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...

My perfect pre-baby wish list

While pregnant you do not always think of making a wish list. However, this is the best way to avoid a questionable present from your old distant aunt. Here is my (almost) perfect pre-baby wish list. I hope you will find original ideas for your own list, or to offer a pregnancy giftto a friend or sister. 

Gifts for pregnant women

Most of the time, we choose a gift for the unborn child. However, it might be a lovely idea to spoil the future mom instead; this will surprise her in a good way. Good news, there are plenty of gifts for expecting mothers that are adorable. 

Do you know Le Petit Bola for instance ? This new brand, based in the south of France, creates harmony ball necklaces. I love this idea for two main reasons: It is full of history as it comes from Indonesia where the expectant mothers wear it to keep the dark spirits away from their child. And it is a lovely way to get closer to your unborn baby thanks to the little bell hidden inside the pendant. It makes a soft sound that your baby will recognize from your 4thmonth of pregnancy. It rocks him while and after your pregnancy. Have a look to their collections; there are so many models you will surely find yours. This definitely is an original baby shower gift, but you can also offer it for a birthday, Christmas or any other occasion. 

Another lovely idea is the pregnancy shooting. Being pregnant is something you will experience, one, two may be three times but not more. This is an extraordinary period that you will want to remember as long as possible. This is why asking a professional photographer to shoot this is something that expectant women love. Boys, this is the perfect gift for pregnant wife !

The step-by-step cards, or “My first months cards” are also becoming a must have. Instagram is full of adorable pictures of babies’ pictures with it. It exists for the pregnancy, and for the baby’s growth. You take picture of you baby bump, or of you newborn month after month with the relevant card. You will find a lot of different models, with lovely different patterns or design. 

Newborns’ must have

When baby’s here already, it may be better to offer something for him. And to be honest, there are so many adorable outfits, furniture, and stuffs that the choice is hard. 

I definitely love all natural products that will help the mother to take care of her baby: skincare, body milk… the newborn is delicate and needs suitable care. It can be a real budget for the parents; therefore offering them such products will definitely be appreciated. 

Baby will quickly become a little curious human being though. This is the reason why he will fancy all games he will find around. For the parents, it is a pleasure to look at him discovering his hands, how to play… My fav’ are the wood ones. Again, I always recommend the most natural stuff, so wood train, puzzle, or rattle are the best. You can find some in different style, from the vintage ones to the design ones. 

And the best pregnancy gift ideas

Playing is something, sleeping is another one. For anyone who already is a parent, it is obvious that this is not so simple though. Sometimes baby does not want to rest, often he is sick, or his stomach hurts, most of the time you don’t really know what the issue is. To help him falling asleep, the best fellow is the sleeping bag. It is an essential product because it guarantees safety and heating. The sleeping bag is also a trendy product with different patterns, fabrics, colours … you can match it with the bedroom decoration, you can choose one in your favourite fabric, you can sew one too. But never forget to take care of the size (there are different size according to the baby’s age)!

Well, this was my very best ideas for expectant women gifts. But, obviously, there are many other gift ideas. While thinking of it to share with you, I thought of so many things: massage, baby swimming lessons, activity mat, bath towels… Do you have any ideas you’d like to share with me? 

Photos credits : Olly_magazine and Barbara Mourani

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