🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

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Pizza Express in Huntingdon has had a makeover

Last month Pizza Express in Huntingdon opened revealing its lovely new makeover, a fresh and vibrant look for Autumn – complete with a new menu. We were very lucky to hop along and check out the new menu and restaurant. It looked really different and so much brighter. We really loved it and tried to get the new things off the menu to see what they tasted like. Here’s what we had off the autumn menu:

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I had the new Risotto Mio which is one of my favourite things, I love Risotto and to have a small portion for my starter was perfect. It was a mushroom Risotto with truffle oil, very yummy. Daddy tried the new Calamari, they looked less battered than some Calamari we have tried in the past. They came with a Caesar style dressing which Daddy liked very much. The children had their favourite dough balls to start and they loved the way they came out in smiley faces, a great touch for the little ones.

For mains, I had the Formaggi pizza which was a magherita style pizza with buffalo mozzarella on top. It was delicious. The classic pizzas may look thin and not very filling but they are surprisingly so, very yummy (I took some home in a Pizza box to eat for lunch the next day). Daddy had the brand new Autumno pizza, which was made in the competition from a member of the public. Great idea for a pizza and a competition too “Create your favourite pizza”. What a fantastic prize: People to eat your pizza that you designed. It comes with chorizo, goats cheese and roasted butternut squash and tasted delicious. It does look really Autumny too! The children had magherita pizza from the Piccolo menu (I love that word), they love the Pizza Express pizzas – it keeps them quiet for such a long time. It’s nice to sit around the table and enjoy a meal as a family, the children barely sit still long enough normally.

For dessert I had the Lemon Posset crunch with a Cappuccino, from the Dolcetti menu and Daddy had the Salty Caramel Profiteroles with an espresso. We love the Dolcetti menu, it means we can have a small dessert and a coffee too. It costs a similar amount to the normal desserts and an added bonus: you can use your Tesco Vouchers for items on that menu too! Desserts for the children from the Piccolo menu were amazing, ice cream with fruits and a cone, it looked great when they came out and the children also had a Bambinoccino (another great word). It was great as it made them feel they were being grown up like Mummy and Daddy, as Isla displayed in the restaurant:

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The restaurant itself looked bright and fresh, the light paintwork made such a difference as before the wall behind me and Isla was just brickwork. The exposed bricks did look good, but its amazing how much difference a nice bright paint can make. The booth along the wall was new, the purple was just a perfect colour to compliment the creams and golds in the restaurant. It looked easy to maintain and keep clean too, which is the main thing in a restaurant.

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I loved the little details to make families have a more comfortable experience too, like for example the mobile hanging from the ceiling above the baby changing mat in the toilets. A lovely thing to do which I have never seen before in a restaurant. The new Crayola Twistables were a great idea too, the last time we went to a different pizza place there were no crayons left for the kiddies, these Twistables are a fantastic idea as you can’t snap crayons in half and waste them. The children did love twisting them up and down though – but they didn’t break! The stickers and menu’s for the Piccolo menu are ingenious too, the chefs hats also keep the children entertained whilst waiting for the food to come. Which to be honest wasn’t very long.

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It was a lovely experience and we will definitely be going back there again. The new menu is lovely and I want to go back and have the new Autumno pizza for myself. If you want to find out more about Pizza Express in Huntingdon then visit the Pizza Express website: www.pizzaexpress.com. You can follow them on Twitter too (@PizzaExpress) and like the Pizza Express Facebook page.

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