We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me!

We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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We had a lovely day...

It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

Has anyone else had a busy Saturday? #mummyphotoaday

It’s been a day of...

When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?

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Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what...

Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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I had a busy Sunday...

#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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#Beauty is in the eye...

This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 
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Our stay in Landal Darwin Forest #travel

We were very lucky to receive a weekend break at Landal Darwin Forest (by Landal UK), up on the outskirts of the beautiful Peak District. We stayed in a fantastic and luxury lodge which had its very own hot tub – just for us. Heaven! There is so much to do onsite we never had a dull moment and that was despite the rainy weather in July.

Our luxury lodge

The lodges are very evenly spaced out onsite, allowing for 2 cars to be parked alongside each. This is a real bonus for us as we usually take far too much on holiday and having to trek across large sites can be frustrating.

The living area is all open plan consisting of: living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen had everything in it, we were really surprised, they had scales, jugs and all kinds of pans – we could have comfortably stayed there all week. I loved the little finishing touches, like the dishwasher tablets (enough for our stay) and clean towels. They all looked brand new.

The bedrooms both had en suites and large built-in wardrobes, so there was plenty of storage. The master bedroom had a large, waterfall, shower whereas the twin room had a bathtub.

It was a lovely lodge, I love the light wooden panelling on the walls and the flooring, it is really tastefully put together. We loved sitting in the living room with the fire on listening to the wild life at the double doors. It was so peaceful and relaxing at the lodge.

The hot tub

This was definitely a highlight of our weekend break and we certainly made the most of it. I was so impressed with the upkeep of the hot tubs, an engineer circulated the site, twice, daily to check on the water levels. The chemicals have to be just right! The water is also replenished each time a new family stays at the lodge. It was a full time job maintaining the hot tubs. So, we wanted to make sure we made it worth while!

Daddy took the kiddies swimming on Sunday morning and I sat in the hot tub doing my Sudoku puzzles. It was amazing. The kids loved taking a dip in the tub too, at every given opportunity. It is the perfect way to unwind.

The site – Landal Darwin Forest

The lodge was set back on a private road with no on traffic from the site, it was really secluded area – which felt safe. The site was surrounded by forest and we loved just stepping out of the lodge into dense woodlands. There were quite a few trails to follow too, different distances and the maps we were given on arrival helped us to plan out what routes we wanted to do.

On site there is a restaurant, soft play, cafe, shop, gym, swimming pool and activity centre. We really enjoyed the activities – it was nice to be able to make the most out of them. Everything was within a few minutes walk of the lodge, it was brilliant not have to get in the car.

The activities

We tried 2 new activities which were a lot of fun: body zorbing and fencing. We had never done either activity, so it was a great surprise to see who was good at what – Isla was brilliant at fencing. She took to it quickly and the instructor commented on how well she did. Isla was very proud of herself. Both the kiddies had a long rest at body zorbing, it took quite a lot of energy holding the zorbs up and it was boiling hot at that point.

Some of the games we played with the zorbs became a little boisterous and so I am glad the kiddies sat out for some of it. I couldn’t keep upright. It is so difficult when you are being catapulted at by big grown men! I didn’t stand a chance. It was funny though.

#AD We received our weekend at Landal Darwin Forest in exchange for online coverage and our honesty review. All photography and opinions are my own. If you have any queries or want to know more please do comment below…

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4 Comments
  • Shristi Patni
    August 5, 2019

    Hi,
    The above blog was really informative and liked it. I have read about “Our luxury lodge ” .Can you help me improving my blogging skills?

  • Sabina Green
    August 5, 2019

    Oh wow this looks like our kind of place, we love being outdoors as a family. I haven’t heard if Landal but i love the look of the lodges and the hot tub is a real bonus.

    • MummyConstant
      August 5, 2019

      It was amazing Sabina. Definitely a great family holiday x

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