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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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🌼 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

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The kiddies had a lot...

ACHICA Members Only Luxury Online Store

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Online shopping is becoming more and more popular, especially for us parents who find shopping either a nightmare task with the kids or simply, do not have the time to do it. I was asked to review the Achica website and I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to register, get started and purchase a lot of decent products at great prices.

Achica is the leading members-only luxury lifestyle store, offering desirable brands at great prices.

The way the website works is that you get daily shopping promotions that are emailed to you in advance (so you can plan when you need to jump on the site and spend, spend spend!) and these promotions last up to 72 hours long. I say up to because once all the stock is gone, the promotion will be over. You are offered a wide range of products from furniture, soft furnishings, bed and bath, kitchenware, garden furniture, art, travel, fashion accessories and childrenswear.

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Registration is really simple and you have to enter a few basic details about yourself, name and email etc the usual. You are then sent a welcome email from Achica telling you that you are now a member and you now have access to the big discounts on top name brands.


The products I went for are a lovely set of bedding & cotton quilt for Isla’s cot and 2 nice warm microfleece throws for the sofa and Noah’s cotbed.

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I noticed that these goodies were coming up as I get their newsletters with what is being added to the site, I then waited for the sale to start and I grabbed them quick. The way the “shops” work is that they have a certain amount of products for that particular brand and once they are gone, they are gone. So you if there is something you are particularly interested in, I wouldn’t hang around. The sales are fantastic value, you can get a very large discount off of some of your favourite brands and also have a chance to see new brands.

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You can clearly see a photo of the products in the shops and the Achica price and what it was originally, and the big “Add to Basket” button allows you to purchase them quickly. As you can see from the third product, the Clothes Tree, there are only 8 of these left and it warns you that it is getting low, just in-case you think you might wait until later.

If you want to keep an eye on the sales then you can also scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and you will see a list of  sales that are going to come on to the site over the next few days, you cannot click to see what the products might be, but you get a brief description of what it is and you can always check out the brands website.

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I would highly recommend this website to anyone that likes a little thrifty shopping spree, there are some amazing products and Achica work with some great brands. I have discovered products on Achica that I would never have known about, some great ideas for the home and some fantastic savings, it really is an inspiring shopping experience.

It’s free to join ACHICA and, as a valued member, you can get your hands on luxurious items for your home, garden and lifestyle every day of the week.

So, what’s stopping you from registering?? There are hundreds of perfect gifts for Mothers Day, so you can treat yourself, your partner or your Mummy.

You can view Achica's fantastic online "members only" website here: http://www.achica.com/. You can also follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ACHICALiving and like them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ACHICA.fanpage. They also have some fascinating Pinterest boards: http://pinterest.com/ACHICALiving/.
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7 Comments
  • Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    February 21, 2013

    We’ve just bought some new kitchen knives and steak knives, fabulous value

    • MummyConstant
      February 21, 2013

      Isn’t it awesome 🙂 x

  • Donna Bird
    February 21, 2013

    I have never come across this before, thanks for posting Sonia, I am off to have a look now.

    • MummyConstant
      February 21, 2013

      Thanks Donna… Let me know what you think! X

  • Chelsea Williams
    February 21, 2013

    I love that desk, so tempted!!!!

  • Notmyyearoff
    February 21, 2013

    There’s nothing like lovely comfy bedding. This looks really lovely!

  • Cathy Glynn
    February 21, 2013

    Love the bedding, going to take a look x

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