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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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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🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

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Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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Visiting the capital with the family this Autumn

Visiting the capital with the family this Autumn

London is a reliable draw for tourists from across the world, and from right here in the UK, too. If you’re planning a trip to the capital, then there are few better times of year to see it than during autumn. You’ll get just enough daylight to see all the sights outdoors, the weather’s mild enough that you can be comfortable in the open air for extended periods. You can also expect sparser crowds, which is great news for those looking for accommodation. Head over during November and take advantage of the best holiday apartments London has to offer. VIEW the POST

November photo challenge day 30  #MummyPhotoaDay

November photo challenge day 30 #MummyPhotoaDay

Today's keyword for the November photo challenge day 30, is "change".  A #change is as good as a rest! We’ve certainly had a lot of that going on here lately. I’ve started my new job, Hubby starts his soon too. We’ve had health scares and lifestyle changes on top. Oh and a drastic hair cut 🥺... regardless of all of these things I feel ready to tackle the changes. I’m starting my new fitness challenge this weekend & I feel hyped, maybe that excitement will wean off after a couple of days! But anyway here’s to transformation, just like autumn is to winter!! #mummyphotoaday VIEW the POST

November photo challenge day 29 #MummyPhotoaDay

Today’s keyword for the November photo challenge day 29, is “kindness”.  #kindness doesn’t cost anything. Being able to lift someone’s day without effort or inconvenience: just by telling someone they look nice. Or they helped you. Or they did a great thing. It’s so easy to do. This is the main thing I’m trying to drill into the children at the moment. I want them to grow up understanding how important it is to be kind. To care. To mean it. Not sure if you saw on my insta feed this week, but I walked past a kid being bullied by his peers: beaten and teased. It breaks my heart. These kids have no understanding of the damage they’re doing. No thought as to how their actions affect others. And I can’t have my kiddies growing up without considering these things… I feel quite passionately about it too! You probably gathered. …

November photo challenge day 28  #MummyPhotoaDay

November photo challenge day 28 #MummyPhotoaDay

Today's keyword for the November photo challenge day 28, is "food".  I love styling up the dining table ready for lots of festive #food... everything just looks so much more tasty when it’s surrounded with garlands and fairy lights! I’ve probably chosen the most random time to do a meal plan, but I’m determined that despite Christmas meals and my birthday with the 90 day plan - I will give it my all! Wish me luck... #mummyphotoaday VIEW the POST

November photo challenge day 27 #MummyPhotoaDay

November photo challenge day 27 #MummyPhotoaDay

Today's keyword for the November photo challenge day 27, is "moon".  When I think of #moon it takes me back to this moment... I love this photo that Hubby took, my belly just reminds me of a moon with the dark background. I loved my pregnant belly. I have lots of happy memories with my big moon bumps. I used to have hot baths and watch the kids moving around. Sometimes it looked like their feet or hands would pop out of my belly button. #mummyphotoaday VIEW the POST

November photo challenge day 26 #MummyPhotoaDay

Today’s keyword for the November photo challenge day 26, is “dark”.  As the nights are drawing in, to basically make the afternoon seem like an hour in time, I’m getting very excited about Christmas. The #dark drives home and the chilly weather can only mean it’s right around the corner. Does anyone else love staring up at the stars when the sky is clear? Or get mesmerised by the full moon? #mummyphotoaday …