The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

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I love Lush products, they...

I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

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I was so tired yesterday...

Its been lovely to get out and #walk after our homeschooling and working from home plans. I can imagine it would be quite a challenge if we couldn’t get out into the great outdoors.

It was especially nice to get out and make the most of the sunset. The sun has been glorious this week. It’s almost like Mother Nature knew we needed something positive and glorious to keep up our spirits.

Today has been quite stressful, I had to conduct 2 interviews and I was quite paranoid the kiddies would walk in half way through. Thankfully they didn’t! They have no idea what an interview is... 😂 Back to our normal homeschooling routine tomorrow. Phew!

How has everyone else got on today?

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We had PE in the garden this morning, following @thebodycoach #PEWithJoe. It was beautifully sunny and the perfect weather to get outside.

Albeit our garden isn’t finished (Daddy has 1 more day of laying the slabs) and he’s building a flower bed against the fence so it looks prettier... our outside space made me #smile.

It’s amazing how it’s all coming together and how absolutely essential this space will be over the Spring and Summer!

My first day of homeschooling will the kiddies and I’ve had a blast. Haha. I’ve marked their work, said “well done” 9,999 times and managed to get 2 washing loads done!

I am sure this positivity will diminish over the next few weeks, but I’m going to try my best to not let it.

My tips: 📖 Mix up the tasks frequently 🐈 Include the pets 🏡 Get out in the garden as much as possible 💭 Have some quiet time, alone, if you can

Hubby & I are co-homeschooling and working from home. I do homeschooling until lunch then work, and vice versa. It’s going to be tough, as I know already we’ve squealed and been loud whilst Daddy’s been on the phone. But, THIS IS LIFE now and there’s absolutely no point getting worked up about it. 👊🏻 We can do this!

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Could you be suffering from a food intolerance without knowing it?

I recently received some very good advice from Alexis Poole, she is the Spoon Guru Company’s Nutritionist & Registered Associate Nutritionist. She knows a lot about our bodies and what might cause them to do odd things. We often experience aches and pains and after some paracetamol, generally, the feelings pass. However, have you ever thought that your troubles could actually be caused by a food intolerance? This post includes some great tips on how to spot food intolerance with migraines, tummy pains and tiredness and how any ingering health issues could potentially be solved with just a simple change to your diet. 
“Our bodies are quite special and will alert us, and often give us signs, if something isn’t quite right. These signs (or symptoms) could be attributed to a food intolerance, which once diagnosed by your GP or Dietitian could be managed by dietary modifications. Below I have outlined some of the most common ailments associated with food intolerances. If you are suffering from any of these it is always worth a trip to the doctor so that you can be 100% sure. With the help of a GP or Dietitian, they can help you adjust your diet and lifestyle accordingly so you can be rid of aches and pains!”

Suffer from migraines? You could have a food intolerance.

Common food intolerances that may result in migraines include cow’s milk, yeast, egg, gluten, cashews, molluscs, cranberries, garlic and tyramine (smoked salmon, bananas). Often, these foods are eaten in combination and therefore it might be hard to identify exactly which foods are triggering your migraines. Using a dietary approach to prevent your migraines should be done carefully and under dietetic supervision to rule out other serious health conditions.

Abdominal pain? You could have a sensitivity to FODMAPs

Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols (FODMAPs) are a group of short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found naturally in foods. Foods high in FODMAPs such as onions, garlic, pulses, brassica vegetables (cabbages, broccoli), wheat, stone fruits, milk including lactose and sweeteners such as sorbitol and xylitol have been linked to symptoms of IBS including abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and flatulence. The exact cause of IBS is unknown however research suggests that dietary management following a low FODMAP diet is an effective way to manage and reduce symptoms. If you suspect you have IBS then you should contact your GP to get a referral to a dietitian. The low FODMAP diet consists of two phases, elimination and reintroduction, which aims to identify the specific foods triggering your symptoms. The low FODMAP diet is very restrictive and should only be followed short term under dietetic supervision.

Feeling tired? You could have a sensitivity to gluten

Sources of gluten, such as whole grains, are a vital source of iron and B vitamins. The inability to digest and therefore tolerate gluten might result in deficiency of these. Iron deficiency will mean less oxygen is delivered to your tissues which will leave you feeling deprived of energy, irritable, weak or unable to focus. Whereas vitamin B deficiency will affect your body’s ability to release energy from food and might leave you feeling fatigued.

Additional symptoms of gluten sensitivity includes bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, stomach pain, weight loss, eczema, headaches, bone and joint pain, chronic tiredness, and depression. If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above after eating gluten, it is not recommended going gluten free as a first option. You should continue to eat gluten and see your GP as soon as possible to undertake a test for coeliac disease. Coeliac disease affects 1 in 100 people in the UK and it is thought around 500,000 people have not yet been diagnosed. It’s essential to keep eating gluten in order for the tests to be accurate. Once coeliac disease is ruled out, your GP or dietitian will do further tests to identify whether you have a sensitivity to gluten. If this sensitivity to gluten is confirmed, ensure you’re getting enough iron and B vitamins from other non- gluten containing sources such as green leafy veg, beans and meat and fortified gluten free alternatives !

For recipe ideas using a range of healthy ingredients simply download the freeSpoonGuruapp– available on IOS and Android or visit the website: https://www.spoon.guru/.

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Spoon Guru is dedicated to helping people find food and recipes that match their unique, personal needs.

Whatever your preference or dietary requirement may be, it is Spoon Guru’s mission to find foods you will love to eat.

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