This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

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I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

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We’ve been busy little bees...

5 Really Useful Home DIY Skills To Develop

Ok, so you’ve finally bought your own home, but you’re helpless when it comes to repairs. Don’t worry. Here are 5 easy-to-learn DIY skills that will get you out of some of the most common binds.

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Unclogging the Toilet

 Don’t make the beginners mistake of buying one of those plungers intended for sink drains. They are far too weak for the job of unclogging a toilet. Instead, buy a plunger specifically designed for unclogging toilets. Better still; get one that has a snake attachment. The snake is particularly useful for stubborn plugs. All you do is stick it down the toilet drain, wiggle it around a bit, and just like that, you can dislodge the clog. For good measure, follow this up with a few firm pushes using the plunger and your toilet will be flushing as good as new.

Painting Your Walls

No matter how hard you try, eventually, even the nicest of walls will end up covered in smudges and paint chips. Hiring a painter to freshen them up is insanely expensive, so doing it yourself is the best solution. But you don’t want it to look like an amateur job with paint spatters on the floor, the trim around the windows, and other places where it doesn’t belong. Painting a room with out any mess can be incredibly hard. So do it like a pro and protect the surfaces that you don’t want to get paint on. Hang newspaper or old sheets over the doors to protect them. Lay a large drop cloth over the floor. Use masking tape or painters tape to protect trim from unwanted paint. Then grab that paint brush and start painting. For best results, do one coat first. Allow it to dry before adding a second one. With a little bit of time and attention, your walls will look like new, without the high cost of a professional painter.

Landscaping Your Yard

If you hire a professional, landscaping your yard can cost a ridiculous amount of money. But digging holes for new trees and shrubs isn’t rocket science – anyone can do it, even you! Head for your local garden centre and take a look at their selection – you’ll find that the plants and shrubs will all have tags indicating if they like shady or sunny spots, how much water they require, and other necessary details. Additionally, the garden centre staff will be available to guide you. The hardest part will be digging all the holes for planting, but it’s free exercise (something almost everyone can use more of!), so get it done, stick the plants in there, water them, then sit back and admire your work.

Cleaning Your Windows

Unless you live in a two-story house, as long as you’re of average physical condition, there’s no reason why you can’t clean your exterior windows yourself. Start with a bucket of warm soapy water (dish-soap will do), then give those windows a good scrub. Dry them off, and if you find streaks left behind, give them a quick spritz with an ammonia-based window cleaner and shine until dry. If you’re good with a squeegee, you may even be able to get away with only the first step of cleaning with soapy water, yet still end up with a streak-free finish.

Defrosting Your Freezer

If you let it go too long, pretty soon your freezer will end up with more ice than food in it. It’s easy to fix though. All you need to do is get on with the job of defrosting your freezer. Empty it out first. Then unplug it. Leave the freezer door open to speed up the process. Put lots of towels around the base of the freezer to soak up all the melted water that’s on its way – it’ll make a huge mess otherwise. If you’re lucky, your freezer will come with a hose that you can use to drain the melted ice water neatly into a bucket. After all the ice is gone, dry everything out, clean the interior, plug in, and wait. Within a few hours it’ll be ready to use again.

Mastering These DIY Techniques Will Save You Money

So now that you know how easy it is, you’ll never want to pay someone to take care of these things for you ever again. It’s so simple to do these things yourself, and it will save you a lot of money and hassle.

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