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

“We are very excited to...

🌼 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...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

My top tips and wrapping hacks for Christmas presents

I love wrapping Christmas presents, albeit it takes me ages as I like to be creative and put a little effort into it. I thought I would combine my top tips and wrapping hacks for Christmas this year. I hope that one of these ideas can inspire you to put a little extra something into your Christmas gift wrapping.

Stock up on crafts

Wrapping hacks crafts

I always buy a bundle of Christmas crafts from Baker Ross each year, I use them for multiple things but also for use with my gift tags. I make my own using basic plain luggage tags. I use my shaped hole punches, stickers and stamp kits to personalise them. This year I got pipe cleaners and they can be twisted into a neat little bow on the tags which I thought was a fabulous idea.

Wrapping Hacks luggage tags

Creating a bow with a pipe cleaner

Simply insert the pipe cleaner through the label half way, twist two loops in the pipe cleaner near the hole and then wrap one of the ends around the two loops. Twist. Separate the loops, which now look like bows and voila. Pipe cleaners are not recyclable (I do not think) but you can reuse them as they just bend into a different shape (unlike a gift wrap bow).

Bow with pipe cleaner

Colour code your gifts

This might sound crazy, but I colour code the gifts. This is mainly so I know, roughly, at a glance whose is what when you are dishing them out. For example, I wrap the Aunty and Uncles in one style, Cousins in another and kiddies in another. It works well when there are large groups of you giving gifts to each other.

Colour code wrapping

Stack up your gifts

This year I wanted to reduce the wrap as much as I could, but still make them look nice. So I decided to scrap gift bags and just stack the gifts together in bundles. This works well as you can tie peoples gifts together, it also makes it easier to dish out the gifts on Christmas Day. I use string to tie the gifts together – this means I am using one lot of string per person (instead of each individual gift) and I am using one tag per person too.

Stack up gifts

Wrapping hack

I love this wrapping hack; have you ever got to the last bit of your wrapping paper and struggled with wrapping that last gift? Well, if you simply turn your gift so that it sits diagonally onto the wrapping paper – hey presto, you are able to still wrap it up. This means you can save on paper wastage. I love finding out clever hacks for gift wrapping, there are some fabulous YouTube videos out there too!

wrapping hack

Recyclable paper

So, there is a rule that I have learnt with wrapping paper – if you scrunch the paper into a ball and it stays in a ball shape, then it is recyclable. Always read the labels too as they should indicate if the wrapping paper can be recycled. A general rule of thumb is that wrapping paper with glitter on it, metallic or a texture to it then it definitely is NOT recyclable.

wrapping paper

Set up a sticky tape station

I absolutely hate it when you get the perfect fold on the paper and realise you haven’t got any sticky tape cut to stick it down. You end up letting go of the paper and it all unfolds! Feel my pain? Well, I find a hard surface near me and cut small bits of tape so I can quickly grab it without losing the fold!

Sticky Tape

Do you have any tips or hacks for wrapping gifts this Christmas? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media.

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22 Comments
  • melanie stirling
    December 14, 2019

    I have just started to wrap my presents and I am absolutely useless at it. I wish my wrapping looked like yours!

    • MummyConstant
      December 14, 2019

      Ahh thank you and I’m sure your wrapping looks fab x

  • Sally Collingwood
    December 14, 2019

    Wow, some really good ideas for me to try!

  • Candise Moore
    December 14, 2019

    I am going to try and make my wrapping look better – at the minute it looks like mychild may have done it!

    • MummyConstant
      December 14, 2019

      Oh my goodness I am sure it doesn’t. I’d love to see what you do x

  • Charmian Filewood
    December 14, 2019

    I love the stacking of presents makes it looks neater

  • Lynn Heath
    December 15, 2019

    I love the idea of colour coding the presents, we spend Christmas morning with extended family and it always the case that some labels come off and then we have to take a best guess as to which present is for who!!!!!

  • Kim Carberry
    December 15, 2019

    Your wrapping is so pretty.
    I colour code them too. Both of my girls have different wrapping paper and it really helps tell who’s is who’s. Fab tips x

  • sharon martin
    December 15, 2019

    great post with some fantastic ideas

  • Helen Thurston
    December 15, 2019

    I make a point of buying gifts that come in boxes or I have a box that they will fit – (no funny shapes to wrap up). I have enough paper from last year but after that’s run out I’m aiming to wrap in fabric Japanese-style.

  • fiona waterworth
    December 16, 2019

    We cheated and bought the bags off qvc, you just put the present in pull the drawstring and hey presto wrapped

  • Caroline Tokes
    December 16, 2019

    I am terrible at wrapping so some good ideas

  • Jane Willis
    December 17, 2019

    I’ve never thought of colour coding presents – it makes so much sense!

  • Claire Willmer
    December 17, 2019

    Love these, thanks! Especially like turning it on an angle will be trying that this evening.

  • Tracy Nixon
    December 18, 2019

    Great tips thanks!

  • Emma England
    December 18, 2019

    I don’t have my own tips because I’m dreadful at wrapping but I absolutely love the stacking idea. I think it looks better than a gift bag. I’ve not started on my wrapping yet but I will definitely try the turning it diagonal tip.

  • lorraine kirk
    December 21, 2019

    I really like the pipe cleaner idea, thanks!

  • Linda Ford
    December 24, 2019

    I thought all wrapping paper could be recycled? Will check from now on. I have wrapping envy, I do not enjoy wrapping and yours look lovely xx

  • Margaret Gallagher
    December 28, 2019

    Been a nightmare wrapping – I’ll be using your ideas in 2020

  • Claire Nutman
    January 5, 2020

    Very handy tips, I shall try them myself next Christmas………

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