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?

#mummyphotoaday

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...

Why Vitamin N leads to a healthy childhood

Today, it’s so easy to get caught up in technology that it has become a part of our lifestyle. It is no surprise that our kids get caught up in it as well. But rewind to the time when technology was not the norm, and that the best adventures we had were when we were out in the sun, picking our food from the garden or straight from the farm.

In our zealousness to provide faster, more of everything, we lost sight of the best lessons the past generation has taught us and simply moved on adapting, even at the expense of our well-being, most especially the health of our children.

Vitamin N for Nature’s Food

A drastic change is in order. Parents need to put their foot down to make a complete change of family lifestyle. It is time to get back to the basics, we return to the simplest and most important things, and Vitamin N for Nature plays a big role in this change. While there are certainly a lot of ways to approach this, the most basic route is to improve nutrition through good eating habits and increasing mobility or decreasing sedentary lifestyle.  

Improving nutrition can start anywhere, but perhaps kids may be more open to the change by providing snacks. Moms can be more creative when it comes to kids’ healthy snacks, and there is a variety of choices from Mother Nature that they can provide, such as fruits and snacks that have little to no high-fat and high sodium foods. Once they get used to a variety of what nature can offer, they might be more open to eating that broccoli at dinner. Starting with snacks helps them discover new recipes and evolve their young palate. Unlike with main course, where it can be repetitive, snacks are your kids gateway to a whole new food experience.  

In other instances, more parents are turning to organic or fresh produce for healthy snack ideas. Nature’s offerings prevent pesticide exposure that should be a concern for families. We might be limiting their exposure to chemicals from their surroundings, but we seldom do so with the food they eat. With organic choices, there is less worry about long term effects of chemicals on our kids’ bodies. As such, it is always a good idea and is not a conspiracy of farmers.   

Vitamin N for Outdoor Experience

On the other hand, limiting food, as such in the case of obese children, should be replaced with choosing the right food and increasing exercise. For example, school-age children should not be sedentary for more than 1 hour each day except when they are asleep.

Parents these days, because of technology, think that they need to come up with complicated form of play to entertain their kids, when there is a whole adventure waiting for their kids when they commune with nature. Moreover, being in the outdoors does more, not just on their physical well-being but also on their mental health. Playing outdoors boosts problem solving skills, focus, and self-discipline. According to a study by American Medical Association in 2005, children become smarter and emotionally stable when they have regular activities outdoors.

A Child One with Nature

Exposure to nature indeed does wonders for everyone. Even Moms out with the kids enjoy and feel less stressed. It might be because being out in a wide space, with an opportunity for unlimited ideas, help us get back to the most important things. With less complications, restrictions, our kids gain the skills and opportunity to be themselves, eventually exploring their potential.

Nutrition and environment play a huge role in a child’s well-being. It’s time parents realize this and un-complicate things for their child. After all, a child’s needs are simple. If we simplify things, we see the most important needs of our child.

Sources:

http://time.com/2914155/organic-food-children-health/
https://www.childrenandnature.org/2017/04/21/kids-need-access-to-nature-for-mental-health/
https://childmind.org/article/why-kids-need-to-spend-time-in-nature/
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/16/childre-nature-outside-play-health

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