Monday, 9 November 2015

Dressing your toddler for nursery

Joey has been going at nursery for a month now and I've quickly learnt what NOT to dress your child in. Here are a few ideas and tips to save those expensive/nice clothes from getting ruined.
Basics
Dressing your little one in plain basic clothes may sound boring but believe me, when you've sent your child to nursery in a Ralph Lauren cardigan and it comes home covered in paint I'd wish I'd gone for basic clothes. Basics don't need to be boring though, H&M have a wide range of basic clothes from rompers to tracksuits in all sorts of colours and patterns.

Next also have a selection of clothes that are classed as basics that are on a 2 for £10 offer.
Zara Kids have a couple of t-shirts in their basics collection that aren't plain and at £2.99 each I think they're a bargain.

Dark
Don't even think of buying anything white for your toddler to wear (unless you use a really good stain remover). Joey seems to get stuck in with a lot of messy activities at nursery so white or light coloured clothes are a big no no. I looked in Joey's wardrobe recently and I was surprised to see that all of his winter wardrobe is full of dark clothes, I hadn't realised I'd bought so many dark clothes for him.

Multi-buys
Plenty of clothing stores have great Multi-buy deals, my favourite stores for this type of promotion are H&M and Next. At the moment, Next have a 2 for £10 offer on some of the kids basic items. A few weeks ago I nipped in and bought him a long navy polo top and a reindeer tshirt as part of the 2 for £10 offer.

H&M have a great offer on its kids basics, 3 for the price of 2 (cheapest free). I think it's great because you have a variety of different clothes to choose from whether it's trousers, hoodie and tops etc.
I love buying clothes for Joey and him showing them off so when a piece of clothing that was expensive or special gets ruined I die a little inside. Buying basic or dark clothes for your toddler isn't necessarily boring.

How do you like to dress your child for nursery? 


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Being back at work and juggling family life

I've been back at work for just over a month now and I have to admit that being a mum, wife and going to work is a bit of a struggle. I knew things weren't going to be easy but I'm starting to realise how difficult it is trying to juggle everything.

As you may have read, I've recently started a job at amajor high street fashion store and even though I'm meant to be working in my home town I'm having to commute 28 miles a day for training. At the moment I'm on a 20 hour contract so my rota for the next couple of weeks is Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am till 3pm and then Sundays 9am till 5.30pm. So that means that Joey goes to nursery three full days a week while I go to work. In an ideal world I wanted to be earning more than what I have to pay out on childcare but at the moment I'm not gaining anything financially from going to work. A few people I work with have questioned why I'm working when everything I earn gets eaten up by nursery fees, it would just be easier to go back to being a SAHM. Even though it may not be benefiting me at the moment I needed to get my foot in the door first before committing to a contract I was struggling to do. Once I'm more settled at work and at home I'm sure I'll be keen to take on more hours. 

Our routine at the moment is a bit all over the place because of the travelling I have to do and it looks like Joey is taking a bit of time to get comfortable with our new routine. His sleeping routine is just all over the place and it feels like he never sleeps at nighttime. So the sleepless nights and early starts are taking its toll.

Over the next few weeks our team will be moving into our new store so their won't be anymore long commuting and hopefully family life will calm down a bit.

How did you find going back to work after having a baby?