🌼 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

#mummyphotoaday 🧼

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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Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

#mummyphotoaday

I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

#mummyphotoaday

I love Lush products, they...

I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

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I was so tired yesterday...

A guide to getting your Winter wardrobe ready

Fashion always looks ahead, because that is the best time to prepare designs and wardrobes for the upcoming season. As summer nears its end, it’s time to get our fall and winter wardrobes out and ready. Now is the best time to invest in new pieces, mend our old ones, and to redefine ourselves through our fashion for another year. I love getting my Winter wardrobe ready – those big chunky jumpers for starters.

Get a Proper Storage System for Your Summer Clothes 

You need to invest in a proper storage system for your clothes. For now, the storage system will be used to put away your summer clothes when the time comes, but it should also be adaptable to put away your winter wear. This way, your clothes are neatly put away and remain moth-hole free

Take Out Your Winter Wardrobe and Audit 

Before the autumn/winter season approaches you will want to take out all of your winter clothes and sort through them. It’s a good idea to wait until the kids go back to school so that you have a day to yourself to really commit to your closet. 

Remove Items You Don’t Love 

If you don’t love how it looks or feels when you wear it, it’s time to get rid of it. Chances are you aren’t wearing it anyway and it is only keeping up space in your closet. 

Make Necessary Repairs

For the items you do love but are wearing down, see if you can repair them. This is a great way to extend the life of your clothes both for function and for aesthetics. 

Key Pieces to Invest in For This Winter 

Once you’ve sorted through and audited your closet, you are ready to invest in new items. These items should be bought with the intention of buying once. Invest in high-quality pieces that will be style staples year after year, can be mixed and matched to give you a versatile, stylish outfit, and above all else keep you warm in the winter months. 

High-Quality Cashmere 

Sweaters are a must for winter, but it’s about time you one, think outside the box and two, invest in higher quality materials. Acrylic, for example, tends to pile so that beautiful sweater or dress you just bought will become a fuzzy, unsightly mess after a few washes. By investing in cashmere dresses, however, you can enjoy a lightweight, warm, and incredibly soft, stylish staple year after year. Black knit dresses are also very forgiving, so you can look great no matter what. 

The Perfect Winter Coat 

Your perfect winter coat needs to be sized strategically and made with materials that are designed to insulate you and keep out water. Wool can do this just as well as traditional ski jackets, so long as you aren’t experiencing artic-levels of winter. Just remember to choose a coat or jacket size that will comfortably fit with sweaters. Going up a size is often a smart choice. 

Winter-Warming Under Layers 

Invest in sportswear for truly winter days. Thermal tights, thermal tank tops, thermal socks – these will make all the difference when it comes to keeping you warm without being bulky during the winter. 

High-Quality Winter Wear 

Invest in high-quality winter wear. Soft cashmere scarves and hats, thick mitts or windproof gloves, are all great ways to keep your extremities warm and fashionable during winter. 

What are your Winter wardrobe essentials? I would love to know in the comments below.

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