Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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Today, we had another day...

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.

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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.

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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...

Our family meal at Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes

What is important, to us, for a successful family meal out is a good kids menu, child friendly activities and friendly staff. If the children do not feel engaged, or the food choices are not child-friendly it just wouldn’t be successful. That’s why we love Carluccio’s, the children’s menu is healthy and the staff are so super friendly. We always have a wonderful family meal together. Italian food is my favourite and this place is just one of my special places to eat.

We love going to Milton Keynes, it’s about a half an hour drive for us and Hubby works in Bedford so even quicker for him to get there. It was our first time visiting this branch of Carluccio’s though. It was really easy to find as it’s in the Centre:MK. The place is huge but there are maps everywhere, or friendly staff that will guide you in the right direction.

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What is on the children’s menu?

The children’s menu is fun and healthy. Also, delicious! During school holidays they very often run a deal with families where the kids eat for just £1. It’s an amazing deal. However, the price is only £6.25 for 2 courses, drink and starter anyway. It’s a great price. Whilst we waited for our food the kiddies were given colouring crayons and a sheet of paper. Noah drew his dinner and himself, he was hungry and Isla did the same. We then used the back of the sheet to play word games in-between starter and main.

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The Kids starter

You do not get a choice of starter for the children, which I think in a lot of ways is a great idea. It forced the children to have something they wouldn’t normally choose but found equally delicious. The starter consists of cucumber and carrot sticks, bread sticks and a fresh tomato dipping sauce. They loved it. You can tell when kiddies enjoy their food as they do not talk! This was one of those moments.

Kids menu starter

The kids main

There are quite a few options. Firstly the kids can choose a pasta (wheel shape or spaghetti), then they can choose 1 of 5 sauces: ragu, meatballs, tomato sauce, cheese sauce or pesto. There is literally something for every child. Isla loves spaghetti and meatballs and her decision was made pretty quickly. Noah decided to go for one of the other options; if your kiddies do not fancy the above they can have either a lasagne or a pea and ham risotto. Noah went for the lasagne and he absolutely loved it.

Kids menu lasagne

The kids extras

In the kids menu the choices of dessert are: yoghurt with fresh berries, ice cream, sorbet or apple & blackcurrant ice lolly. They love the ice cream and ice lollies. We did get them an extra treat on this trip though and went for the grown ups “giant profiterole” dessert. They ate every last drop too!

dessert

To finish off their meal they had a Babyccino, which they both love. It is hot frothy milk in a cute Carluccio’s espresso cup set. It comes on a saucer and they look so cute drinking from them. I think they love it as they can be like Mummy & Daddy with their coffee!

Babyccino

The grown ups menu

We went for different options to our normal choices and it was nice to try something different. I had Mushroom & Kale Brushetta which was delicious and Daddy chose the Arancini. Which is a rice ball filled with spinach and smoke mozzarella. I had that last time and it is delicious.

For our mains, I chose the new vegan meal: Veganese. Which was a vegan escalope, sweet and sour peppers and tender stem broccoli. It came with a delicious vegan mayonnaise too. Daddy had the pan-friend sea bass fillets which came with potatoes and a yummy salsa.

The staff are just so friendly here at Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes, they entertained the children and laughed with the children. It was nice to see them smiling. By the end of the meal the kiddies kept trying to get the waitresses attention to make her laugh. Full of character and it was so nice to see the children engaging with the staff.

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Carluccio’s Mother’s Day offer

Treat Mumma to a nice 3 course meal this Mother’s Day with a glass of fizz for only £22.95. Find your nearest branch and see the menu online. The great thing about the menu, online, is you can filter out what you cannot eat very quickly. It made it easy to choose what I wanted for dinner.

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3 Comments
  • Emma Middleton
    March 4, 2020

    Looks great, we have one local to us I shall have to try

    • Lesley Prestage
      March 7, 2020

      Love Carluccio’s 🙂

  • Karen Radford
    March 9, 2020

    I love Italian food but have never been to Carluccio’s as there isn’t one in our local area.

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