What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

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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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?

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday #eagrammers

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Healthy breakfast ideas for kids (and busy Mums)

Looking for new ways to get your kids to eat breakfast or find that you simply don’t have time to give your kids the healthy breakfast you want to before rushing out the door to school? Breakfast has long been acknowledged as the most important meal of the day, but it is also the meal that we dedicated the smallest amount of time and effort to.

The fact is that in most households in the UK, mornings can be a rush. Mums spend their mornings iron school uniforms, adding UK children’s labels to new clothes and equipment, persuading reluctant kids to clean their teeth, and generally cajoling everyone out the door. That doesn’t leave much time to cook a hot breakfast and sit down to a family meal! Luckily, we’re here to help. Here are some great healthy breakfast ideas for kids that even the busiest mum on the go can put together;

Bagged Breakfasts

You’ve heard of packed lunches, why not try bagged breakfasts as well? Very similar to the packed lunch concept, bagged breakfasts are pre-prepared and pre-bagged breakfasts that your children can eat anywhere. Simply throw in the food, pop on a children’s name label so that your children can easily see which bag is theirs, and you’re ready to hit the road. Ideal for busy mums on the go, or mums with kids who just can’t seem to get out of bed in the morning, your children can eat their bagged breakfast in the car on the way to school, saving you time and hassle at home in the mornings. As an added bonus, each bagged breakfast can be prepared and popped into the fridge the night before, meaning that all you have to do is grab and go.

So, what goes into a bagged breakfast? The possibilities are near endless but some great options include: fruit, granola bars, yoghurt pouches or tubes, pre-packaged croissants or brioche rolls. Pre-prepared boxes or packages of fruit are a great option for this kind of breakfast. Whilst this may not be ideal for every day, it is a great choice for those busy mornings when your kids might otherwise miss breakfast.

Breakfast Ice Pops

Yes, you did read that right! Breakfast ice pops are the ultimate summertime breakfast treat, and another breakfast idea that are perfect for eating on the go. These are easy to make and incredibly good for you too.

Slice soft fruits such as kiwi fruit, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and pop them in an ice lolly mould until it is between half and three quarters full (depending on how fruity you want your lollies). If you don’t have a lolly mould then a disposable plastic or paper cup and a packet of lollypop sticks will do the same job. Once your fruit is in the mould, fill the rest with low fat vanilla yoghurt or Greek yoghurt (depending on your preference) mix, so that the yoghurt reaches every corner. Then pop in the freezer and when they are ready, enjoy! The only ingredients are the fruit and yoghurt, so there really is no reason you can’t be the coolest mum ever and let your kids have ice pops for breakfast.

Breakfast Bananas

Finally, another fast breakfast idea so delicious that you could also use it as a dessert: breakfast bananas. The only ingredients in this recipe are bananas, yoghurt and granola so they’re incredibly easy to create. Simply dip your banana in yoghurt and then roll it in granola so that it is completely covered. If you’d like to add a little extra flavour depth you could also add some dried fruit to your granola or, if you want to give your kids a treat and encourage reluctant breakfast eaters, a few chocolate chips.

Make these breakfast bananas in a big batch and then pop them in the freezer, so that you always have a fast breakfast when you need it. They taste delicious eaten from frozen in the summer months, and are as easy to eat as they are to prepare.

Breakfast Pizza

Finally, who says pizza should be reserved for Saturday nights? Why not indulge in a little breakfast pizza as well! This is relatively easy to make, and you can chop it up and give a slice to every member of the family. Start with a healthy, wholemeal pizza base (these can be pre-bought if you don’t have the time to make your own). Add some chopped tomatoes and mushrooms, slices of ham (in lieu of bacon), grate a little cheese on top and then crack 4-5 eggs onto the top of the pizza. Pop it into the oven and bake for between 15 and 17 minutes (depending on how firm you would like your eggs). All the benefits of a full English breakfast in easy to eat pizza form: delicious!

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