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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“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?

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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 📷

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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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Seas the days of Spring with Regatta

I am a huge fan of Regatta, you probably know that by now and I wanted to share some fantastic offers and a range of items with you that are great for this Spring weather. Vibrant colours and clothes that are great for the colder days and the warmer days. My favourite season is Spring, we start to go out for our adventures and wander around places that we do not normally see and so having a wardrobe to fit is essential.

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I was sent a lovely collection of goodies which I have worn, a lot, especially in this transition from Winter to Spring and they are perfect for our family adventures. We recently took a trip to Wells Next the Sea in Norfolk and the coat and hat kept me nice and warm, but not too hot as the temperatures were in the 10’s. The hat is so comfortable and I just love the vibrant colours, it is perfect for walking the dogs in the morning as it keeps my little ears nice and snug. The quilted jacket is called Audrey and I got it in black, it is a nice fit that hugs my body and it comes with a belt which really accentuates your figure. The jacket is a traditional, country style,  diamond shaped quilted pattern. The outer fabric is shower proof, so I do not wear the jacket on major rainy days, but it can stand the test of time through a brief shower. Spring is full of those! The coat is made from Thermo guard insulation, so you get the warmth without all of the padding of these huge puffer coats. So it really is fashionable outdoor wear. I have started using this coat to go to work with because it looks really stylish and keeps me nice and warm. You can grab a bargain as this jacket is now £65 from the Regatta website and also comes in navy.

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The Viktoria hat is my favourite hat, if I could wear it everyday, I most probably would. I love the chunky knit pattern with the bold colours that really work well together. The pom pom on the end of the hat looks really stylish too, I find that hats with pom pom’s look better on me than without. The hat is lined with fleece material, so the wool doesn’t itch your ears and it is so comfortable. I promise you, you will not want to take the hat off. You can grab a fantastic bargain with this hat at the moment as it is only £12 and it comes in four colours, but my favourite has to be the blue.

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I was also sent a lovely fleece; the WOW WOW fleece. It is thicker than the usual fleeces that you can get from Regatta as it is has a lining of thick brown high pile and it is extremely cosy. The fit on this jacket is a great everyday style, which means it works with skinny jeans and boots, or wellies and leggings. You can wear it do your shopping, or wear it to pick the kids up. You do not have to wear it just for when you are adventuring in the great outdoors. Now the weather is warming up, it makes for a great top jacket, with a jumper underneath. There is no need for a huge coat on the top which is great. I love the elbow pads on this jacket too, they are wax effect, so it protects the elbows from getting dirty – which is great as the light vanilla colour would easily show dirt marks. The fleece comes in three colours and is currently online for £60.00, it is perfect for Spring and when we reach the Winter months you can double it up with a coat and it would be equally perfect.

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And last but not least, if you have some Mother’s Day pennies to spend, or you just want to treat yourself to a new Spring sweather in time for Easter, Seas the Day is a beautiful new sweater that comes in 3 fantastic colours: navy, seascape and lollipop. I really love all three colours and this is a perfect sweater for Spring, the colours are vibrant and work with all other colours too. Perfect with skinny jeans and a gilet, or leggings and wellies with a matching pom pom hat. The sweater is online at £35.

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Regatta online now accept PayPal which makes purchasing items even easier, safer and you can do it from your smartphone. The delivery was really quick and I didn’t miss my delivery, despite not being at home as Regatta’s delivery service use the drop it off at a secure local place near you. So all I had to do was nip to the local pick up point, which is a late night garage, to collect my parcel. I thought that was a brilliant added service as I work full time I always miss deliveries.

Keep up to date with offers on the Regatta Facebook page and the Twitter account: @regattaonline.

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1 Comment
  • Penny Alexander
    March 18, 2015

    I just stumbled on your Wells You Tube Vid so popped over to see if you had a post too. We are heading there this weekend. Love the gear, my Dad is forever telling me to get some decent outdoor gear – he always ends up lending me his stuff when we go walking. Makes such a difference. You all look fab!

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