I’m so happy with how our #garden is transforming. We’ve created a huge space for playing, chilling, eating and basking.

If you swipe through the photos this is what our garden looked like when we moved in last January. We’ve been working hard to make it our own.

To be fair Hubby has done most of the hard work: getting rid of the pond and 5ft high rockery. Using the rocks to make the fire pit area. The decking. And then the patio.

It looks so different. And this photo isn’t the end, we still have some work to do over the next month but I thought it was a good milestone.

We now have somewhere to be as a family. And our sofa is perfect for socially distancing 😂 we can sit 3.5 metres away from eachother.

I am still gobsmacked when I look at it is today and what it was when we moved in. It looks just as I drew it a year ago.

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I’m so happy with how...

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

I took this photo the...

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,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 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!

#mummyphotoaday

We went out with a...

A makeup tutorial with vegan EX1 cosmetics

Cosmetics that are: not testing on animals, use vegan ingredients and feel good on my skin are a must for me. See it as my mini checklist if you like. The thing I love about EX1 cosmetics is that they are reasonably priced for make up, which means affordable. I love that you can grab them from your local Superdrug too. This means they are very accessible. I love the fact I do not feel like I am wearing anything either. This is a guide to the EX1 cosmetics range and a perfect makeup style for Valentine’s Day dates this weekend.

Getting the right shade

Here’s a little tip for you. If you head over to the shade finder on the EX1 cosmetics website as it helps you to identify your skin tone. They have a range of models with various skin colours and you can choose the shade that you feel is closest to you. I chose 3.5 as my shade and it is spot on. It is a really good tip and will help you to make better decisions in store.

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Using the EX1 cosmetics range

I have been doing more exercise recently. Since doing this I have noticed that my skin is not as good, it seems to be very spotty. I need makeup. Finding the right make up is a minefield. I love that the vegan options are plentiful. EX1 cosmetics have a great range of make up. In this tutorial, I am using shade 3.5 of the EX1 products and they are listed below:

  • Invisiwear Liquid Foundation
  • Delete Fluide Concealer
  • Pure Crushed Minerals Powder
  • Blusher Natural Flush
  • Invisiwear Compact Powder
concealer

Concealer

I started with the EX1 Delete Fluide Concealer, shade 3.5. It has a hydrating formula which must explain why my skin doesn’t really feel like I am wearing makeup. It perfectly matches your skins natural tones, which means your base layer of make up is going to be the right shade.

Dab small amounts under your eyes, on blemishes and imperfections. Massage it into your skin with your fingers tips.

Foundation

I used 2 kinds of foundation. The EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation first, followed by the compact powder over the top. I love it as it doesn’t clog your pores. With bad skin this is definitely a bonus. I applied this with a damp foundation brush.

I love the EX1 Invisiwear Compact Powder as it is a great way of sealing the foundation into place. It absorbs oil and comes with a mirror and sponge, which is perfect for your handbag! I dabbed this onto the areas around my eyes and my forehead.

Blusher

Blusher

First off I added a little bit of EX1 Pure Crushed Minerals Powder to my face. It just finished off the look nicely. It creates a barely there and flawless finish on the foundation. I used this in the key areas: under my eyes, chin and forehead.

I love blusher, and EX1 Blusher Natural Flush is gorgeous. The pink tones really bring colour to your cheeks. I immediately felt happier! I used the blusher on my cheekbones only.

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Finishing off

After applying the base layers of makeup I used a natural lip gloss, a light highlighter and my go to mascara. Voila. A natural look for Valentine’s Day.

What is your go to makeup? Do you have any make up tips? I would love to know any amazing ideas you have, for instance how I can stop my skin from looking so bad would be great! Let me know in the comments below or on social media!

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2 Comments
  • Carol Thomas
    February 25, 2020

    I’ve not come across this range before. I will pop into superdrug the next time I’m in our main town from where we live. There is so much choice today it can leave you frazzled, so I like to read about recommendations

  • Lesley Prestage
    March 4, 2020

    I love a make up tutorial, really helpful!

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