Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

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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What a great #friyay it’s...

🐝 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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Our half term routine (it...

🐾 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?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

Save a little where you’re spending a lot

Spending a lot is not what you want to be doing at this time of year, but we know it’s what everyone is doing. We’re heading towards the Christmas rush, and although it’s not December just yet, we think we’re close enough to the big day to be bringing it up. You’ll no doubt have been scouring the websites, picking up little odd presents from the shop, and really feeling like the festive rush is going to hit you like a ton of bricks. Well let’s see if we can save a little, so you can spend more on presents!

If you do love the festive season, then the rush might not be that much of a big deal for you. But the strain on your bank account just might be, especially if you know you’re guilty of splurging a little bit too much on people at this time of year. So before the rush does hit you like a ton of bricks, it might be good to see if you can quickly cut down some of the areas in your life where you might be spending a little bit too much.

We’re not going to give you some big drastic ways of saving money, but we are going to point out a few ways where you can save a little where you might currently be saving a lot. So, keep on reading, and see if you need to cut back in these areas.

Random Subscriptions

This is one that most of you are going to be guilty of, so perhaps you can relate and take away some of the information and make a few changes. Random subscriptions always start with one, and the most common one is Netflix. A staple to nearly every household, and depending on how old your children are, there might even be multiple subscriptions going on in the household, where there only needs to be one. But then you’ll see something advertised on Amazon Prime video, that can only be watched through that. So you subscribe. Then you realise you can get Now TV and watch TV and films, so you subscribe. But you’re also subscribed to a broadband and television package, meaning you also get an array of channels and films on there. So you see, you’ll most likely have so many different ones that you could cut out of your life, and that’s just in terms of the things you can watch on your TV! There will be so many more that you no doubt have. From beauty box subscription, to food deliveries, we seem to love them all. So write down all of the things that you’re subscribed to at the minute, and see what it totals to. If you’ve got a long list and the total is high, start cutting some out. If your list is short, maybe there are other areas of your life that you can cut down a little bit.

Sky High Phone Bills

Sky high phone bills are becoming more common at the minute, because people are willing to pay such a large amount to get what new phone they want, and some of the new phones at the minute are being sold on ridiculous contracts. So, you have to wonder, is there any point in paying such a high phone bill, when you could take a longer route that would pay off. What you could do, is get a cheaper phone, and a really cheap phone contract, such as the ones offered by SMARTY Mobile. You could then have that cheaper contact for so long, all whilst saving to buy a brand new phone outright, and getting a sim only contract. You will honestly save so much money by doing this, even if it does take a little longer to do so. You won’t be tied into a contract, you’ll have the freedom of owning the phone right away, and you’ll just feel like you’ve actually accomplished something. You might also be struggling with your landline bill, because to get a deal where you’re not paying for calls all day long, means you’ll be paying such a large amount. And if not, you’ll be getting charged such a large amount. So why not cut out the landline altogether, and just have your mobile. You will save a hell of a lot each month, by only having to pay for the broadband and television.

Your Weekly Shop

Your weekly shop is one that will go up and up as your kids grow older. Right from the moment you become a parent, that weekly shop filled with nappies and baby food makes you realise how good you had it beforehand. And it’s only going to get worse as they get older and they need more food in their system, and more treats to keep them happy. So to keep your weekly shop down, there are a few things that you can do. One of them is shopping at discount stores, rather than going for the normal supermarkets that you go for. There are so many stores selling their own brand of items, and selling cheaper items that taste and look pretty much the same. You could seriously cut your shopping bill down by half each week by doing this. You should also choose your meals wisely, thinking of ways that you can include meals with the same ingredients, so you’re getting more out of what you buy, meaning you have to buy less!

The Demands Of Parenthood

The demands of parenthood are definitely one that we can all relate to, and buy demands, we mean the things we have to do to keep our families functioning and happy. This can be anything from fabulous birthday that cost a fortune, to weekend family trips out to make sure your kids’ lives are enriched. To cut this down, we recommend couponing, and always searching for something to do that’s free. Doing things as a family doesn’t have to be big and extravagant, it can simply be going to the park and having a family day out playing games.

What tips do you have to save a little = so you can refocus your spending? I would love to know in the comments below.

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