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

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🌼 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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7 Places to see for chocolate lovers in America

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love chocolate. They’re out there, but they’re probably a minute minority, at least according to common sense and most of the surveys that have been done on the topic. Why does any of this matter? Because we’re all chocolate lovers here, and the chocolate haters most likely represent no more than 2% of the population, so their opinion is mute. Well then, now that we’ve established our taste dominance over all the non chocolate eaters of the world, let’s have some fun checking out seven of the coolest places for chocolate lovers in America:

1. Hershey’s Chocolate World, Las Vegas

Let’s face it, when most of us say we’re “grabbing a chocolate bar” at the store, there’s a good chance it is going to be a product of Hershey’s, and when we’re talking about some of the coolest places in America, how do you not mention the Las Vegas strip? Hershey’s Chocolate World at the New-York-New York Hotel in Las Vegas is probably the biggest chocolate store you’ll ever see. We’re talking about 13,000 square feet and two stories holding a diverse chocolate selection that is hard to match. There’s also an 800lb chocolate Statue of Liberty on display at all times – pretty cool.

2. The Theo Chocolate Factory, Seattle

If you’re more of a puritan and you’re in the Pacific Northwest, you might consider a trip to the Theo chocolate factory in Seattle, Washington. They pledge to only use organic, GMO-free, and Fair Trade ingredients in all of their products. The factory gets about 50,000 visitors a year, and in addition to tours they also offer classes that teach you how to make your own artisan chocolates at home.

3. Recchiuti Confections, San Francisco

If you’re in the Bay Area looking for a local chocolatier/artisan chocolate shop, consider stopping by Recchiuti Confections located inside the Ferry Building. They make a variety of confections, including sauces, truffles, fruit and nut mixes, and their best selling Fleur de Sel Caramels dipped in dark chocolate. The location is also pretty nice, being that you can grab some chocolates and then hop on a Ferry for a scenic ride.

4. Valerie Confections, Los Angeles

In 2004, Valerie Confections launched as a small boutique serving chocolate-dipped toffee near the downtown area of L.A. They’ve since expanded their selection to include pastries, cakes, preserves, and other artisan sweets. They’re known for having delicious petits flours, but they also have excellent mendiants, truffles, and of course their signature toffees.

5. Cocoanuts, Boston

This artisan chocolate shop in Boston’s North end area offers a wide selection of chocolates from national and local chocolatiers as well as health bars, nut mixes, and specialty snacks. If you stop by on tasting day you can try a sample of one of their products at no charge. In terms of quality and selection, there aren’t many shops in New England that can compete.

6. Maison Roberts Fine Chocolates, Atlanta

This small shop in Atlanta, Georgia has been offering up some of the South’s best chocolates and pastries for more than 3 decades. Their confection menu consists of a variety of different fondants, truffles, marzipans, florentines, and meringue balls, just to name a few. Their pastry selection is also not to be overlooked with eye-catching products like French macarons and fruit tartelettes.

7. The Chocolate Bar, Houston

If you’re ever in the great state of Texas looking for the best chocolate around, check out The Chocolate Bar in Houston. They have two locations in the Houston area – one in Monroe and the other in West University Place. Aside from their impressive made-from-scratch chocolates, they also have homemade ice cream, pies, cookies, and cakes. Their selection of chocolates is really unparalleled by anything in the surrounding area, and they even offer frozen hot chocolate – that’s hard to come by.

Savor the Experience

Visiting the locations mentioned above can provide some of the most enjoyable chocolate eating experiences you’ll ever have, so be sure to take the time to savor the moment. Take a selfie and post it on social media. Share it with all your friends while delighting in chocolate-dipped delicacies. Let the chocolate melt slowly to get the full flavor, and don’t hesitate to try some things you’ve never had before. Overall, if you’re going out of your way to see one of these places, remember to take your time, have fun, and enjoy the chocolate!

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3 Comments
  • Now that sounds like my kind of trip

  • Mina
    June 23, 2016

    I feel like I want to go to Hershey’s Chocolate World Right now…Can’t stop imagining…Thanks Sonia!

  • healthy chocolate
    November 9, 2016

    Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

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