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.


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
📷 @_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...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

#mummyphotoaday 🧼

The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.


Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.


I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

Have you considered long term investments for your child’s University fund?

While every parent’s dream is to send their child to university, it is often more expensive than the average working class family can afford. If you take into account that the average salary as of 2018 in the UK is £27,271 and that the cost of undergraduate programs at university can reach £9,250 per year, it is understandable that most working class parents are seeking ways to grow any savings they can accrue. This typically means investing small amounts over a long period of time and for the most part, this is a good plan. However, what kind of investments are safe and are you willing to invest in a fund overseen by someone else, no matter how knowledgeable that person might be? Here is an unusual option to consider.

Fine Wines as an Investment Product?

Before going into some of the most common investment products, let’s take a quick look at one which you may not have considered. That would be fine wines. With France just across the channel and French wines relatively inexpensive as they are produced each year, it makes sense to look at some wines that age well and can fetch a high price after just six to ten years. Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy happen to be the most sought after investment wines and so perhaps that’s where you’d like to start. These two wines are best enjoyed when aged and would be the perfect place to begin placing your wine investment capital. As a side note here, any connoisseur knows that you must wait at least ten years after the vintage of Grand Cru before opening the bottle – and ten years is the minimum wait!

A Quick Look at the Wine Investment Strategy

Wine connoisseurs think nothing of dropping over £450 for a good bottle of Burgundy or Bordeaux and that is what you are aiming to offer. Amazingly, that is just a starting price for a fine collector wine and some bottles fetch prices many times that amount. The key is to get wine by the case the year it is bottled. You will want to avoid, if possible, wines which have been aged somewhat by the vintner because the longer they age, the more they cost. That, after all, is what you are trying to accomplish by investing in fine wines.

The Cost of Aging Wines

It is important to understand that you cannot just take a few bottles of wine and store them in your cellar, even though the temperature may ‘feel’ right. Unless you have a storage cellar that has state-of-the-art climate control, no basement will give you the results you need to fetch a high price at the end of the aging process. Remember, you are going to be housing that wine for a minimum of 6 to 10 years and temperature fluctuations can literally ruin the process. It is best to invest in wine cellars like those offered by companies such as Octavian Vaults and purchase insurance to protect your investment.

For a few hundred pounds a year you can store wine in optimal conditions so that when you list it at auction, and this you will surely want to do, you will be assured that your investment wine is perfectly aged to the connoisseur’s palate. It may seem like an unlikely investment vehicle but if you can buy freshly bottled wines from world renowned vintners at a reasonable price, you can amass a small fortune by the time your child is of age to go off to university. In fact, you might even have enough left over to buy yourselves a retirement home as well. Wouldn’t that be nice?

The nest is empty, the kids are off to university so keep one bottle back for that “finally at last” toast with no one to spoil this moment you’ve waited a chaotic lifetime for!


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