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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We have joined the rest...

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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I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!

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I wonder what is going...

This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

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This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

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🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

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...

Making our family home – our master bedroom

We have loved doing up our home over the past year. One of the major spaces we have changed is our master bedroom and obviously it is the space that not many people see. It looked completely different from when we moved in; vibrant pink and a 40 plus year old carpet. We have truly given it a makeover and some love.

Before

When we moved in, it looked very pink and very dark. The wardrobes were a dark brown, the walls were almost blindingly pink and the carpet felt like cardboard. It was also disgusting, brown patches and must have been at least 40 years old.

master bedroom
wardrobes

After

We decided to give it a fresh coat of paint on the walls over the first weekend. It made such a difference. It’s amazing how a lick of white paint can make a room feel fresh and clean. We then painted the wardrobe doors with chalk paint, we went for grey as we love greys at the moment. It made the room feel so much brighter and again, cleaner.

grey wardrobe

Next was to replace that disgusting carpet. We chose these light grey, Tegola Elite luxury vinyl tiles from Carpetright. I was told by the allergy clinic to not have carpet in my bedroom as I am allergic to dust, so the luxury vinyl tile was a great idea. It is easy to keep clean, it feels warm on my feet and looks like real wood on the floor. I love it. It is really great in bathrooms and kitchens too, so many fabulous reasons why you should get LVT.

LVT
bedroom

We bought a bed in the Black Friday sale, the ottoman style bed is really useful as you can hide lots of untidy items under the bed. Or the clean bedding and towels. It is really a great way to use the space. With a new bed we had to get a new mattress. We chose this Sleep Soul pocket spring mattress from Happy Beds and it comes with a Pillowtop too. It felt like we were sleeping in the sky when we first got it.

pillow top
sleepsoul

The mattress is rated a medium to firm, but it feels like it moderates to your body weight. The Pillowtop makes it feel super comfortable, it might sound silly but it feels like you are lying on top of pillows – clues in the name I suppose. It comes vacuum packed, so it is easy to carry up to the bedroom and install. This mattress sucked up the air as soon as it was unwrapped and it took a couple of minutes to expand. It was amazing.

headboard

Finishing touches

I love this part. It’s where it all comes together. Shelves. Curtains. Decorations. It makes it all feel cosy and homely. We got the curtains in the Dunelm sale and the curtain tie backs. The bedding is also from Dunelm as it matches the curtains and colours throughout the house.

sidetable

My favourite finishing touch has to be my new chair; the dusty blue velvet fabric chair from housecosy is just absolutely gorgeous. I have always wanted an occasional chair for the bedroom, we do not have a lot of space so I went for a dining style chair. I think it looks absolutely beautiful against the greys and ochre colours in our bedroom.

chair
bedroom

housecosy discount

housecosy are offering my readers a 10% discount on anything, if you use my code:

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This code is only valid for 3 months at time of this post. Happy shopping!

dressing table

I love our bedroom, I think we have done a great job without breaking the bank. A combination of buying new items (in the sales) and a bit of grit and determination, it looks completely different. It is my little haven and it’s nice to go to sleep in a room that makes me feel happy. It must induce a good nights sleep – surely!

AD – I was gifted the flooring from Carpetright, chair from housecosy and the mattress from happy beds in exchange for my review. All opinions and photography are my own.

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3 Comments
  • Keeley Atkinson
    February 6, 2020

    Wow, such a huge difference. I love what you have done with it – especially the wardrobes!
    I also spy the cute chair that is in your latest instagram post with the handbag, so lovely <3

  • Sylvia Paul
    February 19, 2020

    I love this look, it is so simply but stylish. Our bedroom needs a serious makeover x

  • Sarah Mathieson
    March 10, 2020

    Looks amazing! We’re currently decorating and updating furniture in the master bedroom, last room to be done! I’m looking forward to putting all the finishing touches in place and having some proper grown up space 🙂

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