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🌾 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?

#mummyphotoaday

What a great #friyay it’s...

🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

#ad #SkyNature #NatureAtHome

🐝 We have really loved...

The smallest folding buggy with a big thumbs up!

We recently got back from our summer holiday in Turkey and if it wasn’t for this incredible invention it would have been quite tough: the BabyZen Yoyo. You may have recently read my article on travelling abroad with small children which gave you a little clue as to how efficient the buggy was on holiday.

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Lightweight

The stroller is extremely light weight, it folds up into a drawstring bag and has a brilliant strap on it so that you can carry on your shoulder. The idea was that we would use this feature and the fact that it is so lightweight to carry it on to the plane as hand luggage, with the children and our actual hand luggage. It didn’t quite work out that way as our plane was a smaller plane and they didn’t except it as hand luggage size. So I am guessing if you are on a long haul flight you will be fine.

It came in handy on holiday for a number of reasons, firstly we were in an apartment up a flight of stairs and at night when Isla was snoozing in the stroller we needed to get her upstairs. The weight was literally Isla. Me and Dean could easily carry them up the stairs, in fact I carried her up the stairs on my own one night. The maneuverability of the stroller is so fantastic, it doesn’t feel like you are pushing anything and it steers so gracefully that you can just do it with one finger. The best stroller I have used by far since having my wee babies. Despite the fact it is so lightweight, we took it on various walks in Turkey, outside of the Holiday Village and the terrain was far from perfect to walk on, let alone push a buggy and we had no problems what so ever. Easy as perfect shiny marble floors, with a few bumps along the way.

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Folding buggy

This buggy is a remarkable one, not only does it fold down quickly and easily, it is the smallest folding buggy currently on the market. The urban buggy weighs only 6kg, I wouldn’t say it isn’t a struggle to carry it, it weighed like a shopping bag full of shopping on my shoulder – I could cope, lets put it that way! To close it down, you pull a lever under the bum area of the buggy and push it down and it folds up, the handles then fold back and you have yourself a folded buggy. There is a security clip that prevents it from bouncing back open too. Then to un-fold it, you simply unclip it and hey presto – you have a buggy. It is really easy. You can unclip it with one hand, really easily – it does take two hands to fold it back up, but even that process can be done relatively quickly. As I found out when I had to collapse it in the tunnel on entering the plane, when they took it off of us unexpectedly. I had to do it really quickly with a queue full of people behind me and two small children wanting to get on their plane. Pressure, but I did it without getting anyone moaning at me.

You can see the YouTube video from BabyZen here, which demonstrates how easy the functions are to use and how quickly the buggy flips into the folded position:
 

Colours and specs

The buggy comes in a range of colours, from fabric colours to frame colours and you can mix it up so you have the preferences you would like. You can get the buggy from 0+ and 6months+. We had a lovely pink buggy to use whilst we were in Turkey and it was perfect for little Isla. She loved it. I love the matching footmuffs and umbrellas too – very fashionable.

So to summarise, it is good looking buggy, it is robust, it is easy to collapse and easy to flip up and it is really comfortable. How do I know? Well just look at little Isla on our boat trip in Turkey. I think she was comfortable.

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For a list of stockists go to www.babyzen.com. Details of packages & accessories Whitestep RRP Complete pack £445, New born £375, 6+ £319. Babyzen Yoyo has recently won the Mums Net award, as if you needed more confirmation on what buggy to choose next!

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