30 things I want to do before I’m 30: Mum edition

Consider this my first proper go at a bucket list, having just celebrated my 24th birthday, I’m starting to feel a little more over the hill than I did before!

Can mums really have a bucket list of stuff that’s just for them? Probably not, but I’m willing to give it a go (bonus points for every item on the list that isn’t mum related?)

I plan on updating this list every time I tick an item off! And maybe I’ll review them as I go along too… Starting off with a VERY family friendly one, here it is, my 30 before 30 list:

  1. Go to Disneyworld Orlando, Florida with the kids
  2. Have a mother-daughter photoshoot
  3. Go on a girls’ spa weekend
  4. Do a cocktail making master class
  5. Go to the Gatsby Party event my husband and I planned to go to this year!
  6. See P!nk live in concert
  7. Go to a festival
  8. Visit Cadbury World in Birmingham
  9. FINALLY qualify as a registered barrister (or, failing that, transition to solicitor)
  10. Visit Hever Castle
  11. Write a book
  12. Do an ancestry DNA kit
  13. Go to Butlins
  14. Start doing yoga again
  15. Go to another country in the UK (not England!)
  16. Drive in a foreign country
  17. Go on holiday to the Lake District
  18. See The Lion King in theatre
  19. Take Olivia to see the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House
  20. Try a ‘Family Day Out Jar’ and see it through!
  21. Watch Trooping the Colour in person
  22. Run (or walk) a marathon
  23. Properly try at being vegan (goodbye cheese, I will miss you)
  24. Book a city break for me and the hubby
  25. Go to Alton Towers with the kids
  26. Go GLAMping with the kids
  27. Hike along the Yorkshire moors with Olivia
  28. Force my husband to do a dance class with me
  29. Get a sewing machine
  30. Learn how to crochet (I’m old now, that’s something I should learn to do, right?)

Only 8 kid-orientated items on the list! Not bad going, eh?

Have you done a list like this before? What would you be excited to try?

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ENDED: Mummykind’s BIG Birthday GIVEAWAY!

Just in case we haven’t been raving about it often enough, today’s the day that Mummykind turns 1!

It’s been a pretty amazing year, and so we had to have a pretty amazing celebration to mark it! I am pleased to announce that this marks our BIG birthday giveaway going live – and you only have 2 weeks to enter, but 2 chances to win! Enter using the giveaway gadget at the bottom of this blogpost to be considered for both!

Giveaway No. 1…

Our first giveaway is local to mums in Kent, UK only! (It wouldn’t be much use if you lived somewhere else after all!)

A Mummykind Mug!

Introducing Mummykind merchandise! That’s right, you can win your very own Mummykind mug featuring our logo and one of four phrases from our blogposts – it will be a lucky draw as to which one you get!

1. “My brain is mush from all the parenting” – from Maria’s post
2. “Yes, I grew a tiny human, but I still have legitimate complaints about the process” – from Sarah’s post
3. “Give mum a high five. We’re awesome!” – from Charlie’s post
4. “The truth is, we’re all simply winging it” – from Aimee’s post

A free Mums in Ashford annual membership card!

This membership card entitles you to exclusive discounts worth £100s on businesses and services, including fun children’s and family activities, restaurants and more, in the Ashford area! The normal value of the card is £10, so even if you decide you’ll go ahead and buy one, you’re still winning!

Giveaway No. 2…

The second giveaway will choose a winner from the USA!

$25.00 Gift Voucher to spend at BeLove Kids! 

Mummykind has recently become an affiliate of this lovely US clothing company, founded by Racquel Tolson after she lost her first daughter to Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). With a mission to give back to kids with CCHS, BE LOVE kids was created.
Plus, if you shop again, you can use the discount code “mummykind” at the checkout to save 20% off your order.*

Giveaway No. 3…

Here it is! The BIGGEST GIVEAWAY YET! Open to all UK entrants. And here’s what you could win……….

A personalised lunchbox and water bottle from Petit Fernand!

You can easily personalise these items on the website to include different colours, characters and lettering! Petit Fernand also have a range of iron on personalised name labels and sticky labels for school supplies and clothing – Mummykind were lucky enough to review some of these amazing products for free and you can read our review here!

A voucher for a free personalised framed floral digital print from Florificent!

Tatjana’s beautiful designs at Florificent make for perfect gifts or additions to the home decor! With our giveaway, you’re in with a chance to win a personalised floral digital print – this can be initials or names, just have a browse of Florificent’s Facebook page or Etsy store to see what’s available!

A free PlayBag from The PlayBag Company!

Another local business in the South East of England! The PlayBag Company has the perfect solution to your kids’ boredom on days out with the family. If you’ve got a long train or car journey coming up, a PlayBag to keep your children entertained is a must!

The PlayBags roll out into a play mat and quickly tidy up into a bag carrying any of your children’s toys and the play mat inside. You can tidy up the play area just by securing 3 poppers on each side! As if that isn’t any mum’s dream?! This is the design that you are in for a chance to win!

A pack of 10 cloth nappy wipes from Clayton’s Cloth!

If you haven’t already seen the benefits of using cloth nappies and wipes from Maria’s post, you can try them for yourself with this complementary pack from WAHM Lacie over at Clayton’s Cloth!

A Mummykind Mug!

Introducing Mummykind merchandise! That’s right, you can win your very own Mummykind mug featuring our logo and one of four phrases from our blogposts – it will be a lucky draw as to which one you get!

1. “My brain is mush from all the parenting” – from Maria’s post
2. “Yes, I grew a tiny human, but I still have legitimate complaints about the process” – from Sarah’s post
3. “Give mum a high five. We’re awesome!” – from Charlie’s post
4. “The truth is, we’re all simply winging it” – from Aimee’s post
And if you want to buy your own, simply send us a Facebook message here! If you’re not on Facebook you can also tweet us (@mummykindoff) or email us (mummykind@gmail.com).

Here’s how you can enter:

T&Cs:
UK and USA entrants only. 
18+. 
3 winners will be chosen. 
1 from Kent, UK for Giveaway no.1, 1 from anywhere in the USA for Giveaway no.2, and 1 from anywhere in the UK for Giveaway no.3

Giveaway no. 1 and 3 ONLY:
The winners must notify Mummykind of their home addresses within 7 days of the draw being announced in order for us to arrange delivery of the prizes. Prizes will be sent via Royal Mail’s Second Class Signed For service. If the winners do not notify Mummykind of their address within 7 days, Mummykind reserves the right to draw a new winner, or 2 new winners if necessary. 

Giveaway no.2 ONLY:
The winner must notify Mummykind of their email address within 7 days of the draw being announced in order for us to arrange for you digital voucher to reach you. If the winner does not notify Mummykind of their email address within 7 days, Mummykind reserves the right to draw a new winner if necessary.
*offer excludes co-sleepers and blankets.

5 Books to Read With Your Kids Before They Start School

My son is now a bit older and he has started  taking some level of interest in books, particularly those with a solid rhyme scheme and a lot of repetition. I’m no expert but I think the anticipation of me repeating a line or phrase that he knows is really exciting and he often squeals with delight when he knows what the next line is.

I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say I haven’t read to my son as often as I should have. He’s all about playing and having fun and rarely wants to listen to stories. When I was pregnant I said I would read to him every day from the day he was born but I was hideously unprepared for how much other important stuff would need doing.

My son is now a bit older and he has started  taking some level of interest in books, particularly those with a solid rhyme scheme and a lot of repetition. I’m no expert but I think the anticipation of me repeating a line or phrase that he knows is really exciting and he often squeals with delight when he knows what the next line is.

Of course, chosing just five was no easy task because there are so many truly brilliant books for kids out there and the list does keep growing. I have included books that we keep coming back to, books that he brings to us to be read and a firm favourite from my own childhood.

1. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

This is part of a series of books and we love them all but this was the first one we got and we found it dishes out just the right amount of excitement to keep our little guy interested and giggling before it winds right down to a beautiful “…goodnight, goodnight little dinosaur” at the end. As he gets older I hope he also starts to take lessons from these books, which are not so subtly filled with behavioural advice for ‘little dinosaurs’.

Weston Woods Studios Incorporated, 2004

2. Someone Bigger By Jonathan Emmett and Adrian Reynolds

A slightly more recent discovery on our part but it has quickly become one of our son’s favourite books, he ‘reads’ it himself a lot and brings it to us regularly. I suspect it’s because there is a fire engine in there about halfway through but the book has a gentle rhythm that keeps him captivated and the repeated line “This kite needs someone bigger” never fails to get a laugh.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003
3. The Goat that Gloats by Joelle Dreidemy and Leyland Perree
We got this book when I was pregnant in a second hand book shop and we have loved it ever since. The whole book follows a very clear and bold rhyme scheme and although he’s not old enough to appreciate the moral of the story yet we hope our son is absorbing it all. It’s a very fun read filled with light humour – this one is for the parents as much as the kids.
Alligator Books Limited, 2012
4. One, Two, Flea! By Allan Ahlberg and Colin McNaughton
My first experience with this book was several years ago when my oldest nephew was given it at the end of his first school year by his teacher. He read it to us and we read it to him and we all howled with laughter. When he was seven I found him reading it to his younger brother, both were in hysterics. Fast forward again and my little boy thinks it’s brilliant. Having almost forgotten about it until it turned up in a jumble sale box, I was so exited to share what has now become a bit of a family tradition
 
Walker Books, 1998

5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Here it is, the old favourite. I used to make my mum and nan (or anyone who would dare to enter my house really) read this to me over and over until none of us even needed the book in order to recite it in its entirety. It’s such an adventure and it needs to have the actions and the sounds to go with it. This isn’t a book, this is a script for a performance.
Walker Books, 1993
Do you have a favourite children’s book in your family? I’d love to hear your suggestions and recommendations!