Well, we couldn’t get to the cinema last night to see the new Trolls World Tour movie. So, we decided to turn our living room into the cinema instead and hired the new Trolls World Tour movie from Sky Store Premiere from @skytv.

It was so much fun. The movie is brilliant. We absolutely love both films and it was perfect as the kiddies go to jump about the living room, whereas usually they would be seated quietly. It was nice watching them loosen up and not feel stressed that they were making noise!

Of all the fun lockdown activities, making our own Premiere movie night was perfect. I don’t really want to talk too much about the movie but let me confirm it is absolutely brilliant and a definite must watch from The Constants.

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#trollsworldtour #skystorepremiere #lockdownfun #activities #indoorfun #homecinema 💞

Well, we couldn’t get to...

I’ve been working in the conservatory over the past few weeks, whilst it’s not been so hot. This has been my #windowview.

I love watching what they get up to: this was their homemade circuit. They each did an activity for 30 seconds, then moved on to the next thing.

They’ve made a bird box today, also flapjack and apple crumble.

They amaze me. I worked for 5 hours and they did some great things! It’s amazing how many activities they are trying and things they are learning during lockdown.

Noah said to us at breakfast today: “I’m going to miss this family time”. It was so raw and made me feel really tearful. I too will miss it. We all agreed that we would miss it and it’s been nice having all our meals together. Talking together. Playing and learning together.

It’s going to feel bizarre when things go back to normal: work and school!

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I’ve been working in the...

We all live in a #yellow... pop up tent! A yellow... pop up tent. A yellow... pop up tent. 🎵 Not a submarine in our back garden today.

Daddy pitched this yellow pop up tent in the garden and the kiddies sat in it for ages. It was moved to various shady areas throughout the afternoon, but served its purpose of entertaining the kids for a while.

Now, what you may not be able to tell from this photo is that this tent is not very wide. They had to lay in a foetal position and couldn’t stretch their legs out. For some reason this tickled me. Seeing their feet poking through the sides every now and again!

It’s the small things that make me smile. The @myhousethismonth challenge today is 5 things about me, so here’s 5 things that made me smile today:

1 ~ the yellow pop up tent
2 ~ watching Gary Barlow and his Croony collabs
3 ~ Isla and Daddy’s delicious homemade brownie
4 ~ Noah & Isla watching #GBBO & their comments about the celebrity bakes
5 ~ I got something finished for work this afternoon (made me feel productive)

What about you? What’s your 5 things that made you smile today... #mummyphotoaday #mygardenthismonth #myhousethismonth

We all live in a...

I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.

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I usually get a lot...

Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

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#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

A very happy birthday to...

Day 3 of #12DaysofConstantChristmas win a bundle worth £100

Day 3 of #12DaysofConstantChristmas and today I am giving away a fantastic bundle of goodies, worth just over £100. We have goodies from Pen Heaven, Hallmark, Orchard Toys and Locks in Goodness, details of the prizes below. Did you see who won the competition yesterday, check out Day 2 to find out the winners.

 What do I win on Day 3 of #12DaysofConstantChristmas?

In today’s 24 hour competition you can win:

  • Hallmark Christmas bundle worth £20
  • Orchard Toys games bundle worth £20
  • Pen Heaven Purple Journal and Pen worth £40
  • Locks in Goodness Hair Smoothie and Hair Gel worth £22

Hallmark Christmas bundle

Hallmark are offering the winner a bundle of Christmas goodies including a Giant Adventure Card, 2 x Recycle Me Activity Cards, Gift bag bundle, Pack of 18 Christmas boxed cards and a bundle of Frozen product (everything you see in the photo below). This Hallmark Christmas bundle is worth approx £20.

Hallmark

Orchard Toys games

Orchard Toys are offering 2 games in this competition; Magic Spelling and What a Performance. My kiddies love these games. Magic Spelling is a literacy game that encourages the kiddies to spelling skills and letter recognition. It is suitable for 5 – 7 year olds and is £12.75. What a Performance is an all action family game, Isla loves this game, that encourages the kiddies to have silly fun with over 300 fun challenges to perform. This game is suitable for 5 to adult years and is £16.95. Perfect for Christmas family fun.

Orchard Toys games

Pen Heaven

I love Pen Heaven, they have some amazing journals and pens. They are offering the winner a Amalfi journal and Ballpoint pen set, in purple, worth £40. Smart lined detailing and gleaming chrome bring a little retro style to this Cross ballpoint pen, which is complimented by the Aubergine hue of the journal. The Amalfi features acid-free and bleed-resistant pages, excellently suited for any kind of ink or pencil lead. This set is the essential companion to every writer, artist or anyone needing to unwind with a little journal doodling.

Locks in Goodness

Locks in Goodness are giving away a Hair Smoothie and Hair Gel to the lucky winner. They are 100% natural, vegan and organic hair products that are perfect for styling, shaping, detangling and smoothing the children’s hair. They even include a healthy blend of essentials oils that help to prevent nits and lice – every parents fear! Oh and their packaging is 100% sustainable too.

Locks in goodness

How do I win?

1 lucky winner will win everything listed above, worth over £100. All you need to do is enter via the competition window below:

Day 3 #12DaysofConstantChristmas (24 hour comp)

This competition closes at 23:59 Saturday 14th December 2019, winners will be announced in the competition window above and will be emailed directly.

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26 Comments
  • Anna Brown
    December 14, 2019

    The orchard games would be fab for keeping the children entertained.

  • Solange
    December 14, 2019

    The Orchard Toys games bundle.

  • Rebecca Phillips
    December 14, 2019

    The orchard toys games

  • carol rowley
    December 14, 2019

    Hallmark Christmas bundle

  • Sonia Cash
    December 14, 2019

    Magic spelling as it will be great for my 6 year old granddaughter

  • Sharon H
    December 14, 2019

    The Orchard Toys games

  • H
    December 14, 2019

    Love the pen heaven set it’s gorgeous

  • Tracy Nixon
    December 14, 2019

    Hallmark Christmas bundle!

  • Lynn Heath
    December 14, 2019

    The pen heaven set as my daughter would love it!

  • Jane Willis
    December 14, 2019

    The Orchard Toys bundle, especially the What a performance game

  • Rebecca
    December 14, 2019

    The pen heaven set

  • olivia Kirby
    December 14, 2019

    The Orchard Toys bundle, I love their games!

  • Emma Walters
    December 14, 2019

    i would love the Pen Heaven Purple Journal and Pen Set for myself x

  • Hazel Rea
    December 14, 2019

    The Pen Heaven Journal and Pen set – it looks lovely.

  • cheryl hadfield
    December 14, 2019

    The Hallmark Christmas bundle would be fantastic

  • Hayley F
    December 14, 2019

    Love the hallmark bundle x

  • zoe brown
    December 14, 2019

    pen heaven

  • CAROL PATRICK
    December 14, 2019

    The lovely Amalfi journal and Ballpoint pen set.

  • Cath Joyce
    December 14, 2019

    The Amalfi journal and Ballpoint pen set

  • Victoria Paterson
    December 14, 2019

    The Pen Heaven Bundle 🙂

  • Megan Kinsey
    December 14, 2019

    My favourite is the Hallmark Christmas Bundle

  • melanie stirling
    December 14, 2019

    The purple pen heaven journal and pen set.

  • Michelle Moloney
    December 14, 2019

    The purple journal and pen set

  • Sally Collingwood
    December 14, 2019

    The Christmas bundle from Hallmark looks fantastic

  • Kim Carberry
    December 14, 2019

    The Pen Heaven Purple Journal and Pen.

  • Farhana
    December 14, 2019

    The favourite out of this great mix has to be the vegan hair products.

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