I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

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This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

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🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

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!

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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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8 Reasons why you should celebrate your 50th

Most people try to avoid getting older, they don’t want to have to tell people that they are turning 50 because they are embarrassed. The fact of the matter is that everyone gets old eventually and we should appreciate the life that we have. One of the big birthdays that a lot of people celebrate is their 50th birthday. Some people have big parties while others go out for dinner with their family. This is a birthday that you should celebrate and if you are feeling nervous about turning this age then you should keep reading this article. Here, we are going to give you 8 reasons why you should make sure that you celebrate your 50th birthday!

Your Family

Our first reason to celebrate your 50th birthday is that you have come a long way and you probably have a family that loves you. It is likely that your family will want to celebrate with you and so you should give in and let them spoil you for the day. Turning 50 is a great time to reflect on everything that you have. If you have a loving family then you can take some time to appreciate them and if you don’t, you can spend some time thinking about the people that you have lost. Your family will want to make a big deal of your 50th so let them and you will be happy when they are happy.

You Made It!

Turning 50 might not sound like much of an achievement at first but you should think just about how long you have managed to survive. The world is a scary place and you never know where you are going to be in the next 5 years. Some people make it way past 50 while others don’t even make it there. You should be celebrating the fact that you have managed to live a good life right up until this point. There are many illnesses, accidents and disasters that can stand in your way of getting to this age, but you have managed to get there in the end! You are now around halfway there, and you should be thinking about what you are going to get up to for the next part of your life.

You Can Have A Party

Everyone loves a good party and for your 50th, you can have the biggest party of them all. Think about organising a big event that brings all of your family and friends together to celebrate your life so far. The party could be a themed partyor simply just a night of drinks and food. Why not turn your 50th birthday into something fun? You don’t have to be boring and sit about chatting to older relatives. You could have a bouncy castle, a photo  booth or some games. This party is entirely up to you and you will love planning it.

You’re Closer To Retirement

Some people work for as long as possible, while others dream of the moment where they can sit back and relax in retirement. This is one of the reasons why you should celebrate being 50. Although you are not quite old enough to retire at this age, you are getting closer each year and you are likely to be in your last 10 years or so of your working life. Think about your retirement, when you are going to take it and consider if you have saved enough money to retire in the next 10 years. Retirement is a great part of your life and you will love being closer to it as times goes on.

You’ll Get Great Gifts

Your birthday is not about getting gifts but when you turn 50, you are likely to get some good ones. You might find that your partner surprises you with a great gift or takes you abroad. On top of this, your kids might save up to get you something great or even make you something special. The internet is full of 50th birthday gifts and sites like Edora offer everything from trinkets to jewellery. If you know that people are going to be buying you gifts, you could do a search for yourself and give some suggestions of things that you would like from the site’s 50thbirthday gifts for her category: https://www.edora.co.uk/occasion/50th-birthday-gifts-for-her/. This way, you know how much people are spending and you can ensure that they don’t go overboard.

You Can Go On Holiday

Of course, you can go on holiday whenever you want but wouldn’t it be great to have an excuse? Many people set off on trips for their 50th birthday and spend the big day sitting by the pool. Choose somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go and convince your partner to come with you. If you don’t have a partner, you could take a friend or use this as an opportunity to spend some time alone. You might find that a break away from your day-to-day couldrefresh your mindand you could go into the next part of your life feeling hopeful. Make sure to choose somewhere special and save up if you want to have the holiday of a lifetime. You can find some 50thbirthday holiday ideas here: https://www.101holidays.co.uk/50th-birthday-holiday-ideas/.

You Can Be Surprised

If you love being surprised by your loved ones, then you will love celebrating your 50th birthday. Ask them to plan a surprise for you, such as a party or even just something to do for the day. You might find that they take this upon them themselves, but it doesn’t hurt to check. Then, all you need to do is sit back and relax on your birthday and see what sorts of surprises are lined up for your big day.

You Deserve It

Our final reason why you should celebrate your 50th birthday is the fact that you deserve it. Life is full of struggles and if you have made it to 50 then you have probably already achieved quite a lot. It is likely that by this age, you will have already had a family, a house and probably a reasonable job. However, life is not just about all of these things so regardless of what you have managed to achieve by this age, you still deserve to celebrate your birthday. Although it is just a day on which you were born, you can still make the most of it and have everyone think about you for just one day. Don’t let the fear of the spotlight cloud your judgement on planning something. You deserve this, and you should celebrate your birthday.

Final Verdict

It is important that you celebrate your 50th birthday in whatever way suits you best. Don’t host a big party if it is only going to cause you stress. Think carefully about what you would like to do and just go for it! You will love having your family and friends around you when it comes to the big day and they will love being able to appreciate all that you have done for them. Think carefully about suggesting some presents that you would like if you don’t want people to waste money on things that you don’t want. Celebrate your 50th and you will have a great day!

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1 Comment
  • lynn neal
    February 27, 2020

    Some very positive and encouraging points here!

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