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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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?

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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,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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I find I spend most...

We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

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A helpful guide when planning for a baby #family

I remember everyone saying to me, there is no “good time” to plan to have a baby, no right time. You simply have to make it work when the time comes. We had lots of advice from family and friends, professionals and websites. There is a wealth of information out there on pregnancy. However, there is so much that is not discussed and I had to find out for myself. I am hoping these tips will help planning for a baby a little easier.

Budget for your baby

This might seem obvious but it’s not something I thought about. Budgeting for your baby is definitely something I wish I had sorted before I had my babies. Set yourself targets for each month during pregnancy to save a particular amount. Because as you get closer to the labour you will: a) not want to worry about the money as you will have more important things to think about and b) you get that nesting feeling when you want to set up the cot and make it all perfect. If you save each month of the pregnancy larger items will not be so much of a hit on your bank balance.

Set a gift list

We were so lucky to have family help us with everything for our babies. We had some beautiful and generous gifts. It was quite a meticulous plan to make sure that people didn’t buy us the same thing though. Setting a gift list of the things you would like will help family to understand what to focus on. It also means people can see when someone has got something.

This isn’t being rude or greedy, as I felt at the time. But something I realised after having Noah – people wanted to buy him something. From a new outfit, to the bedding in his cot. From his high chair to a food processor (perfect for weaning).

Pregnancy clothes

Everyone told me I wouldn’t need to worry about maternity clothes. So I didn’t get a lot – it turns out I wore maternity jeans for about 5 years! I had 2 pregnancies quite close together mind you – but they are the most comfortable jeans I have ever worn. There are clever ways to make your normal jeans stretch too!

Also, I didn’t buy too many breastfeeding items either – I just used to put a muslin over my shoulder when I breastfed and that’s all I needed.

Baby essentials

You probably will not need to buy anything in this area – these are the perfect little things that friends, work colleagues and family will buy as a gift. Creams, lotions, baby bath, talc (oh I love the smell of talc) and baby brushes – we had so much of them. They lasted us for about a year. Which was fabulous.

Planning for a baby

The one big piece of advice I didn’t get told when we were expecting. Is the period after you give birth. The way your milk comes in, the way your body gets rid of all the pregnancy, the way your hormones go on a rollercoaster. Everyone is different mind you – but it’s definitely something to prepare for. I used disposable mattress sheets, pregnancy sanitary towels and breast pads for a good couple of weeks. You may need to stock up on these items!

Planning for a baby is tricky when you have no idea what you are planning for. Just take each day as it comes. Observe what the other parents are doing to – if in doubt Google it. But, stick to your gut instincts. You will know what is best for your child overall!

In collaboration with Louise Wood.

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