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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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

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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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Three weeks into my vegetarian lifestyle #VegeLover

So three weeks ago I started my venture into the world of vegetarianism and it’s been quite a journey so far. I have to admit, I have been feeling awful over the past few weeks but I am now on the other side and feeling revitalised and ready for anything. I have been exploring some great recipes and I am finding that food is far more interesting than I realised, this vegetarian lifestyle is a much happier place. 

One of the first things I’ve noticed is that I have been feeling like my body is on a detox. The first few days I felt clean. I can’t really explain it other than that, I felt like someone had cleaned my digestive system and veins – it’s quite a bizarre feeling but it did feel good. Then after a week or so I started to feel unwell and it wasn’t until I did a little research that I realised why I had been feeling so unwell. Apparently it is very common for the human body to react when you change your diet quite dramatically, caffeine and meat for example. My body had literally gone in to detox and that is why I had been feeling so unwell, but feeling cleaned at the same time. I was lethargic, easily irritated, I felt incredibly weak and I couldn’t face any kind of exercise, I had stomach cramps, I felt nauseous a lot which diminished my appetite and the most gruesome symptom of all: diarrhoea. It was horrendous. Sorry folks! 

When I read the article below it comforted me to know that it was normal to be feeling these things and that after a week or so it should pass and I will feel a lot better. Which I do. I feel great. Yesterday I did a run at lunchtime and a long walk with the dogs after work and I didn’t eat sweet foods all day or pick at naughty foods – I felt brilliant. I hope this is the start of things to come, as I feel so fuelled and full of life. 

Why Do I Feel Awful When I Stop Eating Meat?

What did shock me was that the reason why your body has a detox after you stop eating meat. It detox’s because of the build up of toxins in your body, which you consume when you eat meat. If you think about it properly, which I hadn’t before, you eat everything that animal has eaten or had in it’s body. The hormones it’s fed to fatten it up quickly, the antibiotics the animals are given so they do not get ill from the horrid conditions they are kept in. All things that you don’t even consider when you eat the meat on your plate. Why would you? It was just another reason as to why I could never eat it again and it completely turned my stomach to think of eating it again. Some people say that the detox makes them turn back to meat as they see it as a sign their body needs it. Well, I was thrown in the other direction, I cannot stand the thought of it at all. shutterstock_333732926

Now that’s over with, onto the happy stuff: I have tried several new and yummy recipes and also found out some interesting facts. 

Did you know? 

…you cannot eat parmesan if you are vegetarian? No, neither did I. It has animal in it to help it harden. Yuck. 

…you cannot drink McDonalds milkshakes if you are vegetarian? Yes, this was a huge shock to me and hubby too, but I have heard on the grapevine that the milkshakes are thickened up using chicken fat. Which is completely disgusting. I was told this by a McDonalds employee – I am not 100% sure if this is the case. I am going to try and 

Vegetarian recipes that I love

There are a few recipes I have found that are completely scrummy, some of the things I have been experimenting with: 

Aubergine lasagne by Jamie Oliver – simply amazing. Aubergine is my favourite! 

Based on the stuffing loaf recipe by Sarah Wilson, I discovered that I loved nut roasts. This nut roast by Jamie Oliver looks yummy too and I will be trying this out next time. 

I am getting used to cooking in the Ella way, which is to prepare foods and bake in bulk ready for the week. I made a delicious bolognese sauce on Sunday using Quorn, so I now have some frozen servings ready for lunches or a quick dinner. I purchased the Deliciously Ella cookbook and there are so many yummy recipes in it, from the Quinoa porridge I made for breakfast this morning to yummy snacks you can take to work with you. The sweet potato and chickpea stew from Deliciously Ella looks amazing and is definitely next on the list to try. 

I have things in the cupboards that I had never heard of until I started on this journey, foods like Chia seeds or Cacoa, it is amazing what I am trying and learning along the way. 

The yoga image and box of vegetables image is by ShutterStock. 

Do you have any tips for a new vegetarian? Do you have any recipes suggestions too? I would love to try them and love to know, please comment below: 

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