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!

#mummyphotoaday

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.

#mummyphotoaday

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.

#mummyphotoaday

Today has been a busy...

Enjoy Summer and win with Anita

Anita are working with me once again to offer this fabulous swimwear competition. One lucky reader is in with the chance to win another fabulous swimming costume, Anita Comfort Senga One Piece Swimsuit. You may have seen the first competition which was very popular. Now the sunshine has come out, let’s give away this rather lovely swimming costume from Anita.

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Anita sacrifice their own comfort to focus on yours. They are constantly working on ways of improving the products, developing new materials and fine-tuning the perfect fit. In doing this, the creative team has had to strike the perfect balance between a variety of factors: colours and patterns, lace and embroidery, bands and edging. They have created some beautiful swimming costumes and bikinis.

What do I win in this Anita competition? 

Anita are giving away this beautiful swimming costume, it is stylish, slimming and also part of their mastectomy swimwear collection, which means its pocketed. The swimming costume, Senga, retails at £104.00 and is perfect for the summer holiday with the family this year. This is a gorgeous Senga one piece swimsuit by Anita. Includes adjustable straps and an underwire integrated into the bust lining that shapes and supports without restriction. This swimsuit has a specially designed Anita bust lining providing firm support and comfort. Can be worn as a halterneck or bandeau.

They have a beautiful collection of swimwear on their website and this care swimsuit is no exception: 

How do I win? 

All you have to do is fill in the competition entry form below, competition closes in 10 days, good luck: 

Anita swimsuit x 2

This competition closes at midnight on 4th August 2016.

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123 Comments
  • Tracy K Nixon
    July 25, 2016

    We are off to my parents holiday home on the Isle of Arran. not sure about going abroad this summer just yet – may book to go abroad during the october half term holidays instead!

  • MSEDOLLYP
    July 25, 2016

    Sunny spain

  • ValB
    July 25, 2016

    Off to Australia in September

  • Angela Walker
    July 25, 2016

    Very flattering for Majorca this august

  • Kim Styles
    July 25, 2016

    hopefully Australia

  • Mirjana
    July 25, 2016

    I am going to Sicily 🙂

  • Elizabeth Hinds
    July 25, 2016

    We’re going to wales for a week – we might go abroad later in the year, depending on pennies 🙂

  • sam
    July 25, 2016

    i am off to greece

  • christine shelley
    July 25, 2016

    Just been to the scillys

  • Angela Boucher
    July 25, 2016

    I’m heading off to Majorca.

  • Dawn Hull
    July 25, 2016

    We are planning on going back to Rhodes, Greece.

  • Suzanne
    July 25, 2016

    Italy – sunny, hopefully and perfect for this lovely costume.

  • laura banks
    July 25, 2016

    we are off to tenerife

  • Maggie Coates
    July 25, 2016

    We haven’t booked a holiday yet.

  • tamalyn roberts
    July 25, 2016

    my parents house who live in lanzarote x

  • claire blaney
    July 25, 2016

    yes im of to austria this year

  • Robyn Seviour
    July 25, 2016

    I might get to sit in the garden if im lucky!

  • Cath Joyce
    July 25, 2016

    We are going to scotland

  • Zoe C
    July 25, 2016

    Spain

  • Laura Nice
    July 25, 2016

    Cornwall! finger crossed we get the heat wave back!! 🙂

  • Alica
    July 25, 2016

    Sadly I am going nowhere but my daughter is off to Greece and this would be for her 🙂

  • Paula gwynne
    July 25, 2016

    I am going camping in the new forest with all my family

  • Jo Jones
    July 25, 2016

    I am going to Cornwall

  • r eades
    July 25, 2016

    We have just come back from devon! really want to go away again!

  • Amanda Hart
    July 25, 2016

    Camping this year but I work term time and have 6 wks off and have promised my son lots of beach dates

  • Rachel P
    July 25, 2016

    Cornwall 😀

  • tracy
    July 26, 2016

    i live in cornwall ,so it feels like im on holiday all year round.

  • jo ogden
    July 26, 2016

    off to tenerife in september

  • Gordon Hollingworth
    July 26, 2016

    Its going to be a staycation this year so fingers crossed the sun stays for a little longer 🙂

  • steph lovatt
    July 26, 2016

    North Wales

  • terri jenner
    July 26, 2016

    great swimsuit perfect for my upcoming holiday

  • Jen Schofield
    July 26, 2016

    We’re going to Spain!

  • JUDITH LUSCOMBE
    July 26, 2016

    I have just come back from lanzarote and am scouting the travel agency pages for ideas for summer sun next year

  • Jo Carroll
    July 26, 2016

    We’re off to Thailand at the end of the summer, so I’m on a strict diet to be able to fit into my swimming costume before then 😉

  • Julie henderson
    July 26, 2016

    tenerife

  • barbara
    July 26, 2016

    falmouth in cornwall and we cant wait

  • Carly Belsey
    July 26, 2016

    We are off to newquay in a few weeks with the two kiddies and two stepchildren and i can’t wait 🙂

  • Amber Rossi
    July 26, 2016

    I am going to WOMAD festival in Malmesbury

  • Gemma Massey
    July 26, 2016

    Im going to las vegas i cant wait. Relaxing by the pool then casino time 🙂

  • Beky Austerberry
    July 26, 2016

    We haven’t planned a holiday – hopefully we could get a weekend away somewhere?

  • Sophie roberts
    July 26, 2016

    We’re off to majorca! 🙂

  • Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)
    July 26, 2016

    Can’t afford it this year, but hopefully next year 🙂

  • Elzbieta Znyk
    July 26, 2016

    Cornwall 🙂

  • Lewis Clark
    July 26, 2016

    Southport but hoping for a last minute holiday away somewhere too

  • michellelinzi
    July 26, 2016

    Enjoying the sunshine in the sunny UK at moment 🙂

  • Karl Borowy
    July 26, 2016

    going to gaz austria

  • Amy Dickson
    July 27, 2016

    We are off to turkey this year in september. It’s mine and my other halfs first holiday together and i have yet to find the perfect swimwear but this is gorgeous!

  • jus
    July 27, 2016

    BenidorM

  • Laura Harrison
    July 27, 2016

    Hopefully to sunny Spain xxx

  • Susan Hoggett
    July 27, 2016

    I’m going to Cornwall in september

  • Tammy Tudor
    July 27, 2016

    France very soon 😉

  • simone lee
    July 27, 2016

    we are not going on holiday this year so just days out here and there

  • Carole E
    July 27, 2016

    Wales

  • Keri brooks
    July 27, 2016

    WE haven’t got a holiday this year. But going on our 1st family holiday abroad next year.

  • Debbie Burfoot
    July 28, 2016

    Off to the peak district next week

  • Lorna Totton
    July 29, 2016

    haven’t got anything booked yet as husband been unwell but hope to soon.

  • Solange
    July 29, 2016

    Florida

  • Keshia Esgate
    July 29, 2016

    we are off to fuerteventura 🙂

  • Jen morgan
    July 29, 2016

    We are of to Greece in a couple of weeks can’t wait

  • esme mccrubb
    July 31, 2016

    sadly only holidaying at home this year

  • Jemma Dwyer
    July 31, 2016

    we are visiting cornwall

  • Rich Tyler
    August 1, 2016

    Sunny DEVON!

  • Lisa Wilkinson
    August 1, 2016

    We are going down to Legoland for a few days this year.

  • David Crabb
    August 1, 2016

    Hopefully Jamaica fingers crossed 🙂

  • steph2077@yahoo.com
    August 2, 2016

    Im going lanzarote

  • Karen Barrett
    August 2, 2016

    Mexico

  • sarah fielding
    August 2, 2016

    PORTUGAL!

  • Kat Allinson
    August 2, 2016

    We’ve already had our main holiday to the isle of wight, but we are going away for the bank holiday weekend to the new forest too

  • Emma Ellams
    August 2, 2016

    nowhere this year unfortunately 🙁 Am hoping to go to california next year 🙂

  • Rebecca Phillips
    August 3, 2016

    nowhere this year unfortunately!

  • Iris w
    August 3, 2016

    We’re off to lovely switzerland were i grew up

  • Diana
    August 3, 2016

    Just to the local beach on the good days 🙂

  • Andrew Hindley
    August 3, 2016

    Southport

  • katrina walsh
    August 3, 2016

    I’m off to Gibraltar for the first time

  • Melanie Southey-Hill
    August 3, 2016

    we went to floridaat the end of jun….already feels like months ago

  • kaye willan
    August 3, 2016

    Portugal in September !

  • James Donovan
    August 3, 2016

    thailand for my honeymoon

  • Bianca Franks
    August 3, 2016

    I’m getting MARRIED IN mALLORCA AND THE GOING TO aMERICA ON MY HONEYMOON! X

  • Karen R
    August 3, 2016

    We’re off to Spain this summer 🙂

  • Jayne Kelsall
    August 3, 2016

    We are off to spain this year, cannot wait been a couple of years since our last holiday .x

  • Ema J Lowe
    August 3, 2016

    we are going to minehead later in the month, and will probably have our sun holiday at xmas/new year

  • Katherine Coldicott
    August 3, 2016

    We’re off to Lisbon.

  • claire little
    August 3, 2016

    Ibiza

  • donna l jones
    August 3, 2016

    we are going to tenerife

  • Lesley
    August 3, 2016

    croatia 🙂

  • Kelly cooper
    August 3, 2016

    We are going rhodes in greece for a family wedding.

  • Mark Johnson
    August 3, 2016

    southern spain

  • cheryl lovell
    August 3, 2016

    We are off to majorca!!

  • Lorraine Mabbitt
    August 3, 2016

    Sunny spain

  • Jane Middleton
    August 3, 2016

    Tenerife

  • ellie spider
    August 3, 2016

    We had a week in the forest of dean in july, have a 5 day camping trip over the aug bank holiday to west wales and then end of sept we ar e off to nyc and orlando for 2 1/2 weeks 🙂

  • Claire Butler
    August 3, 2016

    nowhere, HOPEFULLy Fuerteventura in the spring

  • louise Evans
    August 4, 2016

    Ive just come back from Sunny Beach Bulgaria but im off to Malta for 3 weeks at christmas

  • Jean Vaughan
    August 4, 2016

    Off to Shanghai which is a bit different.

  • Pam Smith
    August 4, 2016

    We’Re going on a Baltic cruise

  • Rebecca Roberts
    August 4, 2016

    We are doing our house up at minute so if lucky a last min deal if not a day at the seaside can be just as much fun

  • Sue Wickins
    August 4, 2016

    we’re off to menorca

  • Jacqueline Roberts
    August 4, 2016

    Off to miami

  • louiseb
    August 4, 2016

    Went to oslo in july and am going to rome in august.

  • Danielle stewart
    August 4, 2016

    Just the odd little trip away this year, York and to London next month. Hopefully a nice holiday next year x

  • Antonia Richardson
    August 4, 2016

    great-yarmouth

  • Fiona Mallard
    August 4, 2016

    Going to Brussels for a long weekend at the end of this month, but I haven’t decided on a “summer” holiday yet

  • hAYLEY TODD
    August 4, 2016

    WE ARE OFF TO THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF MAJORCA THIS SUMMER, I CAN’T WAIT! – i APOLOGISE FOR THE CAPITALS BUT MY KEYBOARD HAS JUST GONE WONKY!!!

  • Damian Thomas
    August 4, 2016

    Off to the canaries

  • Heather Dunk
    August 4, 2016

    We are off to portugal for our babymoon before i give birth to our first child in december. Hope that we can enjoy ourselves together alone for the last time in like 18 years!!

  • kellyanne mitchell
    August 4, 2016

    we have just had a glorious week in llandudno 🙂 not quite crete but a change is as good as a rest x

  • Sallyanne Metcalfe-Mullins
    August 4, 2016

    Off to sunny france, baby bertie in tow….so a swimsuit that helps my post-baby body would be fab!

  • jayne hobson
    August 4, 2016

    no where im afraid

  • Jess BerkeleY
    August 4, 2016

    Im off to sunny and warm maltA!!
    ☀️☀️

  • kate m jones
    August 4, 2016

    We are having a ‘STAY-CATION’ this year, a city break in london and then a spa weekend in the lake district 🙂

  • Jill fairbanks
    August 4, 2016

    Would love for mexico next yar

  • Natalie Crossan
    August 4, 2016

    I hOPE AUSTRALIA X

  • Anneka Hulse
    August 4, 2016

    PORTUGAL after my baby boy arrives

  • katy Bulcock
    August 4, 2016

    not yet decided will definatly be having one this year though 🙂

  • Ruth Wollerton
    August 4, 2016

    I am having a STAYCATION at home with lots of fun with my boys xxx

  • Donna Caldwell
    August 4, 2016

    Im of to Rio

  • amanda greensmith
    August 4, 2016

    WERE OFF to DEvon THIS YEAR

  • Vicky Hawkins
    August 4, 2016

    Greece in september

  • Alison Clark
    August 4, 2016

    Im going to New york and Las Vegas in 5 weeks time but before that Im taking my noece and nephew away in this country for a weeks holiday.

  • Gem Cook
    August 4, 2016

    Florida, Disney land.
    Can’t wait to tell our kids and see their faces light up!

  • Evette williams
    August 4, 2016

    Off to Madeira

  • Cerys John
    August 4, 2016

    jUST BEEN TO iTALY 🙂

  • Lisa Mauchline
    August 4, 2016

    We’re going to a caravan park in Scotland

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