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!

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We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

Baby Health Week: Organic Monkey

organic monkey

We were very lucky to be sent two very fabulous products from organic monkey:  the first item we were sent was “cheeky monkey” organic cheek rub. It is brilliant for when Isla is teething and really helps to calm her down and you can see the difference in her after a few minutes. The second item we were sent was “bumfluff nappy balm” which I just loved, great for nappy rash and it was so smooth on Isla’s little bottom.

organic monkey have a brilliant range of products for the little people and I absolutely adore the company, fantastic product names like bumfluff and cheeky monkey which are so relevant to the products and I love the fun graphics and themes around the products too. They have really thought about their target audience and really tried to make things a little more fun.

bumfluff organic nappy balm

This little tub of amazing stuff, was developed to naturally relieve chapped and irritated skin. It is a blend of organic ingredients that have created a really rich balm. You can feel the beeswax and shea butter as soon as you put your fingers in the tub, the texture is like a silky beeswax and that’s just how I would have described it (without knowing the ingredients). You can just imagine how soothing that must feel on burning rashes and how smooth it goes on, I never had any troubles with rubbing it in either – which is the proof you need really. One of the other ingredients is lavender essential oil which is antibacterial and has healing properties and this makes the balm perfect for little babies with delicate skin.

bumfluffnappybalm

bumfluff organic nappy balm costs £10.50 for 50ml and it really does go a long way, we still have plenty left, which I am really happy about. I find its brilliant on your lips when you have really sore lips, so its good for us parents too!

cheeky monkey organic cheek rub

This innovative new product is just amazing and 100% organic, I have never seen anything like this product before and only heard of oral products and I was completely gobsmacked at how effective it was. I couldn’t get my head around that it is something that you just rub on the cheeks – how could it possibly work? This must-have product is made up of a soothing blend of 100% organic ingredients combining Arnica, Sweet Almond, Olive and Sunflower oils with organic Roman Chamomile, Lavender and Spearmint essential oils to help calm and relieve the symptoms of teething.

cheekymonkey_cheekrub

Arnica oil is great as it has anti-inflammatory properties so it sores those sore gums and swollen little mouths. The lavender oil for its healing properties and its calming ability – I love the smell of lavender and it does make you feel calmer. Roman chamomile oil posseses pain relieving properties and helps to encourage relaxation and the spearmint oil has antiseptics as well as stimulating properties which help to reduce stress – so you can clearly see why as soon as I rub it onto little Isla’s cheeks she would be more calm and more often than not fall asleep.

She was screaming her head off one night, which I thought was down to teething and before running downstairs to get the gel out of the fridge I just tried this oil and after about 5 minutes she had stopped screaming and she went to bed soon after. It calmed her and soothed her painful gums, it was really amazing.

cheeky monkey organic cheek rub is £7.50 for 30ml and should last you the entire length of time they teeth over the course of their young lives. We still have the same bottle now as a little really does go a long way.

How to Spot Teething – look out for these common first signs:

  • chewing on their or your finger, toys or any other objects they get hold of
  • red cheeks, swollen gums and excessive dribbling
  • loss of appetite – refusing to eat or drink due to the pain
  • restless sleep, mood changes and feelings of irritability
  • pulling on their ears – the pain in the mouth throbs throughout baby’s head so they pull their ears believing that it will provide relief
Check out the organic monkey website for more great products - I love their website, its really easy to nip things into the shopping cart as well. You can like them on their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter too: @organicmonkey1 .
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