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?


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.

A very happy birthday to...

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!


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.


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

“We are very excited to...

🌼 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

#mummyphotoaday 🧼

The kiddies had a lot...

Our sunny Winter day trip to Wells-Next-the-Sea

Yes, Wells-Next-the-Sea is a long way to drive for the day. However, fuel costs besides it is a really great family day out without breaking the bank. The grown ups love it, the kiddies love it and the doggies love it too. It’s a win win day out for all the family. It is just beautiful to go for a Winter day trip.

Preparing for a family trip to the beach

We live about a 2 hour drive from Wells-Next-the-Sea but that doesn’t deter us at all. We do try to prepare as much as possible and we kind of have a checklist for trips like this:

  • Charge the devices (for the car)
  • Pack travel games
  • Pack spare clothes for kids, including spare socks
  • Pack wellies and shoes
  • Make a flask of hot chocolate
  • Create a picnic lunch that you can carry in a rucksack and take with you
  • Short change for the car park and amusement arcades
  • Cash for the Fish n’ Chip shop

What is there to do at Wells-Next-the-Sea?

We love it here as you can spend hours, quite easily, just walking and playing. We park at the main beach car park, unless it is so busy and we have to find an alternative and we always walk the doggy route. They have cleverly separated the beach into dog friendly and no dogs allowed areas. If you go to the left, through the forest and over the steps, you are in the dog friendly area. If you walk to the right of the cafe then you are going to the no dogs allowed area.

We walk for miles, in all different directions. Sometimes we play on the beach close to the beach huts and play in the woodland too. Or sometimes we walk to Holkham beach, which is equally as beautiful and just huge. The sea goes out for miles, it would take a good hour to walk to it. It completely amazes me every time we visit.

After our picnic on the beach, games and walking fun we always get a beach hut photo. It’s a must. We then get packed up in the car, brush off the sand and get Fish n’ Chips before making our way home. It’s a thing we do at least 2 or 3 times a year. We love it.

beach hut

Here is a little video I made when we went 5 years ago:

beach fun

I would love to know what you think of Wells-Next-the-Sea, I cannot imagine that there is any negative feedback about this place. It’s perfect for families and doggies. If you haven’t been, you need to visit.

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  • Margaret Clarkson
    January 27, 2020

    Lovely article and and photographs. I visited Wells-Next-The-Sea a few years ago when on a Pilgrimage to Walsingham. It was a great place to visit. We had tasty Fish and Chips there too! Over the years we have visited quite a few places in Norfolk and enjoyed them all tremendously.

  • Sarah Cooper
    January 27, 2020

    Wow! This all sounds so wonderful! The beach looks beautiful!

  • Margaret Gallagher
    January 27, 2020

    What a beautiful place – looks great fun

  • Charmian Filewood
    January 28, 2020

    Nothing like a day at the beach to clear out the cobwebs

  • Susan B
    January 28, 2020

    Going to the seaside in winter would not necessarily be at the top of my day out list but this looks absolutely fabulous so I clearly need to reconsider. Love the beach huts and also love the separate area for dogs. A really lovely set of family photos, too. Thanks for the post.

  • Jacqui S
    January 28, 2020

    We live in south Lincs so Wells is do-able and an early start is the best way to see this place especially out of season. You beat the crowds, parking is easier and the setting is blissful.

  • Fiona jk42
    January 28, 2020

    We’re lucky enough to live only a few miles from the sea. We love to go for walks on the beach in all kinds of weather, and it’s a favourite place for us to go for a walk over Christmas to walk off some of the extra food.

  • Those photos are absolutely stunning – what gorgeous sunshine you had for your day at the beach and you all look like you were wrapped up warm. It does sound like a beautiful beach to explore. Our nearest beach is a couple of hours’ drive away too but we rarely visit. Maybe a winter beach trip is something we need to try too. Thank you for sharing yours with #CountryKids

  • Caroles
    March 6, 2020

    I went to Wells Next the Sea in January too – a good day out

26 January 2020 #SilentSunday
Our sunny Winter day trip to Wells-Next-the-Sea

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