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 a shame. But necessary.

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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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!

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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?

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I was so tired yesterday...

Its been lovely to get out and #walk after our homeschooling and working from home plans. I can imagine it would be quite a challenge if we couldn’t get out into the great outdoors.

It was especially nice to get out and make the most of the sunset. The sun has been glorious this week. It’s almost like Mother Nature knew we needed something positive and glorious to keep up our spirits.

Today has been quite stressful, I had to conduct 2 interviews and I was quite paranoid the kiddies would walk in half way through. Thankfully they didn’t! They have no idea what an interview is... 😂 Back to our normal homeschooling routine tomorrow. Phew!

How has everyone else got on today?

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Its been lovely to get...

We had PE in the garden this morning, following @thebodycoach #PEWithJoe. It was beautifully sunny and the perfect weather to get outside.

Albeit our garden isn’t finished (Daddy has 1 more day of laying the slabs) and he’s building a flower bed against the fence so it looks prettier... our outside space made me #smile.

It’s amazing how it’s all coming together and how absolutely essential this space will be over the Spring and Summer!

My first day of homeschooling will the kiddies and I’ve had a blast. Haha. I’ve marked their work, said “well done” 9,999 times and managed to get 2 washing loads done!

I am sure this positivity will diminish over the next few weeks, but I’m going to try my best to not let it.

My tips: 📖 Mix up the tasks frequently 🐈 Include the pets 🏡 Get out in the garden as much as possible 💭 Have some quiet time, alone, if you can

Hubby & I are co-homeschooling and working from home. I do homeschooling until lunch then work, and vice versa. It’s going to be tough, as I know already we’ve squealed and been loud whilst Daddy’s been on the phone. But, THIS IS LIFE now and there’s absolutely no point getting worked up about it. 👊🏻 We can do this!

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We had PE in the...

I wanted to reshare my idea of creating a little story corner in Isla’s room, just a different angle. Over the next few weeks, whilst home schooling, we are definitely going to need to find our own space.

Living on top of each other, under one roof, can be quite consuming if you do not break the day up. So we’re encouraging the kiddies to have time apart. This little corner is perfect for Isla to sit and read her Spring reading book, or play TT Rockstars for an hour.

Noah can also snuggle here too, if he wants as the space is perfect for both of them. For when they miss each other again!

I made this corner by simply putting the @vertbaudetuk floor cushion on top of an ottoman. It’s made the perfect space, raised off the floor.

Check out my blog post for more information on the products I used to create this #cosy space... blog link is in my bio!

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Happy Mother’s Day 🌸 It’s been a very surreal one. We normally cook a big Sunday roast (I obviously mean Hubby cooks this) and we have Hubby’s family over. We also visit my family and have cups of tea, hugs and chats.

None of this today. We had a chilled one this morning, I got a new dressing gown and nightie from the kiddies. The dressing gown is going to come in handy! 🤣 We sat in the garden with the beautiful Spring sunshine. It felt lovely warming up my cheeks.

This afternoon we went for a dog walk in the woods. There was a lot of people out but we made sure we distanced ourselves from walkers by. We kept together as a family unit (household unit) and gave the doggies their fresh air.

It felt sad not giving family hugs and kisses. I feel like we’re punishing people. But I know we’re not. The kiddies feel the same. Something so natural to hug their grandparents and they can’t. They are finding it hilarious to elbow goodbye instead!

Sending big, virtual, hugs to everyone whose feeling in need of one right now.

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10 Ways I am cheering myself up during lockdown

10 Ways I am cheering myself up during lockdown

After nearly a week of lockdown I am exhausted. And, I know I am not the only one. When this was first announced my husband and I came up with a plan where we split the homeschooling half and half. However, after a week of doing this I am not sure it's sustainable. I literally do not stop. Parent / teacher / employee / parent... constantly. To make it worse I am hardly getting time with Hubby as he is working when I am not. So, during this lockdown, these are some things I am doing to cheer myself up! Yes, I am feeling a little sorry for myself. VIEW the POST

Mother’s Day with Craft Gin Club

Mother’s Day with Craft Gin Club

As you know, I am a huge Gin fan and when I found out about Craft Gin Club I couldn't resist. It is a monthly subscription that is a perfect gift idea for Mum this Mother's Day. If you are a Gin fan and want to try different flavoured gins each month this is a fantastic way to try them as each month it is different and a surprise. VIEW the POST

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I love getting creative and ever since I have been introduced to Cricut I have never looked back. Being able to cut different materials, draw on designs and even iron on designs is just amazing. I have made a lot of projects over the years. Today the all new Cricut Joy machine was released and it is so cute. Cricut tasked me with my own word, so I can #AddALittle “something” to my projects. My word is FAMILY. I love it. I have lots of plans to make lots of fab things to #AddALittle Family to my projects. …

Our family meal at Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes

Our family meal at Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes

What is important, to us, for a successful family meal out is a good kids menu, child friendly activities and friendly staff. If the children do not feel engaged, or the food choices are not child-friendly it just wouldn't be successful. That's why we love Carluccio's, the children's menu is healthy and the staff are so super friendly. We always have a wonderful family meal together. Italian food is my favourite and this place is just one of my special places to eat. VIEW the POST

The perfect Winter coat and boots

The perfect Winter coat and boots

All of this cold weather has inspired long coats and knee high boots. I must keep warm, especially as I do a lot of walking. Walking helps to keep both my heart and mind healthy. Making sure I have a warm Winter coat and boots is an essential criteria to check off my Winter shopping lists. I really enjoyed shopping from Ideal World too, what a great idea to shop from your own home and see real life demonstrations of the items before you buy. VIEW the POST

Travelling with my favourite jewellery from Daisy London

Now I maybe biased, but this necklace from Daisy London is just gorgeous. It is called Isla shell. So as you can imagine it caught my attention. Does anyone else purchase jewellery with purpose? It has to mean something to me. This necklace is just perfect for our upcoming Spring holiday, which is what I chose it for. …

A makeup tutorial with vegan EX1 cosmetics

A makeup tutorial with vegan EX1 cosmetics

Cosmetics that are: not testing on animals, use vegan ingredients and feel good on my skin are a must for me. See it as my mini checklist if you like. The thing I love about EX1 cosmetics is that they are reasonably priced for make up, which means affordable. I love that you can grab them from your local Superdrug too. This means they are very accessible. I love the fact I do not feel like I am wearing anything either. This is a guide to the EX1 cosmetics range and a perfect makeup style for Valentine's Day dates this weekend. VIEW the POST

Mummy Fitness: Finding the right activity for you

Mummy Fitness: Finding the right activity for you

Fitness isn't something I am really passionate about, it's more that I know I have to keep fit and I want to feel more self confident. In order to do that I want to feel comfortable in my skin and I currently do not. I wouldn't wear a Bikini anymore. I wouldn't wear cropped tops. I struggle to feel nice in outfits unless they hide my tummy area. So, with a bid to try and do something about the parts I am not happy about I have picked up on my fitness. Finding the right activity for me has been a long journey though! VIEW the POST

The one with the pot plant and the misunderstanding

The one with the pot plant and the misunderstanding

Back in September when the kiddies started their new school, we met a few families and these families also had children that played in Noah's football team. It's been good for the kiddies and for me having these relationships. We all get on really well, it's lovely. One of the families is from America and we have fun interpreting words and their meanings. There have been some funny misunderstandings; like the one with the pot plant... VIEW the POST

Get out and get walking #mindfulness

Get out and get walking #mindfulness

I am not very good at New Years resolutions, I tend to just think about what I would like to do that year and try my best. Walking is my thing. I worked on it last year and did a lot more walking than the year before. I want to make sure I do more of it in 2020. Mindfulness is another topic I am keen to explore more this year - finding ways to keep my mind healthy. Walking is definitely good for that too. VIEW the POST

Have yourself a merry SKIPPY® Christmas

Have yourself a merry SKIPPY® Christmas

... by making these yummy Peanut Butter treats this Christmas. We love baking and couldn't resist making a SKIPPY® Christmas treat. Definitely something all the family can enjoy too. These SKIPPY® Chocolate covered Peanut Butter balls are delicious, fun and an easy treat to make. VIEW the POST

My top tips and wrapping hacks for Christmas presents

My top tips and wrapping hacks for Christmas presents

I love wrapping Christmas presents, albeit it takes me ages as I like to be creative and put a little effort into it. I thought I would combine my top tips and wrapping hacks for Christmas this year. I hope that one of these ideas can inspire you to put a little extra something into your Christmas gift wrapping. VIEW the POST

Spending time with Grandma at Christmas time #familytraditions

My Grandparents are a huge part of my life, from the day I was born they have always been there for me. They did everything for me; boxes of food for university, dinners on a Saturday night and then sitting back and watching Inspector Morse. A family Christmas time. I loved my time with them both and it was devastating to lose my Grandad, he was like a Father to me growing up. I am so glad he gave me away and got to meet my children.  …

Afternoon tea with Santa at Dobbies Garden Centre

Afternoon tea with Santa at Dobbies Garden Centre

We were super lucky to have a fabulous treat at Dobbies Garden Centre in Milton Keynes yesterday. We only had afternoon tea with Santa. It was fabulous and the kiddies loved it. There are some fun Christmas activities going on at Dobbies this year, including breakfast with Santa and Santa's Grotto. Check out events in your local store. VIEW the POST

Matching family pyjamas for Christmas

Matching family pyjamas for Christmas

I have always wanted to get matching family pyjamas for Christmas, I think they look fun and the kiddies really love it. When we all put our new Santa PJs on from the Shinesty Christmas pyjamas collection, the kiddies faces just lit up. They loved matching Mummy & Daddy. VIEW the POST

Making Christmas magical with Pandora

I am a huge Pandora fan and when I was asked if I wanted to review one of the new Winter Collection pieces I jumped at the chance. Pandora, to me, isn’t just about jewellery, its about the memories and feelings I get with every item. I love all the new ranges, Harry Potter Collection and the Christmas Collection. Such great gifts for Christmas. …

A stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK

A stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK

I have been super lucky this weekend as I got to try out a stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK and have a practice run before the big day. We shared our yummy meal with friends and had a lovely Sunday eating delicious food, that took a grand total of 70 minutes to cook. I couldn't believe how delicious the food was, how easy it was to cook and the quality of it all. VIEW the POST

Blogging tips – Writing a successful blog post

Blogging tips – Writing a successful blog post

This is a post I shared on my LinkedIn recently and thought I would share it on my blog too. Who doesn't want free blogging tips? By successful I mean that it will be easy to read, good SEO scoring and enjoyable too. There are a few main elements, to me, you need to consider and I will go into a little more detail below. VIEW the POST

Personalising our Halloween with Cricut

It suddenly occurred to me that I should share my fun Halloween makes this year as it might inspire some of you that have Cricut Maker machines. Or if you are good at freehand then you could do it without the tech. We have had fun making our new home fit for Halloween this year, it’s nice finding new homes for our Autumnal goodies. We have also been personalising our Halloween goodies too. …

#HariboShareTheScare Making our very own Halloween outfits

#HariboShareTheScare Making our very own Halloween outfits

Who says you have to go out and buy new costumes each year? I was asked to #HariboShareTheScare with my readers this year, by Haribo, what better way to share the scare than to give my readers some fun tips on how to upcycle old clothes for Halloween costumes. I love being creative and making things, I try to make the time to do this every year. Here are my top ideas on how to make use of what you have already…  VIEW the POST

Making our own vegan nut milk #worldfoodday

Making our own vegan nut milk #worldfoodday

What better way to celebrate World Food Day than by making our own, healthy, vegan nut milk? I love cashews and a cashew nut milk is so yummy. I use nut milk when I bake, it brings a little extra flavour to the desserts I find, and I love the texture of the nut milk. This recipe is a twist on the tiger nut milk recipe from Buy Whole Foods Online.  VIEW the POST

The worst customer service experience ever!

Now I’m not one to complain. Especially when it comes to our beloved NHS. But the past 24 hours have been extremely frustrating and it is not the NHS, it is the particular people and practice processes. I suppose it annoys me because it’s my job; making sure the customer experience is the best it can be. This is an example of how customer service can go quite wrong. …

My top tips for finding the right shapewear #fashion

My top tips for finding the right shapewear #fashion

Since having both the children it is fair to say my body has completely changed. I used to be a size 6, 8 at at stretch, before children and now I am a 10 or a 12 (depending on the clothes store). People don't believe me when I tell them but it's true and I guess I hide it well. Well I found the correct shapewear for the perfect outfits! VIEW the POST