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...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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#Review – Jamie’s Pizzeria in Cambridge City

We are very lucky to live, quite near, the very beautiful Cambridge City and so when Hubby and I have a date night, that is usually where we go. At the end of April we took a trip to Cambridge to experience the new Jamie’s Pizzeria which sits on top of Jamie’s Italian, it was a nice evening to celebrate Hubby’s new job and eat yummy pizza. It was also nice as Jamie Oliver is my husband’s favourite chef and we absolutely love his recipes, this was our first trip to one of his restaurants. We were both very excited. 

FullSizeRender-9At first we didn’t realise the restaurant sat on top of Jamie’s Italian, so it took us a while to find it. We stared at Jamie’s Italian thinking, well it must be around here somewhere. Then we walked around the side of Jamie’s Italian, were the Jamie’s Pizzeria entrance is and walked up the stairs to be greeted with a very rustic, back alley style Italian Pizzeria. I said to my husband that I actually felt like we had walked from Cambridge to Italy. It had a great atmosphere, it felt full of history and there are things all over the walls and sides that just felt very Italian. I have never been to Italy but that is the feeling I got. I loved all the oranaments, the lighting, the different chairs at all of the different shaped tables. It was great. Even the toilet had the same rustic feel, old Thomas Crapper style sink and taps, it just felt like we had gone somewhere very different.

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The menu itself was one side of A4, now comparing this to other menues we have seen lately it was a shock. There is a limited choice of meals, drinks and desserts. But actually this wasn’t a problem. It was nice not to have to sit there for hours deciding from hundreds of meals, that all sounded equally as yummy as the next. I loved the rustic menu style too, the old paper style and it was laid out very neatly, so clear where to make your choices. You can view the menu online if you want to make your choices before you visit: www.jamieoliver.com/italian/restaurants/cambridge-pizzeria.

What did we eat?

 

StarterFor starters we chose the hand-stretched garlic bread, this decision was based on the fact we saw another couple order it and our eyes (and bellies) lit up with excitement. It looked very impressive and it certainly lived up to its look. We chose the olive and sundried tomato tapenade and Westcombe ricotta and lemon dips, which were yummy. A great combination mixed together too with the extremely delicious garlic bread, it had a crusty texture on the outside and a light, bouncy texture inside. Perfecto!FullSizeRender-1

For my main, I went with a vegetarian option, obviously, the waiter explained which of the choices were vegetarian. Mushrooms being my favourite thing, it wasn’t a difficult choice: the Funghi Misti. It had a real tang to it and also a hint of aniseed, which I think was the Chervil and Tarragon. The Porcini mushroom sauce was really nice, full of flavour and it just complimented the other toppings perfectly. I saved a quarter of it and had it for lunch the next day it was so yummy. 

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For Dean’s main, he went for the Special Pizza off the specials board, it had some of his favourite ingredients on it: chilli, olive and fennel. It looked quite fiery but Dean said it wasn’t “blow your head off” spicy, which is always good to know. He really enjoyed the signature dough, although it did get tricky to eat the very middle of the pizza as it was so full of toppings – not a bad thing! 

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Our desserts were very pretty, it was really well plated and they were both mouth watering. I wasn’t sure we could eat all of it, but they were light enough to just be the perfect amount!

Hubby had the Tiramisu, I loved the way it came out with a spoon shape left on the plate, surrounded by chocolate sprinkles. A great idea – I will use that next time I host a dinner party. I am not a fan of tiramisu but I have to say it looked amazing and hubby was really happy with it. 

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I had the Epic Chocolate Brownie, which was warmed through and gooey. It was quite possibly the best brownie I had ever eaten and it definitely was epic. The warmth made it just that extra bit special too, especially when you had the contrast of the vanilla ice cream on top. I didn’t get a spoon shape left on my plate, but I did get a crushed up Amaretto biscuit, which again, I think I will use at my next dinner party. Such a great idea. 

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We both had a lovely meal and will definitely recommend it, it’s somewhere to go and experience something a little different to the high street restaurants. Make sure you are hungry though, there was so much food we left with a box of pizza for lunch the next day. 

How do I find it? 

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Jamie’s Pizzeria is located in Cambridge City centre: Wheeler Street The Old Library, Cambridge CB2 3QJ. You can book a table online or by calling: 01223 654094. 

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