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🌾 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.

#mummyphotoaday

🌾 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!

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday

What a great #friyay it’s...

🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

#ad #SkyNature #NatureAtHome

🐝 We have really loved...

Mums need to understand the perks of playtime with toys!

I love playing with the children and their toys, we draw together, play LEGO together, dolls and cars. It’s rather therapeutic for me as their Mum as well as for the kiddies themselves. Motherhood is a lovely experience; but, at the same time, there are certain things that new mothers tend to forget! If you have more than one child, then you already know the importance of playtime! But, new Mums need to understand the perks of engaging in playtime.

One of the best ways to do that, is, by using toys (appropriate for your child’s age). There are numerous stores, like Disney Store, that have a wide variety of toys for your child, and you can apply top Groupon offers to get everything at a bargain. All you need to do is find the right toys and engage them in playtime. You need to give your child the time they require to build a strong bond and character!

Why Are Toys & Playtime Necessary for Children of All Ages?

As your new born arrives, the first step of building a strong bond with you is mother’s milk. It is one of the most important times in a baby’s growth, where they have skin to skin contact with his/her mother! Post this period comes a time, when the child needs to build a character that helps them gain independence at a steady pace.

Here is where playtime can be crucial for a child’s wellbeing, and, building many positive qualities and characteristics! As a mom, your only concern must not be maintaining the strong bond; you would also want the best for your child in terms of overall growth and development. Playtime with toys can help with that significantly.

  1.       Improving Mood:

You must have seen moody kids, and thought to yourself, my child will never be like this! But, the fact remains, that, it can happen to anyone. Playing with toys has been shown to help in a child’s mental development, whether a boy or a girl! Whatever they play with, action figures or pretend play material, your child will always be engaged. Even if you have guests over at your house, the kids can remain engaged with their toys.

Remember that dragging kids between grownups can never be a pleasant experience for the kids. A few pleasantries, and they should be left with other children to have fun and play with their toys. This will play a crucial role in their psychological development as well!

  1.       Development of Social Skills:

As your children learn to play, and you instil the importance of sharing in them, they are developing social skills as well. When you have a get together, and other children come over, the toys can be a gateway to making new friends. This will help them later in life, when they enter school! School life can be stressful if they do not have friends. Toys can help build socialization skills, which is crucial for making friends!

  1.       Enhanced Power to Stay Attentive:

Toys that light up, have the power to hold your child’s attention. If they do not pay attention to what they are doing, the lights will literally go out! This might happen once, but they will pay attention, and will not let it happen the next time. As they develop this sense to stay attentive, it will turn into a habit. As they grow up, whenever they engage in an activity they like, your child/children will always stay engrossed and attentive!

From being attentive to gaining socialization skills, your child will always benefit in numerous ways from toys! All you need is the right set of toys. Make sure that you get your child’s toys from reputed stores. They will not only offer a wide collection of toys, but will also make sure that your child gets the best toys of superior quality that are safe!

For all the mom-to-be and moms out there, it is necessary that you think about your child’s development. An iPad with their favourite cartoon will not work! Many even opine that too much screen time can even be detrimental! Find interactive toys that garner your child’s interest. Start the journey today, to build a better tomorrow for your child!

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