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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We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

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I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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Making our family home – Our new bathroom

Well, this is the most exciting project I have ever worked on – it started on day 4 of moving into our house! We finished the kiddies bedrooms last week and I did a reveal of Isla’s bedroom makeover in time for her birthday. This week it’s our bathroom. It is not 100% finished but enough to WOW at it!

When we first moved into this house the bathroom was two rooms. We had a toilet room and a shower room, with a huge vanity cabinet in it. You can see our week 1 progression to see just how different it looked up here when we moved in.

When we started this project, it was very much a feel as we go – I had no drawings, no major plans drawn up. It was literally stage by stage to get to what I wanted which was a roll top bath and my wonderful grey floor tiles. It didn’t matter what bath, toilet or sink we bought – my objective was to have the roll top and the grey feature floor tiles.

Stage 1 – Knock the wall down

The first thing we had to do was to make the 2 rooms into one room. This was a case of taking a wall out, which left quite a mess in-between the toilet room and shower room. We had it like this for some time as we had to wait for the plasterer. It was very exciting though.

Stage 2 – plastering the walls

In order to get the bathroom plastered, so you wouldn’t know that it used to be 2 rooms, we had to do a lot of work: removed all of the wall tiles, take the toilet, sink and vanity unit out of the room and get rid of the old pink carpet (it was the same one we have in our master bedroom).

Stage 3 – wall and floor tiles

I loved this stage as the plaster had dried, which was a lot lighter. When it was first done the room looked so dark and felt claustrophobic, but it soon lightened and felt happy again. We chose our beautiful floor tiles from Tons of Tiles, the Dorset feature grey, they are commented on by everybody and I absolutely love them. I love how Tons of Tiles have used my photo on their website too – feeling very honoured!

The Swave wall tiles are from Topps Tiles, I wanted something plain and I really liked the letterbox style tile design. These tiles are textured and in the right light have a beautiful glittery shimmer – they are really pretty. I think they compliment the bathroom really well. It’s funny as they look grey in amongst everything else but they are white. We used these tiles to create a boxing around the pipework too – so it looks nice and neat around the bath.

Stage 4 – our bathroom suite

We made our bathroom suite up from different places. I was advised to get a shorter bath than normal as we couldn’t be sure the larger one would fit. So I found a 1500mm roll top bath on bathrooms.com, it was a brilliant price and it’s acrylic which means it’s light. There was no worries that the bath would be too heavy for our floorboards.

We then took a trip to B&Q, where we found a toilet and sink that worked with our mix of contemporary and traditional styled bathroom. I love that it’s a mixture. I also found the bath taps and sink taps from here, matching too!

We left the shower as it was- it was brand new when we got the house back in January and it was the best on the market. It’s a huge shower and takes up pretty much a quarter of the bathroom, but it works for us. It’s very powerful too.

Stage 5 – the finishing touches

This was a fun part as it was putting everything together and it looked fantastic. We had the under basin cabinet from VonHaus which gave us storage and it looked great against the floor tiles too. I absolutely adore our mirrored bathroom cabinet from Illuminated Mirrors, it has battery operated lights so I didn’t have to get an electrician to install it. It fits perfectly in the corner of our bathroom and is a great place for my make up and morning routine items. The light that comes into the bathroom is fab, so I like to make the most of it.

I love the bathroom. It’s my favourite room in the house. It has such a beautiful light in the daytime and the wall tiles make really reflect the candle light – and that floor! WOW. I love sitting in the bath with my bath caddy, its from Dunelm and probably the thing I get asked about most. We got our bathroom accessories from ADDIS housewares, the matching toilet brush and bin look great in the bathroom.

The next steps for our bathroom

So next things are: we need to finish painting the woodwork around the door frame. I painted the skirting boards and windowsill grey – not sure what colour to do the door frame. We need some bathroom blinds or something to finish off the window frames and we need some light fixtures – I am not sure what though. Then it will be finished up there!

Our budget for the bathroom wasn’t big. We had to improvise and I think we have been really lucky to have a super family who wanted to help us too. What would you do next with this bathroom, I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant.

You can see our bedroom tour from the IGTV video I created, it gives the pictures a bit of perspective!

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1 Comment
  • Diane Wood
    January 6, 2020

    Wow, what an improvement! I love that mirror, how have you found it, now you’ve had it a while, with it being battery operated?

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