This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

Mummy Fitness: Finding the right activity for you

Fitness isn’t something I am really passionate about, it’s more that I know I have to keep fit and I want to feel more self confident. In order to do that I want to feel comfortable in my skin and I currently do not. I wouldn’t wear a Bikini anymore. I wouldn’t wear cropped tops. I struggle to feel nice in outfits unless they hide my tummy area. So, with a bid to try and do something about the parts I am not happy about I have picked up on my fitness. Finding the right activity for me has been a long journey though!

What is the right activity for you?

Finding something that suits you is quite a tough thing in itself. I found that running long distances or in a racing capacity didn’t make me happy at all. I dreaded running when I was trying to run for longer and longer. Why do something that makes you unhappy? So I stopped. But I stopped running altogether. Since having the kiddies my weight has fluctuated a lot and I am now the largest dress size I have ever been, due to my tummy area. So, I know I needed to do something.

Exercise

I thought long and hard about it; what do I love? I love convenience. I love fun. I love small goals. I really enjoy HIIT exercises as it breaks the 20 minute exercise into 40 seconds and 20 second slots. Which for me, feels quicker and allows me to countdown the exercise so I feel like I am accomplishing the smaller goals as I go.

I love the trampoline and when I discovered my local trampoline park do exercise classes I signed up quickly. It is a 45 minute exercise class and it goes by really quickly as it’s fun. I feel like a kid again bouncing along doing the exercises!

I have started doing my HIIT runs at lunchtime too, for me it is a great way of trying to get some exercise and giving me something to think about when I run. Otherwise I get bored and want to stop. So, I give myself a half an hour time frame and I monitor my heart rate so I push my heart rate to a high rate, then let it drop. It is a great way of incorporating the HIIT rules into a run, which I can do in my lunch breaks. It’s something I am actually enjoying, so that is a great win for me.

Trainers

Finding the right fitness fashion

Not only is it important to find the right activity, but it is important to find the right fashion to suit the fitness too. You need the right leggings for example: I have flexible ones for trampolining as they do not fall down – I can jump to my hearts content without a worry. I have leggings with pockets for when I go running, so I can run with my phone and I know it’s safe. I use it for taking photos along the runs or monitoring my path (if I am running somewhere new).

Finding the right trainers can be tricky. I wanted something that looked fashionable and had that comfort support for my feet whilst I was doing the high intensity training. FitFlop are my go to for comfortable footwear and I love the fact they do trainers. These Freya suede trainers have a chunky heel so they give me a little bit of height but that is really comfortable to run in too.

Freya

They are made using a Microwobbleboard (what a great word), which means it looks after the 3 main parts of your foot: toes, arch and heel. The sole is a medium firmness at the toes as this allows you to push off better, in the middle it is softer to maximise comfort and at the heel it is firm to reduce the impact. It is so clever.

FitFlop offers this Spring

FitFlop have some amazing offer codes for my readers and I thought I would share them all with you below:

20% off your first order – use the code NEWADDICT at the shopping cart on your first order.

10% off the Outlet items – use the code WINTER10 at the shopping cart on any outlet items. Valid until the end of February.

Spend £150 and save £30 (not including the sales) – use the code SAVE30 at the shopping card if you spend over £150, not including the sale items. Valid until the end of April.

What are your fitness fashion finds? I would love to know what works for you and if you have any top exercise tips for us parents! Please comment below or find me on social media: @mummyconstant.

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2 Comments
  • Sam Cornford
    February 9, 2020

    I haven’t run for a while and the very thought of running….. well blurggghhhh
    But when I did the couch to 5k last year, as I progressed and was able to run for longer periods of time I started enjoying it more and more. I really should start again, as I know I’ll love it. It’s just the motivation to get through those 1st couple weeks

  • Hayley F
    February 19, 2020

    Ooh i love these. I’m in a wheelchair but still want trainers to support my feet and have struggled to find some.

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