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?

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday

I find I spend most...

We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

#mummyphotoaday

We’ve been busy little bees...

Keeping your body fit after your workout #Tempur

Obviously getting fit is all about raising your heart rate and completing exercise. In whatever capacity that be in, I prefer classes where I have someone to motivate me constantly. Some people like to go to the gym alone or long runs, training for a distance goal for example. But it’s not just that exercise that is important, its before and after too, you should always look after yourself. Getting the right mattress for starters and Tempur have a great range. My fitness goals for the year are to maintain a steady pattern of exercise doing the things I enjoy. But to also make sure I look after my body when I am not working out.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your body fit after your workout:

Sleep on the right mattress

Do not let people tell you otherwise, sleep is the best medicine and when you have worked your body hard and strengthened those muscles – a good nights sleep on a good mattress is key. Tempur mattresses provide the ultimate support for recovery after a workout because they use the right materials. Serena Williams swears by them. The Tempur Hybrid mattress is made from PrecisionTM MicroCoils which conforms to the shape of your body whilst you sleep and helps to relieve pressure. Your body repairs itself whilst you sleep so ensuring you get the best sleep is vital. Any excuse for me to be in bed really!

Have a sports massage

This is a great way to help your body after exercise but not just because it feels good. A sports massage softens the tissues in your muscles allowing them to soak up nutrients better, which means they repair themselves quicker. It creates a better circulation in your body which means your body will look after itself better when you have had a tough workout. You can have a sports massage as often as you like too, once a month is a good start I would suggest or if you are in pain go more regularly but you can speak to your masseuse about that.

Eat your protein

Eating protein helps to repair your muscles. Simple breakfasts like eggs and beans are a great source of protein, if you are eating after your workout top it off with a toasted brioche roll too. There are some great post workout recipes out there, we like Joe Wicks as he has a variety of foods and they are easy to turn into vegetarian options too. Our favourite in the Constant household is the build up bagel: we use Quorn chicken, eggs, BBQ sauce and of course the bagel. It is delicious and fills you up nicely after a workout. Having a vegan diet is also a good way of eating a healthy, protein based diet, Vegan Liftz is an example of how you can do this to have a stronger, fitter, body.

Hydrate your skin

Yes I do mean drink plenty of water, there is a recommended amount of water to drink a day and apps like Lifesum really help you to stay on top of this. But not only should you hydrate your body by drinking water, after a workout it is really important to soak your muscles in a hot bath or shower. The heat helps to soothe your muscles after the workout but also to keep your skin clean. During exercise we sweat and sometimes get dirty, muddy runs for example, so it is always good to wash away the oils and grease from our skin.

If you have any other suggestions on how to keep fit after our workouts I would love to hear them on social media, @mummyconstant, or in the comments below.

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Tempur and all opinions are my own. 

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