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

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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,...

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#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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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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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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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.

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