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...

Press

Where have you seen us?   

March 2020, Linens Limited featured us in a Mum & Interior blogs you have to follow. It was so nice to be featured up next to some amazing home and interior influencers on Instagram.

March 2020, Champneys featured us in a special Mother’s Day piece from across the world. They quoted me on some of our Mother’s Day traditions, which involves staying at home, together and eating a yummy roast dinner!


In March 2020, I was also featured on the VillaFinder website in a feature on Mums sharing their top family travel tips, including real life experiences with the kids! We are 13 in the list and my top tip is to pack the entertainment in a backpack! A memorable experience: “Noah had chickenpox beforehand, Isla got chickenpox during the holiday. I had to stay in Kos for an extra few days as she wasn’t allowed to fly home when originally planned. Very stressful at the time but funny looking back at it now. blog post on my blog of this.”


In April 2019, we were featured in a local newspaper that is distributed across Cambridgeshire. As I came to the 9 year anniversary of writing this blog it was lovely to read that my hard work is acknowledged. The local newspaper is the Cambridge News.


I work closely with Mumsnet, I love the topics they cover and ideas they have. It is a great place to share thoughts and opinions, or simply read through someone else’s ideas. Recent family topics I have covered with them are Moneybox and Pizza Express.


You can find me on Channel Mum, a place where you can find lots of wonderful vloggers and videos from everything you can possibly imagine. I have worked with Channel Mum on a few campaigns now and it has been a lot of fun! 


We are currently listed in the top 80 videos for Tots100 with our video, A week with the Constants, I love this video. It makes me laugh to watch it back and reflect on some funny moments and family memories: 


We have been featured as Mummy blog of the month on the website “Private Pregnancy” with my post regarding the recent cancer scare that I went through. 


We are very lucky to have been Carnival Cruise Lines ambassadors for 2016, we had our first family cruise around the Med as the ChillSeeking family, on one of the first few trips on the Carnival Vista ship. It was amazing, we met some fantastic people and great friends that I would hope will be friends for years to come. 


Recently I have been featured on Jacqueline Ashworth for my review of her lovely matilda necklace. I wear it everyday, it’s beautiful and personalised! 


I really enjoyed writing for Sue Ryder in 2014, I featured on their website during Hospice Care Week. The article was all about the fabulous work the carers did whilst my Grandad was in one of their hospices. 


We have been working with Bernard Matthews over the years as a brand ambassador, the children love their products and they come in really handy for quick and easy family meals. 


Online Them featured one of my articles about the digital age and it’s influences on parenting. It is a really interesting read actually! As I said before I am a bit of a geek. 


I have been featured on Tots100 on many occasions, it is a great site to pull together some fabulous parenting blogs. If you ever need reviews, competitions and a good ole read.

Baking with kids – my Monster Inc cookie recipe was a favourite of the Tots100 columnists and they featured the recipe in February 2014. 

Instragrammer of the week in October 2013 – it was amazing to be noticed for my colourful shots and unusual angles as that is what I try to do with my photography. 


Little Isla was featured on the Enchanted Interiors website with her new bedroom design back in 2014, she loved it. I love this photo of her too, she had hardly any hair for so long. 

I featured on the Britmums website in April 2012 with a geeky guide on using an iPad with the WordPress app, it was a lot of fun writing this post. I like writing helpful guides for people. 

I was featured blogger on We Made Me in 2012, you can read a little history about MummyConstant and a bit about our family at the time. 

Awards and nominations

2016

December 2016 – listed no. 3 in the weekly Parent Blogger Club listings. 

May 2016 – listed no. 5 in the top 12 magnificent Mum blogs by Samuel Windsor. Alongside some other fantastic Mummy bloggers, I was very honoured to make this list. 

March 2016 – nominated for the best blogger award for the 2016 Mad Blog Awards

January 2016 – no. 51 in the Tots100 Parenting blog listings. 

2015

September 2015 – no. 68 in the Tots100 Parenting blog listings. 

August 2015 – no. 56 in the Tots100 Parenting blog listings. 

2013

October 2013 – awarded top Instagrammer of the week by Tots100. 

2012

December 2012 – awarded no. 30 in the top 50 pregnancy and baby blogs by Tots100. 

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