Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

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?

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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

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?

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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,...

Useful online resources for children whilst homeschooling

UPDATED 31 March 2020: I have found some incredible online resources from various sources and a lot of Googling last night. Perfect to keep your little ones entertained whilst homeschooling and working from home. We are going to try and keep the kiddies in their school routine as much as possible, just with different activities. We also have to juggle working from home, so some of these resources may mean that whilst they are concentrating on something for an hour, I get an extra hour of work done. Anything is going to help over the foreseeable. I am still in shock I think, I haven’t cried yet, although I have felt it a few times.

My kiddies are both in Primary school so the resources I have highlighted are for their age range, these are to help with homeschooling and break the day up (and have a little fun):

Websites for resources

White Rose Maths – Each day there is an activity for the kiddies to do and a video that explains the answers. This has been set by Isla’s teacher and it is a really great resource.

Corbett Maths Primary – they have a cool 5 a day section which allows you to print out maths questions for your little ones (they have the answers too). They have lots of worksheets and videos too.

Twinkl – I love this resource, I use it quite a lot. I managed to find some KS2 resources that they have put together especially for the school closures. I have printed out the packs and will be working through these worksheets with the kiddies as of next week.

BBC Bitesize – I love this site, they have also put together some special help for parents as schools are closing. They break the Primary section into subjects, so it is easier to find things.

Mathletics – This is a great website that offers maths learning games and learning through fun activities. It is a brilliant idea. The kids should have a log in from school if the school subscribes.

BrainPOP – A great resource for helping kids understand their world. They are offering free access whilst the schools are closed.

Discovery education – They have a selection of free resources for Primary school children. There is a daily challenge and video tutorials.

TT Rock stars – Times Tables Rock Stars is a great site for of fun and learning. Your child should have an account from their school.

Learning Resources – They have added some free resources on their blog: downloadable activity books for maths, science/STEM, language and reading support, animals and geography plus printable worksheets, activity sheets and play-based learning ideas to keep children busy indoors.

Hopster – They have filled the app with educational fun games and videos, they are aimed at younger children, but great for lighthearted fun for our kiddies too. They have extended the free trial from 7 days to 30 days whilst we are all stuck at home.

YouTube channels

Crash Course Kids – They cover Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering.

SciShow Kids – They explore the “why” topics that kids always ask about.

National Geographic kids – Lots of videos about our world. From weird and wacky, to cool science.

Twinkl – They have a YouTube channel too! Paper crafts, book reading and drawing tutorials.

BBC Teach – This is a great resource, history, geography and lots of learning resources.

Horrible Histories – The kiddies love this. Lots of videos, that make them laugh, about historic figures and eras.

Printers

If you are wanting to print out worksheets for your little ones, or work for yourself then you will need a printer. I received an email with a list of the top 10 printers and next day delivery for them too. I thought this was a great idea, as we do not have a printer at the moment. Out of the 10, I chose this Canon PIXMA and we are buying it to see us through this challenging time. We are used to PIXMA printers and know they are great little machines. (Not an ad).

printer

Workspace for homeschooling

Set up a space where the kiddies can work and they are not too close together, separate them into different rooms if necessary. Mine bicker a lot so I will play it by ear. I am planning on having break time at 10:30am, where they will be on the trampoline bouncing out some energy with each other and I am hoping that will help. We created a little story corner for the kids to have quiet reading time. Lots of fun ideas for tuck shops and leaving resources on the table. All great ideas.

We can do this homeschooling malarkey. I did want to be a teacher when I was younger, so this is giving me a little taste of what life could have been like! If you have any other tips then please add them in the comments below, we are all in this together and I thought this list of resources would be helpful for parents.

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