We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

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 north of Singapore welcomes you

Singapore is known to be the oasis in all of Asia that Westerners flock to. My sister is going in a few days, how exciting! It’s incredibly popular because it’s so modern. One might even dare enough to call it a modern Atlantis because it’s really a floating city. It has one of the highest wealth per capita ratings in the world. It’s not surprising to see why either because the business, banking and export markets are huge. Although the population is just 5.7 million the overall GDP is a staggering $600 billion. The only other country that beats it to the top spot for wealth per capita is Monaco which has the highest concentration of billionaires anyway. Surely it’s not just all about the money right? Well, you’re right. Unlike Monaco which is tiny, Singapore is actually a land which you can live in, start a family, and really chase success in your career. The majority of all this happens in the south of the city, because that’s where all the major ports and attractions are. However the north is more residential and easy-going.

A cross between NJ and Japan

If you were to go down into the center of the city, you will find a typical hustle and bustle which you would in any major capital. You could forget where you are for a second and think you’re in Tokyo, Paris, Madrid or Washington D.C.. This is because there are skyscrapers which reach for the clouds, commercial office buildings which light up all night long as people work but also many attractions that embody all the colors of the rainbow. Yet when you travel to Woodlands in Singapore, you get a cross between New Jersey and Japan. The apartment buildings are surrounded by parks, but you also have main roads and an above ground metro line. If you have come to explore Singapore but you really don’t want to be woken up in the middle of the night by cars honking down in the streets, consider a hdb for rent in Singapore. Check out Sin Ming Avenue where they have modern apartments which have Western decor. They also have 3 bedrooms as standard and 2 bathrooms. So you can bring along your whole family for your travels. It’s quiet at night and easy going during the day. You can get in a morning jog before you go off exploring or take a nighttime stroll to walk off a dinner.

Off to eastern Mandai

Mandai is a county in Singapore that is neatly placed in the middle of the northern half. It’s where the majority of the green land is, which makes it a great place to have an adventure. Unlike the city, this county offers different attractions that are more so for those that want to see the hidden parts of the city-state. One of those attractions is the Singapore Zoo. it’s right in the heart of the Upper Seletar Reservoir which is often used to water the surrounding landscape. Here you will find elephants, white tigers, peacocks, lemurs, howler monkeys and a whole range of other animals. You don’t normally see these amazing creatures on brochures for Singapore but yes, even in this large concrete jungle there is amazing wildlife on show.

Right next to the zoo is the Night Zoo. Here are where all the nocturnal animals are and yes, it’s open during the night. It’s one of the best attractions in all of Singapore but because it’s not in the city, it’s often only visited by the locals. However if you know your stuff and have done some research you’ll know that this is one of the places you have to see before you take the flight home. Giant pythons, lizards and insects are kept here so if you are into these kinds of creatures and creepy crawlers then you should make time to explore the Night Zoo.

Some speed and remembrance

Sungei Kadut is a little more to the east of Mundai, but it’s got it’s own things to explore. Singapore often has some interesting facts about its history and one of them is the sacrifice that British soldiers made during World War I and II. The Kranji War Memorial remembers 1.7 million Commonwealth men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that the world may not fall into a deep, bloody, horrifying darkness. Here many different dead are buried from all kinds of operations and battles that took place in both world wars, ranging from Monte Cassino, Arnham and Normandy to name a few. White, black, Asian and many other soldiers have their names etched in stones and from time to time their graves are paid homage by the British Royal Family here as well. If you have someone on your family that fought in the wars, you can come and pay your respects here during the day.

Just to the north is the KF1 Karting Circuit where you can rent karts for the day and go racing. There are instructors at the circuit who will teach you the basics and advanced techniques if you have the time to learn. However they also have beginner karts that don’t go too fast and handle very good to help you get around the corners without too much trouble. Take the whole family out here for the day and see who wins the most races. At the circuit there is also a cafe where you can get something to eat and buy some refreshments as well to stay fresh throughout the day. The circuit is also just off a main highway known as Turf Club Avenue so you can get to and from the location pretty easily.

Singapore has some of the most amazing attractions in the world. Not least is the incredibly skyline which lights up at night but for those that want to take it slow and explore outside of the city center, check out these things. Go to see the Night Zoo especially as there aren’t many zoos in the world that are open during the night especially.


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