hope we will have many more of!

The Ordinary Moments
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