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...

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!

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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.

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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...

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...

Summer family fun at Rutland water

The Summer has officially started and we have been making the most out of it. Rutland water is a great place to spend family time: there is a beach, lake, huge park and cycle paths. We had lots of fun and a yummy picnic too! Not forgetting a well earned ice cream from the lakeside cafe. 

The kiddies had fun making a pretend camp fire, they made us all sit around the pretend fire and it was like we were in the middle of the forest on a special camping trip. They explained how they did it all and who did what bit, which made us laugh. 

We then went to play in the park and eat an ice-cream, which was needed as it was super hot. It’s amazing how many hours we spent chilling at Rutland water. It’s a really nice location. 

Noah and Isla went swimming in the lake, it was quite cold but I bet a nice, refreshing break from the heat. I love seeing the children entertain themselves, it’s nice that they get to use their imaginations too – making the campsite etc.  

 

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14 Comments
  • There is nothing better than chilling out by the water to cool off on a hot summer day. Rutland water looks like a lovely spot.
    #CountryKids

    • MummyConstant
      August 1, 2018

      Thank you so much for visiting my site. I think this is your first visit… or at least comment 🙂

      Nice to meet you.

      I agree 🙂 it was a lovely day. Good to have places like that near by. It’s about an hour closer than a real beach! Xx

  • Keitha
    July 30, 2018

    Rutland Water looks like a great place to spend a summer day. How fun to sit around a “campfire”. Were you instructed to roast hot dogs or marshmallows? My son would love to have a lazy summer day there. #countrykids

    • MummyConstant
      August 1, 2018

      Thank you so much for visiting my site. I think this is your first visit… or at least comment 🙂

      Nice to meet you.

      Yes we were asked to do lots of role play things and then they went for an explore along the lake side. It was nice. They spent 2 hours making this camp site and playing together. I like it when they do that. X

  • Joy - Pinkoddy
    July 31, 2018

    Is that in Nottingham? Sounds a great place and love their imaginations over the fire.

    • MummyConstant
      August 1, 2018

      Hi Joy, nice to have you over here! 🙂

      Rutland water is north of Stamford/Peterborough but south of Notts. Not too far from Notts though. Xx

  • Mudpie Fridays
    July 31, 2018

    Love that is has its own beach! Although I am not sure I would have braved the water. I can not wait until my two entertain themselves more! #CountryKids

    • MummyConstant
      August 1, 2018

      I didn’t go near the water either. They’re very brave. Hehe. I felt like that when mine didn’t, I know exactly how you feel xx

  • Pamela Agar
    July 31, 2018

    What a fabulous start to the holidays! Looks wonderful (although I don’t think I’d be brave enough to swim!) #countrykids

    • MummyConstant
      August 1, 2018

      Thank you so much for visiting my site. I think this is your first visit… or at least comment 🙂

      Nice to meet you.

      Yes I didn’t dare swim in it either hehe x

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos
    August 1, 2018

    Somewhere with water to cool off is just the ticket in this weather. I think it has been super hot over your way, just pleasant here. The grass looks so brown you can tell you haven’t seen much rain. Not great for the ground but perfect for summer holiday fun outdoors.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • MummyConstant
      August 4, 2018

      Thank you so much for the comment Fiona. the grass is looking very brown. I feel like we’re in Spain or somewhere like that x

  • Elaine Livingstone
    August 2, 2018

    nice for them to get to use their imagination, it goes a long way to a good day out. It has been to hot but a dip sounds a great way to cool off. I preder a nice ice lolly to ice cream I find it more refereshing.

    • MummyConstant
      August 4, 2018

      It really does. Leaving them to
      Explore made them happy. I’m sure of it xx

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