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.

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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.

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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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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

Creating a homelearning egg hunt around your home with #Haribo

Whilst we are still in the Easter holidays, I thought I would share a fun idea to keep the children entertained (and the grown-ups for setting it up). This is a homelearning egg hunt, the prizes could be anything from a bag of sweets to tokens towards something else. Like earning so many minutes of tablet time that day. My kids love earning things. 

Setting up the hunt 

Clue 1

I created 5 clues, each with a maths problem and a letter. The 5 letters spell out a word, I chose an Easter theme with the word bunny. The maths sums total was the amount of bunny feet the kiddies had to take to get to the next clue. This helped them navigate around the gardens. I used a traditional egg hunt set around the house too, with signs to help the kiddies and a pack of bunny feet which came in very handy. 

Clue 1 – this was placed indoors as the kiddies started the hunt inside. The maths sum was a typical sum, but I tried not to make it too easy as I wanted them to sit and think about the answers for a few minutes. The answer to the sum was 5, so the kiddies knew they had to follow 5 bunny feet to the next clue. The letter was Y. 

Bunny feet

Clue 2 – this clue was 5 bunny steps away and in the front garden. The children loved it and the excitement on their faces grew with each step. The maths sum was about groups of numbers as that is what we are practising in maths. The answer was 4 and so they knew to take 4 bunny steps to the next clue. The letter was B. As you can see along the way they are collecting eggs with treats and sometimes a bigger bag of goodies. 

Clue 2

Clue 3 – this was hidden in the back garden on top of one of the rocks around our firepit area. I am trying to write the sums in different ways here, so they get used to reading sums in everyday language, a little life skill along the way. The answer to this sum is 3 and the letter is N. 

clue 3

Clue 4 – I hid this one in the plant pot in the corner of the garden. I thought it was funny. The answer to thesum was 5. This was an easy sum but with larger numbers – so they have to think about tens and taking away large numbers from large numbers. It was far too easy for them but nevertheless they need to practice. The letter was U. 

clue 4

Our final clue, 5, was hidden by our potting shed and the sum was a case of counting up the black dots and dividing them by 5. This was a little concentration and then simple maths. They liked this one and it did take them quite some time to count up the dots, which is what I intended. Letter was U. 

clue 5

So, at this point they had their 5 letters, which spelt out the words BUNNY. Once they worked out the word, they realised they had to find something bunny related in the garden and that was where the final prize was hiding. 

Bunny

A big thanks to Haribo for sending us a package of Easter themed goodies to enjoy throughout lockdown. We had lots of fun making our homelearning egg hunt and this can be adapted for any aged child and use any prize along the way. Great fun for a stay at home activity. 

Haribo
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2 Comments
  • Margaret Gallagher
    April 27, 2020

    Fun fun and more fun – great idea

    • Angela Sharp
      May 2, 2020

      I love this idea, looks like lots of fun, will definitely consider doing with my children.

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