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

“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

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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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Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

Outdoor fun with Zuru’s new X Shot range

The kids absolutely love the new Zuru X Shot range. They were sent the fabulous Swarm Seeker. It blasts 10 darts in seconds, its pretty quick. The idea of this rapid fire blaster is that you release the swirling bugs from the motorised launcher and you have to aim and fire. It’s really difficult, when you’ve had no practice, but it is definitely going to keep them entertained for the rest of the Summer. Here’s what we thought about the new Bug Attack range from Zuru. 

Zuru Swarm Seeker

Load up the foam darts into the auto-sliding side clip, place the flying bugs onto the motorised launcher, press down to release them into the air, take aim  – and FIRE! The motorised launcher is brilliant too, it needs 4 AA batteries to work but you press the button to power it up and let go and the bugs go flying. You can see the foam dart almost getting the flying bug in the photo below, Noah nearly got it: 

We have had great fun playing with this blaster, it does take a bit of getting used to when you first use it. You have to load up the foam darts in to the clip and use the blaster loader to load the clip into position. Then you simply aim, fire and reload. The Swarm Seeker shoots up to 90ft away, it feels like it can get targets from miles away. It’s so clever.

You can get through 10 darts really quickly. RRP £19.99 from major toy retailers. You can also buy this as a two pack to play with friends for only £29.99. 

The Bug Attack range 

We were sent some of the other Bug Attack products, Predator and Rapid Fire. They are also really fun. They shoot up to 80ft which is still pretty far and are easy to load with the foam darts. It was great because Isla had one to play with and so did a grown up. We created a bug attack scenario in the garden and had lots of fun trying to get the bugs when they zoomed over head or tried to creep down the furniture. 

Target practice 

The good thing is this set can be played with outdoors and indoors. You can set up a quick combat zone anywhere really. We have talked about taking it to the local woods to have a Zuru war – but we will need to stock up on foam darts before we do that! It’s great the kiddies can get target practice in when the rain is coming down. I found it really difficult to hit the bugs, none of us hit the bugs even once (at first). They move down the furniture so quickly. It was a lot of fun though. Targets climbing down walls, flying through the air – it is a real action adventure. 

The thing I love about these Zuru products is that they are a lot cheaper than the leading brand but they are just as good. The power in them is incredible. We have had to have major safety discussions to make sure no one gets hurt. The children think it’s hilarious how powerful they are. 

Don’t forget if you lose your foam darts or bugs you can buy a Swarm Attack Pack for just £4.99 which contains 2 flying bugs and more foam darts! That’s the one thing I was worried about – loosing the darts so easily because we are not very good at aiming them. Visit Zuru at www.zuru.com, Like them on Facebook @ZURUToysCompany, or Follow them on Twitter @ZURUToys.

Do you have any Zuru products? What do your children think about them? Do you set up assault courses in your garden? I would love to hear about how you interact with your children and the Bug Attack range in the comments below or on Social Media: @mummyconstant

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