I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s a shame. But necessary.

Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

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I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

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Its been lovely to get out and #walk after our homeschooling and working from home plans. I can imagine it would be quite a challenge if we couldn’t get out into the great outdoors.

It was especially nice to get out and make the most of the sunset. The sun has been glorious this week. It’s almost like Mother Nature knew we needed something positive and glorious to keep up our spirits.

Today has been quite stressful, I had to conduct 2 interviews and I was quite paranoid the kiddies would walk in half way through. Thankfully they didn’t! They have no idea what an interview is... 😂 Back to our normal homeschooling routine tomorrow. Phew!

How has everyone else got on today?

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We had PE in the garden this morning, following @thebodycoach #PEWithJoe. It was beautifully sunny and the perfect weather to get outside.

Albeit our garden isn’t finished (Daddy has 1 more day of laying the slabs) and he’s building a flower bed against the fence so it looks prettier... our outside space made me #smile.

It’s amazing how it’s all coming together and how absolutely essential this space will be over the Spring and Summer!

My first day of homeschooling will the kiddies and I’ve had a blast. Haha. I’ve marked their work, said “well done” 9,999 times and managed to get 2 washing loads done!

I am sure this positivity will diminish over the next few weeks, but I’m going to try my best to not let it.

My tips: 📖 Mix up the tasks frequently 🐈 Include the pets 🏡 Get out in the garden as much as possible 💭 Have some quiet time, alone, if you can

Hubby & I are co-homeschooling and working from home. I do homeschooling until lunch then work, and vice versa. It’s going to be tough, as I know already we’ve squealed and been loud whilst Daddy’s been on the phone. But, THIS IS LIFE now and there’s absolutely no point getting worked up about it. 👊🏻 We can do this!

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I wanted to reshare my idea of creating a little story corner in Isla’s room, just a different angle. Over the next few weeks, whilst home schooling, we are definitely going to need to find our own space.

Living on top of each other, under one roof, can be quite consuming if you do not break the day up. So we’re encouraging the kiddies to have time apart. This little corner is perfect for Isla to sit and read her Spring reading book, or play TT Rockstars for an hour.

Noah can also snuggle here too, if he wants as the space is perfect for both of them. For when they miss each other again!

I made this corner by simply putting the @vertbaudetuk floor cushion on top of an ottoman. It’s made the perfect space, raised off the floor.

Check out my blog post for more information on the products I used to create this #cosy space... blog link is in my bio!

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Happy Mother’s Day 🌸 It’s been a very surreal one. We normally cook a big Sunday roast (I obviously mean Hubby cooks this) and we have Hubby’s family over. We also visit my family and have cups of tea, hugs and chats.

None of this today. We had a chilled one this morning, I got a new dressing gown and nightie from the kiddies. The dressing gown is going to come in handy! 🤣 We sat in the garden with the beautiful Spring sunshine. It felt lovely warming up my cheeks.

This afternoon we went for a dog walk in the woods. There was a lot of people out but we made sure we distanced ourselves from walkers by. We kept together as a family unit (household unit) and gave the doggies their fresh air.

It felt sad not giving family hugs and kisses. I feel like we’re punishing people. But I know we’re not. The kiddies feel the same. Something so natural to hug their grandparents and they can’t. They are finding it hilarious to elbow goodbye instead!

Sending big, virtual, hugs to everyone whose feeling in need of one right now.

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20 outdoor activities for children in and around Cambridgeshire

It got me thinking that we do so much with the children and I do not document it all, a lot of things we do that are free too. So if you are feeling at a loose end and want to do something fun, outdoor activities and indoors, look no further. Although this is based in and around Cambridgeshire you can find similar things to do in the area of the world you live. All you need is a little imagination…

Cycling

We enjoy cycling as a family, there are lots of places to cycle in Cambridgeshire. Depending on the ages and abilities of the children there are smaller routes and longer routes, and epic routes. Here are our favourites in those categories:

Small route

There is a nice cycling route we do from St Neots, around Hail Weston and back in a circle. I have done a short diagram of it below for you to follow. It’s about 7 miles and takes us a good couple of hours with the children as we often stop at Hail Weston park which is great for the kids.

Longer route

If you are feeling brave you can drive the bikes to Grafham Water, which is a great place to explore and enjoy a bike ride. It is around 9 miles but the cycle route around the lake is very hilly. So it’s harder than the short route above, despite it not being that much further. We love cycling around Grafham.

Epic route

The epic route which Hubby does a lot and Noah keeps asking to do with him is from St Neots to Grafham and around Grafham, then back again. All in all it’s about 25 miles I believe and a good few hours of cycling. I am pretty sure it will not be long before Noah is out doing this with Daddy at the weekend.

Scooting

Another thing we all love to do is scooting. For this you need a nice smooth path or road to scoot along, we have one just on the outskirts of Cambridgeshire that we venture too quite frequently, Danish Camp, we can scoot all the way to Bedford and the children really enjoy it. It’s not far, just perfect for little leggies!

Nature exploring

I got this idea from a walk we did around the RSPB headquarters, give the children a check list of things to spot out on a walk. Maybe even win a prize. We had to find the colours of the rainbow once and it was a lot of fun, easy to spot colours and the younger ones can join in too. You only pay for parking at the RSPB headquarters too, so this is always a bonus.

We also love walking around our local nature reserve, Paxton Pits, it’s a nice and peaceful place to explore. It is almost hidden away, if you didn’t know it was there – well you wouldn’t know it was there! There are a lot of walking paths to follow, so you can do short walks or longer walks. You can even sit and watch the boats go past. It is my favourite dog walk location.

Finding a sport they love

Noah loves football, he lives and breathes it. Everywhere we go there has to be a ball with us. When we go out for walks in the evening he will ask to bring the ball. As long as it gets him up and about and active, we don’t mind! Isla loves cartwheeling to pick the ball up – very clever!

Dog walks

We walk the dogs everyday, not always as a family mind you, but we do walk them as a family most days each week. It is nice seeing the children interact with the dogs, they love running with them. But it is also nice to see the kids interact with each other. There’s something about a nice long walk that brings out the best in them, they always end up in an imaginary world or singing, making up silly stories. It’s fun listening to them. It sparked my screen time trick too – making the kids earn valuable screen time with a dog walk! Making outdoor activities earn the children screen time!

Splash parks

What I mean by this is one of those parks that was a shallow pool that the kids can have a lot of fun in, splashing and running. There is one in Cambridge with a pool, its about knee height on me. We also venture slightly afield to Letchworth and there is an amazing splash park there for the younger (non swimming kids).

National Trust

This is the only thing we probably do pay for annually as we just love visiting the National Trust locations around us. We have a few on our doorstep: Wicken Fen, Anglesey Abbey, Houghton Mill and our favourite, Wimpole Estate. We love going for a nice walk, we take the dogs too. It will be nice to have a look around the Wimpole Manor House when the kiddies get older, they would just run around it being noisy if we went now!

Visit a farm

This is always a winner with the children. We loved Sacrewell Farm, it had so much to do for the kiddies. There were a lot of lovely farm animals to see, but it also had tractors to ride and an indoor soft play center – always a winner.

Then there is Wimpole Estate Home Farm, if you have a National Trust membership you can visit this farm for free and there is plenty to do. You can also ride tractors and play in the hay bales.

A day at the races

Obviously, having Newmarket Racecourse in Cambridgeshire is a great way of getting outdoors and having fun in the family enclosure. There is so much to do and you can take your own picnic, which is always a bonus.

Fishing

All you need to do is buy a fishing license and adhere to the rules of whatever stretch of river you are at, but apart from that fishing has become a fun activity for the kiddies. Daddy loves fishing and he is made up that the kids enjoy it too. They both get so excited when they catch a fish!

A simple picnic

Well this one is super easy: find a location that you like and take a picnic. You can spend as long or as little time as you like there. There are so many lovely picnic spots in Cambridgeshire, from parks to nature reserves.

Hire a boat

This is one of our favourite outdoor activities in the Summer, we hire a boat from Huntingdon and spend the day up the river towards St Ives and back again. We all love it, the children soak up all the nature around us and they love the picnic. They also enjoy driving the boat – Captain Constants!

Add some steps

I share my step count with the kiddies most days, they often ask me how many steps I have done. If I haven’t done a lot that day then I usually use this to challenge the kiddies to help me up my step count. At this point they ask me how many steps I have done, then ask me throughout the walk, then add up how many steps we have done by a little maths! Their favourite activity. It is so nice to just get out and have a walk in the fresh air, I am grateful that my kiddies are active.

We are in such a great location as the Norfolk beaches are not too far, Rutland Water isn’t too far either – so much to do on our doorsteps. We are really lucky. What do you like to do with the kids in terms of outdoor activities, I would love to know in the comments below?

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  • Caroline Tokes
    December 17, 2019

    Some great ideas kids love being outside

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