Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 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?

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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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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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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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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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How to plan an unforgettable camping trip with children

There is no better time to go camping than during the summertime. The sun will ensure you can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities as a family, while the nights will be more comfortable for your child to enjoy a good night’s rest. Read our tips on how to plan an unforgettable camping trip with children.

Find a Child-Friendly Campsite

While most campsites often welcome children, it is worth double checking before you make a reservation. Some campsites are only available for adults, so ensure you carefully read the fine print before you make a booking.

Also, ensure the campsite has child-friendly facilities onsite, such as a place to safely dispose of your child’s nappies. If your little one wears washable nappies, telephone the campsite to find out if they have laundry facilities; however, it might be a wise decision to switch to a disposable option throughout the trip.

Plan Your Meals

The last thing you will want is to run out of food for you and the children in the middle of a camping trip. Prepare your meals in advance by placing pre-sliced meats and vegetables in containers or sandwich bags, which you should label for each day. Such preparation will ensure your children are happy and well-fed throughout the trip. Cooking outdoors can be a great way to bond with your children, as they can help you create a delicious dish around the campfire.

Identify Any Mobility Issues

Do you know how you will move from A to B around a campsite? For instance, can your little boy or girl manage a hiking trail distance? Do you need to take a pushchair or buggy with you? Will you be able to carry your son or daughter if they become tired on a nature trail? Try to identify any potential problems so you can either take a different trail or find a solution.

Take Plenty of Layers

The sun might be shining at the start of the day, but you could be experiencing thunderstorms come nightfall. Make sure your children are protected from the elements by taking extra layers for different weather conditions. The weather may take a sudden turn, so ensure you have packed a waterproof jacket, a long sleeved t-shirt and a lightweight jacket for each and every family member. Don’t forget to bring extra blankets and socks, too!

Entertain Your Children

There will be no internet or electronics to entertain your child during a camping trip. To avoid boredom, keep your children entertained by taking a variety of books, toys and coloring books with you so they can enjoy hours of fun. You can even play games as a family, such as catch, football or a board game.

Keep Your Children Safe

It goes without saying you will want to keep your children safe at all times. Even a child-friendly campsite can be unsafe for your kids. For instance, it only takes one loose object for them to trip and fall. For this reason, pack a first aid kit with you to treat any cuts, burns or scratches they may experience.

You should also walk through the site to inform your children about which areas are strictly out of bounds. To prevent children from walking into the wrong tent, mark your tent with flags, colored lighting or bunting so that they can spot it in a crowd. It’s also a smart decision to agree on a meet-up point if your son or daughter is lost and cannot find their way back to your tent.

Invest in an identity band for peace of mind on a camping trip. This cute little accessory can be worn around your child’s ankle or wrist, with many offering a Velcro fastening, so your details will remain private until they are needed. You can also update the identity band for different holidays.

Take Turns with Parenting Duties

A camping trip isn’t only for kids; it’s for Mom and Dad, too. Every parent deserves a little chill time during a holiday, which is why you should both take turns for night calls, cooking meals and finding lost toys. You should also plan who will keep an ear and eye on the children each evening to ensure they are happy and comfortable.

A Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt can provide a child with hours of fun as they attempt to find items on a checklist. Supervise your son or daughter as they make their way across the campsite to find pine cones, acorns, pennies and bird feathers. Don’t forget to provide them with a bag so they can collect the items before ticking them off the list.

A Comfortable Family Tent

Ensure the family can sleep in the same space by investing in a comfortable family tent, this will allow you and your partner to stay by your children’s side at all times and allow you to check that they are okay in the middle of the night. You could even opt for a family tent with a screen room so your son or daughter can take a mid-day nap if they need it.

Cot Bunk Beds

Did you know you can also buy cot bunk beds for a camping trip? This handy item allows you to maximize space in a tent, so there’s a space for mom, dad and multiple children in a family tent. It’s also ideal for little ones who don’t like the idea of sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag.

Antibacterial Handwipes

Children will love nothing more than exploring nature during a camping trip, which means they’re bound to get a little mucky on their travels. Keep your kids’ hands clean by carrying antibacterial hand wipes or sanitizer with you. It’s a great way to maintain your children’s health when you don’t have access to running water when camping.

Sun Protection

Nothing can ruin a holiday quite like a sunburn. Protect your child’s skin from harmful UV rays by applying sun lotion. We recommend applying an SPF of 50 to ensure they can enjoy the sun without burning their skin.

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