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.

#mummyphotoaday 
#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...

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.

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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...

Exploring Crete with the children #familytravel

We had an amazing holiday in Crete over Easter, where we were completely spoilt by SeaCrete Hotels at Kiani Beach Resort. It was from here that we went on two excursions and hired a car from Kalives Travel to explore the beautiful island.

Exploring Crete by Car

First off, Kalives Travel let us explore Crete in one of their cars in exchange for our honest review. There was a simple handover both when we received the car to when we handed it back. It was clean, full of fuel and ready to go. It had air con too, which was a dream in the 28 degrees heat. Kalives Travel are offering any of my readers that want to use them a discount, woohoo, all you need to do is use the promotional code crete401 on the website.

We drove around Chania to the north of the island where we stumbled up on some wonderful beaches. Our first stop was Stavros beach, it was recommended by my uncle who has been here before and said it is a good, local, beach and therefore not too many tourists. We bumped into some very cute cats when we arrived, I could have sat there all day fussing them. The children had fun in the sea, as did Daddy and we had a nice time just relaxing. It was so peaceful.

After our pitstop at Stavros beach, we drove around to another beach called Kalathas beach. We had seen this en route to our first stop and we were completely pulled back to it. We stopped and had lunch in the traditional Greek Taverna on the beach.

After lunch we pitched up and spent hours playing. Daddy and the children swam over to the island. It was about 2 football pitches away from the shoreline. It was also quite shallow for most of the way across. We built sandcastles and had a wonderful time as a family, it was the perfect beach for us.

After our beach pitstops we drove into the old Venetian port at Chania, it was breathtaking. It really didn’t feel like we were in Crete at all. We walked along the harbour and took in the sights. You can see it a little better in our video below.

Exploring Crete by boat

This was one of the greatest days as we have never done a private tour before, let alone in a boat. We really got to see some places that we would had never have found by car, or on our own. Our tour guide was really friendly and gave us so much information about Chania. It’s such a beautiful part of the island.

We stopped at two beaches, they were hidden away in the cliffs and you could only see the openings as you approached them. It was like something out of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie! The first was called Satans Beach, which was only accessible by boat up until quite recently when hikers made a trail down to it by foot. As the beach came into view it had golden sands and clear blue waters, it looked absolutely perfect. I can see why it was something the locals talked about.

We then sailed round to another beach which had hundreds of goats on it. We couldn’t believe our eyes. These goats were wearing bells, some of them as big as my head. They all jangled with every step and it was actually quite calming listening to them. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

After our beach adventures we stopped at another cove and the boys jumped into the sea. Hubby almost lost his breathe when he jumped in, as it was so cold, but treading water kept his body temperature up. Noah jumped in and immediately got back out again, bless him, the shock was all too much for him. But at least he tried. These kids have no fear.

Exploring Crete by bus

The most beautiful place I have ever seen, Preveli beach. It is not accessible, but because you have to work hard to get there it makes it more worth while. The beautiful natural palm tree forest really amazed me, again, it felt like I wasn’t in Crete at all.

We started off in the mountains where our guide took us to see where the water comes off the hills and creates a river. We drank water straight out of the land and it tasted amazing. We walked down, then back up 345 steps to see it. The kids love counting steps!

This water created a river that feeds into the sea, this is why there is a natural palm tree forest. It is the most southern point of Crete and nearest to Africa so it is a little more tropical. Our tour guide said on a clear day (and with very good binoculars) you can see Africa from this beach.

The boys went snorkelling in to a cave. Noah did really well, but as he got into the cave the water felt a lot colder so he came back to land. It was so hot that day, you couldn’t walk bare foot on the sand! After lunch we walked along the river in the palm tree forest.

I was completely mesmerised, there’s something quite magical about it and we spotted a few turtles basking in the sun too. To think that nature has created this amazing place, it completely blows my mind.

You can watch a video of our excursions below, I hope it’s inspired you to visit Crete. It really is amazing place and full of beauty. I cannot wait to go back and explore some more.

We received these excursions in collaboration with Kiani Beach Resort and Kalives Travel to enable us to see more of Crete and show it off to my readers. All images, video and opinions are my own.

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