We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

#mummyphotoaday 
#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

#mummyphotoaday

We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

A very happy birthday to...

I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!

#mummyphotoaday

I wonder what is going...

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.

#mummyphotoaday

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
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_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...

How dangerous is the happiest place on earth?

If you’re planning a family vacation to a theme park, like Disney World for example, you might not want to think about all that can go wrong, but at the same time, being aware of the risks is useful so you can avoid them as much as possible. I would just be so excited as it would be a dream holiday. Things that we can control ourselves to ensure the family is safe, the parks themselves are not dangerous.

For example, there are often traffic accidents on Orlando’s highly crowded roadways. Once you get in the parks, you may think you’re safe, but is that always true? The following are some essential things to know about the risks that could be lurking in Disney World:

Germs and Contagious Illnesses

We’re at a time when many travelers are thinking a lot about germs, bacteria, and viruses, even when this might not have ordinarily crossed their minds. 

If you’re in Disney World, you’re exposed to thousands of people at any given time, which can also mean you’re exposed to illnesses. 

Coronavirus might be the illness that’s at the forefront of many of our minds right now, but there are others. 

For example, the measles is something that may circulate in theme parks, including Disney World. At Disneyland in 2015, there were 125 measle cases linked to the park that year alone. 

Most people who end up getting measles aren’t vaccinated, and not vaccinating against measles is common in other parts of the world. 

When Zika became a major issue, Disney World was one of the hotspots in many people’s minds because Florida is known as a hotbed of mosquito activity.

If you’re heading to water-based attractions, be wary of the potential to swallow or breathe in water contaminated with bacteria. Chlorine kills germs, but it can take up to an hour, and some germs can last in chlorine for days. 

Risks Parents Take

Some of the main risks of Disney World aren’t the fault of the park but are instead the fault of negligent parents. One big issue? Trying to get children on the rides who don’t meet the height or weight limitations.  Disney World and other theme parks have size restrictions for a reason on rides.  They aren’t just arbitrarily selected numbers, yet parents will often try to skirt the rules. The result can be tragic. 

Not keeping an eye on your children can also be incredibly dangerous. Sometimes there are accidents that can separate you from your children, and you have to vigilant in this type of environment—even more so than you would be ordinarily.

If you’re using a stroller and you use it as a way to push past others, you are creating a hazard for yourself and other people as well. 

As a parent, if safety is a top priority when you’re at Disney World, always pay attention to and follow posted signs. Like height requirements for rides, they are there for a reason. The people who plan these parks do so carefully, and they want it to be a safe experience, but you have to do your part. 

When your kids are on rides, or when you are, make sure that you’re careful when you get in and out. Don’t try to step over chains or ropes, and just be mindful of the things happening around you.

Weather

Some of the issues families face at Disney World aren’t related to the park itself, but instead the Florida weather. 

The heat and sun in central Florida can be dangerous or deadly, so make sure your family drinks plenty of water and takes breaks throughout the day. Try to avoid the parks during the peak heat hours of the day. 

Infamous Incidents

There have been some unfortunate and tragic incidents at Disney World through the years. One occurred in 2004 when following a parade a cast member’s costume got stuck under a float. The cast member was struck and killed, with that incident leading to a large fine from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

Although no fault of the park, in 1992, there was a situation with hostages at Epcot that ended in a man committing suicide in the park. 

In 2016, a man jumped to his death from the inner tower of the Disney Contemporary Resort and one of the more recent horrific events was the alligator attack on a young boy at the Grand Floridian resort.

Do any of these things mean Disney World isn’t safe? Of course not, the Disney company focuses very heavily on safety, but we still have to be vigilant while visiting any theme park. Going anywhere can be dangerous, but we need to make sure that we keep our families safe. As much as possible. Don’t get me wrong though, I cannot wait to visit Disney World… one day!

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