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.

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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.

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🌾 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
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @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 @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @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!

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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?

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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?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

4 Tips when travelling with a baby and a toddler

Is it possible to avoid chaos and enjoy a holiday when travelling with a baby and a toddler? It seems hard enough as a busy mum, delegating all your responsibilities at home and at work so you can travel in the first place. Then you have the challenges of travelling with the children once you do finally get away. These tips will help you. 

1. Before the trip

Conduct thorough research

The first thing you should do is design the type of holiday you want for your family. Young families often choose accommodation that offers a number of facilities like crèche, activities and swimming pools. Check the details to ensure your family can make use of these facilities. For example, many crèches only accept kids starting at the age of three and some activities may be seasonal. You’ll certainly need to take all these details into consideration when researching your trip. 

Make a list

To reduce the stress levels when travelling with children, make lists of everything you need to do and bring before you go. You’ll also find lots of checklists online that will help you prepare your own list. Keep your list handy in the lead up to your departure so you can jot things down as they come to mind. This way you’ll ensure nothing is left behind when you depart and you are well prepared to take care of your children’s needs. 

2. Choosing the best time, means of transport and accommodation

Avoid travelling during school holidays

School holidays are typically more expensive for accommodation and it can also be difficult to book your preferred venue since the best locations are in high demand. Since your baby or toddler is not yet in school, you can travel any time of the year. Make the most of this opportunity while you can. This will enable you to find the best accommodation, avoid crowded places, and save money. 

Don’t fear the flight

Travelling by plane is not so scary, especially if your baby is past the crawling phase. Make sure you bring enough snacks and toys that wont bother the other travellers. Hopefully your little one will take a short nap from time to time if it’s a long flight so bring items that might help the sleep. If your child sleeps with a particular soft toy or blanket, bring it along to help them relax. If you are travelling long distances and stop-overs are an option, consider staying overnight where your stop-over is so you can all get some sleep and enjoy the experience together. 

Use your kid’s luggage allowance

Many airlines offer special baggage allowance for kids under two, which can include a baby bag (5kg) and a buggy, plus a cot, a car seat, or a booster seat. The challenge is, different airlines have different policies, so make sure to check the details in advance. It may be wise to use the same airline for all your flights to simplify your travels. For kids older than 2, you’ll typically need to pay the full price but then you can bring hand luggage (10kg) plus a buggy in many instances. 

Find accommodation near relaxing spaces

If your destination has a beach or parkland, it’s wise to get your accommodation nearby. If you stay near a beach or park, your kids will be able to play there allowing you to sit down and relax. Pools can sometimes be a good option too if there is a toddler friendly option. It’s wise to avoid regular sized pools because you’ll spend the whole time stressing about whether your baby will fall in. 

3. While travelling

Flight supplies

Don’t forget to bring enough nappies and extra clothes. Change the nappies before boarding the plane because the changing space inside a plane is very small. Bring snacks that your children can chew on throughout the flight. Chewing helps ease ear pain common on ascent and descent of a flight. Since little ones tend to eat more while travelling, make sure to bring more than usual. Toys are also a great idea to keep the kids entertained. Another way to keep kids busy is to download a few fun apps on the phone or download a cartoon on your tablet. 

Bring the formula with you

Most airlines will allow baby bottles on flight since they are not included in the ‘liquids rule’. You should also bring powdered formula if your child usually drinks it. On flight you can ask for some warm water for the bottle and mix some formula. Bring cartons of formula, powder dispensers, and spare bottles in case you need them.

4. At the destination

Keep the kids hydrated

Make sure your little ones are drinking lots of water. It’s usually best to drink bottled water since the tap water may not be too good for your child’s tummy. If the temperature is high, make sure to book a room with air conditioning. When it comes to car rentals, choose one that is light or white because black cars tend to retain the heat. It may be wise to buy an inexpensive windscreen reflector for your hire car if you a travelling in a particularly hot climate.

Prepare for the weather

Once you’ve arrived at the destination, make sure to protect the kids from the sun. Even in cooler climates, sun protection is important. While travelling you’ll likely be spending more time outdoors than you usually do. Buy a sunscreen for extra-sensitive skin with a very high UV factor (30 or 50). Test it on the kid’s skin in advance to make sure there’s no allergic reaction. If you are spending time on a beach, sun tents are also great, especially if you’re spending a long time there. Don’t forget hats and sunglasses if you are able to keep them on your child. If you are staying in a cold climate, ensure you take plenty of warm clothes and raincoats if suitable. Depending on the climate, temperatures may change more rapidly than you and your family is familiar with so be prepared when stepping outdoors.

Last but not least, you are probably a super busy mum so don’t forget to enjoy your holiday and time with the children. They grow up way too fast! Hope you enjoyed these tips for travelling with a baby and a toddler.

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