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

I took this photo the...

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.


This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

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

#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.


🌾 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!


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?


Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

Creating a family picnic at home

We absolutely adore a picnic and with this beautiful sunshine we have had plenty of opportunities to road test our new picnic basket. With our new patio area ready for use, we thought we would make the most of it and decorated it in true VE Day style for our family picnic at home. A simple idea that makes a special family moment during lockdown. Check out my afternoon tea post too for an indoor version.

Finding the right picnic basket

I absolutely adore this wicker basket picnic basket from Beau & Elliot. It’s a set for 4, so perfect for our family picnics. It comes with 4 ceramic plates, cutlery for 4 and 4 glasses. This also comes with a bottle opener and a insulated food bag. It’s a great size as the hamper is big enough to fit in sandwiches, scones and a bottle of Shloer (like we had yesterday). If you add an ice pack to the insulated bag, it keeps food cool and fresh for a little longer too.

picnic hamper

Setting up the picnic area

We chose the patio area to set up our picnic. We found this amazing Fab Hab Ibiza outdoor rug from Cuckooland that will just look perfect when we get our outdoor furniture. I loved the pattern of the rug, the teal splashes bring pops of colour to the garden space. We are on the hunt for a corner sofa, for this area and this rug will go perfectly. We set the picnic hamper on the rug, with some cushions and set the parasol to give us some shade. Isla made the bunting herself, so that was a nice touch.

picnic cheers

Making up your picnic

Traditional picnic food is a winner for us; sandwiches cut into triangles and some crisps. We also had some grapes and a bottle of Shloer to cheers the celebrations for VE Day. The children love eating finger food, I think most kids do as they never seem to like using cutlery. Whereas the picnic hamper has cutlery which means we can make up salads and pastas to take on picnics too! It’s a great versatile hamper.

picnic at home

We had a lovely day celebrating VE Day, it was nice to learn all about it throughout the week and watch the video footage from 75 years ago. It is fascinating to watch the videos and news stories from back then. What did you do for VE Day? Did you have a picnic at home?


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  • Jeanette Leighton
    May 9, 2020

    Great article a picnic is something you can do anywhere

    • Lyndsey cooksey
      June 2, 2020

      How lovely! I could sit outside now with a picnic! Lovely photos and great ideas which I shall keep in my head for the next time we have chance to have one. I like the basket, it’s something ive never had before, it adds to the excitement of a picnic to me!

  • sandy lynn ralph
    May 9, 2020

    oh this looks like it was great , we didn’t do anything this year for it but i did watch the queens speech

  • Margaret Gallagher
    May 18, 2020

    So.much fun and joy – love your ideas and pics too

  • Jazz Fulcher
    May 18, 2020

    I cooked an afternoon tea for VE Day didn’t have a picnic hamper to hand unfortunately

  • Anthea Holloway
    May 22, 2020

    What a lovely picnic. It is surprising what we can achieve when we have no alternatives!

  • Katie
    May 23, 2020

    Love this idea

  • Karen H
    June 1, 2020

    Love the home made bunting! Picnics have always been a fond childhood memory of mine x

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