February 2014 Newsletter – School half term activities with Kids and much more

Dear London Mums

Super mega busy January is almost over! Breathe in and out slowly… Brace yourself soon for another Half Term with kids. But don’t despair. This February 2014 Newsletter is filled with tips for Things to do with the kids this School Half Term as well as career tips for Working mothers. You will also be inspired by our Valentine Gift guides for HIM and for HER. Plus we have compiled a useful list of School Half Term activities to do in London as well as in the comfort of your home (if the weather is gloomy).

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At the beginning of January I made myself the big promise I would give up sugar (as in refined sugar not the natural source found in fruit) and the results have been amazing so far (3 weeks in my personal challenge): my skin is glowing, I don’t have any cravings and I don’t feel the need for sugar. It is incredible! It seems tough to give up cakes, biscuits etc but actually once you stop eating sugar your body does not crave any other sugary stuff so it is quite easy after the first three or four days. Try it! I will report back more about this challenge and the benefits of not eating sugar and how to replace it. Watch this space!

SEO

My second big challenge on a professional level I set myself at the beginning of January was to improve the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) on my website. Well, it seems quite technical (and it is) but SEO is simply what underlies any website and drives the traffic to it if done properly. I will share all the secrets I have learnt in my journey in a new workshop on 12th March 2014. It will only be a small group. We will do it again if it proves popular like the previous seminars we have run.

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Couples with kids don’t always have time to celebratate Valentine Day but they tend to buy gifts anyway as a token of their love. I have compiled a list of Valentine Gift ideas to inspire you.

Valentine Gifts for HIM

Valentine Gifts for HER

SCHOOL HALF TERM ACTIVITIES WITH KIDS

Keep the kids busy this half term. We have listed the best activities in London in our events’ calendar. Check it out and book early to avoid disappointed. I heard they get all sold out quickly.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

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Check out our ideas for scientific experiments for kids to do at home (they are easy, don’t panic!).

Another great Half-term Activity is getting kids to draw their design for a new London Bridge for the competition ‘Design a bridge’. Check it out here http://ht.ly/sPOMw

Creative activities

In our get creative section we have posted lots of ideas for simple art & craft activities, educational games and junk art projects. No need to panic over how to entertain the kids this Half Term and also no need to spend money. In fact lots of our creative projects involve making things out of junk such as our junk dolls. https://londonmumsmagazine.com/category/mums-tips/get-creative. There are great books that teach how to make crafty things with the kids. Some of my favourite are listed here.

New Dad insight!
Sympathy Pains

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Our favourite guest blogger and London Mums very own photographer Michael Shilling will be a dad soon and is recording his own pregnancy diary here on our website. I love his male perspective and I hope you enjoy it too.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!

Win 2 pairs of tickets to The Baby Show at Excel London – 21-23 Feb 2014.

The Work and Family Show is also at Excel during the Baby Show. You can visit both shows on the same day (if you can bear it!).

Here are a few popular articles this month:

Childhood friendships across ethnicities have positive psychological effects

Childcare Costs Soar by 19% in 12 months

Take care of your skin regularly

Detoxing & New Year’s resolutions for 2014

Train your brain to eat less & lose weight

Falling Off The Diet Wagon? Here’s Five Facts About Weight Loss That Explain Why

CAREER TIPS

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HOLIDAYS TIPS!

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(yes, that’s right, you are guaranteed to relax!)

Cooking and yoga holidays with your little ones at Villa Radicata, a beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse with fenced pool and stunning lake and mountain views. On site babysitter and cook. SPA treatments available. www.mum-and-baby-experience.co.uk (07785 571292).
We have cots, car seats, baby equipment and toys.

Here you can read the story of the mumpreneur behind the mum and baby holidays. https://londonmumsmagazine.com/2012/rita-kobrak

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RECIPES

What’s your favourite family recipe? Do you ever cook with the kids? I do and I love searching for new recipes for my family – I share them in the FAMILY RECIPES dedicated page online. Try them out and let me know your favourite one.

GIVEAWAYS

Last but not least we have amazing new giveaways for you. Check the competitions’ dedicated page and enter them in the dedicated area https://londonmumsmagazine.com/competition-area One of my favourite competitions this month is to win MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN new movie GOODYBAGS Good luck!

Happy Valentine!

Monica

monica@londonmums.org.uk

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