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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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.

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I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

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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

Our home – a princess toddler room

Our home – a princess toddler room

It has taken me 6 months, but I finally got around to decorating little Isla's room how I wanted. I had all the curtains, bedding and paint ready and waiting - but never found the time to get the painting done. Well last week I did and I absolutely love her new "big girl" princess room and so does she. VIEW the POST

A little bit of beach…

A little bit of beach…

I took some leave last Friday to spend the day with the little ones and we had a little playdate with our friends. It was a great morning, we went to "Brampton Beach" which is currently at Frosts garden centre and it is a fantastic idea! The children loved it and us Mummies managed a cup of tea without leaving half of it to go cold. I love summer days like this, where you can go somewhere and enjoy the outdoors, with friends and be happy. VIEW the POST