Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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Today, we had another day...

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.

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We made the most of...

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.

A very happy birthday to...

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

“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...

Mother’s Day with Craft Gin Club

As you know, I am a huge Gin fan and when I found out about Craft Gin Club I couldn’t resist. It is a monthly subscription that is a perfect gift idea for Mum this Mother’s Day. If you are a Gin fan and want to try different flavoured gins each month this is a fantastic way to try them as each month it is different and a surprise.

What is Craft Gin Club?

Craft Gin Club is the UK’s number one gin subscription service with over 67,000 subscribers nationwide. It is an amazing idea. Every month you get a full sized bottle of Gin and all the trimmings to enjoy the Gin as best as possible. Sometimes the Gin is rare and exclusive editions, as in they are not available anywhere else. The contents of each, monthly, box is a surprise up until delivery! What a fab idea each month.

What is in the March 2020 box?

The full size bottle of Gin this month is Ludlow Elderflower, Chamomile & Lemon Verbena Gin. My favourite flavour Gin is Elderflower so I am so excited to give this a try. It is a very Springtime flavour too, perfect for March. The tonics are from Buzbee’s, included are 2 premium tonic waters and one grapefruit and pink peppercorns (which sounds delicious). The snacks are Brown Bag Crisps in Rosemary and Sea Salt, Lily O’Briens desserts collection and a Daelmans Caramel Stroopwafels. These all sound delicious. There is also a Spiced Tomato Mix by Turner Hardy & Co and a Flawsome! pressed wonky fruit & sparkling water drink.

Gin

Cocktail of the month

The cocktail of the month is a Spring Sling. Which I have never tried before. The recipe for this is in Ginned! But it is made up from the Ludlow Elderflower, Chamomile & Lemon Verbena Gin, the Spring Sling cocktail syrup, lemon juice, Flawsome! pressed wonky fruit & sparkling water. A spring of rosemary to garnish. We are looking forward to creating this and giving it a try. I will made sure I add it to my Insta Stories to show you how it turned out.

Ginned!

I love the monthly Craft Gin Club magazine. It comes in the box and gives details about the products inside and recipes for how to use the items you receive. There is a Gin Quiz section and even a crossword. Such a fabulous idea. I love learning about things and I cannot wait to read this magazine. You can subscribe to the Ginned! magazine alone, without the products, for just £4.99 a month.

Ginned!

How much does the subscription cost?

The subscription service is usually £40 a box, you can buy this monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. The website also allows you to get 30% off your first order by using the “welcome30” code. Even one box is a great gift idea. Each box has more than £40’s worth of product included, for example, in March’s box you get over £60’s worth of product for the price. They also have some great Mother’s Day gift ideas.

A special discount code…

….just for my readers. Use the special discount code below to get a whopping £60 off your gift membership:

INSTAMUM

Please note the code gives you £60 off a 12 box gift membership, £30 off a 6 box gift membership, and £20 off a 4 box gift membership. Sign up on the website: www.craftginclub.co.uk.

What do you think of the Craft Gin Club subscription? Is this something you would want for yourself or buy for a lovely gift for your Mum? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant.

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6 Comments
  • James 3
    March 16, 2020

    My mum’s just caught on with the gin craze, so might have to treat her!

  • Lorraine
    March 16, 2020

    This sounds like just what we need to keep our sanity during the coronavirus crisis!

  • Karen Radford
    March 16, 2020

    A great gift for a gin-lover!

  • Christine Taylor
    March 17, 2020

    I’d be happy if I got some Gin for Mothers Day this year x

  • Carolyn E
    March 18, 2020

    My mum would like a gin subscription, but then again, my sister in law would totally love one ! Me too actually !

  • Emma Davison
    March 18, 2020

    I haven’t tried a subscription like this. They do sound quite good.

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