This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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Would you believe me when...

A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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I find I spend most...

We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

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We’ve been busy little bees...

A small change can have a huge impact: Chapter one – Morning routine

This post is basically a big “tip” for those of you that struggle to get out of the house in the morning, whether that is for work or the school run in-between. I have been struggling for months in a cycle that literally started off my day in a frustrated, built up way that effected the rest of the day to come. I am pretty sure the children really didn’t like it either. I made one change, to begin with and it changed my entire mood.

What was my routine like before?

OK, I cannot really explain what has changed without describing what life was like to begin with. And I am sure a lot of you will relate to this. A typical week day morning for me would be: get up around 6:45am and go downstairs. Make a cup of tea and the kids a drink. The kids sit and play with their toys, I sit and drink my tea whilst possibly browsing Instagram (my favourite tool for procrastinating). It gets to about 8am and I will suddenly realise we have 45 minutes to get out of the house and I have to:

  1. Feed pets
  2. Feed children
  3. Feed myself
  4. Get dressed
  5. Get the children dressed
  6. Get book bags / PE kits
  7. Do Isla’s hair so she doesnt look like she was dragged to work.
  8. All clean our teeth
  9. Get shoes on
  10. Get coats on

Now these ten items may not seem like a big deal, but when you have a 6 year old and a nearly 5 year old in the house, it really is!! I could spend at least 80% of that 45 minutes repeating myself. I annoy myself. It is that frustrating. “Get your shoes on”, “Are you dressed yet”, “have you cleaned your teeth”, oh and “what do you want for breakfast”? Apparantly the question “what do you want for breakfast” causes much confusion to little children. They look at me like they are conjouring up a battle plan to attack a remote island off the coast of Antartica, to reclaim land! OK, slightly off topic, but you get the picture. Pets are easy, they get what they are given and are always grateful. The tasks that take the longest are getting dressed and getting our shoes on. Why? It takes five minutes, max. Doesn’t it?

Due to all the running around and craziness, we often leave the house at 8:45am with coats hanging off our shoulders, one shoe on and one half on, hair still not done and my dress tucked into my knickers! That’s the vision I had of us.

What did I change?

In one of my mindful moments: knowing that I had changed my working pattern and I needed to be more organised to get out of the house earlier on a Monday and Friday, I knew I had to do something differently.

I wrote a list, I love a list, of things that I do in the mornings and then went through all of them to see what I could change and what it would impact. What would give me the biggest impact? I don’t want to be chasing my tail all of the time. I don’t want to be known for forgetting everything and being late everytime. I was embarrassed.

I could have changed many things, but the thing that seems to have worked both physically and emotionally, is the routine itself. Instead of getting up and sitting downstairs in my nice snuggly dressing gown, what about if I get dressed first? Instead of letting the kiddies play for half an hour, why not ask them to get dressed first too? And do you know, it really works! We all get dressed. We have breakfast, do our hair and then whatever time we have left we get to play. Whilst they eat their breakfast, I can drink my tea. It all works out rather well.

Our new routine looks like this:

The other main driver for changing my morning routine, is because on a Monday and Friday I have to leave the house by 8am. I want to make sure the house is “decent”, the children are dressed and fed so that Nanny doesn’t have to spend her half an hour telling them 25 times to get ready! It makes me feel less guilty when I leave the house. Which I guess is what a lot of this is! 

Some other things I changed

There are a few other changes I have made since the initial transformation to my routine, that have helped too. We have removed the multiple choice for breakfast. There are no longer six cereals to choose from, toast or criossant and yoghurt. This makes it a quicker decision for the children. I often find having a choice of two things is perfectly adequate for them to feel in control and for it to be sorted quickly. Yesterday I created a quick menu for them to read out together and it worked nicely, they both gave me their orders. It’s amazing what a little piece of paper with the words menu can do. 

I will be writing up some more of these changes I’m going through, as a lot is going on in my brain right now and writing about it helps.  It might help someone else too, who knows. Next week is all about making the children answer their questions which helps to encourage positive thinking. 

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1 Comment
  • MSEDOLLYP
    February 2, 2017

    well done! wE USED TO HAVE SIMILAR PROBLEMS, NOW GETTING FED AND READY IS A PRIORITY BEFORE PLAYING AND TECH TIME! also I PUT ANYTHNG NEEDED IN BAGS THE NIGHT BEFORE AND PUT AS MUCH OUT READY THE NIGHT BEFORE TOO. a CHANGE IN YOUR DAYS MEANS EVERYONE NEEDS TO CHANGE AND HELP START THE DAY WITH A SMILE! hOPE YOU ENJOY ‘YOUR’ THURSDAY TODAY!!

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