The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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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 very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
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...

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?

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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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Making our family home – Isla’s bedroom makeover

As you know we moved into our new home back in January and it has been a very busy time making our family home. We finally, thankfully, managed to get the children’s bedrooms carpeted over bank holiday weekend and this kicked off a trail of events. Once the carpet was complete, we could build Isla’s new furniture and make her bedroom just right. I absolutely love her bedroom; it would have been a dream bedroom for me growing up. Isla is 7 tomorrow and what a perfect time to finish off her beautiful space. 

When we first moved into this house this bedroom looked completely different. It had a green carpet that was over 30 years old. The walls were a mint green and all the woodwork was a green colour too. The first weekend in our new home was spent stripping the wallpaper in this room and painting everything white. It’s amazing how different the room looks today! 

There are a few main factors I had in mind when thinking about her bedroom furniture; safety, durability and storage solutions. It has always been important to me to design the children’s rooms with furniture that is built to last. For example, their cots turned into toddler beds, so they stayed with us for 5 years before we pursued single bed sizes. 

The main furniture

Making sure that the items we buy are safe, is very important. I didn’t want to get furniture that could fall on her and crush her. Or too heavy for her to manoeuvre. We chose not to get Isla sets of drawers, albeit they served us well for years, we had many accidents where the drawers had fallen onto the kids – it’s a wonder how they didn’t get hurt. We came across the Wooden Furniture Store and they had some amazing nursery furniture on their website. I instantly fell in love with the double wardrobe from the Obaby Stamford range, with it’s soft close doors and curved design. 

Not only is the wardrobe safe, it is built for nurseries so has the baby and toddler testing checked – it is also designed to last. Durability is key. I want this wardrobe to last Isla until she is an older child. Where she has filled it to the brim with fashionable clothes (she is far more fashionable than I am). I asked Isla what she wanted to store on the wardrobe shelves, they are perfect for displaying her ornaments and she agreed she wanted her Disney ornaments and unicorns on display. They look super cute. 

The drawers are great for smaller items that are difficult to hang. The drawers have a safe handle which helps to prevent getting trapped fingers. Isla loves choosing her own clothes and getting ready for the day. She’s not so great at putting them away though. 

Isla has books, toys and stationery everywhere… oh and beauty products. We chose a cute day bed that has drawers and shelves under it – it is perfect for Isla’s books and toys. She has secret notepads and pens right under her pillow. I love watching her writing little notes. The day bed goes with the wardrobe which is important as you want the furniture to work well together! 

Storage for a 7-year-old 

The smaller storage items we have in Isla’s room are the cute toy baskets. They are great for her soft toy collection – she has hundreds. We also have this beautiful storage unit that is perfect for her perfume, lip gloss collection and hair accessories. She loves it! 

Finishing touches

I thought about the bed canopy for a long time. I wasn’t sure if it was too much, but it looks perfect in her room. She said it was her princess bed. I am so glad she loves it all. I absolutely adore this rainbow rug from Great Little Trading Company, we got the grey rope basket from there too.

The Alice Rabbit Head is from ReRoom and I love it. There is definitely something Alice in Wonderland about it – which brings a little magic to the room. The curtains are from Dunelm, along with the lampshade and the Woodland Fairy Lights frame the window nicely – they are so cute from Lights4Fun.

Finally the carpet was a cut off, from our local Carpetright and Daddy fit this with help from his Dad. I was so impressed. The carpet is so soft and completes the room. It is perfect.

Over on Instagram you will find the great bedroom reveal, including a video tour of her bedroom items listed above and swipe up stories so you can shop the look. I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant

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1 Comment
  • Kara
    May 12, 2019

    Another unicorn fan – her bedroom looks fabulous

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