I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

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This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

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#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

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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Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

I love Afternoon Tea, it is my favourite thing to go out and enjoy with family and friends. So, when Daddy had the idea to recreate an Afternoon Tea experience at home, for the kiddies, I jumped at the chance. Did you know it’s National Tea Day on Tuesday 21 April 2020 too, so a perfect activity for the family. I think we made it look really authentic and the kiddies really loved it. Here’s what we did to make our special family Afternoon Tea at home during lockdown

Setting up Afternoon Tea

The first decision was that Daddy only wanted to use what we had in the cupboards, no special trips to supermarkets for this. We had tuna, cheese and eggs and so that became the sandwich choices. Daddy had the ingredients for scones, cake and cookies, so that was the patisserie options sorted.

Afternoon tea

I did a bit of research about the tradition of English Afternoon Tea and discovered that it actually originates from Bedford, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who lived at Woburn Abbey came up with the concept. They didn’t have dinner until 8pm and she described a “sinking feeling” and ordered bread, cake and tea at 4pm to see her through. I thought this was fascinating, more so because we live a 30 minute drive from Woburn Abbey and love visiting there. Afternoon Tea became an occasion where people would show off their best china and table linen.

Tradition

With that in mind, I got out our best china and set the table up for Afternoon Tea, complete with pretty menu on the stand and a fact sheet on the ezeepeel whiteboard. The whiteboard was a good idea as it gave us something to talk about, Noah very quickly worked out that the social occasion is 280 years old!

ezeepeel

Our best china is from Bombay Duck, the beautiful Doolittle collection and it makes me so happy. It has a classic elegance about it, yet it feels modern. I love the gold detailing, gilded with gold speckle and solid gold details, it really is beautiful and cheers up any dining table. We used 4 tea cups and saucers, 4 plates, 1 tea pot, 1 sugar bowl and 1 milk jug. Isla loved it, she thought it was a real life version of the tea parties she plays with, with her soft toys and dolls. I cannot wait to get the set out again and do another family Afternoon Tea activity.

Afternoon Tea

Making up your food

The key to making up your sandwiches is to keep it simple. Especially when you are making Afternoon Tea for the kiddies, you want to keep it basic and to foods they like. Apparently, coronation chicken is a traditionally sandwich flavour, but if your kids do not eat that then there is no point in worrying about it. We kept it simple: Tuna and Mayonnaise, Grated Cheese and Egg Mayonnaise.

finger sandwiches

Make your sandwiches up as you would normally, then cut the crusts off and cut them into finger shapes. I am not sure what it is about having sandwiches in this shape, they are much more appealing. Every finger sandwich went and the kiddies loved them.

cakes and scones

Daddy baked the fruit scones and cupcakes fresh that morning. However, if you want to make these up on another occasion they can be frozen and then just bring them out the morning of your Afternoon Tea. You can make anything your family enjoy, if they prefer chocolate cakes then bake them, or if you want to go for fancy cakes and biscuits try macaroons. Yummy!

Once the food was ready we wanted to sit and eat quite quickly, there is nothing worse than when the bread gets a little stale. So we did the sandwiches last to ensure they were as fresh as can be.

Afternoon Tea checklist

Here is my quick checklist for setting up your family Afternoon Tea at home, a great activity idea during lockdown. You can set this up in your dining room or in the garden, depending on our Great British weather:

  • Choose your sandwich fillings and make them up
  • Choose your patisserie items and get baking (on the day or before)
  • Print off an Afternoon Tea menu (size A5 will do and I used Canva to create ours, download ours below)
  • Add an Afternoon Tea facts poster for your kiddies to learn about the tradition
  • Lay the table with a nice tablecloth (ours is oil cloth as it’s easily wiped clean)
  • Get out your best china and set it out on the table (ours is Bombay Duck)
  • Fill the sugar bowl with sugar and the milk jug with milk
  • Fill the tea pot with 3 tea bags of your chosen tea
afternoon tea

Download the Afternoon Tea menu

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2 Comments
  • Victoria Jardine
    April 26, 2020

    What a lovely idea! I love a spot of afternoon tea, and I’m sure my girls will love re-creating this. My daughter is 5 on Thursday and her sister will be 8 in a fortnight so we have ever reason to celebrate with a special spread. Whats more, they’ll love getting involved in the baking and preparation! Love it!

  • Sally Collingwood
    May 4, 2020

    I will really have to try this to lift our spirits in the lockdown!

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