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.

#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?


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!


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.


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 to budget for a rainy day

If you’re on a budget, it can be hard to find money for those emergency purchases we all need to make from time to time. We all know the disillusionment we feel when we find that the washing machine is broken, the car breaks and needs repair. When things need replacing, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. However, with a little planning, you can breathe easy when you need to spend cash. Here is a guide on how to save money for a rainy day, even if you are on a budget.

List Your Expenses

Making a list of all your regular expenses will help you keep track of what needs to be paid every month, quarter or year. Once you have your total figure and know exactly where your money is going, it will help you to be in control of your spending. If you find out, for example, you spend money unnecessarily, such as buying lunch when you could make it at home, you can make the changes you need to save money where you can. All these small amounts add up over time, so it makes sense to save money where you can and improve the overall health of your bank balance.

Save Small Amounts Regularly

By saving small amounts when you do have funds available is a great way to build up a pool of money that can be used for a rainy day. In fact, some banks offer a ‘rainy day fund’ where you can set up automatic small deposits that are saved for when you need them. That way you won’t forget to add the deposit yourself, and your savings will grow.

Get Items Serviced

You might think you are wasting money on getting your car, or household item serviced if there is nothing wrong with it, but by keeping things in good working condition, they are less likely to break. Although it might never seem like a convenient time to spend money on something that is technically working ok, it is worth doing so to save you money on larger repair bills or prevents you from having to replace an item.

Buy Used

Rather than buying something brand new, consider going to a reliable dealer for a quality used item. Refurbished or ex-display electrical goods can often be just as good quality and long-lasting as new, provided it comes with all the appropriate certification. This can save you money on larger purchases that you can then use to top us your savings.

Choose Finance

Sometimes we all need a little help, especially if you need to replace something that you and your family rely on. There’s only so many times you can rely on someone else to use their washing machine, or get a lift to work. Often, there’s no other choice but to replace something quickly. This is when it might be beneficial to purchase a household item on a payment plan, where the cost is spread over an agreed amount of time. This makes the overall cost manageable as it is split into smaller payments. Another option would be to take out a credit card, such as offered by Bonsai Finance. If you want to save money though, don’t see it as an invitation to spend but as an opportunity to help you in those ‘rainy day’ times.

Shop Around

Is your mobile phone bill draining your cash every month, or your insurance renewal more than you expected? You can change that by shopping around for the best deal. This could save your hundreds of dollars over a year, helping you to save the extra money. There are other household services, such as insurances and energy providers that you could shop to get the best deal. Doing your research is certainly part of the process of saving large amounts of money. Although it may seem tedious at the time, it can actually be incredibly worth it in the long run as you may realize you haven’t been getting the best deal for quite some time.

Lower Energy Costs

One simple way to save money for a rainy day is to be more aware of how much energy you are using in your home. This is a great way to lower your budget. If your heating is on all the time, you are wasting money. Consider putting on a timer where it comes on for an hour or so when you need it, or only heat the rooms that are being used. Also, turning your heating down by just one degree will help you save money over a year. Improving your home’s insulation will also reduce your energy bills, so it is worth replacing old windows and loft insulation if you have the funds to do so. There are some great tips on how to lower your electricity bills during Winter too, perfect for when you are trying to average your bills over the year.

Lower your Grocery Bill

There are a few ways you can save money on your grocery bill, helping you to put more aside in your savings. Make a shopping list and stick to it, so you buy only the things you need and are not tempted by those offers on the shelves. Try cheaper brands. They are often just as good, or sometimes better than the other brands. If you make a meal and have leftovers, freeze them to give you another meal.

Have a Loose Change Jar

Having a large jar where members of your household can put their loose change is a good way to collectively save for a rainy day. It is surprising how quickly small denominations of coins can add up. Sometimes, a quick dip in the loose change jar will be enough to get you some emergency groceries at a local store if you don’t have time to go to the supermarket, or it could pay for a week’s worth of school meals.

Once you start getting used to saving money when you can, it becomes a fun activity. You soon begin to see the areas where you shave off a little expense, and it makes you feel good when you see the results. Keep saving little and often, making changes where you can, and soon you will have some money set aside for those rainy days.


Subscribe so you don’t miss a post
Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates!

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

#MummyPhotoaDay May photo challenge day 29
How to budget for a rainy day

%d bloggers like this: