I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

I took this photo the...

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.

#mummyphotoaday

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.

#mummyphotoaday

🌾 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!

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday

Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

How to brew top quality coffee right at home

Isn’t it great to wake up to a freshly brewed cup of coffee every morning? Most people want a great cup of coffee but do not know how to brew the best quality of beverage from the comfort of their home. No need to worry. Here are some useful tips on how to make the perfect cup right in the comfort of your kitchen:

  1. Make Sure You Have Fresh Beans

For the best coffee, it is essential to have coffee beans that have been freshly roasted. You can decide to buy from your local roaster to ensure that you get the freshest beans. Beware of the store coffee beans as they are likely to stay on the shelves for quite some time. If you have to buy coffee beans from a store, make sure you shop at a reputable place and check them for freshness.

  1. Store Your Beans in a Ceramic Jar

This will ensure that your beans are always fresh. Coffee beans should be stored away from moisture and oxygen. This method of storage will help the beans retain their authentic taste.

  1. Don’t Grind the Whole Bag of Coffee at Once

To keep your home coffee as fresh as possible, you have to make sure that you grind just what you need. Coffee starts losing quality right after it is ground. To make the best quality of coffee, grind the coffee beans just before brewing. That’s how the best baristas make excellent coffee.

  1. Invest in Quality Filters

The quality of filters is more important than the type. In other words, whether you get bleached or unbleached filters does not really matter, as long as they are of high quality. You need to look for dioxin-free paper filters or oxygen filters for your beverage preparation. Another option is to get a gold plated filter like the Swiss gold filter. These will ensure that you get the best flavor from your coffee.

  1. Measure Your Coffee Beans by Weight and Not Volume

Use a kitchen scale to weigh the coffee beans and the water you will use. Use 25 grams of coffee beans for 350 grams of water.

  1. Temperature is Key

Pay attention to the temperature that you are brewing your coffee at. Electric drip coffee machines are great if you are making coffee for large numbers of people, but be careful with them since some do not bring coffee to the optimal temperature. Very high temperatures can extract bitter components from the coffee, and these elements might be unpleasant. Coffee should be brewed at 200 Fahrenheit or bought to a full boil in just 45 seconds. When Coffee Maven reviews the Ninja Coffee Bar system, they note that the device will set the precise temperature for you automatically based on the volume of coffee. Do not reheat coffee or boil it for an extended period and expect it to have great flavor. It will turn out to be bitter.

If you follow the above guide, you are bound to make yourself the best cup of coffee at home. If you get a bitter taste, however, you should consider grinding your coffee beans much coarser next time. You can also add spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to improve the flavor of your beverage.

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  • James
    September 16, 2018

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