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.

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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.

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🌾 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!

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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...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

Have you ever been at a restaurant and thought to yourself “I wish this food would hurry up?” and “I wish I could get my littlen involved a bit more?”. Well Vapiano heard us and they have created a restaurant that is fast, efficient, totally interactive and absolutely yummy. If You Love the European Lifestyle, You Will Love Vapiano.

So how does it work? Well, you get given a chip card as soon as you enter the restaurant, you will be asked if you have been there before (if you have, you can go on in and get to it) if its your first visit then you get a grand tour and explanation of how the system works. They do this to make sure you understand what you are are doing as this is such a new and exciting concept to England. I have never seen anything like it before and I was a little daunted at first, but after a couple of minutes I totally fell in love with it.

So you have your chip card, your seat and now what? You take your chip card up the booth and order your food! Simple really. The only thing you need to remember is to go to the right booth for the right thing. So for example if you want antipasti then you would probably queue at that booth first and order and then move onto your main. I ordered pasta and Dean ordered a pizza, so I ordered Deans pizza first so that it was ready at a similar time to mine. You can’t really go wrong as the different booths have great big signs above to let you know where you need to go and there are a few pasta booths, for when it gets busy!

I ordered drinks and bread along with our antipasti to begin with, the bread is free and you get a good portion of bread with your meals. I thought this was a great idea as I love bread and it meant I could give Noah something to eat quickly whilst we waited for his pasta to be cooked. Noah’s meal was a basic pasta with sauce in a small size, you can ask for a child’s portion at the booth and they will sort it out for you.

When ordering your food, you get asked what you would like in your meal, for example chilli and herbs, cheese – some people do not like all the ingredients that would normally come in a meal. So the great thing about Vapiano is that you can specify to leave ingredients out, and obviously add to as well, I did ask for more cheese! They cook the food right in front of you and you can see everything that is going on, I was fascinated and also it amazed me how quickly it all took place. I was really loving this experience.

We were so impressed with our meals, they were really well presented. I would even go as far as saying that the presentation was better than some other restaurants I have eaten in and these guys cook it quickly and in the spotlight. So they have added pressure upon them and they still delivered, everytime. We all enjoyed our meals, Noah ate quite a lot of pasta and didn’t complain, so it must have been good. Noah’s approval is gospel in our house, if he doesn’t like something, he will literally throw it out of his seat. So it was a winner all round. The Vapiano trademark with main pasta dishes is to sprinkle the cheese in a line across the meals and top it with a sprinkle of herbs. Doesn’t it look yummy? And it was!

As you can see it gets really busy at lunchtime, but the queues do not last long because of the efficiency of how this restaurant works. Order / Cook / Eat. I didn’t feel like I was in a fast food establishment, well not what I would call a fast food place anyway! I felt like I was in quite an up market restaurant, that had a quirky twist to it – that twist being you can order the food and watch it being prepared as you wait.

The presentation of the dessert was equally as amazing as the main meal, the coffee even came with a V for Vapiano on the top of the cream. They do this on every coffee, its a trademark I guess! The dessert was yummy, just enough to really fill you up and Noah loved his special ice cream. He was loving the fact it came in a special Noah tub, just for him. Mummy and Daddy loved their chocolate and strawberry dessert too. It was a perfect ending to our experience at Vapiano.

Once you are finished, you take your chip card to the till by the entrance, pay and off you go. It really is that simple and efficient.

Vapiano restaurants have high chairs, baby changing facilities, wide walkways for buggy’s and a variety of seating areas, so you can choose the most appropriate place to sit with your family. There was a woman breastfeeding in the corner of the restaurant when we went in there, she was tucked in the corner of the comfy chair section – you wouldn’t have noticed her (if you wasn’t analysing everything of course). It makes you realise what kind of restaurant it is, great for families, a fantastic experience with the all important amazing food.

The only thing that I would advise families with smaller children, like Noah, is that do make sure on your first visit you allow time to have a tour around and get to know the place! Noah occupied himself with crayons and annoying Daddy, but I am sure if we had gone in the restaurant any later, we would have had tears and tantrums.

You can visit the Vapiano website here: http://www.vapiano.com/. Make sure you give them a visit when you are in London – or even abroad, they have restaurants in many countries!

You can like them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Vapiano and follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VapianoUK.

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