Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

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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This evening we had a...

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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Would you believe me when...

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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A great way to spend...

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

We are very excited to...

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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I had precisely 30 minutes...

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,...

Expressing your geeky interests with those you love most

It’s a new decade and how exciting is that? Perhaps one of the best parts of the new decade is that we don’t have to pretend to like things, nor do we have to be ashamed of expressing our true interests. Everyone seems to be perfectly confident in sharing what they love these days. Which is great and I have always had geeky interests and always been very proud of it.

This is why certain hobbies and interests, that may have once seemed ‘geeky’ or ‘niche,’ are quickly becoming some of the most enjoyable activities that families and friends can do together. It’s nice to know that your friends and family are also into the things you are – it means the world is open to more fun!

Here are a few of those geeky interests and how you can make the best of them. It’s about time we all stopped feeling ‘out of the scene’ when it comes to the hobbies we’d really love to take part in:

Enjoy A Gaming Lan Party

With high performing rackmount servers, running a dedicated LAN connection for those of your friends who enjoy gaming can be a great idea. When running regular game nights where you work together to play a range of hilarious indie titles, puzzle games or even stream your curated grouped exploits through said dedicated server, you can see just how video games can bring people together, and how in 2020, this needn’t be passing a controller from one person to another as you all wait your turn.

Curate A Board Game Night

Board games are once again having a golden moment, as crowdfunded titles and excellent new rulesets celebrated by creative individuals and critics are starting to become the norm. It could be that once a week you bring those you love together in order to experience something new, or show off a collection of yours, or to help you laugh until you cry with a nice bottle of wine as you try to diffuse a theoretical explosive within enough time. Boardgame nights can certainly take the edge off your week, and that can only be a good thing.

Play Dungeons & Dragons

For the longest time, playing Dungeons & Dragons was considered a very niche hobby, something that only those who loved role-playing games to the nth degree would ever partake in. Thankfully, the beauty of this game has opened up, and now many people play it in order to relax and spend time with their friends. Perhaps joining a local club or asking your friend with experience to host your game, you can run in a theoretical adventure as a character of your choosing with your best friends by your side. With a little imagination, you can unspool years of stress from your shoulders in one hilarious game session. I love the sound of this game, a colleague plays it and it does sound like a great night to spend with friends.

With this advice, you’re sure to best express your geeky interests with those you love most.

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5 Comments
  • Kelly Knowles
    January 24, 2020

    Lovely read, life is so busy sometimes you need this getting together with friends too

  • Sarah Cooper
    January 24, 2020

    We are planning on having a board game night soon!

  • Jazz Fulcher
    January 24, 2020

    Ah it’s great to see dungeons and dragons mentioned, I love it. Me and my boyfriend are fans of settlers of catan

  • Jo F
    January 25, 2020

    We’re trying into introduce our children to card games; trumps, rummy etc. Can’t beat it on a wet winters afternoon

  • Meridith
    January 26, 2020

    My husband’s work have a regular board games night after work – they work in technology but it’s good to see the low-tech still has its appeal.

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