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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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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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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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

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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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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,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

#mummyphotoaday #eagrammers

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Decorating advice for rooms in your home

Decorating, despite the stress it brings, is the best way to add value to your home or to refresh it as time goes on. It’s a great way to revamp the love you have for your home. But it also comes with challenges.

To make things easier, we’ve collected a few handy tips in collaboration with Kent Blaxill for decorating each of the ‘main’ rooms in a home – so keep these in mind whenever you’re getting the DIY bug.

Living Room

As the centrepiece of your home, the living room should also be stamped with whatever personality you want to reflect throughout the house.

A contemporary room may have wooden floors and light walls, painted in either white, grey or pastels. You can add in pieces of contemporary wooden furniture and modernist elements such as steel tube lightshades for an up-to-date feel.

Alternatively, you can use driftwood and aged wood furniture to create a more rustic, down to Earth room.

Tips –

  • Don’t paint without placing a dust sheet down to catch stray flecks.
  • Ensure children keep their hands away from freshly painted areas by placing signs around the home
  • Use high-quality paint as it is easier to apply and, if used correctly, you don’t have to do repeated coats.
  • Boost natural light in your living room by incorporating mirrors and large windows.
  • Often a living room is where you house your TV and entertainment centre. Build a media centre with furniture to house your devices and keep the space de-cluttered by loose wires and mess.

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Bathroom

Bathrooms are a place of privacy, but they’re also an opportunity to splash out and create a luxurious area to relax in.

Tips

  • Lighting is important in bathrooms as they generally don’t have much window space due to privacy. A large mirror will help brighten up the room.
  • Flooring has to be waterproof and slip resistant. This is especially true for children. However, your floor also needs to match the theme so keep it in-touch with the aesthetic of the bathroom.
  • Elegance is important in a bathroom – but blockier furniture may be easier for children to use without risking breakage.
  • Your bath, toilet and shower should not be afterthoughts. Spend more on them to get the best for your budget as you’ll be using each item frequently.

Kitchen

The kitchen needs to be designed with function at its core. A modern kitchen should use modern materials and incorporate a bright but clean colour scheme. The floor should be hardy enough to withstand any spills or accidents.

Tips –

  • Storage is an essential part of a kitchen so plan to include lots of cabinets, such as overheads and fold-out draws in cupboards.
  • Don’t use old appliances in a new kitchen. Yes it’ll cost more money, but any old equipment that doesn’t fit your scheme will stand out like a sore thumb.
  • Don’t go overboard with furniture in a kitchen. You’ll need the space.
  • Hardwood flooring is okay in a kitchen but can wear out around areas like the fridge and stove. Consider natural stone.

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Bedrooms

A bedroom is a place where comfort is key. Your own bedroom should reflect who you are and help to relax you at night. I’d advise ditching TV’s and electronics in a bedroom to promote healthy sleep. For children, however, it is sometimes handy to let them watch television in their rooms. Design with lots of colour – blues and greens are relaxing tones that promote sleep.

Tips

  • Carpets and rugs keep bare feet warm when you get out of bed on cold mornings
  • Ensure curtains and blinds block out light at night
  • Keep things simple – a bed should be the main feature of a bedroom
  • Don’t scrimp on a bed – invest a bit more money and get a far better quality sleep.

The decorating image, kitchen storage image and bathroom towel image can be found on Shutterstock.

 

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