🌼 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...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

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I love Lush products, they...

I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

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I was so tired yesterday...

Noah – 2 Years and 9 Months

Yes in a couple of months my little man will be 3 years old, it has been a roller-coaster year (as any Mother of an over 3 year old will tell you) but it has been the best year with him. He has learnt so much and is leaping into a new world of speech and creativity, its super exciting. So what has Noah been getting up to since last month: 2years9

Noah Sentences

So Noah is now copying everything, putting “joining” words in to sentences, saying bigger words and really trying to have better conversations with you. He still struggles to get out what he wants to say, but only slightly: I repeat his words back to him when I don’t understand him and its funny as he looks at me as if to say “What did you just say Mummy?”. His favourite word at the moment is “No”, No is the answer to everything and anything, it is getting frustrating, especially when he says no to family and friends, but he really means yes. I have no idea what goes through his head, or why he says No to everything – but I am sure it will pass soon. I suppose it will be closely followed by the “Why” saga!

It is really funny when Daddy winds him up as he will say to Daddy “Stop making me cross Daddy”, its amazing how much they pick up from you when you don’t even realise they are doing it. We have to be extremely careful what we say around him now… DSC_1249-2

Numbers

We are starting to broaden our number collection now, Noah is starting to count his teens. He has picked this up from nursery I think as I had not gone through them with him. He will just randomly come out with 11, 12 and he tries to say 13. We count confidently which is great, when can I start him on sums?

Potty Training

We have scrapped the potty for the majority and he asks for the toilet, which is great that he is wanting to go to the toilet. But, yes there is a “butt” (see what I did there) he is still having trouble with his poops. He simply doesn’t let you know he wants a poop, there have been a handful of occasions where he tells you and there have been about 30% of trips to the potty, where he just takes himself and doesn’t ask, that have been successful. Otherwise its been lots of pants in the bin or in the wash, where he just hides in the corner and does it. I don’t understand really, I can’t get my head around the fact that he does it sometimes and not every time and one minute he wants the toilet and the next he’s hiding.

The funny thing about potty training at the moment is we are going through the stage where he doesn’t want to be watched. So when we go to the toilet he will say “Mummy not to watch” and if I hang around for the slightest second too long he will say “Go Away” quite loudly! My little man is getting so independent – just a little inconsistently at the moment.

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Playtime

We are still not brilliant at sharing, but we are getting there and when he snatches things he is learning that he has to give it back and say sorry, which after the first time of being told off he usually stops it. Until the next day! He plays really lovely with all his toys at the moment, he has a new fire engine which he loves and he is getting into creative games and tasks now, he loves colouring in and is wanting to make things more and more each week. I can’t wait to start making things with him, or when he starts coming home from nursery with things he has made for us – it will be so lovely.

He is getting better at colouring too, not such a horrific scribble anymore, he tries to stick near the lines – which is a good start. His new favourite thing is drawing triangles and chanting “Up, Down, Across” as he does it. I suppose my methods of teaching aren’t too bad when he remembers the things I say!

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Sibling Love

This past month has been more and more love, holding hands and being nice to each other than hurting and being spiteful. This has been soooo brilliant for me and Daddy as we have been a little upset in the past over their arguments, pushing and hitting moments – its so sad to see it. But I am hoping we are on the road to peace now – we do still have some moments, but they are not as often and they play nicely the majority of the time. Phew. I love it when they play chase around the lounge together and their new favourite game of holding hands just melts my heart.

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3 Comments
  • TheBoyandMe
    August 28, 2013

    He is such a sweetheart, I love that stage of speech where they talk about themselves in the third person. And the potty training will come.

    Nipping over from the blogsRus share thread.

  • anna
    August 28, 2013

    so amazing how quick they grow and start to develop independance and more and more skills, such a special time. he looks and sounds so sweet 🙂

  • Loubelle
    August 29, 2013

    He is so cute. My Fran is a month younger and very similar, especially with the potty training. It’ll all come together when they’re ready x

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