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.

#mummyphotoaday 
#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

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.

A very happy birthday to...

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!

#mummyphotoaday

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

“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...

My ultimate dream holiday to Disneyworld Florida #travel

It is no secret we are huge Disney fans and my ultimate dream holiday would be to go to Disneyworld, Florida. Hubby’s parents go every other year and they have given me some great tips for if we ever do book a trip there. I thought these might be helpful to you, so I scribbled them down. 

Get a good deal

This seems like a no brainer, but getting a good deal is essential. You might think that buying everything in the package separately will work out cheaper – it doesn’t. You can buy plans that include the park tickets, Disney dollars, food and refillable cups. It might not seem important, until you get to the parks, but it really is better to book your Disney tickets before your holiday.  When friends of the family booked it all separately, in Florida, it worked out a lot more expensive. 

Stay on site 

Again, this might seem a more expensive option but the benefits of staying onsite far-out way staying off. Onsite you can travel around for free as there is a shuttle system on the complex that acts like an underground service – a bus arrives at your complex regularly and takes you where you need to go. There are many modes of transport around the parks from monorail, ferry boat to the new skyline at Caribbean beach resort. When staying off site you have to drive everywhere which can be quite stressful on the larger American roads and not only that it can cost around $25 a day to use the car parks. 

Not only do you get the benefits above, you can get in the parks early which means no long queues – run to your favourite ride and beat the wait! 

Hire a car 

Following on from the above, hiring a car can give you a little freedom. If you hire a car in your package you can park it at the resort for free (saving you that $25 a day) and not only that you have the opportunity to drive somewhere for the day if you want. There are so many fab places around Florida to visit and the shopping malls are something you must try out (so I have been told). I think I would burst if we ever book a holiday to Florida. 

Make sure you get the fast passes 

These are very popular, similar to English theme parks, where you get to skip the queues and get straight on the rides. Make sure these are included in your holiday package – they have changed the way these work recently which means you have to book the rides and times before you fly. This means you have to think about your trip and make sure you plan it accurately so that you do not miss the times you have booked. Don’t worry it’s not exact – you get an hour’s leeway for the ride time. 

That leads me nicely onto; 

Make a plan 

Doing your research before you travel is a must. With over 4 parks and 2 swimming parks, fast passes and the option to drive to shopping malls you will need to be prepared. The 4 parks are: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney Studios. Then the 2 water parks are: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. They all sound amazing. My kids love water parks – we could spend a week in the water parks alone! 

This year the new Star Wars area opens at Disneyworld, Florida, so if you are Star Wars fan then you may need to plan your trip so that you get to check it out. I am looking forward to hearing all about the new area from Dean’s parents – please note you cannot book fast passes for this area yet (as its new)! 

Try the early check out 

If your holiday package allows for it, definitely make the most out of the early check out. When you reach your last day of the holiday, I know what a horrid thought, you can leave your suitcases with the airline in the morning and you do not see your suitcases again until you get to England. Amazing! The major benefit to this is that you get to stay in the park for an extra few hours as you have nothing to check in at the airport… such a great idea. 

I hope these tips are helpful, I will definitely use them if we ever book a holiday to Disneyworld, Florida. It has been a dream of mine since I was little. I hope we can take the children one day, definitely high up on my bucket list. If you have any tips on booking a holiday to Disneyworld I would love to hear them in the comments below. 

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  • Jeanette Leighton
    December 17, 2019

    This would be my dream to take my children. I have never been abroad I’m 40 now but I would love to take my children to Disneyland and I really want to visit Egypt and see the pyramids

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