Well, we couldn’t get to the cinema last night to see the new Trolls World Tour movie. So, we decided to turn our living room into the cinema instead and hired the new Trolls World Tour movie from Sky Store Premiere from @skytv.

It was so much fun. The movie is brilliant. We absolutely love both films and it was perfect as the kiddies go to jump about the living room, whereas usually they would be seated quietly. It was nice watching them loosen up and not feel stressed that they were making noise!

Of all the fun lockdown activities, making our own Premiere movie night was perfect. I don’t really want to talk too much about the movie but let me confirm it is absolutely brilliant and a definite must watch from The Constants.

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#trollsworldtour #skystorepremiere #lockdownfun #activities #indoorfun #homecinema 💞

Well, we couldn’t get to...

I’ve been working in the conservatory over the past few weeks, whilst it’s not been so hot. This has been my #windowview.

I love watching what they get up to: this was their homemade circuit. They each did an activity for 30 seconds, then moved on to the next thing.

They’ve made a bird box today, also flapjack and apple crumble.

They amaze me. I worked for 5 hours and they did some great things! It’s amazing how many activities they are trying and things they are learning during lockdown.

Noah said to us at breakfast today: “I’m going to miss this family time”. It was so raw and made me feel really tearful. I too will miss it. We all agreed that we would miss it and it’s been nice having all our meals together. Talking together. Playing and learning together.

It’s going to feel bizarre when things go back to normal: work and school!

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We all live in a #yellow... pop up tent! A yellow... pop up tent. A yellow... pop up tent. 🎵 Not a submarine in our back garden today.

Daddy pitched this yellow pop up tent in the garden and the kiddies sat in it for ages. It was moved to various shady areas throughout the afternoon, but served its purpose of entertaining the kids for a while.

Now, what you may not be able to tell from this photo is that this tent is not very wide. They had to lay in a foetal position and couldn’t stretch their legs out. For some reason this tickled me. Seeing their feet poking through the sides every now and again!

It’s the small things that make me smile. The @myhousethismonth challenge today is 5 things about me, so here’s 5 things that made me smile today:

1 ~ the yellow pop up tent
2 ~ watching Gary Barlow and his Croony collabs
3 ~ Isla and Daddy’s delicious homemade brownie
4 ~ Noah & Isla watching #GBBO & their comments about the celebrity bakes
5 ~ I got something finished for work this afternoon (made me feel productive)

What about you? What’s your 5 things that made you smile today... #mummyphotoaday #mygardenthismonth #myhousethismonth

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I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.

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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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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 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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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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