Well, we couldn’t get to the cinema last night to see the new Trolls World Tour movie. So, we decided to turn our living room into the cinema instead and hired the new Trolls World Tour movie from Sky Store Premiere from @skytv.

It was so much fun. The movie is brilliant. We absolutely love both films and it was perfect as the kiddies go to jump about the living room, whereas usually they would be seated quietly. It was nice watching them loosen up and not feel stressed that they were making noise!

Of all the fun lockdown activities, making our own Premiere movie night was perfect. I don’t really want to talk too much about the movie but let me confirm it is absolutely brilliant and a definite must watch from The Constants.


#trollsworldtour #skystorepremiere #lockdownfun #activities #indoorfun #homecinema 💞

Well, we couldn’t get to...

I’ve been working in the conservatory over the past few weeks, whilst it’s not been so hot. This has been my #windowview.

I love watching what they get up to: this was their homemade circuit. They each did an activity for 30 seconds, then moved on to the next thing.

They’ve made a bird box today, also flapjack and apple crumble.

They amaze me. I worked for 5 hours and they did some great things! It’s amazing how many activities they are trying and things they are learning during lockdown.

Noah said to us at breakfast today: “I’m going to miss this family time”. It was so raw and made me feel really tearful. I too will miss it. We all agreed that we would miss it and it’s been nice having all our meals together. Talking together. Playing and learning together.

It’s going to feel bizarre when things go back to normal: work and school!


I’ve been working in the...

We all live in a #yellow... pop up tent! A yellow... pop up tent. A yellow... pop up tent. 🎵 Not a submarine in our back garden today.

Daddy pitched this yellow pop up tent in the garden and the kiddies sat in it for ages. It was moved to various shady areas throughout the afternoon, but served its purpose of entertaining the kids for a while.

Now, what you may not be able to tell from this photo is that this tent is not very wide. They had to lay in a foetal position and couldn’t stretch their legs out. For some reason this tickled me. Seeing their feet poking through the sides every now and again!

It’s the small things that make me smile. The @myhousethismonth challenge today is 5 things about me, so here’s 5 things that made me smile today:

1 ~ the yellow pop up tent
2 ~ watching Gary Barlow and his Croony collabs
3 ~ Isla and Daddy’s delicious homemade brownie
4 ~ Noah & Isla watching #GBBO & their comments about the celebrity bakes
5 ~ I got something finished for work this afternoon (made me feel productive)

What about you? What’s your 5 things that made you smile today... #mummyphotoaday #mygardenthismonth #myhousethismonth

We all live in a...

I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.


I usually get a lot...

Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?


Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?


We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

A very happy birthday to...

3 Fun Ideas for a Kids Superman Vs. Batman Party

A Superman- or Batman- themed party is a great way for kids to use their energy and creativity to have a ton fun.  But when there is an exact split in the number of fans of each superhero, how do you decide which party to throw? If this happens, the answer is simple—split the kids into sides and let the heroes compete!  Here are 3 fun themed activities for an awesome Superman vs. Batman party without having to spend a ton of money. 


Super Hero Target Practice

A fun game to get the party going is one where the kids have to rid the world of super villains.  Go online and find large printables of famous villains like The Riddler or The Joker, Batman’s arch enemies, and print them out.  Glue them to foam core or poster board and hang them throughout your yard. 

Now take two buckets of colored water (green for kryptonite for the Superman team and black for Batman) and place them at equal distances from all of the targets.  Each kid gets three throws with sponges to try and hit the targets.  The ones farthest away are worth more points and the ones closest to you will be worth less.  You can tell where the hits are based on where the colored mark starts on the printouts.  Whichever team gets the most points wins. 


The Superheroes’ Obstacle Challenge

A Superheroes’ Obstacle challenge can be a great way for kids to get out their energy and have a ton of fun.  Set up an obstacle course with hoops to jump through, tracks to run, and other fun things for the kids.  Each kid will be assigned  one obstacle they have to complete, or you can have each kid run the entire course. 

As each kid approaches an obstacle, there will be a parent waiting who will assign them a weakness based on their hero.  Since Batman was afraid of the dark, they make have to make it through the hoops with a blindfold, or if it’s Superman, you can say that Superman has been weakened by Kryptonite and that they must belly crawl across a track instead of walking or jogging it.  Other weaknesses could be that the Superheroes’ girlfriends have been kidnapped and to rescue them they have to answer enough of the Riddler’s riddles correctly throughout the obstacle course.  This once easy obstacle course is now one that only someone with super powers, amazing tools, or super intelligence can complete. 


Superhero Pictionary 

This is a fun spin on a classic game.  Get a large paper pad and an easel and lots of colored markers that are safe for kids.  Now print out the names of super heroes, villains, powers, weaknesses or even famous tools the characters use.  Keep the teams split into two and as the kids go up to draw, they each get to pick one of the sheets of paper.  If their team doesn’t guess the drawing correctly within a minute, the other team gets a chance to guess correctly and earn a point.  Superhero Pictionary can be a fun game to wind down the day and recharge after everyone is tired from running around and playing outside.    

To finish the party, you need to find party favors.  You could make boring treat bags, or you could try something fun like Superman pajamas or Batman pajamas for kids with capes that cost about the same as other gift bag ideas when you buy them for the whole party.  FunKidsPajamas.com does this at affordable prices, but you have to call or email first.  The next cool thing you could do is go onto Amazon and buy ‘grow your own rock’ candy kits for the kids.  You can easily call these kits Kryptonite.  Think of something fun that lasts longer than some candy and can be educational or fun for the kids.  The pajamas will help them remember the party and also give the kids something fun they can wear, and the make your own rock candy kits help to teach them about chemistry and gives them something cool to take home. 

Superhero parties for kids are always a blast.  If your kids are split on which hero they like more, there is an easy solution.  Create a Superhero A vs. Superhero B party and split the teams into their favorite heroes.  Now they can compete with their powers and pretend to be their favorite heroes, everyone wins. 

Mary is a blogger who likes to write about weddings, parties and fun events.  She loves helping to come up with unique ideas for foods, parties and is always happy to share some of her ideas.  


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