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?

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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?

#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...

Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

#mummyphotoaday

Our half term routine (it...

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

The must have board games for this Christmas season

Over the course of the past few months we have been testing out some board games for dinner party nights and family nights too. This post is a collection of some of the fun board games that we have for dinner party nights. Perfect for those Christmas evenings when you have friends round or when the children have gone to bed on Christmas Day. 

Concept

This is one of those games that is best played before everyone has had their second glass of wine. There is quite a lot of things to consider when you first play this board game. There are a lot of icons that you must learn to be able to put the concepts together. There are multiple ideas you can make up too, so a lot of layers to the game. It’s incredible when you get going though.

I would describe the game to be similar to charades, where you have to act out something that you’ve picked from a card, although with Concept you use the icons to try and describe what it is you’ve picked from the card. I hope that makes sense.  

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You have a big green question mark that you place for the main concept, so if the main point of the item from the card is that it’s a food, then the main concept is the food. A sub concept maybe where it comes from, or a colour etc. The demonstration object that comes with the instructions is Tomato Ketchup. The concept from the icons being its a liquid, food and red. So you have to work out what that could be. 

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We worked in teams, which was great fun as we helped each other through the ideas and you end up feeding off someone else’s guess. The lightbulbs come in two styles, single and doubles. You win a double for guessing something correctly and single if you laid out concept using the icons on the board. The game ends when all the double bulbs are used up. Whoever has the most bulbs wins the game. 

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Timeline 

We played the history edition, they come in a lot of different topics (I noticed a Star Wars one on the Esdevium Games website) so there is a topic for everyone. I must admit before we all played this game, we literally thought it would be a no brainer for one of our friends who loves history and that the rest of us would be out within minutes. But the game isn’t designed like that. It’s very clever – even if you do not know exact dates, you can make guesses and still have a really good chance. 

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You start off with a card in the middle (date facing up) and everyone gets a hand of cards which they lay out in front of them, with the date facing down (so you can’t see it). Taking it in turns, youngest starting off, you all put a card in the line where you think that particular event happened. When it is your turn you pick the card you want to place and flip it over and place it in the line. If its wrong it goes to the side and you must pick another card from the pack (which sits in the middle). Does that make sense? 

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It is a very simple game, although you feel like it might be really tricky before you play it. It was nice to learn some new historic events too. I learnt about the great fire of London, wars and even when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The game lasted about 30 minutes for our first round, we played it again and that went a lot quicker. We then played it a third time and changed the way we played it. For example we didn’t get a choice of which card we put down on the timeline – it was the card at the top of our hand that was played. It was great fun and everyone enjoyed it. 

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You can buy both of these games on Amazon, Timeline is £15.25 and Concept is £24.99. You can order with next day delivery, if you are hosting a dinner party soon! 

I would love to know what you think of these games if you have tried them. They are great for family and friends, they spur on a lot of conversation and laughter. What better way to spend an evening? 

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