Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

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Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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A helpful Christmas gift guide for the children 2016

I have come across some wonderful gifts for children over the past few weeks and I thought it would be really helpful to list them all in one place, to offer some inspiration for families. You might need one more extra gift for your child, or a niece or nephew to buy for still. Whoever it is for you will get some good ideas below in my gift guide: 

Gifts for a boy

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Zwoosh Ball – Noah loves this indoor floating football game. You turn it on and it lights up, the fans start and you literally kick it about the house and it’s safe, I think JML Direct have done a fab job with this. At £11.99 Zwoosh Ball is a great value game that any little boy will love. 

Cotton and Olive – Who doesn’t love an organic and soft bathrobe? There are absolutely no harmful chemicals, no hormone loaded fertilizers and no toxic materials used at any stage of production leading up to the end product. The snuggly hood and deep pockets with a beautiful finish around the hems are pretty adorable. And the colour options are just an icing on the top! In super trendy salmon or turquoise colour, your little people will look even smarter, all wrapped up nice and cosy after a bath or swim in total wellness. A great gift of well-being, very well thought of!

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LeapfrogLeap Band and Leaping Letters are fabulous present ideas for the older and younger boys. I love the Leaping Letters game, it is the perfect gift to bring out the competitiveness in children in an educational way. Leaping Letters is a fast-action alphabet game where players race against the clock to put all the letters in their correct spots. If time runs out before all the letters are replaced, they go pop! Then you have the Leap Band which is perfect gift for inspiring kids to get active. LeapBand is the first wearable activity tracker for kids. Now the children can be like Mummy and Daddy! 

Gifts for a girl 

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Remote Control Rescue Boat – Tomy do a great range of products for children of all ages, Isla loves playing with toys in the bath and the shower. She could spend hours in there. The Tomy Remote Control Rescue Boat is perfect for the younger ones. clever boat has a sound activated remote allowing little ones to drive and steer the boat around the bath! Designed for little hands, children simply press the remote once to move the boat forward and again to halt. When pressed again, children will be amazed as water shoots out of Captain Cat’s water cannon! 

Hetty Vacuum CleanerSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIsla loves helping us out in the house, from peeling the vegetables to wiping the table down. Now she has her own little vacuum cleaner to help clean the lounge up too. Hetty comes with a lot of products inside her, which came in handy when Isla spilt pencil sharpening all over the kitchen floor. It is really life like, it even picks up little bits here and there. It even encourages hand to eye co-ordination. You can buy Hetty from Toys R Us for £19.99. Casdon have some fantastic gift ideas on their website, take a peek: www.casdon.co.uk

 

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Cotton and Olive – As with the idea above, what girl wouldn’t love their very own Peshtemal towels? Christmas isn’t all about toys. Large yet ultra light and sturdy peshtemal beach towels are simply great for camping, caravanning, yachting, sailing , gym to name a few. If space, weight and washing are the issues, then these lightweight, amazingly compact towels are just right  for you. 

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Don’t forget to check my Prezzybox write up, as there are some great ideas for the children in that too! I would love to hear what you are getting for the children this Christmas in the comments below. 

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