Well, we couldn’t get to the cinema last night to see the new Trolls World Tour movie. So, we decided to turn our living room into the cinema instead and hired the new Trolls World Tour movie from Sky Store Premiere from @skytv.

It was so much fun. The movie is brilliant. We absolutely love both films and it was perfect as the kiddies go to jump about the living room, whereas usually they would be seated quietly. It was nice watching them loosen up and not feel stressed that they were making noise!

Of all the fun lockdown activities, making our own Premiere movie night was perfect. I don’t really want to talk too much about the movie but let me confirm it is absolutely brilliant and a definite must watch from The Constants.

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#trollsworldtour #skystorepremiere #lockdownfun #activities #indoorfun #homecinema 💞

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I’ve been working in the conservatory over the past few weeks, whilst it’s not been so hot. This has been my #windowview.

I love watching what they get up to: this was their homemade circuit. They each did an activity for 30 seconds, then moved on to the next thing.

They’ve made a bird box today, also flapjack and apple crumble.

They amaze me. I worked for 5 hours and they did some great things! It’s amazing how many activities they are trying and things they are learning during lockdown.

Noah said to us at breakfast today: “I’m going to miss this family time”. It was so raw and made me feel really tearful. I too will miss it. We all agreed that we would miss it and it’s been nice having all our meals together. Talking together. Playing and learning together.

It’s going to feel bizarre when things go back to normal: work and school!

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We all live in a #yellow... pop up tent! A yellow... pop up tent. A yellow... pop up tent. 🎵 Not a submarine in our back garden today.

Daddy pitched this yellow pop up tent in the garden and the kiddies sat in it for ages. It was moved to various shady areas throughout the afternoon, but served its purpose of entertaining the kids for a while.

Now, what you may not be able to tell from this photo is that this tent is not very wide. They had to lay in a foetal position and couldn’t stretch their legs out. For some reason this tickled me. Seeing their feet poking through the sides every now and again!

It’s the small things that make me smile. The @myhousethismonth challenge today is 5 things about me, so here’s 5 things that made me smile today:

1 ~ the yellow pop up tent
2 ~ watching Gary Barlow and his Croony collabs
3 ~ Isla and Daddy’s delicious homemade brownie
4 ~ Noah & Isla watching #GBBO & their comments about the celebrity bakes
5 ~ I got something finished for work this afternoon (made me feel productive)

What about you? What’s your 5 things that made you smile today... #mummyphotoaday #mygardenthismonth #myhousethismonth

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I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.

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Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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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.

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#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

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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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Best engagement gifts for couples that live together and are planning a family

Engagement gifts for couples living together aim to make their lives easier. This is especially if they have kids or plan for some. Engagement presents for couples living together will go a long way to upgrade their home. One may also gift these couples with lifetime experiences, instead of traditional gifts. 

Now, what is a good engagement gift in this situation? These kinds of gifts must be inclusive of the kids (if any). They must also be useful, durable and solve one or more needs. Now, you’re thinking, “how does one determine such gifts?” Make your job easier by checking out this post for best engagement gift ideas. 

Ping pong game

This is one of the best engagement gifts for couples, especially if they have kids. A very affordable bonding tool between parents to kids and husband to wife. The whole family can play this game. And if the couple doesn’t have kids yet, they can bond over a game of ping pong. 

Convenient bedtime kit

This doubles as gifts for newly pregnant couple as it is for newlyweds. Make sleep time more fun and comfortable, especially for the pregnant bride. A full kit of his and her sleep robes, fluffy blankets, sleep masks, and beddings rock. Buy the cozy ones that give the feeling of paradise when in them. The couples will sleep in comfort and wake up every day re-energized. And having them in his and her; is a way to bond. 

Go Pro camera

An engaged couple living together and planning kids need a go pro camera. There are lots of awesome moments to capture. And if they have kids already, even better. Every milestone is a memory to preserve and cherish. The go pro camera is one of the best engagement gifts for these unique couples for a few reasons. Their batteries are long-lasting, easy navigation and compatible with kids. Again, they are water resistant, so there’s no fear of damages. 

A getaway

When was the last time the engaged couple took time off and went somewhere nice? It’s possible they want to do that but can’t afford it. Give them an engagement treat by sending them off on a weekend romantic getaway. This is for those who have no kids yet. Again, you must have a personal relationship with the couple to do this. 

If the couple has kids, a family bonding trip will do a lot for the couple. Sponsor a family trip to somewhere with activities for adults and kids. The experience will be unforgettable. 

Potted plants

This is one of the good engagement gifts you can gift a couple living together. They serve for aesthetic purposes wherever they’re placed. The porch, by the windows, in the lounge, anywhere. It can also serve as herbs or spices, depending on what the plants are. One more thing is that, if the couple loves to garden, this is a great start. Throw in some seedlings for the couple and kids to tend. As the years go, the plants grow and they’d remember you with fondness. 

Dinnerware

This makes some of the best engagement gifts for couples living together and planning for kids. They could have dinnerware, but those are the ones from college days. Dinnerware is a standard on even wedding registries. So, gift them dinnerware that stands out. From deep bowls to saucers, flatware to everything fanciful. Help them start great married life with a worthy dining experience. 

Engagement photo album

This is a sentimental and heartfelt engagement gift for a couple. Grab all the candid shots of the couple’s life up until the engagement. If they have kids, include them in the picture. Make these pictures into an album. Secure it in a gift box and present it to the couple on their engagement. They’ll treasure the memory of that gesture for the rest of their lives. 

Surprise gift boxes

These are great engagement presents for couples who you are close to. This is because you’d know what they love doing and other preferences. Make them look forward to each day by gifting them surprise boxes. This could go on for a week or month. Chocolates for the family, a private dinner for two. Wines to celebrate, a box full of fruits, and so on. You’d make the couple expectant and pleasantly surprised for that period. 

We have a list of eight engagement gifts for couples living together. They are useful, heartfelt, budget friendly, and durable.

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