Well, we couldn’t get to the cinema last night to see the new Trolls World Tour movie. So, we decided to turn our living room into the cinema instead and hired the new Trolls World Tour movie from Sky Store Premiere from @skytv.

It was so much fun. The movie is brilliant. We absolutely love both films and it was perfect as the kiddies go to jump about the living room, whereas usually they would be seated quietly. It was nice watching them loosen up and not feel stressed that they were making noise!

Of all the fun lockdown activities, making our own Premiere movie night was perfect. I don’t really want to talk too much about the movie but let me confirm it is absolutely brilliant and a definite must watch from The Constants.

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#trollsworldtour #skystorepremiere #lockdownfun #activities #indoorfun #homecinema 💞

Well, we couldn’t get to...

I’ve been working in the conservatory over the past few weeks, whilst it’s not been so hot. This has been my #windowview.

I love watching what they get up to: this was their homemade circuit. They each did an activity for 30 seconds, then moved on to the next thing.

They’ve made a bird box today, also flapjack and apple crumble.

They amaze me. I worked for 5 hours and they did some great things! It’s amazing how many activities they are trying and things they are learning during lockdown.

Noah said to us at breakfast today: “I’m going to miss this family time”. It was so raw and made me feel really tearful. I too will miss it. We all agreed that we would miss it and it’s been nice having all our meals together. Talking together. Playing and learning together.

It’s going to feel bizarre when things go back to normal: work and school!

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We all live in a #yellow... pop up tent! A yellow... pop up tent. A yellow... pop up tent. 🎵 Not a submarine in our back garden today.

Daddy pitched this yellow pop up tent in the garden and the kiddies sat in it for ages. It was moved to various shady areas throughout the afternoon, but served its purpose of entertaining the kids for a while.

Now, what you may not be able to tell from this photo is that this tent is not very wide. They had to lay in a foetal position and couldn’t stretch their legs out. For some reason this tickled me. Seeing their feet poking through the sides every now and again!

It’s the small things that make me smile. The @myhousethismonth challenge today is 5 things about me, so here’s 5 things that made me smile today:

1 ~ the yellow pop up tent
2 ~ watching Gary Barlow and his Croony collabs
3 ~ Isla and Daddy’s delicious homemade brownie
4 ~ Noah & Isla watching #GBBO & their comments about the celebrity bakes
5 ~ I got something finished for work this afternoon (made me feel productive)

What about you? What’s your 5 things that made you smile today... #mummyphotoaday #mygardenthismonth #myhousethismonth

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I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.

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Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

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#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

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We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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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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How to look great in a bikini: simple makeup and hairdo tips

In the previous post, we talked about how to supercharge your fitness motivation and reclaim your pre-pregnancy body. Just because you just had a child, doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time at the beach and wear your favorite bikini too. We’re nearing the end of summer as we speak, but there is still time to have a bit of fun outside. These next few makeup, skin and hair tips will help you look awesome in a bikini.

Light Makeup Is Your Friend

Summer and early fall are usually rather hot and humid, so you should always avoid wearing heavy makeup whenever you want to spend most of your day outside. You definitely want a light makeup if you’re going to the beach, especially with the sun out most of the time.

You can start with a tinted moisturizer. Again, be gentle when applying the moisturizer. You want just a thin layer to begin with. There are certain brands that also offer waterproof moisturizers and foundations. These products can really help your skin shine for the occasion.

Finish the look with a quick sweep of your blush around the cheek and you’re all set. Yes, that’s it. A natural-looking, light makeup like this will help you look gorgeous without having to worry too much about sweating and your makeup running.

The Right Bikini

Another thing you need is the right bikini to wear. There are quite a lot of options to choose from and picking one now will allow you to catch the best deals too. There are different models to choose from, some safer options than others.

Browse through catalogues of tankini bathing suits, for instance, and you should be able to find one that suits you perfectly. There are three things to keep in mind when shopping for bikinis:

  • Make sure you go with cuts and design lines that flatter all the right features. If you have a full bust, for instance, avoid bikinis that have a lot of accents or ruffles around that area.
  • Colors matter. The colors of summer are usually bright and vibrant, but that doesn’t mean you should go with vibrant colors if they don’t match the tone of your skin. Don’t hesitate to go with calmer or more natural colors.
  • Pick a bathing suit in the right size. You want the suit to fit you perfectly; not too small and not too big. Don’t even worry about the shape of your body. You have the confidence to pull it off.

Add Some Shimmer

Nothing looks better than glowing, moist skin under the sun, especially when you’re spending time at the beach or near water. There are a lot of great products that combine a luminizer with sunscreen, body butter or moisturizing cream, so getting that shimmering look we all love so much doesn’t mean applying multiple layers of products.

For instance, you can apply the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Illuminating body butter on your legs and around your shoulders. Don’t overdo it; remember, light makeup and subtle looks are what you want here. Add just the right amount of shimmer and you’ll look even better for the occasion.

Experiment with Colors

Another thing worth considering is experimenting with colors. Instead of your usual pink blush, for instance, you can go with a bolder coral shade. You can also combine blue and turquoise around the eyes. Judging by the latest makeup and beauty products on the market, these colors are big hits.

For your lips, however, sticking with natural and subtle colors is the way to go. One of my favorite shades is the Lancôme Baume in Love in Coral Electric. It is a lip balm that also acts as a moisturizing agent for your lips. You can keep a fresh look with this lip balm too, thanks to its amazing staying power.

Add Some Waves

You shouldn’t do anything too heavy with the hair, but adding some waves or light curls can really complete the look. Paired with the tankini we talked about earlier, a natural hairstyle will work wonders. You’ll be amazed by how much attention you will get with a simple hairdo.

Don’t forget to keep your hair shiny and moist too. There are a few products that can help you with this, including the Beach Hair Wave spray from Victoria’s Secret. The spray can help add those extra waves you want while keeping your hair protected from extreme heat.

Follow these simple tips and you will look amazing in your favorite bikini. These tips are easy to follow and will transform the way you look on your next day out on the beach.

Bikini on the beach image by ShutterStock.

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