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.

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#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!

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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...

First time smartphone modes with the Acer Liquid Z5

Following the success of the Liquid Z series, Acer unveiled the Liquid Z5, a compact 5-inch smartphone designed for first time smartphone adopters or budget conscious users looking mainly for mobile browsing, photo and video clip taking anytime and mobile entertaining. What did we think?

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Product features

It is big and clear! The phone itself does feel quite big, but it is no bigger than other smartphones on the market, despite the large phone it feels really smooth in your hands. It has a glossy cover and curved edges which make it feel comfortable in your grasps. The screen display is clear and you can see what you are doing really easily, I had no trouble tapping the options and working my way through the settings.

Photo fun! The camera launches fast and features smooth touch control so you can photograph all the colourful moments you want. A variety of capture modes and artsy color effects spice up your pictures, making them more memorable and fun to share.

Rock on! The Liquid Z Series puts out maximized sound through its built-in speaker. Vocals are clearer thanks to powerful audio processing, making all your favorite audio experiences better. The great sound improves music, movies, Internet video and whatever audio you’re experiencing.

Grandmas feedback

My grandma, an OAP, had the phone from an off state. She turned it on, worked out where the “home” button was and was able to locate and choose senior mode within 3 minutes. Now you might think I have been training my Grandma up beforehand, but this was literally the first time she had seen or used such a device. Now Grandma isnt really concerned, at the moment, with the music features or the camera settings, but I know she would love the ability to take photos and email them to her sisters – of her family and the great grandchildren growing up. But there were particularly things that she did like a lot, I had to tear it away from her and yes I felt terrible!

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Grandma, at first, commented on how large the phone was, it felt odd to her as she is used to a tiny phone (not a smartphone may I add) but after a few minutes she was complimenting the size of the phone and saying how easy it was to hold and use. We set the phone to senior mode, well I say we, Grandmad did this all by herself! She could really see the screen and was very comfortable using it as she could see what she was doing, not pressing the wrong button and more importantly not getting herself in a pickle. One of the most striking comments that came from the research was that Grandma found the vibration on every tap, to be the best thing in the world. She loved the fact the phone gave her confirmation that she had tapped it via a vibration. She is hard of hearing so it was just perfect for her. Senior mode made it really simple and easy, there were large icons on the screen and she knew what she was doing – messages and weather, I didn’t need to talk her through it. She was really content in what she was doing. I think I know what will be on Grandma’s Christmas list!

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Mother in law’s feedback

My mother in law, is known in the family for not being so hot with the technical gadgets around the house. She is always telling me that Isla and Noah will be showing her how to use the technology in our house before she works it out. It does make me smile. I thought letting her have a quick test drive of the phone would be a great way of getting some feedback for first time users, as she is another first time user herself. The feedback was much the same as Grandma, it felt comfortable, she could clearly see what she was doing and her comments were “if I can use it, anyone can”. Which made me laugh, but that is a huge compliment in a way because she is not confident in using these gadgets at all. My father in law was watching over her shoulder and he is a smartphone user, but said the phone looked really good and although big he liked the fact that he could see more on the screen than his phone.

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I can imagine after a few weeks of use Grandma and my mother in law would be eagerly wanting to try out the other apps on the phone and the rest of the features that it comes with. The Acer Float™ User Interface allows app windows to stay open, so users can multitask without having to back out of one app to work on another. The press of a key brings up the Float Apps shortcut where apps on a translucent screen float over the function being used. It is easy to access or toggle between apps like camera, maps, calculator and notes and can be customized with up to 8 favored app shortcuts. A Float Caller notification ensures that users will not be interrupted by incoming calls that take over the full screen. When a call comes in, the Float Caller mini-window pops up and the user can choose to take the call or reply with a quick message.  It is a really great tool!

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The Acer Liquid Z5 will be available in two colors: Essential White and Gentle Grey. A range of accessories are available including flip and protection cases, so you can be a hip Grandma and Noah and Isla would love seeing Nanny with her cool flip case! You can see Acer’s range of smart phones on their website: www.acer.co.uk and you can keep up to date with their latest gadgets and information on Twitter:@Acer. Why not brighten up a loved ones Christmas and get them a new smartphone that is designed for “newbies”? You could change their lives! 

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