A bit late to the party, but happy 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿’𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆 to all the wonderful Mums I know. Mums of humans & Mums of furbabies…⁣
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𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 is so important. It gets you through the tough times, brings the happy times and makes you feel safe.⁣
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We are all still struggling after losing both of our furbabies… but 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭 & we’re doing it 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿.⁣
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This photo makes me smile. The last time we went to the beach together, to give Snoopy some sea air through his ears.⁣
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𝗠𝘆 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆. My memories. I am so 𝘭𝘶𝘤𝘬𝘺 to have this lot & have my sacred memories of the furbabies.⁣
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𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱?⁣
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#mummyphotoaday ~ Mother’s Day

#family #mothersday #mothersday2023 #motheringsunday #uktradition #mums #mumma #mothers #familytime #familyfirst #beachday #beachvibes #winterbeachdays #wellsnextthesea #norfolk #visitnorfolk #furbabies #dogslife #puppys #doggies #loveislove #memories #reminiscing #missmydogs #grievingdogs #grievingprocess
Quorn®️ challenged me to make a quick, delicious & meat free meal. 𝗤𝘂𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘀 are perfect for lunchtimes whilst working from home. They are also perfect for family lunchtimes on a Saturday as we have little time after clubs.⁣
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I used some 𝗤𝘂𝗼𝗿𝗻 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗽𝘆 𝗡𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘀 to make a quick and tasty meal (since recording this I now use the 𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘺𝘦𝘳 which is even quicker than the conventional oven).⁣
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Being vegetarian is definitely made easier with Quorn products. They are tasty, usually quick to cook & versatile. Isla & Noah love these nuggets too, they prefer them to meat. A family bag of Crispy Nuggets lasts a long time, so they are 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗲.⁣
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My lunch is a Quorn Crispy Nugget roll. So easy… so tasty & perfect for a quick family meal too.⁣
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Quorn have an 𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘥𝘦 on their website now: Quorn Crispy Nuggets take 𝟭𝟬 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘂𝘁𝗲𝘀 to cook 🙏🏻 I will put the link to the guide in my stories. ⁣
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What do you cook for a quick lunchtime treat? ⁣
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#mummyphotoaday ~ 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵⁣
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⁣#crispynuggets #familymeals #crispynuggetmeal #quickmeals #quicklunch #quickmeal #vegetarianrecipes #vegetarian #easyrecipe #airfryerquorn #cheap #quick #easy #favouritemeals #meatfreemeals #quornrecipes #quornnuggets #healthylifestyle #healthyfood 
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Music: Back to 1987⁣
Musician: EnjoyMusic⁣
Site: https://enjoymusic.ai⁣
Happy International Women’s Day… I’m lucky enough to have grown up with independent & strong women all around me. It’s where I get my resilience & determination from.

It’s something that I want to ensure Isla has too: to be resilient is to have patience and strength. To keep a smile, even if deep down it’s painful. Determination is to have focus and passion. To keep going even if the end is not quite in sight.

I can see a lot of this in her already… she is far more confident than I ever was at 10 and she knows her own mind. Which I love.

Now I need to make sure she has self confidence, self awareness and self love. So she can endure all that life throws at her and she can listen to her body & mind to guide her. 

I love that I’m still learning things about myself on this motherhood journey: some of those things I’m learning from Isla.

I’m very proud of my baby girl 🥰

#mummyphotoaday ~ listen 

#mummyanddaughter #daughter #listen #love #parenthood #motherhood #internationalwomensday #womensday #nationalwomensday #sunsetphotos #sunsetsilhouette #iwd2023 #iwd #strongwomen #celebratewomen #familylife #daughterlove #daughterappreciation #gratitude
Get cleaning the air fryer with me… 🧼 A slightly different post from me tonight: a handy little tip for cleaning your air fryer.⁣
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There’s something about a cleaning tip that makes cleaning that bit 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳. We use the air fryer everyday, we love it. Keeping it clean is important.⁣
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So: ⁣
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▪️ add 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝗿𝘆 𝗹𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗱 to the trays⁣
▪️ add water to 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 the plates inside the tray⁣
▪️ air fry for 𝟯 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘀⁣
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If you’ve only been cooking vegetables and things like that then this is 𝘴𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 to clean the trays. Simply rinse and dry. ⁣
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If you’ve cooked meats or food that sticks to the trays, like cheese, then give it a good wash afterwards. The air frying will have helped to release those foods!⁣
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𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗲𝘁?⁣
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#mummyphotoaday ~ different⁣
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#deepcleaning #kitchencleaning #airfryerhack #airfryer #ninja #cleanwithme #cleaningmotivation #mykitchen #satisfyingcleaning #mondaymotivation #cleaningreels #cleaninghacks #cleanairfryerhacks #airfryercooking #airfryerlovers #ninjaairfryer #very #cleaningtips
If you saw my stories yesterday you will have seen I finally got around to building my 𝗟𝗘𝗚𝗢 𝗢𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗱. It was a birthday present & I’ve been saving it for a quiet weekend.⁣
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I just love it. It’ll be the only flower I can’t actually kill. I either water them too much or not enough… it makes me quite sad. I have a wisteria not doing so great at the moment, so I need tips!!⁣
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Fun fact: 2 of the 4 plants you can see in this photo are real. 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝟸 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘬𝘦? And I gave you a rather big clue in my first paragraph 🤣⁣
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𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳? Yesterday I spent 90 minutes building my Orchid whilst watching enchanted on Disney+… it was nice as Isla hadn’t seen it before. We had a lovely snuggly Sunday. ⁣
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#mummyphotoaday ~ 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲⁣
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#time #myoffice #pianowall #officewall #inspirationalquotes #hakunamatata 
#roalddahl #beachvibes #legoorchid #legoflowers #lego #legoproject #indoorplants #officeinspo #plantsinspo #indoorplantsdecor #plantsmakepeoplehappy #plantsplantsplants #selfcare #mindfulness #wellbeing #happybirthdaytome #homedecor
Isla is so close to her level 6 certificate. She’s been coming on in leaps and bounds over the last few weeks… her confidence is definitely improving with her @gymfinitykids classes.

Today was awards week for Isla’s class, and I love they they dish out “part way” certificates to those who haven’t quite levelled up yet. Everyone gets a certificate. It’s so lovely.

With my discount code they waive the joining fee, which is £30, so don’t forget to use it when signing up your child to @gymfinitykids…

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Have you ever tried gymnastics or Ninja Knights? 🤸‍♀️

#mummyphotoaday ~ close

#gymfinitykids #gymfinitygymnastics #gymfinityandbeyond #miltonkeynes #gymnastics #gymnasticstraining #sportsclubs #sportsfun #sportstraining #kidsclubs #weekendfun #weekendclubs #mummylife #familytime #familyfirst #gymmotivation #adgifted

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Isla’s amazing Gymfinity Kids gymnastics journey

Isla’s amazing Gymfinity Kids gymnastics journey

Isla has been going to Gymfinity Kids in Milton Keynes since we came out of lockdown. She absolutely loves it and thrives when she is. They have gymnast classes and Ninja classes and they do classes from a really young age which I love. It's a great club and Saturday mornings are her favourite. VIEW the POST

I am now a Cheer Mum!

I am now a Cheer Mum!

As some of you may have seen on Social Media over the past 6 months, I am now a Cheer Mum. Isla has, quite literally, jumped into it with gusto. She has been in dancing and cheerleading competitions and done a few shows now that make us just want to burst with pride. VIEW the POST

The best family Christmas Jumbo Advent Calendar from PLAYMOBIL®

Isla was so excited to receive the Jumbo Advent Calendar from  PLAYMOBIL®. We are big fans of advent calendars which you may have realised from previous years and we are also huge fans of  PLAYMOBIL®. So, this review takes the format of: summary of the jumbo advent calendar and then photo by photo of what is in each box. Hugeeeee spoiler alert for this post, but for those grown ups looking to purchase the perfect calendar (I think this is it) then you need to see what you get.

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

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

Two budding mathematicians and pretty proud parents!

It’s report time and this is the first year that we have had a “big boy report” for Noah from Year 1 and the first year they have both had a school report. It was very exciting reading them out as a family. Albeit followed by a sibling fight, which ruined the moment, hey ho! They both made Mummy and Daddy really proud with their effort and understanding. Both brilliant little mathematicians!

The F word – shhhh! 

The F word – shhhh! 

Yes, the word that rhymes with duck and starts with F. The F word! Add an "ing" on to the end and you have the word my rather innocent looking four year old said at school this week. Not just any old day either, the day of parents evening.  VIEW the POST

Isla – 4 years and 6 months

Isla – 4 years and 6 months

So my baby is 4 years and 6 months, or 4 and a half if you'd prefer. She's been a little monkey this week. Not entirely sure if she is just very tired or just going through one of those stages that they go through. That when you are struggling other parents say "it's just a stage they're going through".  VIEW the POST

Isla’s Plasticine & Unicorn themed birthday party

Like most of the family and friends that received the invite for a Plasticine & Unicorn party, you are probably laughing out loud right about now. But it worked, I promise you. We had the rainbow colours, inspired by Plasticine Softeez and the Unicorn fits in with the rainbow theme as well – there is your link! We had a family party last weekend and her friends over for fun with Plasticine yesterday. Lots of fun was had too and everyone loved their goody bags. Win! 

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl…

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl…

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl, the one with the blonde, bouncing, glorious curls. You light up the world with your beautiful face, happy, smiley and chatty and all over the place. VIEW the POST

What every parent on the school run dreads!

What every parent on the school run dreads!

What is THE most worrying thing about the school run? That school run dread? For me it is the children running off ahead, in the midst of heads and coats, long socks and black shoes... they're gone! I had that today for the first time and I have never been more scared in my life. I thought Isla was gone, it is amazing how I immediately felt consumed with guilt that it was my fault. It is not something I want to endure again in a hurry, I am sure the children feel the same.  VIEW the POST

Plasticine Softeez fun with Isla Rae

My little baby girl is growing up by the day, bigger words, bossier tones and her love for creating is huge. When she was sent a box of Plasticine Softeez, she actually squealed and I had to capture her comments and excitement in a video. Which has ended up being her debut review on YouTube, I think she has captured the fun without the need for me to say anything else.

My little girl is starting school!

My little girl is starting school!

Probably a sentence you have heard a lot of today, or something similar. Now I mean I knew my little girl would eventually go to school - but now it's all for real. She has a school place and I still cannot believe it, but a place at our first choice. Isla is starting school... VIEW the POST

A day in history as the Flying Scotsman whooshed by

A day in history as the Flying Scotsman whooshed by

Today, as you may have seen all over the news, the Flying Scotsman took a trip from London's Kings Cross to York. It all started at 8:45am when I got a text from my Mumma saying she was waiting at the end of her road to see it whoosh by. Then as I got the children in the car, for the school trip, I asked "shall we go and see the special steam train?" and of course the reply was a big YES.  VIEW the POST

A little Mummy quiz for the children

With Mothers Day fast approaching (Sunday 6th March) I thought it would be nice to share this little Mummy quiz that I saw floating around social media recently. It was a nice insight into what the little ones thought about Mummy. You ask them the questions and just let them answer – without coercing them into saying anything. Here are Noah and Islas responses: 

Isla – 3 years and 6 months

Isla – 3 years and 6 months

Little Isla has been giving us a lot of fun and laughter over the past few weeks, she is growing up to be a lovely little character who entertains us constantly. She is changing so much at the moment and what with all the changes happening around her, I am not surprised. She is enjoying pre-school and the new school run routine, she is talking a lot better (and more) and she is understanding a lot more about the world around her.  VIEW the POST

The first week of our new routine 

The first week of our new routine 

It has been quite hectic, I am sure I don't need to explain that to other parents out there. I actually felt quite sad this morning, I was "that" Mum that had forgotten the permission slip. Truth be told I never saw a letter in the first place. Funny how something so small can leave you feeling so terrible. VIEW the POST

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it’s way

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it’s way

I can only be talking about the beautiful rape seed fields and wonderful landscapes around at this time of year, I just love it. The bright yellow fields are just magical and I love the fact you can just get some wonderful photos of children being free in them. We took a trip to a local field at sunset and although a bit cold, we got some lovely photos.  VIEW the POST

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it's way

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it's way

I can only be talking about the beautiful rape seed fields and wonderful landscapes around at this time of year, I just love it. The bright yellow fields are just magical and I love the fact you can just get some wonderful photos of children being free in them. We took a trip to a local field at sunset and although a bit cold, we got some lovely photos.  VIEW the POST

Me & Mine: April 2015

I am a little late off the mark with getting April’s family photo online, but alas it is still online! Story of my life at the moment. April has been really busy: work, holidays, children’s nursery, children growing up, hubby’s fitness program and somewhere in-between all of that day to day life. We did manage to get out into the woods over Easter and got some lovely photos and a family shot. The children are getting better and better at not posing properly, or they tag team – one will smile whilst the other looks away and vice versa. I am sure they do it on purpose.

Me & Mine: April 2015

Me & Mine: April 2015

I am a little late off the mark with getting April's family photo online, but alas it is still online! Story of my life at the moment. April has been really busy: work, holidays, children's nursery, children growing up, hubby's fitness program and somewhere in-between all of that day to day life. We did manage to get out into the woods over Easter and got some lovely photos and a family shot. The children are getting better and better at not posing properly, or they tag team - one will smile whilst the other looks away and vice versa. I am sure they do it on purpose. VIEW the POST

Isla – 2 years and 9 months

Isla – 2 years and 9 months

How is she nearly 3? Isla is 2 years and 9 months old today, that means it is only 3 months until she is 3. I remember when Noah was turning 3 and how much of a big boy I thought he was going to be and with Isla, she is still my baby and I literally cannot comprehend this is happening. Isn't it funny how you feel about your youngest compared to your oldest? She is a little beauty and each day she is doing more and more that makes us smile, she is beautiful inside and out. VIEW the POST

Isla – 2 years and 3 months

Isla – 2 years and 3 months

My little angel is growing and growing, you can see it evidently in her words, actions and height. She is definitely going to have a beautiful figure when she is older: slim and legs to die for. Her hair defines her at the moment, it is growing long and curly and without it down and whirly, it just doesn't seem like Isla. Here is what has been going on this month: VIEW the POST