Fortunately my boys aren’t very brand aware when it comes to clothing. Actually that probably isn’t entirely true as Kieran at nearly seven probably is yet doesn’t seem to care. As long as he looks “cool” and is comfortable he’s all set.
As cool as he may be he still manages to put the knees through his supermarket jeans (so does Taylor!) and has the ability to turn into a scruff bag with thirty seconds notice. While cheap and cheerful clothing works for very rough and tumble play such as the climbing and jumping they seem to favour it is nice to have more quality pieces in the wardrobe which tend to last longer!
You don’t need need to have daughters to play at dressing your kids up in fab clothing fortunately as my handsome fellas are just as much fun. On my travels I’ve come across a number of great items such as these Ecco Kids Shoes which aren’t overly expensive yet look great. These shoes look very much like Clarks and yet open the door to new design. Taylor needs decent ankle support, as do all little ones and so these look like winner and are similar to the shoe shop price I would pay anyway.
While Taylor doesn’t care Kieran will browse with me and enjoy looking at different colours and styles, especially for a special occasion. We have a christening coming up very soon and a gorgeous blazer from the Mayoral range has caught his eye. Being very slender yet tall the cut of this one looks as if it will work well for him.
With a new niece on the way in October and my two growing so fast clothes shopping is a regular occurrence in this house. I enjoy browsing new boutiques and online store for good quality clothing which doesn’t blow the budget and which looks just a bit different. My question for you all today is: What is the piece of clothing that your child or children just won’t do without? Right now Kieran has a pair of skinny jeans that he just won’t do without and a Ben Sherman jumper which is running the risk of being washed to death.
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I love Pinterest. There are so many boards dedicated not only to gardening but gardening and garden-related activities with kids. I used to have a 80ft long garden which anyone who knows me is hysterical as I can’t mow the lawn straight let alone make anything grow. I am however skilled at growing the most hardy varieties of weeds.
I am that mum who enthusiastically brings her child’s first beanstalk project home and then kills it. I might have done something to the cress too. I did try recently to recreate a clever idea I saw on Pinterest which included re-growing spring onions using the bits that you lop off the onions when you make your salad, but I forgot about it and the water went a bit yucky and I had to throw them out.
Clearly being green fingered is not a skill I possess however I do feel it is something important for the kids. Kieran is nearly 7yrs old and would love his own plot to fill with Vegetable Plants. At 2yrs old Taylor would thoroughly enjoy digging and helping out too.
My 80ft long garden has now gone and I have a paved garden (much more suitable for me) with some raised up beds. They really are lovely with poppies and all sorts in there adding height and colour to the garden however I want to use some of it for a herb garden or for a “Grow Your Own Veg” section for the boys.
Given that I actively avoid supermarkets, enjoy organic fruit and veg and what not it makes sense to try and persevere (I might need to do some reading up I think) with some clearing and planting and to give the boys the opportunity to grow something all of their own. I remember having a section of a garden when I was a young child where my Dad let me grow herbs, mostly mint in abundance, and it was great fun.
Perhaps if I just supervise and let them do everything without me touching anything will work?
I am determined so watch this space. If you have any great tips for gardening with kids or if any of you bloggers have posts on the subject say hello in the comments below and use the CommentLuv to leave the urls. I can’t be the only terrible gardening parent surely….. can I?
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