We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me!

We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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We had a lovely day...

It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

Has anyone else had a busy Saturday? #mummyphotoaday

It’s been a day of...

When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?

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Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what...

Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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I had a busy Sunday...

#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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#Beauty is in the eye...

This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 
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Please can I be a #QHotelsFamilyAmbassador?

Award winning QHotels are running a fantastic competition to be a#QHotelsFamilyAmbassador and we leapt at the chance to enter. After spending two weeks in a holiday suite with the tots, thinking about how to entertain them when in the room was something that was on my mind daily. Thankfully I had thought about this before hand I took things with us to help keep them occupied. So when I saw this competition, it was just a chance to write down everything I had been thinking about.

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Let me tell you a bit about us…

We are a family of 4: Mummy, Daddy (the professional photographer), Noah aged 3 and very nearly 4 and little Isla who is a lovely age of 2. Yes, our hands are full and yes I believe if you can make the Constants happy in a stay at QHotels then you can make any family that stay with you happy! That is how confident I am. The tots are just in to everything, they don’t stop and trying to keep them occupied is something I am constantly trying to do and this goes for Daddy too! He is a busy man, always wanting to get up and do something and be kept busy. Then there is me, little Mummy who tries to hold it all together until bedtime – when I flop! We have stayed in many hotels, we do a lot with the children and I believe we could get some real insights into life with small children on the go. It would also give us a great excuse to have some family fun along the way, making lovely new memories – which is what it’s all about in the long run.

The Quackers pack

I really love the fact that QHotels have the Quackers packs for kids, it is such a thoughtful idea. As most of you will understand, staying in a hotel without the comforts of your child locks and stairgates, it can be quite stressful with toddlers in tow. Especially nosey ones, like mine. They would explore the room within seconds, open all the drawers and cupboards and quite possibly try to test that the water works! Cue taps… You currently get 4 colourful crayons, 2 x Quackers badges, A flag to colour in, A postcard to send back to friends and family back home, A colouring in sheet, A fun puzzle and activity booklet, An envelope addressed to Mummy and Daddy containing a £20 voucher (to redeem off a future two-night stay!).

So what would I change or add to develop the Quackers pack further for little tots that stay at QHotels, well firstly I would split the bags into sexes: A Quackers bag and a Quackerettes bag! (One for a boy and one for a girl).

I love the fact you get crayons in the bags, but my kids eat wax crayons so considering colouring pencils for me would be something on the list. Even better those twistable crayons that do not need a sharpener! Badges and stickers are always a winner with the children, a page of duck stickers would be a great little addition. The flag and postcard is a great idea, really thoughtful too.

The only thing I would like add to both boy and girl bags is a disposable camera, you will be at the hotel because you are on a trip and I thought the idea of a disposable camera to capture photos of your trip was a nice keepsake, plus what child doesn’t love playing with things like that. Noah would absolutely LOVE taking photos of his room and what he does on his adventures, so it made me think of putting it in an activitity pack.

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I have taken the colouring in sheet idea a little further:

The boy bag

In the boy bag I would add a little matchbox sized car and a colouring in sheet with a road map drawn on it, so that the car can be used on the road map. Something to colour in and something to play with afterwards, my little man loves his cars and it would come with him for the entire trip.

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The girl bag

For the little girlies, I was thinking of a similar idea but having a little dolly with a colouring in pop up background for the doll. So again, something to play with and something to colour in at the same time.

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 So here goes, my ideas on what to put in the activity packs along with my crazy “Constant” family this is my entry. Hope you like the ideas, or at least the concepts to be taken further. In the meantime look out for my entry and vote for me on the QHotels website: http://www.qhotels.co.uk/family-ambassador/.

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