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

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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.

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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!

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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...

Its been lovely to get out and #walk after our homeschooling and working from home plans. I can imagine it would be quite a challenge if we couldn’t get out into the great outdoors.

It was especially nice to get out and make the most of the sunset. The sun has been glorious this week. It’s almost like Mother Nature knew we needed something positive and glorious to keep up our spirits.

Today has been quite stressful, I had to conduct 2 interviews and I was quite paranoid the kiddies would walk in half way through. Thankfully they didn’t! They have no idea what an interview is... 😂 Back to our normal homeschooling routine tomorrow. Phew!

How has everyone else got on today?

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Its been lovely to get...

We had PE in the garden this morning, following @thebodycoach #PEWithJoe. It was beautifully sunny and the perfect weather to get outside.

Albeit our garden isn’t finished (Daddy has 1 more day of laying the slabs) and he’s building a flower bed against the fence so it looks prettier... our outside space made me #smile.

It’s amazing how it’s all coming together and how absolutely essential this space will be over the Spring and Summer!

My first day of homeschooling will the kiddies and I’ve had a blast. Haha. I’ve marked their work, said “well done” 9,999 times and managed to get 2 washing loads done!

I am sure this positivity will diminish over the next few weeks, but I’m going to try my best to not let it.

My tips: 📖 Mix up the tasks frequently 🐈 Include the pets 🏡 Get out in the garden as much as possible 💭 Have some quiet time, alone, if you can

Hubby & I are co-homeschooling and working from home. I do homeschooling until lunch then work, and vice versa. It’s going to be tough, as I know already we’ve squealed and been loud whilst Daddy’s been on the phone. But, THIS IS LIFE now and there’s absolutely no point getting worked up about it. 👊🏻 We can do this!

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How to start planning your travel packing?

Yes, that’s right! I said plan your travel packing. I always have to plan what I am packing when we are going on holiday. Otherwise, it gets to the day we leave and I am frantically running around the house finding things that I had forgotten. So, I start to plan ahead and hopefully avoid that mad rush. I am quite an anxious holiday maker anyway so this takes one more thing off my mind.

Brain dump

First off I get a sheet of plain paper, A4 or A3, I write down all the things that just fall into my head. For example, I can think of numerous things about our upcoming trip to Dubai instantly: things to keep us occupied on the flight, things to keep us entertained at the airport, swim wear, underwear, clothes for each day and flip flops. We have never flown a long haul flight with the kiddies so we are excited, the kids are going to burst with excitement, but we also know we need to ensure they are entertained. Isla has already investigated what we get on the flight and is so excited about the food and drinks.

British Airways meal

The Family Travel Handbook

Lonely Planet

I love this book from Lonely Planet, The Family Travel Handbook, it is a great survival guide that is family-friendly. It is filled with tips for short and long haul holidays and offers suggestions and advice. It focusses on air and car travel, unfamiliar meals and some fab tips on getting the children involved. There is a list of family friendly destinations for children of all ages and it’s aimed at guiding parents to step out of their comfort zone when booking holidays. There is a fun quiz on page 100 of The Family Travel Handbook that helps to inspire you on where to go if you haven’t decided on a location yet.

Categorise your list

Once I have written the above and got everything off of my brain, I put it into a little bit of order. This helps me do the ticking off the checklist when we get nearer to the holiday. I categorise into the following areas: kids clothes, adult clothes, shoes and accessories, beauty items and activities. Obviously my camera is an essential item too, so making sure we have chargers and everything we need to keep toothbrushes operating is going to be packed too. There is a great travel checklist on page 21 of The Family Travel Handbook which has reminded me that I need to think about health – medicines and health cards. Thanks Lonely Planet!

Start researching

There are some things I am just not sure if I will need. When we went to Crete out of season we researched the weather as when it gets cooler the pools are freezing. We then make sure we take the kiddies wet suits. These are quite a heavy and bulky thing to pack, so if we do not need them thats better. Thankfully in Dubai I do not think we will have a problem with the heat! We will hardly be out of the pool. Isla was trying to be brave in the photo below. It made me giggle.

wetsuits

Below are a few of the pages out of the book:

Once it gets to a couple of weeks before the holiday, I start to pile things up in a space that is out of the way. Clothes need to be washed and ironed ready for packing for example. The underwear count and swimwear count begins, making sure the kids have enough of each for the trip. We are going to Dubai for 2 weeks and so Isla will need 28 pairs of knickers, it’s a good job we have a suitcase each. Do you plan the travel packing or just get stuck in?

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  • Laura banks
    February 26, 2020

    i have to make alot of lists

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