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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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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#Recipe – Easter eggs and cupcakes

Waitrose sent us some fantastic items to make and decorate our own Cadbury’s Easter eggs and lots of tasty treats to decorate our chocolate eggs – we had enough left over to make our very own chocolate cupcakes. It was so much fun making, baking and decorating with the children but it was a chocolatey mess – everywhere!

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It was simply wonderful to watch the children getting involved and decorating their chocolate eggs, which I made from the egg moulds that Waitrose sent out, I did have to stand back and keep myself from taking it off of them and wiping their hands down every 5 seconds. They really enjoyed decorating and eating all the goodies that came with it. Because the children are so young they didn’t wait to finish their eggs before showing off the decoration, they simply ate as they went. Look at their chocolate chops!

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It was nice to see them concentrating on something for a while, together too, it is nice seeing them getting a long as siblings and doing fun activities together. Even if I did need to wash down the playroom afterwards! Small price to pay for seeing them being together and working on their decorating skills. To use the egg moulds it is really easy, but you need to allow a day for the chocolate to set and be thick enough. After melting the desired chocolate, using the back of a spoon you smother the moulds with the chocolate, make it as thick as you can. Then when the area is covered, place the moulds, rounded side up, on baking paper and leave in the fridge to set. Repeat this process until your eggs are the thickness you require, it took around 90 minutes for each layer to set before adding more chocolate. Once the eggs are thick enough and set, it is the fun part. Waitrose have some great ideas and inspiration for things to do over Easter with the children.

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Let the children loose, let yourself loose or if you are a perfectionist make your chocolate eggs look amazing, we had a box of goodies to decorate our chocolate eggs with including different varieties of chocolate. The children just chose to throw everything they could at their egg and cupcake, and eat as you go:

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This was Isla’s finished example, at 23 months I was impressed that so much of her chocolate egg was in tact, compared to her brothers:

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Waitrose sent us a huge collection of goodies to decorate the eggs and cupcakes with including yummy Cadbury’s chocolate for melting into chocolate eggs and Lindt 85% cocoa chocolate for baking with. We had decorations from fizzing candy to fudge pieces and we made our cupcakes look extremely tempting, we were really lucky to have such yummy goodies sent to us.

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RECIPE – Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing

We used a recipe I have made before, not one with cocoa powder but melted chocolate, depending on how long you cook them for you can make chocolate gu cakes with the recipe. Yummy!

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Christmas style turkey burgers with a summer twist
Serves 2
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 500g Lean turkey mince
  2. 1 slice of thick white bread (or 4 crackers)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs
  5. 2 teaspoons of cranberry sauce
  6. 4 slices of brie
Instructions
  1. Get the mince in a bowl and break it up with your fingers so that it is moulding together.
  2. Add the mixed herbs to the mince and continue to mix together with your fingers.
  3. Break up the slice of thick bread into crumbs and add it to the mince mixture.
  4. Crack the egg into the bowl and mix this up with the mince mixture, still using your fingers. Make sure to really squish it up so that it mixes up well.
  5. When you have the right texture with the mince, split the mince in half. (Or in quarters, depending on what size burgers you wish to make).
  6. With one half left to the side for later, take the remaining mince and split a bit off for the lid.
  7. Round off the remaining mince, into a burger shape and push a hole in the middle with your knuckles. Making sure to not push through to the bottom.
  8. With the well in the middle of the mince, put a teaspoon of cranberry sauce and a couple of slices of brie. (Whatever will fit).
  9. Then roll out the bit of mince in your hands, flatten and push on top of the well (gently) to make the lid. Tidy it up and make sure no brie/cranberry is showing through the mince.
  10. Using a spatula, place the burgers carefully into an ovenproof dish.
  11. Put the Christmas turkey burgers into the frying pan and shallow fry for around 20/30 minutes, or until cooked right through. Depends on what size burgers you make.
Notes
  1. I served them with rocket drizzled with balsamic vinegar, mushroom and serve it with a fresh panini for a lunch time treat.
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