What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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Our family fun day at Planet Ice MK

We were super lucky to get an afternoon at Planet Ice in Milton Keynes at the weekend. We went ice skating for around 90 minutes and then had a well earned Papa John’s meal afterwards. It was a great afternoon. The kids had not skated before and I haven’t done it for years, it was quite scary when you first get back on the slippy ice.

At first both Noah and Isla cried. They underestimated how slippy it would be. They held onto Daddy and I but they literally couldn’t keep their skates on the ice. So we got the penguin and polar bear aids, these were perfect. The aids are really heavy and provide a balancing aid with handles for the children. Well not just the children as I had to hold onto it too otherwise I nearly toppled over a fair few times.

Daddy on the other hand – he was incredible. He zoomed around the Planet Ice rink like he had been doing it all day, everyday. He said he used to go every week when he was younger as there used to be a rink near where we grew up. He has obviously retained some of the knowledge. It worked out well though as I tried to “act” confident in front of the kids as I wanted to encourage them, but I wasn’t any good. Daddy was very confident and therefore a great role model to teach the children.

So after 15 minutes of crying and “I can’t do this”, it soon turned into smiles and “look at me’s”. It was nice to watch their transition and I am just so glad that Daddy influenced their first experience on the ice.

For a family of 4, it costs £39.60 and you can skate as long as you like. On Saturday it opened at 11am and closed at 4pm – that’s a lot of skating time. I really liked that idea because there is no rush. If we had only an hour on the ice then Noah and Isla wouldn’t have progressed as much as they did. When we got home Noah asked multiple times if he could go back every week! What a transformation. He was super on the ice though, he kept saying he wanted to go fast. I am sure it wouldn’t be long until he is zooming around the rink like the professionals.

Isla ice skating

After our skating session we went upstairs, whilst waiting for our dinner to arrive we sat and watched the Under 14’s hockey match. It was amazing seeing these kids without fear on the ice. I think it helped to show the kids that it wasn’t too scary too. I loved the fact that there was an ice hockey sports channel on in the restaurant too. We could sit and watch the matches, I think it was Great Britain against Germany.

Our meal was delicious, we had a carb feast which was perfect after all of our exercising. It’s amazing how many muscles I used that I hadn’t for a long time! Isla had a burger from the kids menu, the meal was ginormous and Noah had a big boy burger – but judging by the size of the kids meals he didn’t need this. Hubby and I shared a vegetarian burger and a vegetarian pizza.

It was super sweet as the manager brought out some balloons and cake for Isla’s birthday. She was made up.

Overall, I definitely think it’s something we will do again as a family. I would go as far as saying I think the kids would like lessons at Planet Ice to improve on their techniques. Maybe Mummy needs some too! Have you tried ice skating? Do you have any tips for beginners, if so, I would love to hear in the comments below.

We received our ice skating and meal trip in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and photography are my own.

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