This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.


This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.


🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!


We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?


Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?


What a great #friyay it’s...

12 Ways to show your dog you care

Pet owners often lead very busy lives, and it can sometimes feel difficult to give dogs the attention they deserve. No matter how busy your schedule might be, you must look for ways to prove to your dog how much you love them. To do so, read the 12 ways to show your pet you care. Even if you only manage some of them a day, it’s better than nothing. Our pets are like children to me, I love them dearly, but I do not have hours in the day sometimes to get everything done. It’s a juggling balance.

  • A Morning Cuddle

Wake up five or ten minutes early each morning to spend a little time with your dog. Not only will it make your dog feel both happy and loved, but it can also make you feel happier and might reduce your stress levels. Even on your busiest days, make time for your dog, so they will know they haven’t been forgotten about.

  • Leave Pet Toys

You’re bound to feel a little guilty when leaving a pet inside the home as you go to work or the store. Provide your canine companion with plenty of toys to play with in your absence. This will help to keep their boredom at bay, as they will have many things to occupy them until you return home.

  • Care for Your Pet’s Health

Pay close attention to your pet’s health to ensure they feel both healthy and happy. Not only should you schedule regular appointments with a qualified vet, but you should also provide him or her with the right food based on their age, breed and size. You’ll also need to keep annoying fleas away from your pet with an effective treatment, such as Advecta flea medicine.

  • Go for a Walk

Nothing says “I love you” more to a dog than taking him or her on a long walk. They will love to spend their days sniffing and exploring the great outdoors with you by their side. So, buy a durable, retractable leash that will allow them to stretch their legs and experience new sights and smells. They’ll realise just how much you love them, and you can guarantee they will love you in return.

  • Gentle Massages

Many people instinctively pat a dog on his or her head to show affection, but this can be perceived by your pet as a sign of dominance. Show your affection and create a stronger bond by gently massaging their bellies or behind their ears, which your pet will love. Canines also love the feeling of a soft brush against through their coat.

  • Praise Your Pet

Praise your pet to boost their feelings of security and to reinforce good behaviour. While it can be easy to shout at a dog when they misbehave, it can be more beneficial to reward them when they are being good. For instance, you should provide your pet with praise when they are sitting quietly and calmly, or if they have followed a command. Massage their belly or provide them with a treat to reward them for their good behaviour.

  • Be Aware of Your Body Language

Pets might not always understand the things you say, but they will understand your body language. A loud, tense demeanour may make your pet feel afraid and unsecure, which could cause them to cower, tuck in their tails or lower their heads. Whilst an angry dog will push his or her ears back and raise their hackles. You must therefore pay close attention to not only your own body language, but theirs, too. As a result, you can alter your own demeanour to improve their happiness.

  • Take Your Pet for a Drive

Most dogs love a car ride. So, if you need to run a few errands, take your pet with you rather than leaving him or her alone at home. However, never leave your dog alone in a car, as temperatures can suddenly drop or reach high temperatures, which could impact their health. So, only take a pet with you if you know you won’t have to leave him or her in the car.

  • Attend a Training Class

Dogs often do not know the difference between right and wrong without the right training. As a result, they will wonder what they have done wrong if you become angry when they destroy a toy or make a mess within the home. By teaching your pet right from wrong, they will be less likely to make mistakes, so will be less likely to be chastised.

So, set some time aside in your schedule to take your dog to training sessions once or twice a week. You should also try to spend 15 minutes with your pet each day to practice the techniques you have learned in class.

  • Hang Out with Your Pet

Dogs love to interact with others. Even the simplest forms of interaction can make them feel loved. For example, you could allow your pooch to lay on your lap whilst you watch TV or are at your desk. Even laying at your feet will provide your pet with both love and attention, as you’ll provide him or her with some company.

  • Feed Your Dog by Hand

Many experts believe that feeding your dogs by hand is an intimate experience between a canine and the pet owner. As a result, it can help you create a stronger relationship with your pet pooch. What’s more, it will prove to your dog that you are the food provider, which can prevent food aggression. It is, however, a more effective option for puppies, as the need to feed adult dogs by hand may eventually fade, but you can still feed them by hand when providing them with treats.

  • Tell Them You Love Them

Science published a study that found dogs can understand some human speech. The findings were discovered when dogs were studied in an MRI scanner, and they experienced increased happiness when they heard not only a praising tone, but actual words of praise. So, not only do they listen to a pet owner’s tone of voice, but they can also interpret the meanings of the words expressed. So, tell your pet just how much you love them, as they may be able to understand you.


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Thursday 14 December 2017
12 Ways to show your dog you care

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