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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I’ve been working in the...

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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Today, we had another day...

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 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.

A very happy birthday to...

Spending time with Grandma at Christmas time #familytraditions

My Grandparents are a huge part of my life, from the day I was born they have always been there for me. They did everything for me; boxes of food for university, dinners on a Saturday night and then sitting back and watching Inspector Morse. A family Christmas time. I loved my time with them both and it was devastating to lose my Grandad, he was like a Father to me growing up. I am so glad he gave me away and got to meet my children. 

I am still lucky enough to have Grandma in my life and after all she has done for me, I certainly want to give back. I always try to put Grandma first. I have a close bond with Grandma because I have spent so much time with her. She would babysit us after school, cook our dinners, pick me up from Brownies and let me stay at her house once a week and I always enjoyed those sleepovers. I would get a hot chocolate in bed and I would sneak and watch Absolutely Fabulous with her – we thought it was hilarious. It’s funny how I hold on to these memories so dearly. 

Since Grandad passed, I think about the times we spent together a lot. Walking their dog. When I was little, we would spend Saturday mornings with Grandad, and he would take us to Bedford. We would have £2 (my brother and I) and that was our pocket money. I remember being able to buy a small doll and a bag of pick and mix for this amount – you certainly couldn’t do that these days. He was very regimented, he taught me a lot about life, and I got my love of classical music from him. 

Grandparents at Christmas time

Every year at Christmas we would all spend Christmas Day at their house. Without fail. This was one of the hardest traditions to break when I got married. I couldn’t expect Hubby not to see his family on Christmas Day, equally I wanted to be around mine. So, we started taking it in turns each year and this is something we still do. This year it’s Christmas Day with my family and we will all go to Grandmas. It literally doesn’t feel like Christmas if we do not go to Grandmas – because I have done that for 36 years (yes that’s how old I am). Now Grandma spends her days on her own, the very least we can do is spend the holidays with her. I try to take the kiddies to see her every fortnight too – I try my best to make sure the kiddies are a big part of her life as she was for me. 

RCI Bank have shared some research on Grandparents and the impact they have on families, emotionally and financially; where would be without them? 

Did you know:

  • Grandparents spend on average around 20% more on presents, than their grandchildren spend on them at Christmas
  • One in six (16%) of Grandparents wish they saw their grandchildren more at Christmas, and over half (52%) are looking forward to spending time with their grandchildren.
  • The majority (50%) of Grandparents spend at least Christmas Dinner with their family, with a quarter (23%) being involved in the present opening under the tree
  • However nearly a quarter (23%) don’t spend any Christmas time with their families

Grandma is lucky as she gets to spend Christmas with her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren (she has 4 of them too). It makes me feel happy to know that we make sure Grandma is an important part of their lives. I am sure it makes Grandma happy too! 

AD – this post is in collaboration with RCI Bank, all opinions and photographs are my own.

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3 Comments
  • olivia Kirby
    December 13, 2019

    We are staying with my parents all over Christmas, Mum has my kids a lot anyway so I can work. They’re the best!

  • paula cheadle
    December 13, 2019

    I remember spending lots of time with my grandparents

  • Patricia Avery
    December 15, 2019

    I have such great memories of my Grandma not just at Christmas but all year round. I lived with her for the first 7 years of my life as my parents could not afford to buy a house (early 1950s)

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