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?

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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?

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We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

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I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

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How to renovate your own home

Just one look at the price of an interior designer, or the cost of completely overhauling your property can be enough to convince you to do it yourself. Putting on the protective gloves and learning how to use a sander can not only be hugely satisfying but also provide a bit of a confidence boost in your own DIY skills. Savings some cash by undertaking the majority of the renovation work will provide you with some skills and expertise to do it all again in the future. 

Put down a plan first

If you’re planning on doing substantial renovation work, it’s a good idea to create a plan. Mapping out a floor plan and making notes of what you want to change and where ensures that everyone in your family is singing from the same hymn sheet. It will also help you to create a comprehensive shopping list of what it is you need. For example, if you are planning on stripping the floorboards in multiple rooms, this will help you to gain precise measurements to get a sense of how much varnish you will need once the sanding is done. 

Upcycle

With an old, large sofa, for example, you may struggle to upcycle it, and so a replacement may be needed. However, with bookshelves, dining room chairs and large tables, upcycling could give them a new appearance that will leave you with novelty feeling of purchasing new furniture. For example, upholstering chairs, painting wardrobes, and sanding and re-varnishing old bookshelves will immediately strip the tired surface off them. If you’re after a customised, boutique look, then stencilling can create a design that’s usually reserved for expensive hotels and furniture shops.

Don’t give yourself a tight schedule

Choosing to renovate your own home can be cost-efficient, but it might not necessarily be time-efficient. The reason for this is that you won’t be able to leave your keys with the builders while you get out to work, and to put it plainly, you might not have the stamina of someone who has been working in manual labour for their entire life. For example, sanding the floorboards yourself is entirely achievable, but those who have done so on their own time have found it to be an intense workout, with the floorboards needing more work than they initially expected. Give yourself a deadline as motivation, but do be prepared to adjust it. 

Use old materials where possible

If you have old materials that are still in good working condition, then it might be worth your while to use them. Having a house that’s entirely furnished with new furniture and fittings can certainly look bright and snazzy; however, blending the old with the new can look incredibly chic. Sorting through your materials and investing a bit of creativity can create some truly unique and effortlessly trendy looks that no-one else will have. 

It’s at this point where a vintage and reclamation yard is your friend. Finding somewhere that specialises in reclaiming perfectly useable and stylish vintage architectural pieces will provide some ideas for stand-out features in your redesign. It will also help you to think outside the box. Why not redesign your porch with vintage patterned tiles instead of plain grey slate? Could smaller rooms benefit from a large mirror that won’t be sourced in any high-street shops? 

Leave critical maintenance to the experts

If plumbing will need to be checked or wiring will need to be changed, do not do these yourself. Reserving a bit of budget for experts to come in can not only save you a bit of time but is also crucial for your safety. Damaging freshly-varnished floorboards or wooden furniture with a flood would be devastating at the last minute. Wherever you are, and wherever you need help, whether you need a Jersey handyman or a local plumber, it’s a good idea to call up and explain what it is you need to be done. While you might be reluctant to part with some of your hard-saved budget, it could be much more price-effective when you consider the risk of an accident. We live in a time where upcycling has never been more popular, and where purse-strings are particularly tight, and so you won’t be alone when it comes to experimenting with DIY. If you’re scared about painting, sanding or varnishing for the first time, then be sure to grab a scrap piece of wood or furniture to practice on first. Once you’ve overcome the initial confidence hurdle, you’ll soon find yourself renovating like a seasoned pro.

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