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  1. Top Tips on Travelling with Children.

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    Your holiday is booked and now all you have to worry about is how to entertain your little ones on the journey and then there is all the packing and the ‘extra’ items you need to take!

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    Whether you are going abroad or holidaying in the UK, there always seems so much to organise. We have out top 5 tips for travelling with children:

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    1.)    For long trips whether it is in the car or on a flight, make up a little pack of ‘new’ toys/activities that you can give to your little ones before the journey starts. Because, they are new it also means that they won’t get so bored easily. You don’t have to spend much money either. You can include a pack of cards, a small pack of crayons and a little colouring book with stickers. Fuzzy Felts is always a good one too.

    2.)    If you are driving, always take a break. This will ensure that your child has a chance to stretch off. It is also a good idea to take some finger snacks or fruit and some drink within the car. Some good ideas are raisins, bananas, breadsticks etc.

    3.)    Try to utilise the items you are taking to minimise packing. Nappy Bags are also great for holding wet swimsuits and baby wipes are essential. They are great for cleaning hands, bums and any other messes along the way.

    4.)    Always, remember a First Aid Kit especially if in a foreign Country. It is easy to forget a First Aid Kit but it is essential. If you use Calpol or any other related medicines, it can be difficult to find or even ask for this abroad, so always take what you use, as at least you know what you are using and its safe.

    5.)    Lastly, if you are struggling to get everything in the car, hire the equipment. Here at Rentabuggy we provide a Holiday Rental Service Nationwide. We stock a range of Pushchairs, Travel Cots, Highchairs, Stairgates, Sterilisers and more. We have also just launched our Holiday Welcome Packs, full of all the essentials you need for your holiday. All items are delivered and collected from your place of stay so it minimises your stress too! You can find out more information and book online at www.rentabuggy.co.uk.

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    Written by Laura Morris

    www.rentabuggy.co.uk

     

  2. We recently ran a survey with 48 mums in total regarding our Holiday Rental side for Baby Equipment and here is the responses we got:

    • 66.7% of you holiday in the UK. Due to credit meltdown there is a certain rise of families holidaying in the UK instead of abroad this year as a cheaper option.
    • 72.9% of you struggle to fit baby equipment in the car.
    • A whopping 91.7% said you would be interested in hiring baby equipment that would be delivered direct to your place of stay. A breakdown of the items are:

    * Pushchair 77.1%

    * Travel Cot 68.8%

    * Highchair 52.1%

    * Steriliser 22.9%

    • Finally, 57.1% said they would buy a Welcome Pack full of essentials for their baby/toddler that again would be delivered direct to your door.

    Rentabuggy provides baby equipment hire Nationwide. The idea is that you can book online and have your item(s) delivered direct to your place of stay and we even collect too.

    Our newly launched Holiday Welcome Packs, include baby essentials like nappies, swin nappies, snacks, wipes and more. They can also be adjusted depending on the length of your holiday.

     

  3. When I started my business I was married and even though running a business was tough at least I had two pairs of hands to ease the workload. Now a single mum to my daughter Ashleigh, who will be shortly 4 years old and also now running not only my own business www.rentabuggy.co.uk but co-running another one, has definitely been an insight into a whole new world that has taken a lot of adjustment.

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    My work day life now revolves around meal times, school runs, piles of washing and various other duties, not including my ever growing workload. Trying to maintain a routine has been tough and if you are a mother yourself as you will know sometimes illness and a variety of other stuff seems to pop up in the middle of an important meeting or deadline! Here are my top tips on managing your time.

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    1.)    I work in blocks of 30 minutes. I have found that if I have sat at the computer all day I seem to not get as much done. Seems silly when put in such context but if you try the ‘30 block trick’ it works a treat as you get a break and your mind has time to be restored and focus. I.e. Breakfast 30 minutes, Phone calls 30 minutes, School Run 30 minutes etc etc.

    2.)    Every morning when you wake up write a to-do list. Many people keep there to-do list within their head but it is important to write it down. The biggest reason for this is that when you cross items off it you can see the progress you have made and this gives you more motivation.

    3.)    For a long time I had a massive guilt that as I was not only trying to be a role model for my daughter and earn an income I was also not spending enough time with her. In reality I was but it is a massive guilt every mother seems to carry. My daughter is now old enough to love the fact of helping around the house and by doing this together she knows she is helping mummy but we also get to chat about our day’s and share some time doing stuff together even if trivial.

    4.)    It is very easy when running a business from home to basically get sucked in and to work all night every night. In all honesty, I am quite a sucker for this but I recently decided that to actually be more effective I needed to switch off some evenings. Again, for the first few nights I sat there racked with guilt (especially after a big bar of Galaxy!) but the next morning I woke up feeling refreshed and more focused. We all need to switch off. Even if you had your own office somewhere, you would have to come home at some point!

    5.)    I recently was at an event where there was an Inspirational Speaker that I really connected with. She was telling the story that every morning before she switches on the computer she goes for a run. She say’s when she comes back she feels refreshed. She says she sees the time as working as it sets her up for the day. Unfortunately, I don’t get time to run every day but this is something I do 2-3 times a week. It really helps me de-stress. So remember who you are and still keep passion in any hobbies you may have!

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    ‘Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent’