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

I took this photo the...

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.

#mummyphotoaday

This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#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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🌾 I adore this photo!...

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!

#mummyphotoaday

We went out with a...

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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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

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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2 Comments
  • Laura banks
    February 26, 2020

    i have to make alot of lists

  • lynn neal
    June 2, 2020

    I don’t like packing for trips always worrying that I have forgotten something that we will really need!

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