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...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

The Homebuyer’s Guide – where to start your search

Buying a house is an important step in anyone’s life, and is usually fraught with care and consideration- nobody wants to throw a million dollars on a house on a whim. With house prices steadily increasing, the margin of error is getting smaller and smaller out of necessity, and new homebuyers need to take bigger risks to get a foot into the door. With that much stress and uncertainty, it’s understandable that someone who wants to live near the beach might just search Marshall White Homes for sale in Brighton Area and take the plunge from there, and while there’s nothing wrong with doing that there’s also nothing wrong with doing a lot of research first. This article is here to help kick start that very research to set you on the path to your first home.

The first thing to do when thinking about buying your home is to sit down with a pen and paper and write out what you want it to be. Visualize, in your mind, every conceivable aspect of the place including who will be living in it. Is it a house? An apartment? Do you have a family in it or is it all yours? By mentally placing yourself in your house a few years down the track, you know what you want now and what you should be looking for. Keep in mind that when buying a house, you can change things about it. Get building permits and knock that wall down, or the whole house if you’ve found the perfect block of land to build on. It’s not about what anyone else thinks when you’re working on your house; it’s what you want it to be.

The second thing to do is to section off areas on a map of the city in which you want to live. You’ve got your ideal house in your head and on paper now, use that to match its description to the suburbs it would likely be found in. Don’t go inner city if you’re looking for a big yard and a triple car garage, for instance. This cuts out many hours of unnecessary searching through listings in unsuitable neighborhoods, and allows you to focus on the things that matter most in your search- location location location.

The third thing to do is to go out and inspect. Don’t be afraid to call real estate agents and ask for a private inspection, and don’t be afraid to bombard said real estate agent with questions once you get there. You wouldn’t try to buy a car from a dealership without asking to test drive it, seeing the safety rating, checking the value and any known faults, and seeing what kind of a deal you could get, so why would you make an offer on a house that will cost you hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars without asking what school zones it’s in, or the age and condition of the house. The agent should have no trouble answering your questions, and feeling a bit silly or direct by asking is much better than regretting not asking when your house isn’t what you wanted it to be.

Hopefully the above advice can save you a lot of time and trouble in your search for a house to call home, and allow for more time spent doing the fun stuff, like inspecting and planning your new home.

 House in the sand image by Shutterstock.

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