Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

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We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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We have joined the rest...

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

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🌼 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...

Celebrating Mother’s Day by spoiling Mum at centre:mk

I felt so honoured to be invited to go to centre:mk with my Mumma, take Mum around the shops, out for lunch and even a lovely hand massage. centre:mk is one of the top 10 shopping destinations in the UK and it is my go to place to shop. I love it. It was a lovely day; we never get to do stuff like this anymore as life is just so hectic. It was definitely nice to spoil her as part of the #CMKSpoilHer campaign.

Lunch at Carluccio’s

As you know we are big fans of Carluccio’s in the Constant household and Mum had never been. So being able to take her there and try out some of the menu was fun. She loved the arancini (knew she would) and enjoyed the new Risotto Verde special, with a glass of Bellini of course! It was nice to just take some time and enjoy a nice meal without the kiddies saying “Mum” or “Nanna” every 5 minutes. 

Mother's Day at Carluccio's

Carluccio’s have a great Mother’s Day offer for that whole weekend: 2 courses and a glass of Sparkling Rose for just £22.95. I think it’s lovely to spend time with your Mum, especially when you are eating delicious food. Carluccio’s started off as a café in 1999, with it’s own food shop. I love that they serve freshly prepared Italian food on the premises and sell their yummy products too. 

Carluccios

Consultation at Lush 

I absolutely adore Lush and to be given a personal consultation with 2 of the team was just amazing. I learnt so much about the products and new products that I had no idea I could get in Lush. I am in love with the Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars – they work like a bar of soap and are perfect for travelling. I am definitely going to get some for our upcoming trip to Dubai. 

Lush

After we had a tour of the products and what did what, so many things to talk about. We had a hand massage which was amazing. Kat used a massage bar on my arm. I was amazed as the bar doesn’t need anything except itself. It literally works on the heat of your body. You rub the bar on your skin for a minute or two and then it’s ready to massage. I was absolutely amazed. I got to take the bar home with me too, it is lush! I love Lush as they fight against animal testing and operate a thoroughly ethical buying department. 

Did you know that everytime you take a pot back it gets recycled? So much so, that every pot on the shelves is recycled. They no longer have to buy new pots. If you take 3 pots back you get a free product.

Lush shelves

Home design service with John Lewis & Partners

After that we went and met Jaz at John Lewis, she is a home designer and her words “she basically gets to play Sims all day long”. Amazing. I love that game! She works in the home design area of John Lewis and they give out free style advice or can even design a room in your home. 

Home Design

You can pay £250 for a consultation, where one of the team visits your home and then goes away to style out what they think you would like and work well. Then, if you buy any of the products from this, they take the £250 off. So, if you are buying a sofa from John Lewis then it pays to get the room styled around the sofa, effectively for free, as you know you are paying for a sofa anyway. 

Café experience at Hotel Chocolat

I love Hotel Chocolat but I had no idea that they had a) a café in store and b) amazing beauty products. Mum and I got to try out the new range of Hot Chocolates and their best-selling chocolate at this time of the year: the Caramel City Easter Bunnies

They have a brilliant range of Mother’s Day goodies, from boxes of chocolates in pretty packaging to their beauty range. We tried the new Wonderbalm and the Cacao and Wild Honey hand cream which are amazing products. They smell and look edible (they are not). 

Neon Sheep 

From there we took a walk to Neon Sheep and had a quick shopping spree. Neon Sheep is rammed full of wonder from floor to ceiling. I love the vibrant, neon pink sheep everywhere too. The prices of the items are really reasonable, for example: pens for 50p, knitted scarves for £50. They even sell crockery and home décor items. I was in heaven! 

I love all the quirky gifts in this store, and I managed to grab a few things for Mother’s Day and Easter presents. We loved it! 

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2 Comments
  • Karen Radford
    March 13, 2020

    Looks like you had a fab day with your mum. Those Hotel Chocolat hot chocolates look amazing!

  • Sarah Mathieson
    March 16, 2020

    Excellent day out! I didn’t know they offered a home design service at John Lewis, will definitely be looking into that soon!

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