Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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Our half term routine (it...

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

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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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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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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Lindam: making Noah safe

Before baby número 2 joins the Constant household we wanted to make sure that his room was a safe place for a toddler, especially because he has the 2nd floor “Penthouse” all to himself. Obvious risks are the stairs as his door is a sliding door, not a conventional doorway and it is slightly narrower than regular door frame sizes in houses, other safety issues we faced was being able to hear him, hear when he falls out of bed or when he wakes up etc, so a good monitor was something that had to be in place and then in part of the transformation of getting Noah from his cot to a toddler bed, is having a bed guard on the side of the bed so that he doesn’t just roll out in the night on to the floor. We were extremely lucky to work with Lindam and get Noah’s room safe and sound, with some of their fantastic products.
We were sent the Lindam Extending Wooden Safety Gate because this not only fixes into the doorframe by way of “screws” so I know it is totally secure, it was one of the only gates that would fit the narrower door frame. We chose the Lindam Clarity Digital Audio Monitor to keep ears on him whilst he is snoring away in his penthouse and finally we were sent the Lindam Safe and Secure Soft Bed Rail in blue.

The Lindam Extending Wooden Safety Gate
We chose this gate because Noah’s room is the top floor of the house, loft conversion and his bedroom door is literally at the top of a flight of stairs and his door frame is slightly smaller than the average door. This safety gate is one of the only ones that can fit into a smaller door frame, it fits frames as small as 61 cms which is perfect for Noah’s room. The other thing that we liked about this gate is that you have to attach it to the door frame by drilling it to the actual frame, other Lindam safety gates have the pegs that you can extend by twisting the bolts etc which are perfect for when you are using the gates around the house, but because we were concerned that Noah will be leaning on the gate at the top of a flight of stairs – we wanted it to be “extra” safe. Grandad installed the gate and he advised it was well written out in the instruction book, so the gate was ready and Noah proof within 30 minutes. 20120412-071047.jpg
To use the gate you have 2 security functions with it too, not only do you close the gate and slot the fixtures together you have a little lock on the top which stops the fixtures from coming apart – so another added security feature. It really has put my mind at ease and I am confident to go to bed at night knowing that if Noah was to get out of bed and walk to the door, he would not be able to get out and fall down the stairs. I would recommend this to anyone that needs that extra security and for all other door frames too!
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The Lindam Clarity Digital Audio Monitor
We have had our fair share of monitors over the 17 months and this is our first Lindam product and it is so much better than all the others we have tried, I cannot explain enough how much of a relief it was to have a monitor that was not going to die in the middle of the night, keep us awake all night with white noise and just do its job, perfectly! This monitor does exactly what it says in the name, it really is clear and it has this great little technique of picking up noise when it is made and then letting you hear it.
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So for example when Noah doesn’t make any noise, or the room is empty, the monitor is completely silent – you wouldn’t know that it was on. This is great for when the whole household are sleeping at night time, as you do not need to hear the monitor going off. Although it is very quiet when there is no noise, as soon as Noah does wake up or stirs in his sleep it comes into action and we can hear him extremely clearly. I have no doubt that I would miss anything happening up in Noah’s room and I am really happy with the battery life of the parent handset. We have it downstairs with us all evening, off charge and it never runs out of battery and I also have it downstairs with me in the afternoons when Noah naps. It really is the best monitor and I will not consider using anything other than Lindam for our monitoring needs from now on. Getting a decent nights sleep at the moment is so important, it has transformed the Constant household.
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The Lindam Safe & Secure Soft Bed Rail
Keeping Noah safe in his toddler bed and making sure he cannot roll out in the middle of the night is another thing that was on my mind when we decided to make the transition from Cot to Bed. I was really worried that he would just roll over and fall flat on his face and hurt himself, admittedly it isn’t a great fall, but nevertheless if it can be prevented then I wanted to prevent it! The bed rail is so easy to set up, even a 8 month pregnant lady can put this together as I tackled it myself. I was quite proud. It fits in Noah’s toddler bed on the shortest setting and extends to fit wider beds too, so there isn’t a limit on what bed you can use this rail on.
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It has 2 fixtures either side of the rail that means you can lower and raise the bed rail, so that when Noah is going to bed and asleep we put the rail in an upright position and when its time to get out of bed we can lower the rail and Noah slides out.
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The bed rail has added an extra value to our bedtime routine, it gives the illusion of the cot and Noah has not tried to escape his bed and doesn’t even attempt to get out of it in the mornings, he waits for us to come up and lower the rail – even though he knows that the rail can come down. Its great!
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Check out all the products on the Lindam website: http://www.lindam.com/ and follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/Lindam_UK.

You can also like Lindam on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LindamUK

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