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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#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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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

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🌼 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...

My #GetFit plans so far and what's ahead

So how does a mum of two young children, full time worker and blogger manage to get fit? Not forgetting the gardening, housework and finding time to actually spend with the children. I didn’t until this year. It wasn’t a tough choice, I was fed up of feeling lethargic and looking at my bulging pouch in my high rise skinnies. 

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It all started in January, well tell a lie it started late last year when hubby said he wanted a gym membership and we started it in January of this year. We got a joint membership at our local gym and I started off doing the gym and have ended up using the classes regularly. I go twice a week at the moment: Zumba and The Big 3 (which is like a legs bums and tums class). I enjoy them. My favourite thing is Zumba. I would do this daily if I could. I have often wondered why there aren’t more classes on YouTube. I’ve been using an app called LifeSum to monitor my food intake and some days I’ve been going way over my calorie allowance, but it’s the sugars I need to steer away from. Eating the right foods is something I definitely need to focus on. 

Four weeks ago my husband started a new health regime to get fit with The Body Coach. He is just going into phase two now after four weeks of loosing weight, it’s totally inspiring. He has completely slimmed up, he showed me shorts that were too tight on him last year that literally full down without a belt. He’s been amazing and followed his regime very closely. He has a new diet of food to eat everyday, which depends on whether he does exercise or not and he has an exercise program that he has to do 4/5 times a week which consists of a 25 minute HIT session. I’m really proud of him for what he’s doing. He looks fantastic and I’m excited to see the next phase: toning up! 

  

I have felt really inspired to do this new regime too, hubby is going to help me understand what he eats and when and what exercises I need to do and I’m going to give it a go. I hope I have as much determination as he does, but my tummy is enough motivation at the moment! 

After four months of gym classes and not drinking as much tea or eating too many cakes, I’m going to really kick this getting fit into gear. 

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9 Comments
  • Would love to hear all your updates! Please link up next Tuesday my #FitnessTuesday linky. Good luck and how lucky to be getting tips from your own hubby! @Fitness4Mamas

    • MummyConstant
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you Mirka. I will come back and update each Tuesday. Thank you for #FitnessTuesday. 🙂

  • Christine - Yogaberry
    May 5, 2015

    well done both of you for starting your fitness regime! I’ve been trying to get my hubby to do something but I do believe that it’s only a person’s own motivation that can really make a change. Nobody can do it for you! #fitnesstuesdays

    • MummyConstant
      May 5, 2015

      My husband is doing me proud, strong and sticking to it. He looks fabulous too! 🙂 I am doing it for me, but I can’t lie seeing his stunning body is motivation enough x

  • Mummy Fever
    May 5, 2015

    Well done – it can be tough fitting it in but it’s worth it isn’t it #FitnessTuesday

    • MummyConstant
      May 5, 2015

      Thank you 🙂 I am struggling to see how I will fit it all in, you’re right – but I have to persevere I hate my tummy!

  • HonestMum
    May 5, 2015

    You look amazing anyway girl but this is really inspiring, I really want to tone up more for summer. #fitnesstuesday

  • Sherry
    May 5, 2015

    I’ve found this blog post through the #FitnessTuesday link and I’ll be looking forward to reading your updates. I work full time too and have just embarked on a weight loss and fitness mission so any advice you have would be great. This post is fab and very inspiring x

  • Blogger Mummy Lauren
    May 5, 2015

    I look forward to seeing how you get on with your new health plan, I hope it works well for you! My main problem is my sweet tooth too, I have zero will power when it comes to sugar!
    #FitnessTuesday

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