I’m so happy with how our #garden is transforming. We’ve created a huge space for playing, chilling, eating and basking.

If you swipe through the photos this is what our garden looked like when we moved in last January. We’ve been working hard to make it our own.

To be fair Hubby has done most of the hard work: getting rid of the pond and 5ft high rockery. Using the rocks to make the fire pit area. The decking. And then the patio.

It looks so different. And this photo isn’t the end, we still have some work to do over the next month but I thought it was a good milestone.

We now have somewhere to be as a family. And our sofa is perfect for socially distancing 😂 we can sit 3.5 metres away from eachother.

I am still gobsmacked when I look at it is today and what it was when we moved in. It looks just as I drew it a year ago.

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I’m so happy with how...

I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

I took this photo the...

This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 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!

#mummyphotoaday

We went out with a...

Travelling with Children my top 10 tips

Travelling with children can seem like a very daunting task, I remember thinking when the children were younger that it would be incredibly stressful. We did take a holiday to Turkey though last September and our children were 4 and 2. It was stressful but not as much as I thought it would be. I gathered up some useful tips that I wanted to share. Do you have any useful tips for travelling with children?

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  1. Spread the clothes across the suitcases – I packed when the children were asleep the night before we left, so I could do it in peace and concentrate. I piled up all of the children’s clothes and ours then split the clothes across our three suitcases. This is so that if a suitcase goes missing you are not without one child’s entire wardrobe or yourself for that matter.
  2. Book night flights – now this does come with it’s disadvantages but in the whole it was far easier to fly at night so the children could sleep the majority of the flight.
  3. Pack activities for the plane – I made sure my iPad had charge and a movie/game on it incase the children were bored. I had colouring in books for both, with crayons. I also packed cars for Noah and little figurines for Isla. These all came in really handy on holiday too!
  4. Be prepared for mealtimes – I have two, sometimes, fussy children when it comes to food and I was so paranoid they wouldn’t eat anything or explore foods on holiday. We took a few snacky items from home for those just in case moments that we had issues. We made sure that Mummy and Daddy explored new food and encouraged it with the children. The children tend to copy us so I had the view if we are happily eating these new foods then so will they. We also let the children choose their own foods from the buffets, getting them involved meant they were more interested in trying new things as they had picked it themselves.
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  5. Research the hotel/complex for childcare facilities – the children could go to kids clubs where we stayed in Turkey. Which was fantastic. But because Isla was not three at the time she couldn’t go to the same club as Noah, which was slightly awkward but meant we had to plan around it. It usually meant that Noah would go to club in the afternoon and Isla would nap, so that Mummy and Daddy could nap too!
  6. Take a buggy – Isla was walking when we went on holiday and we didn’t need the buggy in any great sense. But it was the most useful object we took on holiday! It came in handy for nap times, by the pool in the shade Isla would sleep for a good couple of hours which was brilliant as the heat in some countries means a nap helps the children cope. It also came in handy in the evenings, we could contain Isla in the buggy whilst watching the evening entertainment and she had somewhere to fall asleep too.
  7. Make sure you have car safety – when we went to Tunisia a few years ago Noah was just one and we didn’t take a car seat with us as we didn’t plan on driving anywhere. We took a taxi on a day trip one day and they do not have car seats over there. Noah had to sit on my lap and be strapped in. It was scary as the roads are not like ours, the bends are tight and they drive  quite quickly too. It was the most nerve wracking moment of my life. If you can, or are planning on travelling in taxi’s or buses, take a car seat for younger ones.
  8. Book a car park at the airport with pick up – it was so handy to just drive to a car park outside the airport and have someone pick your car up, take it to the car park and return it to the same place when you come home. It saved us so much hassle. When we went to Ibiza when Isla was a few weeks old we didn’t do this and I had to carry all the hand luggage, a double buggy and Daddy had the suitcases across the car parks and onto the car park buses. It was a nightmare and really added stress to the trip. It was so nice knowing that the car would be waiting for us just outside the airport terminal when we landed at 2am.
  9. Use the local excursion companies – we stayed in a hotel with a tour operator but booked our excursions, approximately half the price, with the local companies. Yes their offices were not as nice, the locals looked different to the hotel staff and it wasn’t as professional looking as the hotels – but we had a nice air conditioned coach, two of the best boat trips we have ever been on and we all had a lovely time. They worshipped the children, especially Isla with her blonde locks, they were extremely friendly and we all had a really great time – for half the price! I loved the fact we had a guide who was local, he knew hundreds of exciting facts about where we were and it was nice to try local food in restaurants you would never go in if it wasn’t for those experiences. We saw sea turtles, up close, it was amazing.
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  10. Overall, have fun – it’s not all doom and gloom when travelling with the children. Yes it is an experience and it can be quite stressful with things. Embrace the new environments, go and see the evening entertainment (even if its after the children’s bedtime) you are on holiday and so are the children, let them gather fantastic new memories to treasure and talk about with their friends back home. After all, isn’t that the whole point of being on holiday?

Children in a suitcase image by Shutterstock.

This is my entry for the Clickstay Mummy Blogger Awards. You can vote for me on the Clickstay website here.

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1 Comment
  • Sophie @ Gigi Brooks
    June 24, 2015

    Such great tips! Especially the one about spreading the clothes across multiple suitcases just in case – that’s a great idea!

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