I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s a shame. But necessary.

Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.


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Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!


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I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?


I was so tired yesterday...

Its been lovely to get out and #walk after our homeschooling and working from home plans. I can imagine it would be quite a challenge if we couldn’t get out into the great outdoors.

It was especially nice to get out and make the most of the sunset. The sun has been glorious this week. It’s almost like Mother Nature knew we needed something positive and glorious to keep up our spirits.

Today has been quite stressful, I had to conduct 2 interviews and I was quite paranoid the kiddies would walk in half way through. Thankfully they didn’t! They have no idea what an interview is... 😂 Back to our normal homeschooling routine tomorrow. Phew!

How has everyone else got on today?


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We had PE in the garden this morning, following @thebodycoach #PEWithJoe. It was beautifully sunny and the perfect weather to get outside.

Albeit our garden isn’t finished (Daddy has 1 more day of laying the slabs) and he’s building a flower bed against the fence so it looks prettier... our outside space made me #smile.

It’s amazing how it’s all coming together and how absolutely essential this space will be over the Spring and Summer!

My first day of homeschooling will the kiddies and I’ve had a blast. Haha. I’ve marked their work, said “well done” 9,999 times and managed to get 2 washing loads done!

I am sure this positivity will diminish over the next few weeks, but I’m going to try my best to not let it.

My tips: 📖 Mix up the tasks frequently 🐈 Include the pets 🏡 Get out in the garden as much as possible 💭 Have some quiet time, alone, if you can

Hubby & I are co-homeschooling and working from home. I do homeschooling until lunch then work, and vice versa. It’s going to be tough, as I know already we’ve squealed and been loud whilst Daddy’s been on the phone. But, THIS IS LIFE now and there’s absolutely no point getting worked up about it. 👊🏻 We can do this!


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I wanted to reshare my idea of creating a little story corner in Isla’s room, just a different angle. Over the next few weeks, whilst home schooling, we are definitely going to need to find our own space.

Living on top of each other, under one roof, can be quite consuming if you do not break the day up. So we’re encouraging the kiddies to have time apart. This little corner is perfect for Isla to sit and read her Spring reading book, or play TT Rockstars for an hour.

Noah can also snuggle here too, if he wants as the space is perfect for both of them. For when they miss each other again!

I made this corner by simply putting the @vertbaudetuk floor cushion on top of an ottoman. It’s made the perfect space, raised off the floor.

Check out my blog post for more information on the products I used to create this #cosy space... blog link is in my bio!


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Happy Mother’s Day 🌸 It’s been a very surreal one. We normally cook a big Sunday roast (I obviously mean Hubby cooks this) and we have Hubby’s family over. We also visit my family and have cups of tea, hugs and chats.

None of this today. We had a chilled one this morning, I got a new dressing gown and nightie from the kiddies. The dressing gown is going to come in handy! 🤣 We sat in the garden with the beautiful Spring sunshine. It felt lovely warming up my cheeks.

This afternoon we went for a dog walk in the woods. There was a lot of people out but we made sure we distanced ourselves from walkers by. We kept together as a family unit (household unit) and gave the doggies their fresh air.

It felt sad not giving family hugs and kisses. I feel like we’re punishing people. But I know we’re not. The kiddies feel the same. Something so natural to hug their grandparents and they can’t. They are finding it hilarious to elbow goodbye instead!

Sending big, virtual, hugs to everyone whose feeling in need of one right now.


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Making a happier you #LoveYourLife

I recently discovered the new #LoveYourLife campaign from Pen Heaven, it’s such a great idea because it’s all about encouraging people to journal. Did you know journalling can make for better mental health? All of this technology around us, but sitting with a pen and paper can really help you to unwind and offload.

Getting started

Firstly, you need to choose a journal and a reliable pen for doodling. I chose the large refillable grained journal, I like this as once I fill the pages up I can reuse the outer cover. The pen I chose is a cross wanderlust ballpoint pen, it’s super pretty.

Doodle journal

The art of journalling

Journalling can be whatever you want it to be, it’s quite simple. It’s the process of writing down your feelings and emotions. You do not have to put pressure on yourself to treat it like a diary – but write when you have time and you feel the need to. You might have a page for a good recipe that makes you happy, or some cleaning tips you saw online – you can then explore these and add your own. It might be that you want to just doodle for an hour, see where you end up.


Try a bullet journal

I love this concept. In it’s basic form, a bullet journal has the following sections: to do list, monthly calendar, notes, long term wants and plenty of room for doodles. It encourages you to think about how your goals make you feel. There are books about this, but the best resource I have found is Instagram. So many beautiful ideas floating around that can give you inspiration.

Make sure your bullet journal has the following sections:

  • Index
  • Future Log
  • Monthly Log
  • Daily Log
  • Tasks
  • Events
  • Notes
  • Priority (as in what tasks are your priority for the month)
  • Inspiration

Pen Heaven are donating 10% of all sales of their Green Palmi Grained Leather Journal (£22) to a worthy charity, the Mental Health Foundation. So, if you are going to grab yourself a new journal for 2020 this one is a great idea. Are you taking part in the #LoveYourLife campaign for 2020? I would love to know if you are keeping a bullet journal in the comments below.


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  • Maggie Ali
    December 31, 2019

    This is such a great idea. Happy New Year!

  • Margaret Gallagher
    December 31, 2019

    Ho ho ho – happy days – happy new year

  • Amelia Avossa
    January 4, 2020

    Sounds fantastic!
    Been so busy during holiday season to look properly
    I want a journal sooo badly!
    I did hint all year pmsl but i think Santa… Cough (fiance) wasn’t listening haha
    so i want one! so i’m gonna go look! this has inspired me!
    I love the idea! i want one with some funky bits to fill in!
    i heard about a happiness journal and since young i used to keep Diaries and stopped after my 2nd child! so this really has pushed me to go search! i will look at this one first! i love the idea of money for charity too!
    Happy blessings to you hun x

  • Tracy Nixon
    January 5, 2020

    Great tips!

  • msedollyp
    January 5, 2020

    lovely idea, wish i had some doodly talent!

  • bwsongs
    January 6, 2020

    thanks for sharing this, your article is very tgood. keep up the god work

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