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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Would you believe me when...

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?

#mummyphotoaday

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

We are very excited to...

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?

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday

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?

#mummyphotoaday

We’ve been busy little bees...

Top tips on how to use the daily goal setter #competition

I love a list, planner and journal. I am a stationery fiend. I am all for mindfulness and decluttering my mind is a great way of doing that, so this Mål Paper daily goal setter planner was something I was desperate to try.

Decluttering your mind helps you to focus, think clearly and more effectively. I feel like I am really mindful of my weekly routine and I know that if I don’t look after myself then things soon get on top of me. Mindfulness is something that I think everyone should practice – taking a moment each day to reflect on what went well and what you could do differently. One of the ways I do this is by using the breathe app on my Apple Watch, it makes me stop and do breathing exercises – which actually helps to make you feel more relaxed. It’s amazing how powerful a minute of concentrating on your breathing can be.

A daily goal setter is a great way of trying to organise your thoughts, from long term goals to daily ones. I love the layout of the planner – it sets it out to streamline your thoughts from the longer term to the shorter term. I found it really useful. I also love the tips on how to prioritise your to do list – perfect!

I enjoyed thinking about my long term goals, I hadn’t taken the time to do that for a long time. The planner explains how best to set the goals too, so you get the best out of the planner. I also love the fact it is undated, as with most things I have the best intentions but I wouldn’t get around to it every single day – so making sure I get to it as much as possible.

This daily goal setter planner is £20.95, it is really great quality and the perfect gift for someone who might need to declutter their mind.

Win a daily goal setter planner

If you would like your very own copy of this fabulous daily goal setter planner then enter in the competition below, it is very exciting as I love stationery – so it makes me happy to give it away too haha! Good luck. Competition closes at midnight on Monday 19th August 2019 (1 week from now):

Mal Paper

Good luck!

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60 Comments
  • Dawn
    August 12, 2019

    My top tip for goal setting is to be realistic and break bigger goals down into chunks if need be.

  • Margaret Gallagher
    August 12, 2019

    Realistic ! Baby steps lead to sucess

  • Mafalda
    August 12, 2019

    My top tip for goal setting is to believe in yourself and always remember what you’re trying to achieve.

  • Tracy Nixon
    August 12, 2019

    Be realistic and set achievable goals!

  • Solange
    August 12, 2019

    I avoid any distractions and I don’t procrastinate as it only postpones what has to be done eventually. I create a to-do list and follow it.

  • Jodie A Green
    August 12, 2019

    Start small and work up – being realistic is key!

  • c heryl hadfield
    August 12, 2019

    my top tip is to always plan with good intentions but always make time in your day for some time out for yourself

  • Rachael Simmons
    August 15, 2019

    Never try to achieve more than one thing at a time

  • F Chowdhury
    August 15, 2019

    Set overall objective and then steps towards it

  • Amy Bondoc
    August 15, 2019

    making sure i set realistic goals i can stick to!

  • Jesse Partington
    August 15, 2019

    Don’t put anything off. Do it now!

  • ADEINNE TONNER
    August 15, 2019

    My tip is to challenge yourself when setting goals

  • Lynda Jones
    August 15, 2019

    My top tip is not to try to do too much too soon, break down your bigger goals into smaller chunks, also lists it is very satisfying to tick off what you have accomplished each day

  • Alison Johnson
    August 15, 2019

    Start with something small but achievable then increase when you can. I tend to go in big with my goals & fail.

  • Shannon S
    August 15, 2019

    Manageable goals!

  • Sean Eccles
    August 15, 2019

    Make sure you set realistic goals that you can achieve but take small steps

  • Elzbieta Znyk
    August 16, 2019

    Stay positive and believe in yourself, step after step you finally achieve your goal.

  • Richard Saunders
    August 16, 2019

    Talk to someone about them – check you are keeping them realistic and worthwhile

  • astrid c
    August 16, 2019

    shoot for the stars!! write down your goals however small or big…. visualise them!! works for me!!!

  • SianiD
    August 16, 2019

    be real about how long stuff takes to do

  • Stacey Carnell
    August 16, 2019

    Set small goals as well as big ones, the feeling of achievement will encourage you to reach those bigger goals 🙂

  • Katie Challenger
    August 16, 2019

    writing lists

  • Emma Morgan
    August 16, 2019

    Don’t be disheartened if you don’t meet your daily goals , life often gets in the way. Keep motivated & carry on

  • Kim Neville
    August 16, 2019

    Choose goals that excite you and make you stretch but also are within reach

  • Simone Griffin
    August 16, 2019

    I like to set mini-tasks in order to reach my goal. That helps me when I’m prioritising my tasks x

  • Jo Hutchings
    August 16, 2019

    My top tip is don’t be afraid to dream big!

  • john prendergast
    August 16, 2019

    only make achievable goals

  • Mrs T
    August 17, 2019

    Be realistic about what you can achieve within the time constraints.

  • Helen Arlow
    August 17, 2019

    I find that sharing my goals with someone else helps me to stay motivated and achieve my goals x

  • Carole Nott
    August 17, 2019

    Make a list and stick to it!

  • Karen R
    August 17, 2019

    Go with your body clock. If you’re a lark, get big difficult tasks done in the morning, and go to bed early enough so you’re not tired when you get up xx

  • Angela Sharp
    August 17, 2019

    One task at a time so you don’t face disappointment if you don’t get everything completed

  • Mohammed Haishi
    August 17, 2019

    Have a slave and use the whip.

  • Michelle Smith
    August 17, 2019

    I would like to lose my holiday weight gain.

  • Ro day
    August 18, 2019

    I have long term goals but I then break them down to medium term goals, and short term goals. I find that this helps to make them more achieveable and realistic and when I achieve a small one, I find that it makes it easier to keep on going. I find this really good for saving especially.

  • Jan
    August 18, 2019

    Do something everyday, no matter how small, to work towards your goal.

  • sarah parker
    August 18, 2019

    write it down

  • Christine Constable
    August 18, 2019

    Make sure that your goals are SMART – Specific; Measureable; Attainable; Relevant; Timely

  • Jenny Barker
    August 18, 2019

    don’t set goals to correct things that have already happened

  • Rich Tyler
    August 18, 2019

    Achieve in an order!

  • Caroline Blaza
    August 19, 2019

    Always set a goal that is realistic x

  • chloe brill
    August 19, 2019

    always set achievable goals

  • Rachael Sexey
    August 19, 2019

    Start with small goals and work your way up

  • Yvonne Wilkinson
    August 19, 2019

    Break the task in to bite size chunks. Ticking off the stages gives you a boost and helps you achieve your goal

  • Kay Broomfield
    August 19, 2019

    I’m going to disagree with a lot of comments here and say set massive, audacious goals because even if you don’t quite achieve them, you’ll have done so much and often what seems impossible can be made possible with self-belief and hard work.

  • paula cheadle
    August 19, 2019

    Don’t set your goal to high has you won’t be able to complete it

  • Sue Carter
    August 19, 2019

    I am pretty hopeless to be honest. I start the day all keen to get stuff done but set my goals too high and become disillusioned. I think maybe I need this planner to help me keep focused.

  • Ruth Wollerton
    August 19, 2019

    Don’t set yourself too hard goals, as you will feel disillusioned when you cannot make them. Set them small and work up to the bigger ones, for a bigger sense of achievement

  • Katrina Adams
    August 19, 2019

    Break the goal down into bite sized chunks. That way it isn’t overwhelming and is much more achievable.

  • Julie Edwards
    August 19, 2019

    I always meditate before I work out my plans so my mind is in a neutral state away from the humdrum of every day life. It sets you up well for the process.

  • Jessica Powell
    August 19, 2019

    Break big goals down into little chunks so you can see your progress.

  • Kerry Lock
    August 19, 2019

    Be realistic.. Break up your end goal into several more achievable check points. That way, your more likely to achieve your final goal.

  • Roseanne Cooke
    August 19, 2019

    Reward yourself when you do complete your goal even if it’s just a sneaky bar of chocolate! It will encourage you to achieve more goals!!

  • Nathan Bridge
    August 19, 2019

    Dont overwhelm yourself with daily goals and be realistic 😀

  • Natalie Quinn
    August 19, 2019

    Don’t write too many goals and always have a mini reward for yourself when you have completed your tasks, whether this is a glass of wine or a movie in bed or a choc bar

  • Jade Jones
    August 19, 2019

    always be proud of yourself when you reach your goals otherwise it will never feel like you have reached them even when its blatant… praise is a given and should always be taken.

  • Alison Clark
    August 19, 2019

    Writing it down and ticking them off as you go.

  • Kirsty Fox
    August 19, 2019

    I was once told that you shouldn’t write a list of everything you need to do as you beat yourself up when you can’t do everything, but you should make a list at the end of the day of everything you have achieved in that day.

  • Tammy Neal
    August 19, 2019

    Give your self a reward for completing that goal x

  • Adrian Bold
    August 19, 2019

    Break it down into steps / stages and set yourself realistic time to do them all.

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