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...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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Today has been a busy...

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 very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
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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I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

5 Important tips on finalising child support

Getting child support is a bit tricky, from what I have heard. It requires careful deliberation and perseverance because you’ll most probably be going through challenging rounds of negotiation with your partner to settle the adjusted level of support for your kid. There are a plethora of different factors you need to consider including your income, your partner’s earnings, the kid’s changing activities and varied needs along with the state’s specific requirements. As a parent, you might find it an uphill mission but if you use my tips you can avoid complications and unnecessary stress. Here is some information that was given to me which I found to be helpful tips:

Consider Hiring An Expert Attorney

You may be great at negotiations and may work out your child’s maintenance plan with the partner but you should consult a good lawyer who specializes in family law to understand the inherent laws and paperwork requirements. The legal expert would be able to assist you with a financial analysis of your child’s maintenance plan. I recommend you hire the services of a local child support attorney who is well versed with your state’s regulations and laws regarding child maintenance. For example, prime lawyers specialize in family law and you could consult an attorney from the firm to grab a limpid understanding of the statues and rulings applicable in your case.

Review Your Financial Status

I advise you to go through your bank statements and income portfolio in collaboration with your attorney to evaluate your financial status and the amount you can afford to pay for child support. Even if the negotiations with the spouse fall flat, the court will expect you to pay a certain amount to meet your child’s educational, personal, medical and miscellaneous needs. Generally, the court will ask for copies of your pay statements, tax returns, income statements and related finances over the last few years. Work with your lawyer to make sure your paperwork like stubs and bank statements for the last 6 years and tax returns for the last 2 years are ready and that you have your finances evaluated, should you choose to go to court.

Negotiate With An Optimistic Mind

Mediated by your attorney and your partner’s lawyer, child support meetings are an effective means of finalizing a maintenance amount without having to go to court. Listen to what your partner has to offer as part of child support and be generous and compromising if you want to reach a settlement. Have the lawyers work out the amount by reviewing your child’s needs and both the parents’ income, discuss with your partner and look for a win-win situation. Finalize all little things like the educational expenses, health insurance, free days out with your kid, recreational expenses, and any other related bills.

Prepare Your Proposed Child Support Plan

If you choose to go to court, make sure you have all financial documents required by the court filled up with supportive evidence to help you win the case. This can also come handy when you are negotiating with the spouse so you can show them what you are offering and requesting from them. The lawyer will help you prepare the proposal and represent it on your behalf to the partner to agree to it and sign it. If you’re going to present it in court, make certain that all necessary forms required by the state are properly filled and attached with the proposal.

Abide by the Court’s Ruling

If you’ve done your homework well, you should easily finalize a maintenance amount through negotiations or your court claim. If the judge orders otherwise, then as a responsible parent, you should abide by the court’s judgment and accept it to ensure your child’s needs are properly met. If the decided amount requires you to get a better job or shift to a place where you’d be better able to support your child, then do so. The efforts will definitely pay off in the end.

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