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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A great way to spend...

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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#MaternityMemories The things I remember about being pregnant

With all the newbornness around me, I have been daydreaming back to when I was pregnant. I loved my baby bump so much. I miss it, incredibly. It’s such a special time, for those nine months you get to feed, feel, hear and watch grow (from the outside anyway). So when George at Asda asked me what my #MaternityMemories are, I jumped at the chance.

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My #MaternityMemories

When I think back to being pregnant one of the first things I remember is loving my look. I loved what I wore and that the bump made me look different but that I liked what I saw. Maternity clothes are designed specifically for your bump and therefore accentuate it. I loved it. I loved the way it looks in jeans with a casual top, the way it popped through a cardigan and how it made me look when I had a nice dress on. Post-birth, I can say I miss it and I honestly would walk around looking eight months pregnant everyday if I could! Maybe not – but you get my point. You can be pregnant and stylish and you feel great. After all, you are doing the most important job in the world – why not look and feel a million dollars.

I remember listening to Noah’s heartbeat for the first time, my first child and the first heartbeat. It was magical. Not that Isla’s wasn’t, but with Isla’s I was listening for differences as I knew what to expect. It was also magical but not for the same reasons. Never having been through it before, it was breath-taking. I remember closing my eyes and really trying to envision what the little baby was doing inside my belly. One of those moments that will stay with you forever, that little moment of closeness.

With my second pregnancy, I remember trying to explain to Noah what was going on and he would sit and stroke my belly and kiss it. It was precious. Noah was only 17 months old at the time, so he probably didn’t understand what was going on but it was still prescious. Again memories like that will stay with you forever. If you have older children, they will understand what is going on and that will make it special too.

Grab yourself a flexible tape measure, you know the Christmas cracker sort? I was constantly measuring my bump. I ended up doing it daily and kept a pregnancy diary for both pregnancies. I loved comparing my sizes and weights. It was like an accomplishment each month to make sure I had put on more weight both in terms of roundness around my belly and heaviness. I also used to use apps to see how big the baby was at each stage and I would compare this to my sizings too, in the early stages I remember it being compared to the size of a small blueberry which made me chuckle.

One pregnancy myth I remember reading when I was first pregnant was You shouldn’t take hot baths while pregnant, but I didn’t listen as I loved hot baths. Noah and Isla both enjoyed them too and they would come to life in the bath, all the time. I didn’t have the water scoulding hot, that would be silly, but it was hot enough for me to sit and soak myself for an hour in the evening. I loved it – watching them flitter away, like they were swimming. Even now, both my babies love a hot bath! I remember when Noah was born and being told that he should have luke warm baths, he cried his eyes out when I did this and on the second time I went with my instinct, which was to give him a warm to hot bath and he loved it. Funny what they get used to in your tummy isn’t it?

I suppose the main thing for me was that I simply enjoyed being pregnant. I loved it. I was happy being pregnant and I tend not to dwell on the negatives  – which for me were SPD and the usual uncomfortable feelings associated with that. But in all, I loved being pregnant. Sitting there and feeling your baby twist and turn, the butterflies as people describe them, it is amazing.

Do you have any #MaternityMemories that you would like to share?

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