🌼 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

#mummyphotoaday 🧼

The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

#mummyphotoaday

Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

#mummyphotoaday

I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

#mummyphotoaday

I love Lush products, they...

I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

#mummyphotoaday

I was so tired yesterday...

How to boost body confidence on the beach this summer

It’s that time of year when we all start thinking of taking a holiday to enjoy some well-earned downtime on a local or far-flung tropical beach.

But, if you find yourself spending more time worrying about how you’ll look on those golden shores than thinking of all the fun things you can do on them, then listen up mums,  it’s time to address your body confidence.

Here’s a few simple tips and tricks from the swimwear experts at Zoggs to help you feel more at ease in your swimwear this summer:

Invest in Supportive Swimwear

If you were going to a special event you’d want an outfit that made the most of your assets and made you feel good. Swimwear is no different.

Make time to find a stylish bikini, tankini or swimsuit that has built-in supports which can control, flatter and enhance your body shape. Here’s a few tips on what to look for when you’re shopping for supportive swimwear:

Bust Support

If you’re blessed with a generous bosom, look for swimwear with fixed cups and adjustable straps that give you a supportive, comfortable and personalised fit. If you’d like to enhance your bust, opt for a costume with foam cups that give you shape and keep you in proportion.

Tummy Support

If you’re tummy conscious like a lot of mums, look for control panels that give you a smoother, more streamlined look as well as patterned costumes that draw the eye to the waist and create the illusion of an hourglass shape.

Legs and Bum

You can create the appearance of longer, slimmer legs with swimming costumes that have a high leg-height, but if you’re too aware of your derrière, you can cover up with a legsuit, a costume that has a lower leg-height or better yet, something that has discreet bum control panels. A swimdress is also a perfect feminine solution for slightly more coverage.

Accessorise

Again, if you were going to an event, the beautiful, feel-good outfit you’d selected would be paired with a few accessories and the same approach can be applied to swimwear.

Lightweight cotton or linen kaftans, sarongs and tunics make a flattering and feminine way to cover up. Match yours with pretty sandals, a statement piece of jewellery, a sunhat or shades and a colourful beach bag to stow your essentials in.

If you plan on wearing cosmetics, make sure they are waterproof and include sun protection.

Pre-Holiday Preparation

Whatever your body shape, confidence ultimately reflects on how you feel about yourself. A great confidence booster can start with taking care of yourself. This doesn’t mean drastic diets and workouts but rather a few things to assist your body’s health.

Moisturise regularly and drink plenty of water to give your skin a healthy glow from top to toe and take care of the details with a manicure and a pedicure.

Keep it in Perspective

It’s quite likely that everyone else at the beach will have similar anxieties to you, so boost your confidence by keeping any doubts about your body in perspective.

No matter how much you prepare yourself, the quickest, easiest and most effective way to boost your body confidence is to take your body to the beach and enjoy it.

 

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