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,...

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...

A great toy gift guide for children this Christmas

I find it hard to get out shopping, so I frequently miss the trends or what is hot in the shops. I like to find out what is popular, or too cool for school! So I thought I would put together this helpful list of great toys for children this Christmas. They are not expensive and a variety of toys for primary school ages. So here is the 2017 toy gift guide:

Rubiks junior

These are fabulous little characters that are great for the younger ones. Noah and Isla loved their doggy they received. There is also a panda, cat and rabbit. All in bright colours to collect for any Rubiks fan. It kept Noah quiet for 15 minutes as he tried to unscramble the dog and get him back to normal! You can get these from Argos for £8.89.

Playmags

The children love, love, love these magnetic shapes. They sit for hours building things with them. They make towers, houses, cars, tunnels for their toys to go under. The list is endless of what you can create with these shapes. They literally clip together, magnetically. They are really quite strong. Depending on the type of construction you are building, they may fall or slip. But generally they are really sturdy and its lovely watching the children being creative with them. You can buy a set of 50 + 6 from Amazon for £44.99.

Lalaloopsy Glitter Makeover Doll

The Glitter Makeover Doll is the princess and expert of all things fashionable and glitters, she comes with hair chalk (ours was purple) and plenty of glitter to make her hair sparkle. There is plenty of glitter and chalk left over for your little ones hair too! It’s a fabulous idea and Isla had great fun decorating her doll. She also enjoyed decorating herself too! You can grab your doll from Argos for £34.99.

Simbrix

Isla loves these as she is a big fan of beads and creative toys like that. These are little pixel pieces that clip together to create shapes. We have the Geek kit that includes a few drawers and some images to copy, from Amazon for £30.00. The great thing with these pixel pieces is once they have finished creating, it can be broken up (like Lego) to start a new project!

Storytime magazine

A great gift is something that would last all year: a year’s worth of children’s magazines is a great idea. Storytime magazine is fabulous because it has lots of different stories, that are relevant to the time of year the magazine is released. Isla and Noah love their deliveries of Storytime. We loved the Christmas edition too, with a nice story about Little Donkey and Aladdin. It costs just £37.99 for the year, which is a great deal. 

Pokemon goodies 

Noah really loves Pokémon at the moment, he has a DS and so I’m hoping to get him the game soon. He loves Pikachu & the other characters too! These toys are great for Pokemon fans: Trading card games & plush characters, everyone loves a soft toy. 

 

BrainBox

I love these boxes of fun. You can get a lot of fun themed boxes in the range and they come in adults and junior too. You can get Brainbox for ages 3 to 6, then 7+. Brainbox On the Farm and Peppa Pig will be winners for any family with little ones this Christmas. We got the new Roald Dahl box and it’s perfect for our little ones. The object of the game is to study a card for 10 seconds and then answer a question based on the roll of a die. If the question is answered correctly, the card is kept, and the person with the most number of cards after 5 or 10 minutes is the winner. Only £11.99 for the new box too, great value for hours of fun.

Roll Up Bizzy Mat

This mat is not only something fun to draw on, it doubles up as a place mat. Its great for when things get a little messy at Christmas, this roll up bizzy mat is a great idea. For only £8.49, it is a bargain too! I love this image I found of a drawn car track with real toy cars being played on the mat. Great idea.

 

 

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