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.

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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!

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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

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🌼 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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Our family holiday to Potters Resort #travel

We loved our trip to Potters Resort, it is situated at Hopton-on-Sea which is a place I hold close. We went to Hopton-on-sea every year with my grandparents. We loved it. So going back, I knew would be memorable. Not just because of the nostalgia but also because Potters Resort is just amazing. What do you expect from a family holiday: good food, good accommodation and entertainment/activities for the children. We had all of this in abundance at Potters Resort.

What is Potters Resort?

The best way I could describe Potters Resort is that it is an English all inclusive resort with everything included except for your drinks. When I say everything included, I mean: all meals, activities, evening entertainment and facilities. With a couple of exceptions, for example the ride on machines and slot machine type of activities.

It is located on the coast of Hopton-on-Sea, so you can walk to the back of Potters Resort and you are on the beach. It was perfect. It all started in 1920 (100 years old next year) when Herbert Potter had the idea to create a permanent holiday camp. He started it up in Hembsy, with his winnings from a newspaper competition that he’d won back in 1913, it’s amazing what £500 could have done back then. So it started off as a holiday camp with permanent wooden huts, the first of its kind. In 1924 he bought the land at Hopton-on-Sea.

During WWII the huts were dismantled and used for firewood to keep the soldiers warm in the winter. Luckily Herbert and his wife, Vera, built the camp back up from scratch after the war. They built one of the first outdoor swimming pools, in 1958 and in the 60’s their son, Brian, upgraded the facilities to indoors to make way for the English weather.

There are posters, photos and information all around the resort – it was fascinating. By the 1980’s, Brian and Judy Potter, had transformed Potters Resort and all wooden huts replaced with brick and the outdoor pool, indoor. By 1993 the resort had been extended to include the indoor bowls rink. There are multiple rinks and they even host the World Indoor Bowls Championships.

More recently, John Potter, who became MD in 2000, added more facilities, upgraded the existing accommodation and the huge theatre. The strapline is “quality time together” and I have to agree, that is exactly what we got.

The Food

The restaurant was fabulous. Not only the staff were amazing, the place clean – the food was delicious. I would describe the meals as full. So much food that some mealtimes I didn’t know how I would eat it all. At breakfast you had the choice of a buffet hot breakfast, continental breakfast or you could order certain things off the menu – like Eggs Florentine. At lunchtimes you had a choice of starter and main from the menu and there was always a hot dessert and cold desserts to choose from. Isla and I filled our boots with custard, our favourite.

The children’s menu was a similar concept where they had a main to choose. They could pick food from the buffets too and the dessert choices were the same as the grown ups. They loved it.

The thing I found useful was that the menu, setting out each days choices, always stayed on the table. So at the start of the week you can see what is coming for the rest of the week. There was always at least one vegetarian, one vegan, one fish and one meat dish to choose from. So much choice, it was great.

To order drinks you needed your room card, which wirelessly charges drink to your account or you can use your card to pay for them. It was a clever concept so you didn’t need to carry cash around with you on site.

When we arrived, Potters Resort had put a balloon and cake on our table to celebrate Hubby’s birthday, we thought it was such a nice touch. Really personalised the holiday and made him feel special (and embarrassed when they all sang him Happy Birthday).

The activities

Where do I start? There is so much to do here, they put events on during the Summer too so that there is a lot to choose from for the kiddies. For example, Noah played football everyday. The climbing wall is open for set times throughout the day, it’s a simple queue and wait system. There is the giant swing too which Noah went on, Isla was a little bit too small.

Everyday they put on activities like the inflatable jungle gym, these little motorbikes (below) and an inflatable circle where you have to jump over the beam. These activities are all scheduled around breakfast, lunch and dinner – they finish before the entertainment starts in the evenings.

We made the most of the activities and the kiddies went to the children’s disco every night too. After the disco we did the main activity in the hall, or got a space in the theatre ready for the show.

The room

We loved our room, it was perfect for a family of 4. The kids had their sleeping area, it was separated by a room divider. Then there was a double bed (which pulls down from the wall if you are staying there as a couple) at the end of the room. We had a seating area and there was a large TV too. The bathroom had 2 sinks, bath, shower and toilet. Everything we could have needed.

When we arrived there was a bottle of wine, chocolates and a card for Hubby for his birthday. Such a lovely idea. I decorated the room with a lot of light up balloons. We tried to make it a special break for Hubby.

The entertainment

The entertainment was fabulous. They had the children’s entertainment, the team was split into two. The best way I can describe it is the formal entertainment – who are literally as good as a west end theatre company came on and did 90 minute shows most nights. They did everything from 80’s and 90’s to theatre production shows. The singing is incredible and the choreography is amazing. I would happily pay just to go and watch them one night, it was that good. Before these guys came on the other part of the entertainment team would come on stage and do silly things, make jokes and involve the children – they are really funny and engaging. They made everyone feel welcomed.

There was also a kiddies club, they did activities throughout the day. It was split into 2 age groups. So Isla had to go to the younger group, which was like a craft, dance and singing style group – an adult had to stay with her. Noah was old enough to go in the big kids group and he was allowed to be left with the teams, they did a lot of fun activities; football being his favourite.

The facilities

Not only do you get the activities discussed above, the climbing wall and the inflatables. There are a few bars to choose from, a couple of areas to eat (included in your package) there is also a Grill restaurant on site. This costs extra to visit and I have heard that it is amazing.

There is an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, golf course, park and football area on site too. There is a gaming room with a bowling alley which we didn’t even get to try (that’s how busy we were). There is always something to do. It also leads straight down to the sea, so you can walk along the coast and walk right up to Gorleston if you wanted!

The thing I loved about this break, as you can imagine, with the British weather, we had a hit and miss week. One minute it was sunny and then it was raining. We could do as much outside as inside and never did we have a “twiddle our fingers” moment. There was always something to do. It’s incredibly well thought out.

Check out my Insta stories for more photos and videos of our stay. I am sure I haven’t done this the justice it needed, it really is a fantastic place to go. What is your favourite part of going on holiday? Potters Resort was amazing for families – we will definitely be returning next year for its 100th anniversary. Will you?

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1 Comment
  • Caroline Tokes
    December 23, 2019

    Looks like you had a fab time

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