Well, we couldn’t get to the cinema last night to see the new Trolls World Tour movie. So, we decided to turn our living room into the cinema instead and hired the new Trolls World Tour movie from Sky Store Premiere from @skytv.

It was so much fun. The movie is brilliant. We absolutely love both films and it was perfect as the kiddies go to jump about the living room, whereas usually they would be seated quietly. It was nice watching them loosen up and not feel stressed that they were making noise!

Of all the fun lockdown activities, making our own Premiere movie night was perfect. I don’t really want to talk too much about the movie but let me confirm it is absolutely brilliant and a definite must watch from The Constants.

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#trollsworldtour #skystorepremiere #lockdownfun #activities #indoorfun #homecinema 💞

Well, we couldn’t get to...

I’ve been working in the conservatory over the past few weeks, whilst it’s not been so hot. This has been my #windowview.

I love watching what they get up to: this was their homemade circuit. They each did an activity for 30 seconds, then moved on to the next thing.

They’ve made a bird box today, also flapjack and apple crumble.

They amaze me. I worked for 5 hours and they did some great things! It’s amazing how many activities they are trying and things they are learning during lockdown.

Noah said to us at breakfast today: “I’m going to miss this family time”. It was so raw and made me feel really tearful. I too will miss it. We all agreed that we would miss it and it’s been nice having all our meals together. Talking together. Playing and learning together.

It’s going to feel bizarre when things go back to normal: work and school!

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We all live in a #yellow... pop up tent! A yellow... pop up tent. A yellow... pop up tent. 🎵 Not a submarine in our back garden today.

Daddy pitched this yellow pop up tent in the garden and the kiddies sat in it for ages. It was moved to various shady areas throughout the afternoon, but served its purpose of entertaining the kids for a while.

Now, what you may not be able to tell from this photo is that this tent is not very wide. They had to lay in a foetal position and couldn’t stretch their legs out. For some reason this tickled me. Seeing their feet poking through the sides every now and again!

It’s the small things that make me smile. The @myhousethismonth challenge today is 5 things about me, so here’s 5 things that made me smile today:

1 ~ the yellow pop up tent
2 ~ watching Gary Barlow and his Croony collabs
3 ~ Isla and Daddy’s delicious homemade brownie
4 ~ Noah & Isla watching #GBBO & their comments about the celebrity bakes
5 ~ I got something finished for work this afternoon (made me feel productive)

What about you? What’s your 5 things that made you smile today... #mummyphotoaday #mygardenthismonth #myhousethismonth

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I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.

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Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

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We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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We have joined the rest...

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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5 simple ways to keep your house clean with pets

We have three fur balls at home, two dogs and one cat, I find it really hard to keep on top of the house work at the best of times but even more so when you have to worry about muddy paw prints or cat fluff all over the carpet. Sometimes it just seems impossible to get rid of dog smells, but there are wonderful ways and simple ideas to help you keep on top of it all.

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Here are my top tips on keeping your home clean despite the pet’s best efforts:

Stock up with handy cleaning tools

I have an indoor broom handy and a dust pan and brush. The thought of having to hoover twice a day to pick up the pet hair made me feel quite frustrated, so I now use the broom to sweep it all up and the crumbs that the children leave too – win win. Quick and easy.

A dust pan brush is great to get cat fur off the carpet too – wet it a little and rub the cat fur with the bristles. Watch the fur clump together, pick up the clumps and throw it in the bin. Rocky has a spot at the top of the stairs, which I think is where the pipes warm up the floor, he sleeps there all day and night. As you can imagine sometimes the beige carpet looks grey so this neat trick saves me a lot of time and I can just do that one area when I need to.

Use a steam mop with scented cleaning products

As you may have read in one of my previous posts, a handy tip is to put Zoflora in your steam mop. This not only cleans the floors with the steam getting rid of bacteria – but it also makes it smell devine! The good thing about the steam mop is it gets into the crooks of tiles, so where the pets might have dribbled their water or had an accident, the steam mop will give it a thorough clean.

Swap out the pet bedding

Buy a dog blanket for their beds, or a throw and buy it twice. Use one for a week and wash. Rotate the blankets whilst washing. This way the pets never go without their comforts. Washing the bedding weekly reduces the risk of eggs hatching if they have collected bugs on their long grass walks!

Rambo

Cover the sofa!

If the pets live in the house as you do it’s worth covering the sofa with throws. We all love sofa snuggles. Throws not only protect the sofa from dirt but it is also easier to wash. It works for the children too. The last thing we want is a chocolate stain or a felt tip pen signature. A tip for pets and children.

Keep a dog towel by the door

Big dog walks equals muddied paws and dripping wet from ear to tail. I find it really useful to grab the dogs towel at the front porch and wipe down the muddy paws. Otherwise they create a parade of brown paw prints throughout the house, which is a job to get that up from the carpet. So I use a preventative method before they get into the main house. I don’t want to ruin their fun by not letting them get muddy!

Do you have any useful tips on keeping the house clean with pets? I would love to hear them in the comments below or on social media @mummyconstant.

This post is brought to you by The Cleaning Wizard. Visit their website to find out more about household cleaning advice.

 

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5 Comments
  • Morgan
    July 5, 2016

    This is fantastic! Keeping your home home clean can be a humongous struggle when you have pets, but tips like this make it much easier! Thanks so much for sharing your advice!

  • Natasha @ Velamatta Blog
    August 18, 2016

    Hello, I really liked your idea of putting zoflora to my steam mop. i checked you other article and everything that you have posted there and here as well just makes perfect sense. my husband is a keen dog lover and i have had that problem with the dog smell for quite a lot of time. Now, I am going to implement some of the strategies that you suggested. Thanks for the article, it is very helpful!

  • Joyce A. Meehan
    August 27, 2016

    TWEET IT! LOVE IT…I KNOW WHAT A HELPFUL POST AS I DO CLEAN MYSELF TO SHINE MY FLOOR. SOME OF TOOLS IS MY COMMON HOUSEHOLD. HARDLY USED ANY CHEMICAL SOLUTION AS I USE STEAM MOP & IT WORKS FINE. KEEP CLEANING IS A SERIOUS MATTER WHO HAS A PETS. PETS HAIR ALMOST FOUND WHILE CLEANING. THANKS FOR SHARING NICE TIPS ALSO.

  • john
    October 13, 2016

    It is not an easy task to keep your home clean with pets.But cleaning is necessary to prevent unwanted diseases.These tips helped a lot in keeping my house clean.Thanks for sharing!

  • Brian
    November 1, 2016

    Great advice on keeping your home clean with pets. It really can be a difficult task as it always seems like dogs and cats are shedding. I’ll have to get a new dog blanket for the sofa, thanks for the reminder!

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