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?

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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...

I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!

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I wonder what is going...

This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

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This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

“We are very excited to...

🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

5 Common mistakes to avoid when buying appliances

Whether you’re purchasing new appliances as part of a remodeling project, or need to replace a stove, refrigerator, or other appliance that’s outlived its usefulness, the process can feel overwhelming. With thousands of options to choose from, you may be tempted to just choose the least expensive model, or the one with the coolest bells and whistles. 

Because appliances are a major purchase, though, it’s important to take time to do your homework before you head to the store, and know exactly what you need, want, and can afford. Avoiding some common mistakes will help you get the most for your money and ensure that you have all the features you want and you’re happy with your selections for years to come. 

Here are a few mistakes to watch out for:

Mistake #1: Not Knowing Your Space

Perhaps the most common mistake people make when buying new appliances is not considering the space where it will be placed. Measuring the height, width, and depth is obviously important, but you need to look at the entire room and consider all aspects of the appliance placement and use. For instance, you may wish to place a front-loading washer and dryer in the bathroom, but if the model you select is too big, the doors may be blocked by the toilet or vanity, necessitating the purchase of a base to raise the machine up. Or maybe the item is too big to fit through the doorway. Before making a purchase, look closely at your space, measure carefully, consider where doors and drawers will open, and what type of hookups are available for power and water and whether they can accommodate the machine. Doing so can save a lot of aggravation and disappointment. 

Mistake #2: Going Trendy

Don’t think that appliances can be trendy? Ask all of the people who purchased harvest gold and avocado colored stoves and refrigerators back in the 1970s. While appliance trends may not be as “in your face” as those colors, there are still fads that come and go, and you need to decide what is worth spending money on. For example, many appliances are equipped with Wi-Fi, but do you really need an app to tell you that the laundry cycle is complete? Do you love your cabinets enough that you can live with an appliance face that matches them for the next 10-15 years? Before you spend extra to buy something trendy, ask yourself if it’s worth the extra money, or whether you’ll be regretting the purchase in a few years. 

Mistake #3: Overlooking Maintenance Costs

While your research should include determining which appliance brands and models are most reliable, even when you purchase quality machines things can go wrong. Therefore, you need to account for the warranty on the appliance, and the costs to fix items that aren’t covered by the warranty. Home warranty companies can help reduce some of those expenses through plans that cover the repair or replacement of appliances, but it’s still important to think about how much you’ll spend keeping your appliances in good shape over the years. 

Mistake #4: Not Considering Energy Efficiency 

Many consumers assume that all new appliances are energy efficient simply because they are new. However, many appliances on the market are not Energy Star rated, meaning that they don’t meet the guidelines for reduced power consumption. That being said, don’t assume that buying new appliances will automatically lower your power bills, either. The older your current appliance, the more savings you’ll see, so if you’re replacing a fairly new appliance your electric bill won’t go down significantly. 

Mistake #5: Paying Too Much 

Many consumers overpay for their appliances because they don’t do enough research before shopping. Before going to the store, research the manufacturer’s suggested price, prices offered in local stores, and the sales and discounts available. Don’t be afraid to haggle over a purchase price, either. Many stores will price match or offer a discount if you mention you’re planning to buy elsewhere. If you can, wait until the end of the year when stores heavily discount appliances to make room for the new models. Avoid buying on impulse; it’s easy to be seduced by a shiny new washer and dryer while you’re in the home improvement store but doing your homework ahead of time will ensure you get the best deal on appliances that fit your needs and your home. 

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1 Comment
  • justine meyer
    January 24, 2020

    These are good tips here I admit I usually just go and buy and don’t weigh anything up beforehand

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