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...

I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

Day 1 of homeschooling complete

It might sound crazy to celebrate Day 1 of homeschooling, it is important to me to give ourselves a pat on the back though. Yesterday was the first day I had to do the combined homeschooling and working from home thing. It was lots of fun and stressful, all in one. But I think the stress was only due to the pressure I put upon myself.

Hubby and I have a routine that means I do homeschooling with the kids until lunchtime, then working from home in the afternoons. Catching up if and when I can around this. I didn’t get a chance to do anything else today… it was very full on.

Morning

So, the morning is Mummy time with the kiddies. We started off by doing PE with Joe Wicks which was fun. You can find his videos LIVE at 9am every weekday via his YouTube channel, or you can pick these up at any time afterwards as a normal YouTube video. He does a 20 minute exercise session, which has 20 different exercises in it so the kiddies do not get bored. It’s a great way of getting them exercising on a daily basis.

PE with Joe Wicks

After this we worked through our worksheets, I downloaded some packs that Twinkl put together for their year groups and we have been going through these. The kiddies do them quite quickly. I did get to the point where I had to give them 3 or 4 things to choose from, to get through an hours worth of work. They zoomed through it. By the time I had marked it they had moved on to the next piece of work. I have also purchased a word search book. So I am ask them to do one of them a day, to learn new words and something a little more lighthearted to do. I really enjoyed being with them for the morning and it went really quickly.

homeschooling

Afternoon

Daddy took over after lunch and they had great fun doing more practical things than what Mummy chose to do. They did a bit of bush crafting, where they chopped up sticks together to make stuff. Noah and Isla made stickmen, then Isla made a shelter for the small animals in the garden. They also started to make a bird box which will be good to see when they finish.

Rainbows

They then decorating the front window with rainbows, this has started from social media to cheer passers by on a walk and to give the kiddies something to do when out walking: they simply count how many rainbows they can see en route. It’s a lovely idea. We had some specific window pens from Helix and they came in very handy for this task! You can just about make them out in the middle 2 windows.

Whilst I was working from home

I think one of the main things I need to remember when I am working from home over the next few weeks is that it is OK to be interrupted. I know there will come a day when I am in a team conference call and the kids will come running in to shot, screaming something silly. Everyone is in the same boat, everyone will have this same situation over the next few weeks and that is OK! I think once I let go of this, I will relax a little more. It was nice to have the family around me, albeit I was a little paranoid they would talk over me or butt in. Rambo certainly enjoyed chilling next to me in our make shift office.

Dog

After I finished work we took the dogs for a walk to our local park, which is less than a 1 minute walk from our home (amazing). It was good to let the kiddies run around in the vast space, nowhere near anybody else, and get the dogs out for a much needed walk too. I have been really paranoid about walking the dogs, as we can’t simply just ignore their needs but very conscious about this virus at the same time. Thankfully we can do a dog walk in the park and not be near anyone. The kids can burn off some energy too. So this is day 1 of homeschooling!

Dog walk

This is our pattern for the foreseeable, unless it stops working. Fingers crossed it does carry on working as I am not sure what else we can do. I do feel like, although my Husband is here at home with me, I have hardly seen him! Amazing how busy we are both now with working from home and homeschooling.

What do you think of our day 1 of homeschooling? How are you organising your day? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant.

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