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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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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🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

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Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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40 Days of Fitness #FitnessRevolution

So, I am a week into the 40 Days of Fitness challenge with DW Fitness clubs,  the #FitnessRevolution has started. It did start off with a little kick up the behind as our household was struck with the sickness bug – but I am definitely getting there and really enjoying the challenges.

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Here is an update on my first week:

Wednesday 18th February – #WednesdayWorkout

Walk for 20 minutes and see how far you can travel. I took a walk and it was lovely, fresh air and broke up my day which was even better, it went really quickly.

Thursday 19th February – 3 sets of squats with 60 second rest in between

On a Thursday I do a class like a legs, bums and tum class where squats are involved. So luckily this was all in hand. I probably did around 20 over the class, I just have to be careful not to aggrevate my shoulder and back (whiplash is such a fun thing, not).

Friday 20th February – Planking

I used my elbows as my body is not quite up to 100% strength at the moment and I was able to hold my body weight for about 30 seconds. I have to make sure I do this in a perfect straight line otherwise it really hurts my lower back.

Saturday 21st February – 3 minute #SaturdayChallenge

How many of the following can you do in 1 minute:

Jump squats – I have no idea what these are?! But I can do a jump with a tuck involved, I managed 10 in a minute.

Star jumps – I managed 30 in a minute.

Sit ups – about 5, I do not think you can count my 6th.

Sunday 22nd February Rest day

Although it was a rest day, me and Hubby went for a lovely fresh walk around Earlham park whilst we were in Norwich and it was really nice. I like to walk and see where it takes you, it was nice to have some talking time with hubby too. I was given a recipe to try but when we got home, we had a poorly Noah and we didn’t manage to do it. The recipe is below though if you are interested and we will try it another time.

[yumprint-recipe id=’24’]Monday 23rd February – Tricep Dips

I did this up against an ottoman I have in the bedroom: 3 sets of 10 tricep dips with a 60 second rest inbetween. This really made my stomach muscles ache. I have been told to strengthen my core muscles to get my back up to scratch again and this is a good exercise to do.

Tuesday 24th February – Ingredient of the week: Substitute milk

To be honest I didn’t have anything suggested to substitute my milk for, like coconut milk or rice milk. So I just omitted milk from my day! I log all my meals on the Lifesum app so I knew how many calories I had saved with each cup of tea: 55 kcal. If I had four cups of tea a day with milk and sugar it’s amazing how much calories that amounts up to.

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So what is on the agenda for the next seven days:

Wednesday 25th February – 25 minutes

Walk for 25 minutes.

Thursday 26th February – 3 sets of squats with 60 second rest in between

20 reps.

Friday 27th February – Plank

Beat the time from last week, which was 30 seconds.

Saturday 28th February – 3 minute #SaturdayChallenge

Beat the times last week for each activity, which was:

Jump squats – 10 in a minute.

Star jumps – 30 in a minute.

Sit ups – 5 in a minute.

Sunday 1st March – Rest day

Gentle stretches.

Monday 2nd March – 3 sets of each exercise

– 10 chair squats (sit and stand up with arms raised at a 90degree angle)
– 10 modified press ups (use your knees)
– 15 step ups (Can use your stairs or sturdy box)

Tuesday 3rd March – Ingredient of the week: Sweet Potato

Get creative this week with Sweet Potato. This should be easy as we love sweet potatoes!

 

 

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