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.

#mummyphotoaday

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.

#mummyphotoaday

🌾 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!

#mummyphotoaday

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...

Koo-Di Pop-Up Bassinette

Courtesy of Jellyfingers.co.uk, Isla was privileged to review a fantastic Koo-di Pop-Up Bassinette.

Koo-di make really clever items to help us mums & dads out, their products are funky, colourful & incredibly useful. Isla was sent a very stylish, practical & innovative product: the Pop-Up Bassinette.

As a family, we are always visiting friends & family, taking short breaks away & zooming of on mini holidays. So having this Pop-Up Bassinette for our 1 month old daughter came in very handy. We recently stayed in the New Forest on a short weekend break, in a B&B with just one room for all four of us (and the dogs) so having this bassinette was essential. It was compact, so didn’t take up any room in the car and didn’t take up much room when it is popped-up either, which was good as our room was not huge. It is really easy to put together and fold away, fitting into a carrier bag only 28cms wide!

In the bag you get the base of the cot, the shade and mosquito net attachment, the mattress and the plastic pegs that create the “backbone” of the cot, so that it isn’t flimsy. After a quick read of the instructions, I was soon creating the cot with no effort what so ever. You literally flick open the base and the shade, they attach together by the shade part slotting over the top of the base and hooking together by the 4 corners. Then you take the plastic pegs and you slot them into specially designed pockets on the base and the top of the shade, to create the height of the base and the width of the shade at the top. If you look at my photo to the left, the pockets are stitched to the right width for the peg and a velcro lid has been created to keep the pegs in position and also to prevent you from loosing them. From this point its a case of getting the mattress in the base of the cot and making the bed ready for a little prince or in our case, princess to sleep soundly! It took me roughly 10 minutes to assemble the cot from start to finish, on my first attempt with reading the instructions. I would imagine the next time we use it, it will take me about 3 minutes. It really is that simple.

Isla slept very well and I think it is a fabulous idea and a great product to take away with you, whether it be abroad or in the UK. It was amazingly helpful on our New Forest trip and we will be going to Ibiza in a couple of months, so it will be very handy then. Not too heavy for the luggage allowance and not too bulky that it won’t fit in the suitcases – very clever, very Koo-Di! I am extremely impressed with the design, style and ease of putting this product together and taking it apart again. I was convinced that it wouldn’t go back in the bag, but it did and it went in the bag without a fuss!

You can find more fabulous products on the Jellyfingers website: http://www.jellyfingers.co.uk/index.php/

You can look at more innovative Koo-Di products on their website: http://www.koo-di.co.uk/

You can like Koo-di on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KoodiBaby and Jellyfingers: http://www.facebook.com/bigsavingslittlepeople

You can follow Koo-di on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/KoodiBaby and Jellyfingers: https://twitter.com/#!/JellyfingersUK

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