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.

A very happy birthday to...

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...

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...

Christmas gift ideas for your little gamers

While you might not want to promote extra screen time for your little darlings, it is the festive season and your little ones may adore playing on their consoles. It’s all about balance. If they send their wish lists off to Santa and everything on their lists is an online or screen based game, you might need to introduce a few more meaningful gifts into the mix. However, the youth of today tend to love being online, gamers at heart and communicating with their pals as they try to work together on Fortnite or World of Warcraft. 

As a responsible parent, you want your children to grow up well rounded. This means not allowing them to be up into the early hours on their Xbox. Your rules might allow one hour of tech time a day. This should include gaming as well as social media. You are giving them control over how they spend their time, but you are limiting the time that they have. Don’t ban gaming or Facebook as this will result in a resentful and tense family atmosphere. If your little elves are looking forward to a tech filled Christmas, take a look at these gift ideas to help your little gamers be overjoyed with the gifts that they are given.

Go Retro

The latest trend is to look back into the gaming history books and bring some retro classics back to life. The 1980s games such as Pac Man, Galaga and Duck Hunt are fantastic amounts of fun and highly addictive. They test skills without being gory or paying homage to war, violence or drug use. Retro games were much more platform based without bringing in the more realistic point-of-view gaming style. This enabled the user to be more detached from the game meaning that it never became so dangerously all encompassing.

Retro consoles are now available at cheap prices and they are inbuilt with classic games from the console’s era. The SNES is now in miniature with Mario Bros, Street Fighter and Zelda all pre-installed. This is fantastic for kids who adore the more fun, colorful and two dimensional games. The graphics might be a little lacking but this makes them more fun. The Commodore 64 and Atari consoles are also available for retro gaming fanatics.

Virtual Reality

At the other end of the scale is the incredible sensory overload gaming that is virtual reality. Wearing a headset can transform a gamer’s reality. Everywhere you look will be your three hundred and sixty degree new gaming environment. These can be highly immersive and interactive like the best VR games on Steam, a fantastic app to bring the finest VR games to the masses. Or they can be educational and walk you through the solar system or an underwater environment, teaching you about what you see within your VR environment. 

VR is still a very new way of gaming that hasn’t really taken off as it should. The graphics can still feel clunky and the reality element of the games can still feel a little fake. This creates a barrier between the user experience and the all immersive aim of the games available. However, these flaws are being tackled and the newer games are better than those released just six months ago. If your little darling likes to be at the forefront of new developments, a decent VR headset and some games could be the perfect gift.

Xbox And Playstation

The two big frontrunners when it comes to gaming remains the Xbox and Playstation. These consoles enable online gaming so that your offspring can connect to individuals from all over the world to fight monsters, cast spells, and come up with strategies to beat other teams online. Christmas is all about giving your kids a treat and a gaming experience that is new. The latest games are very much sought after and will always be released over the festive season so you need to get hold of them quickly. The games to keep an eye out for in 2019 are Star Wars Jedi and Jumanji. Be careful if your little cherub asks for Call of Duty or a Tom Clancy game. These are recommended for those aged eighteen and over. The content is not deemed suitable for kids.

If you have gamers in your home, don’t bombard them with games, apps, consoles and subscriptions. Gift them some VR games or a new retro console, but add a sprinkling of more traditional, less screen reliant gifts to create the perfectly balanced Christmas.

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