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.

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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...

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...

5 Unique tips for sprucing up your Wedding reception

One of the biggest priorities for couples planning a wedding are the memories. Naturally, you want the day to be as memorable as possible, so you never forget how much fun it was to get hitched. It’s interesting, then, that so many weddings follow a rigid formula.

Proponents of tradition spend huge amounts of money trying to create epic events, but all they really need is a little creativity. If you’re willing to be bold and brilliant on your big day, you’ll realise it’s not about the cash. The most important thing is to build a wedding that celebrates you.

Keep reading for some fun, quirky, and achingly cool ideas you can use at your own reception.

Walk Down Memory Lane

One clever way to make guests feel special is to show them how much they have impacted your life. Create a ‘memory lane’ by hanging your favourite pictures at the entrance to the reception room. It’s a great way to get people talking, and it shows them how much you care.

Plus, with an affordable photobooth hire in Sydney, you can make new memories to add to the collection. Photobooths are a fantastic form of entertainment because they’re low maintenance and let guests direct their own fun. All snaps are ready within minutes.

Serve a Dessert Buffet

If you’re planning a formal, sit down dinner, it might be fun to switch things up and go in a different direction for the dessert. For instance, buffet style desserts are hugely popular right now. They bring a sense of silliness and frivolity that guests love after a traditional afternoon.

Think plentiful trays of sweet treats and sugary goodness. Let guests pile crushed Oreos on top of blueberry cupcakes. Invite them to lace strawberry ice cream with fudge pieces and sherbet lemons. It’s more than a little indulgent, but you only get married once.

Put on Your Dancing…Socks

It’s common for couples to leave wedding favours in the reception room, ready for when guests arrive and take their seats. These small gifts can take any form. There are a thousand different gifts you can use. However, you also have the option to get a little silly with it.

One idea is to leave a pair of cosy, fuzzy socks for each guest, so they can slip into something more comfortable later in the evening. Some guests might scoff at the thought before dinner, but just wait until they’ve had a few glasses of wine and the DJ starts up.

Be a Movie Star for a Day

This is a great idea for film buffs. Instead of table numbers, use the names of romantic films. Even better, get a skilled friend or colleague to jump onto PhotoShop and replace the faces with your own. The more iconic and romantic the image, the better in this case.

So, think Jack and Rose from Titanic. Or, Alvy Singer and Annie Hall. In fact, there are scores of examples. There are Alison and Noah from The Notebook. Don’t forget Johnny and Baby from Dirty Dancing. You get extra points for making your Photoshop face swap as funny as possible.

Send Guests Home with a Treat

Some wedding receptions go on until the early hours and guests are bound to end the night with tired feet and hungry bellies. Treat those who lasted until the very end with a personal snack box of cake or savoury bites. It’s a small detail, but it can make a big difference.

They can munch on these morsels while waiting for taxis to take them home or on the way up to their hotel rooms. It’s just a nice way to finish a beautiful evening, with a small token that says ‘thanks for coming and having the best time.’

Why Being Different Is an Asset on Your Wedding Day

It is possible to honour tradition and still plan a unique, personalised experience. In fact, if you’re keen to have a very conventional wedding, you can save the zany stuff for the reception. It’s a great opportunity to let loose and show off your personality, so don’t hesitate to include a few wacky or unusual ideas.

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