🌼 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...

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 love Lush products, they...

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...

#CountryKids – Anglesey Abbey, a National Trust egg trail

On Monday The Constants and our friends The Effords took a trip across county to Anglesey Abbey, which is a fabulous National Trust location in Cambridgeshire and to top it off there was a Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt on for Easter weekend. We had a lot of fun!

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There is so much to do at Anglesey Abbey, but we only had time for the Easter egg hunt and exploring the gardens, next time I would love to see inside the mansion house and the mill. What we did see was fantastic, there is so much for the kids to do and see, we even had fun with the piles of leaves that had been tidied up (shhhh).

The Cadbury’s Easter egg trail

I was quite surprised at how good and how interesting the Easter egg hunt was for the little ones, it captivated them for quite a while and considering the children varied from 2 to 6, that can be quite tricky when you are in woodland and they have freedom. We went over to the marquee where we picked up our Cadbury’s/National Trust Easter eggsplorer passports which gave us a map of the 12 pictures we had to find along our way.

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There were logs scattered along the trail in the woodland that had images on, we needed to find each log and rub a crayon over the images onto our passports in order to collect our treasure at the end. Isla really enjoyed it, but didn’t quite understand what we were doing – she just liked drawing over her passport and so she needed a little helping hand.

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It was quite fun and the kids were really interested in the story about the squirrel on the way around – we counted up acorns and raindrops and got our squirrels safely back home, along with our Cadbury’s Easter eggs of course.

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Anglesey Abbey fun

There is quite a lot to do at Anglesey Abbey, we were really impressed. We walked around the woodland to do the Easter egg trail and then we had fun in the leaf piles. Throwing leaves into the air can be so much fun and the kids really enjoyed themselves. It was lovely to see them happy and being free.

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As we walked further into the woods we came across a little area where we walked on stepping stones, crossed a bridge and played with the wooden pipes, they looked like a big xylophone.

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After we had a little refresher break, we walked up to the big tree house. It is huge! It was 3 floors up and the children thought it was brilliant fun climbing to the top and waving down at Mummy.

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There are little bits to explore and do at every turn from wooden tunnels to a secret garden full of buzzy bee’s and butterflies. Here are some of our discoveries:

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With all the excitement from the day we had a little rest at what we thought would have been the old road into the mansion house, it was a big grassy road with trees either side and made for a great setting for some family photos. So we made the most out of it and here are some of my favourites:

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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10 Comments
  • Angela
    April 26, 2014

    Love this post, what a great day out. love your family pictures on the grass x

  • Coombe Mill - Fiona
    April 26, 2014

    A fun day out for everyone with lots of happy family photos to cherish. The NT are fab at putting on these events for families and it sounds like they didn’t disappoint. Thanks for linking up and sharing your fun with Country Kids.

  • TheBoyandMe
    April 26, 2014

    The photos of the four of you on that lawn are wonderful, so fresh and free! It looks like a great place to explore, really full of wonderful adventures.

    Nipping over from Country Kids.

  • Merlinda (@pixiedusk)
    April 27, 2014

    So in love with your photos. The color is bright and vivid and is a proof os a fine & fun day! #countrykids

  • Super Busy Mum {Debs}
    April 27, 2014

    Looks like you guys had a fabulous time and your photos are beautiful! Loving the family ones at the bottom! #countrykids

  • The Reading Residence
    April 27, 2014

    We went on an NT Easter Egg hunt, too – lots of fun! Yours looked like a great day out, and so many fantastic photos. I especially love the one in the leaves and your family shots at the end there.

  • Emily
    April 27, 2014

    seriously, how cute are these pictures?! And what a fab Easter egg hunt. I’ve always wanted to do one of these! #CountryKids

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure
    April 27, 2014

    That yarn bombed bike is brilliant! I love the photos of the four of you, especially the first one, it looks straight out some kind of brochure! What a gorgeous family you are

  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    April 28, 2014

    Looks like a great place to visit. I am so in love with your photos, they are beautiful x

  • Lucy DearBeautiful
    April 28, 2014

    Oh my goodness Sonia, that first photos is gorgeous. As are all the other photos after that. And as I have a big soft spot for family photos I love how you took so many, so so cute. It looks like a great day out. x

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