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.

#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

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?


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.

A very happy birthday to...

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!


I wonder what is going...

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.


This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“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

“We are very excited to...

🌼 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?

🌼 April is here and...

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 📷

My favourite pics from March...

Spend a memorable time in Mykonos

Mykonos has many idyllic places to visit with your partner. Apart from its natural beauties, you will find a lot of romantic restaurants, accommodation and picturesque sightseeing spots where you and your partner can create some special memories together.

  • Choices of accommodation for couples

The best accommodation you can find in Mykonos if you are visiting the island with your partner is either a suite in a five star resort or a Mykonos Villa.

Five star resorts offer a lot of amenities, facilities and services so that you and your lover don’t spend time on searching where to eat or organizing your visits to a spa. They have some great suites, usually equipped with a private swimming pool, Jacuzzis, big verandas to watch the sunset or the calming sea view. Using the resort’s concierge services you can have  a romantic dinner for two or enjoy a massage session in your room with your partner.

Villas in Mykonos offer a lot of privacy and space for a couple’s romantic moments. They also have private swimming pools, Jacuzzis and balconies with a view. They additionally have big beautiful gardens and big indoor areas. By hiring a private chef you can have your romantic dining at you garden, your private dining room or your veranda. 

A third suggestion for more adventurous couples would be renting a luxury yacht. Yachts come with a full crew and you can hire any additional staff you may need such as chefs, butlers or entertainers. You can visit the most isolated and idyllic beaches of the island or stay on the yacht, having some great moments surrounded by the sea.

  • Romantic landscapes (little venice / sunsets)

You may have seen Little Venice in postcards or your friends’ photos. Although visitors say that it is impossible to capture all the beauty of the small neighborhood in Chora in a photo, you may get a small idea about it. Little Venice has many cafes and restaurants around it so you can eat or drink a cocktail in one of them enjoying the gorgeous view.

The most romantic time of the day is sunset and sunsets in Mykonos are spectacular. You can admire the beautiful colors with your partner from your room’s balcony, your swimming pool or at one of the western beaches of the island. 

  • Dream your wedding in Mykonos

The last few years a big number of weddings are organized in Mykonos. Couples from all over the world choose this small Cycladic island for their most important day in their lives. The fact is that in Mykonos you can have the wedding you are dreaming about.

Mykonos has around 500 churches and chapels. Among them you will find a lot of isolated small churches, perfect for a romantic wedding. Big hotels have their own team specialized on organizing weddings but you will also find concierge services agencies that will prepare every detail for your special day.

While you and your partner are on vacations in Mykonos you can get some ideas about your wedding. Dream about the church, the wedding party, your favorite decoration and leave the boring details to the specialists.

  • Romantic restaurants (Koursaros/Remezzo/Interni)

Mykonos has a lot of restaurants of any kind. Among them you will find some that are really idyllic and where couples can have a perfect, romantic dinner.

Koursaros restaurant is located at the center of Mykonos Town and has a big inner garden. The decoration is mainly white and feels like you are in the sea or a luxury yacht. Fine dining here meets here with a romantic ambience.

You will find Remezzo restaurant in a wonderful location at the end of Old Port right at the edge of the sea. The view is magnificent, the gourmet dishes are delicious and the decoration is modern and romantic.

Interni bar restaurant is located in the center of Mykonos Town at Matogianni area. It has a spacious beautiful garden with tables under tall trees and it is surrounded by a stone wall, offering isolation from the street noise. A small chapel at the end of its bar, the luxurious decoration and the light of hundreds of candles create the perfect dining atmosphere for couples.

Have you visited Mykonos before? Do you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them in the comments below. 


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