Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

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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Would you believe me when...

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,...

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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