We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

#mummyphotoaday 
#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

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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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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

“We are very excited to...

🌼 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...

Me & Mine: April 2014

This months Me & Mine is coming from our little National Trust adventure at Anglesey Abbey over the Easter holidays, I couldn’t resist using them as they are just so fun and colourful. I love happy, bright and colourful photos of us all. It was lovely to get some up to date shots of everyone too, Isla seems to be changing dramatically every month – I think it’s the hair…

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The photo above makes me giggle as Isla looks totally cute and cheeky at the same time bouncing around with Daddy and Noah was just looking at us as if to say “what are you doing to my Mummy?”. I am glad I didn’t have all three of them sitting on me and bouncing, it was bad enough with Daddy, I mean Isla! We stopped at this point for half an hour and got some great family shots with the road of bright green grass behind us. We thought it would make for a great backdrop – we were right! I love these photos, very much.

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Looking back on April, it has been up and down, full of desperate points and also the total opposite. I think April has pushed The Constants to the boundaries but we have definitely come out of it with the sun shining and very looking forward to May. Little Isla is going to be 2 on the 10th of May which is not very long away at all now. I am so excited for her. She has started to sing Happy Birthday and she gets all shy when she gets to her name part. May also has a Nanny birthday in it, so another lovely birthday to look forward to. Hopefully it will be full of lots of sunny family photos and pretty dresses and cool clothes! Oh and not forgetting my annual rape seed field photo – I still need to do one of these.

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My favourite photo of the bunch, which is now my desktop on my laptop and work computer, just because I love it so much, is the one below. Noah isn’t looking at the camera admittedly, but I just love it. It shows their characters completely at the moment: Isla is playful and crazy, Noah is demonstrating what life will be like with a stroppy teenager in the house. Big cheesey grins from Mummy & Daddy too, which will bring us into a happy May.

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10 Comments
  • Sophie
    April 30, 2014

    Such wonderful photos! Happy Birthday to your little one 🙂

  • Becky Arber
    April 30, 2014

    These are just gorgeous!!! What beautiful pictures of a gorgeous family!

  • Lauren
    April 30, 2014

    These are beautiful. You look like such a close family and like you have so much fun together x

  • Jenny
    May 1, 2014

    I absolutely love these. So cute. You all look like so much fun together. I love the sitting on the shoulders so creative. I might have to try this with mine. I struggle to even get all four of us in the same photo never mind getting creative with the shots. lol fab pictures. #me&mine

  • Karen
    May 2, 2014

    These are duchy fun, happy pictures’ just gorgeous x

  • These are gorgeous photos, the green of the backdrop just adds to them. You all look like you are having so much fun together too 🙂 #meandmine

  • Charlotte
    May 4, 2014

    Fantastic photos! I think the 1st one is my favourite. x

  • Carie
    May 5, 2014

    Oh they’re all such gorgeous photos it’s hard to choose a favourite isn’t it – it looks like a beautiful setting too – and a lovely holiday!

  • These photos are absolutely beautiful! I love them. Going to try get some like this myself now. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • SAHMlovingit
    May 23, 2014

    These are absolutely stunning photos – I love them all. This is my favourite me and mine this month

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