Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.


Our half term routine (it...

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?


The best #view comes from...

Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?


Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?


What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?


This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?


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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?


A great way to spend...

How to enjoy a luxury holiday in Niagara without spending a fortune

Visiting Niagara Falls is something that a lot of people really want to do. It is a pretty special place. For many, it is a holiday of a lifetime. So, it is worth spending some extra money to make it even more memorable by turning it into a luxury break. As you will see, doing that need not cost you a fortune. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a touch of luxury for less than you would normally pay.

Stay in a five-star hotel

The Marriott on the Falls is one of the most luxurious in the area. It has Fallsview rooms, a spa, a beautiful roof terrace, a first-class restaurant. In fact, you could enjoy a fantastic holiday without having to leave your hotel. If you have a Fallsview room you get to enjoy a panoramic view of the waterfalls, the light show and fireworks every night.

This hotel regularly puts together special deals. So, staying there can be cheaper than you think. Even if you cannot afford to stay there for every night of your vacation there is nothing to stop you from booking yourself in for one night in a luxury hotel. 

Fly there business class

If you are planning to fly, try travel hacking. Even today, it is possible to accrue an enormous number of air miles within a relatively short space of time. Once you have, you can afford to fly business class. Most of the cost of doing so will be covered by your air miles or points. You can learn how to become an expert travel hacker by clicking here.

Enjoy all of the attractions you want at Niagara

When most people travel, they rarely have enough money to do everything they want. The cost of tickets to shows, tours and attractions soon add up. So, it is hard to afford to do as much as you would like. But there is a way to do everything you would like. All you need to do is to buy your tickets in advance. Usually, you will be able to enjoy a big discount, especially if you buy a tourist pass.

Generally speaking, these passes offer you entrance to most of the big attractions in the area. They certainly do in and around Niagara Falls. Importantly, this is the case for both sides of the waterfall. You can find out more and buy the pass that suits you the best online.

Eat in a top-class restaurant

If you fancy enjoying a fine dining experience with a view you can easily do so in and around the Falls. There are several high-class restaurants in the area. The Skylon Tower is particularly popular because as well as top-class food you get to enjoy a panoramic view of the waterfalls.

Occasionally you will be able to find vouchers and offers that enable you to dine at a discount. This is especially the case during the off-season. If you do not mind when you eat you can potentially save money by dining during what are quiet times for the restaurant.

The key to being able to enjoy a luxury break in the Niagara Falls without paying too much to do so is planning ahead. Doing this gives you the chance to shop around and secure the best deals.


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