Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

#ad #SkyNature #NatureAtHome

🐝 We have really loved...

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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Prezzo – Healthy New Year

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prezzo1 (2)Its a new year, a new you & the time when a lot of people want to get back to eating healthily and lose that Christmas/New Years spread. I know I do, I cannot believe how much I ate over the festive period and how yucky I feel now after it all. So when I was asked to treat some friends to a yummy meal at Prezzo to try out their new Healthy New Year menu: How could I decline? We also went on my 30th birthday too, so it was an extra special treat with a nice bottle of Prosecco! I took along a few food lovers with me, who had also indulged over Christmas, so it was a great excuse to get some valued opinions.

The new Healthy New Year menu is a limited edition menu that has some fantastic meals on it that are all under 600 calories and judging by my experience and the look of the food, I think you would agree – HNYmenu (1)it doesn’t look like the healthy option. It looks extremely glamorous, very tasty and let me tell you, it was!

I think the Healthy New Year menu speaks for itself, the meals are all under 600 calories and it is a new range of food that is tasty. Please take my word for it, it is not a lie and here’s why:

For my meal I chose:

Cherry Tomato & Oregano Soup
Chicken Andria
Lemon Sorbet

Cherry Tomato & Oregano Soup

soup (2)It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of tomato soup at all. I was expecting the typical loud red of creamed soup with the inevitable dusting of dried parsley; however this particular version did surprise me… The presentation was certainly appetizing with its homemade appearance. Small chunks of tomatoes lay in the centre of the bowl, surrounded by the deep rich red liquid and the scattering of vibrant green fresh herbs. soup (1)It was seasoned adequately and with its delicate taste, you wouldn’t associate it as the ‘healthy / reduced calorie’ option.

I would definitely consider ordering this again for a tasty lighter choice – especially after the Christmas fill of mince pies – it’s nice to still eat out and eat tasty food, without worrying about the waist-line.

Chicken Andria

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The reading of this menu choice sounded lovely, fresh and certainly did not shout out ‘healthy option’ to me. The presentation was very clean and looked and felt like a traditional Italian meal. What was surprising was the flavour: the char-grilled chicken was a great full flavour to accompany the lighter mix of vegetables. I love aubergines and they, as all of the vege, was cooked perfectly. Usually, I shy away from the healthy menu option as I always feel cheated by the empty flavours – this is certainly not the case with this dish – it is satisfying on all levels. It didn’t look like a smaller portion which some restaurants do to make it more of a healthy option and it really filled me up. It was delicious. (I would choose this next time too!).

Lemon Sorbet

dessert (3)This is my friend Zoe’s favourite dessert ever! So it had a lot to live up to… It was presented in a modern ice-cold dish and did not disappoint what-so-ever on flavour, presentation, potion size or enjoyment!

The sorbet was completely smooth and slightly creamy – there were no little chunks of lemon rind (Zoe’s pet hate) or ice, showing that the preparation was carefully attended to. I couldn’t fault the sharpness to sweet ratio and the bold lemon flavour was as it should be.

Having something so full of flavour, knowing it’s the lighter choice, just takes it to another level – plus it’s a really good pallet cleanser for those hitting the town after dinner!

dessert (2)We felt welcomed as soon as we arrived. The restaurant was busy with varying size tables occupied, yet we still had very attentive service, service that perhaps you wouldn’t expect at a chain restaurant. kids_love_prezzoThis wasn’t just true of our table – I did notice the party behind us also receiving the same familiar service. Whenever we go to Prezzo with the little ones, we always get well looked after, they are always very patient with Noah and give him his menu and colouring pencils and never complain about the amount of food under the table or pencils flying around! Its a lovely place to take the children and a great place to enjoy a delicious meal with your friends too.

mains (5)The restaurant itself looks relatively new with a modern décor and a lovely ambiance, which relaxes the evening. We had a fantastic night and I know it was my birthday, so we were going to have a great night anyway, the food, the service and the company made it so. Our waiter was knowledgeable of the menu and was able to recommend dishes when asked (a small touch that’s valued in my opinion). He was right too on all accounts, everything he recommended, was liked by all! menu (3)

menu (2)The food and wine menus were full with a variety of good choices – also showing the calorie content for the ‘lighter choices’ should you wish to choose your meal accordingly. Which was great for those of us that couldn’t eat the meals from the Healthy New Year menu. Knowing you can eat out on a diet without having to highlight this to the waiter, your dining companion(s) or the whole restaurant is great! A nice little touch from Prezzo, yet again.

menu (4)So, I would dash on down to Prezzo and make the most out of this delicious new and limited Healthy New year menu. If you want to book a table at your local restaurant, you can do it on their website: http://www.prezzorestaurants.co.uk/.

You can follow Prezzo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/love_prezzo and like them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/loveprezzo.

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