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!


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?


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?


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...

Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.


Our half term routine (it...

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

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?


  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.
  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.
  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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