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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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🌼 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...

Perfect family activities for the Easter weekend with John Lewis

We were asked to set up the best Easter Sunday fun for our family using the products on the John Lewis website. There is so much choice, my imagination ran wild. I had so many ideas and I wanted to share them. 

Choosing the right chocolate 

Having the best Easter egg hunt means you have to have the right chocolates. I have a set of plastic eggs that I fill with foiled chocolates, I hide this around the garden for the children to find. Knowing the chocolates are foil wrapped and in a plastic egg container, I know they will be safe from germs and bugs. So very safe for an Easter egg hunt. I have got some larger foiled eggs too, these ones will be hidden around the house. You can also make your own Easter egg shaped chocolates by melting down chocolate and setting it again in egg shaped moulds. Or you can use the chocolates to decorate Easter themed cakes for the whole family to enjoy. 

Setting up the perfect egg hunt

Getting the right decorations helps to make the egg hunt truly magical for the little ones. This Easter egg hunt kit has all the right components to help with the egg hunt. It has signs, bunny paw prints, egg shaped clues, bags for collecting up the treasures. It’s such a great idea and a brilliant price at £7. I am going to make little Easter nests out of the Easter egg and Bon Bon jar assortment. I think they will look really life like scattered around the house and garden. It will make the egg hunt a little more exciting when they realise they are edible. 

Egg hunt snack time

All that running around the garden, locating those precious eggs, is hard work. I loved these carrot crackers, it makes the picnic lunch even more fun for the little ones. Yes, the grown ups too! We got themed napkins and rabbit paper plates for our picnic lunch too. We are going away with another family for Easter, so this will be a perfect setting for lunchtime. This hot cross bun loaf is delicious! 

Decorating our own Easter tree

We are going to collect some twigs from around the garden and decorate them with these egg hanging decorations. The kiddies will paint their twigs and decorate them with glitter and themed stickers. This will be extremely fun, especially as they can get a little messy.  I think these Hotel Chocolat City Bunnies will be a good addition to this activity too. Keeping the kiddies entertained and help stimulate their imagination too, the bunnies are searching for carrots in the woods of course! 

Easter dress up 

Dressing up for Easter Sunday is also a fun activity. Bunny ears and chick costumes being some of my favourite outfits at this time of year. You can make your own costumes up with fabrics around the house, a little face paint and hey presto. Great fun for all of the family! Here’s a favourite photo of mine, little Isla in her chick costume: 

Easter prizes for family competitions 

The winner of the egg hunt wins a prize, of course, but there are runners up prizes too so no one feels left out. These Jellycat chicks are brilliant runners up gifts. There are some beautiful Jellycat soft toys on the John Lewis website, you can pick the best one for your child. Don’t forget the grown ups too, this L’Occitane egg is a beautiful gift or prize for the grown ups. Make a quiz, or word search for the kiddies to win prizes. It’s lots of fun and a great idea if the weather is not great outside. 

Get the right products for your Easter activities by visiting the John Lewis Easter Shop. Everything from decorations, Eggs, Gift food, Children’s toys, gifts & games, Egg hunt items, Cards & wrap and some fun Easter crafting items. 

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1 Comment
  • Flyingkids
    March 27, 2018

    Egg hunting is truly a fun experience for the whole family, especially for kids. These are incredibly cool ideas.

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