🌼 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...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

#mummyphotoaday 🧼

The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

#mummyphotoaday

I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

#mummyphotoaday

I love Lush products, they...

I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

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I was so tired yesterday...

How to make sure you and your family are ready for the Summer

It’s that time of year again where the spring flowers are in full bloom, the trees are getting their leaves back, and suddenly the breeze starts to warm up and the sun feels nice against your skin. All of these lovely indicators are signs that summer is literally just around the corner now. It won’t be long until the kids finish up their school year, summer vacations begin, and you get the chance to get outdoors and enjoy the nature that surrounds you. 

With the change in season brings a list of things you’ll need to do in order to prepare for the warmer temperatures and long summer days. Rather than waiting for summer to hit, why not take the time now to prepare so that you’re ready? Here’s a look at just a few of the things you’ll want to get organised in the coming weeks.

Dig Out the Summer Clothing

If you’re like the majority of people, you tend to push the out-of-season clothing to the back of the wardrobe, or even in storage bins to tuck away. There’s just no point in keeping everything front and centre if you aren’t currently using it. Well this is the time to go ahead and dig out all that summer clothing. This is a relatively quick and easy job for parents, but when it comes to the kids’ summer clothing, it tends to be a longer process since last year’s clothing won’t necessarily fit this year.

A great approach is to make three piles. One pile is the items you’ll be keeping, one is to throw out, and one is to donate or give away. Go through each piece individually, and have the kids try on things you are unsure about. Once you see what you’ve got left and are keeping, then it’s a good idea to create a list of all the items you need to pick up.

Don’t forget to also go through your summer footwear collection, making sure everyone’s got a pair of supportive and comfortable sandals.

Stock Up On SPF and Bug Spray

Because summer typically means a lot of time spent outdoors, you’ll also need to think about sun safety. This means stocking up on SPF for the whole family. Because sunscreen can get pretty pricey, especially if you need enough for the whole family, be sure to look for a Boots voucher that can save you money. Boots is of course a beauty, health, and pharmacy store, which means you can find all kinds of essentials there.

Now as far as what level of SPF you should buy, the NHS recommends a factor of at least 15. A few other sun safety tips include making sure your sunscreen hasn’t expired, wearing sunglasses and a sunhat for added protection, and reapplying sunscreen after 90 minutes in the sun or after swimming. And remember that the sun is the strongest between 11am and 3pm.

While you’re stocking up on SPF, it’s also a good idea to pick up bug spray. Insect repellents that use DEET are typically the most effective type of protection when it comes to mosquito bites.

Make Summer Holiday Plans in Advance

Because summer is a very busy travel period, especially here in Europe, it’s a good idea to think about your summer holiday plans as early as possible. Making reservations well in advance doesn’t just guarantee you’ll get to stay in your first-choice destination and have a seat on your first-choice transportation method (air, ship, or rail), but it can also save you money. Typically, the further in advance you book, the cheaper the rate will be.

Swimming Lessons for All

If you plan on doing any swimming over summer, this can also be a fabulous time to book swimming lessons for the kids and even the adults if needed. Even if everyone knows how to swim, a refresher lesson can still be helpful. It just helps everyone to be a bit more prepared and safety conscious when it comes to the water.

Outfit Everyone with Life Jackets

For those who want an added layer of protection for the kids at the beach or pool, a life jacket is an excellent idea. This is also extremely important if you plan on doing any boating over the summer months. 

A couple of tips for shopping for a life jacket – fit is everything. If it doesn’t fit correctly, it can’t perform its job. A life jacket should fit snugly but at the same time shouldn’t be too tight. They are sold in three categories which are child, youth, and adult, and most feature adjustable straps to make them fit perfectly. It’s also suggested that you try the life jacket on in person before making a purchase.

Prepare Your House for Hotter Temperatures

You will also want to prepare your house to handle the hotter temperatures. This means checking that any fans you own, either portable or ceiling style fans, are working properly. If your home is newer and has central air conditioning, now is the time to turn it on and ensure it is running smoothly

If you have a lot of windows in your home that see sunlight, then you may also want to hang window treatments. This can block out a lot of that heat and prevent the cool air from indoors escaping to the outdoors. Blackout curtains are the best option, as they act as insulation and completely block out the sun.

It may also be a great time to switch out everyone’s bedding for cooler, natural fabrics like lightweight cotton and bamboo. Both of these fabrics are extremely soft to the touch, are feather light, and allow your body to breathe. 

It’s Time to Embrace Summer

Taking the time to follow these tips now and get everyone organised before the summer heat begins means you’ll be able to dive right in and start enjoying summer the moment it arrives. It’s all about forward thinking and a little planning on your part.

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