This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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Would you believe me when...

A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

#mummyphotoaday

I find I spend most...

We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

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We’ve been busy little bees...

Blogger blackmail – a blogging lesson

You may have seen from my Twitter feed or Facebook feed today, or if you just happened to be surfing on social media, there is a rather strong discussion going on about who is right: the business or the blogger. Not that I am going to answer this question in any way but I am going to share some views. Mainly because I am a blogger and I learnt something today.

The history

This particular case is about a bakery, which looks amazing by the way, who was approached by a blogger to go in and do a good review (and by good I mean take professional photos and write up their experiences of the time in the store). Sound familiar? Yep! It is something us bloggers do, with the places or products we love. The bit that offended me was that the blogger when offered a box of something yummy and a cuppa, asked for nearly a hundred pounds worth of stuff! When the owner didn’t agree, by the way the owner was not in the shop at the time, the blogger had a “toy throwing out of the pram session” on social media. And is then surprised that the brand hit back with a blog post.

I can see that the brand have defended their honour and business because of the social media rants from the blogger. Which is understandable. Small businesses do not have the large funds for advertising. That’s why lucky bloggers like us get to work with them as we are a cheaper source of advertising, with hopefully, positive reviews and experiences to talk of and photograph.

As a whole I feel quite defensive, I do not go out and demand products in the exchange for a positive review and I hope brands won’t think this of us! When I approach brands I never ask for things for free, I want to work together. If I get a discount on something thats amazing, if I get something for free that is just fantastic. To be able to work with a brand is so much more than the cost of the product though, its about building relationships and helping eachother with marketing. Something which comes at a high price elsewhere!

The blogger has responded with their version of events and after much deliberation I can see her views. If only she had communicated her expectations in the first place though. Not thrown a massive wobbly when not getting the gifts she deemed acceptable and just remained professional. None of this would have happened! I get that she is obviously used to having expensive freebies and wonderful meals out, but some small businesses, with little marketing budgets, cannot always afford to treat you in that same way. The fact that the blogger asked to go in there too, isn’t that argument in itself. If the brand asked a blogger to review their shop/product and said there would be loads of lovely goodies, then I could see why someone might be a bit miffed if there were no 

Instead of just saying to the brand “I am really sorry but I can’t write something positive because my experience has been terrible with your product”, or whatever the opinions may have been there was a rant on social media. Now you may be thinking that is all well and good, nothing too wrong with having a rant (we all do it), but when you are having a personal rant about a business, as a blogger, an influencer, it can be quite a dramatic thing to do. If I am unhappy with something I talk to the brand or PR company that sent it to me and iron out whatever the issues are – the post then goes live with a mutual agreement or I do not post anything at all.

The lesson

It’s been a lesson for me. A lesson that I must have better communication! I will never turn up to do a review or product reviews at home, without making it clear what the project involves. Understand the expectations.  The other lesson for me is my timekeeping, it has made me worry that there will be an uprise of brands having their say – I know I do not post everything out in time, I do try, I get there eventually. This has made me consider things from the brands perspective more and I will be more ogranised!

Lessons are: communicate the project clearly and be organised.

The macaroon image is by Shutterstock.

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8 Comments
  • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy
    August 17, 2015

    What a terrible fuss over what is essentially miscommunication between the two of them. Personally as a blogger I would always make my expectations quite clear before agreeing to such a review and I would want the brand that I’m working with to do the same. Surely ironing out the details is essential? Everybody needs to know what’s what. I don’t think either of them have handled it very well and maybe that’s down to inexperience on both their parts? I hope lessons have been learnt by both the shop and the blogger.

    • Sonia Constant
      August 17, 2015

      To be fair you are right! It is quite a fuss about nothing. But I did learn from it. It made me more aware of how NOT to do things.

      Learn from your mistakes and all that – and from others! x

  • Helen Porter
    August 17, 2015

    A great article from both sides of the story, It’s unprofessional on both sides to be honest but this is all down to poor communication, however blogging is always going to have people like this that think they are owed something for nothing I think it’s a reminder that blogging is a privilege not a right!

    • Sonia Constant
      August 23, 2015

      Yes. Poor communication indeed! Thanks for the comment Helen. I agree, it is a privilege to work with brands and other networkers. 🙂 I couldn’t agree more.

  • Charlene
    August 18, 2015

    I love how very British this situation was at the start – Oh how do you do! Please do come! Why how lovely. No one was willing to say, hey what exactly am I getting out of this? Sadly I think this is an isse with women especially – lets start asking for what we want!

    • Sonia Constant
      August 23, 2015

      🙂 I always try to agree on the project before I start it. But for me, its more that I want the brand etc to not feel hard done by! My thing is time. There is never enough time to do all of the projects all of the time.

  • Rosie Parsons
    August 23, 2015

    A good reminder to let the dust settle and only post anything when you’ve slept on it, never in the heat of the moment! If in doubt, don’t post! 🙂

    • Sonia Constant
      August 23, 2015

      It is indeed. Heat of the moment is sometimes not a good place to write a blog post! 🙂

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