This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

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🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

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...

Some thrifty tips to help with the food shop

Moving house has been quite an ordeal over Christmas, New Year and my birthday. Lots of food has been eaten, however our budget has shrunk. We have had to pay out a lot more money than ever before as we’ve bought our first house. Here are some tips on how we keep the cupboards stocked up and our tummies happy. And our obsession with garlic bread…

It doesn’t always have to be fresh

Although fresh fruit and vegetables are delicious. It goes in the fridge and very quickly, in our house, leaves. So the fridge doesn’t stay stocked for long. We’ve started buying frozen vegetables and fruit, also canned fruit to make sure it lasts longer and we only use what we need. Isla loves her fruit, we got frozen pineapple chunks and she loves that with yoghurt for breakfast. We use frozen vegetables for meals in the evenings, it doesn’t have to be a mixed vegetable pack. We buy separate bags of vegetables, they seem to taste better! 

Offers!

Make the most of offers. When the shops have sales of items that are ridiculously cheap – we buy them. We have had a freezer full of garlic bread for a month because it was really cheap and we stocked up. Who doesn’t love garlic bread? If you like something and its on offer, especially 10p or 20p per item, grab it.

Use different supermarkets 

Where we live we are very lucky to have multiple stores around us. We literally have the pick of the bunch. We get different things from different places to ensure we get the best products and cheapest too. We do not do this in the same day, may I just add, we rotate around the shops depending on what we need each week.

Lidl/Aldi

When we do get fresh vegetables and fruit, we get it from Lidl. Cheeses and items for the refrigerator are great from here too. They have great prices on everyday essentials which taste yummy. I love their fresh aisles, the mozzarella and tomato bread is delicious. 

Tesco

We go to Tesco for anything Lidl and Aldi do not sell. Some spices and herbs for example. Tesco has got a lot more competitive with their prices lately, we’ve seen a shift to compete with Lidl on the fresh vegetables! I love the Tesco vegetarian products, there’s a lot to choose from and I love their vegetarian frozen sausages – perfect for a toad in the hole. 

Iceland

We use Iceland for frozen food like french fries, fish fingers and burgers for the children. They’ve also started selling a lot more vegetarian options so we tend to grab them when we can. Oh and the ice creams are amazing from Iceland – the kiddies love the bubblegum flavour. 

Farm goods

Not quite a supermarket, but when we do have time or we’re planning to cook a nice meal for family and friends we will always get our vegetables from a local farm. They have a cart and sell seasonable vege. It’s not expensive and it’s as fresh as fresh can be. I love grabbing the big bags of greens, with no cellophane and wrapping whatsoever. 

Batch cook

Daddy is very good in the kitchen. He looks after us all and very meticulously: he batch cooks. By that I mean he makes up meals in extremely large portions and then freezes it in small portions for one person. Things like: lasagne, bolognese, chilli, Moroccan stew and my current favourite Tuscan Soup. It’s perfect as we just take a portion out of the freezer for when we need it and it’s also perfect for lunches. By the time I eat my lunch the meal has defrosted! Great savings to be made on food.

How do you shop for your families food? Do you have any tricks to add to the list, if so I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

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1 Comment
  • The Reading Residence
    February 25, 2019

    I love Iceland for freezer food, but I always come back from there wishing I had a bigger freezer – I always overbuy! I never think of frozen or canned fruit, yet I do with vegetables. Thanks for making me think of it, makes total sense.

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