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.

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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.

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🌾 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!

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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?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

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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What a great #friyay it’s...

The best ways to keep all your memories

You only have a short while before your family grows up. If you are married and had kids in your 20s, you’re going to have such a fun but hectic life, you’ll hit your 30s and then your 40s before you know it. Raising children isn’t easy and tracking their growth is sometimes an afterthought, collecting memories. Do you really care about taking a picture of your kids in their school clothes for their first day or would you rather get them dressed properly, make sure they have breakfast, that they’re not missing anything from their backpack and telling them about keeping safe etc? More likely, the latter.

Even though it’s a small thing, life takes over and demands your full attention. Even if you were to take that picture, where would you store it? Come to think of it, where do you store all your memories? Family memories come in different shapes and sizes. Some will be videos, photographs and audio recordings and others will be drawings, colorings and their short stories. How could you possibly keep all your family memories in the best condition?

A thing of the past 

When you took polaroids of your family outings and events, you had a chance to make them part of your scrapbook. Many people used to use such cameras to take quick snaps, put them into a scrapbook with descriptions and captions of what’s going on and what the moment was about. This might have been seen a thing of the past for some time, but lately there has been a resurgence of the humble scrapbook. There are plenty of different styles of scrapbook that you can buy now instead of the simple plain Jane style that you would get from art supplies shops. Now they have ties, passworded locks, leather covers, high quality paper and plenty of accessories to decorate and make the book look unique. 

With today’s modern photograph printers such as the latest Kodak Mini 2 printer, you can send  your photos from your smartphone and have them printer just like the old school polaroid. They are in high-quality color, compatible with iOS and Android devices. They’re also so small they can fit in your pocket. Put the photos of your family adventures in your scrapbook while on the move, so you’re creating memories and storing them while actually in the thick of it.

An old school conversion 

If you’re an 80s or 90s kid, you’ll know that there was no such thing as smartphones and online storage systems. It was the good old fashioned video recording camera that captured everything. If you have old family home movies that you would like to bring to the modern day, you can transfer video tapes to dvd using that service. You just need to send your video tapes, and they will do the rest. They make sure that the quality of the tapes are properly kept intact during the transfer. They will also do the conversion to your file type desire. So if you would rather have .avi rather than .mp4, this is something you can agree upon beforehand. 

Together with your own family, you can sit and watch them and show your children how you grew up. They’ll also get a chance to see what it was like in your era of childhood. Gadgets, technology, food and more, all from a few decades before them will be quite interesting to study. VHS tapes are prone to get old and dusty to the point they will stop working. Just finding a vhs player itself is a challenge. So take your old tapes and get them quickly converted to DVD.

Card vs plastic

Do you keep your family memories in a cardboard box in the attic? Why on earth would you want your precious items to be covered in spider webs and dust? There are far better options than any kind of cardboard. Take a look at plastic tote boxes which are made to last many years without cracking or getting bent out of shape. They are designed to be resilient to water, air and critters in your attic. They’re also able to flex and contract as the weather and temperature changes. These are better boxes to store your family albums and scrapbooks in. 

There are plenty of options for how you can store your family memories and one of them is the humble comeback kid that is the scrapbook. With modern technology you can send your smartphone gallery albums to your Kodak Mini 2 printer and put them in your scrapbook. 

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