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...

🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

#ad #SkyNature #NatureAtHome

🐝 We have really loved...

Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

#mummyphotoaday

Our half term routine (it...

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

Is a Condo the smarter move than buying a house?

Are homes becoming old news these days? Well, whether they like it or not, in a way yes homes are. This is because more and more people are finding out they cannot get on the housing ladder. For one reason or another, they just can’t manage to buy a property for the first time and so are stuck with smaller and less stable places to live in. However, the market outside of homes has reacted perfectly to this conundrum. Now we see that a condo, apartments, high-rise buildings and bungalows are evolving and becoming much more modern and even more enticing. Most of these alternatives will come with funiturishing, or at the least partially furnished. So you don’t have to spend more money filling up the home with things you need to live comfortably. You also have better location for work purposes if you have a job in the city. You also might not need to spend money on transport as public transport is usually going to do the trick. On top of this you have amenities which we’ll get into. But can all this replace the feeling of owning and living in your own home?

Home = wealth = trust

Homes are more than just places in which to live, they’re symbols of life. When you can afford your own home they are a symbol of your ability to earn a living, save and be wealthy. It’s the great thing about owning your property, you are in part wealthy. You have the ability to sell or improve that property which allows you to improve your hard asset. Homes only rise in value thus, they become a bargaining chip in other circumstances. If you’re going to the bank for a loan be it for home renovation, remodelling or perhaps just for your own business, if you own a home the bank will feel less jittery. You’re more likely to get a loan because you have a hard assert i.e. the house to back it up. Less risk for the banks, more money for you to work with. 

Live more flexible?

A condo or an apartment in a high-rise building is very attractive to the younger generation as well as young couples. For one thing, you are close to a city or in fact right in the heart of it. You’re close to work making life so much easier. Your commute won’t be nearly as time consuming as it would be if you were to live outside the inner city in a suburban neighborhood. Using a trusted real estate website, you can see all the different options you have for a renting lifestyle. Condos often come with a community vibe just like residential streets. However you do have access to numerous amenities such as outdoor and indoor swimming pools. There are gyms which you have free membership to, allowing you to keep fit while in an urban jungle. There are also security companies working in high-rise apartment buildings making it a safe place for your children to grow up as well. Hence why so many families are choosing to have and raise their children while not being in a house environment. 

Life choose for you

As ever with very, very large purchases, life can get in the way. Even though you might want to own your own home, the commute from work might be too long and hard. You will most likely be taking on a mortgage also, meaning a lot of your paycheck will be cut every month until you have paid it off. Yes you do have your own property but the property owns you just as much as you own the property. Anything that goes wrong in the property, you have to fix and pay for. If there is a pipe leak in an apartment, it’s the landlord that pays for repairs. When it’s your house, it’s your piping so you have to pay out of your pocket. However there is always the risk of being forced to move when you’re in an apartment. When your contract is finished or needs to be renewed, the landlord might decide to increase the price. If you cannot pay, they’ll simply get a tenant who can and so, you have to move your own life somewhere else. This can happen too frequently to bear for many, so think wisely about what kind of lifestyle you want.

Condos are very modern and come with additional benefits. If you cannot afford a home then this is a great alternative. However a home is the ultimate goal that so many cannot reach. Unless you’re financially well off and are able to make it in to work on time without hiccups, then you should reconsider your options. 

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