I’m so happy with how our #garden is transforming. We’ve created a huge space for playing, chilling, eating and basking.

If you swipe through the photos this is what our garden looked like when we moved in last January. We’ve been working hard to make it our own.

To be fair Hubby has done most of the hard work: getting rid of the pond and 5ft high rockery. Using the rocks to make the fire pit area. The decking. And then the patio.

It looks so different. And this photo isn’t the end, we still have some work to do over the next month but I thought it was a good milestone.

We now have somewhere to be as a family. And our sofa is perfect for socially distancing 😂 we can sit 3.5 metres away from eachother.

I am still gobsmacked when I look at it is today and what it was when we moved in. It looks just as I drew it a year ago.

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I’m so happy with how...

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.

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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!

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We went out with a...

How to toddler proof your garden

We want our children to play outside and reap all the scientifically proven benefits that spending time in a garden can bring. Studies have shown that patients in hospitals who have a view of nature outside their window tend to recover faster than those without. Although having a little explorer or two can pose a challenge as we want to ensure that they are always safe. It seems so long since I had a toddler roaming around, but I thought these toddler proof tips were useful.

Make the Pools and Any Other Water Source Safe

First things first, if you have a pool, make sure you have a safety net over it. Safety nets are a great way to prevent your child from falling into the pool. Ensure that the safety nets are durable and made from a renowned material.

Another good idea to toddler-proof the pool is by putting a gate around the pool with a padlock on the gate so that they cannot open the gate themselves. If your child has any access to a pond or stream, or any other nearby water source, fence it off as well.

Swing Safely

Having a swing in the backyard and garden is an excellent way for children to play and have fun outside. Keeping your child safe while swinging is simple; see to it that the swing is far away from any stones, bricks, fences, or any paving, and keep the swing away from the patio and outside deck. Clear the swing area from any sharp and dangerous objects, and always ensure that the swing can support a good amount of weight.

Secure All Gates, Fences and Sheds

Ensure that there are fences around your children’s play areas, because the second slightly amusing catches their eye they are off and will stop at nothing to inspect and can quickly get hurt or lost when they are out of your sight. 

Look at securing the gates with padlocks or anything else that they cannot get open on their own with their fidgety little fingers. Putting these safety mechanisms in place does not just prevent your child from getting out, but also keeps unwanted intruders from getting in. Always be sure to lock the shed or storage where sharp tools, pesticides, and insecticides are kept.

Designate a Special Play Area

Designate a separate little play area for your toddler, such as a sandpit, ball pit, or a small playhouse. This keeps all the mess in one area and is easier to clean up. Should you be buying a home, look for a property with a garden that has trees to offer shade that your children can enjoy in the scorching midday heat. It is also crucial that this area is not too far away from you and easily visible.

Eliminate All Toxic Plants

Although it may seem like a simple thing, there are some plants that you possibly could not have considered to be toxic. Although they look lovely, lilies, peonies, and oleander look charming and fetching, are poisonous to your little one if ingested. 

Familiarizing yourself with potentially dangerous plants and flowers is a considerable precautionary measure. If you are not familiar with those plants or do not want to leave any behind accidentally, you can put chicken fencing around them or get someone else to remove them for you.

Sources

KidsHealth Blog

Dengarden

Lawnstarter

Wiggly Wigglers Blog

Safewise Blog

Froddo Blog

Do you have any great toddler proof tips for your garden, or your home? During lockdown we are spending a lot more time at home and so safety is key.

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1 Comment
  • Helen Markham
    May 19, 2020

    Make sure you cover the tops of your canes! My top tip x

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