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!

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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?

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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?

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Ways that Yoga helps a writer

There are two things I love in this world…yoga and writing. So it goes without saying that I have spent a lot of time thinking about how beneficial yoga is to me. I spend hours on the computer focusing in on creativity. I sometimes forget to stop sitting in stagnancy. As I write all about yoga, helping others with their health and wellness, I sometimes forgetto take care of myself. It just takes a few minutes on the mat to counteract all the abuse I put on my body from being a full-timewriter. My mind, body, and soul are rejuvenated. I have found that yoga affects my writing in a variety of different ways. Here’s what it’s done for me. Maybe it can help you too.

Yoga Relaxes You

You may have a lot of deadlines as a writer which can breed stress. Yoga has been scientifically proven through a variety of studies to relax you. It is so effective that it is now being used to help people with serious anxiety disorders. It can help with depression too. Yoga eases the nervous system, both helping the GABA receptors (natural chemicals that relax the body) and easing the parasympathetic nervous system (fight/flight response). Through certain poses that target areas of the body that hold onto your emotions (like stress) and breathing, yoga can fully relax your body. 

It has helped me to also be more mindful when it comes to managing how I cope with deadlines. As a writer, there is either no work or a lot of work due. Both are stressful to manage. During these times, I make sure to get on the mat every day. I put some focus on being mindful at the end of my Yoga practiceso I can calm myself down. No matter what kind of practice I do, I always leave the mat feeling better than when I began.

Yoga Enhances Creativity

As a writer, I find it challenging to get into the creative state on demand. If too many other things are going on around me, my whole day is a write-off. I have found that when I can’t properly, it helps to get on the mat and do a good yoga routine. When I’m finished, I am more productive and often the words flow more easily. Creativity comes when our minds and still and present. Yoga helps us eliminate all that mind chatter and allows us to find our center.

Yoga helps you to let go of whatever distractions are causing your creativity to feel stunted. When you have a calm mind, you will have more clarity and more inspiring, creative thoughts.

Yoga Eases Neck and Shoulder Pain

Sitting at the computer all day causes me a lot of neck and shoulder pain. I think this is common for anyone who sits at a desk for long periods. I will often do a few short poses when I need a five-minute break. Eagle arms areeffective in quickly easing tension in the shoulders and upper back. It helps myneck as well. Some neck rolls help ease the tension in the neck too. 

When you take just a little time to nurture your body with your favorite yoga poses, you will find that you can press forward and be more productive. Nagging pain anywhere in the body can be a major distraction. Stretch it out a few times a day with poses that specifically target the neck and shoulders. 

Yoga Releases Tension in the Hips

Sitting at a desk all day causes a lot of tension in the hips. This kind of tension can cause that pain in your lower back, your hips, and your hamstrings. Your body will be affected all around your hips which can be debilitating. Also, feelings of stress, tension, and anxiety manifest in your hips. When you release the tension here, you also get a sense of calm.

The hips are connected to many large muscles that can get extremely tight. Yoga poses for the hips may often seem challenging because of the sheer tightness. This is why you must work on relaxing them and practicing yoga enough that you can make them more flexible. If you do nothing else, work on easing all that tension in your hips. You’ll be able to sit for longer and you’ll alleviate pain in so many other parts of your body. Warrior poses help to ease the tension in your hips in a few different ways so try doing them daily. For a major stretch, Pigeon pose is excellent. It’s a great pose for doing before you go to bed because it’s done on the ground and is really relaxing.

These are the ways that yoga has helped me. I am not sure if I would be able to handle sitting down and writing every day if I didn’t practice yoga daily. I counteract all the damage I do to my body while sitting and focusing on researching and writing. Yoga has allowed me to flourish in my writing career through my ability to be creative and of course pain-free.

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