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...

I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!


I wonder what is going...

This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.


This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

“We are very excited to...

🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

#mummyphotoaday 🧼

The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.


Today has been a busy...

Day 8 – Win a personalised Matilda necklace #12DaysofConstantChristmas

Welcome back to the 12 days of Constant Christmas, a collection of 24 hour competitions that take us through to Christmas Day. The final competition is always a longer competition and for a bigger prize, exciting I know! Today’s competition is for a beautiful personalised Matilda necklace from Jacqueline Ashworth which you can see in my previous post

What do I win?

A handcrafted personal birthstone necklace with up to four birthstones of your choice and as the winner, you get to choose. Choose your loved one’s individual birthstones and make your necklace your own with our beautiful collection of meticulously hand chosen gemstones. The Matilda Necklace makes the perfect, bespoke gift for a new mum, grandparent, best friend, sister, wife, godmother or simply put – someone special. It is really a beautiful necklace and I wear mine every single day, I can’t bear to take it off. I chose the four birth stones of my little Constant family, it’s funny as they are colours that I love.  

How do I win?

All you have to do is fill in the competition entry form below, it really is that easy. If you have any problems then please do get in touch.

Day 8 #12DaysofConstantChristmas

This competition closes at midnight, winners will be announced above the next day. Good luck!


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  • Solange
    December 19, 2016

    Ruby because I love the beautiful red hue colour.

  • Margaret GALLAGHER
    December 19, 2016

    Id pick mays birthstone emerald as its my mums birthday

  • Tracy Nixon
    December 19, 2016

    I’d choose the birthstones of my four children: Amethyst, Ruby, TOPAZ and Turquoise!

  • emma walters
    December 19, 2016

    beautiful!! i would have opal, Water Sapphire, Amethyst &Herkimer ‘Diamond’ as it would be for my children, hubby & parents……perfect!!

  • Lynsey Buchanan
    December 19, 2016

    I would choose ruby and emerald as they are mine and my daughters birthstones

  • msedollyp
    December 19, 2016

    i’d chose ruby peridot topaz opal as birthstone months for me and mine

  • caroline walliss
    December 19, 2016

    I’d choose Amethyst, Emerald Green Onyx, Turquoise and Ruby becaus e they are my favourite colours, thanks.x

  • olivia kirby
    December 19, 2016

    Garnet (mine and my eldest’s birthstone), Water sapphire (my daughter’s birthstone) and Turquoise (my son’s birthstone)

  • Rosalind Sargent
    December 19, 2016

    I would choose the four birthstones of each member of my family including myself

  • Kate Knight
    December 19, 2016

    Aquamarine,Opal and Herkimer ‘Diamond’

  • Holly edmundson
    December 19, 2016

    id choose my daughters birthstones so id have january- Garnet, march – Aquamarine and june – pearl and id have mine which is may – Emerald Green Onyx xx

  • jessica cook
    December 19, 2016

    i’d choose ruby, emerald and turquoise for me and my son’s birthstones

  • Jessica Hutton
    December 19, 2016

    I would choose the turquoise because its my birthstone xx

  • Anni Ezmerelda Large
    December 19, 2016

    I’d choose Turquoise as it’s my birthstone. 🙂

  • Sarah Lee
    December 19, 2016

    I would choose my husbands, my childrens and my own birthstones – Amethyst, Aquamarine, Peridot & Turquoise.

    December 19, 2016

    I’d choose turquoise because its my birthstone

  • amy bondoc
    December 19, 2016

    i would choose Amethyst and sapphire, me and my daughetrs stones 🙂

  • claire little
    December 19, 2016

    I would choose Garnet, Amethyst and topaz for my children

  • Lorraine Tinsley
    December 19, 2016


  • Hayley Berry
    December 19, 2016

    I would have garnet, emerald, opal and turquoise. These 4 represent MINE , my bf and my 4 CHILDREN’S birthdays

  • Ray Becker
    December 19, 2016

    Opal for my wife

  • Carole E
    December 19, 2016

    I would choose amethyst, Emerald Green Onyx and water sapphire because they are My childrens and My husband’s biRthstoNes

  • Jamielee Wells
    December 19, 2016

    Id choose my kiddies birthstones – aquamarine and peridot, my mums topaz and mine which is pearl

  • Jamie C Millard
    December 19, 2016

    Aquamarine,Opal, Amethyst

  • denise s
    December 19, 2016

    Turquoise, ruby, ruby and Turquoise for myself ,hubby and 2 children

  • Sarah Mackay
    December 19, 2016

    Diamond, ruby, sapphire and opal

  • Jo McPherson
    December 19, 2016

    I’d choose Ruby, opal x 2 and peridot for our birthdays

  • Kim Neville
    December 19, 2016

    I would choose aquamarine, peridot and topaz as they are birthstones for my kids

  • Laura Jeffs
    December 19, 2016

    I’d choose Turquoise Amethyst and Emerald Green Onyx , simply because I love these stones 🙂

  • Hayley f
    December 19, 2016

    i would choose ruby as its my birthstone x

  • Kathrine b
    December 19, 2016

    I’d choose the birthstones Aquamarine, Ruby, Water Sapphire and Topaz for my mum, my sister, myself and my dad 🙂

  • Helen Tovell
    December 19, 2016

    Garnet, emerald and turquoise to represent the family

  • clare h
    December 19, 2016

    Garnet, Amethyst and water Sapphire as that represents my family

  • Sarah Wilson
    December 19, 2016

    Amethyst and emerald green onyx, because they are mine, my husband’s and our two boys birthstones.

  • Laura Nice
    December 19, 2016

    ruby, sapphire, opal and RUBY

  • Diana
    December 19, 2016

    Amethyst, Water Sapphire, Topaz because it’s mine and my daughters

    December 19, 2016

    i would choose birthstone for feb,may,november and dec as thats birthdays for me my daughters and my dog

  • Emma
    December 19, 2016

    December. Me, my mum, my dog and my cousin were all born in december

  • Laura Banks
    December 19, 2016

    april diamond as its my birthstone

  • Emma Salter
    December 19, 2016

    Garnet because it’s My birthstone, Peridot because it’s my daughters and grandands birthstone, Aquamarine because it’s my husbands birthstone and Opal because it’s my grandma’s birthstone.

  • Hannah owen
    December 19, 2016

    I would have two pearls for me and my husband, and two peridot for my twin girls.

  • Eileen sumner
    December 19, 2016

    January for my son, peridot for me

  • sharon martin
    December 19, 2016

    i’d choose the opal , topaz, Peridot and Herkimer ‘Diamond’ as they’d match the birthdays of myself, my daughters and my hubby

  • Richard Tyler
    December 19, 2016

    Aquamarine,Opal, Amethyst

Sunday 18 December 2016
Day 8 – Win a personalised Matilda necklace #12DaysofConstantChristmas

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