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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I wonder what is going...

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

“We are very excited to...

🌼 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...

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.

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Our family homeschooling routine

Our family homeschooling routine

Well, I never thought we would be in a position like this at the start of the year. We have all had to adapt and be flexible in this new world of lockdown. We are now into week 2 of lockdown and the kiddies be off school, this is our homeschooling routine at the moment. I am sure this will change as the weeks go on. VIEW the POST

A fun Stay Home activity with Kids Stuff Crazy

A fun Stay Home activity with Kids Stuff Crazy

What better way to pass an hour, or two, than to create a fun bathtime activity for the children. My kiddies love playing in the bathtub and shower. They would spend hours in the bathroom if they could. Swimming pools are closed and the weather isn't warm enough for a paddling pool just yet, so we put on our swimming costumes and went into the bathroom for some indoor, stay at home, fun during lockdown. Using our new Kids Stuff Crazy products we played lots of games. VIEW the POST

Useful online resources for children whilst homeschooling

Useful online resources for children whilst homeschooling

UPDATED 31 March 2020: I have found some incredible online resources from various sources and a lot of Googling last night. Perfect to keep your little ones entertained whilst homeschooling and working from home. We are going to try and keep the kiddies in their school routine as much as possible, just with different activities. We also have to juggle working from home, so some of these resources may mean that whilst they are concentrating on something for an hour, I get an extra hour of work done. Anything is going to help over the foreseeable. I am still in shock I think, I haven't cried yet, although I have felt it a few times. VIEW the POST

Coronavirus – changing our plans for Easter

Coronavirus – changing our plans for Easter

Well, I am sure we are not the only family to be affected by the news this week: non essential travel is banned for 30 days and the kids are off school (with no end date) due to the Coronavirus. It's such a daunting time. In less than 2 weeks, we had planned to go to Dubai to visit friends. It's crazy to think how this has all transformed in such a short space of time. I know it's important and I understand why, don't get me wrong, but what a shock for the system! With that in mind, I am planning on covering a lot of ideas and resources over the next week to help other families in a similar situation. VIEW the POST

World Book Day 2020 – Harry and Hermione

World Book Day 2020 – Harry and Hermione

We love World Book Day, we also love Harry Potter at the moment. So, it only seemed right to dress up as Harry and Hermoine for World Book Day 2020. I usually make something a bit more creative, involving face paints and drawing on clothes. But for the Harry Potter theme it was relatively easy. I feel like I cheated! This is what they wanted though, promise! VIEW the POST

How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

We have always struggled with our bedtime routine, well we have since Isla has been around. She does not like to sleep. We thought, as the children got older, that the bedtime routine would get easier. It hasn't really and so we have to try lots of different things to help get through those bedtime anxieties. I have written down some things we did when the kiddies were babies and what we do now, incase this helps any one going through similar. VIEW the POST

Having fun at Great Grandmas #familytime

I have always been close to my grandma so it was inevitable that the kiddies would be close to their great grandma. We try to go there and visit every other week, albeit that can be troublesome with all of the clubs. Having fun is important for the kids at Grandmas, as it is for Grandma herself. There are lots of things we do together, and we try to make it as stress free as possible.  …

Settling your children in a back to school routine

Settling your children in a back to school routine

With the back to school photos covering social media; perfectly poised children and their perfectly ironed uniforms. It made me think about what we do to prepare for the back to school routine. It's quite difficult going from little study to full on study and this year the kids have more homework than before. Different schools have different rules. A different routine. VIEW the POST

The Trolls that hate Chores!

The Trolls that hate Chores!

Sounds like a children's storybook title. But it's not. I guess it was inevitable that MummyConstant would be trolled at some point, but I didn't ever think it would be from a simple comment about chores and children. You may have seen my recent Instagram post asking for advice on what chores the children do around the house, well it caused a bit of an uproar! VIEW the POST

Moving the children to a new school #backtoschool

You may have seen on some of my Instagram Stories that we took the decision, after a few months of being in our new house, to move the kiddies to a new school. It is not a decision we made lightly as Isla loved her school and was attached to her teacher. We didn’t want to disrupt them unnecessarily but we feel that this move will do them good. And, the new uniform looks SUPER cute! …

It’s been 9 years… and it’s still going strong #blogaversary

It’s been 9 years… and it’s still going strong #blogaversary

I cannot believe I have been writing this blog for 9 whole years this month. It is absolutely crazy to think I have been gabbling away for all of those years. Taking millions of photos (and I am not joking) and working with lots of fabulous people. I have really enjoyed writing this blog, being creative and sharing some of my ideas along the way. VIEW the POST

It’s the first day of Spring

It’s the first day of Spring

Today is the first day of Spring and I am really excited about this one. I can't remember the last time we had a garden that we really enjoyed, it was probably when Noah was a baby. So that's 8 years ago. We've just not really had the right property since. VIEW the POST

The flipping stupid chinese whispers about the girl!

Yes I am referring to that wretched video spreading across social media like wild fire. I have spent the past 48 hours with both children gripped to my arms. They will not sleep on their own, they will not be in a room on their own and all because they have been told a stupid story at school. We keep saying it’s not real, but it’s no use they are both petrified. …

Taking one bite and grumpy moodswings

Taking one bite and grumpy moodswings

I have literally spent the past week telling myself "What have I done wrong?". One minute Noah is caring, loving and absolutely amazing. The next, he is throwing things around, pushing chairs over and being completely horrible to everyone. Oh and lunchtimes are becoming an issue too. What is going on with my little man? VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge February day 18

2019 photo challenge February day 18

Today's keyword for the #mummyphotoaday photo challenge, February day 18, is "skies". I love these dramatic #skies... this sunny and cold, Winter, weather is just amazing. Everything looks like a post card or a photo of a lush landscape. But it’s just a little ole market town in Cambridgeshire! I love this photo. The kiddies and Hubby look teeny tiny.... #mummyphotoaday VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge February day 17

Today’s keyword for the #mummyphotoaday photo challenge, February day 17, is “adventure”. We’ve had an #adventure today. Completely glorious weather, perfect for getting out in the fresh air. We walked a few miles and told the children to stop hitting each other about a million times! It’s nice when they all get on though, makes it all worth while #mummyphotoaday …

Getting active with the family this Winter with Keen footwear

Getting active with the family this Winter with Keen footwear

As you know we like to get out and about as a family. We love walking and especially love getting fresh air together. Keen Footwear sent Isla and I some fabulous outdoor footwear, we love matching. VIEW the POST

When life throws you onions…

When life throws you onions…

...make a spaghetti bolognese! I thought it was about time I explained my sombre mood from over the past couple of weeks. Its a bit of a rant, bit of mental relief and also just because not every day is perfect. I am a half glass full kind of person but this month has been quite tough, for many reasons. VIEW the POST

Operation “move Isla into her own room” is a go go

Operation “move Isla into her own room” is a go go

You may recall many moons ago we decided to move Isla into Noah's room. Well now it's time for her to have her own room back. But what a palaver! When we moved Isla into Noah's room we quickly learnt we needed bunk beds and storage for all the toys. Her old room became Daddy's office/dressing room. So in order to get her back into her own room we had to first make room for the extra furniture we'd purchased: desk and wardrobe. It wasn't a simple room swap.VIEW the POST

Fun activities for the Summer Holidays

Fun activities for the Summer Holidays

If there are any parents out there, like me, thinking there is only 6 weeks until the Summer Holidays. It is essential to plan your time. Especially if you are needing to take annual leave and book kids clubs. It is really tricky to plan quite so far in advance, you can never guarantee the weather is going to be perfect. Here are some fun activities you can do spare of the moment, any day of the holidays.  VIEW the POST

Top tips to improve your child’s Mental Health

Parents today have a high responsibility in grooming mental health and sturdiness of their children because the world today is so challenging to face. Every face of the worldtoday is so complex and intricate that possessing strong mental ability is fundamental. Several researchers claim poor mentalhealth in growing kids today which is a very pathetic fact. Though external factors largelyimpact the mental health of children, it is at the home where a child can reallydevelop their mentalstability. Parents must act as a strong role model for kids to be mentally strong. …

Living with a disabled dog #Cockerspaniel

Living with a disabled dog #Cockerspaniel

To say Snoopy has been unlucky with health issues, is an understatement. You may remember last year when we had to remove both his ear canals as he would get infections every few months. This year the problem we face is his sight. Our little pooch, whom I still think of as a puppy, is our family disabled dog.  VIEW the POST