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...

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...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

Indications that it’s a good time to look for assisted living options

Caring for a senior loved one is not an easy task. It can take a toll on family members and the caregiver. The task gets more challenging if the senior is diagnosed with a medical condition like dementia. When this happens, most families consider the idea of moving the senior to an assisted living community. But, how do you tell if it is a good time to look for assisted living options?

Moving a loved one to an assisted living community is not an easy decision. However, there are telltale signs that should prompt you to think of choosing assisted living or nursing home. Here are some of these signs.

Medical Conditions

In most cases, seniors have a higher chance of developing chronic conditions. According to AARP, over 70 million individuals aged 50 years and above report at least a single chronic condition. Some of these conditions are debilitating issues. They may include heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. If a senior develop such conditions, they require more attention and care.

In addition to chronic conditions, medical emergency potential increases as seniors age. So, if your senior loved one has fallen severely and struggled to rise, it might be a good time to consider assisted living for them.

Financial Issues

Many seniors have difficulties keeping up with financial responsibilities. Insurance and bills can keep piling up. That’s because your parents may not be motivated to pay bills or they just can’t. If a senior has a medical condition like dementia, their ability to handle complex financial issues can be affected negatively. This can cause more difficulties when it comes to dealing with multiple bills and taxes.

Seniors are also susceptible to monetary scams. These can be from telemarketers or even family members. Unfortunately, the financial scam can leave a senior in a difficult financial situation that can worsen the quality of their life. So, if you’ve noticed that your senior loved one is having financial issues, this could be a sign that you need to start choosing assisted living or nursing home.

Messy Living Conditions

Odorous and untidy living conditions can be a sign that you need to consider assisted living options for your senior. Untidy living space is an indication that a senior is no longer capable of living alone. This can be explained by the physical inability of the senior to clean up their space. For instance, a senior may be too old to vacuum or clean the house or even wash dishes.

It’s also crucial to check the food that your senior loved one eats. Open up their fridge to see if there is spoiled food. Could they be eating expired food? Are they consuming the same type of food? These can all be signs that your senior loved one is no longer capable of living alone.

Isolation

Isolation of seniors is a serious issue. Over 11 million seniors in the U.S live alone. Isolation affects the overall health of seniors. Isolation of seniors decreases their participation in hobbies and interactions with friends and family. In some cases, isolated seniors don’t leave their homes at all. This can lead to the escalation of health issues like depression.

Some seniors develop bad habits like excessive drinking, smoking, and prescription drug abuse. Such habits can lead to addiction. Research has also shown that isolation is related to the high mortality rate among seniors.

Poor Hygiene

A major sign that a senior requires assisted living is the inability to take care of him or herself. Poor hygiene can include things like bad odor and messy grooming. These are signs that your senior is not bathing or doing laundry the way they should. It can also mean that the senior is no longer capable of taking care of themselves.

Frailty

Your senior can become frail with age. That means they may look thinner or skinnier than usual. This can be due to poor diet or not eating enough food. A medical condition can also cause frailty in seniors. If this happens, it might be a sign that you should consider assisted living for your senior.

Wandering

If a senior is diagnosed with dementia, they may start wandering at a later stage. This is a greater risk for seniors that live alone because they can fall and sustain serious injuries.

If you’ve noticed these signs, consider choosing assisted living or nursing home for your senior. Many nursing or assisted living homes will take care of your loved one and provide a comfortable space for them to live with other seniors.

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