I’m so happy with how our #garden is transforming. We’ve created a huge space for playing, chilling, eating and basking.

If you swipe through the photos this is what our garden looked like when we moved in last January. We’ve been working hard to make it our own.

To be fair Hubby has done most of the hard work: getting rid of the pond and 5ft high rockery. Using the rocks to make the fire pit area. The decking. And then the patio.

It looks so different. And this photo isn’t the end, we still have some work to do over the next month but I thought it was a good milestone.

We now have somewhere to be as a family. And our sofa is perfect for socially distancing 😂 we can sit 3.5 metres away from eachother.

I am still gobsmacked when I look at it is today and what it was when we moved in. It looks just as I drew it a year ago.

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I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

I took this photo the...

This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

Five ways for Mums to get a better night’s sleep

Whether you’re a new mum or your kids are growing up, you’re probably all too familiar with that well-known feeling of sleep deprivation. Mums everywhere are not getting enough sleep, whether it’s from being kept up all night with a crying baby or toddler, having to stay up late getting through a ton of housework, or simply not being able to settle with a racing mind after everything you’ve had to get through over the course of the day. As a mum it’s important that you get enough sleep, especially sleep of the deep, refreshing kind so you are able to wake up in the morning and take on all the tasks that raising a young family brings. We’ve put together a list of top tips to help mums everywhere get the best out of their night’s sleep.

Avoid Distractions

Although some distractions – i.e. a crying newborn baby – can’t be avoided when you’re a mum, there are plenty of distractions that you can avoid. For example, using technology such as smartphones, tablets, a laptop or even watching the television straight before you go to bed can cause your brain to start working overtime, making it even harder to get into a state of relaxation in order to be able to sleep. Whenever possible, avoid using any technology or doing anything too mentally stressful just before you go to bed, and take the time in between putting the kids to bed and going to bed yourself to do something calming and relaxing, such as taking a bubble bath to help you wind down.

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Get Into a Routine

Those with a regular sleep routine do tend to sleep better, and if you’re finding yourself going to bed at varying different times each night, this could be why you’re feeling like you’re not getting enough sleep. Set a bedtime for yourself just as you would for your children, and make sure that you stick to it whenever possible, even over the weekend to ensure that your body is getting the amount of sleep that it needs each night. Ideally you should be looking to get around six to eight hours of sleep per night, so set your bedtime accordingly with the time that you’ll need to wake up.

Buy a New Bed

Sometimes, sleep is disrupted due to a bed that’s just not as comfortable as it used to be anymore. Beds come with all different levels of support and comfort, and if your bed just doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, it may be time to invest in an upgrade in order to help you sleep better at night. Personal comfort beds are an excellent choice to make as you can tailor them to a level of comfort that suits you personally, whilst memory foam mattresses will mold to your body and provide you with a blissfully comforting sleep experience.

Take Naps

If you’re a stay-at-home mum, you might be tempted to get housework done or other tasks when it comes to that time of day when your children take a nap. However, if you’re not getting a good enough sleep at night, you might find that this is also an ideal time to catch up on some much-needed sleep and take a nap at the same time that your kids do in order to help you recharge your batteries and feel more refreshed. You don’t have to sleep for as long as they do, so you can split the napping time between having a power nap yourself and getting some housework or other jobs out of the way.

Create a Sleep Friendly Bedroom

Bedrooms are meant to be calming and serene sanctuaries where we can get a good night’s sleep, however more often than not if you’re a mum you’ll know all too well that your bedroom is more likely to be a cluttered storage space for toys and more and more of your children’s things. The bad thing about this is that clutter and mess in your bedroom can have an effect on your sleeping, so have a clear out of the bedroom and move the clutter into alternative storage spaces. Keep the noise down in your bedroom or use recordings of soothing sounds to mask unavoidable noises from outside. Essential oils can also help – try a drop of lavender oil on your pillows or a lavender reed diffuser to help you sleep better at night.

If you have any more top tips for other mums, we’d love to hear from you!

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1 Comment
  • Pat Jones
    November 3, 2015

    So, you’re saying I shouldn’t be reading blogs at this hour? 🙂

    Great tips. I miss the naps I used to have next to the cot. But we’ve another one on the way, and will probably have a side cot this time, so it won’t be long before I’m making the same mistakes as last time.

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