This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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Would you believe me when...

A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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I find I spend most...

We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

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The latest in the world of fertility

From the reasons behind falling birth rates in developed countries, to new hope for premature babies with the creation of an artificial human womb, we take a look at some of the biggest fertility news stories around the world. Some of the things they can do these days is fascinating. It really is wow. I hope one day infertility is not heard of.

Are home DNA tests making it impossible for sperm donors to remain anonymous? 

In the UK, sperm donors were able to remain anonymous until a change in the law in 2005 meant their children would be able to contact them, if they wished, once they turned 18. But the rising popularity of home DNA tests and ancestry websites like 23andMe mean even fathers who donated sperm before 2005 can be traced – and prettily easily at that. The same is true for women who have donated their eggs, although these arrangements tend to be of the “open ID” variety in any case. 

Even if you’ve never used one of these kits or websites yourself, any relatives of yours who have used them means a genetic link back to you now exists online. Sperm donation clinics in the US are likewise being advised to be upfront with their donors that it’s now virtually impossible to guarantee anonymity.  

Africa’s first fertility show to take place in 2020

It’s estimated that up to one in six couples in Africa may battle with infertility. And while fertility treatment in South Africa ranks as some of the best in the world, many couples are still reluctant to talk about their issues or seek professional help. In many cultural groups in Africa, infertility is still viewed as a failing on the part of the parents, rather than a treatable medical condition. 

Fertility Show Africa – or FSA – taking place in Johannesburg in March of 2020, aims to start changing that. The event will offer a safe space for couples to learn about their options and chat with medical professionals and other experts, including doctors, clinicians, donor agencies and even nutritional and lifestyle advisers – all in a supportive and discreet environment. Several talks will also be given on topics ranging from IVF and other fertility treatments to the adoption process.  

Birth rate in England and Wales hits record low

In 2018, the US fertility rate hit an all-time low. In England and Wales, a similar trend saw the birth rate fall to the lowest it’s been since 2005 this year. The average woman in the two countries is now expected to have 1.7 children in her lifetime. This is a reflection both of a growing preference for smaller families, and the fact that women are choosing to spend more time developing their careers before deciding to become mothers. The only age group where the birth rate did not decline was in women aged 40 years and older.  

Another factor which is starting to play a significant role is concern over climate change, pollution and dwindling natural resources the world over. Increasingly, would-be parents are worried that by the time their children reach adulthood, the state of the planet will make life extremely difficult for them – not to mention their grandchildren. 

One user on Mumsnet, an online forum for parents in the UK, explained: 

I’m struggling with the idea of even having one child – with the many reports coming out recently detailing what the world will look like in 20, 30, 50 years if we don’t take serious drastic action right now. I don’t know if I want a child to grow up in that kind of world.

An artificial womb for humans is on the way 

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Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology have received a grant of €2.9m (£2.6m or $3.3m) to assist with the creation of an artificial womb for premature babies. The researchers are working on a prototype which will not only provide artificial respiration for infants, but would actually replicate conditions in the womb. 

Oxygen and nutrients would be delivered through an artificial placenta connected to the baby’s umbilical cord, and the infant would be surrounded with fluids, just as under normal biological conditions. This will hopefully eliminate some of the issues which occur when babies in incubators try to breathe through lungs or absorb nutrients through intestines that have not yet had a chance to develop fully.  

Currently, it’s estimated that a million babies a year die due to prematurity across the globe, and those that do survive often suffer from disabilities. The Horizon 2020 EU program has supplied the funding for the project, and it’s hoped that a working prototype of the artificial womb will be available in five years’ time. 

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