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...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.


Today has been a busy...

The new range from Vtech: Toot Toot Friends

We recently had the privilege of testing out the new Vtech Toot Toot Friends range and the children just loved it. There are so many characters and things to interact with around the house, hospital and the characters belongings that it created this new little world in the playroom. I just loved hearing Isla talking to her characters and playing along, it is great imaginative play and it will help develop their language skills over time. Noah and Isla show you around the Toot Toot Friends home and hospital, also introduce you to some of the fun characters in our video on the MummyConstant YouTube channel.

The clever little friends interact with objects like the moving horse, rocking chair and scooter. They even interact with the house and hospital itself. There are special because the characters recognise certain “magic points” around the house, hospital and objects and talk about that relevant item. So for instance there is a magic point on the toilet, when a character is placed on the toilet it will make a flush type sound and possibly say something about the toilet too. Very clever. I love the moving lift, it is brilliant. Place a character on the lift, press its tummy button and watch the lift rise or fall, depending on where the lift is. Brilliant! 

The house comes with seven magic points altogether: the toilet as mentioned above, a moving lift, the front door, the armchair by the fire, the kitchen area, the piano and the disco area. Your little Toot Toot Friends can have a little party on the middle floor and then zoom up the lift to bed when they are tired out. There are lots of things to do and Miss Nora will sing a couple of songs along the way too. 


There are quite a few characters to collect, Isla and Noah both loved it as there was lots of girls and boys to play with. We have introduced some of them in the YouTube video above, but you can see them in more detail on the Vtech website. As with all toys our little characters got muddled up from their original toys but they each come with a special object: 

  • Dylan comes with a skateboard
  • Luca comes with a bouncy plane
  • Jacob comes with a scooter
  • Dawn comes with a wagon
  • Maddie comes with a rocking horse
  • Cici comes with a tricycle 
  • Lizzie has a special trot & go pony!
  • Dr Doug comes with the hospital
  • Miss Nora comes with the house

The characters are all £8.99, apart from Lizzie who is a little more at £15.99, but hey, she does have a moving pony too! The hospital retails at £29.99 and the house retails at £44.99.  They are a great range of prices, if you are looking at collecting the entire set you can buy the house for birthdays/christmas presents and top it up with the other bits throughout the year. I think one of the characters is a good little present for a niece or nephew too if you need a little stocking gift idea, or just to add to their collection. 


The hospital has some great magic points, there are three in total: Dr Doug’s chair at his desk and his patient chair too and the other point is on a piece of purple road and there is a fun globe that lights up. There are other non-magic points to discover at the hospital, like the eye exam and the manual lift (it’s not electric like the house) and there is a lot of road to join the house and the hospital together. The characters can zoom to hospital on their skateboards to visit their friends or see Dr Doug. Dr Doug has two fun songs to sing or he might just introduce himself and tell you what he likes – it’s always nice to have a friendly doctor. 


You can look at the range on the Vtech website here and check out in more detail what they all do. You can follow the fun on social media too: Facebook and @VTechToysUK


You can also see a snippet of fun with the Toot Toot Friends in our video here


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Sunday 27 September 2015
The new range from Vtech: Toot Toot Friends

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