I love this photo from half term. It’s whooshed past so quickly. I can’t quite believe it’s gone already. The 6 week countdown to the Easter Holidays has begun.

We always fill our weeks with lots of things to do, it just means they zoom by. The kids go from one #activity to the next. They have after school clubs, boxing, football, swimming, drama and cubs after school. Friday is the only day they do not have anything booked in. It’s so manic.

Before I know it Saturday is here again and I’ve not done anything significant. I guess I’ll have to make my Saturdays full of significant things 😂. Who else thinks the week go by too quickly at the moment?

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We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me! #familytime is just perfect. 
We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

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When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?

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Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

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Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

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The perfect bedtime routine with Nytol #SayGoodNytol

I love my bed, but some nights I just can’t sleep. Especially with the muggy weather at the moment, I am constantly checking my Fitbit and the other week I only managed 5 hours sleep in a night. It said I was awake for 1hr 41 minutes! I was so relieved when Nytol sent me a goody pack to help me get a better nights sleep by fixing my bedtime routine. It included vouchers to grab the new Nytol Herbal Simply Sleep One-a-Night tablets which you can take 30 minutes before bedtime.

If I have a bad nights sleep, it will be the day after that I feel dreadful. (Not great news for tomorrow!) Nytol recently carried out a survey and 50% of people said they do not get enough sleep. I really wish I had 8 hours every night, but the truth is on average I get less than 6 hours. It’s horrible. With all of this in mind, Nytol have created the “Holy Grail” for the perfect bedtime routine with the help of Dr Neil Stanley and Mark Cropley. After just 5 nights you can feel the difference, give it a try.

Nytol’s perfect bedtime routine

30 minutes before bedtime – start to get in the mindset for bed. Send that last email. Check that Instagram account one last time. Upload that final Insta Story of the day! Get it off your chest and out of your mind. If you have multiple things to do, make a quick list for tomorrow so that you can release it from your worries. Apparently people that write to do lists before they go to bed are more likely to sleep better. Better still, keep a list pad by your bed!

25 minutes before bedtime – Reduce the blue light! Blue light is known to suppress the release of melatonin, which tells your body it is time for bed. Using screens before bedtime will therefore not help you prepare for sleep. Turn off the computer, tablet and phone. I have started turning my phone completely off. It feels really good. I turn it off and it doesn’t come back on until 7am. The recommendation is to not endure light that is more powerful than a lightbulb when you are this close to bedtime.

20 minutes before bedtime – brush your teeth and follow your teeth cleaning routine, take the make up off and feel lovely and clean. Doing this a little before bedtime will help because you do not feel quite so alert when you do go to bed.  Your body will also learn that this means it’s bedtime soon.

15 minutes before bedtime – Have a 5 minute hot shower. It is not only relaxing but heating your body can actually help to cool it down. In order to get a good nights sleep your body needs to lose about 1 degree of it’s body temperature. Give it a try and see if it makes a difference. Some nights I have a hot bath before bed, so I do that half hour before bedtime.

10 minutes before bedtime – Finish off everything before you get in to bed. Check on the kids. Make sure the dogs have had a wee. Go for a wee! All those things that you know you will remember once you’ve settled down and then have to get out of bed for.

5 minutes before bedtime – get into bed and say goodnight. Don’t scroll through your phone. Do not chat about your day with your husband. Get comfortable. Let go of the day and go to sleep.

LifeBee Alarm clock

As part of the bundle I received, Nytol sent me a new alarm clock. The LifeBee alarm clock is a really great way to wake up. It lights up half an hour before my alarm time and the alarm can be a range of sounds, I have set it to the seaside sound. It’s lovely waking up to the sound of the sea and seagulls. The clock has a setting on it that changes through a variety of different coloured lights too, I have this on in the evenings as it is really relaxing. It goes through blue, purple, pink, yellow, orange and green. It’s really therapeutic. I would definitely recommend this alarm clock.

Night then! If you have any fabulous bedtime routine tips I would love to hear them in the comments below or on social media using @mummyconstant and use the hashtag #SayGoodNytol.

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