Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

#mummyphotoaday

We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

#mummyphotoaday

What a great #friyay it’s...

🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

#ad #SkyNature #NatureAtHome

🐝 We have really loved...

Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

#mummyphotoaday

Our half term routine (it...

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

6 Tips for buying a second hand RV

For any family that loves a holiday in the form of a good old roadtrip, an RV is one of the biggest game changers. It turns driving and exploring into a whole other experience where you can bond, see new sights and relax together in a comfortable place. The only thing is, an RV is expensive, especially when you decide to buy it brand new. According to Camper Report, an RV can cost anything from $10,000 to $300,000. That’s a lot of money, especially when you already have cars and so many other financial obligations. That doesn’t mean you and your family can’t get a dream RV to call take you on those memorable trips, there are other ways to own one. 

This is where second-hand RVs come in, they give you the opportunity to own one at a fraction of the price, and you can get a really good deal. The only problem with second-hand stuff is, if you don’t take the right steps during the buying process, you could end up with something in a bad condition. This is all avoidable though, if you do your homework, you will take home something that feels as good as new. So what are some of the things you need to keep in mind when purchasing a second-hand RV? Here are some tips. 

Don’t Rush

The process of finding your pre-owned RV should not be something you do in just one weekend.  You actually need to take time to see what’s on the market, do your research and make the right choice. 

Shop Around

Don’t just look at one RV and settle on it, look around the market, talk to different sellers and line up a list of options. Assess the pros and cons of each, test as many as you can and, then you can consider putting in an offer. Rushing leaves you highly prone to mishaps and missing very important details that can cause trouble later. Remember, this is a long-term investment and you have every right to take your time. 

Talk to An Expert 

You might not know everything about RVs and in such a situation, it’s wise to talk to someone who’s in the know. They will teach you the do’s and don’ts and the common mistakes to avoid. Some sellers will take advantage of your lack of knowledge, so conversations with an expert will arm you with the right information and help you negotiate better and even test it out properly. You can even ask the expert to come along with you if they can. 

Know the History 

You have to know as much as you can about the RV. This could range from any damage it incurred, the servicing history, insurance and warranty. This helps you know more about the condition it’s in, and know what you might need to do when you purchase it. But just because the RV doesn’t have a warranty doesn’t mean you can’t buy it. You can research on RV extended warranty companies in your area to find something that works for you after the purchase. 

Don’t Be Cheap 

Just because you’re buying second-hand, doesn’t mean you should go completely cheap. Operate under the assumption that anything super cheap is cheap for a good reason. If you try to cut corners on price, you might end up with a mistake that costs you a lot more money than you’d hoped. Repairs and fixes can be incredibly expensive. Be willing to pay a decent amount so that you can get something that’s actually good quality. Remember, it’s only a steal if it actually works well. 

Look in the Right Place 

Look for reputable places to buy your RV, not just any old car lot. You want to buy from people who have tested them, looked them over, and people you can go back to if something goes wrong. Private sales can also be great, but just make sure you can do your due diligence and make sure everything is above board. Don’t just do one Google search, look for what are considered the best dealers in your town. 

Like an vehicle, buying a second-hand RV is a great way not to pay an arm and a leg for something, but unfortunately some people have been burnt in the process and found themselves stuck with an RV in very bad shape. This is very avoidable if you know what you’re doing. When you meet with owners, ask the right questions and do all the checks you need to. Ultimately, this will give you the piece of mind of paying for something great.

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