Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?


Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

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?


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!


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.


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...

6 Healthy meals for a quick frying pan meal

When it comes to healthy eating, you should have a variety of quick-and-easy recipes on hand that you can whip up when you’re on the go. A high-quality frying pan is the most versatile cooking tool for simple, healthy meals. Here are six frying-pan-meals that will suit your healthy habits and busy lifestyle, some non-vegetarian options too. 

1. Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

Cauliflower rice is a calorie-saving alternative to grain rice. Choose a medley of vegetables, like zucchini, onion, broccoli and kale, that will accompany the cauliflower rice. After you’ve sauteed the riced cauliflower and veggies, add your preferred sauce and spices. Turmeric, a spice with anti-inflammatory benefits, will give your stir fry a multi-layered flavor profile, a bright yellow color and a hint of sweetness. Other nutritious sauce options include salsa, curry or liquid amino acids.

2. Pesto Pea Pasta

When you’re in the mood for Italian, choose an alternative pasta that will aid healthy digestion. Pea flour pasta cools like a traditional grain pasta, however it is rich in vitamin B and protein. Cook the pea pasta in the frying pan, then sautee with leeks, pesto, walnuts and parmesan cheese. The dish will come out with a bright green hue and will keep well for the next day’s leftover lunch.

3. Turkey Sausage and Root Vegetables

Go seasonal with rich root vegetables and turkey sausage. First sautee diced and peeled yams, heirloom potatoes, parsnips and yellow onions with olive oil. Once the root vegetables are tender and can be easily pierced with a fork, add turkey sausage to the pan and cook until browned. Break up the sausage into smaller pieces that are a similar size to the diced root vegetables. Add pepper, salt and a ¼ teaspoon of cayenne and garnish with fresh parsley.

4. Spicy, Tomato Pork Chops

For a protein-packed meal, pork chops are the answer. In your frying pan, first caramelize 1 yellow onion, roughly diced until translucent with a browned tint. Remove caramelized onions from the pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and place pork chops into the pan. Sear the chops on each side and when they have a dark tint, add 2 cans of peeled and diced tomatoes, and ¼ cup of tomato paste. As the chops finish cooking in the tomato sauce, add the onions back in and season with 1 tablespoon of cayenne, salt and pepper to taste. Use your meat thermometer to check the chops and remove the pan from heat once the chops are cooked to 145 degrees fahrenheit. This meal is quick, packed with flavor and only requires a few ingredients.

5. Sauteed Lemon, Garlic Kale

Nothing pairs better with kale than zesty lemon and savory garlic. Create a warm kale salad in a frying pan by first warming some olive oil and cooking freshly diced garlic until the aromatics of the garlic are released. After a minute of cooking the garlic, add roughly chopped kale into the pan — just the leaves, not the stems — and blanche for two minutes until the edges of the kale start to brown. Remove the pan from the heat and juice one half of a lemon over the cooked kale. Season with a pinch of salt and it’s ready to enjoy.

6. Vegetarian Frittata

A frittata is the perfect meal if you’re looking for an energy boost, as the eggs have omega 3 fatty acids and protein nutrients that support sustained energy. The meal requires 3 eggs, 1 zucchini, 1 red pepper, 1 shallot, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup mushrooms, olive oil, salt and pepper. First, sautee the diced shallot, red pepper, mushrooms and zucchini until slightly tender. While the vegetables are cooking, whisk the eggs until the yolks and whites are completely combined and the mixture has a fluffy look. Stir in the chopped spinach and once it’s barely wilted, pour in the egg mixture. As the egg cooks, swirl the pan and lift up the bottom of the frittata with a spatula, so the uncooked egg will transfer to metal and cook. The frittata should come out looking like an egg pancake. Once the frittata is finished, you can garnish the dish with goat cheese, cilantro or parsley.

Frying pan meals require minimal ingredients, cook fast and will support healthy habits. With a solid frying pan, your eating options will be more easy and exciting. What do you like to cook in your frying pan? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant. 


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