I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

I took this photo the...

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...

Keeping on top of the laundry during lockdown

Well, with all this wonderful sunshine I have loved keeping on top of the laundry. This is my biggest weakness when it comes to the housework. Usually, Hubby does all the washing (because I forget) and I put it all away. I have some great tips on keeping on top of the laundry, even the washing machine, especially during lockdown and instantly making you feel happier! I love an empty laundry basket, don’t you?

Section out the dirty laundry

You might think this is a simple tip, but if you don’t do it already this can save you so much time along the line. We are a house of 4 humans, 2 dogs and 1 cat and so our laundry basket is never empty for long.

I section out the dirty laundry so that we wash things in a pattern, on a normal week: Daddy’s colours, Mummy’s colours, Kid’s colours and then whites. This means that when the clothes go through the cycle of washing, drying and then folding to put away – it’s a bit quicker as I know one bundle is for Daddy and one for the kiddies.

Laundry basket

Get a good quality laundry basket

Investing in a good quality laundry basket is essential. We have the new soft seagrass laundry basket from mokee. I love it! Because it’s quite big it keeps all of our dirty washing in it, containing the smells and awful sights that children bring along to this equation! The inner natural lining bag of the laundry basket means it is easy to grab that dirty washing and take it down to the washing machine. It also keeps the laundry basket clean.

inner lining bag

Get the kiddies to help

As we are all under one roof at the moment, 24/7 days a week, there’s no harm in asking the kiddies to help. Mine love putting the clothes on the dryer in the garden, it gives them outdoor time and also means I can get on with another task, like putting the next load on! This can also help with bonding, as the children will feel like they are helping you.

Add an air freshener to your laundry basket

Keeping a nice air freshener in the laundry basket will ensure the bad odours are kept at bay. This is just a nice tip, so when you are not quite on top of the laundry cycle you don’t have to worry about the hallway smelling of smelly socks!

laundry hacks

Organise the clean pile

I spend ages organising the cleaning piles. So, for example, if a load has mixed items in from all of us, I ensure that I split it into piles of Daddy, Mummy, Noah & Isla. This means when I take it upstairs I know where the clean clothes are going. This makes it easier to put things away too. It used to take me ages putting them away when it wasn’t organised. This saved me hours a week!

Do you have any hacks to keep on top of the laundry, especially during lockdown? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant.

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6 Comments
  • Alice Gilkes
    May 21, 2020

    We do not have a dryer, so what has really been helping is having all that lovely weather over the last couple of months. We have managed to do lots of laundry washing.

  • lynn neal
    May 21, 2020

    I liked reading your tips and I will try adding an freshner to the laundry basket!

  • MARGARET gallagher
    May 22, 2020

    Can be a nightmare at times – together we will get through this

  • laura milton
    May 28, 2020

    I need to add one to my husbands basket for sure!

  • Lyndsey cooksey
    June 1, 2020

    Great ideas! I love the idea of putting in an air freshener in in the basket! Kind of genius! My daughter does help me and insists she helps pegs the washing out ( but I end up re doing it after she’s gone or else cuffs and collars don’t dry lol. I like your basket too.

  • claire gray
    June 3, 2020

    Great tips here!!! I find when the washing piles up I get super stressed so have take some of your tips on board…thankyou! great advice!

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