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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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,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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I find I spend most...

We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

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We’ve been busy little bees...

Getting a good nights sleep

It is no lie that sleep is some what of an issue in the Constant household and when I was challenged to take part in the sleep challenge from Web Blinds I was very hopeful that it would help me, but at the same time I was a little unconvinced that little Isla would play ball. Here is what we did as part of our sleep challenge, in an attempt to get a good nights sleep!

 

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The guide is fantastic, it really hones in on certain elements of life that you just do not associate with getting a better nights sleep and it really makes you think about how you would use these elements to make your home environment better – ultimately leading to a better nights sleep. Some of the topics raised I simply could not try, for instance going to sleep without any noise – unfortunately if the children wake up and cry I have to deal with them. I love the sleep calculator on the sleep challenge, Isla is up at 6am (most mornings) on the dot, she is a great alarm clock and when I typed in 6am for a time to get up it came up with 4 different times I should go to bed: 8:46pm, 10:16pm, 11:46pm and 1:16am – I have to admit I tend to go to bed between 10:30 and midnight most nights so I will start aiming for those times hoping to reduce this to 10:16pm eventually. I was given a £50 budget and a target to help the Constants, or more so me to get a better nights sleep using the sleep guide as a way of getting ideas on what I can do to make sleep better for me:

The perfect nights sleep – it is good to know there is no such thing as the perfect nights sleep as I most certainly do not get this any night of the week and I was shocked to see 4 different going to bed times when I tried the sleep calculator, I was expecting it to say 8 hours before 6am would be the optimum time to go to bed. Knowing that I could go to bed when I needed to sleep and making it a comfortable nights sleep was important for me, so I brought memory foam pillows which are really comfortable and help me get into my the first stages of sleep easier. It is amazing to think our brain goes through all of these stages every 90 minutes when we sleep and yet we still wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

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Eat sleep, eat right – eating healthy is a big must for us and recently we have been eating a lot better than we would normally, so eating a lot of fruit smoothies, salads for lunch instead of sandwich’s and reducing the amount of food we snack on throughout the day by having a proper breakfast. One of the main concerns that I have is that some nights we eat really late, anywhere between 8pm and 10pm depending on children, work commitments and other obstacles that get in the way. So we are trying to eat earlier, being more prepared for our dinner times and making sure we eat our salads and healthy foods. If I do snack in the day time it will be one of the foods that improves our sleep, like bananas and milk which I am finding is really helping.

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Breathe the sweet smell of sleep – I love the smell of lavender and it hadn’t occurred to me until I read the sleep guide that it would really help me to sleep better if I put a lavender scent around the house. So I purchased an ambi-pur plug in air freshener with one of the new night time lavender fragrances and this has really helped to make the house smell nice and makes me feel more relaxed at night time. I have also started using a lavender scented bubble bath and I make sure I have a bath before bed and try to relax.

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Exercise your way to a healthy sleep – I went out and brought myself some lovely bright pink trainers and I have been getting out and doing a lot more exercise than I used to. Exercise helps when the kids have gone to bed and I can do a little bit before dinner, half an hour run or a ride out on my bike has been calming and making me feel a lot more positive about myself, which has ultimately led to a better nights sleep.

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