Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

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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This evening we had a...

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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Would you believe me when...

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

We are very excited to...

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?

#mummyphotoaday

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,...

7 Christmas craft ideas

It is never too early to get into the festive spirit, and one of the best ways for you to do this is by taking on exciting Christmas craft projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to create gifts that your loved ones are certain to enjoy, decorations that will look stunning in your home, and edible delights that are sure to get you through the cold winter months. If you are searching for inspiration, you will need to read on. Below are seven Christmas craft ideas.

Make your own crackers

In the majority of households, Christmas crackers are a staple part of traditional celebrations. They are a fantastic way for you to begin your Christmas dinner and to get everyone into the festive spirit. However, sometimes Christmas crackers can be slightly underwhelming. This is largely due to their predictable jokes and tacky prizes. If you are determined to avoid disappointment, why not take matters into your own hands? It is surprisingly easy to create your own Christmas crackers. You could put together your own design, and look online to find excellent one liner jokes. You could also shop around to find prizes that are small enough to fit in your crackers, but are also exciting enough to please your loved ones.

Make your own Christmas cards

Another fun craft idea is to make your own Christmas cards. This is a fantastic way for you to begin the festive season. It is also a great way to show your loved ones that you care, even if you aren’t able to send them a gift. Make sure that you get the whole family involved in the process. You could set up a family photoshoot and use your favourite picture on the front of your cards. You could get your little ones to make snowflake decorations and include them in your design. Or, you could encourage your entire family to cut out seasonal images and use them to create a festive collage. Don’t hold back, now is the perfect time for you to let your creative spirit run wild.

Make your own personalised stockings

Another option is to make your own personalised stockings. This is an especially useful option for anyone who is skilled in sewing. Even if you struggle in this area of the craft world, you could still have a go at stitching a simple letter to each of your stockings. You could even cheat and use iron on transfers. The most important thing is that your stockings stand out from the crowd. This will ensure that they are special treats for your loved ones to treasure over the years. If you are really interested in establishing traditions, you could even add a decorative detail every holiday season. That way your loved ones will be able to enjoy a design that is totally unique to them.

Make your own decorations

When it comes to decorating your Christmas tree, you should also think outside the box. Why stick to shop-bought decorations when you can create your own? If you are worried about this spoiling the aesthetic of your home, you could always buy a small Christmas tree and place it in a separate room, such as a snug or one of your children’s bedrooms. That way you don’t have to worry about going wild with the decorative process. You could use salt dough to create decorations that will stand the test of time, or you could create edible decorations that your loved ones can snack on during the festive period. It doesn’t matter too much about the end result. The most important thing is that you had a go!

Make your own garland

Hanging up a garland is a fantastic way for you to let everyone know about your passion for Christmas. This passion will be even more evident if you take the time to make your own. You could opt for a traditional design and use foliage, frosted berries, and sparkly trimmings. Or, you could opt for an alternative design such as a pom-pom garland, made up of your favourite shades of wool. Ideally, your finished garland should reflect the interior décor of your property. You should use it as a way of giving your guests a taste of what the can look forward to when they enter your home.

Make your own wrapping paper

If you want to make your gifts even more special this year, you should have a go at making your own wrapping paper. This is a fantastic way to ensure that all of your gifts stand out under the tree. It will also show all of your loved ones how much thought has gone into their gifts. If you are wondering where to begin, you should experiment with stamps, metallic sprays and colourful pens. You should also think carefully about your present toppers. Perhaps you could try out different ribbons, attach a personalised ornament to your gift, or finish your display with a sprig of holly. In this festive season, there is no reason to hold back! You need to make sure that your gifts are wrapped to perfection.

Make your own edible treats

What better time of year to indulge in edible treats than at Christmas? Even if you aren’t particularly skilled in the kitchen, you still have a go at preparing your own tasty treats. Perhaps in the build-up to Christmas, you could do a countdown of all your favourite recipes. Then, you can use your most successful products as gifts for your loved ones. The less successful items can function as a sweet treat for you to enjoy on a cold winter night. You could even go all out and invite your loved ones round for a festive baking session. You could all work together to decorate cookies, ice cupcakes, or prepare a traditional batch of mince pies. This will provide you with the opportunity to pick up tips from other people. It will also fill your home with festive cheer and plenty of delicious smells.

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