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...

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

#mummyphotoaday 🧼

The kiddies had a lot...

Taking care of man’s best friend

Dogs are called man’s best friend because they are unswervingly loyal and devoted to their owners, giving unconditional love and never letting you down. They have been working with us for centuries, as hunting dogs, ratters, sheepdogs and guard dogs to name but a few. In more recent times they have become indispensable as search and rescue dogs, drug sniffer dogs and assistance dogs. They are exceptional companions and will always brighten your day with their enthusiastic greetings. They deserve to be cared for and loved in return, and their needs are really very easily met.


Dogs have lots of energy, and if they don’t get to run around enough, they will find other ways to entertain themselves. You might be surprised by how much exercise some dogs need. However, if you consider a border collie has been bred to work an eight-hour day, constantly on the go, it does make sense that a ten-minute walk around the field at the back of your house twice a day is not going to satisfy their needs. Even small dogs can be bundles of energy – terriers are another working breed that can happily charge about the countryside all day, their legs going nineteen to the dozen! Find out as much as you can from breed society websites and the breeder themselves about what is the best exercise for your dog, and if you have a cross-breed ask your vet for their advice.

Breed problems

Pedigree breeds have come under the spotlight in recent years due to the health effects of breeding for specific traits like squashed faces in pugs. Many pedigree breeds are prone to congenital problems like hip dysplasia, so if you have a pedigree dog, check that it has been tested for any specific breed-related health issues and consult with your vet about any problems you may encounter. Cross-breeds are quite robust, and less likely to have congenital problems, but mixing two or more breeds can give rise to some strangely shaped dogs. For example, if you cross a Staffordshire Bull Terrier with a Jack Russell you could get a dog with a chunky body and very short legs. You would then need to watch out for any weight gain, which would put particular strain on the dog’s joints.


Prevention is always better, easier and usually cheaper than cure! If you want to avoid serious illnesses, getting your dog vaccinated is the sensible option. Watching your beloved pet suffering from parvovirus or kennel cough is a big emotional price to pay when you compare it to the cost of a yearly booster. Worming is another regular job that will keep your furry friend healthy on the inside and is much cheaper than dealing with the effects of a lungworm infestation. Fleas can be a persistent nuisance once they are in your home, so using a flea treatment regularly can keep the little monsters out of your hair. If you suspect your dog might have fleas, but you’re not sure, find a useful article on what to look for and how to deal with an outbreak. Many vet practices now offer healthy pet schemes, where they provide regular health checks, flea and worm treatment, dental care, vaccinations and reduced prices on other services for a reasonable monthly fee. This spreads the cost of your essential treatments and means you will not be hit with a big bill at booster time. If you do ever have any concerns about your dog, it’s best to get them checked over by the vet, just to make sure they are ok and to be able to start treatment if they need it.


Dogs love to be with their owners and will stick as close to them as they can for as much of the time as they are able. Showing affection and paying them attention will not only make them happy, but it will also strengthen your bonds and improve your relationship. What you mustn’t do is be indulgent or undisciplined. Training treats are fine for helping when your dog is learning something new, but giving treats for any other reason won’t be good for them. They shouldn’t get leftovers from your meals or snacks here and there, as they will soon get fat with all the extra calories. Stick to the recommended quantity of high-quality breed appropriate dog food plus a dental chew each day, to prevent them getting overweight. You should also maintain discipline at all times. If they have to go to their bed when you are eating your meal, then this should be done every time, and don’t let them sneak over to beg! When they have their chew or a new toy, make them sit properly to get it. Dogs thrive on order and routine, and your relationship will suffer if they are allowed to do as they please. Make sure you spend time with them, playing, training, whatever they enjoy outside of their regular walks. Make sure they have enough toys and bones to keep them happy and give them something to do when you aren’t there. Dogs need to chew and will turn their attention to your possessions if they can’t find anything else to get their teeth into. If you notice any changes in their behavior or unwelcome habits developing, it may well be because they are bored or unhappy, so take a good look at their environment to work out what might be causing it.


If your dog has an accident or becomes ill, the costs can escalate to an eye-watering level very quickly. If they need operations, overnight stays or a visit to an animal hospital, you might need to consider a second mortgage! You would probably feel that if it came to it, you’d sell a kidney to pay for their treatment if you had to, but it would be better all round to spend a modest amount each month and insure them against such eventualities.

Dogs make superb pets, and will quickly become much-loved members of your family. If you want to have years of happiness and fun with them make sure you think about their needs and doing what’s best for them; they definitely deserve it.


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Thursday 8 February 2018
Taking care of man’s best friend

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