This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

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This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

“We are very excited to...

🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

Turning a health kick into a habit

There are plenty of people who know that they’re able to start exercise and start dieting, making the steps necessary to a healthier lifestyle. However, starting isn’t the problem. Keeping up with it is. Here, we’re going to look at what it takes to stop treating the building blocks of an active lifestyle as a “health kick”, something that’s temporary, and how to turn them into habits that become lifelong changes to your behaviours.

Be honest about your reasons

You don’t have to beat yourself up about it, but if you’re not being honest about your reasons for changing, it can be harder to find the motivation you need to actually get started. Whether you have issues with your self-esteem, body image, have serious health concerns, or simply want the energy and motivation you’re currently lacking, turn it into a personal fitness mantra. Write down your reasons and pin them up on the wall or on the bathroom mirror. Look at it and read it to yourself every day. Make it a promise to yourself and tell yourself you’re going to change. This is your way of holding yourself accountable and ensuring you know your motivation first thing.

Start small, start early

If you’re waking up with the intention of running a kilometre, completely changing your diet, and reading 100 pages of a book on your first day, you’re setting yourself up to fail. The bigger the accomplishment you expect at the start, the bigger the distance between you and that feeling of success. Start with smaller goals, suited to your current level of fitness and lifestyle. Smart training apps can make it easier to set fitness goals and exercise plans that scale with your progress over time. Similarly, eliminate one bad thing from your diet or add one good thing every day, whether it’s limiting your sugar intake or ensuring you get a certain amount of fruit and vegetables. Lay out your goals as soon as you wake up and start with a quick workout, even if it’s not all the workout you need for a day, so you immediately feel like you’re progressing towards the day’s goals. Making the first step of the day a correct one makes it easier to keep following up.

Give yourself something big to aim for

Your personal fitness mantra should serve as the emotional and motivational goal that you’re aiming for, but it’s wise to give yourself something more practical, too. Setting a goal such as running a marathon or benching a certain weight helps you outline the steps that help you get closer to that goal. Then you look at how to train for a marathon for the resources that help you build your progress towards that goal step-by-step. Make sure that your long-term practical goals and your fitness mantra have some overlap as well. Then, when you meet that practical goal, find another one, keep giving yourself momentum that ensures you don’t get complacent.

Create constant progress

When you have your goals set, you need to start tracking your progress towards those goals, as well. Keeping on top of your fitness is easier than ever before thanks to fitness apps that can measure all sorts of things. There are food tracking apps that can show you your macro intake (such as calories, fat, protein, etc.) and show you how everything you eat contributes to them. Similarly, fitness trackers show how many calories you’re burning and how much you’re doing per day. It makes it easier to see the real progress towards your goals, as well as helping you identify backslides into unhealthy habits that you can work out.

Recognise obstacles and stop them from getting in the way

Those backslides do happen, and it’s important to acknowledge them without letting them get you down. When you see an obstacle, look for ways to work around them. For instance, if you don’t have the time or budget to go to the gym, then you can create a home workout routine, instead. If you’re feeling too much discomfort on your run, you may need new shoes and running gear. Don’t accept excuses, find the solutions instead.

If you truly want to change yourself and start living a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to make a commitment. Know your motivations, set your goals, track your progress, and rely on systems that can help break the hurdles between you and the lifestyle you want. Do away with the notion of a health kick, entirely, and work on making long-term sustainable changes.

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