🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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The best #view comes from...

Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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Would you believe me when...

A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

Creating a reading cave with BEAR & Puffin’s Big Book Club

Isla and Noah received a fabulous kit from BEAR, it included: A Big Book Club cushion, fabulous books to read, a ‘reading cave’ sign and ideas on creating a bear cave for the kiddies to sit and read their books. It was just what we needed on a rainy day.

Creating our BEAR reading cave

We had lots of fun setting up our cave. We grabbed our “indoor camp kit”: a bag full of pegs, string and a big sheet. I used a broom stick and created a kind of teepee shape within a few minutes. I pushed the footstool into the cave, so they could sit in comfort, padded the cushion, blankets and the children grabbed their favourite soft toys.

They absolutely loved it. Isla sat and read the entire book to us. Isla’s book is “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?”. It’s such a fun book and all about bears too. The repetition in the book helped her to work out what the next page was going to say and before the end she had a good rhythm going. She was so excited and was even reading to her brother. The pride in her expression made me feel so happy.

Noah had another book to read, “DOGGER”. He really enjoyed reading this. It had some tricky words in it, but it was nice to see him working them out. It gave us time together which we do not often get. I really enjoyed it. We talked about Dave losing his favourite toy too, as Noah loses a lot of his toys, so, it gave me something to relate to with Noah. It worked too, we talked about how Dave felt when he lost Dogger.

We now create our reading cave whenever it is raining and we are at home. The children love it. They even slept in it recently! We turned it into a reading cave/camp.

Even the dog joined in…

Reading free book extracts online

You can read all about BEAR & Puffin’s Big Book Club here. I love the cute little animation when you go to the page showing you how Puffin and BEAR started their collaboration. You can then scroll through the forest with Bear and Puffin to discover extracts from amazing books. To unlock the extract the children have to work out an anagram, for example the D book anagram is RDUM. Then we were given an extract of a Diary of a Wimpy kid book. The children loved exploring the site.

Whilst looking online at the free book extracts, the children had a bowl of Alphabites without milk, they ate them like a little snack. They enjoy them like that or with milk as cereal for breakfast. Alphabites are a great snack as they have no refined sugars or other added nonsense. Alphabites can be found in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and Co-Op.

We love working with BEAR, we had a lot of fun over the Summer! They have some great ideas on how to engage with the children and get them eating healthily at the same time. Win-Win from a parenting perspective! #BigBookClub @BearNibbles @Puffinbooks

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