We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

#mummyphotoaday 
#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

#mummyphotoaday

We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

A very happy birthday to...

I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!

#mummyphotoaday

I wonder what is going...

This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

#mummyphotoaday

This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

“We are very excited to...

🌼 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...

A Mother’s Day 2020 gift guide

I love looking for presents for people, finding the right gifts and different gifts is exciting. I love finding something a little different and also something fun too. The anticipation of seeing if people like what you have chosen is very nerving, but a really happy excitement. What are you doing for Mother’s Day 2020? Are you taking your Mum out for a treat or cooking a nice meal? Below are some fab gifts I found in different categories.

Jewellery

Sacet

This Belle Oval Pink Amethyst ring from Sacet is absolutely beautiful and sure to make your Mum say “wow”. It is made from Sterling Silver. The Belle collection is handmade and they use ethically polished gemstones. You can buy this ring for £92. It’s definitely a luxury item if you really want to spoil Mum this year.

Fashion

This beautiful silk scarf from GuanAnAn London is another luxury item to wow Mum. The silk scarf is usually £180, but is currently on offer for £118. The fish represent mythical creatures that lived in rivers, as per the ancient oriental literature: The Classic of Mountains and Seas.

“There is a fish called He Luo, it lives in a river in the North. It has one head and ten bodies, and it yells like a dog. People love it not only because it is one of the best-tasting fish, but also it can cure illnesses. There is a fish called RanYi, it has a snake head, a fish body and six feet, its eyes look like horse’s eyes, people who eat it will never have nightmares.”

Food & Drink

I am so excited to taste this set from Craft Gin Club, this is the March box and the items look delicious. The club has over 65,000 subscribers and is the number one Gin subscription service. Every month they choose a full sized bottle of Gin and add mixers, garnishes and snacks that compliment it. It’s such a good idea as I rarely go shopping for Gin and trying out new flavours is a fab way of learning new brands. I will be posting about this in more detail and I have a discount code for my readers too, so keep a look out for this. It is THE perfect Mother’s Day present.

Pampering

Beautify have some fabulous pampering gift sets, this one called Relaxing Self Care Kit. It is £26.99 and full of fabulous items to give Mum a pamper session. The set includes 1 charcoal face mask, 1 pink clay mask, 1 illuminating body butter, 1 relaxing bath salts, 1 illuminating bath fizzer & 1 orange rose & amber scented candle. The perfect idea for Mum!

Gardening

If your Mum is into gardening, these cute spikes from Origami Steel are great from the children. They look really nice in the plant pots and will give the kiddies a great excuse to help Mum in the garden this Spring.

Reading

The Little book of Dior is a great idea for any Mum. It follows the story of Christian Dior’s early life, the brand’s inception and the triumphs of the couture collection. An exquisitely curated selection of illustrations accompanies fashion writer Karen Homer’s story. For £12.99 it is a great gift and a great price.

Beauty

Lily & Loaf are all about beauty, health and balance. This Marine Collagen eye gel is a cooling vitamin eye gel that reduces puffiness and dark circles. I know I need this as a Mum! Lily & Loaf are offering my readers a discount code too, so you can get 10% off your order if you get this done by the 29th march (hurry). Visit Lily & Loaf and use the code MUMMY10.

Some lovely gift ideas for Mother’s Day 2020, what is your favourite from the list above? Only a week left to go and grab your favourite items for your Mum. If you want to know anymore details about any of these items, then please do add a comment below or contact me on social media: @mummyconstant.

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2 Comments
  • Karen Radford
    March 15, 2020

    I love the cute gardening spikes, they would really brighten up my mum’s pots. I’m hoping for the ‘Chocolate Eggs’ scented Yankee candle I’ve recently heard about!

  • Daniel
    March 18, 2020

    The self care kit looks nice

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