As part of the Brighton Fringe Fizz was invited to review a comedy club for kids at Brighton Komedia. As she’s getting to the age of telling jokes and finding out what is funny or not then I thought this would be perfect for us to go and have some mummy and daughter time at. Throughout May and June there are some fab things on that all the family can enjoy!

The comedy for kids show isn’t a regular feature at the Komedia but it should be! The compere was the right amount of silly and fun with a few jokes for the parents at the same time and he was great at bringing the show together. The kids loved his skit where they started the jokes and he tried (and sometimes failed) to finish them.

Our favourite act of the show was a teacher/musician called George who incorporated music into his act. He was funny and very interactive with the audience who laughed so much during his set.

The final act was a play on murder mysteries and detective stories. We did feel this fell flat a little towards the end of the act as it was quite drawn out and needed quite a bit of audience participation.

We would definitely recommend going though. We had a great hour enjoying this together (well done Komedia for putting kids snacks on sale too!) and we will definitely go back in October when the show is on again.

For more details of what is on at Komedia during festival season visit www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/may-festival/

Tickets are low costs and very reasonable. Here is what you can see now!

Oskar’s Amazing Adventure

Sun 20 May 1.30PM (DOORS 1PM) & 3.30PM (DOORS 3PM) £9/£7 CONC/£27 FAMILY OF 4 AGES 2-8

Sourpuss

Sat 26, Sun 27 & Mon 28 May STUDIO 11AM (DOORS 10.45AM) £8.50/£6.50 CONC & CHILD/£25 FAMILY OF 4 AGES 3-8/BABIES GO FREE

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: The New Show For 2018

Sat 26 May STUDIO 3.45PM (DOORS 3.30PM)

 

If like me you have a sluggish feeling and want to feel brighter going into summer then supplements could help. The lovely folk at Genessence sent me a few of their supplements to boost my gut health and my general wellbeing earlier this year. I decided to give them the full time sue before writing this blog to see how my general health had changed.

My favourite of the 2 supplements they gave me was the Papaya Leaf and Live Bacteria. This one I have consistently taken and it really did have a good impact on my general health. We all know someone who suffers with bloating and uncomfortable stomach problems. I had really bad IBS problems before falling pregnant and this would have been a great supplement to know about then when the problems were at their worst.

This supplement helps break down gluten (we all know we probably have too much in our diet!) and helps reduces those horrible stomach problems we also get more of as we age. I would definitely say to give this a try, my system felt less sluggish and it really did help me feel less heavy.

If you want to learn more about your health and how to maintain a good level of energy, overall health or a specific problem then do ask your Dr before taking supplements.

With all 3 children we found a pattern of sleep. Co-sleeping has worked on and off for us over the years but as our littlest and last baby is about to turn 2 we are often asking searching for clues on how to encourage your child to sleep in their own bed.

There seem to be quite a few tips that hold familiar ground with many parents so I thought we would share them here.

Decorate their room.

As our kids get older a themed nursery is obviously outdated. Why not try a neutral colouring and then add in artwork. We have a beau teal magnolia on the walls, a black blind and then each of the boys have their favourite superheroes on the wall. Currently it Dr Who, Yellow Submarine and Spider-Man – we just couldn’t get away with all of that in a themed room!

Look at a big focal piece. 

lI love looking at these children’s themed beds. Themed beds mean each of the boys get something unique to them. I also thought about a lovely cabin bed so they could have a den as they get older too. You want to spend on a decent bed (believe me we did the cheaper route and they don’t last with all the toddler running around). I love this double decker bus as it’s not a character piece and is so unique!

 

Don’t forget a night light! 

This may sound simple but a new bedroom and new things mean your child may be a bit out of sorts. A night light shows them there is nothing to be afraid of and so will give them an element of calm.

If you want your child to be comfortable in their room then they need access when they want it. It’s really important that they grown their sense of ownership. Both my boys have some part of the day in their room with independent play. I come when they call me but let them know that their room is a place for them. It should be a sanctuary just like my bedroom feels.

Your bedtime routine may take a bit longer if you’ve recently made room changes too. Instead of going to another room before or after bedtime start a routine in their room. Undress in there for bath time, dress in there for bed, get dressed for the day on their room. All easy ways that they know that this is their room and they should feel comfortable in there.

Lastly it’s really important to be consistent with your bedtime message. PJs, story and bed is usually the regular routine every parent shares but we’ve also be this lovely lavender added foot roller ball from Mummy Loves (mummylovesorganics.com) to encourage natural sleep with natural products and also the promise of it scaring any night imps away!

If you’ve got any tips on settling children in their own room I would love to hear them! Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Our boys are huge fans of PJ Masks and it has played a big part in any role play they do recently. We have a few of the character toys and dress up clothes so we will thrilled when we were offered a chance to review evil villain Romeo’s Lab.

Romeo’s Lab arrived and it was minimal set up so was ready to play with out of the box. The boys quickly found their heroes out and set to play our their favourite episodes!

I do love that these figures are tailored to little hands so they are easy to grab and move about but durable enough that they don’t snap as some sets do. Romeo’s lab is robust and has already had some crashing about. We love that the set can be packed away with the figures inside it for easy use and it means we don’t lose any of the set.

 

It comes with a few added pieces – a grab claw, to grab those pesky PJ Masks, a computer that is interactive and warns Romeo that the PJ Masks are approaching, a computer that Romeo stands at to concoct his villainous plans. There a a few other bits as well – watch the video to see!

Romeo and his Robot are also included which I think makes the whole set great value for money.

Romeo’s Lab Playset is priced at £49.99, available at Argos and is aimed at ages 3-6 years (my boys are 2 and nearly 4 but their 8 year old sister had a play too!)

You can win  1 x PJ Masks Collectable figures 5 pack by watching the video above and name one of the accessories included in the playlet!

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Ends Midnight 18th May 2018

The PR will send the product direct to the winner

UK Entrants only

A bit more about the product.

Watch out PJ Masks! Romeo is ready to rule the night with the Romeo’s Lab Playset! Romeo’s lab can really roll and opens to reveal a secret lair with two levels of play! The playset features a light and sound control panel, working crane, laser launcher, and rolling lab charger! Romeo can use the control panel to plot his mad-scientist schemes and then shoot his laser launcher when the PJ Masks come to stop him! The playset also comes with one Romeo figure, one Romeo’s Robot figure and three bonus tools! When it’s time to move on to the next villainous adventure, kids can transform the playset into Romeo’s mobile lab and take the mischief on the go!

I have been on a bit of a self care roll lately but I have noticed that the common misconception about self care is that it is all about spending a day in a spa but it is often way more than spending money and more about doing essential things that YOU need.

Self care is very individual and for me it is all about my day to say functioning. I have started having a list of non negotiable that I do everyday. Part of this for me is making sure my mind feels on track from when I wake up to at least when I collect the kids from school.

So I thought I would share my essential self care non negotiable list. This is my contract with myself and may not be for you, then again it may help you too.

Daily Lists

I write a daily list of what I need to get done and what I would like to get done. I write during the last half hour of my working day so that I don’t wake up feeling stressed out before I start the day. I use the Inspire Now Journal for this as it prompts you to pick 1 thing you must do today, while also goal setting for the day (task list), reminders and a reward. It asks you to think about your wellness and development. I like the fact it also sets up a daily morning and evening ritual – my morning is to start incorporating an online yoga course before I start work.

Reward Yourself

When I say rewards I don’t mean having to spend money, eat food or a glass of wine at the end of the day. I think about something I really want to do. At the moment it is read uninterrupted for 30 minutes. I am hoping to gradually increase the time and on some days this will be a walk along the beach, lunch with friends. I have found this is good to help me feel balanced and I am sleeping better for it too.

My other reward is if I finish all my work on time is a long hot bath with a favourite scent. I am addicted to Olverum at the moment and the smell is a really relaxant. Having a quiet bath while our home is completely silent is bliss to me. I have the travel set so I can take it with me if I go away.

Take care of your mind

Over the last year I have signed up to a life coaching diploma and off the back of that have signed up to a few other courses relating to this (including a couple more A level tuition options). It has not only helped me see where I need to work on but given me some career development too. It has made me feel more than just a mum as well as given me the confidence to explore a new career as I am heading towards 40.

Take care of your body

This is also important. As a mum I have found myself heading for a nightly glass of wine but am trying to switch that out for alternative ways to relax. Healthy eating, exercise and self care is super important for your body. Drinking water and using a good skincare routine is vital to me looking and feeling well. I am also using this fab HiGlow stick to give me a bit of summer colour – the sunshine glow makes me feel fab and perks me right up!

 

I don’t sit around in PJs now as that lowers my motivation and instead I’m often up before the kids setting up packed lunches, getting their clothes ready and then ensuring I am dressed and look presentable for the school run. This is important to me. I have to take care of myself and how I look, what I wear is part of this. If I stay in my PJs it isn’t shutting motivated and productive to my mind.

Talk to people

Having a supportive network is integral to my daily functioning. I work from home and this is often lonely. Gav calls or texts me during his lunch break everyday and it is great to have friends to support me from their home working too. If you are having a down day being lonely at work has such an impact so even a few seconds of adult conversation is bloody brilliant.

Let me know how you focus on your self care, what helps you?