I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

I took this photo the...

This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

#mummyphotoaday

This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

#mummyphotoaday

🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

#mummyphotoaday

We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

Paddle Boarding as a hobby- how to get started

We all need some fun activities to do every now and then. Being a full-time Mum and taking care of the kids can be stressful, which is why a great hobby is a must-have. It is even better if you can get the family involved in the same fun activities you love. If you live near water or you love going to the beach on short breaks and weekend getaways, then paddle boarding is definitely a hobby to look into. Getting started with paddle boarding is relatively easy and inexpensive. Here’s what you need to do to get started.

The Gears

Paddle boarding, also known as stand up paddle boarding or SUP, is very similar to surfing. Instead of paddling with your hand, however, you use an actual paddle and a specialized board that you can stand on.

To get started, you need some special gear. First of all, you need a stand up paddle board. Epoxy and fiberglass boards are quite common and can be found in most outdoor stores, especially now that paddle boarding is very popular. You can also check out the best inflatable SUP boards if you want to be able to travel conveniently. Waves Champ has some great reviews of paddle boards you can check out.

You also need a paddle. Similar to the boards, paddles are made from different materials. Plastic and carbon fibre paddles are light, while aluminium and wooden paddles are known for being very affordable. Add a SUP leash and a personal floatation device for safety and you’re good to go.

Giving Paddle Boarding a Try as a hobby

You can try paddle boarding in calmer waters before going to the beach and practising riding the waves. Standing up on a paddle board is actually easier than you might think. You start by getting the board in water deep enough; you wouldn’t want the fins to touch the bottom.

Next, climb up and start paddling while on your knees. Feel the balance of the board and you’ll know when you are ready to stand up. All you have to do next is stand up – starting with one foot before continuing with the next – and remain in the middle of the board. You’ll fall several times, but even falling is quite fun.

Sharing the Experience

It is not uncommon for paddle boarders to take their kids – or even their dogs – when paddle boarding. Your kid can sit near the front of the board while you maintain balance from the centre. In calmer waters, paddle boarding means having a lot of fun exploring the area and laughing together whenever you fall.

For a bit more challenge, you can learn to ride the waves the next time you visit a gorgeous beach. It is very similar to surfing, but you don’t have to paddle by hand to catch the waves. You can also find a calm lagoon in most beaches, perfect for spending hours paddle boarding and getting away from the hustle and bustle of being a full-time Mum every now and then. It is nice to have a hobby that allows you to have some headspace.

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