What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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Would you believe me when...

A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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I find I spend most...

Isla – 1 Year and 3 Months

This month Isla has been learning to copy her brother, stand up for herself, to say no very clearly and what buttons to press to get reactions, yes it has been fun! One major thing to happen in the last week is that my little princess has slept all night through for me, 7:30pm through to 6:30am (on average) for the past 5 nights. I am amazed, and hoping to not jinx the breakthrough, but I hope this is the start of how we mean to go on. Mummy is much happier with sleep Isla Rae… 1year3

Playtime

Isla loves her playtime, she is looking through books happily and playing with her Happyland and Little People houses. She loves holding the little people and talking to them in her hands, I am sure she thinks they are real. Like Noah she loves shape sorting activities, she will spending hours taking things out of where they are meant to be and putting them back again. We chew a lot still, so no wax crayons or Playdoh just yet as I am frightened she will munch it all up!

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Weaning

She has come on in leaps and bounds with mealtimes, mainly because she LOVES her food and her teeth are nearly all through so she can munch everything properly. I love breakfast time now, mainly because I get my hands back so I can eat my breakfast with them and not starve until tea time! I can quite happily give Isla a bowl of porridge and her spoon now and she is off. She loves her food so she doesn’t want it to go to waste. Its cute watching her, as she eats things messily but it is fun and she is learning, so its allowed. I love watching her eat mini yoghurts too – messy fun, but she loves the fact she can do it herself = her cheesey grins say it all.

Talking

Isla isn’t really talking yet, no major words come out clearly anyway. But her recognition of people and objects is obviously there. The day of Grandads funeral my uncle showed her a photo of Grandad and she pointed at it and said “Grandad”, so she knows people and when she can say it she does. I was hoping she would be saying bye and hi by now, but I don’t spend as much time coaching her like I did with Noah. Which unfortunately is something I regret with my little princess, I wish I had spent more time with just her over the past year as Noah had a big chunk of my time on his own – well 18 months to be exact and I am sure it helped bring him on. As when Isla was born he was talking and seemed a lot more grown up.

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Sibling Love

She does love her brother, but at the same time she does love to wind him up too. It is hilarious watching her press his buttons. She walks up to him and will try and get his toys, or if Noah builds a train track in Happyland town she will tear it up and wait for his screams. Bless them though its all part of growing up and Noah is getting so much more tolerant over her naughty ways. You can see the love they have for eachother through it all, Noah will say sorry and sometimes the look on his face is such worry he really is sorry that he has upset or hurt Isla. He likes holding her hand and he will say “Isla hold hands please” – its so cute to watch them both. There are a lot more Ahhh moments these days.

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