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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🌾 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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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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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 Tropical jams to spark creativity in kiddies

I love jam, I have it on a lot of food; jam on toast or jam on scones (perfect for a family picnic in the garden). It seems to be my happy food during lockdown. It’s now getting to that time of the year when the fruits are starting to grow and will soon be ready for picking, so we can make our very own jams. The following are Tropical Jams that I wish the supermarkets would sell, or I could get hold of the fruits to make it ourselves. 

Guava Jam

Guava is a tropical fruit that looks a little bit like a lemon from the outside and almost a tomato on in the inside. There are lots of Guava Jam recipes online, which looks like a fun jam as it is so bright. This is a really healthy fruit and mainly found in South America or the Carribean, so you can pretend you are on holiday!

GUAVA

Peach Jam

We love peaches in our house, it inspires stories like James and the Giant Peach and makes us think about the hungry caterpillar working his way through all of the food. We often by the cans of peaches, Isla will have them for breakfast. I am not sure you could make jam from the can of peaches though! I have seen a yummy peach jam recipe using ripe peaches and can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. 

peaches

Watermelon Jam

Well, this would be Isla’s favourite if we could buy this in the supermarket. Isla is a huge fan of a watermelon. Puree the watermelon and you can create this fab watermelon jam recipe. It looks super bright and vibrant, almost slime like, one of our favourite Tropical Jams. This would make a great outdoor fun activity, real edible slime! 

watermelon

Pineapple Jam

Another one of Isla’s favourites is pineapple. Making this Pineapple Jam recipe would be a fun family activity and then using the outside shell of the pineapple to make Spongebob Squarepants home would be a fun task to do with the kiddies. I think it would inspire them to eat the healthy fruit too!

Pineapple

Dragon Fruit Jam

I have never heard of Dragon Fruit before, until I researched for this article of course, it really does look like a dragon from the spikes on its outer shell. The dragon fruit jam recipe is a bright pink with black dots in it, such a fun jam. I can imagine this would be great to inspire a painting/art activity at home. 

Dragonfruit

Papaya Jam

Papaya is a popular fruit from Central America and Mexico. It looks like an interesting fruit and I love saying the word “Papaya”. The Papaya jam recipe looks a little like marmalade. This might be a great jam to inspire a story time session with Paddington Bear. 

Papaya

Mango Jam 

I love Mango and turning it into a jam sounds like fun and tasty fun too. Following a Mango jam recipe looks like it might be a bit trickier as you need to be careful to remove the core after you have boiled them. You have to be careful what type of Mango you use too, as some are stringy and some not as much. 

Mango

Passion Fruit Jam

Passion Fruit reminds me of our holiday to Turkey, we had such a wonderful holiday. We saw Sea Turtles, explored the local villages and had the best family time on the resort. Making this Passion Fruit jam recipe will definitely inspire memories of our family holidays. I think it’s a good jam to have whilst you sit back and watch videos from your previous holidays. 

passionfruit

Baking with Tropical Jams will make sure your bakes are a little different too, can you imagine a Victoria Sponge cake with Mango Jam in the middle? Yummy! There’s a broad variety of discount baking books available at The Works. It’s my go to place for books at the moment. 

What is your favourite jam? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant. 

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3 Comments
  • Orange23
    May 22, 2020

    The pineapple jam sounds lovely, i’d never thought of using tropical fruit to make jam before but I’m definitely going to try now, this has inspired me, thanks!

  • Susan B
    May 23, 2020

    Oh, Sonia, your post has made me nostalgic for the Antipodes where most of these delicious jams were made by our mums and jars of them were lined up on shelves with other preserves to eat over the winter. I must confess that I dreaded being told it was time to pick the fruit (which sometimes meant climbing the tree!) prepare it for mum and wait for her to produce delicious preserves. I was very, very happy to eat them, though! Passionfruit jams and preserves are my favourite. Thank you for the post and the recipes.

  • lynn neal
    June 3, 2020

    I like the sound of the pineapple jam the best !

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