We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

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I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!

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I wonder what is going...

This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

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This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

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🌼 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

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The kiddies had a lot...

I simply had to do it! A musing from a working mum

No, I am not just talking about the fact my hair looked good, so I needed to capture that in a photo. I am talking about the recent decisions I have been making that effect my family and my work, being a working mum you have to consider the balance on both sides. Recently there has been an equal balance of work and family, but nothing left for myself and so I had to do something. 

A few weeks ago I came off the so called “treadmill” and couldn’t get back on. I needed a break. I felt like I was so miserable, constantly wanting to cry and just emotionally exhausted. Apart from the fact I am not feeling well, it had been a challenging six months and lots going on that I simply soaked up. I felt like a sponge and a full one at that, I needed to squeeze myself and get rid of all the water. I hope that makes sense! With all these feelings and emotions I took a week off work and basically slept, thought and slept. In between the school runs of course. 

I thought a lot about what makes me feel the way I do, run down and all over the place. I am a working mum, so that doesn’t mean my day’s work starts and ends when I am in the office, it starts at 6:45am and usually ends around 11pm. In-between that time you have to make sure the children are sorted, the pets are sorted, you are sorted and get everyone where they need to be. Also, get to work on time! I am constantly being told that I do not stop, I am everywhere and I never take any time out for myself. 

It was that last part that made me think hard. I do things for myself, I write my blog posts (when the kids are eating their tea or when I am lying in the bath), I watch box sets and movies, eat nice food with hubby but I don’t ever really get time for myself. With myself. The time that you can just do what you want, whether that be snooze or snuggle with the animals and a cup of tea, write some music or colour in. It’s  that kind of thing that I need to encourage myself to do again. I love playing on the piano, writing music and being creative – and I haven’t been. The mojo has gone. I need it back. 

So, I went back to work and asked if I could shuffle around my hours and I am really lucky that my employer is flexible. I do have to work longer days on the other days to make up for it but I am now the proud owner of Thursdays. The day for me. I will do what I want with it and I will make myself me again. Work can have me on the other days, the family can have me at the weekends (mornings and evenings too of course) but Thursdays are mine! Hands off….. 

So far today, being the first of my Thursdays off, I have watched Call the Midwife with a hot cup of tea and a snuggle on the sofa. Then rearranged the furniture a little, bruised my arm when the bookcase tumbled to the floor and broke. Then I had to pretend to be my brother for a moment whilst I put the bookcase back together with hammer and nails, but I did it and it looks good where it is. We have a home for the books, somewhere to store all the stories and activity books the kiddies have. I think it makes the lounge look more “cottagey” too which is nice as that’s what I want. 

I did a little more than I anticipated today, which was great. Took my mind off the looming hospital appointment next week, but that’s another story! 

 

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4 Comments
  • Victoria (lylia Rose)
    January 26, 2017

    It’s so important to have us time, to ourselves. It’s so hard though working & mummying (and wife-ing)! I try to have a walk with a friend once every 1-2 months, but still not dedicated me time. i find it hard to switch off and always work if I have time to me, but i need to learn to take time out and enjoy me only time!

    • MummyConstant
      January 26, 2017

      Precisely. I like the idea of a walk with a friend once in a while. That’s nice for the both of you. X

  • Rebecca Beesley
    January 30, 2017

    I’m convinced there’s something special about thursdays – it is the day that i think of as my ‘creative’ day whether i bake or take photos or just play about with some crafts. So glad you have managed to juggle work to do this. Hope that thursdays are amazing for you!

    • MummyConstant
      January 31, 2017

      I know exactly what you mean, I used to write a post on a Thursday – when I was on maternity leave. Thursday thoughts. I am glad you get a day to be creative and chill. 🙂 x

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