I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

I took this photo the...

This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.


This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.


🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!


We went out with a...

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?


Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

The 6 stages of becoming a foster carer

By choosing a small fostering agency, you will feel part of ‘the family’ from very early on in the fostering process. Similarly, choosing a foster agency that aligns with your hopes and aspirations, as a foster carer, will help you undertake your role successfully.

At Active Care Solutions, we are large enough to offer a framework of support, yet small enough to offer a highly personalised service. Furthermore, we focus on bespoke cultural and faith-based foster placements, believing it is essential to place children within their culture and faith of origin, wherever possible.

The fostering process needn’t be daunting. We follow a six step fostering process so that you can clearly progress through it on your journey to become a foster carer with Active Care Solutions.

Typically it will take around five months to go through our fostering process from start to finish. This process is designed to be a two-way ‘getting to know’ each other process. We want to ensure that you have all of the information, knowledge and skills to be a foster carer, whilst also feeling cared for and supported by us.

Let’s walk through the 6 stages of the fostering process:

  1. Make an enquiry

The first stage really is as simple as that. If you’re interested in fostering, pick up the phone and call us on 0800 917 7937 or fill in our online enquiry form. This doesn’t commit you to anything, it’s simply a chance to register interest and begin the ball rolling, if you wish.

If you have any questions at this early stage, one of our advisors will be happy to help. We have probably heard the questions before, and if we haven’t, we’ll endeavour to find the answer for you quickly.

  1. Home visit and application form

If, following your enquiry, you would like to proceed, the next stage is an informal home visit. One of our experienced advisors will visit you at home. This is a two-way process – we aren’t formally inspecting your home! However, this is an opportunity for you to feel comfortable asking any questions you may have. It’s also a chance for us to share with you the unique nature of our agency. This is a relaxed discussion. Following this visit, you’ll receive a formal application form to complete.

  1. Join in a preparation course

For all potential foster carers, we run a comprehensive 4-day fostering preparation course. This is an invaluable part of the fostering process. It looks at the common misconceptions about fostering but also prepares for the realities of being a foster carer. We’ll look at common situations you may encounter and best practice for foster care. This course also serves another valuable purpose: it enables you to meet other individuals at the same stage of the fostering journey as you. These individuals will ultimately form part of your support network for the future.

  1. Fostering assessment process

Once your application form is complete, and you have attended a preparation course, we will arrange for the formal assessment process to begin. You will be visited, at home, by a social worker. Over the course of around 8-10 such visits, the social worker is looking to find out more about you, your household and your family. They are interested in your relevant experience, skills and childcare knowledge. This information is collated in to a report.

  1. Decision at panel

Your application form, references, police checks and the report from the assessment process are now forwarded to the fostering panel. The panel is made up of experienced fostering experts. They decide whether or not to recommend you for foster care. The ultimate decision is made by the manager of our agency. They will decide whether to approve your application, or not.

  1. It’s time to foster!

Once you have been approved, you are now ready to start fostering through Active Care Solutions. We will endeavour to match you with a suitable child as well as providing ongoing support and training in your foster care career.


To find out more about our 6 stage fostering process and to make an enquiry, see here.


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